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Ronald G. Phillips, PhD

Ronald G. Phillips

Associate Professor Emeritus
6 Gentry Hall
Phone: (573) 882-4575


Doctorate of Architecture, University of Michigan, 1986; BA, Kansas State University, 1975; BS, Kansas State University, 1974.

Research Interests

Environmental Gerontology; Research Methods; Organizational Systems; Design Programming and Evaluation; Behaviorally-based Design.

Retirement Announcement

Dr. Ronn Phillips announced his retirement to begin September 1, 2014.  We invited students, alumni, and friends to his "Last Lecture" delivered on the last day of class of the Spring Semester.

Dr. Phillips is a native Missourian with degrees in architecture and psychology from Kansas State University. He served his country during the Vietnam War in the Seabees and learned even more about psychology and place. His doctoral work is with the University of Michigan where he studied with Lee Pastalan.

When Ronn was still working on his doctorate he was teaching at Kansas State and applied for a teaching job at MU. Dr. Tofle says, "I remember his presentation like it was yesterday. He showed student work from his classes and he had the crowd in the palm of his hand. It is this same charisma as a teacher that helped him win the Provost's Teaching Award, the Graduate Mentor Award, the HES Distinguished Service Award,...and how he recruited the first class of online students, and staked claim to the basement of Gentry as our Building Technology Lab. In his University Extension work, Ronn has cared about housing for Missourians. He has worked for multiple agencies in developing a profile of the housing stock quality in the rural northwest of Missouri as a protocol for other communities. Ronn has been a great teacher that has inspired generations of our students in the classroom and outside the classroom—in Stanley Hall, in northwest rural Missouri, and most recently in an isolated mountain village in Haiti."

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