Table of Contents
- Solar Decathlon 2015
- UTSOA Exceeds Capital Campaign Goal with Nearly $30 Million in Gifts
- Community and Regional Planning Alumni Celebrate Career of Terry Kahn
- Faculty Scholarship
- Campaign Closes with $1-Million Gift from Overland Partners
- Alumni Connections
- UTSOA Visits Historic Havens House
- eNews Past Issue Archive
Solar Decathlon 2015
Last February, it was announced that The University of Texas at Austin and Technische Universität München (TUM) were partnering to develop an innovative house and energy design for entry into the Solar Decathlon (SolarD) 2015 competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. This initiative is a multi-faceted effort between the UT Austin School of Architecture and Cockrell School of Engineering, and the Technische Universität München of Munich, Germany, which culminates October 2015 in Irvine, California, in a juried competition or measured performance in ten critical areas. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.
Since the announcement, UT and TUM students and faculty advisors have been busy! Former UT faculty member Dr. Werner Lang led a design studio at TUM. Lang's students started with the competition entry that the joint UT-TUM team submitted in January and further developed and refined the original proposal. That studio conducted a survival-of-the-fittest design process with the students starting off working individually. Then, as the strongest design concepts were selected throughout the studio, the students combined into teams developing the best ideas.
In mid-July, the studio held a high-profile final review, which included, among others, architect Hermann Kaufmann; Cradle to Cradle co-author Michael Braungart; as well as co-faculty advisors Michael Garrison, Dr. Petra Liedl, Adam Pyrek; and alumnus Michael Gatto [M.Arch. '05], Executive Director of the Austin Community Design & Development Center. Instructed to vote on their top three designs, the jurors unanimously selected the same three: Hellen Awino’s proposal [B.Arch. '14] and two proposals by TUM student teams.
Since mid-July's final review, the team in Austin has been working to harmonize the three designs into a single consolidated design as they prepare for the upcoming Design Development deliverable due to the U.S. Department of Energy on October 9. As part of the preparation and research, SolarD team members Kathleen Hetrick and Charlie Upshaw (Engineering), and Coleen Gentles, Alexandra Krippner, and Ryan McKeeman (UTSOA) met with experts on aquaponics, food policy, and residential water systems design.
This fall, Dr. Petra Liedl is leading a design studio at TUM that includes 12 students from UT Austin who will be spending the semester in Munich: Chiara Bonsignori, Julian Debo, Lauren Jones, Alexandra Krippner, Ariel Padilla, Julia Park, Michael Rahmatoulin, Megan Recher, Alison Steele, Andrea Tosi, Miren Urena, and Henry Wen.
Simultaneously, Lecturer Adam Pyrek is leading a Solar Decathlon seminar at UT with an additional 12 students: Anthony Abousleiman, Gitanjali Bhattacharjee, Kendall Claus, Charles Farmer, Aaron Hobbins, Jessica Janzen, Cheng Jia, Peng Ju, Ryan McKeeman, Nari Shin, Hayley Smith, and Charles Upshaw.
This is an exciting time for the team as they work together to address important issues facing the built environment in Central Texas, such as energy, water, food, and urban density. Please follow their progress on the UT-TUM SolarD website: www.energy-x-water.com.
Members of the UTSOA community can support the team in a number of ways, including in-kind donations of materials and equipment, monetary contributions, and professional advice. To make an online gift, visit utexas.edu/go/solard. For information on sponsorship, please contact Ryan McKeeman at email@example.com.
UTSOA Exceeds Capital Campaign Goal with Nearly $30 Million in Gifts
On August 31, UT Austin successfully concluded its Campaign for Texas, an 8-year fundraising drive with a goal of $3 billion. The most ambitious capital campaign in Texas history, the effort generated over $3.1 billion in outright gifts, pledges, and planned gifts to the university. The School of Architecture exceeded its $21.5-million goal, receiving over $29.7 million in current gifts and future commitments.
The campaign, which began its quiet phase in September 2006, faced challenges from the beginning. Just weeks before its public launch in October 2008, the country's fourth-largest investment bank filed for bankruptcy, triggering a national recession and global financial crisis. Nonetheless, UT leaders were determined to take the long view and moved forward with the campaign as planned.
