UTSOAThe University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture


Above: Public insfrastructure at Favela da Serra, Brazil. View story in SOA Snaps.

The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture invites you to explore SOA Snaps, our new monthly web feature.

Join us each month for a glimpse into the people, projects, and activities that make up the School of Architecture. We hope you enjoy the stories.

In the first SOA Snaps of the 2011-2012 school year, we are pleased to spotlight Assistant Professor Fernando Lara. An architect, educator, and native Brazilian, Lara reflects on his experiences in Latin America and how they influence his teaching here.

View Professor Lara's story, "'Algo Pasa en Latinoamérica..." —Something Is Happening in Latin America," on SOA Snaps.

Previous SOA Snaps stories include:

  • August 2011, Public Interest Design Studio — a showcase of community engagement projects in East Austin

  • July 2011, Profile of interior design alums Marla Bommarito-Crouch [B.S.H.E. '76] and Tracey Overbeck Stead [B.S.I.D. '97]

  • June 2011, Profile of new graduate Manmeet "Saheb" Sabharwal [B.Arch. '11]

We welcome suggestions for stories. If you have an idea to share, please email SOA Snaps editors Amy Maverick Crossette at amyc@mail.utexas.edu or Pamela Peters at p.peters@mail.utexas.edu.


Established in 2010, the Goldsmith Society is a special group of major donors who provide flexible, annual funding for student and faculty excellence. Members of the program make a multi-year pledge of support that allows Dean Fritz Steiner to forecast unrestricted funds and confidently invest in important initiatives that enhance the quality of the school.

Goldsmith Society members are individuals, corporations, and foundations committed to the idea that an investment in the School of Architecture is an investment in our shared future. Members come from a wide range of backgrounds—some are alumni of the school or UT, others are non-alumni friends and supporters; however, they all share the belief that design changes the world.

Gifts from Goldsmith Society donors have an immediate and direct impact on the School of Architecture. Unrestricted donations are vital resources that allow the dean to respond to seize opportunities and react swiftly to emergencies. More importantly, they are also a long-term investment in the program that enable efforts to reshape the school's evolving teaching and research agenda.

For example, this summer, Goldsmith Society funds were used to bring in a nationally recognized expert, Dr. Daniel Iacofano of MIG in Berkeley, California, to assist in identifying emerging research themes. This process will have positive and far-reaching implications for the strategic direction of the School of Architecture.

In December, Dean Steiner will use Goldsmith Society funding for a comprehensive end-of-semester studio review to be conducted by a panel of leading scholars and practitioners. The outcome of this process will inform the way our faculty teach design and planning in a changing world. As such, the Goldsmith Society and its members play a vital part of the transformation of the School of Architecture.

To join this special community of visionary supporters, a pledge of $25,000 over 5 years ($5,000/year) is requested. Pledge payments may begin anytime during the academic year (September 1 – August 31). As an important part of the School of Architecture's capital campaign, our goal is to have 100 members of this important society.

Goldsmith Society members receive all Friends of Architecture (FOA) Dean's Circle benefits, plus:

  • Invitations to special events with the School of Architecture dean (to be held in member communities)
  • Names listed on all FOA tour invitations, promotions, and materials
  • Recognition and listing in school publications (eNews, Platform)
  • Membership in the Littlefield Society, the premier campus-wide donor recognition society at The University of Texas at Austin

For more information on the Goldsmith Society, please contact Luke Dunlap, director of development and external relations, at 512.471.6114 or luked@austin.utexas.edu.


Students and faculty socialized at the 2011 back-to-school pizza party in the Eden & Hal Box Courtyard at Goldsmith Hall on August 23.

On Tuesday, August 23, prior to the university's evening "Gone to Texas" celebrations, the School of Architecture held its annual all-school assembly, followed by a pizza party in the Eden & Hal Box Courtyard at Goldsmith Hall.

