Imagine keeping in touch with more than 7,000 of your closest friends! It's a challenge to say the least, but with your help, we are trying our best.
The School of Architecture is undertaking an effort to find (and maintain) the most accurate contact information for all of our alumni. All graduates will be receiving an invitation to an alumni reception in San Antonio on May 3. We hope you will join us for cocktails, but we also hope you will take this opportunity to review your personal contact information and reply with any updates. Alumni may also update their records, contact preferences, and search for fellow graduates by visiting the University's online alumni directory at http://www.texasexes.org/online/update_address.asp.
Do you know of an alum who is not receiving eNews? As email is a vital and efficient means of communication, we are especially anxious to maintain an accurate email database. Please pass along this message to alums with whom you maintain contact or forward their names and email addresses to Alumni Relations Director Stephanie Palmer at email@example.com or 512-471-0617. She will contact them to see how we may better serve them.
Thanks for helping us improve our relationship with you. We look forward to hearing from you!
CLASS OF 1957 REUNION
Bill Booziotis [B.Arch. '57] and Pat Holden [B.Arch. '57], School of Architecture co-chairs for the Class of 1957 reunion, invite all who graduated in or near 1957 to join them for an unforgettable 50th anniversary celebration. Events will kick off on Wednesday, April 25, with a pre-reunion cocktail reception at the Hotel San José at 6:00 p.m. On Thursday, April 26, participants will join all University classes for a full day of tours and events, including lunch with University President William Powers and Dean Fritz Steiner. Following lunch, School of Architecture alumni will be treated to a walk down memory lane at the Alexander Architectural Archive. They'll also have the opportunity to see the ever-changing campus with tours of some of our newer facilities and a special viewing of Peter Walker and Partners Landscape Architects' model for a proposed redevelopment of Speedway and the East Mall into a more student friendly, visual, and green space. On Friday, April 27, at the conclusion of University-wide tours and events, alumni will join the meeting of the School of Architecture Advisory Council for presentations by UTSOA faculty; a lecture by alumni Tim Blonkvist [B.Arch. '81], Rick Archer [B.Arch. '79], and Madison Smith [B.Arch. '80], of Overland Partners; and dinner at the Moore/Andersson Compound.
50-YEAR REUNION SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Wednesday, April 25
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Pre-reunion cocktail reception, Hotel San José
Thursday, April 26
7:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Welcome breakfast, followed by offerings of tours and classes
12:15 p.m - 2:00 p.m. Lunch with President Powers and Dean Steiner, Texas Union Ballroom
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. School of Architecture tours
6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Dinner and entertainment, Alumni Center
Friday, April 27
8:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Breakfast, offerings of tours and classes, and lunch with Dr. John Silber
2:00 - 5:00 p.m. School of Architecture Advisory Council activities
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Lecture by Tim Blonkvist, Overland Partners
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Dinner with School of Architecture Advisory Council at the Moore/Andersson Compound
For additional details, visit the Texas Exes website at http://www.texasexes.org, or contact Stephanie Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-471-0617 with questions.
UTSOA faculty, pictured in the 1957 Cactus yearbook. Front row: Hugh Lyon McMath, Philip Douglas Creer, Goldwin Goldsmith. Second row: Jon Avery Bowman, Heinrich Bernhard Hoesli, Lee Francis Hodgden, Werner Seligmann, Claude Arthur Winkelhake, John Hubert Kohn. Third row: Hugo Leipziger-Pearce, Drury Blake Alexander, John Preston Shaw, Robert Leon White, Gommel Roessner.
SPACE + MIND SYMPOSIUM:
Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Architecture
and Architectural Perspectives on Psychoanalysis
Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Mebane Gallery, Goldsmith Hall
Dream homes? Is your home a symbol of yourself?
