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End-of-Semester Open House | Final Studio Reviews
On Tuesday, December 8, the School of Architecture held the 3rd biannual open-house, end-of-the-semester gallery event, celebrating the work of our students and the beginning of final review week.
The event consisted of an open house where all studios in the school were open for faculty, students, and visitors. Students were encouraged to invite friends and others from outside the school for the opportunity to show their work outside the venue of the conventional design review. Each student placed their favorite piece or two of already completed work on display on their desks, available for review and discussion.
The UT Austin a cappella group, One Note Stand, kicked-off the event in the courtyard of Goldsmith Hall, followed by studio tours throughout the afternoon, and a music and hot cocoa reception.
Fall 2015 Final Review Guest Critics
Final studio reviews were held during the first two weeks of December for architecture, planning, interior design, and landscape architecture classes. The following distinguished guest critics were invited to participate in the reviews.
Elizabeth Alford, Pollen Architecture & Design, Austin, Texas
William Antozzi, Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Travis Avery, Murray Legge Architects , Austin, Texas
Eric Barth, A Parallel Architecture, Austin, Texas
Brian Bedrosian, Baldridge Architects, Austin, Texas
Cindy Black, Rick & Cindy Black Architects, Austin, Texas
Michael Boduch, Greig-Percy Collaborative, Austin, Texas
Michelle Bright, Ecosystem Design Group, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin, Texas
Brent Brown, architect, Austin, Texas
Ryan Burke, A Parallel Architecture, Austin, Texas
Aubrey Carter, Aubrey Carter Design Office, Austin, Texas
Taryn Christoff, architect, New York City, New York
Hobson Crow, architect, San Antonio, Texas
Ian Ellis, Matt Fajkus Architecture, Austin, Texas
Robert Foy, A Parallel Architecture, Austin, Texas
Amy Freedberg, Andersson-Wise Architects, Austin, Texas
Nelly Fuentes, SWA Architects, Houston, Texas
Andrew Fulcher, architect, Austin, Texas
Brett Koenig Greig, Wilmington-Gordon, Austin, Texas
Martin Haettasch, OFFICE mha, Austin, Texas
Michael Hargens, Baldridge Architects, Austin, Texas
Brantley Hightower, HiWorks Architecture, San Antonio, Texas
Carlos Jimínez, Carlos Jimínez Studio, Houston, Texas
Anna Katsios, Matt Fajkus Architecture, Austin, Texas
Courtney Kizer, architect, Austin, Texas
Alan Knox, Reach Architects, Austin, Texas
Maija Kreishman, Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, Austin, Texas
David Lake, Lake | Flato Architects, San Antonio, Texas
Mell Lawrence, FAIA, Mell Lawrence Architects, Austin, Texas
Matt Leach, Page, Austin, Texas
Ryan Lemmo, Lemmo Architecture and Design, Austin, Texas
Diana Maldonado, architect, Mexico
John Mayfield, John Mayfield Architects, Austin, Texas
Robert McCarter, Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
Robert Melnick, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon
Catta O’Connor, Co’Design, LLC, Austin, Texas
Mark Odom, Mark Odom Studio, Inc., Austin, Texas
Jaime Palomo, CasaBella Architects, Austin, Texas
Maria Perbellini, College of Architecture, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
Alissa Priebe, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, Inc., Austin, Texas
Ibai Rigby, architect
Daniel Sharp, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, Inc., Austin, Texas
Morgan Slusarek, Mell Lawrence Architects, Austin, Texas
Mark Smith, RVi, Austin, Texas
Scott Specht, Specht Harpman, Austin, Texas
Ingrid Spencer, AIA Austin
Nicola Springer, Kirksey Architecture, Houston, Texas
Lauren Stanley, Stanley Studio, Austin, Texas
Nick Steshyn, Miró Rivera Architects, Austin, Texas
Alexer Taganas, designer, Austin, Texas
Brandon Townsend, Page, Austin, Texas
Gary Wang, Wang Architects, Austin, Texas
Daniel Woodroffe, dwg., Austin, Texas
Mo Zell, bauenstudio, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
On November 6, Professor Juan Miró, FAIA, accepted the 2015 Edward Romieniec Award for Outstanding Educational Contributions from the Texas Society of Architects. This award was presented to him during the First General Session at the 76th Annual TSA Convention and Design Expo in Dallas, where he was named “one of UT Austin’s most-highly regarded professors and a founder of one of the leading new architectural voices in the U.S.” As associate dean of undergraduate studies for the the School of Architecture, Miró strives to expose his students to a rich cultural and historical architectural context through his highly interactive Studio Mexico and Studio Spain programs.
