Rhodes Scholar: Jessica Glennie

Photo of Jessica Glennie. Photo of Jessica Glennie.

Jessica Glennie.

UTSOA architecture senior Jessica Glennie has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, one of the most prestigious graduate scholarships in the world.

"On behalf of the whole Longhorn family, I congratulate Jessica on this great honor,” said UT Austin President Bill Powers. “I’m excited to see how she will use this opportunity to advance her scholarship, and ultimately, to see what she will bring to our collective conversation about sustainability.”

As a Rhodes scholar, Glennie will study at the University of Oxford, focusing on environmental policy and change. She is interested in the world’s environmental and social management issues and plans to be an architect and environmental leader.

“We are very proud of Jessica. She is an outstanding student, athlete, and role model,” said Fritz Steiner, dean of the School of Architecture. “Jessica exemplifies the excellence of our students in the School of Architecture at UT Austin.”

Established in 1903 under the will of Cecil Rhodes, the Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding students for two years of study at the University of Oxford.

Various English-speaking nations grant Rhodes scholarships, including Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Approximately 83 scholarships are granted globally each year. Glennie’s was awarded through New Zealand, where she attended Macleans College before coming to UT Austin.

A native of South Africa, Glennie is a member of UT’s rowing team and received the Big 12's 2014 Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award.

She is the 29th UT Austin student to be honored with a Rhodes Scholarship since its inception. In 2001, another School of Architecture student, Sara Cecilia Galvan [B.Arch. '01], was awarded a United States Rhodes Scholarship.

Two other UT Austin students are Rhodes finalists this year.

Hoblitzelle Foundation Makes Grant Commitment to Battle Hall Project

The School of Architecture has received news of a $300,000 grant from the Hoblitzelle Foundation, a Dallas-based foundation established by Karl and Esther Hoblitzelle in 1942 that supports educational, social service, medical, cultural, and civic organizations in Texas. The grant will help fund the preservation of Battle Hall and construction of an addition to the West Mall Office Building that will be dedicated in honor of John S. Chase, FAIA [M.Arch. '52].

"On behalf of everyone at the School of Architecture, I'm very grateful to the Hoblitzelle Foundation and its board for this generous gift," said Dean Fritz Steiner. "As fundraising for the Battle Hall project has only recently begun in earnest, this grant ensures a solid foundation for this project to move forward. I cannot overstate how important the foundation's contribution will be to preserving one of the most iconic buildings at UT and in Texas."

As Battle Hall houses the Architecture & Planning Library, the School of Architecture is joined by the University of Texas Libraries in the fundraising effort. The total project budget to preserve Battle Hall, renovate the West Mall Office Building, and build the Chase Addition is estimated at $70 million, with more than half of the budget allocated for health, fire, and life safety improvements. Private philanthropy will play an important role, and a fundraising goal of $10 – 15 million has been set. Previous commitments to this project include a grant from the Still Water Foundation of Austin and gifts from numerous individuals.

"Battle Hall is such a beloved building by the entire UT community and architecture enthusiasts everywhere," said Luke Dunlap, director of development. "It's clear that this project will have a very broad appeal with many constituents outside our alumni base. I'm confident that we'll reach our fundraising goal with gifts and grants from individuals and organizations from across Texas and beyond."

To learn more about making a gift—and having it matched by the Still Water Foundation—please contact Luke Dunlap at 512.471.6114 or by email at luked@austin.utexas.edu.

Semester in Munich

Photo of students participating in a semester in Munich. Photo of students participating in a semester in Munich.

Students participating in a semester in Munich, led by Assistant Professor Petra Liedl (pictured at far left).

Twelve highly motivated UT Austin students—six undergraduates and six graduates—are spending the semester in Bavaria, working with students from the Technische Universität München (TUM) on a joint project—their entry into the Solar Decathlon 2015 competition (SolarD) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The semester in Munich, Germany, was organized by Assistant Professor Petra Liedl, with three courses being offered—an advanced design studio and two seminars, "Integrated Life Cycle Analysis" and "Climate Walks."

The University of Texas at Austin and Technische Universität München are jointly developing their SolarD entry, the NexusHaus, which culminates October 2015 in Irvine, California, in a juried competition or measured performance in ten critical areas.

To keep up with the project, guest lectures, team excursions, and student reflections, visit the NexusHaus blog with weekly updates.

Faculty Scholarship

Image of book cover, My Beautiful City Austin, by David Heymann. Image of book cover, My Beautiful City Austin, by David Heymann.

Cover, My Beautiful City Austin, by David Heymann.

