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March 2018
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Construction science prof Kim Carlson and ICU participants.
Students from multiple disciplines align, collaborate in ICU competition
A branching multi-story tree sculpture, dining patios, shady, turf-covered outdoor napping areas and tranquil water features were among the many unique and playful design solutions created by multidisciplinary student teams tasked to reimagine a Langford Architecture Center outdoor space as part of the Feb. 23 – 25 Harold L. Adams Interdisciplinary Charrette for Undergrads (ICU), a Texas A&M College of Architecture design competition.
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Rowlett lecture to showcase Hines, a leading developer
Registration is underway for the 2018 Rowlett Lecture spotlighting Hines, one of the world’s leading real estate investment, development and management companies. The event is slated for 1:30 – 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 28, at the Presidential Conference Center at Texas A&M.
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AIA Gold Medalist among spring lecture series speakers
AIA Gold Medalist Antoine Predock, one of the world’s premier architects whose buildings have earned universal acclaim, will discuss his work Monday, April 16, 2018 in Preston Geren Auditorium on the Texas A&M Campus as part of a lecture series hosted by the Department of Architecture.
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Former student launches
study abroad endowment
A former Texas A&M environmental design student who was transformed by a single 1982 semester spent studying abroad in Italy is creating a scholarship to help fund similar transcendent, career-benefitting educational experiences for today’s Texas A&M College of Architecture students.
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Outstanding Alums' gifts push college toward $30 million goal
With new gifts this month from College of Architecture Development Advisory Council members Harold Adams '61 and Bill Peel '74, the college passed the two-thirds mark toward its $30 million goal in Texas A&M University’s “Lead by Example” comprehensive campaign.
STAAR Description Format (SDF), the novel technology developed by Francis Quek, professor of visualization, converts any portable document format (PDF) to a version the blind can read on an iPad.
Blind can 'unlock' PDF content with system developed by viz professor
With a National Science Foundation grant, Texas A&M Professor of Visualization Francis Quek has developed technology that allows people who are blind to access more literature with increased command over their reading experiences.
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Project to yield cost estimating tools for highway construction
Texas A&M construction science professor Kunhee Choi is working to lower the cost of highway construction bids by optimizing data-driven construction scheduling methods in advance of a $1.5 trillion federal highway infrastructure rebuilding plan proposed by the Trump administration.
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Study finds hazard plans in coastal communities lacking
A study by Philip Berke, professor of landscape architecture and urban planning, reveals hazard mitigation plans in cities such as Houston are weak and underfunded. Examining 175 hazard plans, the researchers pinpointed the most effective long term strategies for cities' growth.
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Study eyes benefits of ‘green’ stormwater management
A Texas A&M research team is investigating how coastal municipal planners can respond to increasing flood threats in rapidly growing coastal communities and build sustainable and healthy ecosystems using “green” stormwater management methods for improved infrastructure. ​
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Profs improve health facility space requirement calculating
Faculty and graduate student researchers in the Texas A&M College of Architecture have developed a new method to calculate and standardize proposed health care facility space requirements that can overcome the significant limitations of previously established procedures.
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Education board members review visualization prof's research promoting STEM
Teacher, firefighter and professional athlete used to top the list of what students at Neal Elementary in Bryan wanted to be when they grew up. But in the past couple of years, Neal students in a Texas A&M study began to include variations on "engineer" in their list.
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Construction survey shows security, automation, digital modeling among top trends
Data security, automation, and a rising demand for digital modeling are three technology trends impacting the building industry in 2018, said James Benham, guest lecturer of construction science and CEO of JBKnowledge, Inc in the sixth annual report survey.
Houston residents evacuate their neighorhood as Harvey stormwater rises.
TAMU agencies unite to help coastal communities bolster resiliency
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, two Texas A&M groups have teamed up to launch the Community Resilience Collaborative, a program aimed at bolstering the resilience of the state’s coastal communities to natural hazards and at restoring their ecosystems.
Ben Baaske prepares to scan the Wheelock Schoolhouse.
Preservation students aid restoration of historic Wheelock schoolhouse
From tape measures to state-of-the-art laser scans, Texas A&M preservation students employed an array of tools while documenting an historic schoolhouse building in Wheelock, Texas in an effort to help garner funds for the 108-year-old structure’s renovation.
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Students document Bryan’s historic Temple Freda
Using tools like terrestrial laser scanners and drones, a team of architecture students, working with the College of Architecture’s Center for Heritage Conservation, developed detailed images and 3-D models of Bryan's historic Temple Freda, the oldest religious building in the city.
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Students design collapsible portable bridges for military
In a studio project with real-world military applications, senior Texas A&M environmental design students recently designed and fabricated working prototypes for lightweight, collapsible bridges that can be easily deployed to help soldiers traverse tough terrains like narrow rivers and ravines.
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Students design modern urbanscape atop Italian city
First-year environmental design students drew inspiration from “The Jetsons,” Batman, and other sources to create elevated urban environment atop historic Siena, Italy, offering a glance at how the centuries-old city could be rejuvenated for future needs and increased populations.
A student paints in a visiting artist class.
Texas A&M ranked among nation's best illustration schools
Texas A&M is one of the top illustration and drawing schools in the country, according to a new ranking complied by The Art Career Project, an online resource for artists. On the list, “Best U.S. Schools for Illustration and Drawing 2018,” Texas A&M is the state’s top school, the nation’s second-highest ranked public university, and 18th overall.
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CoSci study abroad garners praise from students, industry
A high impact, transformational learning experience awaits construction science students who participate in the Texas A&M London study abroad program, where students enrich themselves academically and culturally as they learn from British educational, industry and legal professionals.
