Ford received his Bachelor of Architecture degree at Virginia Tech in 1985 and studied Biology and Life Sciences at LSU from 1993-1996. Ford’s most recent professional experience was as Vice President and Design Director at HKS USA, Inc in Atlanta. Prior to that he had worked in his own firm, Ford | Dickinson AAC, CSRS and Trahan Architects in Baton Rouge.
He joined the faculty of the LSU School of Architecture in 1996 as an adjunct instructor of studio and design theory courses. Students in the School of Architecture designated him as the 2004 Professor-of-the-Year. He left the School in 2006 to return to full-time practice.
Associate Professor Ursula Emery McClure, who frequently taught with Ford during his time at LSU had this to say about her former colleague. “Jack Ford brought an unlimited enthusiasm for the profession of architecture. Often active practitioners who teach use the studio as an escape from the difficulties of the real world. Jack never did. He loved the job, the craft, and the discipline and he made sure the students witnessed his passion. He was always fully engaged and there is no doubt in my mind that the students became engulfed in his love of building. Those students who were lucky enough to be taught by him will always love what they do.”
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, January 13th in the conference center on the 1st floor of Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge LA, 100 Woman’s Way (Airline Highway at Stumberg). The public is welcome to arrive at 2:30 pm to begin to celebrate and remember.
In lieu of flowers, Ford’s family has suggested that donations be made to the American Heart Association, the Alzheimer’s Association or the AIA Baton Rouge Education Fund.