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Dr. McCoy teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses which explore concepts, theories and applications of innovation in construction. 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 Editor-in-Chief of 
ASC's International Journal of Construction Education and Research and Associate Editor of the inaugural edition of ASCE’s Journal of Architectural Engineering Special Edition on Residential Building Construction. 

Dr. McCoy has been the primary and/or co-primary investigator on millions of dollars in funded projects, including ‘green’ construction practices, building technologies, affordable housing and safety practices in the construction supply chain. Notable funded endeavors include: 1) The Commonwealth of Virginia's Executive Order 32 study "Addressing the Impact of Housing Affordability for Virginia Economy"; 2) HUD's " Impact of Market Behavior on the Adoption and Diffusion of Innovative Green Building Technologies," A Sustainable Communities Research grant; 3) CREATES, a Department of Labor grant to increase Southwest Virginia Constructors knowledge and application of green technologies; 4) ELECTRI 
Foundation's 2011 Early Career Award; 5) NIOSH's “The Case for a Whole Industry Approach to Safety,” a grant on safety across cultures and sectors of the construction industry ; 5) Housing Virginia's "The Impact of Energy Efficient Construction for LIHTC Housing in Virginia" and 6) Virginia Housing's "Printing for Affordable Concrete housing and Training (PACT)" which will develop the first affordable house in Virginia using 3D concrete printing. 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.

His students awarded him 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). His peers awarded him the 2013 Young Alumni Award from the Department of Building Construction and Engineering News Record's 2014 "Top 20 under 40" for the Mid-Atlantic.  Dr. McCoy was also selected by Virginia Housing Coalition for the 2015 Commonwealth of Virginia Game Changer Award for his work on the "The Impact of Energy Efficient Design and Construction on LIHTC Housing in Virginia" grant and report.

Dr. McCoy has over 17 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.


Dr. McCoy is the Director of the Virginia Center for Housing Research (VCHR or The Center) at Virginia Tech. VCHR’s mission is to serve as an interdisciplinary study, research, and information resource on housing. In carrying out its mission, the Center serves as a resource to policy makers, communities, and businesses for research-based information and technical assistance. As a result, VCHR’s vision is to produce cutting-edge research while leveraging these outputs and knowledge to create and improve the affordability, sustainability, and quality of housing. Further, the Center is committed to implementing a research agenda that will address and find solutions to the most critical housing needs of the Commonwealth and the nation.

The Virginia Center for Housing Research offers expertise in market analysis and affordable homeownership opportunities, including, for example, Affordable Dwelling Unit Programs as well as in construction and cost estimation. Dr. McCoy and VCHR recently assisted Fairfax County in revising its ADU guidelines and developing guidelines for its WDU program. The Center has established a solid reputation for performing housing market studies to help localities make policy decisions affecting housing. It has performed over a dozen projects contributing to housing policy and strategic planning for localities. In addition, VCHR has earned a national reputation for conducting housing technology research and has completed numerous projects for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and the National Science Foundation. In addition to research focusing on trends in housing affordability, workforce housing, and processing information on new technologies within the homebuilding industry, the Center is expanding its role to include research related to green building including environmental innovations in homebuilding and the impact of environmental regulations on the housing market.


Much of the core of my academic career is integration: integration across the scholarly domains of teaching, research and service; integration across knowledge domains from construction, architecture and engineering to public policy and business; integration across student cohorts, from all levels of undergraduates to graduate students; and integration across academic and industrial thresholds that translate research into practice. For me, integration is the process of identifying and removing boundaries and transcending constraints in order to improve understanding, facilitate critical thinking and apply the multiple knowledge sets of peers and colleagues to solve a variety of problems. My experience brings varied perspectives to my work with students and colleagues, and continues to expand my understanding through a drive and curiosity for knowledge and experience in vocational and personal endeavors. 

This approach has allowed me to participate as an integral part in the creation of innovative teaching and learning environments at Virginia Tech, where we engage in pioneering research on innovation in the construction industry and foster a relationship of cooperation and trust with community and industry clients to whom we offer solution-focused service projects. 


 University of Virginia School of Architecture 1996: BS in Architecture
 University of Virginia School of Architecture 1997: BA in Architectural History
 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 2007: MS in Construction Science and Management
 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 2008: PhD in Environmental Design and Planning

Architectural History thesis title: “Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building”
MS in Construction thesis title: “Establishing a Commercialization Model for Innovative Products in the Residential Construction Industry”
PhD in Environmental Design and Planning dissertation title: “Commercialization for Innovative Products in the Residential Construction Industry”
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