The TSA award is the second educational award Professor Miró has been honored with this year; he received the University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award this spring.
Igor Siddiqui, Catherine Gavin, and Kory Bieg.
Austin-born advertising and graphic design firm, GSD&M, stopped by the Field Constructs Design Competition (FCDC), which featured emerging designers, architects, landscape architects and artists from all over Austin and beyond. This artistic collaboration inspires cutting-edge innovation through installations that intertwine with the natural and cultural aspects of Austin.
FCDC co-founders Catherine Gavin and Associate Professor Igor Siddiqui, as well as Assistant Professor Kory Bieg, who designed a featured piece in the competition, spoke to GSD&M about the innovative and collaborative spirit of Austin.
Associate Professor Danilo Udovički-Selb's recent and upcoming scholarly activities include:
• Edited O' Neil Ford Monograph 6: Narkomfin: Moisej J. Ginzburg, Ignatij Milinis, jointed published (fall 2015) by the School of Architecture, Center for American Architecture and Design, Ŝĉusev State Museum of Architecture, and the O'Neil Ford Chair in Architecture.
• Authored the lead chapter, “L’Exposition de 1937 n’aura pas lieu: The Invention of the Paris International Expo and the Soviet and German Pavilions,” In Architecture of Great Expositions 1937–1959, London: Ashgate, 2015. Editors Vladimir Paperny, Alexander Otenberg, and Rika Devos.
• Chapter in edited Festrieft book in memoriam of Russian / Soviet architecture historian S.O. Khan-Magomedov, Moscow 2015.
• As official critic/correspondent of the Giornale dell'Architettura, Torino, published report in its special issue, "Architecture Beyond the Image," an article on architect David Adjaye's Sugar Hill affordable housing development in Manhattan, and a retrospective about Post-Modernism on the occasion of Michael Grave's passing.
• Presented a paper at this year's annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians in Chicago, April 2015, "Reinventing the 'City of Light' at the 1937 Paris World Fair."
• Published an essay, "Reinventing Paris: The Competitions for the 1937 Paris International Exposition," in the Journal of Architectural Historians
• Presented a paper, "Kaganovich's Grupirovka: The Lenin Library Competition and the Invention of the VOPRA," at the annual conference of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.
• With Alla Vronskaya will lead a panel on "Reassessing the Historiography of Socialist Architecture", annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Pasadena, 2016.
• Invited presentation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on "Filippo Brunelleschi: Between European Renascence and Florentine Renaissance."
4x40 Fellowship Fund
Herman Dyal, FAIA [B.Arch. '75], Dyal, captured the essence and feel of the '70s with the event's graphics and branding, including lapel flip-buttons and the "coolest architecture lecture posters we've ever seen."
On November 20, hundreds of alumni, friends, students, and other members of the UTSOA community attended the 4x40 Fiesta celebrating the fortieth anniversaries of Michael Benedikt, Larry Doll, Michael Garrison, and Larry Speck. The evening began in the Texas Union Theatre with a conversation moderated by Rick Archer, FAIA [B.Arch. '79], with the honorees about their memories and commentary on the state of architecture and the school.
In his welcome remarks, Dean Fritz Steiner recognized the Larrys and Michaels as "true rock stars of architecture education" and "part of the bedrock of one of the finest architecture schools in the world."
At the end of the program, Archer's classmate and fellow Overland Partner, Tim Blonkvist, FAIA [B.Arch. '79], surprised the Larrys and Michaels with the announcement of a graduate fellowship fund in their honor. Blonkvist and Archer approached a number of friends and alumni before the celebration and received commitments of nearly $50,000—halfway toward a goal of $100,000. Together with principals Madison Smith and Bob Shemwell, FAIA, Blonkvist and Archer made the lead gift and organized the fundraising effort.
"My colleagues at Overland Partners and I are honored to be a part of this important effort," said Blonkvist. "The Larrys and Michaels have had a profound influence on our educations and careers as architects, and it means a lot for us to give back and support their continued contributions to the school and the profession."
After the program, guests migrated from the Union to the Eden & Hal Box Courtyard in Goldsmith Hall for a fiesta with barbecue, signature cocktails (the "Larryrita" and the "Michaelada"), and live rock and roll. At one point, the UT Mariachi Band made a surprise appearance, and guests enjoyed a memorable evening of dancing, camaraderie, and conversation.
Make Giving Part of Your Holiday Tradition
The generosity of our alumni and friends has a profound and lasting impact on the success of the School of Architecture. Please join our community this holiday season in making a tax-deductible gift to the school.
To qualify for a charitable gift deduction in 2015, gifts made by credit card must be processed no later than 11:50 p.m. on December 31 through the school's online giving page.
