By: Todd Kosmerick
Edward Walter “Terry” Waugh is usually credited with the circular design concept for NC State’s Harrelson Hall, which was recently demolished. To follow up from last week’s post, here are a few more facts about him.
He was born on 24 January 1913 in Johannesburg, South Africa. During the 1930s he attended the School of Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot Watt College of Engineering in Scotland, and he received the equivalent of a BA in 1935 and MA in 1938.
During World War II he came to the United States. In 1944-1945 he had a fellowship at Cranbrook Academy, and he briefly worked under Eliel Saarinen. In 1945-1946 he was a senior designer of movie sets for Columbia Picture, Inc. He was a practicing architect for a few years in Kansas City, and in 1949 he and George Matsumoto designed the Kansas City Art Institute. He also briefly taught architecture at the University of Kansas and the University of Oklahoma.
In September 1948 he became an associate professor of architecture in NC State’s School (now College) of Design. He was among the original cohort of faculty and students that had come with Dean Henry Kamphoefner from the University of Oklahoma. He taught at NC State during 1948-1951 and again 1958-1962. During his second employment at the university, he performed additional duties as campus planner.
From 1951 to 1958 he was in private practice in Raleigh. In 1960, he and his wife Elizabeth authored (with Henry Kamphoefner, advisor) the book The South Builds: New Architecture in the Old South. During his career he also wrote a number of articles. In 1965 he showed his paintings and drawings at an exhibit titled “Two Years of Architecture and Art” in NC State’s student union.
In addition to Harrelson Hall (designed with Holloway-Reeves), Waugh contributed to the design of various renovation projects on the NC State campus; to the Winston-Salem War Memorial Coliseum (with G. Milton Small); and the Forest Hills Shopping Center (with Raymond Sawyer) in Garner, North Carolina. He also designed several houses in North Carolina (many featured on the NC Modernist Houses website), including his own at 3211 Churchill Road in Raleigh. Through an arrangement between NC State and the government of Peru, Waugh design the campus for La Molina University (Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina) in that country.
Terry Waugh died in Raleigh on 24 February 1966. Architectural drawings for some of his buildings still exist. Drawings and other documents about the design of NC State’s recently-demolished Harrelson Hall are included in the NCSU Office of the University Architect Records (UA 003.026) and the Holloway-Reeves Records (MC 00172). Drawings for other Waugh-designed buildings also exist in the Edward Walter Waugh Drawings (MC 00148).