Buildings are not just things we live in. They are things that enter our deepest consciousness and make us feel certain ways. They stand for us, as well as stand up for us. Psychoanalysts are interested in the kinds of places that have significance in our lives, places that enter our psyche not just because significant things happened to us in them, but because our dreams and thoughts are full of images that might be seen as architectural and spatial at the core: images of safety, exposure, danger, permanence, history, elation, enclosure, special views, reflections, rooms, and so forth. At the same time, architects have to care about people's identities and memories, hopes and dreams. They want to know how spaces and minds interact, in schools that help learning, in homes that help families be whole, in workplaces that help give us dignity, and so forth.
Come and hear psychoanalysts and architects explore these themes together at the Space + Mind Symposium at The University of Texas at Austin.
Event Organizers: Elizabeth Danze, Michael Benedikt, Stephen Sonnenberg
Event Coordinator: Christine Wong
Esther da Costa Meyer, Ph.D., Department of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University
Ellen Handler Spitz, Ph.D., Honors College, Professor of Visual Arts, University of Maryland
Peter Loewenberg, Ph.D., Modern European Culture and Intellectual History, UCLA; New Center for Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles
Nancy D. Olson, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Muriel Gardiner Program in Psychoanalysis and the Humanities, Yale University
Joseph Rykwert, Paul Philippe Cret Professor of Architecture Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania
John Shannon Hendrix, Department of Art, Architectural Design and History, Roger Williams University; Rhode Island School of Design
Mark D. Smaller, Ph.D., Director, Neuro-Psychoanalysis Foundation, Chicago
Sponsored by The Center for American Architecture and Design. Please call 512-471-9890 or email email@example.com for further information.
AIA AUSTIN LECTURE
Saturday, April 21
801 W. 12th Street, 10:00 a.m.
"Austin and Its Architecture: Why Should You Care?"
Whether it's the new City Hall, a high-rise office building, the homes being built next door, or how well a building is demolished, Austin citizens care about architecture. Why is that? Why are we so drawn to good design and react so strongly when we don't care for it? Is it important to our City?
Larry Speck will engage the audience in a discussion about the importance of understanding architecture in Austin and Central Texas.
Seating is limited, and reservations are requested: 512-452-4332 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, April 24
Assistant Professor of Transportation Planning, University of Rhode Island
Goldsmith 3.120, 5:00 p.m.
Talia McCray has a Ph.D. in Urban Technological and Environmental Planning from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University. She currently teaches statistics, urban transportation planning and management, transportation and GIS, and sustainable transportation at the University of Rhode Island.
Dr. McCray will be sharing her research with members of the campus community. The topic of a recent invited paper is "exploring the role of transportation in social exclusion through the use of GIS to support qualitative data."
Wednesday, April 25
Historic American Engineering Record
Goldsmith 3.120, 5:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Cathedral Stone Products.
"Why Architects Need to Know About Bridges"
Until his retirement in 2003, Eric Delony worked with the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), a federal program established in 1969, to create a national archive of America's engineering, industrial, and technological heritage. His tenure at HAER extended for 32 years, half that time as senior program manager. He administered the program in such a manner that the act of documentation not only created a permanent record of drawings, photographs, and histories for the Library of Congress, but promoted the physical preservation of that technological heritage.
As HAER Chief, he served as the Departmental and Park Service authority on engineering and industrial heritage, representing the United States at international conferences and symposia. Eric inspired a new generation of engineers in working with the nation's transportation and engineering resources. He sought to involve engineers in the protection, preservation, and stewardship of the historic built environment. He established a national ethic and awareness of America's technological heritage promoting the redevelopment potential of historic industrial buildings and technological resources. He has received numerous awards in recognition of his work and is considered one of the world's leading authorities on the history of bridges.
Friday, April 27
Tim Blonkvist, Rick Archer, and Madison Smith
Goldsmith 3.120, 5:00 p.m.
