Andrew P. McCoy
I attended UVa and received two undergraduate degrees in 1997: BS in Architecture and a BA in Architectural History. My Architectural History thesis was on the Seagram Building by Mies van der Rohe. After leaving architecture school I felt that I could design and draw buildings, but not construct them. I worked for a large commercial concrete contractor from 1997-2000. There, I learned project engineering, project estimating, and project management. Upon leaving, I was one of two estimators for the company while also managing various projects. In 2000 I joined a small custom home builder as a carpenter and became lead carpenter. I worked my way into a partnership where I brought in-house design to the business. In mid 2002 I bought the company from my partner, renamed the new company Structure and Theory of Architecture (STOA) and got my Class A VA license. I wore many different hats: designer, contractor, concrete finisher, finish carpenter, accountant, bookkeeper, executive, safety manager, equipment manager, and lawyer to some degree. During this time I employed six carpenters and two architects. We designed and built custom homes, renovated historic homes and entered the commercial arena through designing and building a number of restaurants. I sold my company in July 2005 so I could come back to school.
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My teaching philosophy draws on past experience, both personal and in a corporate setting, to promote better learning through personal growth and classroom interaction.
My knowledge of the industry, from large commercial to small residential work, links me to the world of industry. This common link improves my access into that world as a teaching instrument, a researcher and an outreach tool. In the classroom, I plan to bring my areas of past knowledge together with my schooling and dissertation studies. Industry experience allowed me to learn through example, while often subjective. My masters in construction management combined this prior knowledge to theories and practice of business, engineering and architecture. My dissertation work has improved my ability to look at the multiple aspects of this complex industry, while also preparing me to teach current trends and look ahead. Innovation research is pertinent to the future of the construction industry. I plan to bring these influences into the classroom where appropriate, while also realizing that enabling personal growth can be the most effective teaching instrument.
My degrees in architecture further serve as a bridge for gaps between different parties in the AEC industry. This bridge, along with leadership skills, was a foundation for success in my design-build business. I plan to continue this success in the classroom where I believe good leadership training to be the best vehicle for producing strong management skills. Leadership training will happen through team work and lab assignments that stress application of concepts in the field. In these and all other classroom endeavors, I find it important to always reinforce positive learning and enjoyment of the setting.
My research goals include the constant pursuit of research work that contributes to learning and benefits the larger construction community.
In the spring of 2006, my work on innovation commercialization was well received at Virginia Tech’s CAUS Bi-annual Research Symposium. In September 2006 I presented a paper of early findings at the European Conference of Process Planning and Management in Valencia, Spain titled “Developing a New Commercialization Model for the Residential Construction Industry.” Construction Innovation will publish the first of a series of journal articles about my research in Volume 8 Issue 2 titled "Towards Establishing a Domain-Specific Commercialization Model in Residential Construction." Part 2 of this paper is currently under review at Construction Innovation.
I believe the benefits of facilitating innovation commercialization and adoption to be highly tangible both in academics and in the industry community. Innovation commercialization, as a topic, incorporates the complexities of the construction industry, attempts to manage these complexities and benefits the future of the industry. Few other topics pertinent to the industry today reach as broad a range of possibility.