By J. Thomas Regan, Dean
Texas A&M College of Architecture
From the first in Texas to the largest in the nation — that
is the story of the Texas A&M College of Architecture’s
first 100 years! The first formal education for Texas architects
was initiated September 1, 1905, at what was then known as the
Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, by Dr. Frederick
E. Giesecke. Since that modest beginning, the department was
formed; then the college, which has expanded to offer degrees
in architecture, construction, environmental design, land development,
landscape architecture, urban planning, and visualization — all
the major disciplines of the built and virtual environment. Together
these programs have awarded degrees to more than 13,800 graduates,
Aggies who have made lifelong contributions to their professions,
and to the people of Texas, the nation and the world.
Continuing the great leadership of Dr. Giesecke, our founder,
Ernest Langford, department head from 1929-56, and Edward Romieniec,
our first dean, hundreds of dedicated faculty and staff members
over the decades have made the college’s multiple departments
and programs the successes they are today.
The college is now the largest of its kind of the approximately
100 architecture colleges in the United States, and it offers
our students and faculty unparalleled opportunities. The strong
disciplinary focus of the degree programs, which underpins the
interdisciplinary collaborations of faculty and students, allows
work on integrated, interdisciplinary projects. Design/build
studios often activate these research/teaching projects, paralleling
real-world practices by encouraging teamwork and innovation.
Curricula requiring each undergraduate to spend one long semester
away from campus have created opportunities to study and to work
literally around the world, giving our graduates a marked advantage
of maturity and experience over those in other colleges.
The interdependence of research and teaching throughout the
college has created the most advanced research agenda of any
college of architecture in the nation. Working through our research
centers, highly qualified faculty members are expanding the knowledge
base in a variety of built and virtual environment disciplines.
For a century, former students from the college have led and
continue to lead the professions and industries in our fields,
while providing valuable service to national professional organizations.
Through their generous gifts, former students and friends have
made the development of the college, over the last five years,
the most successful in its 100-year history.
As we reflect on our amazing past and anticipate the wonders
of our collective future, I am honored to be at the helm of the
college with the best faculty, staff, students, and former students
in the nation.
Dean Thomas Regan