Faculty – Architecture Department (HUAD)

Dr. Daya Irene Taylor, RA

Chair and Associate Professor
Phone: 757-727-5440
E-mail: daya.taylor@hamptonu.edu
Location: Bemis Hall 200

Mr. Ronald Kloster

Assistant Professor
Phone: 757-727-5021
E-mail: ronold.kloster@hamptonu.edu
Location: Bemis Hall 304

Mr. Ronald Kloster

Assistant ProfessorSET -Architecture
Location: Bemis Lab108
Phone: 757-727-5440
  • M.Arch., University of Virginia
  • B.A., University of Washington

A native of Seattle, Ronald Kloster has been an Assistant Professor in the Hampton University Department of Architecture since 1991. He has served as Assistant to the Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology, and as interim chairperson of architecture for one year. He has taught at all studio levels from first through fourth years, and has taught support courses in History, Theory, Urban Design, and Building Science. In the Fall of 2002 he led the Department’s Urban Studies Abroad Program, taking Fifth Year students to Rome.

Professor Kloster has served as an ACSA Nominee to NAAB Visiting Teams, and participated in accreditation visits to Temple University and to Iowa State University. While at Hampton, he has been a member of many university committees, including Academic Personnel (Tenure and Promotion), and University Program Review, where he served as committee co-chair. He also served as principal author/editor of the Hampton University APR for accreditation visits in 2000 and 2003. From 1998-2001 he was an officer of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the AIA, and from 2000-2001 was a member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Society AIA. With AIA Hampton Roads he chaired the Committee on Regionalism, which held a series of events and a design charrette titled “Community or Commute: Designing the Regional Village.” These events focused on the design of light rail villages in the Hampton Roads area, and were funded in part by a grant from the American Architectural Foundation. Many of the events were featured on the region’s PBS/NPR affiliates, where Mr. Kloster appeared with Victor Dover and James Howard Kunstler.

Professor Kloster received his Bachelor of Arts in the History of Art and Architecture from the University of Washington in Seattle, and his Master of Architecture with an emphasis in American Urbanism from the University of Virginia.

Education and Degrees

Master of Architecture, University of Virginia, 1988 Bachelor of Arts in Art History, University of Washington, 1976

Teaching Experience

1991-present Hampton University


1998 Moderator, ACSA Annual Conference, Cleveland

1996 Presentation, “New Foundations: Searching for Footing in the Great Abyss,” with Mark Moreno ACSA SE Regional Meeting, Hampton University

1995 Presentation, “Obsolescence of Place,” ACSA SE/SW BiRegional Conference, San Antonio

1995 Moderator, Annual Conference on Teaching the Beginning Design Student, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

1994 “Searching for the Spaces in Creation in Space,” Conference on Teaching the Beginning Design Student, University of Arkansas

1992 Presentation, “Inverting the Curriculum: A Polemic on Civil Architecture,” Conference on Teaching the Beginning Design Student, Auburn University, at Seaside, Florida

1979 Presentation, “Freeway Park, Central Waterfront District and the Denny Regrade: Attempts to Accommodate the New Urban Pioneers,” with Astra Zarina. Programs and Projects to Revitalize Existing Cities,” Rome, Italy


ACSA Nominee for NAAB School Visit Accreditation Teams, 1996-2001; Team Visits to Temple and Iowa State.

Co-Chair, ACSA SE Regional Meeting, Designing (in) the Democratic City, Hampton University, 1996


1989-present Registered Architect, State of North Carolina


Norfolk Preservation Alliance, Board Member

Past service to the American Institute of Architects-Hampton Roads Chapter, as Vice President & Director, Secretary, and Treasurer

Past service to the Virginia Society-American Institute of Architects as Board Member

Dr. Carmina Sanchez-de-Valle

Phone: 757-727-9924
E-mail: carmina.sanchez@hamptonu.edu
Location: Bemis Hall 100

Dr. Carmina Sanchez

Professor, SET – Architecture
Location: Bemis Lab100
Phone: 757-727-5440
Expertise: Architectural Design, Design Computing, Representation/Visualization, Mapping
  • D.Arch., University of Michigan
  • M.Arch., University of Puerto Rico
  • B.Env.D., University of Puerto Rico

Carmina Sánchez-del-Valle is Professor of the Department of Architecture at Hampton University. She received a Bachelor in Environmental Design and a Master of Architecture professional degree from the University of Puerto Rico, and a doctoral degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan. She has taught at the University of Kansas and the Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. Prof. Sánchez is a licensed architect registered in Puerto Rico. Her research has focused on the integration of computer-based tools into architectural education and practice for design thinking, and the management of design information. She has worked developing models for mapping historical districts as graphic relational databases. She has investigated using adaptive kinetic systems as analogical vehicles to teach about digital modeling, complex systems, and sustainability. She teaches architectural design studio and theory, urban and community design theory, and representation courses dealing with traditional and new media. Prof. Sánchez strongly advocates interdisciplinary research and design.