At the assembly, Dean Fritz Steiner welcomed new and returning students, faculty, and staff to the new academic year by sharing his thoughts on current challenges in planning and designing, the role of the built environment, and the roles of research and other scholarly opportunities in the school.

Dean Steiner said, "The world needs the talents of our students. We on the faculty need to continue to pioneer research frontiers in order to lead our professions to greater relevance. We hold the keys to open the doors to creating a better world for those who will inherit the planet."

View Dean Steiner's presentation here [pdf; 17.9mb].

The day before, the School of Architecture held its annual faculty retreat in the Legend's Room, part of a new addition to the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center designed by Miró Rivera Architects.

Participants were welcomed by the new executive director and CEO of Texas Exes, Leslie Cedar [B.S.A.S. '89], an alumna of the school. The faculty focused on the school's research directions. The retreat was facilitated by Dr. Daniel Iacofano of MIG, Berkeley, California.


Richard Cleary.

Professor Richard Cleary, Page Southerland Page Fellow in Architecture, has been honored with a 2011 University of Texas System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award.

Seventy-two faculty members from nine academic institutions within The University of Texas System received awards this year. Award nominees must demonstrate a clear commitment to teaching and a sustained ability to deliver excellence to the undergraduate learning experience. Candidates' teaching performance over three years was rigorously examined by campus and external judges.

Established by the UT System Board of Regents in 2008, the awards reward outstanding classroom performance by contingent, tenure track, and tenured faculty members. The awards, which range from $15,000 to $30,000, are considered to be among the highest cash prizes offered in higher education in the country.

The awards complement a wide range of efforts by the board that underscore its commitment to ensuring that UT System institutions maintain intellectual exploration and discovery, educational excellence, and unparalleled opportunity.

"Exceptional university teaching has been at the core of the services our universities provide to students since our inception in 1883," said Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell. "It is a true honor and privilege to recognize another class of great educators from across the UT System."

Besides the cash awards, winners also received a bronze medallion and a certificate commemorating the achievement. A full list of honorees is available online.

Two UTSOA faculty members received the award in 2010 — Professor Christopher Long and Associate Professor Elizabeth Danze. Five faculty members received the award in 2009 — Professors David Heymann and Larry Speck, Associate Professor Smilja Milovanovic-Bertram, Assistant Professor Ulrich Dangel, and Senior Lecturer Joyce Rosner.



Detail, "Material Evidence" article, Landscape Architecture Magazine, August 2011, featuring the University Co-op Materials Resource Center at the UT Austin School of Architecture.

The August 2011 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine highlights the University Co-op Materials Resource Center in the School of Architecture in Dan Jost's article, "Material Evidence." Jost writes about the growing trend to maintain materials collections within various universities' schools of architecture to promote "hands-on learning."

Established in the fall of 2001, the University Co-op Materials Resource Center (often shortened to Materials Lab) encompasses the materials collection, gallery/exhibition space, classrooms, and the Architectural Conservation Lab.

The article features interviews with UTSOA landscape architecture students, assistant professor in landscape architecture Jason Sowell, and curator of the material collection Sydney Mainster, as well as with faculty from Ball State University, Penn State, and Harvard University. They elaborated on the ways in which both students and professors are utilizing the materials collections in design education.

The article features a 4-page spread of selected materials from the collection. These materials, geared towards landscape architecture students, are high-demand, innovative, or simply unique samples from the over 27,000 pieces that make up the collection.

View the entire article here [pdf; 2.9 mb].


Detail view of "Untitled (Drip Wax Fixture)" by Taylor McNally-Anderson, Tyler Noblin, and Stephanie Sodeke; wax, resin, acrylic, paint; dimensions variable. "Prototype" exhibit at the University Co-op Materials Resource Center, UT Austin School of Architecture.

