Professor Al DeFrees Named One of America's Most Admired Educators

Author: Ashley Johnston


Professor Alan DeFrees has been recognized as one of America’s Most Admired Educators by DesignIntelligence.

DesignIntelligence honors excellence in education and education administration annually by naming 25 exemplary professionals in the disciplines of architecture, industrial design, interior design, and landscape architecture. The list is selected by DesignIntelligence staff with extensive input from thousands of design professionals, academic department heads, and students.

The description of Prof. DeFrees from DesignIntelligence comes as no surprise to those who know him: “Constantly pursuing knowledge in the field of building technology, Alan DeFrees is known as a passionate professor who is truly dedicated to teaching the technical aspects of architecture.”

This is not the first time that Prof. DeFrees’s dedication as a teacher has been recognized - at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year, he was selected by the architecture student groups as Educator of the Year, and in 2013 he received Notre Dame's Joyce Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.