Education and Degrees

D.Arch, University of Michigan, 1991 “Understanding the Implications of Using Computers in Architectural Practice and Education: A Case Study of Puerto Rico,” Dissertation. University of Michigan, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Doctoral Program in Architecture, Ann Arbor: Michigan.

M.Arch, University of Puerto Rico, 1983 “La Microcomputadora en la Enseñanza de la Arquitectura.” Master’s Thesis. School of Architecture, Rio Piedras.

B.Env.D, University of Puerto Rico, 1980. School of Architecture, Rio Piedras

Teaching Experience

Hampton University, Department of Architecture, Professor (Tenured), 1997 – to present

Florida A & M University, School of Architecture, Assoc. Prof., (Tenured) 1994 – 1997

University of Kansas, School of Architecture and Urban Design, Assist. Prof., (Tenure-Track) 1989-1994

University of Puerto Rico, School of Architecture, Adjunct, Fall 1987

Professional Registration and Memberships

Registered Architect (1988 – present) Association for Computer-Aided-Design in Architecture, (ACADIA) Colegio de Arquitectos y Arquitectos Paisajistas de Puerto Rico (CAAPPR)

Honors and Awards (selected examples)

ACSA Distinguished Professor – 2010-2011

E.L. Hamm Sr. Distinguished Teaching Award – 2009

Winning Submission “Paradise House,” Design/Build competition: Raise the Roof, Maryland National Capitol Park and Planning Commission, July 2005.

Winning Submission “Caterpillar,” Design/Build competition: Tremendous Treehouses, Norfolk Botanical Garden, Virginia, May 2004.

Honorable Mention Award, Strathmore Artist Paper Digital Illustration 2000 Competition, for a collaborative artist book project with artist Frances del Valle.

Honorable Mention Award, “Computers in Architectural Education,” II Premio CREI de la Informática: Computers in Universities, CREI-IBI, Madrid: Spain, 1983.

Research (selected examples)

PI: FormZ Joint Study University Program (1992-94; 1995- 1997, 1998-present)

Summer Scholar-in-Residence: Faculty Resource Network at New York University, June 2007, Project: Mapping Puerto Ricans in Manhattan – an urban space study

Participant, NSF Grant for Interdisciplinary Design; PI: F. Bronet and G. Gabriel, Rensselaer Polytechnic University. July 2003, July 2004

Consultant, Planning Grant to design a comprehensive baseline survey of heritage resources at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) funded by the Getty Grant Program; PI: Dr. R. Dozier, R. Melnick, Prof. Marguerite Archie-Hudson, June-August 2004

Fellow, 2001 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

Summer Faculty Fellowship Program: NASA Langley Research Center, June-August 2001.

Research Fellow, Fulbright-Hays Senior Scholar Exchange Program, Cairo: Egypt. In collaboration with Dr. Amr Abdel Kawi, “Al-Mu’izz Voyager” hypermedia project, (1992-93)

Publications (selected examples)

Williams, Daisy O. & Sánchez-del-Valle, C. “Overlaps, Boundaries and Continuities: Transforming Sketch. “In Proceedings Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) March ’08

“The Urban Space Between: Mapping Puerto Ricans in Manhattan.” In Proceedings Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) March ’08

“An integrative approach to teaching 3D modeling in architecture.” In Enhancing Learning Through Human Computer Interaction, Elspeth McKay (Ed.). Hershey, Pennsylvania: Idea Group Publishing, 2007

Sánchez-del-Valle, C. & Virginia Price. “The Katrina Solution: Force or Formula.” Journal of Architectural Education, Sept. 2006, v. 60, n.1

“Adaptive Kinetic Structures: A Portal to Digital Prototyping”

Proceedings ACADIA’05: “Smart Architecture”, Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), SCAD/Savannah: Georgia. 2005

“The Curse of Columbus: The vanquished airport of the Americas.” Proceedings ACSA’04: “Archipelagos: Outposts of the Americas”, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), Miami: Florida. 2004

