Andrew McCoy

Andrew McCoy

Andrew P. McCoy, Ph.D. is Director of the Virginia Center for Housing Research (VCHR), Beliveau Professor of the Department of Building Construction and Associate Director of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction (MLSoC) at Virginia Tech.


Expertise: Innovation Diffusion and Commercialization, Safety, Housing Analytics 

Recent Publications: 

Yeganeh, A. J., McCoy, A. P., & Schenk, T. (2020). "Determinants of climate change policy adoption: a meta-analysis." Urban Climate: Volume 31, March 2020, (article link)

Yeganeh, A. J., McCoy, A. P., & Hankey, S. (2019). "Green Affordable Housing: Cost-Benefit Analysis for Zoning Incentives." Sustainability 2019, 11(22), 6269; (article link)

Yeganeh, A. J., McCoy, A. P., Reichard, G., Hankey, S., Schenk, T. (2019). State adoption of green building incentives for affordable housing. Under review.

Ladipo, T., Reichard, G., McCoy, A., Pearce, A., Knox, P. and Flint, M. (2019) “Attributes and Metrics for Comparative Quantification of Disaster Resilience Across Diverse Performance Mandates and Standards of Building.” Journal of Building Engineering, V21 pp. 446-454.


Dr. McCoy teaches several undergraduate and graduate Building Construction courses which give students practical experience working on estimating and project management of real construction projects. Dr. McCoy also teaches a graduate course, which explores concepts, theories and applications of innovation in construction, specializing in residential systems. 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 books and peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers on the subjects of innovation adoption, diffusion and commercialization in residential construction and construction safety. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the 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 authored over 100 articles and has been a primary investigator on millions of dollars in funded projects, including ‘green’ residential 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’s Economy”; 2) HUD’s ” Impact of Market Behavior on the Adoption and Diffusion of Innovative Green Building Technologies,” A Sustainable Communities Research grant; 3) HUD’s “Strategies for Promoting Innovation in Housing”; 4) NIOSH’s “The Case for a Whole Industry Approach to Safety,” a grant on safety across cultures and sectors of the construction industry and 5) Housing Virginia’s “The Impact of Energy Efficient Construction for LIHTC Housing in Virginia.”  Dr. McCoy’s research won the 2015 Game Changer Award for the State of Virginia and Engineering News Record’s 2014 “Top 20 under 40” for the Mid-Atlantic.  Dr. McCoy’s work also won ASCE’s Journal of Architectural Engineering “Top Paper Award 2015” and the American Real Estate Society conference’s “best paper prize for the topic of Sustainable Real Estate.”

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.

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.



Contact information

430C Bishop-Favrao Hall (0156)
1345 Perry St
Blacksburg, VA 24061