In My Beautiful City Austin, David Heymann, FAIA, Harwell Hamilton Harris Regents Professor in Architecture, crafts seven masterful tales of a young architect who fails again and again to dissuade his clients from their bad decisions. So the houses he designs aid and abet the ongoing erasure of Austin's ambrosial charm. These sharp, humorous stories explore consequences of Austin's rediscovered allure. Fueled by the dubious intentions of its inhabitants, this is a town growing madly while ignoring the pain of a thousand small cuts.

“An opinionated, observant, and unexpected little book. The architectural eye that David Heymann trains on Austin and its landscape provides a sharp new view of a beloved city and its vulnerable soul.”
Stephen Harrigan, author, The Gates of the Alamo

“David Heymann’s portrait of Austin yesterday and today is tender, funny, keen, and merciless. My Beautiful City Austin is a marvelous book.”
Nancy Levinson, editor, PLACES

“How infuriating to discover that David Heymann is not simply a wonderful architect, but a marvelous writer. Although he claims this book is fiction, it is lambent with truth about building and its culture. I downed the delicious—and hilarious—thing at a sitting. So should you.”
Michael Sorkin, architect, author, Twenty Minutes in Manhattan

View an excerpt of My Beautiful City Austin on PLACES.

The publication date is November 11. Books can be ordered from John Hardy Publisher at mybeautifulcityaustin.net or at davidheymannauthor.com.

 

On October 20, Wilfried Wang, O'Neil Ford Centennial Professor in Architecture, presented the keynote lecture at the conference on the Future of Hotel Architecture in South Tyrol, Bozen. At the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, as a member and Deputy Director of the Architecture Section, Wang curated the international conference on the impact of global property bubbles on urban culture, October 23 and 24. On October 30, at the school of architecture of the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Wang gave a lecture with the title "Reality and Real Architecture."

Additionally, in the recent reprint of Janne Ahlin's monograph on Sigurd Lewerentz, Wang contributed the epilogue.

 

A research paper by Professor Juan Miró, co-authored with Juan Luis de las Rivas, has been published in Bitácora, the academic journal of the Faculty of Architecture at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Bitácora specializes in the critical, theoretical and historical study of architecture, industrial design, landscape architecture, urbanism, and art across multiple disciplines.

Entitled “Landscape City: Nature and Urban Regeneration in American Cities,” the paper explores the relationship between cities and nature, arguing that alongside the well-established European concept of "compact city," there is a very different model that has guided the development of most North American cities. The authors call this model the "landscape city," and they argue that it is deeply rooted in America’s history and specifically in its attitudes towards nature, from pre-Columbian times to lead thinkers of the twentieth century. The authors also contend that, for urban regeneration of American cities in the 21st century, it is crucial to acknowledge and understand both models.

View the article in e-book format, beginning on page 66.

 

Anthony Alofsin, the Roland Gommel Roessner Centennial Professor in Architecture and professor of art and art history, has been awarded a MacDowell Fellowship for late spring 2015. This is his third award from America’s oldest art colony. During his residency, he will be working on a book about Frank Lloyd Wright’s life and work in the 1910s and 1920s. The School of Architecture previously supported research for this project by providing Dr. Alofsin with a Faculty Research Assignment.

 

Image of book cover, Frank Lloyd Wright: Designing Democratic Architecture. Image of book cover, Frank Lloyd Wright: Designing Democratic Architecture.

Cover, Frank Lloyd Wright: Designing Democratic Architecture by William Allin Storrer.

Adjunct Professor William Allin Storrer's latest book, Frank Lloyd Wright: Designing Democratic Architecture, has just been published.

Description: "Though having achieved considerable fame, by 1909 [Frank Lloyd] Wright recognized the failure of Prairie architecture. He went to Europe and produced the Wasmuth Portfolio, his celebration of and epitaph to the Prairie School. Frank Lloyd Wright; Designing Democratic American Architecture is about the ascension from Prairie to Usonian, Wright’s Democratic American architecture, and its fulfillment of Wright’s dream. It draws heavily upon Storrer's The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion but, in arranging the materials around design themes, makes what in the Companion is often technical, here open to the neophyte. Yet, in its approach to Wright’s source of creativity, it offers new insights to the best-read Wrightian."

 

Photo of Tesseract installation by Clay Odom. Photo of Tesseract installation by Clay Odom.

"Tesseract 4.0" installation by Clay Odom. Photo by Georgina Matherson. Below: "Tesseract 5.0" installation by Clay Odom.

