Karen Cordes Spence, Ph.D., AIA, LEED AP

Associate Professor of Architecture
Associate Director of the Hammons School of Architecture

Office:  HSA 204
Phone:  (417) 873-7409
Email:  kspence@drury.edu
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Dr. Spence balances her teaching between beginning studios and upper-level courses such as thesis seminar, theory and programming. She has served as the coordinator of the first year architecture studio for many years, helping students establish a strong conceptual basis for their work. As the Associate Director of the school, Dr. Spence oversees advising and other related assignments.

Her scholarship involves theory, sustainability and design in the Ozarks. She has written numerous articles on phenomenological interpretations of environmental and regional architecture, examining how design is able to achieve an ecological and local identity. Her recent writing endeavors also explore the broader subject of theory and its role in the discipline.

Dr. Spence received her Bachelor of Architecture from the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas, her Master of Science in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati, and her Doctorate of Philosophy in Architecture from Texas A&M University. After serving as the American Institute of Architecture Students National Vice President, she practiced with firms and independently in Washington DC, Texas, Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri. She is registered in Maryland and Missouri and was the first full-time Drury faculty member to achieve LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional) status.

Education
B.Arch., University of Arkansas, 1987
M.Arch., University of Cincinnati, 1993
Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 1996

Drury University faculty member since 2006
Associate Professor since 2012