Andrew Patton McCoy, Ph.D.

Editor of Housing Innovations

Dr. McCoy is the Director of the Virginia Center for Housing Research (VCHR or The Center) at Virginia Tech, an Associate Professor of Building Construction and Adjunct Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, teaching several undergraduate and graduate Building Construction courses which give students practical experience working on estimating and project management of real construction projects. Dr. McCoy also teaches a graduate course, which explores concepts, theories and applications of innovation in construction, specializing in residential systems. Dr. McCoy’s main area of research involves diffusion and commercialization of innovative projects in the construction industry. He is the main author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers on the subjects of innovation adoption, diffusion and commercialization in residential construction and construction safety. He is also the Associate Editor of the inaugural edition of ASCE’s Journal of Architectural Engineering Special Edition on Residential Building Construction.

Dr. McCoy has been the co-primary investigator on more than two million dollars in funded projects, including ‘green’ construction practices and safety practices in the construction supply chain. Recently funded endeavors include: 1) HUD's " Impact of Market Behavior on the Adoption and Diffusion of Innovative Green Building Technologies," A Sustainable Communities Research grant; 2) CREATES, a Department of Labor grant to increase Southwest Virginia Constructors knowledge and application of green technologies; 3) ELECTRI Foundation's 2011 Early Career Award and 4) NIOSH's “The Case for a Whole Industry Approach to Safety,” a grant on safety across cultures and sectors of the construction industry. Another endeavor was the 2009 Department of Energy “Solar Decathlon” competition, in which university teams compete to design, build, manage and operate the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered house. He and his faculty teammates received the university-level 2010 XCalibur Award for excellence in integrating technology into the Classroom Environment. The project won the European Premier Prize (first overall internationally) and garnered the first ever National AIA Award for a University. He and a colleague also received the College of Architecture and Urban Studies' 2011 University Excellence in Outreach as a Team award and the 2011 Alumni Excellence in Outreach for Virginia Tech, based on his work with engaging industry. The alumni excellence award places him permanently into the Academy of Outreach Excellence.

He received the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Exemplary Faculty Award for the Department of Building Construction in the Myers Lawson School of Construction, the University’s 2013 Favorite Faculty Award from the Division of Student Affairs and the March 2013 University Teacher of the Week from the Center for Instructional Development and Education Research (CIDER), all student nominated.

Dr. McCoy has over 15 years of experience in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, including 8.5 years of fieldwork and 4.5 years of managing a design-build firm that maintained a Class A Virginia contractor license and employed licensed architects. Dr. McCoy received undergraduate degrees in Architecture and Architectural History from the University of Virginia, and an MS in Building Construction and a Ph.D. in Environmental Design and Planning from Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech’s Department of Building Construction bestowed its Outstanding Young Alumnus award on Dr. McCoy in May 2013.