INSIDE TRACK: e-newsletter for the College of Architecture
March 27, 2008

Classes of ’68, ’03 underwrite
Texas A&M student-designed
Freedom from Terror Memorial

An Oct. 18 dedication has been scheduled for the student-designed Texas A&M University Freedom From Terror Memorial, a gift from the university’s classes of ’68 and ’03. The award winning design for the memorial was chosen from 27 entries in a 2006 college-wide competition that was also sponsored by the former students.

The memorial will be built next to the campus central utility plant at the corner of Coke and Lubbock streets from a design by Jorge Martinez, David McMillin, Hernan Molina, and Mariano Ortiz, all of whom were graduate students in architecture at Texas A&M and have since graduated.

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Pictured Above: A rendition shows the Freedom From Terror memorial, which has entered the construction phase on campus at the corner of Coke and Lubbock streets. The memorial was designed by graduate students at the Texas A&M University College of Architecture.

Accrediting team leader Kevin Montgomery addresses an audience at Langford building A Wednesday at the close of the team's three-day visit.

NAAB accreditation
team completes visit

The Texas A&M Department of Architecture has a “strong” Master of Architecture program and its students and faculty “have a lot to be proud of” said Kevin Montgomery, leader of the five-person National Architectural Accrediting Board team that completed its accreditation visit to College Station Wednesday, March 26.

“We saw an openness, a transparency, and a candidness that tremendously helped our effort,” Montgomery told faculty, students and staff at the close of the team’s three-day visit. “There is extraordinary faculty here. The quality of the education, the credentials, are second to none.”

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Those on hand for The First International Architectural Programming Roundtable were, front row from left, Edith Cherry, Henry Sanoff, William Peña and Mark Clayton. Second row from left are Weimin Zhuang and Steve Parshall. Third row from left are Carlos Nome, Wei Zhang, and George Mann. Fourth row from left are Jianqun Hou, Wolfgang Preiser, Eberhard Laepple and Kevin Kelly. Back row from left are Bob Johnson and Mardelle Shepley.

Research centers gather nation's
top architectural programmers

A first-ever gathering of the nation’s top architectural programmers was orchestrated Dec. 2007 at the Texas A&M College of Architecture by the CRS Center for Leadership and Management in the Design and Construction Industry and the Center for Health Systems & Design.

“It was special, one of the highlights of my stay in the United States, that I was able to interact with very well-known academics and professionals,’ said Carlos Nome, a Ph.D. student in architecture from Brazil who helped organize the gathering.

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A new certificate in transportation planning offered by the Hazard and Recovery Center at Texas A&M University will give students a broad base of knowledge in transportation planning, design, and policy.

LAUP spearheads graduate certificate
program in transportation planning

The spring 2008 semester saw the debut of a new graduate-level Transportation Planning Certificate Program offered through the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, part of Texas A&M University’s College of Architecture.

The program is a collaborative effort among the College of Architecture’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, the Texas Transportation Institute, the Texas A&M Department of Civil Engineering and the Bush School of Government and Public Service.

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At the close of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in October 2007, architectural photographer Prakash Patel photographed the Texas A&M University College of Architecture’s entry as it greeted a Washington, D.C. dawn. He also took pictures of the groHome from various interior and exterior angles. Additional Patel photos are posted in the College of Architecture’s archone. newsletter.

Aggie Solar Decathletes to be featured
April 1 on 'Big Ideas for a Small Planet'

The Texas A&M Solar Decathlon competition team’s harrowing race to erect and test their solar-powered groHome on the Washington Mall last October will be featured prime time, 8 p.m. April 1 on the Sundance Channel series, “Big Ideas for a Small Planet.”

The show’s season premiere showcases the latest innovations in solar power with a behind-the-scenes look at the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon, where 20 universities from the U.S. and Europe competed to build the best fully functional solar home on the Washington Mall. The homes demonstrate the most cutting edge solar-powered appliances, lighting, and hot water systems.

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College to douse lights for ‘Earth Hour’ as lead-up
to Earth Day launch of Maroon is Green initiative

On March 29, 2008 at 8 p.m., the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University is joining millions of people around the world in making a statement about climate change by turning off the lights throughout the Langford Architecture Center for Earth Hour, an event created by the World Wildlife Fund.

More information on Earth Hour is available online at

College of Architecture’s participation this international event sets the stage for its April 22 college-wide Earth Day Celebration, which kicks-off the “Maroon is Green, Sustainable College Initiative.”

