MUNCIE, Ind. — Ball State University announced Wednesday that the College of Architecture and Planning would be named after the late R. Wayne Estopinal.
The R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning recognizes his 40-plus years of involvement as a highly-engaged alumnus leader and trustee. Estopinal was a tireless champion for quality planning and design – generously sharing his time to mentor, educate and inspire. Throughout his career, he employed more than 100 architectural student interns – many of whom attended Ball State – immersing each in all aspects of planning and design at his firm, TEG Architects.
As a trustee at Ball State, Estopinal initiated and championed a campaign to re-establish a five-year bachelor’s of architecture degree at BSU CAP, after a 17-year absence. Estopinal spent six years working with students, faculty, college leaders, university administrations and university trustees to accomplish the degree’s full reinstatement in 2017. The impact of this effort is beyond the financial savings, it allows graduates to begin contributing to the profession’s impact on our built environment sooner.
“Wayne exemplified what it means to be a loyal Cardinal,” stated board chair Rick Hall in a news release. “He supported students, faculty and fellow alumni in every manner possible for decades. Most importantly, Wayne loved our university enough to challenge it to strive for the highest level of excellence and had the courage to overcome obstacles to fulfilling those aspirations. Naming the college after him is a tribute to his exceptional leadership and commitment to Ball State, which will have a lasting effect for generations to come.”
Estopinal’s ultimate goal was to impact the architectural profession through more knowledgeable practitioners and future thought leaders. Associating his name with the university that greatly impacted his career will certainly instill this initiative for many generations to come.
Estopinal was killed in a small plane crash in southern Indiana on Nov. 30, 2018. He was 63.