LaRaine Papa Montgomery

LaRaine Papa Montgomery

LaRaine Papa Montgomery


  • B.A., multi-disciplinary studies, North Carolina State University, 1985
  • M.Arch., North Carolina State University, 1989
First year at SCAD:

"For teaching, I am inspired by every great teacher I have had in my past. For art, by every artist, known and unknown, whose work I have seen, touched, tasted, felt and experienced. For design, by nature."


"The relationships that have grown out of the work done in the Gulf Coast communities since 2005 - when Hurricane Katrina destroyed buildings, neighborhoods and whole towns - have contributed meaning and life-long value to the architecture, interior design, historic preservation and industrial design students who have accompanied me on annual visits to the region affected. Students have played significant roles in the recovery and rebuilding processes, working very closely with various neighborhood associations and community leaders, as well as individuals who were in urgent need of design services such as housing, community centers, schools, fellowship church halls and more. The integration of SCAD design students into the vast network of organizations who are engaged in the rebuilding of these communities has been especially rewarding and has led to a number of employment opportunities for graduates."

Awards, recognition and honors

Vulcan Excellence in Teaching award; nominated for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement and Support of Education’s U.S. Professor of the Year Award; AIAS Most Valuable Foundations Teacher Award; AIAS Most Valuable Teacher Award; AIAS national award for community service project, "ArchiPetTure"


U.S. Green Building Council - Savannah Chapter, American Institute of Architects, Georgia Historical Society, Christ Church-Savannah Building Committee

Publications and presentations

  • Hurricane Katrina Relief Design Studios, exhibited New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Eight student works published in "Architectural Drawing: a Visual Compendium of Types and Methods," Rendow Yow, 2007

Previous Positions

Photography instructor, Cape Fear Technical College, Wilmington, North Carolina; editor/manager of communications for international architectural associations, Berne, Switzerland; planner/architect, Suter + Suter International Consultant Corporation, Basel, Zurich, and Berne, Switzerland; architectural intern, F. Carter Williams Architects, P.A., Raleigh, North Carolina; architectural intern, National Park Service Internship Program, Cape Hatteras, North Carolina; architectural intern and project renderer, Suter + Suter International Consultant Corporation, Basel, Switzerland; photographer/owner of photography studio, Wilmington, North Carolina

Courses Taught

  • ARCH 301 Architecture Design Studio I
  • ARCH 302 Architecture Design Studio II
  • ARCH 303 Architecture Design Studio III
  • ARCH 404 Architecture Design Studio IV
  • ARCH 485 Undergraduate Independent Study
  • ARCH 707 Architecture Design Studio VII
  • ARCH 708 Architecture Design Studio VIII: Thesis I
  • ARCH 709 Architecture Design Studio IX: Thesis II
  • DRAW 115 Graphics for the Building Arts
  • DSGN 223 Architectural Fundamentals I