School of Architecture College of Design

Sharon Roe, Retired Lecturer

Sharon Roe




Sharon Roe



Master of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, 1992

Bachelor of Architecture, University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology, Mpls, 1982

Bachelor of Arts, University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts, Minneapolis, 1969


Sharon Roe is an architect specializing in the design of highly technical buildings. Her 25 years of teaching and research have centered on developing and integrating methods of architectural design into the rapidly expanding digital environment. She has written and spoken internationally on both her teaching and research. Her expertise has been instrumental in the development of the computing environments at MSU and NCSU.

Sharon has been active in the development of curriculum and administrative issues such as innovation in undergraduate education (Bachelor of Design in Architecture), in first and second Professional Degree Programs, and Professional Program Accreditation,. She has a well-established record of bringing her students to local and national attention through paper presentations and design awards.


Graduate Design Studio I (coordinator)

Architectural Design (all levels of undergraduate and graduate studios)

Construction Methods and Materials (lecture class: Arch 5515; Project modules: Steel and Glass; Ambiguously Concrete; Stone and Water)

Master’s Final Project and Thesis Advisor

Honors and Awards

2006 Ralph Rapson Award for Distinguished Teaching, College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

2012 M. Arch Student Choice Award

2011 M. Arch Student Choice Award (awarded by the graduating Master of Architecture class to the teacher who has been most influential in their graduate education)



1984-2009 Registered Architect, State of Minnesota

1984-1991 Member, American Institute of Architects

2000-2009 Member, American Institute of Architects



"Las Vegas: Genuinely Inauthentic," presented at the International ACSA International Conference, Havana, Cuba, June 2002 and published in the proceedings.

"The Signs of Illusion: Las Vegas," presented at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Annual Conference, Dallas, Texas, March 1997.

"Investigations into the Production of Form," presented at European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE) conference, Weimar, Germany, June 1995 and Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) conference, October 1995, also published in the ACADIA proceedings.

"Virtual Building Blocks: Applying An Heuristic Device to the Exploration of Type," presented at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington, March 1995 and published in the proceedings.

"An Ecology of Building," presented at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Southeast Regional Conference, Raleigh, NC, October 1993, also published in the proceedings.

"An Heuristic Device for the Design and Teaching of Mechanical Systems," presented at the ACSA Technology Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, January 1993.

"Hermeneutics and the Design Process," presented at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Technology Conference, Boston, Mass., February 1991.

"Development of a Design Assistance Program: A Case Study", principal author with Lance LaVine and Bob Lorenzen, a poster-presentation of TTADP case study method at the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy Conference (ACEEE), Asilomar, CA, Summer 1990.

Five Degrees of Conservation: A Graphic Analysis of Energy Alternatives for a Northern Climate, with Lance LaVine and Mary Fagerson (distributed by Univ of MM Press, 1981).


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