“If you’re waiting for permission to be great, then you’re in the wrong place,” is the mantra of Vaughn Horn, Doctor of Design student. He is an NCARB-certified LEED Accredited Professional and licensed architect in his native California, who has presented and published research on integrating the UNITY-3D gaming engine for Building Information Modeling, as well as sustainable solutions for Olympic and World Cup venues, and disaster-resistant portable structures. Currently his focus examines how quality of life in cities is affected by Fordism and Post-Fordism, including adaptive reuse of defunct automobile assembly plants and dealerships.
Throughout his career, Vaughn has maintained membership in the American Institute of Architects, National Organization of Minority Architects, and amassed pedagogical and practical experience on an array of projects including stadia, residential, educational, commercial, and retail buildings. In 2002, he earned his B-Arch degree from the University of Southern California. He then earned an M-Arch degree from Syracuse University in 2005. Moreover, he became the first Tuskegee University professor to be named Educator of the Year by the American Institute of Architecture Students, bestowed at the 2012 AIAS FORUM in Savannah, Georgia.