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Above: Courtyard sign. Below: Fritz Steiner, Bill Booziotis, Larry Speck, Hal Box, and Eden Box at the "Eden & Hal Box Courtyard" dedication on April 8. Photo by Marsha Miller.

Hal Box [B.Arch. '50], former dean of the School of Architecture and professor emeritus, received dual honors from The University of Texas at Austin on April 8.

While attending a reception in the newly named "Eden & Hal Box Courtyard" at Goldsmith Hall, the influential scholar was informed he had been named dean emeritus, a title held by only a handful of individuals at the university.

Box was dean of the School of Architecture from 1976 to 1992, followed by six years of service as a professor until his retirement in 1998. He has been a professor emeritus since that time.

Box's career in architectural education began in 1970 when Dallas-Fort Worth was the largest urban area in the United States without an architecture school. He was asked by University of Texas at Arlington administrators to start an architecture school there. He took a leave of absence from his firm (Pratt, Box and Henderson), and became chairman of the new Department of Architecture. When the new school was approved two years later, he was named its first dean.

Eden and Hal Box (center front) celebrated the naming of the Goldsmith Hall courtyard in their honor with family members.
Front row: Granddaughter Amelia Box; Eden and Hal; and granddaughters Hannah Youman and Haley Youman.
Back row: Sons Ken Box, Rick Box, and Greg Box; daughter Kate Youman; and son-in-law Rick Youman. Photo by Marsha Miller.

In 1976, The University of Texas at Austin offered Box the architecture deanship, and he accepted on several conditions. At the time, the school was severely under-funded and required dramatic new initiatives, new facilities, a library specifically for architecture, a larger budget for faculty and staff, and a dean's salary similar to those in engineering and law. All of his conditions were eventually fulfilled, creating an architecture school that became a leader among public universities and one that, in the past several years, has been the only public university to rank in the top 10 in the nation in both its graduate and undergraduate programs.

During his tenure as dean, Box raised the school's endowment to $6 million. After he retired as dean, the Hal Box Endowed Chair in Urbanism was created.

At the April 8 reception, Box was recognized for his prolific career and long and distinguished tenure as dean with the naming of the Goldsmith courtyard the "Eden & Hal Box Courtyard," honoring his service and the longtime support of his wife, Eden. The dean emeritus title was a surprise announcement.

See related story in the January 20, 2011, edition of eNews.


Luke Dunlap.

On April 18, the School of Architecture welcomed Luke Dunlap as our new Director of Development. For the last four years, Dunlap served as the chief development officer of The University of Texas at Austin School of Information. Prior to that, he was in charge of the President's Associates program in the University Development Office. Dunlap has a bachelor's degree in geography from UT Austin. We are excited that he has joined the UTSOA community.

Dunlap is taking over the development helm from Assistant Dean for Development & External Relations, Julie Hooper, who left the school on March 11 to begin her new role as Executive Director for Development at the University Development Office. Hooper will continue to work centrally with donors on behalf of the School of Architecture and, in her new role, she will serve as the liaison from the Development Office to all the chief development officers on campus, including architecture. We greatly appreciate all her current and future efforts on behalf of the school and wish her well in this new endeavor.


Tools and ink used at Flatbed Press.

Students in Senior Lecturer Joyce Rosner's first- and second-year "vertical" studio are considering the significance of "intersections" in architecture.

Architects deal with intersections on a daily basis, such as spatial intersections; intersections of materials, light, and views; and intersections of manual and digital. However, architecture also intersects with many other disciplines, such as engineering, material science, cultural anthropology, geography, and the visual arts.

The class is using the notion of "intersection" as a way to move through a series of projects, with a strong focus on the intersection of architecture with the visual arts.

On Wednesday, March 23, class members visited Flatbed Press to conduct site analysis and participate in a printmaking workshop. The objective of the students' final projects is to design a hypothetical new building for Flatbed, including studio, gallery, and office space.

Located in an 18,000 sq. ft. warehouse on Boggy Creek in central-east Austin, Flatbed was founded in 1989 by Katherine Brimberry and Mark L. Smith and redeveloped in 1999 as a community of creative professionals.

The company is comprised of two divisions—a publishing workshop which collaborates with artists to produce limited editions of original etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, and monoprints; and a private art gallery that specializes in original prints.

After touring the facility and discussing the design goals with head artist Brimberry and director Smith, the students spent several hours creating monotype prints with copper plates, as well as learning about the processes and materials involved in other types of printmaking. Brimberrry and Smith were candid about additional features they would like to see in the new space, as well as new programmatic elements they would welcome.