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CoSci study abroad students construct replicas of iconic buildings in United Kingdom
Texas A&M construction science students studying abroad in the UK battled chilly, windy, rainy weather as they built scaled-down replicas of two iconic European buildings at Constructionarium, a 15-acre site in northeast England.
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CoSci roadshow eyes tech’s impact on building industry
Technology’s growing impact on the building industry was explored at the JBKnowledge Contech Roadshow, a daylong Department of Construction Science event featuring interactive discussions, tech demos and the public debut of the Department of Construction Science's enhanced BIM CAVE.
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Viz prof sees video games as a central element of education
Video games are an ideal medium to captivate an audience because they offer full interactivity. That can have big implications for education: Just ask Texas A&M University, which wrapped up its first ever game-based course this fall, and plan to offer two more, in art history and calculus, in the spring.
Ahmed Ali gives a talk on design using waste from industrial manufacturing.
Ali earns New Researcher Award for waste-based design solutions
Ahmed K. Ali, an assistant professor of architecture at Texas A&M University, earned the Architectural Research Centers Consortium’s 2018 New Researcher Award, a prestigious accolade bestowed annually to an emerging scholar.
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Students earn top honors for standout construction plans
Construction science students netted two first place honors at a February 19 undergraduate construction management competition at the Dallas Crown Plaza hotel, hosted ​by the Associated Schools of Construction and TEXO, a group of North and East Texas general contractors.
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College woodshop head earns award for installing art piece
The transformation of more than 2,500 milk jugs into “Milky Way,” a luminescent artwork that adorned the Brazos Valley African-American Museum patio, earned Jim Titus, supervisor of the College of Architecture woodshop, an honor for leading the team which crafted and ​installed it.
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LAND prof named professor emeritus at Guelph University
For significant scholarly contributions in landscape architecture and urban planning, Robert Brown, a professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, was awarded the title of university professor emeritus by his former employer, The University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.
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Student services director’s leadership recognized with 2018 AFS achievement award
For exhibiting the highest standard of staff excellence, Dave Wentling, director of the Office of Student Services at the Texas A&M College of Architecture, will receive a 2018 Distinguished Achievement Award from The Association of Former Students.
Students and design pros collaborate in a charrette.
Aggie Workshop spotlights Southwest landscape design
Texas A&M students teamed with leading design professionals including Greg Miller, president of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Feb. 16, 2018 at Aggie Workshop, a series of lectures and a design charrette hosted by the Texas A&M student chapter of the ASLA.
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CHC symposium focused on African-American heritage
The preservation of Texas’ historic African-American communities, repositories of black heritage and culture that are increasingly imperiled by natural and economic threats, was the focus of the 2018 Texas A&M Center for Heritage Conservation’s Historic Preservation Symposium.
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African land projects showcased at conference
Visionary, “green,” award-winning land development projects created by Chris Mulder, an Outstanding Alumnus of the Texas A&M College of Architecture, and colleagues at his South Africa-based firm, CMAI Architects, were featured Feb. 9, 2018 at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center.
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Artists fuse tech, science in Wright Gallery art exhibit
“Anna Dumitriu and Alex May: Recent Works,” a multimedia exhibit exploring the nexus of art, science and technology through the transcendent work of these two artists, featured at the Texas A&M Wright Gallery. The event included artist-led workshops on microbial art and video mapping.
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Interactive art exhibit by viz prof displayed in Houston
An interactive art exhibit featuring sonic sculptures, kinetic assemblages and mechanized drawing, created by Sherman Finch, assistant professor of visualization at Texas A&M, used audience participation to vary how conceptual work is experienced and celebrate creativity.
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Texas A&M at SXSW features planning, viz profs panel
Texas A&M at SXSW, a showcase of university faculty and research at South by Southwest, the annual ​Austin mega-event celebrating the convergence of creative industries, included College of Architecture visualization professors discussing technology’s revolutionary affects on society.
Parker County Courthouse, photographed by Charles Davis Smith ‘90.
Photography excellence earns alumnus elevation as AIA fellow
Charles Davis Smith ‘90, an architectural photographer who expertly weaves design training and camera skills into memorable images that illuminate a designer’s thoughts and vision, is Texas A&M’s newest member of the prestigious AIA College of Fellows.
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Class Acts: Former students share news with classmates
The College of Architecture encourages former students to submit news for its Class Acts reports featuring professional achievements, marriages, retirements, bucket list accomplishments or whatever else they care to share. See what others have been up to and share your own news.
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Former planning students elevated to AICP fellows
The myriad achievements of two former Texas A&M urban planning students, Laurie Johnson '88 and David Preziosi '93, have elevated them to the American Institute of Certified Planners’ College of Fellows, one of the profession’s highest honors for their work, mentorship and service.​
William Merriweather Peña and Belgium’s Princess Astrid.
Peña remembered as visionary architect, WWII hero, benefactor
William Merriweather Peña ‘42, one of the Texas A&M College of Architecture’s most revered former students whose legendary architectural career followed a heroic tour of duty in World War II, died in Houston Feb. 10, 2018. It was his 99th birthday.
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David Pugh remembered for contributions to Texas planning
Beloved Professor Emeritus David L. Pugh, who headed of the former Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Texas A&M and helped shape dozens of Texas cities and thousands of minds throughout his four-decade teaching career, passed away Dec. 26, 2017 at 75.
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Design, sculpture prof John Walker leaves artistic legacy
Sculptor John Woolfolk Walker, who inspired students throughout his 30-year art teaching career in his design and sculpture classes at the Texas A&M College of Architecture from 1979-1994, passed away Jan. 19, 2018 at age 79. A professor emeritus, he created more than 500 works of art in his life.
Billowing blooms on a Bradford Pear tree herald spring's approach at the northeast facade of Langford A. The beauty was fleeting, however, as spring rains and a hail storm soon erased the lacy blossoms.
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