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State OKs undergrad
degree in visualization

Just past its first birthday, the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M’s College of Architecture continued its growth with the January 2009 approval of its first undergraduate degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Visualization, by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The degree will be offered for the first time in fall 2009.

"Now, the word needs to get out", said Tim McLaughlin, head of the department. "That’s our biggest challenge right now, saying ‘Hey! We exist!’"

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Screen shots from a new video highlighting the five research centers and the Visualization Laboratory at the College of Architecture.

Video highlights activities at
college’s five research centers

The Texas A&M College of Architecture’s five formally organized research centers and its Visualization Laboratory are featured in a new video, produced with funds provided by members of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the college.

One of the premier design research institutions in the world and the largest college of its kind in the United States, the Texas A&M College of Architecture, through its research centers, strives to improving the knowledge base of the planning, design, construction professions.

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Video eyes Texas A&M´s efforts to provide
water filters for residents of Texas colonias

Oscar Muñoz, deputy director for the College of Architecture’s Center for Housing and Urban Development, introduces a video examining Texas A&M’s role in providing water filters for colonia residents in Texas.

The Center’s Colonias program implements solutions that reduce the isolation of the impoverished residents of colonias along the Texas-Mexico border and helps them become full participants in the U.S. economy and society.

“Imagine half-a-million people that do not have utilities, do not have paved roads, that do not have housing that’s up to code,” said Muñoz in the video.

“Those are the people we work with every single day.”

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Miranda appointed
CRS Center director

Valerian Miranda, associate professor of architecture at Texas A&M’s College of Architecture, has been named director of the college’s CRS Center for Leadership and Management in the Design and Construction Industry, thusly continuing a relationship that began 25 years ago when Miranda went to work for the center’s famous founding firm, CRS.

Prior to his appointment, Miranda had served as interim director of the CRS Center since September 2008. He began his professional career at the CRS firm in 1984 after receiving a master’s degree from Texas A&M. In 1991, he returned to College Station as the college’s first Bill Caudill Research Fellow. Caudill, and John Rowlett, former Texas A&M architecture professors, were the founding members of CRS. In 1948, Wallie Scott, Caudill’s former student, joined the partnership.

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Park design created by Jon Rodiek’s
landscape students winning awards

The awards keep rolling in for a parkland design near Spring, Texas by graduate and undergraduate students led by Jon Rodiek, professor of landscape architecture at Texas A&M’s College of Architecture.

The Cypress Creek Hike and Bike Trail, located in 160 acres of parkland operated by the Timber Lane Utility District, will be recognized March 17 by the Houston-Galveston Area Council as the “Best Parks and Natural Areas Project under $500,000.”

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Search committee chair anticipates dean
recommendation for provost by May 29

With the March 15 application deadline looming, 25 individuals have so far applied for the open dean’s post at the Texas A&M College of Architecture, according to a March 2 communiqué to college faculty and staff from Luis Cifuentes, interim vice provost and chair of the 17-member dean search committee.

Cifuentes said the committee is in the process of reviewing the applications and will soon identify and interview the semi-finalists. The schedule, he said, calls for campus visits from the finalists in May and submission of a recommendation for dean to Jeffrey Vitter, Texas A&M provost and executive vice president for academics, by May 29.

Candidate applications are welcome until the March 15 deadline. A job description and details for applying are available online at http://deansearch.arch.tamu.edu/.

Grant funds student’s research eyeing effect
of landscape patterns on children’s activities

Jun-Hyun Kim, a Ph.D. candidate in the Urban and Regional Science program at Texas A&M’s College of Architecture, is studying the effects of landscape spatial patterns on the physical activities of Hispanic children in Houston’s East End through a $20,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Kim’s one-year study, “The Role of Landscape Spatial Patterns on Physical Activity: Does the Landscape Structure of Urban Forests Promote Physical Activity, Walking, and the Quality of Life of Hispanic Children?” will focus on research subjects living in an area bordered by Interstate 45 on the west, Highway 59 on the south, Loop 610 on the east, and an east-west line south of Interstate 10.