"The design professions were among the first to feel the effects of the recession," said Dean Fritz Steiner. "Despite this, our work continued, and we made it a priority to visit as many alumni as possible. We always knew that the affinity for the school was there, even when economic circumstances made charitable giving difficult. I'm astounded at the number of alumni and firms that made substantial gifts as soon as their finances allowed. This is a real testament to the strength and generosity of our extended community."
The School of Architecture's official campaign total is $29,726,170. Planned gifts were an especially important component in the UTSOA campaign, comprising 72% or $21.5 million of the total. The School of Architecture also received $4.4 million in outright gifts and $3.9 million in pledges that will be fulfilled by 2018. In all, the school received 5,718 gift commitments from 2,466 unique donors, foundations, and corporations. Nearly 19% of UTSOA alumni participated with at least one gift to the school during the campaign.
During the campaign, donors created 42 new endowments for the School of Architecture. Collectively, these new endowments have a current market value of over $3.54 million, yielding approximately $160,000 in annual income. A majority of the planned gifts are designated for the creation of new endowments, particularly graduate fellowships and faculty endowments.
"Every endowment donor makes a considerable investment in the future of the school." said Luke Dunlap, director of development and external relations. "These funds provide the backbone of support for faculty and student talent and activities that are not covered by state appropriations or the university budget. Moreover, they are held in perpetuity to provide renewable, annual funding and grow over time."
Volunteer leadership was critical to the success of the campaign, with Deedie Rose of Dallas serving as the honorary campaign chair and Rick Archer [B.Arch. '79] chairing the school's campaign committee.
"I'm moved by the outpouring of generosity of our alumni and friends and wish to express my most sincere gratitude to our many donors and volunteers who have made this campaign a success," said the dean. "The outcome of this capital campaign gives me great optimism about the school's future. Thank you."
Community and Regional Planning Alumni Celebrate Career of Terry Kahn
In late May, nearly one hundred Community and Regional Planning Program alumni from across Texas and the U.S. celebrated the career of Professor Terry Kahn, who retired on August 31. The event, which was a surprise to Professor Kahn, was organized by Professor Sandi Rosenbloom and held at Threadgill's, the celebrated Austin diner and music venue.
Professor Kahn, a native Texan and undergraduate alumnus of the Business School, began teaching at the university in 1971. His teaching and research areas were housing, real estate development, and statistics. Almost every student in the CRP Program took his statistics course, and one of Dr. Kahn’s great gifts was making statistical applications for planning lively, relevant, and understandable for his students. Kahn earned numerous awards during his tenure at UT, including recognition as a Distinguished Teaching Professor. At the time of his retirement, he held the David Bruton, Jr. Centennial Professorship in Urban Design and served in an administrative position as associate dean of the Graduate School.
An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Kahn plans to spend more time fishing, playing golf, traveling, and spending quality time with his wife, Margaret, and his children and grandchildren. He is also passionate about improving the lives of veterans and will volunteer at veteran service organizations and non-profits.
Michael Oden, associate dean and director of the CRP Program commented, “Professor Kahn was the heart and soul of the CRP Program for over 40 years. In his many roles as program chair and associate dean, he was central in building a planning program that steadily rose to national prominence. His fairness, humor, and tireless support for the CRP Program will always be honored and cherished by all the CRP faculty. And he always reminded us that our first priority was teaching and supporting our students to become leaders in the planning profession. 'How is Dr. Kahn?' …this is a question that is asked by virtually every CRP alum that I ever had a conversation with."
At the retirement party, Professor Kahn learned of another surprise—the establishment of the Terry Kahn Honorific Fund for Community and Regional Planning. This permanent endowment for the planning program is funded with gifts from alumni, friends, and colleagues. Austin developer David Bodenman [MSCRP '76] spearheaded the fundraising effort, making the lead gift and soliciting donations from fellow alumni and friends.
"Dr. Kahn shared with his students the archetypal example of teaching excellence," said Mr. Bodenman. "Perhaps more importantly, he has shown by example how to lead the quintessential life of humility, scholarship, and humor. This endowment for future scholars is a heartfelt way to thank Terry Kahn for enriching our lives."