Class members include: Kate Bedford, Jeffrey Blocksidge, Elizabeth Brooks, Brittany Cooper, Kenneth Dineen, Caroline Emerson, Todd Ferry, Wilson Hack, Cameron Kraus, Kevin Olsen, Travis Ritchie, Beau Saccoccia, Chris Smith, and Jennifer Tate.



Graduate urban design student Shawn Balon was chosen as winner of the 2011 Boone Powell Family Prize in Urban Design for his project "Reevaluating the Hutong, Beijing, China."

Each year, the Boone Powell Family Prize in Urban Design is given to a nominated non-graduating student, either an undergraduate or graduate, in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, or community and regional planning. The prize is based on merit in urban design. This year, the award provides a travel stipend of $4500 and is generously supported by the Powell family.


New this year, the Architype Review Travel Prize in Honor of Lawrence W. Speck is given to a nominated third- or fourth-year undergraduate in the Bachelor of Architecture Program. The prize is based on merit in architectural design. This year, the award provides a travel stipend of $4500.

The prize winner is Agustin Cepeda for his project "What is in the architecture that encourages Berlinities to engage life so enthusiastically?"


Danica Adams' and Elizabeth "EB" Brooks' proposed vision for the "Horse Farm" park in downtown Lafayette, Louisiana.

One hundred undeveloped acres in the middle of town could be a city planner's dream. In 2005, Danica Adams and Elizabeth "EB" Brooks, both pursuing master's degrees in the school's Community and Regional Planning Program, saw that potential in their hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana, and worked to secure the property known as the "Horse Farm" for public greenspace for generations to come.

In their five years of running the "Save the Horse Farm" campaign, they succeeded in bringing together the major stakeholders, including the mayor, the city planning manager, the university president, and the Community Foundation of Acadiana, in an effort to preserve the land as a passive recreation park. This month, they saw their vision for the property come to fruition when the Lafayette Parish City Council voted in favor of dedicating $6 million in public funding to purchase the property for development as the largest central park in town.

With Adams' program emphasis in environmental planning and Brooks' pursuit of a dual degree program in planning and urban design, they have learned to leverage their strengths and interests by working together to improve their community.

Visit www.savethehorsefarm.com for more information.


Third-year architecture student Hector Garcia-Castrillo interviewed at the school's recent job fair in hopes of being chosen for an internship. Photo by Beth Bond. Courtesy Austin American-Statesman.

The school's spring career week was featured in the Monday, April 18, 2011, edition of the Austin American-Statesman's job section:

Article excerpt:

"[Architecture senior] Briana Walters walked out of The University of Texas at Austin's Ford Career Center Interview Suites in early April wearing a sharp gray suit and a confident smile."

"With graduation just a month away, the architecture major said she hopes to secure a job before leaving the university and applied to participate in the School of Architecture's annual career fair to increase her chances."

"This event is different from typical career fairs that take place at UT, according to Amy Maverick Crossette, the School of Architecture's director of public affairs."

"'Architects tend to be a tight-knit group, so this career fair is more by invite, and we allow the firms to actually hand-pick who they want to interview,' she said. 'This might be a student's first opportunity for a real interview, and it also keeps the school connected to architecture firms across the country.'"

"About 200 graduates and undergraduates from the School of Architecture applied to participate in the fair."

"Third-year architecture student Hector Garcia-Castrillo was among the selected applicants, and he interviewed with Pickard Chilton, a New Haven, Connecticut-based architecture firm, in hopes of securing a summer internship."

"'I am nervous, I definitely want to get it, but we will see,' Garcia-Castrillo said. 'Everyone is here after the same thing—to get a job or an internship.'"

"HDR Architecture, Inc., an architecture, engineering, and consulting firm with more than 7,800 professionals and 185 locations worldwide, was one of the firms that participated in the annual event."

"'These students represent the best and the brightest of the schools of architecture—this school is perennially ranked in the top 10 in both their graduate and undergraduate programs, and I don't think any other school can say that,' said Neal Corbett [B.Arch. '86], vice president and managing principal for HDR's Boston office. 'This school has a tremendous amount of talent, and for us not to tap into that would be a huge mistake.'"

View the entire article on the Statesman's website.

The UTSOA Career Services Center provides services and resources to current students, recent graduates, and all alumni of the School of Architecture.


Cover, Design for a Vulnerable Planet, by Fritz Steiner.

Dean Fritz Steiner's latest book, Design for a Vulnerable Planet, was released this month by University of Texas Press.

