Shann Rushing has focused his career on the design, management, and construction of higher education and civic projects. His design leadership has been instrumental in creating places that reflect and advance the mission and identity of those institutions. Shann served as senior design architect for NC State University’s James B. Hunt Jr. Library, in collaboration with Snøhetta. Called “the library of the future” by Time magazine, Hunt Library created a transformative environment for collaborative learning and integrated technology. His previous experience includes the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, the first LEED Gold building within the University of Maryland system, as well as the recently completed Edens Quad and East Union projects at Duke University. Currently, he is focused on programming and predesign for NC State’s new Engineering Building at Centennial Campus.
His projects have garnered recognition for design, innovation, and sustainability from the American Institute of Architects, Architizer, the Urban Land Institute and the U.S. Green Building Council. Shann is engaged in conversations about collaboration and integrated design through presentations to organizations such as SCUP, AIA, and the USGBC. Shann is active in the AIA, currently serving on the Triangle Chapter’s board of directors and previously as chair of the Design Awards Committee. He is a regular critic and lecturer at NC State University’s College of Design, where he holds both a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Design.