College of Architecture’s 11th annual
symposium spotlights faculty research


Research findings in a broad array of topics were delivered at the 11th annual Texas A&M College of Architecture Research Symposium: Natural, Built, Virtual, held Oct. 19 in the Langford Architecture Center on the Texas A&M campus.

The daylong research showcase featured a series of faculty presentations previously delivered at scholarly venues around the world. This year's symposium included invited or refereed presentations and papers from the 2008-09 academic year.

"The individual sessions comprising the symposium displayed a wide range of scholarship with respect to people and place," said Lou Tassinary, executive associate dean for the College of Architecture.  "Fundamentally, the sessions reflected themes that have emerged in the work of the faculty and research staff over the past year."

The symposium, delivered in several concurrent sessions, featured approximately 54 presentations divided into diverse categories. The presentations were grouped in broad categories including “invention,” “energy,” “modeling,” “management,” “policy,” “pedagogy,” “aging,” “innovation,” “perception,” “history,” “archaeology,” “excogitation” and “well-being.”

The annual symposium was established more than a decade ago to underscore the influence of research on teaching and practice. It also serves as a catalyst for research-informed teaching in the College of Architecture's five undergraduate and nine graduate degree programs. And, because many of the faculty presentations were originally delivered at scholarly venues abroad, the event also showcases the global influence of research conducted by college faculty.

A keynote address, "A Room With a Cue: Expressions of Personality in Everyday Environments,” by Sam Gosling, a nationally renowned researcher and author who focuses on issues related to personality and social psychology, highlighted the symposium.

An associate professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, Gosling researches the everyday manifestations of personality, especially how individuals select and craft the environments in which they dwell, to suit their personalities. His research has been featured in a New York Times Magazine article, the Boston Globe, Good Morning America, USA Today, the London Times, the Economist, BBC, Scientific American, New Scientist, Psychology Today, Parenting, NPR and Science.

For more, visit the symposium website at

See related story on keynote speaker Sam Gosling.

Below: Sam Gosling presents his keynote address, "A Room with a Cue: Expressions of Personality in Everyday Environments."


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6 7 8 8.5 9 10 11 12 13 14 Zofia K. Rybkowski, assistant professor of construction science, presents “”Overcoming the Hurdle of First Cost: Action Research in Target Costing.” 15 A crowd listens to Forster Ndubisi, professor and head of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, present “Sustainable Regionalism: Prospects for Shaping the Future of the Metropolis.” 16 Weiling He, assistant professor of architecture, presents “Points of View.” 17 Ivan Mutis, assistant professor of construction science, presents “Semantic Tags for Collaboration in Construction Formalized Within a Social Network Framework.” 18 Registered attendees enjoyed a free lunch in the Langford atrium. 19 Keynote speaker Sam Gosling, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, presents “A Room with a Cue: Expressions of Personality in Everyday Environments.” <-->

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