The University Co-op Materials Resource Center is hosting a new exhibit, titled "Prototype," featuring work produced by students in Assistant Professor Igor Siddiqui's spring 2011 seminar. The course is a part of the emerging technologies curriculum in the Master of Interior Design Program, as well as one of several advanced visual communications seminars in architecture.This seminar examined the role of prototyping as a link between studio-based design practice and industrial manufacturing. Although informed by the conventions of industrial design, the course nonetheless seeks to primarily address the process of prototyping within the context of contemporary architectural and interior practice. The research agenda of the course is framed by several interrelated questions, among them:

  • How do spatial designers—architectural, interior, and landscape designers among them—design for factory production rather than site construction?
  • What are the consequences of full-scale making as an integral part of one's design process?
  • How are manufactured products designed not as singular objects, but rather as systems that can aggregate in order to meet spatial conditions at larger scales?
  • How do material and digital processes shape notions of repetition and variation, and by extension negotiate the competing demands for standardization and customization, in product design?

The weekly seminar sessions alternated between theoretical discussions and hands-on fabrication. Highly experimental in nature, the student projects started with material and technique-based investigations that were then developed in relation to potential spatial applications.

Participating students: Brian Anderson, Christopher Bennet, Sergio Botero, Seth Brunner, Travis Cook, Jin Eum, Jacob George, Jason Hinson, Erika Huddleston, Jesse Mainwaring, Noah Marciniak, Taylor McNally-Anderson, Daniel Morrison, Tyler Noblin, Alex Odom, Blake Smith, Stephanie Sodeke, Michael Wiegmann, and James Yan.

The University Co-op Materials Resource Center is located on the ground floor of the West Mall Office Building on the UT Austin campus. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. View the exhibit on the Materials Resource Center Facebook page.


Cover, The University of Texas at Austin: The Campus Guide, by Larry Speck and Richard Cleary.

Professor Larry Speck's and Professor Richard Cleary's new book, The University of Texas at Austin: The Campus Guide, has just been published by Princeton Architectural Press as part of their campus guide series.

The book takes readers on an architectural tour of The University of Texas at Austin's history, from its foundation in 1883 to present-day. Beautifully photographed in full color, along with a selection of rarely seen archival imagery, the guide presents the history of UT Austin through six architectural walks, revealing the stories behind both the historic and contemporary buildings.

The book includes information on buildings designed by prominent Texas architects like Herbert M. Greene of Greene, La Roche and Dahl; the campus' master plan by Cesar Pelli; the Main Building, whose prominent tower, designed by Paul Cret, is one of Austin's tallest and most recognizable buildings; and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, designed by Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Ownings & Merrill.

The University of Texas at Austin is the definitive history of UT's architectural growth and maturity, mirroring its ascent as one of America's premiere centers of higher learning.

Dean Fritz Steiner's and Lecture Mark Simmons's expertise on SITES™ (the Sustainable Sites Initiative™) was a value resource in the July 2011 edition of Architect magazine, in the article "Designing the Building – Landscape Interface."

Steiner is on SITES' Coordinating Committee. Simmons is director of the Ecosystem Design Group at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and on SITES' Technical Core Committee.

View the article in the Architect web book.

The Phillips Residence, Austin, Texas, designed by Professor Michael Garrison.

The Phillips Residence, designed by Professor Michael Garrison, Cass Gilbert Centennial Teaching Fellow in Architecture, has been awarded a LEED Platinum rating by the U.S. Green Building Council. The residence is one of the first houses in Austin to receive this rating.

Dean Fritz Steiner's book, Design for a Vulnerable Planet, was reviewed in the August/September 2011 edition of Planning magazine.

The Fondation Le Corbusier in Paris has invited Associate Professor Danilo Udovicki-Selb to take part in one of three conferences in October (Istanbul, Athens, and Naples), to be held on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of Le Corbusier's "journey to the east." Dr. Udovicki's research in the untapped corners of Le Corbusier's 1911 journey revealed that much of his architectural innovations in the 1920s and 1930s (including the "five points of architecture") can be traced back to sketches, notes, and photographs of vernacular architecture that he collected during his journey through the Northern Balkans and Istanbul.