To date, the CRP Program has received nearly $43,000 in gifts and pledges. Our goal is to raise to $50,000 to create the Terry Kahn Graduate Fellowship in Community and Regional Planning. To make a gift to the Kahn Fund, visit the online giving page or contact Luke Dunlap, director of development, at 512.471.6114, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Associate Professor Bjørn Sletto received a grant of $250,000 from the National Science Foundation to support his teaching and research in Santo Domingo. The grant is awarded under the International Research Experience for Students (IRES) program and will provide scholarships and travel funding to students to attend Sletto's courses and conduct field research for their theses, as well as recruiting funds for the Community and Regional Planning/Latin American Studies Dual Degree Program.
The project, titled "IRES: International Research Experiences for Students in Infrastructure Remediation in Informal Settlements in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic," is under the direction of Bjørn Sletto, Peter M. Ward, Charles R. Hale, Janet L. Ellzey, and Fernando Lara. The award starts January 15, 2015, and ends December 31, 2017.
The grant brings national recognition of the school's innovative program in community-based planning in informal settlements.
Steven Moore, Bartlett Cocke Regents Professor of Architecture and Planning, has been selected as a finalist for the 2014 Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award. The award is given annually by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) to senior faculty who have demonstrated a career-long commitment to teaching through civic-engagement. A core criteria for the award states: “As we move into a turbulent century, our nation’s democracy and our interdependent global community require a more informed, engaged, and socially responsible citizenry. Both educators and employers agree that personal and social responsibility are core elements of a 21st century education.”
Moore will receive the honor at the Annual Meeting of the AAC&U in Washington, D.C., in January.
Culture: City: How Culture Leaves its Mark on Cities and Architecture Around the World (Akademie der Künste/Lars Müller Publishers), edited by O'Neil Ford Centennial Professor in Architecture Wilfried Wang, has received the CICA Julius Posener Exhibition Catalogue Award 2014, presented by the The International Committee of Architectural Critics. The winners of the 2014 CICA Book, Exhibition Catalogue and Journalism Awards were announced at the CICA Symposium held within the UIA World Congress Durban 2014 on August 4.
Since the late 1990s cultural icons have been built in numerous cities throughout the world in order to court the attention of potential visitors in a globally competitive market. The book Culture: City analyzes this phenomenon from the point of view of artists, architects, and scientists. Does culture today still function as a guiding principle, or does it merely serve as a catalyst for spectacular buildings? Are the creative and cultural sectors the industries of the future in postindustrial societies? Do these buildings liberate or constrain the cultural activities that gave rise to them in the first place? How does the "Bilbao effect"—the revaluation of a city through prestigious cultural buildings—work? Thirty pioneers, case studies, and negative examples are assembled paradigmatically in this book. Numerous essays and illustrations provide the reader with extensive and profound insight into this phenomenon.
Last June, Associate Professor Danilo Udovički-Selb gave an invited presentation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with the topic, "Filippo Brunelleschi: Between European Renascence and Florentine Renaissance."
He also presented a paper, titled "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.
In April 2015, he will be giving a paper, "Reinventing the 'City of Light' at the 1937 Paris Exposition," at the Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) in Chicago.
Campaign Closes with $1-Million Gift from Overland Partners
To celebrate the conclusion of the 8-year capital campaign, the principals of Overland Partners have established a $1-million planned gift for the School of Architecture. The San Antonio firm—whose leadership team includes Rick Archer [B.Arch. '79], Tim Blonkvist [B.Arch. '81], Rebecca Rathburn, Robert Shemwell [M.Arch. '86], and Madison Smith [B.Arch. '80]—has previously supported the school by establishing an Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Architecture.
"The School of Architecture at UT Austin has played such a critical role in unlocking the embedded potential at Overland," said Rick Archer, who served the past six years as chair of the UTSOA campaign committee. "As students and now as practitioners, we have benefitted both personally and professionally from our long association with the school. Through this gift, we hope to empower the school to inspire and influence future generations in the same way. And we hope to encourage other alumni to give generously to a place that has meant so much to us all."
Also during the campaign, the firm donated money they received from the Rudy Bruner Foundation for their award-winning design of the Bridge Homeless Assistance Center in Dallas. (The Bridge won the 2011 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence.) With this gift, Overland Partners sponsored a seminar-studio sequence to address architectural interventions in reducing homelessness.