Spearheading the Maroon is Green initiative on the college’s behalf are the Texas A&M chapters of the American Institute of Architecture Students, the American Society of Landscape Architecture Students and Emerging Green Builders. The students are working together to promote green, sustainable practices throughout the college.

Tentative plans for the Earth Day Maroon is Green launch call for live music, an environmental fair with booths and live demonstrations, documentary screenings and a special guest lecture. Additionally, the students will be inflating 100 giant green balloons to be creatively arranged at the Langford A entrance.

Participating students have launched a Maroon is Green Facebook group to provide up-to-date details as the event takes shape. For additional information on how you can get involved or to reserve booth space at the fair, contact Lindsay Trussell in the dean’s office at 979.862.8332.

Architecture student lighting projects
illuminate Architecture Ranch April 25

The College of Architecture’s Architecture Ranch will be ablaze with light 9 p.m. Friday, April 25 when students in Jill Mulholland’s architecture studios display their lighting installations for final review.

Mulholland’s studio light shows have become a popular, much anticipated event at Texas A&M. This semester, the show is moving from its previous venue at the college’s Langford Architecture Center to the Built Environment Teaching and Research Facility,  or “Architecture Ranch,” at Texas A&M’s Riverside Campus. Mullholland said this location provides students more room for their projects as well as the option to use the ranch’s digital fabrication, woodworking and metalworking equipment.

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Nolan Flowers, left, the College of Architecture’s new information technology director, and Ryan Simmons, senior information technology associate, talk shop in the college’s computer services office.

Nolan Flowers takes helm as college's
new information technology director

Nolan Flowers, the former network administrator for the Texas A&M Department of Computer Science, was welcomed to the College of Architecture staff this week as director of information technology.

He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from Texas A&M.

Flowers' arrival marks the first of several staff and procedural enhancements planned for the college’s IT environment.

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The colored glass at the A&M United Methodist Church's annex was part of the scene at the Feb. 29 lecture.

Historic preservation experts highlight
'Conserving Modernism' symposium

Approximately 80 participants took part in “Conserving Modernism,” the ninth annual historic preservation symposium sponsored by the Center for Heritage Conservation at the Texas A&M College of Architecture. The two-day event, held Feb. 29 and March 1 at various venues around Bryan/College Station, focused on the significance and preservation of modern architecture.

The conference began at the A&M United Methodist Church Annex, which was designed by Ernest Langford, who headed the Texas A&M architecture program from 1929-56 and is the namesake for the facility housing today’s Texas A&M College of Architecture.

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USDA undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Nancy Montañez Johner was joined by CHUD representatives and government officials on tours of colonias. From left are Jorge Vanegas, Texas A&M University professor of architecture and CHUD director, Patricia Mancha, USDA office of strategic initiatives, partnerships, and outreach acting director, Chad Foster, mayor of Eagle Pass, Johner, Maverick County Judge Jose “Pepe” Aranda, Tito Guerrero III, Texas A&M Vice President  and Associate Provost for Institutional Assessment and Diversity, Oscar J. Muñoz, CHUD deputy director, and U.S. Congressman Ciro  Rodriguez.

USDA undersecretary views
CHUD's colonias programs

On March 20 – 21, representatives from Texas A&M’s Center for Housing and Urban Development led a U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary on a tour of colonias near Laredo and Eagle Pass.

Nancy Montañez Johner, the undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, came to the Rio Grande Valley at the invitation of Oscar Muñoz, CHUD’s deputy director, so she and her department could meet colonias residents, assess the effectiveness of USDA’s services there, and see how they might be improved in the future. She was also interested in learning about CHUD’s Colonias Program.

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Doctoral candidate receives grant to study
built environment's effects on storm water

Bo Yang, a Ph.D. candidate in Texas A&M University’s Urban and Regional Science program, will study storm water patterns in The Woodlands, Texas, through a $5,000 research grant from the Texas Water Resources Institute.

In his research, Yang will focus on storm water data resulting from simulated neighborhoods built with different planning methods and compare the virtual data to actual storm water data.

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Ulrich cited in Atlantic Monthly story;
Rodiek’s work featured in newspaper

An article by Virginia Postrel titled, “The Art of Healing,” appearing in the April 2008 issue of Atlantic Monthly cited the research of Roger Ulrich, holder of the Julie and Craig Beale ’71 Endowed Professorship in Health Facilities Design at Texas A&M University.

Postrel’s article on patients’ surroundings in hospitals can be accessed online.

