Title: Professor Emeritus of Architecture
Company: Texas A&M University
Location: Pueblo, Colorado, United States
Lester Leroy Boyer Jr., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Architecture at Texas A&M University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in architecture and higher education.
Demonstrating nearly 40 years of professional excellence, Dr. Boyer is a prominent figure in the realms of architecture and education, having most recently served as the chair of the department of architecture and visiting professor at Kuwait University from 1997 to 1998. Prior to this appointment, he was a professor of architecture at Texas A&M University from 1984 to 1996, reaching emeritus status in 1999. During this time, he additionally held the role of chairman of the design technology division in the College of Architecture at the university for two years. Commencing his career as an instructor of architectural engineering at Pennsylvania State University in 1960, he subsequently acted as a research engineer for Armstrong Cork Company for four years, a course director for the National Society of Professional Engineers for ten years, and a senior consultant in acoustics and noise control for Bolt Beranek and Newman, Inc., for an additional two years. Thereafter, he served Oklahoma State University in multiple roles before transitioning to his landmark positions with Texas A&M University.
Throughout his career, Dr. Boyer has worked with a number of facilities and government entities, such as the U.S. Department of Energy, the International Conference on Earth Sheltered Buildings, the Solar Energy Research Institute, the National Science Foundation, and Benham Blair & Affiliates. Notably, he served as a Fulbright Scholar with the University of New South Wales and the University of Queensland in Australia in 1982, and also a Fulbright Scholar with the Technical University of Delft in Holland in 1992. He has been a registered professional engineer in the states of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Oklahoma.
To prepare for his career, Dr. Boyer pursued formal education at the Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering and a Master of Science in architectural engineering in 1960 and 1964, respectively. After gaining valuable experience in the field, he received a Doctor of Philosophy in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1976. A prolific author, he penned the book “Earth Shelter Technology” in 1987 and was a contributing author of “Simulating Daylight with Architectural Models” in 1987. In addition, he has edited a plethora of books, such as “Design in Geotecture,” “Earth Shelter Protection,” “Earth Shelter Performance and Evaluation,” “Earth Sheltered Building Design Innovations” and “Building Design for Environmental Hazards.”
Formerly on the board of directors of the American Underground Space Association, Dr. Boyer has maintained affiliation with the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, as well as the Illuminating Engineering Society, the American Solar Energy Society and the Acoustical Society of America. In recognition of his exceptional undertakings, he was the recipient of the Graduate Teaching Award from Texas A&M University in 1994, the First Place Design Award as key design consultant with Beham Blair & Affiliates from the National Energy Design Competition for a California State Office Building in Sacramento, which was built in 1983, and the Advisor of the Year Award from the Lancaster County Boy Scout Council in 1967. During his career, he designed three of his own houses. Photos of his latest home and the California project are available/shown.
Married to Patricia Barbara Hayes since 1958, Dr. Boyer is the proud father of three children, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. In his spare time, he has enjoyed hiking, camping, traveling and investing. Notably, Dr. Boyer has been highlighted in the 35th and 36th editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Business, the fifth and sixth editions of Who’s Who in American Education, the 10th edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, the 21st edition of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and multiple editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.
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