INSIDE TRACK: e-newsletter for the College of Architecture
April 12, 2007

Visiting artists to guide erection of
architectural installation in Bryan

What does the Museum of Modern Art in New York City have in common with Bryan, Texas? A temporary public sculpture, to be erected in downtown Bryan by a group of Texas A&M students led by acclaimed Los Angeles architects Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues as part of an April 12 – 22 College of Architecture Artist in Residence workshop.

The Bryan sculpture will explore aspects of the architect’s “Liquid Sky” architectural installation for the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, an affiliate of New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. “Liquid Sky,” which recently won the museum’s highly prestigious Eighth Annual Young Architects competition, will be built later this summer in the P.S.1 courtyard.

Ball and Nogues, the final visiting artists in the college’s Spring 2007 Artists in Residence program, are known for using their sense of space and design, as well as their formidable construction skills, to fabricate installations that transform the way people interact with environments.

 “The Ball-Nogues workshop is an educational opportunity for Texas A&M students that will contribute a visual presence to North Main Street in Bryan,” explained Carol LaFayette, chair of the college’s Artists in Residence program, which is sponsored in part by the Texas A&M’s Academy of the Visual and Performing Arts. “The proposed sculpture will be partially constructed from donated and recyclable materials from the Bryan/College Station area,” she said.

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Top photo: "Maximillian's Schell" study; a Ball-Nogues installation.
Above left: A prototype model of "Liquid Sky."

Aggie filmmaker’s club presents
SWAMPFEST April 27 at Langford

The Aggie Screenwriting, Acting, and Movie Production (SWAMP) Club will screen film shorts produced by members and friends of the organization at SWAMPFEST 2007, the club’s annual film festival, slated for 7 p.m. Friday, April 27 in the Preston Geren Auditorium in Langford Building B on the Texas A&M campus.

Tickets for the event cost $2 and will be available at the door. Popcorn and soft drinks will be served for a nominal cost with proceeds benefiting the club.

The festival will include at least 15 short films and “fake” movie trailers, though entries are still being accepted from both members and non-members, according to club spokesman Christopher Portales. Details for submitting films, due by April 20, are available on the Aggie SWAMP Club Web site at

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ENDS 101 student team wins National
EntrepreneurshipWeek USA Challenge

A team of six Texas A&M students from Rodney Hill’s ENDS 101 Design Process class won three contest categories for their entry in the National Entrepreneurship Week USA Challenge, a national competition that tasks students to take a common everyday object and create as much value as possible.

The student’s entry, “Wrap It Up” self-adhesive wrapping paper,  placed first in the “most money generated,” “degree of entertainment” and “degree of risk taken” categories. Theirs was one of more than 200 submissions from students across the country entered the contest that required participants to stretch their entrepreneurial muscle and create a unique, valuable service or product made with Post-it® Notes.

The student teams had only one week to come up with their ideas and presentations and submit digital slides or a three-minute video to the contest Web site. The teams were judged on the value they created and defined in the short period of time.

The students winning video presentation can be viewed online.
Wrap_It_Up.wmv (16.5 MB Windows Media File)

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Student-designed, built doghouses, wind chimes to
be auctioned Saturday at the Architecture Ranch

As part of this weekend’s Parent’s Day activities at Texas A&M University, construction science students will exhibit and auction an extraordinary collection of custom-built dog houses and wind chimes at the Department of Construction Science’s Big Build Day event, to be held Saturday, April 14 at the College of Architecture’s Built Environment Teaching and Research Facility, or “Architecture Ranch,” at Texas A&M’s Riverside Campus.

Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit Department of Construction Science scholarships.

More than 200 students from two Construction Materials and Methods classes will set up approximately 67 dog houses and several large wind chimes for the daylong event on the old baseball field that is part of the 16-acre Architecture Ranch site. The student-designed and built structures will be judged between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and a silent auction will be held 1 – 3 p.m.

According to the Big Build Day organizers, the opulent pet home designs “range from traditional to wild.” Each deluxe “pet palace” contains at least 50 percent recycled materials and is built to withstand the elements and stand on the ground without the help of concrete pads or stakes driven into the ground. The doghouses will be judged on the use of construction materials and techniques, their visual appeal and imaginative qualities, and for innovation and creativity.