Bouldin Residence, Austin, Texas, designed by Alterstudio. Photo by Paul Bardagjy Photography.

Alterstudio recently received five 2011 Dream Home Silver Design Awards — a Gold Award for Best Custom Home Under 3,500 Sq. Ft. for the Bouldin Residence; and Silver Awards for the East Windsor Residence, Cascadera Residence, Scout Island Residence, with the East Windsor Residence winning Best Contemporary Home of the Year.

Alterstudio includes Associate Dean Kevin Alter, Lecturer Ernesto Cragnolino [B.Arch. & B.Arch.Eng. '97], Tim Whitehill [B.Arch. '02], and Matt Slusarek [M.Arch. '05]. Russell Krepart [M.Arch. '02] worked with Alterstudio on the Scout Island Residence. UTSOA alum Tracey Overbeck Stead [B.S.I.D. '97] was the interior designer on the Cascadera Residence.

In addition to the above Dream Home Awards, the Scout Island Residence won an AIA Honor Award this year and will be on the AIA Austin Homes Tour on October 1 and 2; the East Windsor Residence won several awards, including an AIA Austin Design Award, TSA Design Award, Residential Architect national award, AIA Austin Homes Tour 2009, and Architectural Record House of the Month; and the Bouldin Residence won an AIA Design Award and was on the AIA Austin Homes Tour in 2010.

Alterstudio has also received two 2011 American Society of Interior Designers [ASID] Texas Chapter Legacy of Design Awards: 1st place in the Contemporary Residence–Small and Shining Star Contemporary–Small categories. The Legacy of Design Awards is an annual competition recognizing the finest interior design achievements within the ASID Texas Chapter.

The German magazine, Haeuser, featured Alterstudio's East Windsor Residence in the August/September, 2011, edition. The magazine states, "The architects subscribe to a warm modernism, and although the shape is dynamic, the sensibility is Japanese." Alter explains, "I tend to be more interested in serendipities than in the composed object, in things that change unpredictably. My interest is in the experience that a room delivers rather than in formal composition." View the entire article here [pdf; 456 kb].

Mountain Villa Residence, Austin, Texas, remodel by Tamie Glass and Ulrich Dangel.

Assistant Professors Tamie Glass and Ulrich Dangel have received a 2011 Dream Home Silver Design Award for the remodel of a 1980s residence originally designed by former School of Architecture dean Alan Taniguchi. The extensive interior and exterior renovation sought to enhance the existing structure's strong formal language while renewing the spirit of the house for a more contemporary lifestyle that reflects today's values.

Glass and Dangel have also received six 2011 American Society of Interior Designers [ASID] Texas Chapter Legacy of Design Awards: 1st place in the Contemporary Residential Kitchen, Contemporary Residence–Large, Contemporary Residential Bathroom, and Product Design categories; and 2nd place in the Contemporary Residential Bathroom and Product Design categories.

Effective September 1, 2011, Dangel will be promoted to associate professor.

Urban Reserve 22 Residence, Dallas, Texas, designed by Vincent Snyder. Photo by Chuck Smith Photography.

Associate Professor Vincent Snyder's Urban Reserve 22 Residence was recently profiled in ArchDaily.com. The project is a 4,000-square-foot single family residence within the Urban Reserve master planned sustainable development in Dallas, Texas. With a Gold Leed certification and a home energy rating of 50, the house uses approximately 1/2 the energy per square foot of a typical home.

Assistant Professor Elizabeth Mueller's article, "Looking for Home after Katrina: Postdisaster Housing Policy and Low-Income Survivors," co-authored with Holly Bell, Beth Brunsma Chang, and John Henneberger, was recently published in the Journal of Planning Education and Research (JPE).