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Graduate construction student earns
best paper award at UK conference

Vaibhav Malhotra, a student in the Master of Science in Construction Management program at Texas A&M’s College of Architecture, was awarded The University of Salford Pro-Vice Chancellor Prize for Best Paper in Research & Innovation at the Built and Human Environment International Postgraduate Research Conference 2009.

The Jan. 29-30 conference at The Lowry in Greater Manchester, U.K., was attended by Malhotra, Jose Fernandez-Solis, assistant professor of construction science at Texas A&M, and Rohan Jawali, who is also pursuing a Master of Science in Construction Management degree.

Malhotra’s paper, “Identification of Strategies & Challenges of Decentralized Alternative Energy Source for Reduced CO2 Emissions in the Mercantile Sector," was one of 74 papers shortlisted by the conference’s International Scientific Committee for presentation and inclusion in a conference publication.

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Take online survey to help
college improve its website

To facilitate a long overdue redesign of its website, the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University has set up an online survey to gather input from current and former students, as well as faculty, staff and friends of the college.

“Because information gathered from this survey will inform the new design, we strongly encourage the thoughtful participation of the website audience, whether they are casual visitors or daily users,” said Phillip Rollfing, director of communications for the college.

The survey, which is broken into categories for current and former students, faculty and staff and friends of the college, can be accessed online at http://archone.tamu.edu/College/News/2009/Surveys.html.

Note: Some survey participants may encounter a notice concerning an invalid or untrusted security certificate. Please accept the certificate or add an exception to proceed.

Brody notes 20 years of HRRC growth
on homeland security radio program

Sam Brody, acting director of the Texas A&M College of Architecture’s Hazard Reduction & Recovery Center, talked about the center’s humble beginnings and dynamic growth during a March 3 interview on “Homeland Security Inside & Out,” a weekly radio show hosted by David McIntyre, director of the Integrative Center for Homeland Security at Texas A&M.

The center, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2009, began with one person in a closet-sized office, said Brody.

“Twenty years later, we’ve got about $4.5 million of external funding, 8 core faculty, 2 research units, two graduate certificates and 2 research labs that house about 25 students,” he said.

To listen to Brody’s segment on the show, click here.


Rosalva Gonzalez's model of “The Cove,” a proposed rehabilitation camp for disabled veterans and their families. Gonzalez and other architecture-for-health students unveiled their design concepts for the facility Feb. 16.

Students present design concepts for
disabled veterans’ center in Virginia

Students in two Texas A&M architecture-for-health studios recently teamed up with a former NASCAR driver to design facilities for a rehabilitation camp in Virginia created especially for disabled veterans and their families.

The veterans’ camp, know as “The Cove,” will provide opportunities for hunting, camping, canoeing and other outdoor activities. The project is being undertaken by the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation, an organization founded by Ward Burton, a 17-year veteran of the NASCAR circuit and winner of the 2002 Daytona 500.

“Many service members and their families face extreme emotional, mental and physical challenges during the many years it takes to recovering from their wounds,” said Burton. “The camp will be designed specifically for injured veterans and their families, using Mother Nature's natural elements to promote a positive recovery and give these families the opportunity to explore their potential.”

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Students collaborate during a design charette at Aggie Workshop 2009, which also featured speakers, roundtable discussions, and other activities.

Aggie Workshop 2009 features acclaimed
landscape architects and design charettes


Luminary speakers, design charettes and roundtable discussions highlighted Aggie Workshop 2009, the annual three-day conference organized and hosted by the Texas A&M student chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

The 2009 Aggie Workshop, held Feb. 19-21 at the Langford Architecture Center on the Texas A&M campus, marked the 34th consecutive year for the event.

David Yocca, a principal with the Conservation Design Forum, an Elmhurst, Ill. firm specializing in integrated water-based ecological design delivered the keynote address.

Yocca talked about fundamental ecological design principles, historic ecosystems, and how they worked before the arrival of Europeans in the West, as well as the impact of conventional design practices and why they’re unsustainable.

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Chris Hays, right, and the group gaze at the site.

Construction students working on
BIM model of health science center

Students in Julian Kang’s spring 2009 Building Information Modeling class at Texas A&M’s College of Architecture are learning firsthand about Building Information Modeling (BIM) through a partnership with Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc.