View highlights of the book on UT Austin's KNOW site, along with twelve stunning photographs from among the many illustrations used in the book.

Description: "Drawing on his own and others' experiences across three continents, Frederick Steiner advocates design practice grounded in ecology and democracy and informed by critical regionalism and reflection. He begins by establishing the foundation for a more ecological approach to planning and design, adopting a broad view of ecology as encompassing human and natural, urban and wild environments. Steiner explores precedents for human ecological design provided by architect Paul Cret, landscape architect Ian McHarg, and developer George Mitchell while discussing their planning for the University of Texas campus, the Lake Austin watershed, and The Woodlands. Steiner then focuses on emerging Texas urbanism and extends his discussion to broader considerations beyond the Lone Star State, including regionalism, urbanism, and landscape in China and Italy. He also examines the lessons to be learned from human and natural disasters such as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the BP oil spill. Finally, Steiner offers a blueprint for designing with nature to help heal the planet's vulnerabilities."

View excerpts from the book in the May 2011 edition of Texas Monthly magazine.

In honor of Earth Day 2011, which will take place this Friday, Dean Steiner appeared on FOX-7 television's morning show on Tuesday, April 19, to talk about sustainable environments. View the text and video here.

Dean Douglas Steidl, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Kent State University, and Dr. Nancy Kwallek at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, where Dr. Kwallek accepted her Lifetime Achievement Award.

On April 1, 2011, Dr. Nancy Kwallek, director of the UTSOA Interior Design Program and the Gene Edward Mikeska Endowed Chair for Interior Design, was honored by her alma mater, Kent State University, with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her career of interior design teaching, research, and service. The event took place at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative during a Senior Interior Design Exhibition and Awards Ceremony under the auspices of Kent State University's College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

Anthony Alofsin, Roland Roessner Centennial Professor of Architecture, had a busy week in mid-April as the Sam and Gene Johnson Distinguished Visitor at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He spoke to the Philosophy Club on J. Krishnamurthi's The Flight of the Eagle and was interviewed on WGTD-FM, the local NPR affiliate. He also addressed the Carthage Business and Professional Coalition about the relationship of architecture to commerce and manufacturing, and he gave the Hannibal Lecture at Carthage College; his topic was "Primary Forms: Spirit in Matter." At the Milwaukee Museum of Art, he spoke to a large public audience on "Wright in Teens: A Magical Moment."

Dr. Nancy Cain Marcus of Dallas hosted a celebratory dinner after the lecture in Milwaukee for Professor Alofsin, curators from the museum, and guests from Carthage.

Assistant Professor in Architecture Michael Leighton Beaman and former materials lab curator Zaneta Hong's non-profit design firm General Architecture Collaborative (GAC) is sponsoring and curating Art = Relief, an exhibit and benefit for Japanese relief efforts. The exhibit is being held at Columbia University's Studio X in New York. Over thirty acclaimed and emerging artists and designers have generously donated their work to contribute to the relief effort in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami devastated the country on March 11, 2011.

The exhibit culminates with an auction of work on April 30. In keeping with GAC's philosophy of empowering and supporting local organizations, the firm will donate 100% of the proceeds to a variety of groups addressing relief and reconstruction efforts.

The exhibit catalog, sponsored by Syracuse University, will be available on auction day and online. For more information on the exhibit and artists, as well as relief organizations receiving donations, visit GAC's website.

About Art=Relief:

"In the wake of the earthquakes and tsunami that recently hit Japan, overwhelming images of intense devastation emerged in media coverage. Some critics aptly called the visuals psychedelic, explicit, and heart-breaking. Visions of such power and relentless destruction are at once horrifically potent, yet, through overexposure, the images threaten to alienate and desensitize their viewers. How can the gulf between observation and experience be overcome, so that shock yields to action? [...] In Art = Relief, we harness the power of art [...] to celebrate convergence. [... A]rtists and designers [...], through their work, have found a way to bring one community together, in service of other communities a world apart."

Wilfried Wang, O'Neil Ford Centennial Chair in Architecture, presented a lecture at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, on April 17, 2011, on the subject of "Judging Architecture."

Larry Speck, W. L. Moody, Jr. Centennial Professor in Architecture, is featured on the university's KNOW website as part of the series of features about the humanities written by professors from across campus. Speck writes on "Confessions of a Biography Junkie."


For the full schedule and latest updates, check the online UTSOA Calendar.


