Benjamin Ibarra Wins Prestigous Award From the National Architecture Biennale in Mexico

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Benjamin Ibarra Wins Award for Publication on Mixtec Stonecutting Artistry

Assistant Professor Benjamin Ibarra’s book, “Mixtec Stonecutting Artistry / El arte de la cantería mixteca,” received its second biennale medal as best publication in Mexico. This recent award was given within the framework of the 14th National and International Biennale of Architecture in Mexico organized by Federación de Colegios de Arquietctos de la Republica Mexicana (Mexico AIA). This biennale is the most prestigious in Mexico, which celebrates the best work and the most talented practitioners in the country. 

The award ceremony took place on October 5 at the Fine Arts Palace (Palacio de Bellas Artes) in Mexico City. The award was given in recognition to an outstanding research work that uses digital technologies of visualization in order to explore the relationships between geometry and stonecutting techniques necessary to design and build three different late-gothic vaults in Oaxaca, Mexico.



Opening Ceremony Announced for the Living Wall Project

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Rendering of the Living Wall

Please join us for an Opening Celebration of the Living Wall Project 

June 1, 2016 at 1 p.m.
Goldsmith Hall (Northwest corner, facing Guadalupe Street)
The University of Texas at Austin

All are invited to the opening ceremony and celebration for the Living Wall Project, an initiative of the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin in collaboration with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

The Living Wall Project investigates the interweaving of architecture and ecology, and underscores the university's commitment to green design. Comprised of native plants anchored in an innovative honeycomb structure, the 10 x 25 foot wall will beautify the school, serve as a bio-habitat on campus, and provide valuable data and insight into native flora, fauna, green design, and sustainability. The project was partially funded by the University's Green Fee Award.

Initially conceived as a pilot-program by UT Vice President for Operations Pat Clubb, the Living Wall was shepherded by the School of Architecture's Dean Fritz Steiner and Assistant Professor Danelle Briscoe, along with Michelle Bright, an environmental designer at the Wildflower Center.

The ceremony will be dedicated to the late Mark Simmons, former Director of Research and Consulting for the Ecosystem Design Group at the Wildflower Center, whose research greatly informed the project. 

Learn more about the project here.

Sustainable Design

The Graduate Program in Sustainable Design is an interdisciplinary and research-based degree path.  Here, scholars are both part of a specialized, close-knit cohort of MSSD students as well as members of the larger Architecture program and UT Austin campus community.  Students are encouraged to draw from the sizeable and wide-ranging knowledge of faculty within the school and across the university.


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