The March 23, 2007 issue of the Orlando Sentinel newspaper featured a story focusing on the research of Susan Rodiek, holder of the Ronald L. Skaggs Endowed Professorship in Health Facilities Design at Texas A&M.

The article by Jane Adler looked at the growing evidence that seniors benefit from contact with the outdoors. The article is available online.

Mission Espiritu Santo in Goliad State Park was restored in the 1930's by crews supervised by Raiford Stripling, then an architecture student at Texas A&M University.

Outstanding Alumnus' restoration efforts
in Goliad cited by Galveston Daily News

In his March 24 Galveston County Daily News column, Tom Linton lauded Raiford Stripling, an Outstanding Alumnus of the Texas A&M University College of Architecture, for his role in the 1930’s restoration of a historic church in Goliad, Texas.

On one of his frequent sojourns to Texas state parks, Linton traveled to Goliad State Park and Mission Espiritu Santo State Historic Site. He was taken by the mission’s depression-era restoration, performed under Sripling’s supervision. At the time, he was an architecture student at Texas A&M. The project superintendent, S.C.P. Vosper, was a professor of architecture at Texas A&M.

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Ben Lednicky, Jr. '62, friend, former student
of A&M landscape architecture passes away

Landscape architects and Texas A&M lost an old friend March 5, 2008 with the death of Benjamin J. Lednicky, Jr. of Houston. He was a lifelong Aggie fan and a member of the Corps of Cadets Army Company E-2, and served as a commissioned officer after graduation. He also acted as his class agent from 1977 until 1982.

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Editor's Note: A news brief published in the March 6 issue of the Texas A&M College of Architecture’s Inside Track e-newsletter incorrectly noted the contribution of Anat Geva, associate professor of architecture at Texas A&M University, to Corgan Associates' award-winning design for the proposed Bezalel Academy of Arts facility in downtown Jerusalem. Geva served as a consultant on the project, which was designed by Corgan Associates architects.

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In case you missed it:

Time magazine features Gail Vittori,
the wife of A&M professor Pliny Fisk

Gail Vittori’s efforts at building green health care facilities, including a new children’s health care center in Austin, were noted in the April 27, 2007 issue of Time magazine. Vittori is the wife of Pliny Fisk, an associate professor of architecture and landscape architecture and urban planning at Texas A&M University.

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Aggie groHome design wins
Lifecycle Building Challenge

A five-member architecture student team from Texas A&M won first prize in a national contest for a “green” home design that allows a team of four to build a home in a matter of days.

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Prof promotes studio education
in Monitor of Psychology article

Louis Tassinary, professor of architecture and associate dean of research at the Texas A&M College of Architecture, suggested that college students in all disciplines would benefit from curricula infused with an educational tool common in architecture studies — the studio.

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BED student essay earns trip to
international lighting conference

Environmental Design student Hannah Haese’s prowess with the written word landed her a free trip to an international lighting conference last October with other select students from the U.S. and Canada.

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Robert Warden named director of
Center for Heritage Conservation

Robert B. Warden, professor of architecture at Texas A&M University, was appointed director of the College of Architecture’s Center for Heritage Conservation in June 2007.

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Lang tells Dutch about
life with Stalker/ON

Peter Lang, assistant professor in the Department of Architecture at Texas A&M University, visited the The Hague, The Netherlands June 6, 2007 to talk about his work as a member of Rome-based hybrid collective Stalker/ON. The group engages in actions within the landscape with particular attention to the areas around a city’s margins and forgotten urban space.

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Several College of Architecture grads head
fast-growing firms on 2007 Aggie 100 list

College of Architecture former students head 17 of the 100 fastest-growing companies owned or operated by Texas A&M graduates in 2007, according to the third annual "Aggie 100 Project," a list of über-achievers compiled by the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship at Texas A&M's Mays Business School.

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Landscape architecture, planning
alumni earn ASLA Merit Awards

Five Texas A&M University College of Architecture former students received Merit Awards on the behalf of their companies at the annual American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Texas State Conference held last April in Houston.

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1978 A&M landscape architecture graduate named
president-elect of Association of Former Students

Shelley E. Potter of Dallas, a summa cum laude graduate who earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Texas A&M University in 1978, is currently serving as president-elect of the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University.

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Student travels to Japan, receives GUPHA award
on behalf of fellow students for design project

Design concepts of a new facility for the Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, created by a team of Texas A&M architecture students, won in a worldwide competition sponsored by the Global University Programs in Healthcare Architecture.