Abstract: In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, more than a million Gulf Coast residents were forced to flee, nearly 250,000 to Texas. New Orleans lost more than half its population. Four years later, many low-income residents had yet to return. Through qualitative research with low-income survivors relocated to Austin, Texas, and the caseworkers and service providers who worked with them, this article describes the experiences of low-income households. Disaster housing policies were a particularly poor fit for the needs of low-income survivors and, combined with a preexisting shortage of affordable housing in Austin, impeded their recovery. View the article at JPE online.

Effective September 1, 2011, Mueller will be promoted to associate professor.

Senior Lecturer Steve Ross [M.S.A.S. '90] was profiled by Alcalde magazine in an article by Mike Agresta titled "Building a Better Framework."

Ross' motivating philosophy is paraphrased in the article: "[...] recognize the social, economic, and cultural framework in which you operate, and try to elevate it to the level of your best ideas and aspirations." He further states, "I guess, without realizing it, I was believing in what later became UT's motto: 'What starts here changes the world.'"

You can view the article on the Alcalde web site if you are a member of Texas Exes, or click here for the pdf.

Assistant Professor Fernando Lara was in Brazil for most of the summer doing research on informal communities, recent upgrades, and environmental challenges. While there, he was invited to lecture at several universities—Federal University of Paraiba on June 27, Federal University of Bahia on June 28, and Federal University of São João del Rey on August 8. Most significantly, he presented a lecture on August 3 at the Museu da Casa Brasileira in São Paulo. The Museu da Casa Brasileira is the leading Brazilian institution on the history of design in the country.

In East Austin, Lars and Lauren Woodward Stanley's studio roof is planted with native grasses. "It reduces our cooling level immensely," he says. Photo by Stacy Sodolak for The New York Times.

Lecturer Mark Simmons, alumni Lars Stanley [M.Arch. '03] and Lauren Woodward Stanley [M.Arch. '94], and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center were featured in a story titled "Making Every Raindrop Count," in the August 25, 2011, edition of The New York Times.

Simmons is the director of the Ecosystem Design Group at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Lars Stanley and Lauren Woodward Stanley practice architecture at Stanley Studio in Austin, Texas. The article by landscape and garden writer Anne Raver discusses conserving water and living and working under drought conditions in Central Texas.


View of the "Family Lab" portion of the Austin Museum of Art exhibit, "Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller," photo by Jimmy Jalapeeno.

Senior Lecturer Steve Ross' "Alternative Real Estate Action: Experiential Research" class teamed up with architect Nicole Blair, Studio 512, this past spring to design and build (including a lot of sewing!) the Family Lab portion of the current Austin Museum of Art exhibit, "Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller," June 4 to September 11, 2011. The Family Lab is a hands on/interactive exhibit for children, based on the main exhibit.

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin's article in the July 14, 2011, edition of the Austin American-Statesman describes the exhibit.

Class members participating in the Family Lab project included: Marcela Aguirre, Alice Armstrong, Heath Breinholt, Kimson Doan, Miles Foster-Greenwood, Elizabeth Matos, Kristen Stanley Newton, Erika Rich, Jessica Ugarte, Meredith Watson, and Zachary Wright.


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


August 31

Thomas Christofferson
Architect and Partner
BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
New York, New York


August 31 – September 21
Mebane Gallery, Goldsmith Hall

Graphic design by Dhruv Singh.


Featuring work from the School of Architecture's Professional Residency Program.

The Professional Residency Program provides upper-level architecture students with a unique opportunity to expand their education through work experience in the architectural profession. The program has placed honors students in architectural firms since 1974, and over the past twenty years our students have been linked with 260 firms in 29 countries.

By placing students in the work environment of professional practice, the Professional Residency Program is able to provide them the opportunity to further develop their professional skills, to enrich and expand their advanced design vocabulary through practical applications, and to explore the many aspects of the practice of architecture that are not typically available to students. The residency experience provides the circumstances by which students may expand their knowledge of architectural practice in areas such as design, project management, construction observation, landscape and urban design, energy modeling, and many others, and serves to strengthen their professional profiles upon graduation.