The wind chimes, created from “scrap” material, measure 18” x 18” x 24” and are also constructed to handle harsh outdoor environments.

Additional details are available online at

The entrance to the Texas A&M Riverside Campus is located approximately 10 miles from Texas A&M’s main campus on the west side of State Highway 47, just south of the intersection with Highway 21.

Texas A&M architecture students design facility,
master plan for Museum of the American G.I.

Since January 2006, six teams of architecture students from Julie Rogers’ sophomore studio and Valerian Miranda’s senior studio have worked with the Museum of the American G.I. in College Station, creating conceptual models for a new museum facility and developing a master plan for the museum’s 40-acre site.

The Museum of the American G.I. is a nonprofit living history museum dedicated to preserving military equipment, uniforms, vehicles and the memories of American soldiers. It was founded in 2001 by Brent Mullins, museum president, and several other individuals with an interest in military history.

Last May, Miranda’s students presented their preliminary drawings and museum models for review at the Sanders Corps Center on the Texas A&M campus. Attending the unveiling were Brent Mullins, president of the Museum of the American G.I., and members of the museum’s board of directors, benefactors, university officials and officers in the Corps of Cadets.

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Bame, Randle honored for contributions
to local United Way, 2-1-1 referral service

Two Texas A&M College of Architecture employees were recognized for outstanding achievement at the Brazos Valley United Way’s Eighth Annual Awards Luncheon held March 8 at the College Station Hilton.

Melinda Randle (left), assistant to head of the Department of Architecture and leader of the College of Architecture’s 2007 State Employee Charitable Campaign, received the “Largest Percent Increase Award,” for leading an effort that significantly improved the college’s faculty and staff campaign contributions, to the point where the college showed the highest percentage increase of all the Texas A&M University units.

The United Way's "2-1-1 Above & Beyond Award” went to Sherry Bame (right), an associate professor of urban planning who has worked with the Brazos Valley 2-1-1 project since its implementation in 2000.

Like the 9-1-1 emergency telephone service, the 2-1-1 program provides an easy to remember phone number that connects individuals in need in non-emergency situations with essential services, from finding an after-school program to securing adequate care for a child or an aging parent.

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Student’s research links health
disparities to community design

Not all communities are created equally when it comes to opportunities for physical activity, says an expert on environmental justice who addressed a national gathering of active living researchers last February. Work done at Texas A&M supports that contention. Xuemei Zhu, a landscape architecture and urban planning graduate student studying with professor Chanam Lee, examined surrounding environments of public elementary schools in Austin to determine their safety and walkability. Among schools with a higher percentage of Hispanic children, researchers found that the surrounding areas had increased street connectivity and more sidewalks, but lacked amenities, maintenance and safety from crime, which made it less safe for those children to walk to school.

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Geren named 2007 Distinguished
Alumni of Texas A&M University

Preston M. Geren Jr. of Fort Worth, a Texas A&M College of Architecture Outstanding Alumnus, was one of four former students to be named 2007 Distinguished Alumni of Texas A&M University. The other 2007 honorees are Raul B. Fernandez of San Antonio, Roderick D. Stepp, also from Fort Worth, and Edwin J. Kyle, a member of the Class of 1899 who was honored posthumously.

Geren has generously volunteered his time to Texas A&M University as president and member of the Executive Committee of the 12th Man Foundation and member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Council and President’s Advisory Council. He also served on the Advisory Council to the Corps of Cadets and on the Advisory Council of the School of Architecture and Environmental Design. Texas A&M’s School of Architecture honored Geren with the Outstanding Alumni Award in 1998.

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Dignitaries to attend ribbon cutting for
new Cambodian land mine museum

The new Cambodian Landmine Museum and Relief Facility near Siem Reap, Cambodia, which was designed by Texas A&M University architecture students, will officially open April 21 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that will be attended by the deputy prime minister of Cambodia and Canadian ambassador to Cambodia.

Also scheduled to attend the ceremony are representatives from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Authority for Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Seim Reap (APSARA), Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) the Cambodian Mine Action Authority, and members from the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia Khmer Rouge War Tribunal.

