End-of-Semester Celebration and Open House

Molly Hubbs played her harp in the vertical design studios on the fourth floor of Goldsmith Hall. She created her music stand when she was a student in Lecturer Mark Macek's wood design studio.


Clara Brill, Diana Burgess, and Nick Gregg from the band Mother Falcon.


On Tuesday, December 9, the School of Architecture held its first school-wide end-of-semester celebration, gallery tour, and open house, where all the studios were free for faculty, students, and guests to visit and enjoy.

Students were encouraged to have their favorite projects on their desks available to stimulate review and discussion, and to invite friends or family from outside the school. The event served as a prelude to the conventional design reviews scheduled to begin the following day.

Participants were treated to festive snacks and live music from harpists Molly Hubbs [M.Arch. '12] and Katie Slusher; a string trio featuring Clara Brill, Diana Burgess, and Nick Gregg [B.Arch. '13] from the band Mother Falcon; a cappella group One Note Stand; violinist Jeff Elliot, singer Caroline Gallagher, and guitarists Adam Barrett and Alistair Benckenstein.

The aspirations for the event were to:

  • facilitate a successful transition for the student community from a place of production to one of review and discussion,
  • experience in situ in one afternoon most (if not all!) of the design work produced in fall 2014 studios,
  • celebrate and share in the accomplishments of the semester, and
  • encourage students to participate in the last three days of final reviews.

The event allowed students an opportunity to show off their best work and see the work of their peers. A time for collaboration and celebration, the day's activities sparked creative discussion and energized students and faculty.

Fall 2014 Studio Final Reviews

Photo of Haitao Yu. Photo of Haitao Yu.

Haitao Yu, final review, Junfeng Jiao's physical planning practicum. Photo by Fritz Steiner.

Photo of Studio Paris. Photo of Studio	 Paris.

2014 Studio Paris / European Study Program, final review.

Photo of Lydia Kenselaar. Photo of Lydia Kenselaar.

Lydia Kenselaar, final review, Gabriel Díaz Montemayor's advanced landscape architecture studio. Photo by Fritz Steiner.

Photo of Zhongliang Liang. Photo of Zhongliang Liang.

Zhongliang Liang, final review, Dean Almy's urban design studio. Photo by Fritz Steiner.

Photo of Heidi Etzel. Photo of Heidi Etzel.

Heidi Etzel, final review, Danelle Briscoe’s vertical studio. Photo by Fritz Steiner.

Photo of Masters Design Study. Photo of Masters Design Study.

Final review, Masters Design Study.

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, Austin, Texas
  • Arthur Andersson, Andersson-Wise Architects,, Austin, Texas
  • Brian Bedrosian [M.Arch. '09], Baldridge Architects, Austin, Texas
  • Michelle Bright [MLA '13], Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Ryan Burke [B.Arch. ‘02], A Parallel Architecture, Austin, Texas
  • Peter Coombe, Sage and Coombe, New York City, New York
  • Peter DeMaria [M.Arch. ‘86], DeMaria Design Assoc. and Logical Homes LLC, Los Angeles, California
  • Jenna Dezinski [M.Arch. ‘13], Alterstudio, Austin, Texas
  • Ian Ellis [B.Arch. ‘13], Matt Fajkus Architecture, Austin, Texas
  • Wendy Dunnam Tita [BArch ‘98], Page, Austin, Texas
  • Chesney Floyd, architect, Austin, Texas
  • Amy Freedberg [M.Arch. ‘13], Andersson-Wise Architects, Austin, Texas
  • Gary Furman, FAIA [B.Arch. ‘86], Furman + Keil Architects, Austin, Texas
  • Michael Hargens, Burton Baldridge Architects, Austin, Texas
  • Brantley Hightower [BArch ‘00], HiWorks Architecture, San Antonio, Texas
  • Michael Hsu [B.Arch. ‘93], Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, Austin, Texas
  • Emily Kelly [MA ’13 Art Education], Visual Arts Center, Austin, Texas
  • Mell Lawrence, FAIA [B.Arch. ‘81], Mell Lawrence Architects, Austin, Texas
  • Matthew Z. Leach [M.Arch. ‘11], Page, Austin, Texas
  • Murray Legge, Legge Lewis Legge, Austin, Texas
  • Mark Odom, Mark Odom Studio, Inc., Austin, Texas
  • Lee Olvera [M.Arch. ‘91], University of Southern California School of Architecture, Los Angeles, California
  • Robin Osler, Robin Elmslie Osler, New York City, New York
  • Andrew Plumb [M.Arch. '01], Aamodt / Plumb Architects, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Alissa Priebe, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, Inc., Austin, Texas
  • Johanna Reed [M.Arch. ‘12], Dick Clark + Associates, Austin, Texas
  • Elihu Rubin, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticutt
  • Kevin Sloan, Kevin Sloan Studio, Dallas, Texas
  • Ingrid Spencer, Waller Creek Conservancy, Austin, Texas
  • Jane Stageberg, Bade Stageberg Cox, Brooklyn, New York
  • Lauren Woodward Stanley [M.Arch. ‘94], Stanley Studio, Austin, Texas
  • John Szot [B.Arch. ‘98], John Szot Studio, Brooklyn, New York
  • Aloysha Verzhbinsky, Tom Eliot Fisch Architects, San Francisco, California
  • Patrick Winn [M.Arch. ‘08], Overland Partners, San Antonio, Texas
  • Chris Wise [B.Arch. ‘87], Andersson-Wise Architects, Austin, Texas