The Houston-based firm is the general contractor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, under construction on state highway 47 west of Bryan.

“Students are being asked to build a 3-D BIM model of the project and combine the model with a construction schedule,” said Kang. “At the end of the semester they’ll be presenting their models to Satterfield and Pontikes and high-level managers in the Texas A&M system.”

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Construction science competition teams
earn first, third place in Dallas contest

Competition teams from the Department of Construction Science at Texas A&M’s College of Architecture fared well at the Associated Schools of Construction’s annual competition Feb. 7-9 in Dallas.

In the design/build team, consisting of Aaron DiFilippo, Adeel Mitha, Andrew Darnell, Carlos Ramirez; and John DiFilippo captured first-place honors. The team was coached by Boong Ryoo, assistant professor of construction science.

Turning in a third-place finish in the commercial building division was a team consisting of Brian Massey, Brooks Herman, Cheri Chen, Michael Knapp, Nick Pirro, Troy Louwerse and alternate Kristian Jonsson.

Sally Morgan, Debra Ellis and George Eustace, senior lecturers in the Department of Construction Science, coached the team. They were also assisted by team sponsor, Joeris General Contractors, Inc. of San Antonio.

Pictured: Robbie Klekar, left, a project manager with Joeris General Contractors, talks with construction science competition team members Cheri Chen, Michael Knapp, Troy Louwerse, Brian Massey and Brooks Herman.

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Assistant lecturer Paolo Piscitelli settles his work, "In Between the Lines", in its new home in front of the Langford Architecture Center’s C building. A reception for the artist is scheduled 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 adjacent to the sculpture.

Piscitelli sculpture finds home
in front of Langford C building

From inside and outside of his newly installed sculpture, “In Between the Lines,” artist Paolo Piscitelli, an assistant lecturer in Texas A&M’s Department of Visualization, has provided new views in front of Building C of the Langford Architecture Center.

Piscitelli created the sculpture at the college’s Architecture Ranch at Texas A&M’s Riverside Campus as part of its spring 2008 Artist-in-Residence program.

He made the piece to help him experience what at the time was a new landscape for him: the Brazos Valley of Texas.

“It was a way for me to look at the landscape in Texas that is flat with strong light,” he said. “The sculpture is really working as a modulator of light.”

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Industry advisory group formed
for Department of Visualization

The Department of Visualization at Texas A&M’s College of Architecture is forging into the future with the help of its Visualization Industry Partners (VIP), an advisory board consisting of computer animation, simulation, architecture and gaming firms on the cutting edge of the use of computer graphics for visualization.

“This is an extremely fast moving field,” said department head Tim McLaughlin. “Our visualization partners provide feedback from the industry about the way the program is operating, what our graduates are doing, and how we can direct our research and teaching in ways the that fit with industry’s vision of the future,” he said.

Pictured: 'Viz' student Donald Fong shows his work to Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks SKG, during a previous visit to Texas A&M. DreamWorks is one of the charter members of the Visualization Industry Partners, a visualization department advisory group.

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Viz dept. event eyes digital
media in contemporary art

At a Feb. 20-21 showcase for a select group of digital media luminaries from throughout Texas, the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M University highlighted its current programs and future plans in the realm of digital media and contemporary art.

The event, “Art 2.0,” provided approximately 30 participants, including designers, artists, art dealers and curators, with an opportunity to view student and faculty work and comment on department initiatives.

“It was an effort to let a small, select group know what we’re doing, and provide lots of opportunities for feedback,” said Karen Hillier, professor of visualization.

Pictured: Guests used a Wii Remote to create art with MS Viz student Gracie Arenas’ interactive installation.

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Charul Mehta, a master of architecture student, carefully works on a seed post.

Brody leads off Artist in Residence
program with February appearance

Michele Brody, the first of three artists to come to the Texas A&M College of Architecture during the spring 2009 semester’s Artist in Residence program, worked with students to build two seed post installations, now sprouting greenery along the elevated breezeway between Langford builds A and B.

Brody’s work, such as the seed post project, which was part of her “Green Environments” workshop, endeavors to make viewers more aware of the relationship between themselves, nature, and the urban environment.

