Carroll Lecture Archives

College of Science and Technology, 14th Annual Carroll Lecture Series


Randolph R. Croxton, FAIA, President of Croxton Collaborative Architects, P.C. presents two public lectures on the general topic of Green Architecture:

  • "Green Awakening / Sustainable Reality"
    12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Wallman Hall Theatre
    Preceded by light lunch refreshments at noon.
    Admission is free and open to the public.
  • "The Rebirth of Resourcefulness"
    7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. , MultiMedia A, Library
    Admission is free and open to the public.
    Public school teachers, students and the Fairmont community are encouraged to attend.


How do we make the transition from our current state of ‘green buzz’ to the vast potentials of sustainability and carbon neutrality? Specifically, given the limited resources of time and money, what is the highest practicable sustainable potential for any given planning/architectural project? The value-centered design philosophy and design process necessary to address these challenges will be explored and exemplified in case studies.

Sustainability is emerging as a strategic necessity - redefining how we plan our cities and infrastructure, how we design and construct our buildings, and, fundamentally, forcing us to reconsider the nature of growth. The first generation to stand at the edge of these new realities, we are in a position of great risk and great potential. The successful pathway forward will couple our processing power, information gathering and innovation to reassert new levels of resourcefulness; a point of view last fully integrated in the American psyche in the late 1880s.

Speaker biography:

Randy Croxton photo


RANDOLPH R. CROXTON, FAIA, is nationally recognized for his award winning design projects and as a pioneer and innovator in the achievement of environmental and sustainable architectural design. His built work, writings and lectures consistently express the integral relationship between high quality design and sustainable design, and his work has expanded understanding of the far-reaching opportunities inherent in the balance of built and natural environments. In the period 1988-2007, Mr. Croxton, as architect or associated architect, has completed, or has currently underway more than 40 building projects, master plans and commissioned strategic plan documents, which together constitute a critical mass in the advancement of environmental/ sustainable design, which has at its heart quality of life concerns – better space for building occupants. Mr. Croxton has been at the center of creating the Sustainable Design Guidelines and Reference Manual for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation for what has been characterized by many as a seminal project of our time: the rebuilding of the World Trade Center.

While design excellence remains the driving force in all of Croxton Collaborative’s work, the firm also has a fundamental, well-documented commitment to environmental/sustainable architecture. Mr. Croxton’s international standing in the field of sustainable design is reflected in the fact that he was invited to present Audubon House, a leadership project which defined the basic tenets of environmental/sustainable design, at both the United Nations Earth Summit at Rio (1992) and the United Nations Social Summit in Copenhagen (1995). In November 2005, at the annual U. S. Green Building Conference and Expo, Mr. Croxton received a National Leadership Award for his firm’s role in defining the goals and principles of “green design” in America. Design excellence, informed by this value added approach, guides all of the work undertaken by Mr. Croxton and his entire office.

About the Carroll lectures

This lecture series, co-sponsored by the Fairmont State Foundation and the President's Office, is organized by the College of Science and Technology in honor of Robert L. Carroll who passed away on April 13, 1997, in Charleston, S. C., at age 87. Dr. Carroll was born January 15, 1910, in Three Lakes, Washington. He received an A.B. Education degree from Fairmont State College in 1933, an M.S. in Mathematics from West Virginia University in 1940, and a Ph.D. degree in Mathematical Physics from West Virginia University in 1944.

Dr. Carroll was on the faculty of Fairmont State College as a Professor of Physics and head of the Physics Department from 1946 to 1956. His other positions include Associate Project Leader of Proximity Fuze Research with the National Bureau of Standards in Washington, D.C., Chief Engineer and Dean of Academics at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, Patuxent River, Md. (where one of his students was Allan Shepherd), and senior scientist and analyst with various government research and testing operations. From 1965 to 1977 he was head of the Department of Physics at Baptist College in Charleston, S.C.

Dr. Carroll’s numerous awards include American Men of Science, Who’s Who in American Education, Two Thousand Men of Achievement (1972), and the Ordnance Development Award for Naval Research.


Previous Robert L. Carroll Lectures

Beyond the Farthest Star by Robert L. Carroll, Ph. D.

Pulsars, Quasars and New Stars: A View of the Universe from Green Bank, West Virginia by Felix Lockman, Ph. D.

The Plasma Universe: Electricity vs. the ‘Big Bang’ by Anthony Perratt, Ph. D.

Dolly, Molly, Polly, Meaghan and Moragh: Cloning and Its Implications by Claird E. Rexroad, Jr., Ph. D.

Artificial Intelligence: Common Sense and Nonsense by Dr. Ben A. Hitt, Ph. D.

The Extinction of the Dinosaurs by Asteroid Impact by Thomas W. Kammer, Ph. D.

Nature’s Numbers: A Perspective on the DNA Hybridization Work on Both Bird and Human Relationships by Jon E. Ahlquist, Ph. D.

Seeing with Your Ears: Multisensory Computing by Frances L. VanScoy, Ph. D.

The Space Elevator by Bradley Edwards, Ph. D.

Emerging Opportunities for Clean Coal Technologies by Michael L. Eastman

Are Birds Living Dinosaurs? and Cool New Stuff about Old, Dead Dinosaurs by John "Jack" R. Horner

Molluscs in the New Millennium by Dr. Sandra E. Shumway

Human Genome Variation in Health Disparities by Dr. Georgia M. Dunston