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Elgin L. Cleckley

Assistant Professor
Unit: School of Architecture
Department: Department of Architecture
Office location and address
Campbell Hall 317
110 Bayly Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
Master of Architecture, Princeton University
Fontainebleau School of Arts, Fontainebleau, France
Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University of Virginia
Biography

Human-valued design, with a focus on race and accompanying socio-cultural factors, requires new ways of thinking. Can Design Thinking, with its thesis on solving complex problems, make an impact in this arena? What methods, strategies, tactics, and physical forms result? 

My response is _mpathic design, an initiative, pedagogy, service platform, and professional practice. Beginning with empathy, then a process for designing and making that incorporates a self – formulated methodology (the Mosaic) for integrated Design. 

The result is a fulsome framework for stakeholders and communities, expanding levels of inclusion in the Design Thinking process. 

ARCH 2070: Intro to Designing & Thinking
Credits: 3
ARCH 2070 (Formally 3070 Foundations in Design Thinking) introduces the fundamentals of Design, actively implementing the methods designers utilize for spaces, systems, and products. Open to the University, students learn interpersonal skills, a designing/making process, stakeholder/project management, and visual communication techniques. The course culminates in a demonstration showcase with opportunities for professional feedback.
ARCH 2500: Special Topics in Architecture
Credits: 3
Topical offerings in the subject of Architecture.
GSGS 2559: New Course in Global Studies
Credits: 1–6
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in Global Studies.
AMST 2559: New Course in American Studies
Credits: 1–4
New Course in subject of American Studies.
ARCH 3070: Foundations in Design Practices
Credits: 4
This course will introduce a range of design practices with the goal of establishing a set of skills necessary for addressing complex design challenges in the subsequent Design Thinking Studios. Project-based exercises will explore methods of analysis, techniques of representation & systems of assembly at a variety of scales (detail, body, enclosure, systems, etc.). This course is limited to Architecture Majors in the Design-Thinking Concentration.
EDHS 3070: Introduction to Design & Thinking
Credits: 3
This course introduces the creative methods and strategies of Designers utilized on real-world issues, in the exciting environment of the School of Architecture. Learned skills include empathy, designing and making process, critical thinking, resilience, stakeholder/project management, and visual communication techniques. The course culminates in a demonstration showcase with opportunities for professional feedback.
ARCH 3500: Special Topics in Architecture
Credits: 3
Topical offerings in architecture.
SARC 3500: Special Topics in the School of Architecture
Credits: 1–4
Topical offerings in the School of Architecture
ZFOR 3503: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
AAS 3559: New Course in African and African American Studies
Credits: 3
New course in the subject of African and African American Studies.
ARCH 3993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Independent research on topics selected by individual students in consultation with a faculty advisor
ARCH 4010: Research Studio II
Credits: 6
This studio course emphasizes conceptualization and synthesis of complex programs in contemporary contexts at multiple scales. Prerequisite: ARCH 3020
ARCH 4011: Design Thinking Studio III
Credits: 6
This is a studio based course on Architectural design thinking with a focus on creative approaches to analyzing and solving diverse problems. Prerequisite: ARCH 3021
ARTH 4591: Undergraduate Seminar in the History of Art
Credits: 3
Subject varies with the instructor, who may decide to focus attention either on a particular period, artist, or theme, or on the broader question of the aims and methods of art history. Subject is announced prior to each registration period. Representative subjects include the life and art of Pompeii, Roman painting and mosaics, history and connoisseurship of baroque prints, art and politics in revolutionary Europe, Picasso and painting, and problems in American art and culture. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ARH 4591: Undergraduate Seminar in the History of Architecture
Credits: 3
Research seminar in select topics in architectural history.
ARCH 4820: Teaching Experience
Credits: 3
Selected students lead a seminar (of 8 to 10 younger students each) for 'Lessons of the Lawn' and 'Lessons in Making.' All student assistants attend class lectures (for a second time) and then meet with their seminar groups weekly, leading discussions of topics and questions raised by the instructor.
IMP 4970: Interdisciplinary Thesis
Credits: 3
Required Thesis for Interdisciplinary majors.
ARCH 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–4
Independent research on topics selected by individual students in consultation with a faculty advisor
ARH 5500: Selected Topics in Architectural History
Credits: 1–3
Special topics pursued in a colloquium. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ARCH 5500: Special Topics in Architecture
Credits: 1–6
Topical offerings in architecture.
LAR 7993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Independent research on topics selected by individual students in consultation with a faculty advisor .
ALAR 8010: Research Studio 1
Credits: 6
Advanced vertical studio, exploring complex issues and sites, often through interdisciplinary design research. Part one of a two part comprehensive design sequence. Prerequisite: ARCH 7020 or LAR 7020.
ARH 8500: Special Topics in Architecture History
Credits: 1–3
Topical offerings in architectural history.
ARCH 8800: Teaching Experience
Credits: 3
Teaching Experience Prerequisite: Permission of the chair.
ALAR 8995: Thesis II
Credits: 6
Thesis II . Prerequisite: ALAR 8100 and permission of the chair.

Flash Funding Proposal, African-American led Redevelopment in Charlottesville - A "New Vinegar Hill,” Batten School (Social Entrepreneurship), McIntire School of Commerce, School of Architecture, PI: Mahoney, C., Etienne, B., Cleckley, E. 

YEDEA 2017, Service Learning Project in Koforidua, Ghana, Social Entrepreneurship Cup (awarded in two stages) 

Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, Faculty Global Research with Undergraduates Grant. "Yedea Healthcare: Improving Child and Maternal Healthcare Access Using Design Thinking and Telemedicine,” 

Curry Investment Support Funds (CIS), Curry School of Education and School of Architecture Design Thinking Program, PI: Chiu, J., Wheelock, M., Cleckley, E. 

Mapping, and exhibition of the UVa African American Walking Tour, Jefferson Trust Grant, spring 2017 - current, PI: Cleckley, E; Student Team – Nguyen, M., Velamakanni, S., Tucker, M., Reis, D., Reuss, R. 

Center for Global Health, YEDEA, Faculty Research Grant with Undergraduates 

TELUS Innovator Award, Ontario Science Centre 

Astra Zeneca Human Edge, “Best Exhibit or Show - Large Institution,” Canadian Association of Science Centres 

IMAGINATE, “Best Exhibit or Show - Large Institution,” Canadian Association of Science Centres