From July 23 to August 3, Assistant Professor Clay Odom participated in "Situation," a peer-reviewed, group exhibition of international designers and artists, held in Melbourne, Australia, at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) Design Hub Gallery. His installed work, "Tesseract 4.0," is part of an ongoing, iterative set of temporary projects that explore design through systematized processes that afford for and generate a range of material, contextual, and ephemeral productions. These productions are both emergent and planned conditions that occur at confluence of interactions between form, space, sound, light, and human experience. The exhibition had over a 1000 visitors during its run.

As part of a parallel international symposium at RMIT, "Situation: Situating Practices and Research," Odom presented a peer-reviewed paper, titled "Patterning Material, Space and Effects: Systems for the Generation of Interior Situations," which further explored the working process and methods used to create the exhibition installation, as well as the contemporary and historical issues, trends, and references that help to situate it within the larger contexts of interior design and spatial practice.

On October 6, Odom hosted internationally renowned lighting designer David Trubridge for his talk at the School of Architecture on humanity's essential quest and need for beauty. Students and faculty throughout the school attended, including students from Assistant Professor Danelle Briscoe's studio and seminar, Assistant Professor Tamie Glass’ studio, Assistant Professor Igor Siddiqui's seminar, Specialist Mark Macek's wood design class, as well as Odom's seminar and studio. The talk was also presented at the SXSW Eco Conference held in Austin.

On October 14, Odom presented a lecture as part of the fall 2014 lecture series at the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines School of Architecture titled "Productions." The lecture explored the methodologies behind rigorous design processes and the range of outcomes they generate as iterative, productive acts. The projects discussed were produced within his interior-focused practice, StudioMODO, and through ongoing design-based research projects at the UT Austin School of Architecture.

In parallel with the lecture, Odom was invited to install a work, "Tesseract 5.0," as part of the Interior Architecture Program's fall series. The installation was on view from October 13 to 21.

On October 16, Odom presented a peer-reviewed paper, "A Speculative Practice: Patterning Processes and Products," as part of the ACSA Fall 2014 Conference, "WORKING OUT: thinking while building." The paper used his current interior design research—focusing on diagram-driven processes, and what they produce, as well as their pedagogical implications—to discuss how speculative interior-focused practices may be established and expanded between the design academy and the professional practices of design. It was argued that this type of speculation—grounded in both reflective and projective traditions, between "working out" and "realizing work"—creates the conditions for the expansion of contemporary spatial practices in general while expanding the disciplinary footprint of interior design in particular.

Alumni Connections

Graphic of Jim Poteet's Container Guest House project in the book Cabins. Graphic of Jim Poteet's Container Guest House project in the book Cabins.

Graphic of Jim Poteet's Container Guest House project in the book, Cabins, by Philip Jodidio.

ALUMNI UPDATES

 

The Container Guest House project, designed by Jim Poteet, FAIA [M.Arch. '87], and winner of a 2010 AIA San Antonio design award, is being featured in two upcoming international books—Cabins by Philip Jodidio published by Taschen and The Box by Sybille Kramer published by Braun. Both are available for preorder at Amazon.

In Cabins, Poteet Architects is in the company of such international stars as Renzo Piano, Terunobu Fujimori, and Tom Kundig. Cabins also features beautiful depictions of each project by French illustrator Marie-Laure Cruschi.

In the past few years, the Container Guest House has already been showcased in over 20 periodicals and two other books in 14 countries.

 

Photo of Sergio Botero. Photo of Sergio Botero.

Sergio Botero. Photo courtesy of Sergio Botero.

On October 13, Sergio Botero [M.Arch. '12] was profiled at the Texas Society of Architects' blog, "Architects Talking to Architects."

Botero works at Gensler in Austin. Currently, he is working on the design and coordination of the new phases of The Domain, a unique mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented project that seeks to celebrate Austin’s culture. Prior to joining Gensler, Botero worked on the design of the award-winning Circuit of the Americas Formula 1 buildings with Miró Rivera Architects.

Blog excerpt:

TSA: "If you had not studied architecture, what other profession would you have pursued?"

Botero: "Becoming an architect has literally been the adventure of a lifetime. Although I dreamt of being an architect as a child, I thought I could escape from 'the curse.' I pursued a career in engineering and ran a residential construction company. When I immigrated to the United States, I pursued an MBA and landed a job managing multinational projects at companies such as Coca-Cola and Dell. After all of this, I still could not escape architecture. Being the son of an architect and married to one, too, didn’t help, so I gave up on business and embraced my unforgotten dream by attending graduate school at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture."

View the entire profile on TSA's blog.

 

Image of The Touchstone Sketch article, by Jen Wong. Image of The Touchstone Sketch article, by Jen Wong.