"Building Relationships That Last"
Tim Blonkvist, FAIA, [B.Arch. '81] is a founding principal and serves as Chairman of the Board of Overland Partners. He specializes in projects relating to art, research, education, and religion. From 1982 to 1986, Tim was a senior designer with I.M. Pei & Partners in New York City, where he worked on projects including the Bank of China in Honk Kong and the expansion to the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Rick Archer, FAIA, [B.Arch. '79] is a founding principal of Overland Partners. He has built a wealth of experience in urban design, environmental design, interior architecture, museum, commercial, residential, educational, and hospitality design. Rick served as principal-in-charge on the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, a project which has received international acclaim for its sustainable design features.
Madison Smith [B.Arch. '80] is a principal with Overland Partners and is responsible for directing the firm's master planning and development management services. He also acts as coordinator of staff and consultant activities in strategic planning, project feasibility analysis, and project finance. He is currently principal-in-charge of master planning for the Arbors at North Richland Hills, a climate responsive and pedestrian-friendly commercial and civic center for a new community master planned by Duany Plater-Zyberk in northeast Texas.
Monday, April 30
São Paolo, Brazil
Goldsmith 3.120, 5:00 p.m.
"Made in Chile - 4 Chilean Studios"
This lecture presents a selection of recent projects by four outstanding Chilean architecture studios.
Patricio Mardones is an architect based in Santiago, Chile. As Editorial Coordinator of ARQ, the Universidad Católica School of Architecture publishing house, he has developed a number of books and magazines on Latin American architecture. He also combines teaching at Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad Andrés Bello in Santiago and maintains a professional practice. His latest work is the crypt for Santiago’s Metropolitan Cathedral.
April 18 through May 4
Four Chilean Architects
Mebane Gallery, Goldsmith Hall
DESIGN>BUILD>TEXAS OPEN HOUSE
Design>Build>Texas house. Photograph by Paul Bardagjy.
Saturday, May 5
The School of Architecture is hosting an Open House for DESIGN>BUILD>TEXAS, the award-winning model house designed and built by architecture students and faculty as a hands-on learning experience. The project has been published in many national and international design publications and won a prestigious Texas Society of Architects honor award in 2006. The house will be featured as part of the national AIA conference this spring.
Tours are free, but reservations are required.
Tour 1 9:30 a.m.
Tour 2 11:00 a.m.
Tour 3 1:30 p.m.
For reservations and a map, please contact Judy Parker at email@example.com or 512-471-1922.
Water Works at Arizona Falls, Phoenix, Arizona, 2004. Photograph by Fritz Steiner.
January 26 through August 24
Visual Resources Collection
Sutton 3.128 (Monday-Friday, 8-5)
"Frozen Notes: the Photography of Frederick R. Steiner"
This exhibit features a selection of black and white photographs printed from 35mm Scala slides taken by the School of Architecture's Dean Frederick Steiner. Regarding his photographic pursuits, Dean Steiner says, "I seldom think about taking pictures, it is something I just do. Through my camera, I am an observer of the contemporary urban condition. Mostly, I take pictures of buildings and landscapes. I suppose my pictures might be viewed as abbreviated forms of architecture."
Dean Steiner is the Henry M. Rockwell Chair in Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin. During his tenure as a National Endowment for the Arts Prize Fellow in Rome in 1998, his love for photography was rekindled, and he has been photographing ever since.
The Center for American Architecture and Design hosts a Friday Forum Series from 12:00 to 1:30 in the Center's Battle Hall Conference Room (room 101).
Throughout the fall and spring semesters, faculty, visitors, and graduate students at the School of Architecture offer their latest work up for freewheeling discussion and debate, with subjects varying from architectural practice, design, design theory, to the arts, planning, and the politics and economics of development.
The idea is for faculty and students to meet in an informal atmosphere to debate and freely discuss topics "hot" on the minds of the speakers. Forum topics/titles are confirmed a week prior to each forum date. Visit the Center website (http://www.utexas.edu/architecture/center/lunch_forums) for updates. The remaining spring 2007 schedule includes:
- April 27, Dennis Doxtater
- May 4, Smilja Milovanovic
The Friday Forum is also webcast live (visit the Center's web address above), and you are invited to call in live with questions or comments during the discussion at 512-471-9890.
