Lee Waldrep

Lee Waldrep

Mahomet, IL, US



Dr. Waldrep has over 20 years of experience in higher education with an emphasis in academic affairs and career development field of architecture students.  Waldrep earned a Ph.D. in counseling and development from The American University, a master of architecture from Arizona State University, and a bachelor of science from the University of Michigan. 

A frequent lecturer on the topics of careers in architecture, he has previously been administrator of undergraduate student services at the Illinois School of Architecture, associate executive director of the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), associate dean at the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at the University of Maryland, and assistant dean at the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology.

He is the author of Becoming an Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design, 3rd Edition (2014) published by J. Wiley and Sons, and the original author of, a website dedicated to assisting individuals learn about the process of becoming an architect.



University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, US, Administrator for Undergraduate Student Services

The Assistant Director is responsible for a broad range of functions serving the School’s administration, faculty, and students including 1) recruitment, 2) admissions/orientation, 3) academic programs, 4) academic advising, 5) retention, 6) student/career programs. Providing administrative support to the Director, this individual also serves on key standing committees within the school and acts as the primary liaison to the College, and the general University.

Aug 2009 - Aug 2017

The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), Washington, DC, US, Associate Executive Director

Provided advice and counsel to the executive director on the full range of NAAB programs and services; coordinated launching new online system for Annual Report of all architecture programs to complete.

Jul 2008 - Jul 2009

University of Maryland, School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, College Park, MD, US, Associate Dean / Assistant Director

Served the School's administration, faculty, and 350 students through a broad range of programs including recruitment, admissions, advising, retention, career, scholarships, study abroad, and academic programs.

Jul 2001 - Jul 2008

College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, US, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs

Provided oversight for academic and student service programs of College including recruitment, admissions, and implementation of new summer program for high school students.

Oct 1995 - Jun 2001


The American University, Washington, DC, US, PhD, Counseling/Student Development

Aug 1990 - Aug 1993

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, US, MArch, College of Environmental Design

Aug 1984 - May 1986

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Bachelors, College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Sep 1980 - Apr 1984


Nathan Ricker Education Honor Award, Award

For Dedication to Architecture Education

Lee W. Waldrep, of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign was honored with the AIA Illinois 2016 Nathan Clifford Ricker Award, recognizing his dedication and talent as an architecture educator. The award was presented on October 24th at Temple Hoyne Buell Hall at UIUC.


AIA Illinois / AIAS Educator of the Year, Award


AIAS Presidential Citation, American Institute of Architecture Students, Award


Provost's Professional Academic Advisor of the Year - University of Maryland, Award


Parent's Association Academic Advisor of the Year - University of Maryland, Award


ACSA Service of Excellence, Assn. of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, Award


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