Wendy McClure is a Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Idaho, practicing architect and community planner. She was the first woman architecture faculty member to be tenured and promoted and the first woman to serve as chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Idaho. She is a recipient of the University of Idaho’s 2011 Teaching Excellence Award”, which recognized her program to engage students and communities in “action-based”, service-learning partnerships. She is a national peer for the Government Service’s Administration Design Excellence Program and member of the ISUF (International Seminar on Urban Form) Council.
During her 27 year service to the university, Professor McClure developed an integrated program for teaching, scholarship and outreach, which targeted the revitalization needs of over 50 Northwest communities. Through the venues of architectural practice, on-going scholarship and community activism, she continues to pursue strategies for sustainable community development and revitalization. Some of her publications on the subject of downtown revitalization include The Rural Town: Designing for Growth and Sustainability and a chapter for Downtowns: Revitalizing the Centers of Small Urban Communities. She is co-editor and contributing author of The Built Environment: A Collaborative Inquiry into Design and Planning released by John Wiley and Sons in 2007 and is preparing a manuscript on town-making and sustainable transformations in the intermountain west.
Wendy is the recipient of the Idaho Historic Preservation Council’s “distinguished preservationist award for superlative achievement in preserving the state’s resources,” several city and county orchid awards for preservation projects, a New Orleans Historic Landmarks Commission design award for “outstanding achievement in preservation“ and (6) UI alumni awards for excellence in teaching.