City Forum is an urban issues speaker series hosted by the School's Community and Regional Planning Program. The bi-monthly program features discussions of contemporary urban issues with national and local perspectives. During the spring of 2007, the program will be held on selected Fridays from 12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m. in the Texas Union Board of Governors Room, 3.116 (on Guadalupe Street between 22nd & 24th Streets).
- April 20, Simon D. Atkinson, Mike Hogg Centennial Professor, "Urban Land Institute Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition 2007: Redesigning Los Angeles"
For the past several years, students from the architecture, planning, and business programs have participated in the Urban Land Institute's (ULI) national design competition. This competition calls upon students at participating universities to develop innovative and financially feasible planning and design solutions for large or connected sites in U.S. cities. All this must be developed over a period of roughly one week; faculty and practitioners can advise, but cannot participate, in the projects. Past students have commented that the ULI competition was among the most intense and valuable learning experiences in their entire academic career.
In this City Forum, Professor Simon Atkinson and student participants will discuss the ULI competition process; how architects, planners, and business students collaborate and learn; this year's project problem; and the planning and design solutions developed by the various UT-Austin teams.
The City Forum schedule is available at: http://www.utcityforum.org. For more information on the City Forum Speaker Series or to be added to the email list, contact Sungmin Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through May 31
Architecture and Planning Library's Reading Room
An Exhibition on Post-World War II Architecture"
This exhibit features selections from the Alexander Architectural Archive and the Architecture and Planning Library's Special Collections.
Cover of Christopher Long's new book, Paul T. Frankl and Modern American Design.
Associate Professor Christopher Long's new book, Paul T. Frankl and Modern American Design, has just been released by Yale University Press. The May issue of Vanity Fair features a photograph of Frankl's vanity seat of 1928 from the book and touts its release as one of the important cultural events for the month.
Associate Professor Mirka Beneš's article, "Pastoralism in the Roman Baroque Villa and in Claude Lorrain" (from Villas and Gardens in Early Modern Italy and France, edited by Beneš and Dianne Harris in 2001), will be anthologized as a "classic" in a new volume from Blackwell Publishing UK, titled Italian Baroque Art, 1600-1750. Included in the anthology will be noted experts of Italian Baroque art history from the early 20th century, Erwin Panofsky, Rudolf Wittkower, Joseph Connors, and others.
Organized around broad themes—style or the visuality of art; artistic practices and production; artistic communication as projected and experienced; and artists' interactions with the ancient world and with the new sciences—Italian Baroque Art will offer an innovative intellectual and pedagogical intervention for students and all those interested in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century art.
Cover of Richard Cleary's new book, Bridges.
Associate Professor Richard Cleary's book Bridges has been published by W. W. Norton and the Library of Congress as part of the series W. W. Norton/Library of Congress Visual Sourcebooks in Architecture, Design & Engineering. It surveys the history of bridge building in the United States with over 800 illustrations organized by fundamental structural types (beam, arch, truss, suspension) and the special category of movable spans. A book launch will be held in the Madison Memorial Building of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., from 6:30-8:00 on Wednesday, May 9.
Associate Professor Juan Miró was a guest for dinner at UT-Austin President Bill Powers' house together with Executive Vice President and Provost Steven Leslie and five other faculty members from different disciplines across campus. The dinner was part of an ongoing effort by President Powers and Provost Leslie to meet UT faculty and hear their interests and concerns. The small and relaxed setting allowed for an open and lively discussion about many issues, including student and faculty retention, the role of public institutions, community involvement, interdisciplinary collaborations, and sustainability.
Professor Steven Moore has just returned from lecturing on the topic of "Design Thinking" at the University of Manchester (UK) and participating in a special session devoted to architecture at the British Sociological Association Annual Meeting at the University of East London.
