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Barcelona study abroad students build a public gathering space.
Study abroad students’ Big Event project adorns Barcelona district
The Big Event, a beloved Texas A&M community service tradition, crossed the Atlantic this spring with College of Architecture study abroad students who built a structure for public gatherings and painted flower boxes in a neighborhood square in Barcelona, Spain.
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Arch. dept. to showcase student projects at May 9 'Celebration of Excellence'
“Celebration of Excellence,” the Texas A&M Department of Architecture’s annual juried competition and awards presentation, is set for 2-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2017 at The Icehouse on Main, 800 N. Main St. in downtown Bryan.
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Arch prof helping Kazakhstan redefine its cultural identity
In the emerging Central Asian country of Kazakhstan, Stephen Caffey, a Texas A&M architecture professor, is advising an artist-led initiative promoting the country’s storied history, cultural diversity and aspirations. Caffey is working to bring a selection of Kazakh art to exhibit at Texas A&M.
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College deans urge participation in 2018 DesignIntelligence survey
In a letter to current and former students, two college deans strongly encourage students and professionals who qualify to participate in the 2018 DesignIntelligence survey that will evaluate and rank America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools.
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RSVP for Aggie Reception at AIA conference in NYC
Texas A&M former students and friends are invited to join former classmates and professors at the annual Aggie AIA Reception held June 21 in conjunction with the American Institute of Architects' 2018 national conference in New York.
A team of Texas A&M researchers is learning whether a new bus rapid transit line in El Paso will affect the physical activity levels of the city’s residents. In previous studies, public transit has been linked with physical activity level, but research with rapid bus lines has not been conducted.
Profs studying new transit mode’s effects on locals’ walking habits
Texas A&M urban planning and public health researchers are studying whether a new El Paso bus rapid transit line — a system with dedicated lanes that mimic the efficiency of rail transit — changes walking habits of residents who live close to the line’s stations.
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Texas A&M study eyes value of citizen-sourced data
A team of urban planners are investigating the value of allowing “citizen scientists” to collect boots-on-the-ground data for agencies charged with protecting lives and property in natural disasters as part of a two-year National Science Foundation study.
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Vacant lot study shapes innovative distribution concept
Business leaders are touting a vision for an advanced network of industrial distribution facilities based, in part, on findings from a 2016 study of vacant urban land led by Galen Newman, an associate professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning.
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Signage research group taps viz prof as emerging fellow
For work promoting the development of research in the field of signage and wayfinding, Eric Ragan, assistant professor of visualization at Texas A&M University, was selected as an Emerging Fellow by the Academic Advisory Council for Signage Research and Education.
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Newman edits CELA
journal, serves as VP
Galen Newman, a Texas A&M landscape architecture professor, is editor of the Landscape Research Record, a prestigious scholarly journal published by the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, where he also serves as vice president for research and creative scholarship.
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Fellowship to fund viz professor's research on iconoclastic architect
The iconoclastic designs of Modern master architect Victor Lundy will be researched by Susanneh Bieber, Texas A&M assistant professor of architecture and visualization with the help of a 2018 grant from the university’s Arts and Humanities Fellows Program.
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AIA podcast eyes professor's code compliance application
Architects can now check their designs’ International Building Code compliance with a cloud-based app developed by SMARTreview Inc., a firm led by founder and CEO Mark Clayton, Texas A&M professor of architecture.
A rendering of Panwang Huo's award-winning market and community space design.
Grad student places in prestigious international design competition
For his innovative design reinventing a Canadian city’s downtown with a massive, 130,000-square-foot market and community space, Panwang Huo, a Texas A&M Master of Architecture student, placed third in the prestigious Lyceum Fellowship Competition.
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Students design architecturally artistic transformable pavilions
Senior environmental design students recently designed and built small-scale prototypes for lightweight collapsible pavilions that could be deployed at full scale up to 400 square feet. The portable, transformable structures expand to form artistic, architecturally intriguing canopies.
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Viz students craft VR games offering superhuman abilities
Empowered by virtual reality goggles, patrons of a year-culminating exhibit of visualization student work soared above clouds and performed other superhuman feats in immersive alternative worlds created in an interactive design studio at Texas A&M.
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CoSci student creates VR model of historic building
Visitors to the recent Bluebonnet Festival in Chappell Hill, Texas explored a historic Texas building that was demolished more than a century ago. The building was recreated as an immersive virtual model by Siva Ramadoss, a Texas A&M Master of Construction Management student.
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Environmental design students fabricate Italian rooftop offices
First-year Texas A&M environmental design students envisioned how future population needs of historic Siena, Italy could be met by building models of elevated urban environments atop existing buildings near the Piazza del Campo, one of Europe’s greatest medieval squares.
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Design students create healthcare ‘hub’ concepts
Conceptual designs of a “health hub,” an emerging healthcare facility concept that emphasizes illness prevention as well as treatment, were unveiled recently by Texas A&M environmental design students at public events in Dallas and on campus.
Texas A&M was ranked as a top animation school by a career resource website.
Texas A&M again ranked among nation’s top animation schools
For the fourth consecutive year, Texas A&M was recognized as one of the nation’s top animation schools, placing third among public institutions, second in the Southwest and first in Texas in lists created by Animation Career Review, a career resource website.
