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Larry Doll's pomegranate margaritas were a hit at the Deans' Roundtable reception. Photo by Whit Preston.

Alumni and friends enjoyed a weekend of reflections, exhibits, and good food as they celebrated the School of Architecture's 100th anniversary.

The festivities started Friday evening, November 5. The UT Austin Tower was lit orange and displayed "100" in our honor. The first official event, which included a Dean's Roundtable and reception, took place at the Charles Moore Foundation. A panel of five past and present deans (Sinclair Black, Charles Burnette, Hal Box, Larry Speck, and Fritz Steiner) pondered questions such as their greatest challenges as dean and their visions for the school's future. Alumnus Reed Kroloff [M.Arch. '86] moderated the discussion, and the evening ended with Associate Professor Larry Doll's famous pomegranate margaritas in the Charles Moore House.

Saturday, November 6, began with a morning symposium of speakers including Professor Richard Cleary, who took the audience through a pictorial history of the school; a panel of alumni (Cindy Black [B.Arch. '00], Tim Blonkvist [B.Arch. '81], Bill Booziotis [B.Arch. '57], Sandy Lucas [B.S.I.D. '78], Elizabeth Chu Richter [B.Arch. '74], and Barbara Brown Wilson [M.A. Arch. Hist. '05, Ph.D. CRP '10]), who described their experiences as students; former student Mike Dennis, who discussed Texas Diaspora; and Professor Michael Benedikt, who talked about the future of the school.

After the symposium, Goldsmith Society members were treated to a special lunch gathering in the beautifully restored Lee Jamail Academic Room in the Main Building, where members visited with Dean Steiner, Associate Deans Kevin Alter, Kent Butler, and Nichole Wiedemann, and former deans Hal Box and Larry Speck.

On Friday evening, November 5, the Deans' Roundtable reception took place at the Charles Moore Foundation and featured a panel of five past and present deans of UT Austin School of Architecture. From left to right: Reed Kroloff (moderator), Sinclair Black, Charles Burnette, Hal Box, Larry Speck, and Fritz Steiner. Photo by Whit Preston.

In the afternoon, alumni were treated to a school-wide open house, which provided an opportunity to view the school's resources, studios, lab spaces, and exhibits. Family and friends also gathered for a special ceremony to dedicate the Francisco "Paco" Arumi-Noe Memorial Sundial, which is permanently installed on the south face of Goldsmith Hall.

A highlight of the day was the keynote speech by alumnus Craig Dykers [B.Arch. '85]. An estimated 700 alumni, students, and friends of the school were captivated by Dykers' inspirational story of the creation of his firm, Snøhetta, and time-lapse videography of the unique Snøhetta working culture.

Many alumni and guests ended the day at the Goldsmith Hall Courtyard reception, a popular event attended by speakers and exhibitors, including the winner of the "traveled-the-farthest award," Amir Yazdan [B.Arch. '80] from Iran.

Professor Richard Cleary opened the "Traces & Trajectories" symposium on Saturday morning, November 6, with a pictorial history of the school's past 100 years. Photo by Emily Kinsolving.

The final event of the evening was a dinner held in the Architecture and Planning Library Reading Room in Battle Hall (also celebrating a centennial birthday in 2011). Alumni and friends dined among white hydrangeas and candlelight, while listening to a live jazz quartet from the Butler School of Music. The speaking program was emceed by Professor Emeritus Wayne Bell [B.Arch. '60]. Dean Fritz Steiner introduced the night's featured speaker, Barbara Becker [MSCRP '83], who currently serves as Dean of the University of Texas at Arlington School of Urban and Public Affairs. Becker delighted the audience with stories of "Growing up in the Shadow of UT" and her days as a little girl playing in the Battle Hall fountain. Afterward, Bell introduced UTSOA Advisory Council member and founding principal of Overland Partners in San Antonio, Rick Archer [B.Arch. '79]. Archer spoke about the university's and the school's capital campaigns and his desire to see the school continue to maintain its top level of excellence, which is made possible through the support of alumni.

Stay tuned for more centennial coverage. Future issues of eNews will provide details.