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Grad student receives ThinkSwiss fellowship,
studies modern Swiss architecture in Mendrisio

Bobbi Spencer, a 2007 Master of Architecture graduate from the Texas A&M College of Architecture, returned last fall to an architecture academy in Switzerland to continue studies in modern architecture that she began as a senior environmental design student.

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Segner recognized for teaching excellence
by A&M Association of Former Students

Robert O. “Bob” Segner, who enjoys introducing himself with “It is my privilege to serve as professor of Construction Science at Texas A&M University,” received the 2007 Association of Former Students University Level Teaching Award.

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Robert Segner, professor of construction science, talks to Houston ISD students during their visit to Texas A&M University. Their visit was sponsored by the Department of Construction Science.

Construction science hosts HISD students

Students from the Houston Independent School District got a taste of what a career in construction science might be like during a Wednesday, March 26 visit to the Texas A&M University campus that was hosted by the Department of Construction Science.

The students were taken to a construction site on campus to get a first-hand look at the construction process and toured part of the university campus and the three buildings in the Langford Architecture Center. Additionally, the students heard several professors, including department head Joe Horlen, talk about the construction science curriculum at Texas A&M.

Calendar of Events

March 27-30
“Seeking the City: Visionaries on the Margins,” is the title of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture’s 96th annual meeting held this year in Houston. For more information, contact Ginger White at 845.0129 or or visit the ACSA meeting website.

April 1
Research Centers Open House: The College of Architecture research centers will be holding a combined open house to provide students with the opportunity to learn about the college’s centers and their certificate programs 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Langford A Atrium. For more information, contact Trisha Gottschalk at 845.2030 or

The National Association of Home Builders Texas A&M Student Chapter meets 7 – 9 p.m. in the Preston Geren Auditorium. For more information, contact Trey Mailhes, 361-443-0734 or

April 2
American Institute of Architecture Students meets 6:30 – 8 p.m. in Langford C105. For more information, contact Amanda Scott,

Room sterilization lecture: Matthew Mitchell of the STERIS Corporation presents “New Directions in Advance Room Sterilization in Hospitals and Health Facilities,” as part of the Architecture-for-Health Lecture Series sponsored by the Center for Health Systems and Design and the Student Health Environments Association at noon in Langford A205.

April 7-11
“Between the Lines” art exhibit of Paolo Piscitelli, spring artist-in-residence, and his students’ work will be on display in the Langford B Exhibit Hall. For more information, contact Mary Saslow at 845.7073 or

April 8
Visiting Artist, Paolo Piscitelli will give his lecture titled “Between the Lines” 5:15 – 6 p.m. Preston Geren Auditorium. A reception will follow in the Geren Exhibition Area from 6 – 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Mary Saslow at 845.7073 or

April 9
Health Care Architecture Lecture: “The Importance of Cookie Baking” is the title of this Architecture-for-Health lecture sponsored by the Center for Health Systems and Design and the Student Health Environments Association.  The lecture, slated for noon in the Langford A205 conference room, features Jonathan Bailey, president, managing director, and chairman of Jonathan Bailey Associates in Langford A205 at noon.

“Proposals & Interviews,” an Interdisciplinary Capstone Lecture featuring Chad Schreiber and Ryan Montgomery of The Beck Group, is set for 1:50 p.m. in Room 009 of the Williams Administration Building. For more information, contact John Cargill at

April 11
LAUP Scholarship Banquet: The Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning’s celebrates student achievements and awards scholarships at the Briarcrest Country Club 6 – 10 p.m. For more information, contact June Withers, 845-1046 or

April 11-17
Visiting Artist Terry Allen’s work will be on exhibit in Langford B Exhibit Hall. He is also teaching a workshop during his stay entitled “Ideas, Looking For a Source”. He invites “any visual artist, writer, musician, actor, etcetera, who might wish to explore areas they may not have explored before.” For more information, contact Mary Saslow at 845.7073 or

April 14
Society of Women in Construction student chapter will meet 7 – 8 p.m. in Langford A room 107B. For more information, contact Zara Perciful at

Artist in Residence Lecture by Terry Allen will take place 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Preston Geren Auditorium. Allen is a recording and conceptual artist whose creativity is impossible to categorize. Dabbling in and finding success in a wide range of activites from music and drama to art and multimedia his unique take on the creative process is sure to interest any student. For more information, contact Mary Saslow at 845.7073 or

April 16
American Institute of Architecture St
udents meet 6:30 – 8 p.m. in Langford C105. For more information, contact Amanda Scott,

A Management Student meeting will be held 5 – 7 p.m. in Langford C305. For more information, contact Susie Billings, 979-847-9357 or

Lecture eyes Friesen Concepts: Larry Lammers, president of Lammers and Gershon Associates of Reston, Va. presents “The Friesen Concepts — The Impact on Today’s Hospital Design,” an Architecture-for-Health lecture sponsored by the Center for Health Systems and Design and the Student Health Environments Association in the Langford A205 at noon.

