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Kleinschmidt Award

Established in 2000, Kleinschmidt Award recognizes any individual, firm or organization whose contributions or service have enriched the Texas Tech University Huckabee College of Architecture. The award is named after the first leader of the Texas Tech Architecture Program, Professor Florian A. Kleinschmidt.

Submission Guidelines

2023 Kleinschmidt Recipient

Clifton Ellis, Ph.D.

For over two decades, Professor Dr. Clifton Ellis has been an invaluable member of the Huckabee College of Architecture (HCOA). As an architectural historian his role grew from an assistant professor to a tenured associate professor, and in 2011 he was named the Elizabeth Sasser Professor of Architectural History. Dr. Ellis was promoted to full professor in 2020. He has also served in the administration of the college, first as chair of instruction, then associate dean of academics, and most recently as associate dean of research and innovation.

Dr. Ellis holds four degrees, and his research focuses on the architecture and material culture of the colonial and antebellum South. During his career, he has co-authored two publications and he is currently developing his third book. Ellis has a long list of peer reviewed research, published articles, and conference presentations. He has received numerous teaching awards while at Texas Tech University (TTU), including the TTU Global Scholarship for the 21st Century Award, an award conferred upon faculty who demonstrate exemplary leadership in study abroad programs. He was twice awarded the Barney E. Rushing Award for Outstanding Research and the President's Excellence in Teaching Award, two of the most prestigious honors that TTU confers on its faculty, as well as the Michael Jones Faculty Excellence Award from the Huckabee College of Architecture.


Nominations may be made by an individual, firm or organization with knowledge of the Nominee's qualifications, under the following criteria:

  • Must be an individual, firm or organization that has exhibited extraordinary passion for advancing the goals of the Texas Tech University Huckabee College of Architecture
  • Must have made significant and lasting contributions to the Huckabee College through service; teaching; leadership; gifts; or other unique means
  • Must be of such integrity, stature, and demonstrated ability that the faculty, staff, students, and alumni will take pride in and be inspired by their recognition

Past Recipients

  • 2022 Morris A. Brown, FAIA '69
  • 2020 Saif Haq, Ph.D.
  • 2019 David J. Isern
  • 2018 David Driskill
  • 2017 Urs Peter Flueckiger
  • 2016 Curtis W. Clerkley, Jr. '81
  • 2015 Mark E. Humphreys '78
  • 2014 Kathy B. Johnson
  • 2013 Andrew Vernooy, AIA
  • 2012 F. Marie Hall
  • 2011 A. Dudley Thompson,
  • 2010 Theresa Drewell, AIA, '76
  • 2009 Bill W. Cantrell, '51
  • 2008 Carl Childers, '52
  • 2007 John P. White, AIA
  • 2006 James E. White, AIA, '73
  • 2005 Sharen S. Hart
  • 2004 Elizabeth S. Sasser, '77
  • 2003 Nolan Barrick, FAIA
  • 2002 Margie Firenza
  • 2001 Bob J. Fowler, FAIA, '60
  • 2000 Tommie J. Huckabee, AIA, '58