John Nyfeler [B.Arch. '58], Toni Thomasson [B.Arch '74], and Katheryn Lott [B.Arch '74] were among those gathered for a special ceremony to dedicate the Francisco "Paco" Arumi-Noe Memorial Sundial on Saturday afternoon, November 6. Photo by Emily Kinsolving.

Alumni, faculty, and friends — we want to hear from you.

As we continue to trace our past and imagine the trajectory of our future, the School of Architecture welcomes your input.

If you attended the November 5 and 6 activities, please share your centennial experiences. Did you reconnect with a classmate, learn something new, remember a special moment? Let us know.

We encourage everyone to go to our Share Your Stories website. Share your memories, anecdotes, successes, inspirations, and how the school has impacted your life.



The CSD is deeply involved in the $3.7 million Regional Sustainable Communities Planning Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), recently awarded to the Central Texas region. The grant is part of a coordinated effort by HUD, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency to promote sustainable communities. Drs. Liz Mueller, Michael Oden, Bob Paterson, and Ming Zhang, professors in the school's Community and Regional Planning Program, will be contributing to the research effort.

Central Texas was one of 45 regional areas to receive funding through this new initiative intended to build economic competitiveness by connecting housing with good jobs, quality schools, and transportation.

The CSD is a member of the application consortium which includes the Capital Area Council of Governments; Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization; the cities of Austin, Round Rock, and San Marcos; Envision Central Texas; Austin Community College District; Texas State University; and IBM. A number of additional organizations from around the region were involved in the development of the grant and will participate going forward.


"Massing 4 the Masses" exhibition at the Austin Museum of Art, Downtown. Photo by Parker Doelling.

The Austin Museum of Art (AMoA) exhibit, "Massing 4 the Masses" designed by Runa workshop, showcased the Alley Flat Initiative (AFI) and design work of UTSOA students. The exhibit at AMoA's downtown location explored AFI's affordable design strategies and their effect on the community. Visiting Professor Coleman Coker presented the keynote lecture after the opening reception on November 8.

Graduate architecture student Jean Pierre Trou, principal at Runa workshop, organized this exhibit. The exhibit included work by Lauren Braud and Sarah Hafley, Lauren Kolhoff, and Mark Kuykendall.

The event was sponsored by AMoA, AIA Austin, Star Document Services.


CSD Interim Director Barbara Brown Wilson was awarded a 2010 Bank of America Local Hero Award through the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative. The ceremony was held Monday evening, November 8, at the Bob Bullock Museum.

The award is part of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation's ongoing effort to stimulate economic vitality in Austin and in communities across the nation. $450,000 in flexible funding and leadership training will go to local Austin nonprofits through the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative, bringing the bank's total commitment through the program to $2.25 million in Austin since 2006.

The Local Heroes are chosen based on their significant contributions to the health of their neighborhoods through volunteer service and civic engagement. With this recognition, each Hero will direct a $5,000 donation from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to an eligible nonprofit of his or her choice. Dr. Wilson will direct her grant to The Austin Community Design and Development Center.


Charles Edmund "Tiny" Lawrence.

Charles Edmund "Tiny" Lawrence, FAIA [B.Arch. '51], passed away peacefully at his home on November 13, 2010. He was the father of alumnus Mell Lawrence, FAIA [B.Arch. '81], and an emeritus member of the school's advisory council.

Lawrence was born January 24, 1927, in Victoria, Texas. As the youngest in his family, he was nicknamed "Tiny Brother" by his older siblings. The moniker stuck, much to his chagrin, and he was known as "Tiny" all of his life. After graduating from The University of Texas in Austin with a degree in architecture, he became a founding partner in the internationally renowned architectural firm of Caudill, Rowlett and Scott (CRS). While at CRS, he was initially involved in the design of educational facilities, both in the U.S. and in Saudi Arabia, and, later, in the design of performing arts halls. Artfully uniting form and beauty, his works have a characteristic emphasis on light and space "flow." One stunning example of this concept can be seen in his design for Jones Hall in downtown Houston.

Lawrence was made a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects in 1974. He retired from CRS in 1982. He became a founding partner in Canatxx as the lead designer for facilities to accommodate machinery for combined cycle power plants. He produced designs for facilities in the U.S., Canada, and the UK.