April 18 – May 30
Goldsmith Hall Foyer

"Re-Appropriating Mechanisms"

Featuring work by graduate architecture students Garrett Jones and CJ MacQuarrie from a summer 2010 independent studio titled "Re-Appropriating Mechanisms," supervised by Assistant Professor Michael Beaman and Senior Lecturer Joyce Rosner.

"Only the tractor sheds of corrugated iron, silver and gleaming, were alive; and they were alive with metal and gasoline and oil, the disks of the plows shining. The tractors had lights shining, for there is no day and night for a tractor and the disks turn the earth in the darkness and they glitter in the daylight. [....] But when the motor of a tractor stops, it is as dead as the ore it came from. The heat goes out of it like the living heat that leaves a corpse [...] for the tractor is dead. And this is easy and efficient. So easy that the wonder goes out of work, so efficient that the wonder goes out of land and the working of it, and with the wonder the deep understanding and the relation."John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

The studio took an in-depth study of engineered machines and looked for ways to re-appropriate mechanisms of technology to engage the human spirit, as well as to explore the possibilities of re-animating architecture through the conduit of machine, technology, and tool. These studies responded to what the narrator laments in Steinbeck's quote. In this instance, work facilitated by a machine is not one to negate the human spirit, but rather one that infuses wonder and creates place through the bifurcated artifacts of drawing and memory. Ultimately, the goal was to create or suggest space for the mind to inhabit, while simultaneously fostering an atmosphere of play, exploration, and growth.

The primary inquiry investigated the possibility of a machine with the capability of generating an artifact that enhances the overall operating experience. This exploration developed through a series of low-tech drawing machines that utilize variable rotating gears controlled by a simple hand crank operation. The user can make variable decisions, or operating modifications, that generate a unique drawing for that specific user and that specific experience. The end product, or output, is a dynamic and spatial geometric drawing that, from afar, reads as machine or computer generated, but upon closer inspection reveals defects and squiggles reminiscent of a free-hand drawing. This duality is an important quality, given the traditionally acute calibration and precision that machines typically achieve. Jones and MacQuarrie: "A machine making errors and producing defects is a notion of contradiction; however, we believe the beauty of these drawings lies in their imperfections, a very human quality, as well as their dependence on their specific user."

View the exhibit photo gallery on the school's Flickr site.


April 6 – 29
Mebane Gallery, Goldsmith Hall

"Experimental Buildings at Shoal Lake"

Life and construction on a remote Canadian island inspired this exhibit curated by Herb Enns. The island's essential atmospheres and Enn's experiences with the Experimental Buildings at Shoal Lake are recreated in the school's Mebane Gallery. Audio samples and video images create a fully-immersive experience of the place, addressing our synesthetic capacity to combine sight, sound, and movement into a dense perceptual encounter.

The installation conveys a complex and ever-changing scene, challenging the observer to construct a personal and complex image drawn from an array of visual, aural, and kinetic inputs. Projections are the soundscape — choral music based on ethereal overtones that emphasizes the emotive experience, a piece for eight wind instruments that alludes to the constant presence of wind on the island, an orchestral piece composed at Shoal Lake, and site-derived "music" spiral around the installation. The orchestration of subtle and complex perceptual inputs are intended to create an experience of transfiguration that has, at its genesis, the space and life of the Experimental Buildings at Shoal Lake at a scale of 1 to 1.


Barry Bergdoll. Photo by Robin Holland.

Monday, April 25
Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Room 3.120
5:00 p.m.

Barry Bergdoll
The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design
The Museum of Modern Art
New York City, New York

"Good Neighbors: The Museum of Modern Art and Latin America, 1933-1955"

Barry Bergdoll is the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art and professor of modern architectural history at Columbia University. Holding a B.A. from Columbia, M.A. from King's College, Cambridge, and Ph.D. from Columbia, his broad interests center on modern architectural history with a particular emphasis on France and Germany since 1800.

Bergdoll has organized, curated, and consulted on many landmark exhibitions of 19th- and 20th-century architecture, including "Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling" at MoMA (2008); "Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922-32" at MoMA (2007); "Mies in Berlin" at MoMA (2001), with Terence Riley; "Breuer in Minnesota" at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (2002); "Les Vaudoyer: Une Dynastie d'Architectes at the Musee D'Orsay, Paris (1991); and "Ste. Genevieve/Pantheon; Symbol of Revolutions," at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal (1989).

