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Centennial party

College of Architecture
celebrates 100th birthday



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 pleasing tomorrow."


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Balloons adorn the grounds outside the Architecture building

Dean Regan speaks

Bob Segner, former yell-leader, leads a yell

Students and faculty enjoy the birthday lunch

Students do the cooking

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