Architect and Partner
CLASS OF 1966
Jerrell Angell’s career has taken him around the world, designing and developing exciting new hospitals, hotels, universities, and even cities throughout the United States and Asia. As a partner for 27 years at the internationally renowned architecture firm TRO Jung/Brannen, Angell is extremely proud of his work and is grateful to Washington & Jefferson College for playing a key role in his success.
“W&J got me excited about education,” he says. “From that, I found the drive to do what I always have wanted to do and succeed at it.”
Angell attended W&J in the mid 1960s and remembers the campus community as a “family of 800 men,” in which his closest friends were his Phi Gamma Delta brothers. In addition to his fraternity involvement, Angell was active in athletics, participating in intramural sports and becoming a four-year letterman on the varsity football team.
After graduating from W&J in 1966, Angell attended The Ohio State University and received his master’s degree in city planning before entering the Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. Angell served as a line officer aboard two Newport-based destroyers during the Vietnam War and was discharged as a Lieutenant in 1971. Returning to civilian life,
Angell entered the University of Pennsylvania for graduate studies in architecture before launching what became a very successful career in the field. Angell joined TRO Jung/Brannen in 1981 and quickly worked his way up the ranks before becoming partner in 1985. Since then, he has designed and managed projects in Turkey, Morocco, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.
“I value the opportunity to travel overseas and learn about different cultures, to work with the local people, experience their different ways of life, and study their traditions and languages,” he says. “I also am proud that I can point to some of these projects—be it a high-rise in Dubai or a new town in Turkey—and tell my children and family that I played a small part in the creation of these remarkable places.”