2nd Century Celebration

College of Architecture to mark
100 years of Aggie architecture

Almost 100 years ago in a most unlikely setting — the rural prairie of the Brazos River Valley — Texas’ first architectural education program was established at the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. In the ensuing century, that little college on the prairie transformed into Texas A&M University, a world-class institution of higher learning serving more than 44,000 students; and, that fledgling architecture program became part of a top-ranked design school — Texas A&M’s College of Architecture — the largest of its kind in the nation.

To commemorate 100 years of contributing to the world’s built and virtual environments, the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University is enlisting the help of former students in planning a yearlong “Second Century Celebration.”

The event-packed year, which kicks off with a formal dinner on April 1, 2005 and a former student open house on April 2, 2005, will include exhibits, lectures, symposia and gatherings on campus and at special venues around the world. While part of the celebration will honor the myriad achievements of the College of Architecture’s former students and faculty, the event will also look to the future; examining the role Aggies are yet to play in developing a sustainable, livable and aesthetically pleasing tomorrow.

You can help!

In preparation for the event, the college is asking former students to submit written recollections of their college years, as well as photographs and memorabilia that will help graphically reconstruct the institution’s 100-year history. The submitted stories and photos will be posted on this Web site with other items from the college archives.

The college is especially interested in receiving:
  • Photographs (digital scans are OK) depicting student life, studio work, or memorable events from the college’s past;

  • Written recollections including anecdotes (both meaningful and humorous) and tributes to former instructors or classmates who made a difference; and
  • The names and dates of any scholarships, awards and special recognitions you received while enrolled in the College of Architecture.

Stories and digital photographs may be e-mailed to:

Or items may be mailed to:

2nd Century
College of Architecture
3137 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3137

Additional details, will be posted on this Web site as the yearlong Second Century Celebration takes shape.

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