PRP Now!

Photo of Drew Wilson at Marmol Radziner Architecture in Los Angeles. Photo of Drew Wilson at Marmol Radziner Architecture in Los Angeles.

At right: Graduate architecture student Drew Wilson is doing a PRP internship with Marmol Radziner Architecture in Los Angeles.

PRP Now! aims to showcase the great experiences students encounter within the school's Professional Residency Program (PRP). Since 1974, PRP has offered upper-level architecture students a unique opportunity to expand their education through work experience in the architectural profession. Over the past twenty years, UTSOA students have been linked with 260 firms in 29 countries.

Upon returning to the academic setting at UT, students come back enriched with real-world experiences and creative challenges, which can then be applied within their culminating design studios.

A new feature on the UTSOA website, PRP Now!, will highlight a handful of students within each session, graduate and undergrad, domestic and international firms. This upcoming semester, students will be working in Portland, Seattle, New York City, Chicago, Tokyo, and Copenhagen. Stay tuned to hear about their exciting endeavors!

Firms and students can learn more about the program and how to participate at: soa.utexas.edu/resources/prp.

Student Connections

Photo of fall 2014 graduating students. Photo of fall 2014 graduating students.

On December 3, members of the fall 2014 UTSOA graduating class gathered with faculty and staff at a celebration reception in their honor.



Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning + Master of Science in Urban Design
Elizabeth Brooks

Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning
Greg Austin Bussing
Jeffrey Carrillo
Luis Guajardo
Anna Hudson
Erich Melville
Rachel Nolley
Robert Norris +
Jennifer Steverson

Master of Science in Architectural Studies
Leora Visotzky

Master of Landscape Architecture, First Professional
Danuta Dias
Sara Fallahi

Master of Landscape Architecture, Post-Professional
Liang Lu

Master of Science in Sustainable Design
Alden Larrick

Master of Science in Urban Design
Kuan He
Anne Palone

Master of Architecture, First Professional
Garrett Brown
Katherine Craig
Kelly Denker
Kyle Engoian
Justin Ford
Jun Hwang
Jooyoung Kim
Jessica Mills
Anna Roe
Ellen Sampson
Nari Shin

Master of Architecture, Post-Professional
Chiara Bonsignori
Cheng Jia

Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies
Kent Bhupathi
Kanietra Diawaku
Jovita Ezeokafor
Heather Halpert
Anjana Sivakumar
Allison Thorp

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design
Butool Jafri

Bachelor of Architecture
James Thoreen
Kasey Turney

+ Dual degree outside of UTSOA


Photo of light show. Photo of light show.

Texas Union, environmental Controls "Brilliant" workshop, November 12, 2014. Photo by Katie Slusher.

Image of light show. Image of light show.

Environmental Controls Light Show, November 20, 2014.

On November 12, Lecturer Keith Simon's environmental controls class spent a chilly Wednesday evening illuminating the façade of the Texas Union Building. Students were able to experiment with lighting effects on the building by manipulating LED fixtures on loan from Phillips Color Kinetics. The workshop was supported by two visiting lighting professors/designers via the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education—Cindy Limauro and Christopher Popowich (C&C Lighting, Carnegie Mellon University).

View more of the "Brilliant" workshop.

