Dale Allen Gyure
Department Chair and Professor
Dale Allen Gyure, JD, PhD, is the interim chair of Architecture and a professor in the College of Architecture and Design, where he teaches courses on the history of architecture. Gyure began teaching at Lawrence Tech in 2001 after receiving his doctorate in architectural history from the University of Virginia. His undergraduate training was in psychology at Ball State University. In 1989, he earned a law degree from Indiana University and spent the next six years as a trial attorney in Tampa, Florida.
Gyure has published articles, essays, and book reviews in numerous journals, and presented papers and lectures across the country. His research focuses on American and modern architecture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly the intersections of architecture, education and society.
Gyure's first book, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Florida Southern College (University of Florida Press), remains the only comprehensive history of the largest and longest-lasting project of America’s most famous architect. The Chicago Schoolhouse, 1856-2006: High School Architecture and Educational Reform (Center for American Places/University of Chicago Press), an expanded version of Gyure’s dissertation research, analyzes the impact that changes in educational administration, curriculum, and pedagogy had on the form and layout of high school buildings over time.
Minoru Yamasaki: Humanist Architecture for a Modernist World (Yale University Press) is the first extensive analysis of the architecture of one of the postwar period’s seminal figures. And The Schoolroom: A Social History of Teaching and Learning offers a look at the history of American education through material artifacts like school buildings, classrooms, desks, blackboards, and other tangible objects.
Beyond his research, Gyure is actively involved in architectural history and historic preservation matters. He is a regular peer reviewer for architectural history journals, book publishers, and the National Park Service, and currently serves as a book review editor for the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. Dale has served on the boards of directors of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, and Docomomo Michigan. In 2013, he was selected by the governor to join Michigan’s State Historic Preservation Review Board.