Gifts sent by mail must be postmarked no later than December 31. Please mail checks to:
Attn: Lisa DeLosso
UT Austin School of Architecture
310 Inner Campus Drive B7500
Austin, TX 78712-1009
Donors may also call UT Austin toll-free at 1.800.687.4602 by 3:00 p.m. CST on December 31 to make a gift.
Donors are encouraged to initiate all electronic transfers by December 18 to allow their brokerage firm/bank sufficient time before year-end to qualify for a 2015 IRS charitable deduction. Please call the UT Austin Development Office directly at 512.471.5424 for more information.
For other giving options or any additional questions—including establishing endowments, joining the Goldsmith Society, and creating annuities and estate gifts—please contact Lisa DeLosso, assistant director for constituent relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On November 19, Bill Booziotis FAIA [B.Arch. '57], was recognized as the Dallas Historical Society 2015 Awards for Excellence Recipient in Creative Arts. The Society's 34th annual awards luncheon, which was held in the Fairmont Hotel ballroom and filled to capacity, recognized the "history makers of today" in nine different categories, including arts leadership, business, creative arts, education, medicine, the humanities, philanthropy, sports leadership, and volunteer community leadership.
A Dallas native, Booziotis has an impressive list of accomplishments and contributions to the Dallas urban landscape, including the Communities Foundation, the Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Intake Building at Richland College, and a number of award-winning private residences. In addition, he has led preservation and renovation projects of important Dallas buildings, including SMU's Florence Hall and Booker T. Washington High School. In 1987, he received the AIA Merit Award for the Magnolia Lounge at the State Fair and, in 1990, he received the AIA Honor Award for the G. B. Dealey Library at the Hall of State.
Booziotis also has an outstanding history of leadership in architecture, arts, and civic organizations. He founded the AIA Dallas Foundation in 1982 and led the Directors Circle for the Center for Vital Longevity at the University of Texas at Dallas. At the UT Austin School of Architecture, Booziotis has been an active volunteer for over forty years, serving as chair of the Advisory Council twice, in the 1970s and most recently from 2012 to 2014.
After receiving a master's degree in historic preservation from UT Austin, Sarah M. Duffy [MSHP '08] went on to complete a Ph.D. at the University of York in the Department of Archaeology. Since then and based on her master's research, Duffy has become a specialist in heritage and archaeological recording.
Duffy is currently an honorary senior research associate at the Institute of Archaeology at University College London and has been collaborating on research in Jersey as part of the Ice Age Island Project, in Sudan with the Copenhagen University/International El Kurru Project (CUNE), at an ancient rock art site in Armenia with the Ughtasar Rock Art Project, and at Happisburgh on an AHOB project in which early human footprints were discovered on the Norfolk coast.
Her work has appeared in Wired magazine, The New York Times, British Archaeology, Nature, and "Britain: One Million Years" (Natural History Museum).
Katherine A. Ormond [B.Arch. '11] has been named an associate at the architectural firm of Glassman Shoemake Maldonado Architects, Inc. (GSMA), where she manages the design, development, and coordination of a variety of projects.
Prior to joining GSMA two years ago, Ormond worked with a number of architectural firms of various sizes and diverse projects, including a professional residency in Seattle. She graduated at the top of her class, receiving the prestigious AIA Henry Adams Medal.
A new film produced and co-directed by Patrick Xavier Bresnan [MSSD '12], The Send-Off, was selected from 8700 short films to premiere in the documentary competition in at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
Official description: "Emboldened by a giant block party on the evening of their high school prom, a group of students enters the night with the hope of transcending their rural town and the industrial landscape that surrounds them."
David Bench [B.Arch. '06] is curating a competition, "Taking Buildings Down," through the Storefront for Art and Architecture.
Description: "What does it mean to build? Traditionally, building has been defined as the assembly of parts or materials toward the creation of a whole. While to build is often perceived as an Apollonian pursuit, to destroy appears to be its Dionysian counterpart. Understanding that our built environment is the product of many forces, it can dialectically be reduced to the tensions between creation and destruction, addition and subtraction, and erection and demolition. 'Taking Buildings Down' asks proposals for the production of voids; the demolition of buildings, structures, and infrastructures; or the subtraction of objects and/or matter as a creative act. Removal is all that is allowed." The registration deadline is January 12, 2016.
Richard Meyer [B.Arch. '70, JD '74] was honored on October 29 in Dallas at an event marking the 30th anniversary of the founding of Preservation Texas, a statewide historic preservation advocacy organization. Meyer was a co-founder of Preservation Texas in 1985 and has served as its first president, board chair, and counsel. He was also chair of the Austin Historic Landmark Commission, 1985-91, succeeding the former chairs, Phillip Creer (UT Austin School of Architecture dean, 1956 to 1967), and Professor Emeritus D. Blake Alexander. He has also served as counsel for the Texas Historical Commission, the State Preservation Board, numerous state agencies, and currently represents state associations, foundations, and nonprofit organizations.