A film crew will reportedly document the opening, and Cambodian Land Mine Museum Relief Fund is planning to care a live video stream of the event on its Web site at

For details on College of Architecture faculty and student involvement in the project, see the related story at:

‘Cowboy Stadium: Inside-Out’

Largely lost in all the ballyhoo about the Dallas Cowboys’ new state-of-the art stadium is that is was designed by an Aggie. On March 27, Bryan Trubey, a 1983 graduate of Texas A&M University’s College of Architecture and now design principal for the sports and entertainment group of architecture firm HKS, Inc., presented an overview of his design for the Cowboys’ new 2.3 million square-foot, 80,000-seat home, the largest stadium in the National Football League, set to open in 2009.The presentation, "Cowboy Stadium: Inside-Out," was held at the Rudder Theatre.

BED major, Farr, nominated for
Morris K. Udall Scholarship

Peter Farr, an environmental design major from Big Sandy, Texas is one of five Texas A&M University nominees to the Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarship, which awards $5,000 to college sophomores and juniors who are committed to careers related to conservation and the environment.

The Udall Foundation, established by Congress in 1992 to honor Morris King Udall’s 30 years of service in the House of Representatives, seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice and economics.  In this year’s competition, the foundation expects to select 80 scholars from a pool of 400 - 500 applicants representing more than 200 colleges and universities.

Farr, an environmental design major, intends to devote his career to the design of “green” civic buildings. Already a world traveler, Farr has lived in Germany and Singapore, and he has devoted significant time to humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti. At Texas A&M, he is actively involved with the American Institute of Architecture Students and Aggie Habitat for Humanity.

Ph.D. student’s essay on Chinese land reform
earns 2nd place in international competition

An essay on Chinese land reform by Zhu Qian, a Ph.D. student in architecture, won second place in a contest sponsored by the Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies, along with the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research and Blackwell Publishers. Winning essays were selected from a variety of entries by young authors on urban and regional themes.

Qian’s essay, “Institutions and Local Growth Coalitions in China’s Urban Land Reform: The Case of Hangzhou High Technology Zone,” focuses on his study of China’s status as a socialist economy in transition. Qian’s study utilized “institutionalist” and urban growth machine theories to study the collaboration of government-lead programs with local interest groups in development zones. According to Qian’s abstract, “the study concludes that the presence of interest groups and the missing community organizations unique to China give new theoretical implications and that both theories work much better with the economic domain than with the political domain largely due to a lagged political reform.”

Clayton elected to ACADIA post

A tradition of Texas A&M University leadership in the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) was perpetuated with the recent election of Mark Clayton, head of the Department of Architecture at Texas A&M University, to the organization’s Steering Committee. A former member of the committee, Clayton has also served as the organization’s president, vice president, newsletter editor and technical chair of the 2000 conference.

Other Texas A&M College of Architecture faculty members who have served as president of this premier architectural computing organization include Larry Degelman, professor emeritus, and Bob Johnson, professor of architecture.

Clayton will serve a two-year term on the Steering Committee beginning October 2007.

To learn more about ACADIA, visit the organization’s Web site at

ASHE honors professor Mann’s 40-year
contribution to healthcare architecture

The field of architecture-for-health has grown tremendously during the last 30 years, and George J. Mann, the Ronald L. Skaggs Endowed Professor in Health Facilities Design at Texas A&M, has been an instrumental part of its development.

In recognition of his 40-year contribution to research, teaching and practice in the architecture-for-health field, George J. Mann, the Ronald L. Skaggs Endowed Professor in Health Facilities Design at Texas A&M, was presented with a National Award of Appreciation at the 2007 International Conference and Exhibit on Health Facility Planning Design and Construction, held last February in San Antonio. Mann received the award from Leo Gehrig, president of the American Society of Hospital Engineering.

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Ulrich to present healthcare architecture lectures at
two major national healthcare organization venues

Roger Ulrich, holder of the Julie and Craig Beale ’71 Endowed Professorship in Health Facilities Design at Texas A&M University’s College of Architecture will present two invited lectures at national healthcare conferences in Florida and Maryland this April.

Ulrich will deliver a presentation titled, “ Building the Hospital of the Future,” at the 17th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of American (SHEA), slated April 14-17 in Baltimore, Md.