On November 20, the class displayed light fixtures they designed and built in a "Light Show" in the Main Jury Room of Goldsmith Hall.

In addition to the luminaire prototypes, each student group developed a marketing brochure that included a candlepower distribution curve, glare and false color image studies, electrical energy calculations, and specifications.

View more of the Light Show.


Photo of Kaethe Selkirk and April Ng. Photo of Kaethe Selkirk and April Ng.

Kaethe Selkirk and April Ng, 2nd Annual inter-STACHE-1 Mustache Competition. Photo by Katie Slusher.

UTSOA held its second annual inter-STACHE-I competition on December 1, in the Goldsmith Hall Main Jury Room.

Competitors entered in one of two categories—ORGANIC [grown on the face] or SYNTHETIC [applied to the face].

Competitors were required to produce one drawing (of any kind) to represent the overarching concept of their stache. Additional documentation was allowed in the form of photographs—potentially a before/after for those who wished to emphasize the lack of a background in mustaches.

Five winners were selected in the following categories:

Best in Show: Joyce Hanlon
Best Organic: Kendall Claus
Best Synthetic: Kaethe Selkirk
Less is More: Hugo Reynolds
Jurors Choice: Donesh Ferdowsi

The esteemed jurors included Uli Dangel, Benjamin Ibarra-Sevilla, and Jason Sowell, and Nichole Wiedemann.

This year's competition was organized by Clare van Montfrans and generously supported by the Graduate School of Architecture Representative Council [GSARC].

View more of the inter-STACHE-I competition.

Faculty Scholarship

Photo of Larry Speck. Photo of Larry Speck.

Larry Speck.

Larry Speck, W. L. Moody, Jr. Centennial Professor in Architecture, has received a 2014-2015 President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award. Speck was one of four campus-wide recipients of this highly selective award.

The award recognizes excellence in undergraduate education in the core curriculum (including the signature courses) and comes with a $5000 honorarium. The selection committee, made up of past recipients, looked not only for exemplary teaching, but also evidence of significant impact on curriculum development.

Image of book cover, Kem Weber: Designer and Architect, by Christopher Long. Image of book cover, Kem Weber: Designer and Architect, by Christopher Long.

Cover, Kem Weber: Designer and Architect, by Christopher Long.

Professor Christopher Long's new book, Kem Weber: Designer and Architect, was recently published by Yale University Press. In mid-November, in conjunction with the book's appearance, Professor Long spoke about Weber and his work at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara.

Book description: "For German-born Kem Weber (1889–1963), design was not about finding a new expression; it was about responding to 'structural, economic, and social requirements … characteristic of our daily routine of living.' He sought to ensure that each design he produced—whether a piece of furniture or a building or an interior—was an improvement that responded to modern needs and modern life. Weber was a leading figure of modernism on the West Coast from the 1920s through the early 1950s, and his work greatly influenced the California style of the time. His most iconic designs were his Bentlock line, the Air Line chair, the interiors for the Bixby House, and his tubular-steel furniture for Lloyd."

"This book, a result of significant new primary research in the Weber family’s archives, represents the first major study of the life and career of this important designer. Christopher Long details the full range of Weber’s contributions, focusing particularly on the part he played in the advancement of American modernism, and his role in heralding a new way of making and living."


Image of book cover, Alterstudio Architecture: 6 Houses. Image of book cover, Alterstudio Architecture: 6 Houses.

Cover, Alterstudio Architecture: 6 Houses.

Miami University just published a book on Professor Kevin Alter's professional work: Alterstudio Architecture: 6 Houses. Rich with color images, the 160-page book includes essays by Carlos Jimenez, John Reynolds, and Wilfried Wang.

Alterstudio includes partners Ernesto Cragnolino [B.Arch. '97, BSAE '97, BA Plan II '97] and Tim Whitehill [B.Arch. '02], as well as UTSOA alumni Joseph Boyle [M.Arch. '11], Jenna Dezinski (M.Arch 2013], Daniel Shumaker [M.Arch. '11], Ben Morris [M.Arch. '14], and Matt Slusarek [M.Arch. '05].

The book will be available at Peter Miller Books in Seattle, William Stout Books in San Francisco, Joseph Fox Bookshop in Philadelphia, McNally Jackson Books in New York City, The Brazos Bookstore in Houston, and the University Co-op in Austin.