He is author or editor of numerous publications including, Mies in Berlin (winner of the 2002 Philip Johnson Award of the Society of Architectural Historians and AICA Best Exhibition Award, 2002); Karl Friedrich Schinkel: An Architecture for Prussia (1994), winner of the AIA Book Award in 1995; and Lon Veudoyer: Historicism in the Age of Industry (1994); and European Architecture 1750-1890, in the Oxford History of Art series. An edited volume, Fragments: Architecture and the Unfinished, was recently published by Thames and Hudson (London, 2006). He served as president of the Society of Architectural Historians from 2006 to 2008.


Thursday, April 28
Austin Museum of Art–Downtown
823 Congress Avenue
Exhibition tour, 5:30 p.m.
Panel discussion, 6:00 p.m.

"ART + ARCHITECTURE: New Architecture in Austin"

Third installment of a conversational series on art and architecture by the Austin Museum of Art (AMOA).

"ART + ARCHITECTURE: New Architecture in Austin" will complement AMOA's "New Art in Austin: 15 to Watch" by introducing up and coming architects whose work has been selected by Austin architects Emily Little of Clayton & Little and Jack Tisdale of STG Design Inc.

"New Art in Austin: 15 to Watch" architects Matt Fajkus, J.C. Schmeill [M.Arch. '98], and Efrain E. Velez [M.Arch. '06] will discuss their work and ideas on architecture in Austin.

Seating is limited and must be reserved. RSVP to Paula Kothmann at pkothmann@amoa.org.


Opening Wednesday, May 18
Mebane Gallery, Goldsmith Hall

"Student Design Excellence"


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. (Download RealPlayer here. It's free.)

Visit the Center website for updates and to access the live webcast. Remaining forums on the spring 2011 schedule include:

  • April 22, Associate Professor Lois Weinthal, "Pitch Black: Inside a Photographer's Studio"
  • April 29, Special Guest of Professor David Heymann, "In Progress, Part II"


The Center for Sustainable Development is sponsoring a series of sustainability-related movies, documentaries, and short films. Screenings will be held every other Thursday evening in Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Room 3.120, at 7:00 p.m. They will be followed by a brief discussion of the themes and ideas presented in the film.

The remaining film on the spring 2011 schedule is (check website to confirm):


"Untitled," photo by Chris Ferguson, produced in Judy Birdsong's fall 2010 studio.

February 14 – August 12
Visual Resources Collection
Sutton Hall 3.128 (Monday-Friday, 8:00-5:00)

"Capturing Light and Time: Pinhole Cameras and Photographs"

The cameras and photographs on display represent work organized around the theme of light and time in architecture that was produced in fall 2010 by fifth-semester architecture students in Lecturer Judy Birdsong's topic-based design studio.

As a means of introducing students to fundamental principles of light, each student constructed a pinhole camera, essentially a simple box with a single small aperture that employs the same optical principles as the camera obscura. Despite the simple program and inflexible constraints, the result was an array of inventive (and occasionally decorative) products that ranged from straightforward, but beautifully designed shells, to those that allowed for multiple views, multiple exposures, and interchangeable focal lengths. The photographs chronicle the efforts of the students to record the passage of time through the agency of light, the assigned subject of the second exercise of the semester.

Lecture and exhibitions generously funded by: Brightman/York Endowed Lecture Series in Interior Design, Edwin W. and Alyce O. Carroll Centennial Lectureship in Architecture, Bluford Walter Crain Centennial Endowed Lectureship, Gensler Exhibitions Endowment, Herbert M. Greene Centennial Lectureship in Architecture, Wolf and Janet Jessen Centennial Lectureship in Architecture, Karl Kamrath Lectureship in Architecture, Jane Marie Tacquard Patillo Centennial Lectureship, Edwin A. Schneider Centennial Lectureship in Architecture, School of Architecture Exhibitions Fund, and Wilsonart Endowed Lecture Series in Interior Design.



Scott Poole.

Scott Poole [M.Arch. '83] has been named dean of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Architecture and Design. He will begin his new position on July 15, replacing the current dean, John McRae, who is returning to the faculty after six years on the job.

Poole most recently served as director of the School of Architecture and Design at Virginia Tech, overseeing two programs—architecture and landscape architecture—which were top-ranked in the U.S.

While at Virginia Tech, Poole received the Teaching Excellence Award in 2002 and the Leonard and Virginia Currie Professional Development Award in 1999. He also has received various grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts.

Poole has served in various professional leadership roles, including as the vice president for professional excellence and on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Society American Institute of Architects. He has been recognized by the Association for Collegiate Schools of Architecture for his distinguished service.