"The Touchstone Sketch," by Jen Wong, Texas Architect November/December 2014.

In her article, "The Touchstone Sketch," in the November/December 2014 edition of Texas Architect, University Co-op Materials Resource Center Director Jen Wong [M.Arch. '13] discusses how an evocative watercolor by Arthur Andersson, FAIA, of Andersson-Wise Architects informed the design process of Austin's Topfer Theatre at ZACH.

As Chris Wise [B.Arch. '87] explains in the article, "It's easy to get sidetracked. We [take] the iconic sketch and use it as a touchstone. We call it 'build-the-sketch.' We're always going back to that, to make sure we don't lose the soul of it. [This watercolor] was that sketch."

View Wong's article in the Texas Architect e-book, beginning on page 59.

 

Image of Collaboration & Craftsmen article, by Erika Huddleston. Image of Collaboration & Craftsmen article, by Erika Huddleston.

"Collaboration & Craftsmen," by Erika Huddleston, Texas Architect November/December 2014.

Erika Huddleston [MLA '11] writes about the collaborative process of conceiving and making an architectural piece in "Collaboration & Craftsmen," in the November/December 2014 edition of Texas Architect.

Huddleston talked with architects Wendy Dunnam Tita [B.Arch. '98] of Page and Vicki Yuan [B.Arch. '05] of Lake|Flato about their longtime craftsman collaborators—furniture designer Mark Maček [B.Arch. '90] of Austin and metalworker and designer Max Patino of San Antonio.

View Huddleston's article in the Texas Architect e-book, beginning on page 85.

IN MEMORIAM: FRED WINFIELD DAY, JR.

Photo of Fred Winfield Day, Jr. Photo of Fred Winfield Day, Jr.

Fred Winfield Day, Jr.

 

Fred Winfield Day, Jr. [B.Arch. '50] passed away peacefully surrounded by his four children on October 22, 2014, in Austin, Texas, at the age of 88.

Day was born in Savannah, Georgia, and grew up in Temple, Texas. He received his degree in architecture from The University of Texas at Austin in 1950 and remained in Austin for the rest of his life. He married Libba McCelvey, from Temple, in 1952. Happy to have shared his life are his children Helen Day Ewing and husband Randolph, Elizabeth Ann Day, Barbara Day Maldonado, and Lawrence Winfield Day; along with his grandchildren and great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by Libba, his beloved wife of 63 years, his sister Shirley Day Getty, and his parents.

Loyal, helpful, reserved, generous, and usually diplomatic, Day was a mentor to many, educating and enlightening with thoughtfulness and sincerity. He was gifted with a unique and spirited creativity, and many will remember his dry sense of humor. He enjoyed Longhorn football, terrible puns, and hunting of all kinds and seasons—especially the camaraderie that went with it. He greatly valued his friends. If he knew you, he remembered everything you ever told him about your life, your career and accomplishments, and your family.

Fred Day taught design and drawing at the UT Austin School of Architecture in his early years and maintained a close relationship with the department throughout his life. He was a principal at Day and Newman Architects, and principal and president at Jessen, Inc., from 1968 to 1993.

Some of his honors include numerous design awards from the Austin Chapter AIA, the Texas Society of Architects, and an honorary life membership in the UT Austin School of Architecture's Advisory Council.

Some of his contributions to the built environment include the Faulk Central Library, the Visitors Center at McDonald Observatory, and the Alumni Center at UT Austin. An innovative designer, he often sought to include the work of skilled artisans to enrich and distinguish his projects. He also designed several custom residences in and around Austin, whose owners still enjoy the beauty, comfort, craftsmanship, and pride that those homes provide. He was grateful to all those who gave him an opportunity to exercise his talents.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Fred Winfield Day, Jr Endowed Scholarship in Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin, or to a charity of your choice.

Events

Events are subject to change—for the full schedule and latest updates, visit Upcoming Lectures & Events online.

LECTURE

Wednesday, November 12
Enric Batlle
BATLLE | ROIG Arquitectes
Barcelona, Spain

Goldsmith Hall 3.120
5:00 p.m.

Enric Batlle I Durany has been a lecturer at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) since 1982. He coordinates and teaches in UPC's master’s degree program in landscape architecture. He also teaches at the Department of Urbanism and Territorial Planning at the Vallès School of Architecture (ETSAV-UPC), where he coordinates the school’s landscape- and environment-themed Architecture & Projects Workshop IV. Additionally, Batlle has been involved in numerous courses at other institutions, such as the Barcelona School of Agriculture and the School of Architecture of Navarra University.