Upcoming Artists in Residence visits include in March the San Francisco-based Rebar Group, followed by an April visit from Philadelphia artist Jenny Sabin.

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“Path,” left, and “Alone,” photos by Ivan Farr, helped him earn top honors in an International Education Week photo contest.

BED major sweeps photo contest;
to hold exhibit at Wright Gallery

It was a clean sweep for senior Bachelor of Environmental Design major Ivan Farr, whose photographs placed first, second and third in a photo contest commemorating International Education Week sponsored by the Alpha Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Delta and the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture.

Farr’s work will be on display at “Higher Ground,” a mixed media art exhibit at the Wright Gallery March 23-27. Farr will talk about his work during a reception at the gallery at 7 p.m. March 23.

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Students excel at research contest
sponsored by Aggie PGR-CIB chapter

Graduate students at Texas A&M’s College of Architecture turned in 23 abstracts, nine papers and made nine presentations in a research competition sponsored by the Aggie Postgraduate Built Environment Research Chapter of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building Construction.

It was the newly endorsed chapter’s first such event, which took place March 4 in building C at the Langford Architecture Center.

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Aggie round baller eyes career
in construction management

Aggie basketball player Andrew Darko, a construction science major at Texas A&M’s College of Architecture, told Brad Cox of Big12Sports.com he wants to stay in the sports world once his collegiate playing days are over by building athletic facilities.

“I want to get into contracting,” said Darko, a native of South Africa. “I want to eventually get my own contracting firm and be able to build stadiums, major sports stadiums.”

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Honors:

Horlen earns SLATE award
from Texas A&M System

Joe Horlen, head of the Department of Construction Science at Texas A&M, is among a select group of top faculty at Texas A&M, Prairie View A&M University and Texas A&M University-Kingsville who are recipients of the  first-ever Teaching Excellence Awards, a student-selected honors program launched last fall by The Texas A&M University System.

“This distinct honor is expressly designed to allow students to recognize those teachers who go above and beyond the typical expectations to deliver a first-rate education. We truly appreciate everything you’ve done,” said a letter of congratulations to faculty winners from the Student-Led Awards for Teaching Excellence.

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Ndubisi to serve as VP, board member
of Landscape Architecture Foundation

Forster Ndubisi, head of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M’s College of Architecture, has accepted an invitation to serve in two capacities at the Landscape Architecture Foundation.

Ndubisi will be serving as the foundation’s vice president for information and research and as a member of its executive committee.

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Class Acts:

Four college alums elected
to AIA College of Fellows

Four former students of Texas A&Mís College of Architecture have been elected to membership in the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows for their significant contributions to the profession.

Geoffrey Brune, ’96, Donna Kacmar ’88 and ’92, James Kirkpatrick ’69 and ’76 and Nancy McCoy ’81 (pictured above, left to right) now await May 1 investiture ceremonies at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco during the 2009 AIA national convention.

In a press release announcing the new Fellows, the AIA says "the Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society, and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level."

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Nominations sought for
2009 Outstanding Alumni

Texas A&M’s College of Architecture is now accepting nominations to honor its former students, who have emerged as leaders and top contributors in their respective fields, as Outstanding Alumni of the college.

In a recent letter, Jorge Vanegas, interim dean of the college urged alumni to "nominate exceptional former students who have demonstrated the highest standards of integrity and character, and significantly contributed to the professions and industries engaged in the natural, built, and virtual environments."

Nominations must be received by May 4, and honorees will be officially recognized at an awards banquet this fall.

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Photo ©Disney Enterprises, Inc./Pixar

Former Vizzer awarded for
animation work in "WALL·E"

Keith Klohn, a former visualization student at Texas A&M's College of Architecture, and a team of animators from Pixar were recognized at the 7th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards for their work in the animated feature film, "WALL·E."

Klohn and three other Pixar animators were named winners in the Outstanding Effects Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture category at the VES Awards, held Feb. 21 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

"The recipients exemplify true excellence in the field of visual and special effects," said Eric Roth, VES executive director. "On behalf of the VES board of directors, I congratulate all of this year’s nominees on their incredible work."

