Sean Ervin, a senior-level executive for TSP Architecture and Engineering, has been named the professor of practice and program coordinator for the architecture program at South Dakota State University. Ervin brings more than 35 years of industry experience to the position.
Based in Sioux Falls, Ervin has held the position of head of architecture, senior architect, senior project manager, board secretary/treasurer, and principal for TSP, a company founded in 1930 that specializes in architecture, engineering, planning and interior design.
“Sean is a leader in architecture with a depth of knowledge and expertise that will have a tremendous impact on the architecture program at South Dakota State University,” said Pat Crawford, director of SDSU’s School of Design. “Sean will not only lead our program to new heights in a key administrative role, but he will be in the classroom and labs with our students, providing them with real-world experiences that will prepare and train them to be the architects of the future.”
In this role, Ervin will mentor both undergraduate and graduate students, provide leadership for the National Architectural Accrediting Board accreditation, serve as the architect licensing advisor to SDSU students, develop and teach professional curriculum and foster and sustain faculty and student success.
“I am honored to have this opportunity to lead the state’s only accredited architecture program,” Ervin said. “SDSU has a rich history of providing opportunities for students to impact the communities of South Dakota, the region and beyond. I look forward to working with our world-class faculty and students in preparing them to become leaders and innovators in architecture and to have a positive impact on the world we live in today.”
Ervin will also serve a critical role with the newly formed Architecture Program Practitioner Board, a collection of practicing architects in the state that will consult on program curriculum, actively engage with students in the classroom and provide professional development and placement for students.
“The success of our architecture program depends on collaboration and involvement from leading companies in South Dakota,” Crawford said. “The practitioner board will be an important tool by engaging with and listening to those leaders, we can use that information to make our program stronger. It will also provide a pathway for our students to better learn and understand how the industry works while building important relationships for the future.”
Ervin earned his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Iowa State University and a Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. He also holds a Master of Construction Management from Washington.
Ervin has led the design of several high-profile projects in the region, including the new Vermillion Elementary School, as well as the Midco Aquatic Center in Sioux Falls, the Orpheum Theater Complex in Marshalltown, Iowa, and the Columbus Wellness Center and Field House expansion in Columbus, Nebraska. He also was one of the designers for the American Indian Student Center on the SDSU campus.
Ervin will help TSP clients and projects transition to other team members as he steps into his new role.
Ervin will begin his new role at SDSU on Aug. 22.
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