Lawrence's appreciation for design and aesthetics reached into all aspects of his life, from his home environment to his sense of style to his passion for automobiles. He was a man of great wit and humor, a lover of jazz, and an avid follower of Houston's varied sports teams. He was a devout member of St. Cecilia's Catholic Church and was devoted to his family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Nancy Mell Lawrence; daughter, Lise Lawrence and son-in-law, Richard Klein; son, Mell Lawrence, and daughter-in-law, Stacey Abel; granddaughters, Emma Lawrence and Maya Lawrence; daughter, Mia Lawrence and son-in-law, Jonathan Pattie; granddaughters, Zoe Pattie and Ava Pattie; and son, Joshua Lawrence.

Albert K.H. Tung.

Albert K.H. Tung [B.Arch. '57] passed away on October 2, 2010, in Perigueux, France. He was born on May 14, 1931, in Shanghai, China, and in 1963 became a founding partner of Wong Tung & Partners in Hong Kong. He moved to Dallas in 1967, where he managed projects worldwide. Medical City in Dallas remained one of his proudest accomplishments. He is survived by his wife, Françoise Bianchi Tung and his four children (with Patricia Tung Gaines, who preceded him in death) Yolanda, Jaynelle, Xina, and Cedric, their spouses, and ten grandchildren. A memorial service was held on October 7, in Perigueux, France.


Detail, "Information Controlled Erosion," an exhibition of research by Danelle Briscoe.

Assistant Professor Danelle Briscoe's exhibition of research, titled "Information Controlled Erosion," is on display in the University Co-op Materials Resource Center, located on the ground floor of the West Mall Building.

Using a variety of performance considerations, material efficiency, and production benefits, Briscoe fabricated limestone panels. The design of the apertures' transitions from closed to open are based on the following thermal and physical parameters: drainage for condensation, solar optimization, and a maximum 45-degree angle-axis of the water technology. Parameters within the information model database facilitate a dimensionally-controlled iterative process.

Professor Larry Speck will be highlighted as the School of Architecture's representative for the Academic Accolades Program through UT Austin's Intercollegiate Athletics at half-time at the men's basketball game on Tuesday, November 23. The school was asked to choose a person who has made it his or her daily mission to educate young people, and who then has moved forward in helping to change the world.

This is the inaugural year for the event. Please consider attending the game to show your support for Professor Speck's accomplishments.

Assistant Professor Ulrich Dangel has been invited to give a lecture at Montana State University on November 19. He will speak about his book, Sustainable Architecture in Vorarlberg - Energy Concepts and Construction Systems, which was published by Birkhaeuser Basel in December 2009.

Assistant Professor Tamie Glass has received several design awards from the ASID Austin Design Community, which presented its 25th Annual Design Excellence Awards at the Austin Country Club on November 5. She received both a first place and a merit award in the Commercial Retail/Hospitality category, as well as a merit award in the Product Design/Special Detail category.


Goldsmith Society Continues to Grow

A big thank you to our members as of November 18:

Lexa M. Acker - Austin
Phillip Arnold, L.M. Scofield Company - Los Angeles
Suzanne Deal Booth and David G. Booth - Austin
Jean and Bill Booziotis - Dallas
Diane and Chuck Cheatham - Dallas
Willard Hanzlik - Austin
Journeyman Construction, Inc. - Austin
Ray Landy - Los Angeles
Lucas/Eilers Design Associates, L.L.P. - Houston
Lucifer Lighting Company - San Antonio
Howard Rachofsky - Dallas
Shannon and Gay Ratliff - Austin
Deedie and Rusty Rose - Dallas
Lloyd Scott - Dallas
Lawrence W. Speck - Austin
Lenore M. Sullivan and Barry W. Henry - Dallas
Helen Thompson and Charles Lohrmann - Austin
Coke Anne and Jarvis Wilcox - New York City

This year, as we celebrate our centennial, Friends of Architecture has launched the Goldsmith Society, a special group of alumni and friends who honor our 100 years by investing in the School of Architecture with a five-year annual commitment of $5,000 per year.

Donors who pledge to join the Goldsmith Society by December 31, 2010, will be recognized as "founding members" on permanent signage in Goldsmith Hall. Gifts to the Goldsmith Society will be used to support faculty, students, and programs across all disciplines within the school. The initial gift for "founding" membership may be made any time through 2011.