ALUMNI RECEPTION AT THE AIA CONVENTION
Thursday, May 3
Lucifer Lighting Company
3720 IH 35 North
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Lucifer Lighting Company.
This year, the American Institute of Architects will host their national convention in San Antonio, Texas. Dean Fritz Steiner invites all alumni of the School of Architecture to attend a cocktail reception on Thursday, May 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Lucifer Lighting Company will host the reception at their new, meticulously renovated headquarters at 3750 IH 35 North.
We hope you will join us for this opportunity to reminisce with fellow alumni and for an exclusive look inside Lucifer Lighting Company—a significant redesign of the former Pace Foods manufacturing facility. Working with Jackson & Ryan Architects, Houston, and Gensler, Dallas, Lucifer Lighting Company helped to reinvent the facility that was originally designed by Ford Powell and Carson. The renovation created an inviting, healthier, and more efficient office environment that they hope will allow them to achieve a LEED Silver certification. In recognition of their efforts, AIA has even made Lucifer Lighting Company one of their featured tour offerings during the convention.
If you have questions or would like to RSVP, please contact Stephanie Palmer at 512-471-0617 or email@example.com.
Even if you will not participate in the AIA convention, you are welcome to join us!
NEW AIA FELLOWS ELECTED
UTSOA alumni Brooke Sween-McGloin, Greg Papay, and John Grable, recently elected AIA Fellows.
Three alumni are among 76 architects from around the nation who were elected American Institute of Architects Fellows by the 2007 Jury of Fellows on February 23.
John Grable [B.Arch. '76], of John Grable Architects, San Antonio; Greg Papay [M.Arch. '86], of Overland Partners Architects, San Antonio; and Brooke Sween-McGloin [B.Arch. '82], of McGloin + Sween, Corpus Christi, will be invested in the College of Fellows on May 4 at the AIA National Convention and Design Expo in San Antonio.
The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Out of a total AIA membership of nearly 81,000, there are fewer than 2,600 distinguished with the honor of fellowship.
Lucia Athens, ASLA, [M.S.A.S. '93] was interviewed for the "Policy Shapers" Series in a recent "LANDonline," the American Society of Landscape Architects' (ASLA) online news digest.
Athens manages the City of Seattle Green Building Program, in the Department of Planning and Development. Previously, she has worked for the City of Austin, was briefly in private practice, and has taught landscape architecture at the University of Georgia. She has been in public practice for the City of Seattle for about 10 years.
Responding to the question, "How did you find your way to your current position?" Athens explained, "I was raised in San Antonio, and I stayed in Texas for graduate school at The University of Texas at Austin's architectural studies program. I designed my own program in sustainable architectural design, and during the program I started working for an innovative nonprofit called the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems. The center suggested that the City of Austin create a green building program—there weren't any green building programs in the country at this time, and this was a new idea. I became a research assistant and helped the City of Austin develop the first green building program.
Another question posed to Athens was: "What [...] advice do you have for landscape architects who want to contribute more to sustainability?" She responded, "One of the things I would like to encourage is that landscape architects take a leadership role in design teams that are trying to create green building projects.[...]" One of the challenges for people getting into this movement is developing better relationships and understanding of people in other design professions. Sustainable design solutions cut across the disciplinary boundaries.[...]"
ASLA's Public Practice Advisory Committee's "Policy Shapers" Series spotlights landscape architects who are active in shaping public policy. Wendy Miller, ASLA, interviewed Lucia Athens for the article.
Michael Lingerfelt, AIA, [B.Arch. '80] has joined C.T. Hsu + Associates as a project director.
Lingerfelt is a registered architect with more than 27 years of experience in design and project delivery. His career includes 15 years with Walt Disney Imagineering, where he served as the architect of record for projects ranging from Expedition Everest and the Animal Kingdom Theme Park to Mickey's PhilharMagic and the new Tomorrowland attraction. While there, his projects received numerous awards from the Themed Entertainment Association, an international non-profit association representing the world's leading creators, developers, designers, and producers of themed experiences such as museums, zoos, and theme parks.
