Remembering Dan Spears
August 3, 2016
Joe Daniel “Dan” Spears
Associate Professor of Architecture. B. Arch., University of Texas at Austin, 1960; M.S. Arch., Columbia University, 1963; Registered Architect.
Professor Spears was a member of the UT Arlington faculty since 1965. He served as the Associate Dean from 1972 to 1980 and was the Director of the Malaysia Program in Architecture for the multi-university Texas International Education Consortium in 1986. Spears served for many years as Senior Undergraduate Advisor and Coordinator of Basic Studies in the School of Architecture. He provided active service in the Core and undergraduate curricular reforms within the University. Professor Spears supervised teams researching and documenting the Winfield Wharton Scott and Pollack-Capp residences in Fort Worth for the National Registry and the Historic American Building Survey. His professional experience includes work with the Dallas firms: Harrell and Hamilton; The Oglesby Group; Brock Arms and Associates; Thomas and Booziotis; and in 1970 as J. Daniel Spears, Architect.
Dan Spears, with Professors Lee Wright and Richard Ferrier, founded the School of Architecture in 1968. Spears, who had extensive connections within the University organized support on campus to develop the program from a drafting program in Engineering to a department of Architecture in The School of Liberal Arts. Spears served as the first Acting Chair while the newly formed program searched for a permanent Chair. Spears would be instrumental in developing the Architecture curriculum into a four-year undergraduate degree with a two-year graduate degree in 1971. Spears would also serve as the Associate Dean of Basic Studies in 1974. By 1975, the newly formed School of Architecture and Environmental Design would receive its first National Architectural Accrediting Board five-year accreditation.
Dan would teach in the School for thirty-five years retiring in 2000. He passed away on February 13, 2016 in Detroit, Texas.