To learn about this exciting opportunity, please visit the Goldsmith Society website or contact Assistant Dean Julie Hooper at 512.471.6114 or jhooper@austin.utexas.edu.


Many commentators have suggested that converting a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA before the end of 2010, paired with making charitable gifts from non-IRA assets, may offer significant tax savings and long-term benefits to heirs.

The September 2010 issue of Trusts and Estates magazine contains a thought-provoking article about the outcomes of nine alternative ways to maximize what is left from IRAs for heirs while making charitable gifts: "Are IRAs and Charities the Perfect Match?" (PDF).

More information about this topic and a copy of the article are available on The University of Texas at Austin's gift planning website.


The French and Austin students' models at a review session in Paris.

The November 4 edition of eNews featured an update from Paris by Associate Professor Danilo Udovicki-Selb on the activities of the "Advanced Design - Europe" course, co-taught this fall by Udoviki and Associate Professor Larry Doll.

Following is part 2 of Dr. Udovicki's report from the Paris Program.

"Although the students were mostly dedicated to working on their design projects in collaboration with the French students, one of the highlights of the second half of Studio Paris was a visit to the atelier of Radovan Kraguly in the Pompidou Center neighborhood. The artist's current work borders with architecture, and our students spent two convivial hours discussing his work and their own.

The students also visited the Masséna district in southeast Paris, a formerly industrial area on the Seine designed by Christian de Portzamparc, Bernard Huet, and other top French architects. The most interesting features of this new urban area are the rehabilitated streets and the public garden (a hallmark of traditional Paris). This new university area, set mostly in former factories, and consisting of socially-mixed housing and sustainable landscaping, has recreated some of the human charms of Paris that delighted the students."

"The semester project, which dealt with the spaces under the sections of the Paris Metro running above grade, was presented to the Belleville school (our host school) during an all-day mid-term review session with the participation of Professor David Elalouf (a former student of Lou Kahn), Ariela Katz from Columbia University, and Paris landscape architect Franck Poirier. At the end of the day, the Paris students offered champagne, cheese, and Coca-Cola to the 'Austinites,' after which they went to neighborhood cafes to celebrate Halloween, an Anglo-Saxon tradition that is rapidly taking hold in France, yet another Americanism changing French culture. Both groups of students feel that they have learned a great deal from each other and are grateful for the opportunity to compare differences in teaching architecture."

"The last evening, prior to a three-day trip to La Tourette, the students and UT instructor, French-born Professor Udoviki-Selb, went on a boat tour, sightseeing the illuminated Parisian monuments."


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


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. The final forum on the fall 2010 schedule is:

  • November 19, Larry Doll, "Parametrics and Uncertainty"


November 19
Texas Union, Sinclair Suite (UNB 3.128), noon to 1:30 p.m.

"Activistas Across the Americas "

Women are actively leading the way across borders for human rights, labor rights, and fair trade. Representatives of Jolom Maya'etik (Chiapas, Mexico), the Committee of Border Workers (Coahuila, Mexico), and Austin So Close to the Border (Austin) share their stories, struggles, and strategies for activism across borders.

Jolom Maya'etik is an independent collective of over 300 indigenous women weavers based in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas. Jolom provides indigenous women the opportunity to maintain family ties, preserve strong cultural traditions, own and manage every aspect of their work, and forge an important democratic space for women in the context of a global artisanal market dominated by high-end European designers and within a complex local political world dominated by Zapatista men.

Comite Fronterizo de Obreras (CFO or Committee of Border Workers) is a highly effective, women-led NGO in Coahuila, Chihuahua, and Tamaulipas that has several activist projects, such as establishing and expanding Mexico's first cooperative maquiladora, democratizing the long-oppressive labor union structure, and empowering workers (primarily women) to be educated about their rights under the Mexican labor law.

Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera (ATCF or Austin So Close to the Border) is an Austin-based, non-profit organization that has forged a strong solidarity relationship with the CFO and with other worker cooperatives around the world for over ten years. ATCF provides learning opportunities on this side of the border through quarterly delegations to different border cities, where delegates can meet directly with labor organizers and maquiladora workers and see this important work first-hand.