“Simulating electronically mediated collaboration: three games for synchronous play.” Proceedings ACSA’02: “Architecture in Communication”, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), New Orleans: Louisiana. 2002

“Transformable, Folding Space”, Proceedings ACADIA’96 Annual Meeting, Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA)Tucson: Arizona, October, 1996

Sánchez, C. & LaVerne Wells-Bowie. “Text as a Site of Cultural Discourse”, Proceedings ACSA 1996 Annual Meeting, Boston: Mass., 1996

Sánchez-del-Valle, C. & Amr Abdel-Kawi. “Al-Mu’izz Voyager: City Portrait.” In Changing Methodologies in the Field of Traditional-Environmental Research, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Working Paper Series, Nezar Alsayyad (Ed.), CEDR, vol.61, Berkeley, 1994. Presented at IASTE’94, Tunis: Tunisia, December 1994

Professional Serivce (selected examples)

Elected Board Member: Secretary Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Term: July 2006- June 2008

Appointed Officer: Secretary: Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), Term: 1996 – present ); Elected Steering Committee Officer (2002-04; 2005-07)

Team Chair and Team Member for National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Visiting Teams since 2002

Digital Media Exhibition Reviewer: ACADIA 2002; Session Moderator and/or Technical Paper Reviewer: ACADIA 2006, ACADIA 2005, ACADIA 2003, ACADIA 2001, ACADIA 1999, ACADIA 1998, ACADIA 1997. Also reviewer for CAAD Futures conferences and the Journal for Architectural Computing

Topic Chair, Topic Co-chair, session moderator, panel member, paper reviewer: ACSA 2008, ACSA 2002, ACSA 2001, ACSA 2000 Annual Meeting

Ms. Marci Turner

Associate Professor
Phone: 757-727-5937
E-mail: marci.turner@hamptonu.edu
Location: Bemis Hall 151

Ms. Marci Turner

Assistant Professor, SET – Architecture
Location: Bemis Lab 151
Phone: 757-727-5440
Expertise: Architectural Practices

Marci Turner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at Hampton University.  Over the course of her career, she has taught design communication, digital fabrication, and design studio at the beginning and graduate levels.  Turner specializes in architectural visualization and teaches in the program’s digital curriculum in addition to coordinating second year studios. She is particularly interested in the influence digital design modes directly affect the human experience. Ms. Turner is also the owner of Designer’s Ink LLC a consulting firm in Hampton, Virginia.   Where she specializes in residential construction and visualizations.

Dr. Farzaneh Soflaei

Assistant Professor
Phone: 757-728-6939
E-mail: farzaneh.soflaei@hamptonu.edu
Location: Bemis Hall 100

Dr. Sujin Kim

Assistant Professor
Phone: 757-728-4855
E-mail: sujin.kim@hamptonu.edu
Location: Bemis Hall 108

Dr. Leanna Humphrey

Assistant Professor
Phone: 757-727-5442
E-mail: leanna.humphrey@hamptonu.edu
Location: Bemis Hall 202A

Adjunct Faculty

Mr. Sherman Brown

Adjunct Professor
Phone: 757-727-4855
E-mail: sherman.brown@hamptonu.edu
Location: Bemis Hall 108

Mr. Sherman Thomas Brown
Adjunct Professor, SET – Architecture
Location:Bemis Labxxx

Highly skilled project manager with 20-plus years of expertise managing large-scale, multimillion-dollar projects from design, to construction, to completion. Details-focused project planner with extensive experience designing, producing, analyzing, and administering contract plans and designs to ensure all work is continually aligned with documents. Hands-on construction manager with a long record of making contributions across all levels to ensure projects are consistently delivered on time and within budget.

Emeritus Faculty

John Spencer


Mrs Debra Bowers

Administrative Assitatant
Phone: 757-727-5440
E-mail: deborah.bowers@hamptonu.edu
Location: Bemis Hall 200

Mr. Charles Cherry

Digital Media Lab Director
Phone: 757-727-4923
E-mail: charles.cherry@hamptonu.edu
Location: Bemis Hall 208

Mr. Robert Johnson

Model Shop Director
Phone: 757-727-5483
E-mail: robert.johnson@hamptonu.edu
Location: Bemis Hall 103B

Mr. Johnny Cook

Phone: 757-727-5443
E-mail: johnny.cook@hamptonu.edu
Location: Bemis Hall 207