"I'm deeply grateful to Overland Partners for its extraordinary generosity in this campaign," said Fritz Steiner, dean of the school. "In addition to the quality of their work, the firm is known for its social conscience and serving the greater good through architecture. Their latest gift to the school is a very meaningful expression of their values and will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on future architects who will make the world a better place."
Erinn McGurn [M.Arch. '98] of SCALEAfrica, New York, New York, has received an Architectural Record Women in Architecture Award for her work as an architect/activist, who has "used her skills to design for social change, effect the public realm, or perform pro bono work."
Architectural Record announced the five winners of its first annual Women in Architecture Awards on August 12. The new program acknowledges the increasingly visible role of women in the profession; encourages firms to promote women architects and their work; and provides an opportunity for those in the field to come together to celebrate women’s design achievements at an event hosted by the magazine, the Women in Architecture Forum and Awards. The forum and luncheon will be held October 10 at McGraw Hill Construction headquarters in New York City, following the magazine’s Innovation Conference on October 9.
The winners in four other categories include: Design Leader, Merrill Elam, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects; New Generation Leader, Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang; Innovator, Sheila Kennedy, Kennedy & Violich Architecture; and Educator, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, former dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture.
Visit SCALEAfrica for more information on McGurn's work, including details on a benefit being held in New York City on October 2.
John Grable, FAIA [B.Arch. '76], John Grable Architects, Inc., has won a Nation Award for his Green Lantern project, for the 2104 Builder’s Choice and Custom Home Design Awards.
Grable is a member of the UT Austin School of Architecture Advisory Council.
The work of Kenneth Yeh [B.Arch. '98] and Carolina Marra [B.Arch. '98], Marra + Yeh Architects, Sydney, Australia has been recognized at the 2014 Australian Institute of Architects awards program. The project Shelter@Rainforest was declared winner in the International Architecture Awards category for Small Project Architecture.
A community garden project by Thoughtbarn, an Austin-based design studio led by Robert Gay [M.Arch. '05] and Lucy Begg , was selected as a finalist in SXSW Eco’s second annual public space competition, Place by Design. The North Austin Community Garden was the first “artist-led” community garden in Austin to be commissioned by the city’s Art in Public Places program. Winners of the competition will be announced on October 7, 2014, at the SXSW Eco Awards at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas.
The award celebrates "breakthrough ideas in the reinvention of public space." The firm was selected along with fourteen other finalists from a pool of applicants around the world.
Architect Nathaniel Corum [M.Arch. '01] has recently completed culturally-informed home designs working with Assiniboine and Sioux tribal members, Brad Pitt’s Make it Right Foundation, Architecture for Humanity, and the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative. This work is featured by Dwell and in the EXEMPLARY exhibition at the MAK Museum of Applied Arts and Contemporary Art in Vienna, Austria. Several of Corum’s other public-interest design works, in post-tsunami Japan and on the Navajo Nation, are highlighted in Humanitarian Architecture (Routledge) and in New Architecture on Indigenous Lands (University of Minnesota Press) respectively. Corum serves as Educational Outreach Partner with Architecture for Humanity and Outreach Partner with Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative.
“We are enthusiastic about these home designs that reflect traditional life ways, while exemplifying deep green public-impact architecture," says Corum, in Dwell.com.
UTSOA Visits Historic Havens House
Senior Lecturer Fran Gale and recent UTSOA graduates Sarah Hunter [MSHP '14] and Emily Ardoin [MSHP '14] participated in the 42nd Annual Meeting of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC) in San Francisco, California, May 28-31, 2014. The theme of the meeting was "Conscientious Conservation: Sustainable Choices in Collections Care." There were sessions on energy and sustainability, the importance of engaging communities in collections care, and sustainable preservation environments. Meeting attendees included conservators of books and paper, paintings, objects, and architecture, as well as museum curators and managers of historic sites. Conservation professionals represented the U.S. and Canada, as well as Latin America and the Caribbean.
Sarah Hunter and Emily Ardoin were awarded scholarships to present their thesis research in an Architectural Specialty Group student session. Hunter’s presentation was on the materials and techniques used to construct 19th century concrete buildings in Seguin, Texas. Ardoin shared her research on Dance Halls of South Louisiana and discussed preservation concerns. In another Architectural Specialty Group session, Fran Gale’s presentation on the Matagorda Island Lighthouse discussed the importance of balancing the needs of natural and cultural resources.