City Forum is a planning and urban issues speaker series hosted by the Community and Regional Planning Student Organization (CRPSO) and the Community and Regional Planning Program at The University of Texas at Austin. The bi-weekly speakers series is intended to broaden the curriculum in the CRP program by presenting the experiences, perspectives, and insights of scholars, community leaders, practicing planners, and policy makers who engage in timely issues. City Forum is made possible with a grant from the Hogg Endowment for Urban Governance. For questions or comments related to City Forum, contact Aretousa Bloom.


Mehrdad Yazdani's "University of California, San Diego - Price Center East" is included in the "Traces & Trajectories Alumni Exhibition."

November 1–24
Mebane Gallery, Goldsmith Hall
Virtual Alumni Exhibition

"Traces & Trajectories Alumni Exhibition"

Twenty-nine alumni were selected by exhibit curator Stephen Sharpe (Editor, Texas Architect) to display their distinguished work in a special alumni exhibit in the school's Mebane Gallery throughout the month of November.

Rick Archer [B.Arch. '79], "Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center"
Sinclair Black [B.Arch. '62], "Downtown Austin Great Streets Master Plan"
Marla Bommarito-Crouch [B.S.I.D. '76], "Lance Armstrong Foundation"
Hans Butzer [B.Arch. '90], "Oklahoma City Skydance Bridge"
Brian Carlson [B.Arch. '98], "Robbs Run Residence"
Gary Cunningham [B.Arch. '76], "Cistercian Abbey Church"
James Dodson [B.Arch. '95], "Arts Alliance Mobile Performance Venue"
Craig Dykers [B.Arch. '85], "Norwegian National Opera"
John Frane [B.Arch. '93], "Center of Gravity Foundation Hall"
Jorge Gonzalez [B.Arch. '90], "One Arts Plaza"
Karla Greer [B.Arch. '79], "Bartlit Residence"
Hozefa Haidery [M.Arch. '03], "The Bridge Homeless Assistance Center"
Robert Harris [M.Arch. '92], "World Birding Center"
Paul Haydu [M.Arch. '95] and Hulett Jones [B.Arch. '93], "Coffee Bar"
Julie Howard [B.Arch. '91], "Malot-Painleve-La Bruyere School Complex Restructuration"
Brian Korte [M.Arch. '94], "Armstrong Oil and Gas"
David Lake (B.S.A.S. '77], "University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing"
Billy Lawrence [B.Arch. '78], "Humane Society/SPCA of San Antonio & Bexar County"
Greg Papay [M.Arch. '93], "Francis Parker School"
Anand Parthasarathy [M.Arch. '07], "Kanchanam"
Robert Shemwell [M.Arch. '86], "Texas A&M University Bonfire Memorial"
Gary Skotnicki [B.Arch. '74], "Hill County Courthouse Restoration"
Tracy Stone [M.Arch. '85], "Los Angeles North Central Animal Services Center"
Tom Tornbjerg [M.Arch. '05], "The Peninsula House"
James Vira [B.Arch. '95], "Rapidly Deployable Inflatable Containers – Post Disaster Provisional Housing"
Cynthia Walston [B.Arch. '82], "Texas Children's Hospital Feigin Center"
Amir Yazdan [B.Arch. '80], "Shahrzad Commercial & Office Building Complex"
Mehrdad Yazdani [B.Arch. '84], "University of California, San Diego - Price Center East"


Myyrmaki Church, Vantaa, Finland, designed by Juha Leiviskä, 1984. Photo by Michael Lama.

September 13, 2010 - January 14, 2011
Visual Resources Collection
Sutton Hall 3.128 (Monday-Friday, 8:00-5:00)
and Battle Hall, ground floor hallway

"Reflecting the Collective Gaze: Images from the Visual Resources Collection"

Established in the mid-1960s, the School of Architecture's Visual Resources Collection (VRC) serves as a repository for images that reflect the collective gaze of generations of faculty members and students. This visual record is a resource for professors and students, influencing future architects, planners, preservationists, critics, interior designers, landscape architects, and historians.

In celebration of the School of Architecture's centennial, this exhibit highlights a selection of images donated by faculty, students, and alumni. The VRC's growing collection numbers over 100,000 digital images and 250,000 35mm slides. The university community can access the image collection online.


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