Garth D. Hall, AIA, was a 1996 master's degree graduate of both the College of Fine and Applied Arts and the College of Engineering and a 1994 graduate of the Architectural Studies Program in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. While at the university and serving as a research assistant with the School of Architecture's Building Research Council, he developed a passion for applying scientific methodologies in solving technical challenges within the field of architecture. Applying his expertise in understanding both the in situ and theoretical behavior of building enclosure performance served as the focus of his professional endeavors and achievements.
A principal at Raths, Raths & Johnson Inc. and a respected architect with an exemplary career, Garth utilized his education and training in conducting investigations of and developing solutions for distressed and nonperforming buildings and in providing technical advice to design firms, contractors, and owners. Garth was a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA); the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); ASTM International; the Building Environment and Thermal Envelope Council (BETEC); and the International Code Council (ICC). He was a certified construction documents technologist (CDT) through the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and a certified third-party EIFS inspector through the Exterior Design Institute (EDI). Hall served as the chairman of ASTM E06.41.04—Moisture Control and as chair of ASHRAE Technical Committee 04.04—Building Materials and Building Envelope Performance.
Garth was certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and licensed as an architect in Illinois and 11 other states. He published many professional articles and made numerous presentations on topics involving the science of building enclosures throughout his career. In 2013, he received the Richard M. Horowitz Memorial Award from the Roofing Consultants Institute recognizing the best technical article in Interface: Journal of the Roof Consultants Institute.
Garth believed strongly that sharing his expertise by mentoring and through active involvement in professional organizations and publishing would advance the knowledge base of other professionals and lead to greater understanding and appreciation for building sciences. By establishing the Garth D. Hall Memorial Scholarship in Architectural Technology to support graduate students in architecture and engineering, he is honored with a legacy tribute that will benefit the aspirations of future graduate students at the School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.