DEI News


News and stories highlighting The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture's diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

View of ongoing construction at the Library Building around 1911

Race and Architecture at UT: Researching and Teaching Difficult and Contested Histories in the Built Environment

December 10, 2022
Assistant Professor Tara A. Dudley explores Battle Hall’s racialized past and Dr. Dudley’s approach to researching, teaching, and preserving that difficult history. This article originally appeared in the 2022-2023 edition of Platform, "Teaching for Next."
Long view of the interior of the Battle Hall Library reading room

Applications Open for 2023-2025 Race & Gender in the Built Environment Fellowship

November 4, 2022
UTSOA is accepting applications for its 2023-2025 Race & Gender in the Built Environment Fellow
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Call for Papers | CROSSROADS: Uncovering the Histories of the Built Environment in the Americas and the Global South

June 9, 2022
On February 17 and 18, 2023, the Ph.D. students of the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture will host CROSSROADS, a symposium that invites critical discussion with respect to broadening the limits of authorized narratives in the canon.
ACCC American YouthWorks participants pose in the Goldsmith Courtyard wearing masks

Planning Photovoice Exhibit Investigates Equitable Green Job Pathways in Austin

May 18, 2022
Working at the intersection of climate action and economic justice, students were tasked with investigating the extent to which the ACCC program supports its participants to pursue green job pathways.
A grid of six different architectural facades in Central Harlem in various states

Todd Brown Appointed as 2021-23 Race and Gender in the Built Environment Fellow

September 8, 2021
Interdisciplinary environmental scholar Todd Levon Brown joins school as 2021-23 Race & Gender in the Built Environment Fellow
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Q&A with 2021 Design Futures Forum Student Participants

July 26, 2021
Five students reflect on the 2021 Design Futures Students Leadership Forum
Bicyclists ride alongside a blue bus in downtown Portland

Report Outlines How Public Transit Agencies Can Advance Equity

July 15, 2021
Alex Karner identifies equity-advancing practices that could be widely employed by public transit agencies nationwide
A group of students and Adam Miller smile at the camera as a group, standing on a plaza in front of two office buildings in downtown Tokyo

Q&A with Adam Miller, 2019-2021 Race and Gender in the Built Environment Fellow

June 21, 2021
Q&A with our 2019-21 Race & Gender in the Built Environment Fellow Adam Miller
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MLA Student Selected as a Finalist in the 2021 Olmstead Scholars Program

June 1, 2021
MLA student Taylor Davis (MLA '21) a finalist in the Landscape Architecture Foundation's 2021 Olmstead Scholars Program
Diana and Mitch in the San Jose Cemetery interviewing with Fox 7 Austin

Graduate Students Work to Document, Protect and Preserve BIPOC Sacred Spaces

May 25, 2021
(Re)claiming Memories Research Lab works to document, protect, and preserve sites of significance for BIPOC and marginalized communities.
John S. Chase collage on a limestone background featuring a black and white picture of Chase with a red tie, the NOMAS and Toyota Center logos, and other elements of Chase's life

Mapping John S. Chase

April 5, 2021
Students in Dr. Tara Dudley's African American Experience in Architecture seminar research the work and legacy of alumnus John S. Chase to create a map of the boundary-breaking architect's built works.
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Temi Osanyintolu Receives SOM Foundation Robert L. Wesley Award

March 16, 2021
Bachelor of Architecture student Temi Osanyintolu receives SOM Foundation Robert L. Wesley Award.
Katie and her wife Lauren on their honeymoon in Banff

Q&A with Alumna Katie Coyne

December 17, 2020
Q&A with Community & Regional Planning and Sustainable Design alumna Katie Coyne
Community & Regional Planning students standing in a line, smiling at the camera in front of one of the blue doors of Battle Hall

Students Receive APA-Texas’ 2020 Advancing Diversity & Social Change Planning Award

October 5, 2020
Community & Regional Planning students receive 2020 Advancing Diversity & Social Change Planning Award for their work with Austin Water to advance racial equity.  
Lands End Lookout, San Francisco, CA

