John B Rogers' Longterm Involvement with the University of Colorado Results in Creation of Term Professorship

$10,000 raised to support Marketing Professor at University of Colorado Business School

(PRWEB) February 13, 2005 -- John B Rogers, FAIA, Principal and Founder of RNL Design, and alumnus of the University of Colorado’s Executive MBA program, is honored by the creation of the John B Rogers Term Professorship at the University of Colorado at Denver Business School.

Since his graduation in 1984, Rogers has continued his involvement at CU as a guest lecturer and speaker. He was appointed as the first Executive-in-Residence in 1993 under Dean Yash Gupta, and served as a member of the Board of Advisors from 1993-1996.

Rogers worked tirelessly to promote understanding of architecture and design to students in the business school while advancing the teaching of business principles to students the architecture school.    

“Since many MBA students will someday become clients of architects, it is important that they have an understanding of the design process that leads to a successful project. And in a like manner, architects need to understand business for two reasons, the business of architectural practice and the culture of their business client,” Rogers says.

Rogers started the Professional Practice course in the School of Architecture with the assistance of Dr. Larry Johnston, Finance Professor at UCD, teaching the course from 1996-1999. It has since become a required course and is now taught every other semester by RNL Design President Richard von Luhrte, FAIA, alternating with Dale Larson, FAIA, of H + L Architects.

RNL Design felt a Term Professorship in John Rogers’ name would be an ideal way to honor Rogers’ dedication to education and architecture and donated $2500 to initiate the process. This amount was supplemented through a number of generous private donations from business partners, resulting in a $5,000 donation that was matched by the CU Business School for a total of $10,000 for the first year of the three year award.

Dr. Cliff Young, Marketing Professor at UCD, is the recipient. This is the first year that term professorships have been given to Business School professors at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Science Center. Each award winner is given $30,000 over three years in addition to his or her salary. The Term Professorship helps foster excellence in the areas of research, teaching, service and citizenship by recognizing the performance and future capabilities of top-performing faculty who have demonstrated a high degree of citizenship in the school over time.

The program already has strong support from the business community with more than $440,000 raised and participants that include Accenture, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Wells Fargo, US Bank and the Bard family in addition to RNL Design. Other prominent business leaders, such as James Basey, former vice chairman of Colorado National Bank and president of the Downtown Denver Partnership, created the Basey Innovation and Leadership Award for outstanding faculty.

RNL Design is an integrated full service architectural firm with offices in Denver, Los Angeles and Phoenix, serving clients locally, nationally and internationally. Since its inception in 1956, RNL has built its practice providing innovative design solutions to clients, surpassing their expectations and bringing ideas to life. RNL offers clients a continuum of design services, including architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design and planning, and engineering. For more information, please visit