Two architecture students earn AIA/AHA fellowships

Hur, Ozcan are 18th, 19th Aggies to receive esteemed architecture-for-health honor

In 2003, two architecture students became the 18th and 19th Aggies to be named American Institute of Architects/American Hospital Association Graduate Fellows. Myo Boon Hur from Korea, who is currently working on a Master’s in Architecture, and Hilal Ozcan, a Ph.D. in Architecture candidate from Turkey were also the second pair from A&M to be awarded fellowships in the same year.

“We interpret this to mean that the AIA/AHA Fellowship Committee has confidence in these students,” said George Mann, the Ronald L. Skaggs Endowed Professor of Health Facilities Design at Texas A&M. Since its inception in 1966, he said, the A&M College of Architecture’s health facilities design program has consistently produced students worthy of the AIA/AHA recognition.

That winning streak was bolstered again in 2003 when Prithi Venkatram, a 2002 AIA/AHA Fellow from Texas A&M, earned the James J. Souder Award, presented to the AIA/AHA Fellow delivering the best presentation at the organization’s annual conference held last August in Denver, Colo. Her research examined design considerations for facilities catering to patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other mentally debilitating conditions. She competed against other AIA/AHA Fellows from Yale University and the University of Wisconsin.

Venkatram, originally from Bombay, India, has since accepted a position with the Tampa, Fla. office of HDR, a nationally renown architecture for health firm.

Hur’s award-winning 2003 research proposal, “Research and Design of Hospital Related Rehabilitation Facilities for the Elderly,” and Ozcan’s work, “Research and Design of Pediatric Intensive Care Units,” will be delivered in 2004 at the International Conference and Exhibition on Health Facility Planning and Design in Phoenix, Ariz.

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Hilal Ozcan

Myo Boon Hur