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University architect retires from IU after nearly 25 years

Nov. 30, 2016

After a quarter century at IU, Jerry Stuff has retired from his position of senior associate university architect with a heart full of gratitude.

Jerry Stuff

Jerry Stuff | PHOTO BY LIZ KAYE, IU COMMUNICATIONS

"I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be able to practice my trade as an architect and to have provided design solutions for students to have the chance to be educated and conduct research," he said. "I’m just very grateful for the collaboration and collegiality of the staff, faculty, administrators and students, and I’m grateful to have seen how IU has advanced over the last 25 years."

Stuff started on the Bloomington campus after choosing to switch from the corporate world to higher education. It’s a decision he’s never regretted. He was hired to replace Bob Pond, a protégé of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. After five years in Bloomington, Stuff moved to the IUPUI University Architects Office, where he has been for the last 20 years. 

In that time, Stuff has overseen projects at IU’s campuses around the state. He’s collaborated with countless architects, engineers, interior designers and landscapers. He’s met with contractors to answer questions about projects, and he’s traveled as far north as Gary and as far south as New Albany.

Stuff appreciates the trust he earned over the years from former IU Vice President Terry Clapacs and Tom Morrison, IU’s vice president for capital planning and facilities, to develop architecture that advances research and IU’s educational mission.

As Stuff prepares to take on a new position as associate vice president for facility management and capital planning with the University of Texas at Tyler, he’ll look back with pride on numerous projects his office tackled during his tenure.

Among them are the new Arts and Sciences Building at IU Northwest. "When you look at the opportunity that building provides students at that campus, it’s worth the travel time," he said.

He’s also proud of several projects he’s had a hand in in Indianapolis, such as the IUPUI Campus Center, the Ball Gardens rehabilitation and the IU Natatorium renovation.

Stuff said it isn’t the brick-and-mortar buildings that he’ll miss the most when he leaves; it’s the people.

"It is very much a family," he said. "I’m not even going to say goodbye. I’m just going to see you later." 

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