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Vizzers contribute to
"WALL·E" Oscar success

On Oscar night in Los Angeles, "WALL·E" director Andrew Stanton accepted a gold statuette for his movie’s being named best Animated Feature Film. Working behind the scenes to make the science fiction flick an Oscar-worthy masterpiece were 17 graduates and four current students from the masters program in visualization science at Texas A&M University, part of the Department of Visualization at the university’s College of Architecture.

"The Viz Lab and Pixar have had a relationship for more than 10 years now," said Tim McLaughlin, head of the Department of Visualization. "The evidence of the strength of that relationship shows as the names of former students roll across the screen at the end of "WALL·E.""

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Outstanding Alum takes helm
as chairman of Austin Industries

Ronald J. Gafford, an Outstanding Alumnus of Texas A&M’s College of Architecture, has been promoted to chairman, president and chief executive officer at Dallas-based Austin Industries, one of the largest, most diversified construction companies in the nation.

Gafford, who received a Bachelor of Building Construction degree from Texas A&M’s College of Architecture in 1972, replaces William T. “Bill” Solomon, who retired after more than 45 years with the company.

“Ron Gafford has demonstrated through his role as president and CEO that he will make an exceptionally fine chairman and will lead the company to new levels of accomplishment,” said Solomon.

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Kelly Architects, headed by George Kelly ’86 BED, nabbed two AIA awards for its design of new Los Angeles restaurant Osteria Mozza

’86 grad’s firm, Kelly Architects, earns
2008 AIA restaurant design awards

Los Angeles-based Kelly Architects, headed by firm president George Kelly, a 1986 Bachelor of Environmental Design graduate from Texas A&M’s College of Architecture, won two prizes at the 2008 American Institute of Architects’ Restaurant Design Awards.

The firm won the Award for Excellence in Restaurant Design and the People’s Choice Award for their work at Osteria Mozza, a new Italian food restaurant in Hollywood.

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Additional Class Acts

Outstanding Alumnus overseeing
Memorial Student Center revamp

Outstanding alum tabbed to
produce videos for Internet

Former Vizzer spotlighted by
Indian animation publication

Interview features former student discussing
intelligent workplace management systems

Former student explains her green approach
to architectural design in Chronicle interview

Calendar:

MSC to host college’s biennial
faculty art show March 26 - May 31

The College of Architecture Biennial Faculty Art Show runs March 26 - May 31 at the Memorial Student Center’s Stark Galleries.

This year, 23 faculty and staff from the college are exhibiting in a variety of media, including video, oil paintings, geometric models, and photography.

An opening reception with exhibiting artists is scheduled 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26.

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Schiffhauer's portraits on display at
two local museums through March 31

Two local museums are featuring the paintings and drawings of Robert Schiffhauer, associate professor of architecture at Texas A&M’s College of Architecture.

“The Brazos County African-American Museum is displaying 40 of Schiffhauer’s portraits of prominent figures in African-American history and his favorite president, Abraham Lincoln, through March 31.

“Schiffhauer wanted to tell this story, of the men and women, black and white, free and slave, who lived during the tumultuous era that he said set the course that led to the steps of the Capitol, where the nation's first black president took the oath of office last month,” wrote the Bryan Eagle’s Vimal Patel in its Feb. 15 issue.

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March 14
CAPSO Conference — CAPSO is a dedicated credentialing and outreach services office reporting to the Division of Research and Graduate Studies. It is holding a one-day conference from 8 a.m.–10 p.m. in the Preston Geren Auditorium and Langford B Exhibit Hall. For more information, contact Joyce Sutherland at 979.845.5528 or joyce@stat.tamu.edu.

March 23
Reception for “Higher Ground” — A reception on the opening day of Ivan Farr’s exhibit “Higher Ground” will take place in the Wright Gallery, building A in the Langford Architecture Center, at 7 p.m. This night only, some very special works of art will be on display. These special pieces include paintings, photographs and sculptures. For more information, contact Ivan Farr at 979.422.9359 or ivanfarr1@gmail.com.

