Thomas Gentry

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Thomas Gentry is an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture and Director of the Laboratory for Innovative Housing, a multidisciplinary research laboratory operating within the IDEAS (Infrastructure Design Environment and Sustainability) Center in the Lee College of Engineering and the Center for Integrated Building Design Research in the College of Arts + Architecture. Professor Gentry earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona (1991) and a Master of Architecture (second professional degree) from Illinois Institute of Technology (1997). He is a registered architect in Illinois, member of the American Institute of Architects, member of Construction Specifications Institute – with CDT certification, member of Congress of Residential Architecture (CORA), member of the Building Technology Educators Society, Inc., and is a LEED AP with the U.S. Green Building Council. He has previously taught at Illinois Institute of Technology and Harrington College of Design. In the two decades before becoming an architect, Professor Gentry was a general contractor of residential and light commercial construction. The bulk of his work involved the two extremes of production housing and passive solar / environmentally responsible housing. Drawing upon his construction background, he worked for more than decade as a forensic architect specializing in masonry and wood building envelopes. Projects ranged from single-family housing on a military base in the western United States to historic high-rise facades in Chicago, Illinois. He has worked as a designer in architectural firms in Denver, Colorado and Chicago, Illinois. In the design studio and the laboratory, Professor Gentry uses a multidisciplinary approach to teach and practice the integrative design process, which is at the core of socially and environmentally responsible design. Currently he is co-teaching with Professor Brett Tempest, Ph.D. in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, an upper level design studio for undergraduate and graduate students in architecture and engineering. The studio is one of five in the United States to receive funding from the PCI (Precast/Prestressed Institute) Foundation. It also receives funding from Georgia/Carolinas PCI. Professor Gentry is working with Professor Robert Cox Ph.D., in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, on an U.S. Department of Energy Innovation in Weatherization Grant for low-income housing.