At Hampden-Sydney, Tom was a Phi Beta Kappa and ODK inductee, a brother of Sigma Nu, editor-in-chief of The Tiger, and an Academic All-ODAC captain of the tennis team. He also studied at Oxford and Aix-en-Provence. More recently, he has been an adjunct faculty member in the architecture department at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, where he earned degrees in architecture and landscape architecture, along with awards for design. He has lectured on design and preservation, and served as critic for several design studios. His professional work includes a national scouting reserve on a former coal mining site in West Virginia; educational spaces at a storm-water reclamation pond in North Carolina; and a masterplan for a botanic garden in Maine. Current projects at NBW include designs for a botanic garden in Michigan and a former sand filtration site in Washington DC.
David Prevette '97
Senior Architect, AECOM, Roanoke, VA
With a double major in classics and history, David discovered early in his courses at Hampden-Sydney that the themes of architecture, building, and planning had a recurring significance in history, but what he tended to overlook was the relevance of writing, presenting, and communicating in the actual practice of architecture. He is grateful for his training in rhetoric and public speaking at Hampden-Sydney, which gave him an advantage over other architects who were not prepared to give presentations. For many years, David was an associate with Grimm+Parker Architects in McLean, Virginia, and served on the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects in Northern Virginia. He received a Master's of Architecture from Virginia Tech in 2002. Most recently, David is a senior architect with AECOM in Roanoke, Virginia.
John Underwood '78
Principal, Island Architecture, Kauai, Hawai'i
While at Hampden-Sydney, John was an economics major and brother of the Theta Chi fraternity. Beyond classes, he worked in the H-SC development office and from time to time produced a late-night show on WWHSFM. After graduating, he worked for a design-build general contractor for twelve years, gaining experience in commercial, multi-family, and residential construction management. At 34 years old, he entered a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture program at Hampton University and graduated with honors. After a two-year internship with Hanbury Evans in Norfolk, he then joined Tidewater Hotels and Resorts in Virginia Beach as vice-president of construction; there he developed Marriott, Sheraton, and Holiday Inn brand hotels. A few years later, he began a private practice specializing in design-build projects and moved to Kauai Island in Hawai'i. His firm designs and develops commercial and high-end residential properties.
Ross Wilson '03
LEED A.P., Director of Community Development, PSW Real Estate, Austin, TX
While at Hampden-Sydney, Ross briefly wrote for the Hampden-Sydney paper, The Tiger. He was also a loyal brother of the Chi Phi fraternity. Ross spent much of his time during school focusing on a double major in Fine Arts and History, and couple with Rhetoric training prepared him well for a career in architecture. After Hampden-Sydney, Ross attended the University of Houston School of Architecture, and in 2007 received a Masters in Architecture. He worked for several years as an architectural designer at Page Southerland Page in his hometown of Austin, Texas. After leaving Page Southerland Page and moving to PSW Real Estate Ross spent time as an architectural designer and construction manager before moving into his current role as the director of community development. Ross's current role focuses on the design of projects, from a land planning perspective, or managing a third party architectural design project.