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Van Zandt appointed as
LAUP department head
Shannon Van Zandt, a distinguished educator, researcher, author and administrator who joined the Texas A&M College of Architecture faculty in 2005, is the new head of the university’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning.
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TAMU art academy funds artistic faculty projects
Humanity’s multilayered relationship with the sun will be further explored by visual artist Krista Steinke, instructional assistant professor of visualization, with a $7,500 grant from the Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts at Texas A&M University
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CoSci prof explores scholarly alliances at Indian workshop
At a workshop for facility management graduate students in New Delhi, Sarel Lavy, Texas A&M associate professor of construction science, discussed the field’s best practices and explored avenues for teaching and research collaborations with educators in India.
Carol LaFayette's nature short was recognized for filmmaking excellence.
Viz professor's nature video nets Global Independent Film Award
A glimpse into nature’s life cycle captured on video by Carol LaFayette, Texas A&M professor of visualization, earned a prestigious 2018 Global Independent Film Award recognizing excellence in filmmaking.
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Students' master plans earn Texas ASLA recognition
Master plans by Texas A&M landscape architecture students addressing urban neighborhoods’ flooding and crime, unintended effects of gentrification, and additional environmental and societal issues earned top honors from the Texas Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
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Arch prof’s drawing chosen for leading New York art show
An image investigating the symbiosis of art, drawn by Alejandro Borges, a member of the architecture faculty, is one of 75 pieces chosen from 960 entries by leading art curators to appear in the prestigious Fun House 2018 exhibit in Poughkeepsie, New York.
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Motivational prof recognized for transformational teaching
Sherman Finch, an uncompromising Texas A&M visualization educator and artist known for his tough, on target critiques and for passionately compelling students to reach their potential and follow their bliss, earned a 2018 Texas A&M Center for Teaching Excellence award.
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Ph.D. student lauded for
Texas A&M diversity efforts
By diligently working to remove barriers for people with disabilities on the Texas A&M campus, Bara Safarova, a doctoral student in architecture, was honored for exemplifying inclusion in education through collaboration and innovative practice at the 2018 ACE Awards, an annual campus diversity event.
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Diversity work earns planning student a Weirus Spirit Award
For making Texas A&M a more inviting place for minorities through spearheading inclusivity initiatives, third-year urban planning student Carlo Chunga Pizarro received the 2018 Buck Weirus Spirit Award in a ceremony at the Association of Former Students Alumni Center.
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College of Arch. staffers earn President’s Meritorious Award
For outstanding dedication to the Texas A&M University mission, two College of Architecture employees received 2018 President’s Meritorious Service Awards, a prestigious honor bestowed upon the campus’ most outstanding staff members, supervisors and teams by university president Michael K. Young.
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University honors college team with academic advising awards
Outstanding contributions to student advising by the Texas A&M College of Architecture’s nine academic advisers, led by director David Wentling were recognized with university-level awards by the University Advisors and Counselors group.
Panelists discuss a “Deep Vista” topic at the Memorial Student Center.
'Deep Vista' panelists explored tech's impact on design
New ideas in architectural practice and theory arising from rapidly changing technology were explored by experts in design, education, philosophy and other disciplines at “Deep Vista,” a free-ranging panel discussion series April 27-28, 2018 at Texas A&M University.
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Viz-a-GoGo show marks 25
years of digital wizardry
Viz-a-GoGo 25, the annual showcase of digital wizardry conjured by Texas A&M visualization students from the College of Architecture, was staged May 2-5, 2018 at four venues in downtown Bryan. A screening of student work was exhibited at the Palace Theatre.
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Viz prof’s 'Good Luck with the Sun' exhibit opens in Austin
Immersive video, experimental photos and an installation, all focused on the nearest star, appear in “Good Luck with the Sun,” an exhibit by Krista Steinke, instructional assistant professor of visualization at Texas A&M, that runs through June 7 at an Austin gallery.
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CoSci student-run golf tourney earns thousands for nonprofits
Two Brazos Valley charitable organizations each received $20,000 raised by a March 26, 2018 benefit golf tournament hosted by the Texas A&M student chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, a leading industry group.
James M. Singleton IV ’66, right, receives a Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Singleton tapped as Texas A&M University Distinguished Alumnus
For outstanding contributions to the university, the community and his profession, College of Architecture graduate James M. Singleton IV ’66 has netted a Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest honor bestowed upon former Texas A&M students, by The Association of Former Students in a surprise ceremony on March 28.
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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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Alumnus earns 2018 Young Architect Award from AIA
Jamie Crawley ’96, who holds two Texas A&M design degrees, earned a 2018 Young Architects Award from the American Institute of Architects for significant contributions to and exemplary leadership in the field.
Alum remembered as lighting designer, residential architect
Britt Parker Medford, ENDS ’80, a noted Austin area architect and lighting designer, succumbed to cancer April 2018. He was 59. A native of Tyler, Texas, he graduated with honors from Texas A&M and completed his graduate studies at the University of Virginia.
All aboard
On the road again, construction science students board buses bound for destinations around Texas as part of a departmentwide April 18 field trip to see firsthand the latest building, material production and manufacturing practices at construction sites, mines and industrial areas.
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