The SHEA Annual Meeting is the premier scientific meeting for healthcare epidemiologists and other individuals working in the field of healthcare epidemiology. At the conference, SHEA 2007's expert international faculty will address healthcare epidemiology issues within plenary, symposia, workshop, and meet the consultant formats. The program will provide attendees with the very latest information, including cutting edge updates on new and emerging issues such as avian influenza, problematic outbreaks, and cost-effective infection control.

According to Ulrich, his will be the first architectural presentation to be delivered to this group.

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JAPR providing scholarly insight
on built environment for 23 years

Researchers in architecture, urban planning, and related fields, are invited to subscribe to and submit articles to the Journal of Architectural and Planning Research (JAPR).

For 23 years, the award-winning, scholarly, quarterly journal, edited by Andrew D. Seidel, professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University, has provided researchers and practicing professionals with up-to-date, innovative ideas and designs.

The journal features authors and has subscribers from around the world, and is the only fully-blind refereed research journal affiliated with the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects.

JAPR provides a link between theory and practice, focusing on areas including:

  • Architectural and design research,
  • Urban planning research,
  • Architectural design, interior design, and urban design.

“Manuscripts and book reviews are published in JAPR only after a careful review by members of our international board of editors,” explained Seidel. “We try very hard at JAPR to provide constructive comments to authors when necessary and to send information between authors and reviewers so that misunderstandings can be cleared up and your manuscripts can proceed toward publication.”

Below are links to a PDF showing the table of contents for two recent JAPR issues, along with a brochure providing instructions manuscript submission and subscribing.

JAPR can also be accessed online through the Wilson Web system at

Hill earns yet another honors program honor:
2007 Wells Fargo Honors Faculty Mentor Award

The Honors Student Council at Texas A&M University has selected Rodney Hill, professor of architecture, as a 2007 Wells Fargo Honors Faculty Mentor.

The award is the second honors program honor Hill has received this year. Last February, he was tapped to receive the 2006 - 2007 Texas A&M University Honors Program Teacher/Scholar Award, which came with a $2,000 stipend and a brand new Segway, the unique two-wheel “Personal Transporter.”
“I can't think of a more deserving candidate,” wrote Jonathan Kotinek, assistant director for honors programs at Texas A&M, in an e-mail notifying Hill of his honor. “As you might be aware, this award is administered by students and is a reflection of their esteem for you.”

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TRC adds two new DVDs featuring
Rural Studio, Denver Art Museum

Two DVDs, “The Rural Studio: Proceed and Be Bold” and “Defying Gravity,” have been added to the collection of films available for check-out in the College of Architecture’s Technical Research Center, located on the second floor of Langford A.
“The Rural Studio: Proceed and Be Bold,” presents a snapshot of the work of Samuel Mockbee and his students at Auburn University designing and building innovative homes for the people of the rural areas of Alabama.
For more information on The Rural Studio, visit studio/
“Defying Gravity”chronicles the architect selection, design and construction of the Denver Art Museum.

The structure, designed by Daniel Libeskind, the architect who won the World Trade Center site competition, boasts cutting edge technology and innovative design principles. The featured films include “Selection of the Architect,” “Spatial Dance,” and “Defying Gravity.”

PBS ‘State of Tomorrow’ series to
feature Visualization Laboratory

A new PBS series, “State of Tomorrow,” will air a segment featuring the Visualization Laboratory and Master of Science in Visualization Science program at Texas A&M University’s College of Architecture.

“State of Tomorrow,” which airs Sundays at 1 p.m. on College Station PBS affiliate KAMU, is a 13-episode documentary series examining some of the biggest challenges facing Texans today. The program looks across the state, “focusing on innovators in public higher education who are pursuing solutions to these critical challenges.”

The Viz Lab will be featured in episode 12, during a segment titled, “the New Renaissance,” which highlights Texas’ emerging video gaming and movie animation industries. According to the episode description, the segment will showcase the creations of “a new generation of talented students” at Texas A&M’s visualization Laboratory, then travel to Texas cities to look at this burgeoning new industry, where many of these students will one day work.”

To learn more about “State of Tomorrow,” visit the series Web site at:

LeMieux to loose his beard in live
performance at Wright Gallery

Senior visual studies major Patrick LeMieux will present his senior show “Engagement,” a series of performances including yogic endurance tests, a live haircut, and a rock and roll séance. Each event will take place on a different night at 8 p.m. in the Wright Gallery, starting on Friday, April 13, and continuing Monday, April 16 – Thursday, April 19. For a full and evolving description of the entire show visit LeMieux's Web site Please be advised that portions of this performance were controversial and that some of the material depicted on this Web site may be perceived as offensive for some if taken out of its academic context.

