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Scholar of the Week

Andrew McCoy

The Office of the Vice President for Research recognizes Andrew McCoy, an associate professor,  the Preston and Catharine White Fellow, and assistant director of the Myers-Lawson School of School of Building Construction in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, for his research on innovation and affordability in residential construction.

McCoy is interested in how innovation progresses through the residential construction industry, and how innovation can contribute to affordability and sustainability.

He studies the impacts of innovative green building technologies on housing and energy policy and is the lead author of many peer-reviewed articles on the subjects of innovation and affordability in residential construction.

In addition, he has been the co-primary investigator on more than $3 million in funded projects, including ‘green’ construction practices and safety practices in the construction supply chain.

McCoy directs the Virginia Tech Center for Housing Research, the official housing research center for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

McCoy was recognized by leading construction industry publication Engineering News-Record as one of the Top 20 Under 40 for the Mid-Atlantic region. 

He teaches undergraduate and graduate building construction courses that give students practical experience working on estimating and project management of real construction projects. He also contributes construction subject matter expertise on residential construction supply chain, adoption, diffusion and commercialization of innovation, platform development, scheduling, estimating, and industry-appropriate research-to-practice knowledge transfer

McCoy received bachelor’s degrees in architecture and architectural history from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in building construction, and a Ph.D. in environmental design and planning from Virginia Tech.

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Nominate a Scholar of the Week

The goals of the Scholar of the Week are to recognize individuals while also telling people about research and scholarly activities at the university.

Recognition is based on research and/or scholarship.

Please nominate individuals — not teams, groups, or more than one person.

Please provide a sentence describing the research, scholarship, or creative work in non-technical, generally accessible language. A second sentence with an example or application is helpful.

  • Send nominations to: Beth Tranter, Chief of Staff, Office of the Vice President for Research.