Lingerfelt currently serves as chair of the American Institute of Architect's national Retail & Entertainment Knowledge Community Advisory Group, formed to "foster the creation, discussion, and dissemination of knowledge about the retail and entertainment environments to advance the practice of architecture." He also serves on the board of directors of the AIA Florida Association and AIA Orlando Chapter. He is a graduate of the Stanford Virtual Design & Construction Certificate Program at Stanford University.
C.T. Hsu + Associates is an Orlando-based architectural planning and design firm named 2006 "Firm of the Year" by the American Institute of Architects - Florida Association.
Charles Ralph Colbert [B.Arch. '43], passed away on February 12, 2007, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Charles was born in Dow, Oklahoma, on June 23, 1921, and was raised in Alvin, Texas. After graduating from the School of Architecture and serving as a Naval officer in World War II, he obtained a Master's Degree in Architecture from Columbia University in New York. Throughout his life he maintained his own architectural firm while teaching at various universities including Tulane University and Louisiana State University. Mr. Colbert served as the dean of the School of Architecture for both Texas A & M University and Columbia University. Charles had spent the majority of his life in New Orleans, but relocated to Albuquerque following Hurricane Katrina.
Marjorie Mead (Peggy) Hooker [B.Arch. '47], passed away in Corrales, New Mexico, on November 19, 2006, after a long illness. A resident of New Mexico since 1951, she was born in Sedalia, Missouri, on September 21, 1925, but grew up in Marfa, Texas. Peggy is survived by her husband of 59 years, Van Dorn Hooker, Jr. [B.Arch. '47]. Peggy received her architectural license in 1950, at a time when very few women were architects. She and her family lived in Santa Fe from 1951 to 1965, where she was an associate in the firm of McHugh, Hooker, Bradley P. Kidder and Associates. After moving to Corrales, she established her own practice in 1965. In 1968, Peggy worked with Max Flatow on the Albuquerque Urban Renewal Plan and remained with the firm of Flatow, Moore, Bryan and Fairburn and its successors for more than 20 years. A member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Peggy was the first woman president of the Albuquerque AIA and the first woman to serve on the New Mexico Board of Examiners for Architects. She was awarded the New Mexico Architects' Medal by AIA New Mexico in 2003. In 1990, she received the Governor's Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women. Peggy paved the way for other women to enter the profession by showing that a woman can be a loving wife and mother and do equal, responsible architectural work and enjoy the pleasure of trying to create what all architects strive to do—make the world a better place in which to live and work.
SOLAR DECATHLON Construction Kickoff
The 2007 UTsolarD team (not all pictured): Russell Krepart, Charles Lee, William Antozzi, Andrew Danziger, Erin Danders, Sam Covey, Joeny Bui, Sam Burch, Alex Miller, Matt Brugman, Will Grisham, Jonas Phillipsen, Rafael Barajas, Saskia Fazio, Vilmar Morgan, Ben Taylor, Ana Betancourt, Matt Weaver, Witt Featherston, Rohit Eustace, Sutton Giese, Heather Stapleton, Jill Solomon, Brenda Moczygemba, Sarah Ducote, Ami Mehta, Mary Cauthen, and Danielle Awai.
Saturday, April 14 (National Day of Climate Action), was a big one for the Solar Decathlon team. At noon, student team leader Alex Miller spoke on the steps of the Texas State Capitol as part of the U.S. Green Building Council "Step It Up" rally. This event was organized by UTSOA alum and advisory committee member Kathy Zarsky [B.S.A.S. '94] and was coordinated with 1273 other rallies nationwide to push Congress to cut carbon emissions 80% by 2050 (http://www.stepitup2007.org).