Lord & Wyllie to offer Advanced Landscape Architecture Studio, Fall 2020

August 14, 2020
James Lord and Roderick Wyllie of Surface Design Inc., teach an Advanced Design Studio titled Planting Justice that will examine the potential for the landscape to be a tool and forum for activism, remediation, advocacy, and restoration.
Temi Osanyintolu with her hands in her pockets smiling at the camera, standing in the middle of the road in West Texas, with the sunset in the background

Q&A with UTSOA’s 2020 Design Futures Student Leadership Forum Participants

August 13, 2020
Students reflect upon the 2020 Design Futures Student Leadership Forum
Black and white architectural drawing of the exterior of John S. Chase's modernist home

Forthcoming Book Explores Architecture of John S. Chase

July 15, 2020
Professor David Heymann hosts webinar about his forthcoming book "John S. Chase - The Chase Residence"
Exterior shot of the slave quarters building at the Neill-Cochran House Museum

Student Research on Display at Neill-Cochran House Museum

June 8, 2020
Student research into extant slave quarters on display at Neill-Cochran House Museum
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UTSOA Committee on Diversity + Equity, Statement of Support

June 4, 2020
2020 statement from the School of Architecture's Committee on Diversity + Equity.
Pink saucer magnolias blooming in the School of Architecture's Goldsmith Hall on the University of Texas at Austin campus

Statement from Dean Addington

June 3, 2020
Summer 2020 Statement from Dean Michelle Addington
Headshot of Diana Hernadez standing in front of a brick building and wooden door

MSHP Student Awarded Mildred Colodny Diversity Scholarship

June 1, 2020
MSHP student Diana Hernandez receives National Trust for Historic Preservation's Mildred Colodny Diversity Scholarship
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Two UTSOA Faculty Receive Associate Professor Experimental Funding to Support Interdisciplinary Research

February 14, 2020
Of the twelve proposals submitted, only six were approved for funding, two of which involve faculty from the School of Architecture:
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Moving Towards Gender Equity in Architecture, Feb. 7

January 21, 2020
The panel discussion will explore how gender issues translate from academic studio to professional studio, and what we can actually do to improve them.
Transportation in Lagos Nigeria

CRP Student Receives Prestigious Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship

November 25, 2019
Alcorn’s thesis “Informal Transit Integration with Planning Transit Systems in Lagos, Nigeria” examines the integration and relationships between informal and formal transit services in Lagos, Nigeria.
Maggie Hansen, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture

Introducing New and Visiting Faculty, Visiting Fellows for 2019-2020 Academic Year

October 1, 2019
Each brings a wealth of expertise that will diversify and enhance our academic research, leadership, and curriculum.  
Kevin Jeffrey

Kevin Jeffrey Selected for River Network's Inaugural Emerging Leader Award

June 4, 2019
The Emerging Leader Award recognizes someone early in their professional career who deserves attention for their work at the intersection of water and equity.
John Chase Enrolls at UT in 1950

Breaking Barriers Panel Discussion

May 3, 2019
The panel discussion will address thought-provoking questions from the student body that expound on the legacy of Mr. Chase and what it means for the community at large.
Magdalena Novoa

Magdalena Novoa, Student

March 1, 2019
In this SOA Voices, we speak with Historic Preservation Ph.D. candidate Magdalena Novoa.
Bjorn Sletto

Bjørn Sletto, Faculty

March 1, 2019
In this SOA Voices, we speak with Community & Regional Planning Professor Dr. Bjørn Sletto
Uprooted: Residential Displacement in Austin’s Gentrifying Neighborhoods and What Can Be Done About It

UTSOA Report Identifies Austin's Gentrifying Neighborhoods

September 21, 2018
A new report led by Community & Regional Planning faculty identifies a wave of gentrification sweeping through Austin neighborhoods, displacing low-income African-American and Hispanic renters.
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Sara Zewde Appointed Race and Gender in the Built Environment Fellow