Poole has authored several book chapters and books, one of which, The New Finnish Architecture (published in English), has been translated into three languages.

Poole has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University, where he was part of the honors anthropology program and an All-American Athlete. He earned a master's degree in architecture from The University of Texas at Austin and was a student Fulbright Scholar.

Andrew Kraus [B.Arch. '91], Senior Architect with the Fort Worth District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, won the SWF Architect of the Year 2010 award. This is the second year in a row he has received the award from his district.

Commander of the Fort Worth District Colonel Richard J. Muraski, Jr. said of Kraus, in part:

"[He] consistently executes at an extraordinary level resulting in outstanding task accomplishment and performance. Andrew's intense focus on customer satisfaction and quality products reflects his deep and passionate fervor for architecture. His thoughtful application of these intrinsic qualities results in customer effective, cost conscious, and visually stunning designs. He routinely facilitates approaches and solutions that invigorate the design process and invoke creative responses from the customers and all project delivery team members. His completed design projects are a source of pride and workmanship for our customers and the Army."

"Andrew's remarkable leadership skills and his willingness to go the extra mile guarantees success for our projects and meets the high standards expected. He is an invaluable asset to the Corps. [...] As the SWF Base Camp Development Team Leader and Lead Architect, he provides critical support directly to our war fighters in theaters of operations worldwide. His aggressive, no-nonsense approach provides design solutions to critical needs within 24 to 48 hours."


We want you to stay involved and connected to the school, so please join us for one of our upcoming alumni events:

On Sunday, April 10, Ilona Blanchard [MSCRP '00], Leslie Oberholtzer [MSCRP '01], and Amy Minzner [MSCRP '02] gathered with alumni and students to take in the city views from Top of the Hub Skywalk at the School of Architecture reception during the American Planning Association annual conference in Boston.

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention Alumni & Friends Reception
    Featuring Dean Fritz Steiner and 2011 Topaz Medallion recipient Professor Larry Speck
    aos Showroom
    400 Poydras Street, Suite 1700
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    Thursday, May 12, 2011
    7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    RSVP by Monday, April 25

More details will be available on the School of Architecture alumni web page as events approach. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Stacy Manning at smanning@austin.utexas.edu or 512.471.0617.

We are continuing our effort to find (and maintain) the most accurate contact information for all of our alumni. Stay in touch with former classmates—update your record and contact preferences by logging on to the university's online alumni directory.


The Austin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects presented the recipients of the 2011 AIA Austin Honor Awards at the Celebrate Design! event at the Blanton Museum on Friday, April 15, 2011.

UTSOA alumni and faculty were well represented among the winners. Congratulations to all the 2011 Honor and Design Award winners.


John V. Nyfeler, FAIA Community Service AwardSinclair Black, FAIA [B.Arch. '62], for extended commitment to community service or significant contribution evidenced by a positive impact on urban, environmental, or neighborhood issues.

Emerging Professional AwardBrandon Townsend, AIA [B.Arch. '01], presented to a member or associate member for professional achievement in leadership during the early years of participation in AIA Austin.

Edwin Waller Award for Public ArchitectureJim Walker [MSCRP '98] – The Waller Award was created in 1998 to recognize achievement in public architecture, to recognize public-service architects, public officials or other individuals, by their role as architects or as advocates.

Community Vision AwardFoundation Communities – New this year, the award is designed to acknowledge organizations who have demonstrated outstanding efforts to improve the community and the quality of life through urban planning and development.

Goldwin Goldsmith FAIA, AwardJohn V. Nyfeler, FAIA [B.Arch. '58], for continued and extraordinary service to AIA Austin.

Firm Achievement AwardPaul Lamb Architects – the highest honor that AIA Austin can bestow on an architecture firm for outstanding contributions to the community, the profession, or for producing distinguished architecture.


Citation of Honor

Adjustable screen wall, Garage Apartment project, LZT Architects, Inc.

Clayton & Little Architects
Byrne-Reed House (Humanities Texas)

Austin Office

Sol Austin

LZT Architects, Inc.
Garage Apartment

McKinney York Architects
McGarrah Jessee

Miró Rivera Architects
1917 Bungalow

Honor Awards (Juror's highest award)

Alterstudio Architects, LLP
Scout Island Residence

Dick Clark Architecture
Kenya Rainwater Court

Miró Rivera Architects
Ranch Operations

Studio Award

The AIA Studio Award encourages and recognizes excellence in design by emerging professionals and UTSOA students.

Brett Wolfe, Assoc. AIA [B.Arch. '07]
Blanco Public Library


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