Following this, the team hosted a Construction Kickoff Party in their new "shop" in a hangar at the former Mueller Airport provided by Catellus Development. The event was well attended by past and present team members, faculty advisors, team sponsors, volunteers, and a wide variety of people with an interest in green building, including local celebrity Bill Moore, the contractor on "This Old House" filmed in Austin. The team showed off the BLOOMhouse model, drawings, a fantastic new event display, and YES some construction underway on the house. Foundation welding is almost complete, thanks to faculty construction advisor Russell Krepart and lecturer Ernesto Cragnolino.
Thanks to East Side Pies and Epoch Coffee for refreshments, to Sutton Giese for organizing, and to everyone who came and contributed to making the Kickoff such a success! Keep track of our progress at: http://www.ar.utexas.edu/utsolard. We are still in need of cash sponsors and materials donations to make the BLOOMhouse a reality. For more information on how you can help the team, please contact faculty lead Elizabeth Alford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIENDS OF ARCHITECTURE
French Quarter, New Orleans, 2007. Photo courtesy New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Friends of Architecture presents
May 25-27, 2007
The Crescent City is back, and Friends of Architecture is prepared to show you New Orleans like you've never seen it before! With the guidance of renowned architectural commentators, educators, and local residents, FOA's exclusive tour will provide members with a first-hand account of the extensive impact Hurricane Katrina had on one of the nation's most unique coastal cities. The effect on this city's distinctive architecture can be felt from the most devastated areas that are still struggling to get back on their feet, to neighborhoods that were comparably untouched. Reed Kroloff [M.Arch. '86], Dean of the School of Architecture at Tulane University, has designed a comprehensive tour of the broad spectrum of New Orleans' architecture and design. FOA's weekend will include visits to the Garden District, the Ogden Museum, and several remarkable private residences. In addition, we will look at extraordinary post-Katrina designs by students of the UT-Austin School of Architecture and of Tulane University. And of course, there will be private cocktail receptions and plenty of traditional French Quarter dining and entertainment!
You won't want to miss this tour! For registration details or information on Friends of Architecture membership, contact FOA Director Stephanie Palmer at email@example.com or 512-471-0617.
ARCHITECTURE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE STAFF NEWS
Architecture Librarian Janine Henri was elected 2007-2008 Vice President/President Elect of the Association of Architecture School Librarians (AASL). She will begin her service as AASL President after the March 2008 conference (in Houston, Texas). Her tenure on the AASL Executive Board will end after the 2010 AASL conference. The Association of Architecture School Librarians is an organization affiliated with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.
On April 4, I flew to Healdsburg, California, for a research symposium on megaregions sponsored by the Lincoln Institute and the Regional Plan Association (RPA). Assistant Professor Ming Zhang, Associate Professor Kent Butler, and I presented a paper on transportation coordination and economic integration in the Texas Triangle. Other invited research papers were presented by faculty from the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Illinois-Urbana, and Loughborough University (UK). These papers will become part of a book being edited by Bob Yaro of RPA and the University of Pennsylvania and Armando Carbonell of the Lincoln Institute. The megaregion research is part of RPA's America 2050 project (http://www.america2050.org/).
On Monday and Tuesday of the following week in Austin, I engaged in various School and University activities including my "Environmental Readings" class. Later in the week, I flew to Washington, D.C., for a Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) Board Meeting. LAF continues to expand our scholarship programs, and we are working on the establishment of a $25,000 Olmsted Scholarship.
I flew from Washington to Philadelphia on Saturday, April 14, for the annual American Planning Association Conference. On Sunday morning, Kent Butler gave our Texas Triangle presentation at a Sunbelt Megaregion Session. Afterwards, I signed copies of The Essential Ian McHarg at the Island Press booth. Later in the afternoon, I participated in a panel on the "essential planning library" to highlight the most influential planning books. I selected Lewis Mumford's The City in History (1961), John Reps' The Making of Urban American (1965), Robert Caro's The Power Broker (1974), and Ian McHarg's Design with Nature (1969) as the planning books most influential on my career.