In addition to attending meeting sessions, Gale, Hunter, and Ardoin visited the Weston Havens House in Berkeley, California. This circa-1940 residence was designed by architect Harwell Hamilton Harris who served as dean of the UT Austin School of Architecture from 1952 to 1955. The Havens House is now under the stewardship of the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design (CED) and is used as a residence for distinguished visiting CED professors and as a site for studio investigations and projects.
The Havens House tour was provided by Architectural Resources Group, Inc. Senior Associate Kitty Vieth. A nationally recognized architectural office providing design, planning, and conservation services, ARG recently completed a Historic Structure Report and restoration plan to address high priority repairs and future seismic stabilization for the Havens House. For this project, ARG hired Emily Ardoin to conduct historical research using the Alexander Architectural Archive, where an inventory of Harris’ papers, photographs, and drawings resides.
September 8 – October 10
The Explainers, Photographs by Matthew Monteith
Goldsmith Mebane Gallery
Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Gallery Talk – September 17, 5:00 p.m.
Matthew Monteith, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Reception to follow
"Galleries, museums and exhibitions spaces are created to house what we commonly think of as invaluable, irreplaceable works of art. These spaces are in fact sites for the transference of ideas, ideas that are reliant on art objects to be brought into our consciousness. Teachers, docents and guides play key roles in this process. I am fascinated with the art of explanation, the moment when one individual, using their own knowledge of an object, both conceptual and historical takes on the task of animating that story and attempts to plant the seed of that idea into the minds of others. These ideas morph into new ideas and ultimately into new works. The photographs explore that territory of quasi-magical transfer of ideas through the act of explanation."
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.
Remaining forums on the fall 2014 schedule include:
- September 12, Nerea Feliz Arrizabalaga, "Contents Under Pressure"
- October 10, Assistant Professor Benjamin Ibarra Sevilla
- October 24, Adjunct Associate Professor John Szot
- November 14, Visiting Researcher/Scholar Elihu Rubin
- December 5, Assistant Professor Gabriel Diaz Montemayor
Past featured forums:
Thursday, September 18
SWA Presentation: "Landscapes for People, SWA Works"
Goldsmith Hall Main Jury Room 2.110
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
CENTER 18 BOOK RELEASE RECEPTION
Friday, September 26
CENTER 18: Music in Architecture–Architecture in Music Book Release Reception
Courtyard & Loggia, Goldsmith Hall
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
PRESERVATION SPEAKER NIGHT
Wednesday, October 1
Preservation Speaker Night with Matthew Christopher
Presented by the Paramount Theatre and Preservation Austin
Sponsored by Suzanne Deal Booth
Details & tickets
"Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences"
Matthew Christopher’s journey to document abandoned sites began a decade ago while researching the decline of the state hospital system. Realizing that words alone could not adequately convey the harsh realities of institutional care, Christopher embarked on a journey to visit and photograph the crumbling state schools and asylums in our midst. Ten years later, Christopher’s focus has broadened to include the ruins of American infrastructure, industry, churches, schools, theaters, hospitals, prisons, resorts, and hotels.
Christopher’s body of work is a powerful statement about job loss, cultural legacy, urban blight, the artistic/architectural context of iconic buildings, and historic preservation. In light of the collapse of American industry and the subsequent economic meltdown, the relevance of these topics has never been more important to the question of America’s national identity.
CENTER 20 LATITUDES 2 BOOK RECEPTION
Thursday, October 9
CENTER 20 Latitudes, Volume 2 Book Release Reception
Courtyard & Loggia, Goldsmith Hall
4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 15
The Jean and Bill Booziotis Lecture in Architecture
Heschong Mahone Group
Goldsmith Hall 3.120
In the second annual Jean and Bill Booziotis Lecture in Architecture, Lisa Heschong will review how the growing demand for more daylight in our workplaces intersects with building design: from architecture, to interior design, energy system engineering, landscape design, and urban planning.
All these building professionals now find themselves responsible for the impacts of their designs on both the planet, and the well-being of the building occupants.
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