March 23-27
“Higher Ground,” a mixed-media exhibit by Ivan Farr, will be on display in the Wright Gallery, building A in the Langford Architecture Center. Ivan is a senior at the College of Architecture majoring in environmental design and minoring in architectural history. He uses various media to explore and express his creativity, particularly via painting and photography. Ivan draws on the memories and dreams of his Eastern European childhood for inspiration. The concept of the show is based on Ivan’s use of art as an escape from the hassles of life. All the work to be displayed at the exhibit is original and has been finished outside academia. For more information, contact Ivan Farr at 979.422.9359 or ivanfarr1@gmail.com.

March 23-27
Student Research Week — This year’s theme is “Global Issues, Innovative Solutions” and registration is now open on a first-come, first serve basis until March 1 or when full. Students are encouraged to present their research. Any student who is the primary author of a research project, class paper or project may submit an abstract to be considered for the oral or poster competition. Visit http://srw.tamu.edu/students for more information about the competition and prizes.

March 25
“Planning and Designing the new Parkland Hospital” a lecture featuring Walter B. Jones, Jr., senior vice president of facilities at Parkland Health & Hospital Systems in Dallas is slated for noon, Wednesday, March 25 in the Wright Gallery, located on the second floor of the Langford A Building. The hospital instantly became a part of American history in 1963 when president John F. Kennedy was rushed there after being shot in Dealey Plaza. The lecture is part of the Spring 2009 Architecture-for-Health Lecture Series sponsored by the Center for Health Systems and Design and the Student Health Environments Association. For additional information, contact Judy Pruitt at the CHSD, 979.845.7009 or jpruitt@tamu.edu.

AIAS meets — The American Institute of Architecture Students meets 6:15-8 p.m. in Langford C 105. For more information, contact Jacob Spence at jwspence123@gmail.com.

March 26-30
Biennial Faculty Art Exhibit runs March 26-30 at the Memorial Student Center’s Stark Galleries. This year, 23 faculty and staff from the College of Architecture at Texas A&M are exhibiting in a variety of media, including video, oil paintings, geometric models, and photography. An opening reception with exhibiting artists is scheduled 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26. For more information about the exhibit, contact Mary Saslow at saslow@viz.tamu.edu or 979.845.7073.

March 26 - April 3rd
Artists in residence — Members of the Rebar Group will be artists in residence in March. This art and design collective based in San Francisco concerns itself with the domains of environmental installation, urbanism and absurdity. Their workshop entitled “Ecocentric” counts as a 1-hour independent study. For more information, contact Carol LaFayette at 979.845.5691 or lurleen@viz.tamu.edu. More information on Rebar can found at its website, http://www.rebargroup.org.

April 1-30
Artist in Residence Jenny Sabin, director of CabinStudio Research + Design in Philadelphia, will be artist in residence this April. Her workshop, “Biology, Weaving, and Architecture,” counts as a 1-hour independent study. For more information, contact Carol LaFayette at 979.845.5691 or lurleen@viz.tamu.edu. More information about Sabin can be found at her website, http://www.cabin-studio.com

April 1
“Report from Japan: Building Process and Healthcare Facilities,” a lecture featuring Shigeru Yamaki, operations general manager of Taisei Corporation’s Planning & Design Division is slated for noon, Wednesday, April 1 in the Wright Gallery, located on the second floor of the Langford A Building. Since its founding 131 years ago, the firm has completed many projects in Japan and throughout the world. The lecture is part of the Spring 2009 Architecture-for-Health Lecture Series sponsored by the Center for Health Systems and Design and the Student Health Environments Association. For additional information, contact Judy Pruitt at the CHSD, 979.845.7009 or jpruitt@tamu.edu.

April 7
ABC meets — The Texas A&M Student Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors meets 7-9 p.m. in Preston Geren Auditorium. Carl Wren with the Austin Fire Department will be the guest speaker. For more information, contact John Nichols at 979.845.6541 or jm-nichols@tamu.edu.

April 8
“Healthcare research at ZGF,” a lecture featuring Karl Sonnenberg, a partner at Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP in Portland, Ore is slated for noon, Wednesday, April 8 in the Wright Gallery, located on the second floor of the Langford A Building. ZGF has built 29 healthcare facilities throughout the country. The lecture is part of the Spring 2009 Architecture-for-Health Lecture Series sponsored by the Center for Health Systems and Design and the Student Health Environments Association. For additional information, contact Judy Pruitt at the CHSD, 979.845.7009 or jpruitt@tamu.edu.