The next morning, I met with my Virginia Tech colleagues Chris Nelson and Robert Lang. They are conducting a study on innovations in state planning for the Urban Land Institute. Chris and Rob invited me to be part of an advisory panel for the study. After our breakfast meeting, the horrible news about the Virginia Tech shootings began to circulate. The stormy day in the east took an even darker turn.
That afternoon, I moderated a panel on "Vulnerability and Resilience in Urban Forum." Former Secretary of Interior Bruce Babbitt advocated the need for a new national vision for land use. That afternoon, I attended a University of Pennsylvania alumni reception at City Hall before returning home early the next morning to teach my "Environmental Readings" class.
As I continued to reflect about the Virginia Tech tragedy and interact with colleagues and students, the themes of "vulnerability" and "resilience" remained relevant. We seem to inhabit an increasingly vulnerable world. Design and planning offer tools for resilience for our species to adapt and prosper.
Yesterday, Bartlett Cocke drove in from San Antonio to have lunch with scholarship recipients from the Bartlett Cocke Endowment Scholarships. Joining Mr. Cocke, Assistant Dean Julie Hooper, and me were graduate students Alex Gordon Gilliam, III; Erica J. Ko; Matthew David Macioge; Michelle Denise Ng; Aurora Townshend Wilson; and Xin Zhang.
Afterwards, I introduced the "Books & Buildings" Symposium for Bartlett Cocke Professor of Architecture and Planning Steven Moore's Alternative Routes to the Sustainable City: Austin, Curitiba, and Frankfurt (Lexington Books, 2007). Steven Moore began the symposium with a description of the book—its origins, the method employed, and the implications of the findings.
Associate Professor Michael Oden then offered his review of Alternative Routes to the Sustainable City. He applauded the multidisciplinary orientation and the deep thinking represented in the book. Oden identified three major contributions of the book: 1) its methodological approach of "refined pragmatism," 2) the interesting stories about the evolution and current realities of places, and 3) the illustration of how cities are shaped by collective processes.
Professor Barbara Allen provided the next review. She is the director of Virginia Tech's Graduate Program in Science, Technology, and Society and has been the executive editor of the Journal of Architectural Education for the past eight years. Dr. Allen described the strengths of comparative international case studies for understanding sustainable development. She compared Moore's book to several others as they relate to environmental justice, including Mike Davis' Planet of Slums (Verso, 2006).
In addition, Dr. Allen related Moore's book to the focus of the 2006 Architectural Venice Biennale on megacities. The organizers of the Biennale listed five factors that were necessary for cities to positively change the world: 1) good governance, 2) public space and tolerance, 3) models of sustainability, 4) transportation and social justice, and 5) architecture and inclusion. Dr. Allen reviewed the overlap between these five factors, as addressed at the Venice Biennale and Alternative Routes to the Sustainable City.
Zach Stern, Martha Leipziger-Pearce, and Allison Phillips.
Mrs. Martha Leipziger-Pearce created the Hugo Leipziger-Pearce Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Planning to honor her late husband, Hugo Leipziger-Pearce, professor emeritus of architecture and founder of the School's Community and Regional Planning Program. Recently, Mrs. Leipziger joined 2007 fellowship recipients Allison Phillips and Zach Stern for coffee and cookies to share stories about her husband's life and learn more about the work of the students supported through her gift. We thank Mrs. Leipziger for her generous support of the School of Architecture.
The School of Architecture wishes to thank the following donors who have generously committed to support the "Resilient Foundations: The Future of the Gulf Coast" exhibit and symposium planned for summer/fall of 2007:
Howard Rachofsky — Exhibition Underwriter
Deedie Rose; Mike McCall, AIA; Arthur Andersson, AIA; Boone Powell, FAIA; Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA; Charles Lawrence, FAIA; Helen Thompson & Laura Toups; Dick Clark Architecture — Symposium & Publication Underwriters
Look for more information on the exhibit and symposium in upcoming editions of eNews.
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