Spring 2016 Events
Productions: Atmospheres, Objects, and Surfaces
January 25 – March 4
Goldsmith Mebane Gallery
Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Vincent Snyder: Work from the American Academy in Rome
Through March 20, 2016
To Better Know a Building: The Charles Moore House, Orinda, California
Architecture & Planning Library
Battle Hall Reading Room
The personal residence of renowned architect, author and award-winning architectural educator Charles W. Moore is the focus of the third installment of the Alexander Architectural Archive’s “To Better Know a Building” series.
The Charles Moore House at Orinda, California, was designed by Moore for himself and built in 1961. With its small footprint, the building was viewed as a quintessential expression of third bay region residential architecture.
"The site was bought one day on impulse simply because it seems full of magic,” wrote Moore in The Place of Houses (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1974). “Years before, a bulldozer had cut a flat circular building site, which had since grown grassy and now seemed part of the natural setting, like those perfectly circular meadows that inspired medieval Chinese poets to mediate upon perfection."
The significance of Moore's Orinda house is expressed by Kevin Keim in his book An Architectural Life: Memoirs and Memories of Charles W. Moore.
"In a decisive move of great clarity and wit, Moore broke from the shackles of modernist ideology,” wrote Keim. “It was astoundingly fresh. Modernism's sacred flat roof was swept away and replaced with a pyramidal roof. Even more to the point, the house was a simple pavilion of banal materials, defying the convention that a building had to be monumental in order to be architecture."
In a tragic circumstance, the home was, at some point in recent years, renovated so dramatically that the original structure has been all but consumed by new construction.
Throughout his career, Moore established firms across the country, developing collaborative relationships within and between practices, often involving students from his academic positions in his architectural work. He professional life was a blend of architectural practice, educational engagement, and authorship.
He also taught at six universities while simultaneously maintaining his architectural practice and writing. From 1965 to 1970, Moore served as chairman, and then dean, of the Architecture Department at Yale University. In 1967, he created the Yale Building Project, an ethically minded construction project for first-year graduate students. He stayed on as a professor once his term as dean ended, until 1975, when he accepted a faculty position at the University of California, Los Angeles that included joining Urban Innovations Group (UIG), a teaching practice at the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Planning. In 1985, Moore took on his final teaching position as the O'Neil Ford Chair of Architecture, at The University of Texas at Austin.
An avid traveler, Moore documented his extensive travels through painting, photography, and collecting folk art and toys. He was awarded the Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education and the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal for the scope and importance of his contributions to architecture.
Charles Moore died in Austin, Texas, on December 16, 1993.
The Alexander Architectural Archive—a special collection of the Architecture & Planning Library—has among its collections the Charles W. Moore Archives. The exhibit will present correspondence, notes, sketches, drawings, and printed materials related to the design and construction of Moore’s private residence in Orinda, California.
"To Better Know a Building" series seeks to explore buildings through the drawings and other visual items found in the archive and library. Working drawings, including plans, elevations, and sections, often communicate the realization of design intent and are ideal vehicles in teaching through example. Exhibit openings include remarks by architects, and observations are encouraged from attendees to help promote discussion in understanding both the building and the profession.
UT Austin Deans Tour Dell Medical School
A virtual walk-through of the Dell Medical School's Education & Administration Building with Larry Speck, senior principal at Page.
On Monday, December 14, Dean Clay Johnston hosted Dean Fritz Steiner and other University of Texas at Austin deans on a site tour of the new Dell Medical School. Dr. Johnston was named inaugural dean of the Dell Medical School on January 2014. He will lead the school in developing new approaches for teaching, patient care, and research that build on a vision to transform both medical education and health care delivery.
The tour was led by Professor Larry Speck, senior principal at Page, design partner on all The University of Texas at Austin buildings being planned for the Medical Center District. In association with ZGF, Page is designing the 260,000-square-foot Research Building, the 233,000-square-foot Medical Office Building 1 and the 1,120-vehicle structured parking garage. The eight-story research building will house 97,000 square feet of laboratory space, a 20,000-square-foot vivarium with expansion capabilities and 15,000 square feet of core labs. The 10-story Medical Office Building 1 will be connected to the Research Building via a five-level “dry lab,” enabling collaboration and translational research among medical professionals and clinical researchers.
Construction of the Education and Administration building is scheduled to be completed in May 2016. The Dell Medical School will welcome its first class in June 2016.
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