Students, faculty and friends of Texas A&M University's
College of Architecture gathered Thursday at the Langford Architecture
Center for a giant birthday party celebrating the 100th anniversary
of architectural education at Texas A&M.
One-hundred three-foot balloons adorned the entrance to the
Langford A building where inside 1,000 hot dogs, cake, ice cream
and music - the greatest hits of 1905 - set the backdrop for
the gala event marking the day the Texas A&M architecture
program was established, September 1, 1905, as the first formal
architecture program in Texas.
"I officially declare us 100 years old," said Tom
Regan, dean of the college, from the head of a 50-yard row of
tables stretching through the Langford A atrium and onto the
adjoining second floor bridge.
Following the dean's brief remarks, Ward Wells, professor of
architecture and director of Texas A&M's Center for Performing
and Visual Arts, led party goers in a round of "Happy Birthday." Next,
Bob Segner, professor of construction science and a former Aggie
Yell Leader, led a roof-raising "Gig 'em" yell.
Joining students and faculty as a special birthday guest was
Keith Langford, son of Ernest Langford, the namesake of the Langford
Architecture Center who served as head of the Texas A&M Architecture
Department from 1929 through 1956.
The birthday party was one of many events, including lectures,
special exhibits and symposia, marking the College of Architecture's
year-long centennial celebration. The observance culminates with
a March 31 black tie gala followed April 1 by a special Former
Student Open House.
“We have an event-packed year,” said Regan. “While
part of the celebration will honor the myriad achievements of
the College of Architecture's former students and faculty, the
events will also look to the future; examining the roles Aggies
are yet to play in developing a sustainable, livable and aesthetically
Balloons adorn the grounds outside
the Architecture building
Dean Regan speaks
Bob Segner, former yell-leader, leads
Students and faculty enjoy the birthday
Students do the cooking