Professor assists Texas religious
heritage conservation initiative

Anat Geva, associate professor of architecture at Texas A&M university, is participating in a statewide initiative aimed at developing an online database of historic Texas church buildings that can be used by anyone interested in reviving or repurposing the state’s endangered sacred places.

Know as the Western Religious Heritage Collaborative Initiative, the effort was launched last January by the Texas Historical Commission in collaboration with Partners in Sacred Places (PSP), a nonprofit and nonsectarian organization dedicated to promoting the stewardship of historic religious properties. The Philadelphia-based PSP has recently opened a Texas office.

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Undergraduate scholars urged to apply
for independent research assistance

Texas A&M undergraduate students interested in independent research are encouraged to apply for the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program offered through the university’s Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research. The program encourages capable undergraduates to actively pursue research projects and provides opportunities for communicating their findings as principal authors to the university's research community.

To qualify, students must have completed at least 60 hours of undergraduate study with at least 24 hours of A&M credit (or approval from their dean) with a 3.0 or higher GPR. Qualified juniors should submit research proposals for the 2007-08 academic year to Robert Webb, associate dean for undergraduate research. Proposal must be submitted by Friday, April 13.

To learn more about this program and proposal submittal contact Robert Webb at or visit the Undergraduate Research Web site at

Students urged to enter multimedia
competition; chance to win $3000!

Graduate students can have their work showcased online for thousands to see and win up to $3000 for the effort. The Office of Graduate Studies is calling for multimedia submissions, with the top entry winning $3,000. A wide variety of entries and subject matter are encouraged. Students can create a video game, a short film, animation, original music, podcast, or anything else that is easily downloaded and showcases life as a graduate student at Texas A&M.

The competition deadline is July 6.

“This competition is a great opportunity for us to showcase the immense talent and achievements of graduate students at Texas A&M,” said Dr. J. Rick Giardino, dean of graduate studies. “We want to show the world the best aspects of Aggie graduate student life and work, both academic and extracurricular.”

Entries must be original and created by a graduate student or a team of graduate students. A variety of content is welcome, including video clips, promotional videos, advertisements, short films, animated shorts, audio or video podcasts, 3-D renderings, Flash animations, video games, screen savers, original music, music videos, photography slide shows, illustrations, and more.

An entry may be an interview or podcast about an outstanding new research project. Or it could be a video game about trying to locate buildings and landmarks on campus. Multiple entries are welcome. Many topics and formats are encouraged, as long as the entry showcases graduate education or life as a graduate student at Texas A&M.

First, second and third place entries will earn $3,000, $1,500, and $500, respectively. Also, entries may be showcased on the Office of Graduate Studies Web site and may be used for various promotional purposes.

For competition guidelines and the submission form, visit If you have questions please contact Brad Dressler at or (979) 845-6349.

2007 Aggie Spirit Award nominations
due May 7 at Faculty Senate Office

Nominations for the Texas A&M University Faculty Senate’s 2007 Aggie Spirit Award are due 5 p.m., May 31 at the Faculty Senate Office in Room 107 of the Academic Building.

The Aggie Spirit award recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding courage and determination in the face of adversity while attending Texas A&M University. One or two individuals will be selected for the award, which consists of a framed certificate and a monetary stipend.

The nomination for is available online here.

Questions should be directed to Marilyn Willie, assistant to the faculty senate, 979-847-9033 or

Pratt paints

Artist in Residence George Pratt, an internationally acclaimed graphic novelist, lectured and led a 10-day workshop earlier this month at the Texas A&M College of Architecture. The workshop culminated with an exhibit of student work in the Langford B Exhibit Hall. Pratt also treated the college to a screening of his documentary about Mississippi Delta blues, "See You in Hell, Blind Boy."

Calendar of Events

Through April 20
ArtFest is Texas A&M University's annual student art contest sponsored by the MSC Visual Arts Committee and exhibited in the MSC Visual Arts Gallery. College of Architecture students are well represented, with more than 25 pieces in this year’s exhibit. The show features seven different categories: drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, computer-generated still images, and animation/film.