AIAS meets — The American Institute of Architecture Students meets 6:15-8 p.m. in Langford C 105. For more information, contact Jacob Spence at jwspence123@gmail.com.

April 15
“Current Healthcare Work of HKS in the U.S. and Abroad,” a lecture featuring two College of Architecture’s Outstanding Alumni, Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA, FACHA, FHFI, and Joseph G. Sprague, FAIA, FACHA, FHFI is slated for noon, Wednesday, April 15 in the Wright Gallery, located on the second floor of the Langford A Building. Skaggs is chairman emeritus of HKS, Inc., and Sprague is principal and senior vice president at HKS, one of the largest architectural and engineering firms in the nation. The lecture is part of the Spring 2009 Architecture-for-Health Lecture Series sponsored by the Center for Health Systems and Design and the Student Health Environments Association. For additional information, contact Judy Pruitt at the CHSD, 979.845.7009 or jpruitt@tamu.edu.

April 16-18
Texas Annual ASLA Conference in Austin — The Texas Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architectures will hold its annual conference at the Austin Convention center and the Courtyard by Marriott. For more information, contact the LAUP office at 979.845.1046 or visit the Texas ASLA website, http://www.texasasla.org/content/annual-conference.

April 22
“Hospitals in Japan: History, Trends and Technology,” a lecture featuring two scholars visiting Texas A&M from Japan: Kazu Okamoto and his wife Ruka Okamoto, is slated for noon, Wednesday, April 22 in the Wright Gallery, located on the second floor of the Langford A Building. Kazu is visiting from the University of Tokyo and the Kajima Corporation. The lecture is part of the Spring 2009 Architecture-for-Health Lecture Series sponsored by the Center for Health Systems and Design and the Student Health Environments Association. For additional information, contact Judy Pruitt at the CHSD, 979.845.7009 or jpruitt@tamu.edu.

Maroon is Green Earth Day Fair: The three student groups kicked off the Maroon is Green Sustainable College Initiative last year are planning a second big Earth Day event on April 22 at the Langford Architecture Center. Planning for the event is still under way, but tentative plans call for another Eco Fair in the Langford A atrium, speakers, outdoor activities and an Eco-Art exhibit featuring artwork rendered from recycled material. For more information or to contribute, contact Trisha Gottschalk, 979.845.2030 or trishag@tamu.edu.

AIAS meets — The American Institute of Architecture Students meets 6:15-8 p.m. in Langford C 105. For more information, contact Jacob Spence at jwspence123@gmail.com.

May 4-9
Viz-a-GoGo 16, the Department of Visualization’s annual public showcase of digital wizardry created by students in the Master of Science in Visualization Science program at the Texas A&M College of Architecture, features still, or “flat” work, all week in the Rudder Exhibit Hall. On Friday and Saturday, May 8-9, the main event — time-based work, will be screened at 7 p.m. in Rudder Theater. Prior to the screening, from 4-6:30 p.m. students will provide short talks and demonstrations of their thesis projects in the Rudder Exhibit Hall. For more information, contact Margaret Lomas-Carpenter at 979.845.3465 or marge@viz.tamu.edu.

May 6
AIAS meets — The American Institute of Architecture Students meets 6:15-8 p.m. in Langford C 105. For more information, contact Jacob Spence at jwspence123@gmail.com.

July 12-18
Camp ARCH, the Texas A&M College of Architecture’s summer camp familiarizes high school-age students with careers in fields taught at the college. The program, designed to teach participants about the opportunities available with an architecture-based degree, takes place in the Langford Architecture Center. For more information, contact Ann Eastwood at 979.845.0289 or aeastwood@archone.tamu.edu.

A view from below


Fred Parke, professor of visualization, explains an image from “Atta Texana Leafcutting Ant Colony: a View Underground,” an immersive, three-dimensional representation of an ant colony which he created with Carol LaFayette, associate professor of visualization. The demonstration was part of Art 2.0 on Feb. 20 and 21, in which the Department of Visualization hosted a small, select group of people throughout the state influential in digital media to get feedback on its programs and initiatives. .

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