Texas A&M College of Architecture’s
eighth annual faculty research symposium, “Research on
the Built and Virtual Environments: Global Symposia Presentations
2006,” begins 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 30 at the Langford Architecture
Center on the Texas A&M campus.
The daylong research showcase features a series of faculty presentations
previously delivered at scholarly venues around the world. This
year's symposium includes invited or refereed presentations and
papers from the 2005-06 academic year.
“The individual sessions comprising the symposium reflect
all aspects of the designed environment,” said Lou Tassinary,
associate dean for research at the College of Architecture. “The
categories were not predetermined, but rather reflect themes
that have emerged in the work of faculty over the past year.”
The symposium features more than 50 presentations divided into
11 diverse categories and delivered in four concurrent sessions.
The presentations examine ongoing research in studio pedagogy,
architectural theory and design, art, healthcare architecture
and planning, disaster planning and mitigation, 3-D modeling
and animation, sustainable urbanism and design, historic preservation,
construction science, the architecture of place, visualization,
energy conservation, housing, land development and facility management.
“A core value of the Texas A&M College of Architecture
is the influence of research on teaching and practice,” said
J. Thomas Regan, dean of the college. “This annual symposium
serves as a catalyst for research-informed teaching in our three
undergraduate and nine graduate degree programs. The presentations
reflect the range and depth of research and scholarly work currently
under way in our college, and many of the presentations are part
of funded research projects, which totaled $4,847,805 during
the past year, ranking us with national leaders in research grants
The event's registration fee will be waived for current Texas
A&M students, faculty and staff, but registration is required
and a $10 fee will be charged for lunch.
A $100 registration fee will be assessed to non-university participants
to cover session admission, the keynote presentation, a continental
breakfast, refreshments, lunch, parking (if requested) and AIA
Continuing Education Credit processing. For registration forms,
schedules and additional information contact Kathy Waskom at
email@example.com or stop by the College of Architecture’s
dean’s office in Langford A 202.
Highlighting the 2006 symposium will be a keynote address on
biophilic design by by Texas A&M architecture professor Dr.
Roger Ulrich, the most internationally cited and quoted researcher
in evidence-based healthcare design.
Biophilic design, Ulrich said, is a sub-area of the larger field
of evidence-based design influenced conceptually by Harvard naturalist
Edward O. Wilson’s biophilia hypothesis — the notion
that evolution has left modern humans with a partly genetic affinity
for nature. Ulrich’s presentation will summarize biophilia
theory and scientific research pertinent to designing healthcare
settings that promote better medical outcomes.
To facilitate the symposium and encourage student participation,
the College of Architecture will suspend all scheduled classes
and studios on the day of the event.
“It is unusual for a college such as ours to take ‘time
out’ from our usual schedule of classes, design studios
and meetings to hear our colleagues report on their current research,” Regan
said. “Too often, faculty colleagues and graduate students
are left at home when one of us travels to a distant symposium
to deliver our latest thinking on a timely topic. It is fitting
in our role as the largest college of our kind in the nation
to establish new traditions, such as this one, that couple scholarly
research solidly with professional education.”