Through May 6
Biennial Faculty Art Exhibition: The eighth College of Architecture Biennial Faculty Art Exhibition continues at J. Wayne Stark Galleries through May 6. The exhibition consists of 20 artists and over 65 pieces, including landscapes, abstracts and portraits through various media such as drawing, painting, print, photography, sculpture, site-specific installations, and video

Thursday, April 12 - Saturday, April 14
Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) annual conference will be held in Flagstaff, Arizona. For more information, visit the conference Web site at

An Honors Week Lecture is slated for 7 p.m. in Langford C105. For details, contact Justin Thompson at 214-502-6350 or

Wednesday, April 11
A Digital Fabrication Lecture is slated for 5- 8 p.m. the Preston Geren Auditorium in Langford B. Professors Andrew Vrana and Joe Meppelink will be guest lecturers. For details, contact Taeg Nishimoto at 845-8283 or

Friday, April 13
6th Annual Evening of the Arts, sponsored by the Women and Gender Equity Office and the Health and Kinesiology Department, is the last event of Gay Awareness Week. This year, the Dance Production class will host the featured artists. The event will take place in the Preston Geren Auditorium and the Langford B Exhibit Hall 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. For more information, contact Chelsi West at 979.224.0143 or

Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning faculty meets
11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. in Langford C 206. For more information, contact June Withers at 845.1019 or

Department of Architecture faculty meets from 1 – 2 p.m. in Langford C 105. For more information, contact Ginger White at 845.0129 or

The Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning awards banquet will be held 6 – 9 p.m. at the Briarcrest Country Club. For more information, contact Robin See at 458 – 4307 or

April 14
Parent's Weekend Events at the College of Architecture will be held 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. in Langford C 111 and 105, the Langford A Atrium, Langford B 102 and the Preston Geren Auditorium. For more information, please contact Leslie Feigenbaum at 845-7886 or e-mail

Big Build Day: Students in the Construction Science Materials and Methods class will construct custom dog houses 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the college’s Build Environment Teaching and Research Facilty (Architecture Ranch) at Texas A&M University’s Riverside Campus. For details, contact Ann Eastwood at 845-0289 or e-mail

April 14-18
American Planning Association Conference will be held in Philadelphia, Penn. For details, visit the APA Web site at

April 16
“Architecture in the Landscape”: Architect Manuel Delgado will lecture on “Architecture in the Landscape – A Bird’s Eye View of Venezuela’s Guayana Region.” The event will be held from 5:30 – 8 p.m. in the Preston Geren Auditorium. Delgado has worked in several urban architectural developments in Venezuela over the past twenty-five years, and he is currently an associate professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture. For more information, contact Malcolm Quantrill at 845.7878 or

April 17
The American Institute of Architecture Students will hold a general meeting from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Preston Geren Auditorium. For more information, please contact Alexis Mixon at 817.229.5191 or

April 18
Visiting artists lecture: Architects and designers Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues will discuss their work 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Preston Geren Auditorium, followed by a reception in the Langford B Exhibit Hall. Ball and Nogues collaborate to design and realize unique structures through physical modeling and digital forms of production. Their project portfolio can be viewed online at For more information, contact Carol LaFayette at 845.3465 or

April 18-20
Texas ASLA conference – “Weaving the Urban Fabric:” The American Society of Landscape Architects will hold their annual Texas conference in Houston, Texas. For more information, visit the conference Web site.

April 19
Tau Sigma Delta, an honor society in architecture and allied arts, will hold its Induction Ceremony for new members at 6:30 p.m. at the Pebble Creek Country Club.  David Woodcock will be the guest speaker. For more information, please contact Katie Ward at 979.574.0839 or

The Society of Women in Construction meets 7 p.m. in Langford C 205. For details, contact JoEllen Eggert at 832-928-4202 or e-mail

April 20
Department of Construction Science Teaching Academy: This department-sponsored workshop on teaching will be held 2:30 – 5 p.m. in Langford C 207. For more information, contact Ann Eastwood at

The 2007-2008 Architecture Department Annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet will be held 6 – 10 p.m. at the Pebble Creek Country Club. For more information, contact Melinda Randle at 847.8918 or

April 23-24
ULI conference – “Developing Green: Integrating Sustainability with Success:” The Urban Land Institute will hold this conference in Philadelphia, Pa. For more information, visit the conference Web site.