Batlle received a degree in architecture in 1980 from the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB-UPC). In 2002, he earned a Ph.D. from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia's (UPC) Urbanism and Territorial Planning Department; his doctoral thesis was titled “The Garden of the Metropolis. From Romantic Landscape to Open Space for a Sustainable City.”

He received the Extraordinary Doctorate Prize from the UPC's Doctorate Commission, and was also awarded the Lluís Domènech i Montaner Prize for Architecture Theory and Criticism for his thesis work, which was published in 2012 and awarded the FAD Theory & Review 2012 Prize.

EXHIBIT

Drawing of Kimbell Art Museum, wall section. Drawing of Kimbell Art Museum, wall section.

Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas; wall section, 10/12/1971; Preston Geren collection; Alexander Architectural Archive; University of Texas Libraries.

October 13 – January 30
To Better Know a Building: Kimbell Art Museum
Architecture & Planning Library
Battle Hall Reading Room

The Architecture & Planning Library and the Alexander Architectural Archive are pleased to announce a new series of exhibits in the Battle Hall Reading room starting this October.

The "To Better Know a Building" series seeks to explore buildings through the drawings and other visual items found in the archive and library with focus on working drawings. Plans, elevations, and sections usually communicate the realization of design intent and can be used as a vehicle in teaching through example.

The first in the series will feature the Kimbell Art Museum by Louis Kahn. The Alexander Architectural Archive has the original construction drawings in the Preston Geren collection. Preston Geren was the associate architect for the Kimbell Museum. These pencil on paper drawings are a fine example of the art of construction drawings.

The next building featured will be chosen by a vote by students, faculty, and staff in the UT Austin School of Architecture from a list provided by the Alexander Architectural Archive.

The next building featured will be chosen by a vote by students, faculty, and staff in the UT Austin School of Architecture from a list provided by the Alexander Architectural Archive.

EXHIBIT

October 20 – November 21
CITY | Painted by Christopher St. Leger
Goldsmith Mebane Gallery
Monday to Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

"The medium of watercolor simulates the life of what is built amid the distress by its environment. Watercolor is a richly animating method of honing what is sublime."

The complex textures and shadowy character of the urban environment is one of the underlying themes present in the work exhibited by Christopher St. Leger in the Mebane Gallery, at The University of Texas at Austin. A keen observer of the “Urban Spectacle,” he documents the anonymous volumes and voids that comprise the city.

His work in oil and watercolor has been exhibited in New York, Houston, Austin and Edinburgh, Scotland. Based in Lockhart, Texas, St. Leger’s subjects are international in scope, illuminating the vast differences between the urbanities of Texas in contrast to New York City and Europe.

Christopher St. Leger studied at the Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and the Budapest Technical University in Budapest, Hungary. His work was featured in New American Paintings.

CENTER: FRIDAY LUNCH FORUM

Roughly every other Friday during the fall and spring semesters, The Center for American Architecture and Design hosts a Friday Lunch Forum Series. The aim of the series is for faculty and students to meet in an informal atmosphere to debate topics and to share ideas about history, practice, theory, and new directions for architecture.

All Center Lunch Forums take place at 12:00 noon (CST) in Battle Hall, Room 101, and via LIVE WEBCAST.

Visit the Center website for updates and to access the live webcast.

Remaining forums on the fall 2014 schedule include:

 
  • November 14, Assistant Professor Gabriel Díaz Montemayor, "What Do You See Out There? Landscape & Urbanism in Northern Mexico"
  • December 5, Visiting Researcher/Scholar Elihu Rubin, "Ghost Town: City Building, Abandonment, and Memory"

 

Past featured forums:

 

VISUAL RESOURCES COLLECTION EXHIBIT

Photo by William Niendorff of Britzer Garten, Neukoelln, Berlin. Photo by William Niendorff of Britzer Garten, Neukoelln, Berlin.

Britzer Garten, Neukölln, Berlin. Photo by William Niendorff.

Sutton Hall 3.128, through January 9, 2015
and
Battle Hall, through August 7, 2015

"Postwar Landscapes: Berlin Green Places"

In summer 2013, UTSOA landscape architecture student William Niendorff spent ten weeks documenting over ninety landscape sites in Berlin, Germany. The images in the exhibit highlight vital green places nearly seventy years after World War II.

 

The VRC’s images support teaching and research. The entirety of Niendorff’s image donation is available to UT affiliates via the online image collection.

CONTACTS

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UT Austin students spending the semester in Munich, Germany, visited the Austrian Alps, learning about the ecology and collecting data on temperature, humidity, solar radiation, and wind speed. See story below. Photo by Alison Steele.