Maps of the Metropolitan Zone of the Valley of Mexico. Maps of the Metropolitan Zone of the Valley of Mexico.

Metropolitan Zone of the Valley of Mexico, 66 miles wide and 68 miles long. Top: hydrology and agriculture. Below: hydrology and urban systems. The Texcoco Lakebed is the large blue area at center-right / INEGI topographic charts. Maps by Gabriel Díaz Montemayor.

The Dirt, the official blog of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), published an op-ed authored by Assistant Professor Gabriel Díaz Montemayor titled "An Opportunity for a Regenerative New Airport in Mexico City.

Read the full post.

Support UTSOA

Photo of Irela Casanova and Jenna Ahonen Photo of Irela Casanova and Jenna Ahonen.

UTSOA seniors Irela Casanova and Jenna Ahonen.

Make giving back to the School of Architecture 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 2014, 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 pm CST on December 31 to make a gift.

Donors are encouraged to initiate the electronic transfer by December 19 to allow their brokerage firm and bank sufficient time before year-end to qualify for a 2014 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 lisa@austin.utexas.edu.

The Deadline is Approaching:
Crowdfund UTSOA's Solar Decathlon Entry, NexusHaus

School of Architecture students are currently more than halfway to their $10,000 goal on The University of Texas at Austin’s new crowdfunding platform, Hornraiser.

The students of team NexusHaus are trying to raise money to support their entry in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition, a prestigious program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses. The competition will take place in October 2015 at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California, and the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency will be recognized as the winner.

“We’re happy to have the opportunity to share our message of sustainability, energy efficiency, and affordability with the entire Longhorn community. Fundraising is pivotal, and the enthusiasm and support we’re going to be able to generate on HornRaiser will help our team be successful in next year’s competition,” said Jessica Janzen, a graduate architecture student. Janzen is helping to lead the Hornraiser initiative for the NexusHaus team, along with fellow graduate architecture students Kendall Claus, Trey Farmer, and Ryan McKeeman, as well as Charles Upshaw, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Cockrell School of Engineering.

Money raised through the Hornraiser crowdfunding effort will cover the cost of filming and producing a “making-of” documentary, which will document the construction and water, energy, and food technologies explored in the project. The documentary will be used during the competition as part of the Communication and Engineering competitions and will also act as a teaching tool in classrooms across Texas once the competition is complete.

To date, the team has raised $5, 876. If the team reaches $10,000 before January 2, 2015, their effort will be matched with an additional $10,000 from a generous donor.

We encourage our community to share this exciting news with friends, family, and peers on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media, along with the hashtag #nexushaus.

To donate by January 2, 2015, please visit: utexas.edu/go/nexushaus.


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


Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Avenue
Admission Free (with two canned food items for the Capital Area Food Bank)

Thousands of luminaries and twinkling lights turn the center into a holiday wonderland during "Luminations," an Austin holiday tradition.

Admission is free with two canned food items for the Capital Area Food Bank. Find their most requested items here.

Visit the Wildflower Center web site for details.



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.

Forums on the spring 2015 schedule include:





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.


Photo of Eleanor Roosevelt at the dedication ceremony of O'Neil Ford's Chapel in the Woods, Denton, Texas, November 2, 1939. Photo of Eleanor Roosevelt at the dedication ceremony of O'Neil Ford's Chapel in the Woods, Denton, Texas, November 2, 1939.

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt dedicated O'Neil Ford's Little Chapel in the Woods on November 1, 1939.

Update: Chosen by a recent 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 to be featured is O'Neil Ford's Little Chapel in the Woods (1939) in Denton, Texas.


Photo by William Niendorff of Viktoriapark, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Berlin. Photo by William Niendorff of Viktoriapark, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Berlin.

Viktoriapark, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Berlin. Photo by William Niendorff.

Sutton Hall 3.128, through January 9, 2015
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.


In this fast-paced world, there's a lot of news to keep up with. We know you are doing great things, and we rely on you not only to share your stories, but also to keep us up-to-date so that we can share our stories with you. Please send your news and contact updates to Communications Coordinator Pamela Peters at p.peters@utexas.edu.


Dean's Office

UTSOA Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
School of Architecture
310 Inner Campus Drive B7500
Austin, TX 78712-1009

On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, the School of Architecture held a school-wide celebration and open house for faculty, students, and visitors. <a href="http://vimeo.com/utsoa/review/114172188/25b80d4120">See video.</a>