September 13, 2018
A thought-leader, landscape Designer, urbanist, and public artist, Zewde will cultivate innovation in teaching and research

Transit Deserts USA--The Best Equity Project Award

June 29, 2018
Researchers convened to host a discussion on megaregional trends and prospects, as well as an academic forum to introduce and share institutional research.
Headshot of alumnus Gregory G. Street

Alumni Spotlight: Gregory G. Street

February 23, 2018
Gregory was an active mentor and leader in the school's National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) student chapter. Here, he talks about his views on diversity and equity, hopes for the future of the design professions, and how his education positioned him for success.
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Alumni Spotlight: Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA

February 9, 2018
Alumna Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, opens up about her career path and vision for a more equitable future...
Pedestrian Bride over Cypress Creek

Students Work with Community Organizations to Design and Build Projects for Underserved People and Places in Austin

January 17, 2018
Experiential learning opportunities benefit the Austin community and advance the missions of local non-profits
PLATFORM Cover with photos of architects and planners

Explore the Digital Issue of PLATFORM: Convergent Voices

December 14, 2017
Convergent Voices highlights contributions from across disciplines, brought together by a shared concern for the inequities in our cities and built environments and the urgent need to address them.
Edna Ledesma and Miriam Solis

UTSOA Hires Experts on Race and Gender in the Built Environment

August 8, 2017
Edna Ledesma and Miriam Solis will lead UTSOA's Race and Gender in the Built Environment Initiative...
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UTSOA Featured by Metropolis Magazine as "Diversity Champion"

February 1, 2017
Metropolis Magazine spotlighted the UT Austin School of Architecture in its article, "Diversity Champions: 8 Schools that Aren't Just Paying Lip Service to Diversity."
Anna Brands and Andrea Roberts Appointed As First Fellows

UTSOA Establishes New Initiative on Race, Gender, and the Built Environment

September 2, 2016
Anna Brand and Andrea Roberts join the school as the first emerging scholar fellows of its newly-established initiative on race, gender, and the American built environment.
Junfeng Jia - SOA Voices

Junfeng Jiao, Faculty

August 15, 2016
In this SOA Voices, we speak with Community & Regional Planning faculty member Junfeng Jiao
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Gabriel Diaz Montemayor, Faculty

April 29, 2016
In this SOA Voices, we speak with Landscape Architecture faculty member Gabriel Diaz Montemayor.
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Richard Cleary, Faculty

April 27, 2016
In this SOA Voices, we speak with Dr. Richard Cleary.
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Kim Choy, Student

April 27, 2016
In this SOA Voices, we hear from Master of Architecture student Kim Choy.
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Michael Oden, Faculty

April 19, 2016
In this SOA Voices, we hear from Dr. Michael Oden.
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Nerea Feliz, Faculty

April 19, 2016
In this SOA Voices, we hear from Nerea Feliz.
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Juan Yunda, Student

April 19, 2016
In this SOA Voices, we hear from Community & Regional Planning Ph.D. student Juan Yunda.
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Ariana Hallenbeck, Student

April 12, 2016
In this SOA Voices, we hear from student Ariana Hallenbeck.
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Charlton Lewis, Faculty

April 12, 2016
In this SOA Voices, we hear from Charlton Lewis.
sarah Lopez

Sarah Lopez, Faculty

April 12, 2016
In this SOA Voices, we hear from Dr. Sarah Lopez.
 National Humanities Medal. Photo courtesy of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

President Obama Awards National Humanities Medal to Alumnus Everett L. Fly

September 4, 2015
Alumnus Everett L. Fly receives National Humanities Medal for preserving the integrity of African-American places and landmarks.
Students conducted surveys to document plant production.

Planning Studio Wins 2015 AICP/APA Student Project Award for Applied Research

February 18, 2015
Planning students receive the 2015 national AICP Student Project Award for Applied Research in the informal settlement of Los Platanitos in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.