April 24
Department of Architecture faculty meets from 11 a.m. – noon in Langford A 107B. For more information, contact Ginger White at 845.0129 or

Administrative Staff Committee meets from 2 – 3 p.m. in Langford A 217. For more information, contact Kathy Waskom at 845.1222 or

April 25
Facility Management Student Chapter meeting: This general meeting will be held in Langford C 207 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. For more information, contact Carlos Nome at 847.9356 or

April 27-28
SWAMP Screening: The Aggie SWAMP (Screenwriters, Actors, Movie Producers) Club will have an end-of-year screening for member-created movies. The screening will take place in the Preston Geren Auditorium from 6:30-10:30 p.m. For more information, contact Carol LaFayette at 845-3465 or

May 3-5
AIA National Convention: Several members of the College of Architecture faculty will attend the American Institute of Architects’ National Convention and Design Expo, “Growing Beyond Green,” in San Antonio, Texas. For more information, visit the convention Web site.

May 4
College hosts AIA Convention reception: The Department of Architecture at Texas A&M University will hold a reception for former students and friends during the May 3 - 5, 2007 American Institute of Architect's National Convention and Design Expo in San Antonio, Texas. The reception, hosted by 3D/I-San Antonio and JMA-Las Vegas, is slated for 7 p.m. Friday, May 4 at the 3D/I San Antonio offices, 219 E. Houston Street, Ste. 350, San Antonio, Texas 78205-1801. A map and driving directions are available online. Those interested in joining College of Architecture former students, administrators and faculty at the convention reception are urged to RSVP to Melinda Randle at 979.847.8918 or by April 30. For more information on the convention, visit 2007 AIA Convention Web site.

May 8
Administrative Staff Committee Meeting from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. in Langford A 217. For more information, contact Kathy Waskom at 845.1222 or

May 11
Construction Science Grads honored: A graduation reception for construction science graduates will be held 5 – 8 p.m. in the Langford A Atrium. For more information, contact Ann Eastwood at 845.0289 or

June 11-15
The Youth Adventure Program, a workshop for gifted and talented students, will take place in the Mac Lab on the 4th floor of The Langford A Building on the Texas A&M campus. For more information, contact Howard Eilers at 845.4685 or, or visit the program's Web site at:

July 9-14
The Youth Adventure Program, a workshop for gifted and talented students, will take place in the Mac Lab on the 4th floor of The Langford A Building on the Texas A&M campus. For more information, contact Howard Eilers at 845.4685 or, or visit the program's Web site at:

Aug. 5-9
SIGGRAPH International Conference and Exhibition, “Face Tomorrow,” will be held in San Diego, California. For more information, visit the conference Web site at

Aug. 15-19
CELA conference – “Negotiating Landscapes:” The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture’s annual conference will be held in Philadelphia, Pa. For more information, visit the conference Web site at

Sept. 13
Construction Science Career Fair will be held 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the College Station Hilton Hotel. For more information, contact Steve Byrne at 458.0156 or

Sept. 14
Construction Science Fair will be held 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the College Station Hilton Hotel. For more information, contact Steve Byrne at 458.0156 or

Oct. 4-7
ACADIA conference: The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture’s international conference will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. For more information, visit the ACADIA Web site at

Oct. 17-21
ACSP conference: The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning conference will be held in Milwaukee, Wis. For more information, visit the conference Web site at

Oct. 18-20
Texas Society of Architects Convention and Expo will be held in Austin, Texas. Details will be forthcoming on the TSA Web site:

Oct. 24-27
Texas APA conference: The American Planning Association’s annual Texas conference will be held in Addison, Texas. Details will be forthcoming on the Texas APA Web site:

Oct. 26
Outstanding Alumni Awards Banquet: The College of Architectures annual Outstanding Alumni Awards will be presented 6:30 – 10 p.m. at the Miramont Country Club. For more information, contact Trish Pannell at 458.0400 or

'Bon Voyage'

Vizzer Stuart Tett peers through a porthole that was part of an installation created by students who participated in the Feb. 15-25 Artist in Residence workshop featuring conceptual artist Elaine Reichek.

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