Texas Tech University

Darrick Wade, AIA

Assistant Dean of Students

M. Arch II, The University of Texas at Austin
B. Arch, Texas Tech University

ARCH 3352 Building Information Technology
ARCH 3352 Building Information Technology
ARCH 7000 Independent Research: Rammed Earth Construction in Lubbock Area
ARCH 7000 Independent Research: Crime Resistant Architecture
ARCH 7000 Independent Research: Residency in an Austin Design Firm

Darrick is a licensed architect in the State of Colorado with many successful projects in Colorado, Texas, Utah, New Mexico, Washington, and British Columbia.

After receiving his architecture license in 1990, Darrick worked for the resort town of Silverthorne, Colorado as the community development director and then as the town manager. Later, he was the owner and principal of a small architecture firm in Frisco Colorado winning many local awards for his designs. While managing his own office, he worked part time as a high school teacher of architecture classes in Breckenridge, Colorado. He eventually ran for public office and was elected to the town council in the town where he was previously the town manager.

Late in his career and in preparation for teaching at the university level, Darrick returned to school at the University of Texas. In December 2012, his research on the sense of touch in the work of Alvar Aalto, provided the opportunity for Darrick to meet for two days with Juhani Pallasmaa at Taliesin West where Pallasmaa was the scholar in residence for the winter.

For the past seven years Darrick has worked in different capacities at the College of Architecture at Texas Tech. He looks for ways to contribute his unique experience and skills to the building of a great program.

Fun Facts

  • His thesis project on sensory design for deaf-blind persons was awarded the JPJ Memorial Traveling Fellowship and was presented at an international conference in Denmark.
  • Enjoys cycling, mountain biking, backpacking, fishing, snowshoeing
  • Rode a six ft unicycle in parades


Room 1008C
Office Hours: By appointment

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