April 17
Student photo exhibit: 16” x 20” mounted images taken by students in Howard Eilers’ ENDS 311 classes will be on display in Preston Geren Auditorium 7 – 9 p.m. For more information, contact Howard Eilers, 979-845-4685 or


April 21
Architecture/Engineering — Bridging the Gap: Roger Ridsdill-Smith, an architect with Arup and Partners in London, will present “Bridging the Gap Between Architecture and Engineering” 5 – 7 p.m. in the Preston Geren Auditorium of the Langford Architecture Center. Ridsdill-Smith was the project director for London's Millennium Bridge, the first pedestrian river crossing over the Thames River in central London in more than a century. The lecture is part of the Spring 2008 Department of Architecture Lecture Series. For more information, contact Malcolm Quantrill at See related story in the archone. newsletter.

April 23
“Project Management and Planning,” a lecture by Paul Sanders of Broaddus & Associates, is set for noon in Langford A205. The presentation is part of the ongoing Architecture-for-Health Lecture Series  sponsored by the Center for Health Systems and Design and the Student Health Environments Association .

April 24
Construction Science Awards Banquet: The Department of Construction Science will award scholarships and celebrate student achievement 4:30 – 11:30 p.m. at the College Station Hilton. For more information, contact Ann McGowan,

April 25
Architecture Awards Banquet: The Department of Architecture will award scholarships and celebrate student achievement 6 – 10 p.m. at Pebble Creek Country Club. For more information, contact Melinda Randle, 979-847-8918 or

April 28
Quantrill on “Material & Otherness: Malcolm Quantrill, distinguished professor of architecture at Texas A&M and director of the Center for the Advancement of Studies in Architecture will present on “Materiality and Otherness: Architecture as a Vision Beyond Seeing,” as part of the Department of Architecture lecture series from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Preston Geren Auditorium. See related story in the archone. newsletter.

April 29 – 30                                     
Student Artwork on Exhibit: Students enrolled in ENDS 489, ENDS 205, ARTS 203, ARTS 304, ARTS 305, ENDS 311, and ENDS 312 will exhibit still works in the Langford A atrium. For more information, contact Terry Larsen, 979-845-7068 or

April 30
American Institute of Architecture Students meets 6:30 – 8 p.m. in Langford C105. For more information, contact Amanda Scott,

Student Animation Screening: Students enrolled in ENDS 489, ENDS 205, ARTS 203, ARTS 304, ARTS 305, ENDS 311, and ENDS 312 will exhibit time-based work 5 – 8 p.m. in the Preston Geren Auditorium. For more information, contact Terry Larsen, 979-845-7068 or

May 16
Aggie Reception at AIA National Convention: The Texas A&M Department of Architecture will host a reception for former students and friends during the 2008 American Institute of Architects National Convention and Design Exposition in Boston. The reception is scheduled 7 – 9 p.m. May 16 in the Old State House Museum located on Boston’s “Freedom Trail” at the corner of State and Washington streets in downtown. For more information on the Aggie reception, contact Melinda Randle, 979-845-1015 or The 2008 AIA Convention, themed “We the People,” will be held May 15 – 17 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Details are available on the AIA website at

Oct. 23-25
The Texas Society of Architects’ 2008 convention will be held in Fort Worth.

Nov. 6
Facility Management Industry Advisory Council will meet in Room 292 of the Memorial Student Center on the Texas A&M University campus. For more information, contact Susie Billings at 847.9357 or

Recruiting new Ags

Lou Tassinary, associate dean for research for the Texas A&M College of Architecture, discusses the benefits of a studio-based education during the filming of a Texas A&M recruitment video. The video is being produced by Frame by Frame, the same production company that is currently working on a video featuring College of Architecture research initiatives. Once complete the Aggie recruitment video, which targets undergraduate students, will be posted  with other recent “Welcome to Aggieland” features and commercials, which can be accessed online at

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