The exhibit, "AT WORK," illustrates the far-reaching nature of the Professional Residency Program. Students from the School of Architecture work in leading design firms across the globe and are integrated into the culture of the office and city where they reside. Some of our partnering firms give us a glimpse of their work and office, linking the constructed project to its origination in the place where our students are actively at work.


Wednesday, September 7
Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Room 3.120
5:00 p.m.

David Bucek + Wiliam Stern
Stern and Bucek Architects
Houston, Texas

Stern and Bucek Architects was founded in 1999 and is the successor firm to William F. Stern & Associates Architects, which was founded in 1979. The two principals, William Stern and David Bucek, have 45 years of combined experience as registered architects in the state of Texas and are LEED accredited professionals.

The firm has distinguished itself as a leader in the profession, having won over 25 design awards from professional associates, such as the Houston Chapter of the American Insitute of Architects (AIA) and the Texas Society of Architects, including 2009 AIA Houston Firm of the Year. The projects of Stern and Bucek Architects have been consistently published in books and in such prominent journals as The New York Times, The Architectural Review, Metropolis, Texas Architect, Elle Decor, and Metropolitan Home. The work of Stern and Bucek Architects is known for the clarity of its planning and exacting attention to detail. Views, orientation, light, quality of space, and the relationship of indoor to outdoor spaces are considered from design inception to completion. Projects are designed to interface with their energy consumption and material resources. In fulfilling this mission, the firm has developed an approach that is equally applicable to its projects for new construction and renovations.


Wednesday, September 7
Paramount Theatre
713 Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

"The Greenest Building"

"The Greenest Building" explores the myth that a "green building" is a new building and demonstrates how renovation and adaptive reuse of existing structures fully achieves the sustainability movement's "triple bottom line" — economic, social, and ecological balance. This will be the only planned screening in Texas.

Following the 1-hour film, engage with a panel of local experts to discuss how historic preservation and sustainability can be applied to Austin's future development plans.

Panel participants include the film's producer Jane Turville; Bill Ball, partner at Kemp Properties and developer of the Starr Building and the Brown Building; Jessica Galloway, Senior Green Building Sustainability Consultant, Austin Energy Green Building; Bess Althaus Graham, AIA, LEED AP, architect with the Texas Historical Commission; Todd Hemingson, Vice President of Strategic Planning and Development, Capital Metro; and Barbara Brown Wilson [M.A. Arch. Hist. '05, Ph.D. CRP '10], Director of the University of Texas Center for Sustainable Development.

For details, visit the Heritage Society of Austin web site or the "The Greenest Building" Facebook page.

Event partners include: AIA Austin, Austin Energy Green Building, Paramount Theatre, Preservation Texas, The University of Texas School of Architecture, Texas Historic Commission, and Leadership Austin.


This fall, starting on Thursday, September 8, the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) will continue to host its popular film series.

CSD staff are working to finalize the details. The schedule will be posted soon on the Sustainable Development Film Series web page.

Films to look forward to include: "The End of Suburbia," "Baraka," "The Real Dirt on Farmer John," "Flow: For Love of Water," "Logan's Run," "Student-Produced Films," and "Powaqqatsi."


Friday, September 16
Time and location TBA

On September 16, the Sustainable Cities Doctoral Initiative will host a series of brief, Pecha Kucha-style presentations on faculty and doctoral student research projects supported by grants from The University of Texas System.

This funded research is focused on the integration of cutting-edge research and practice in the fields of urban planning, architecture, environmental and architectural engineering, landscape architecture, urban design, community engagement, and public policy. Time and place to be announced on the Center for Sustainable Development web site and in upcoming editions of eNews.

The Sustainable Cities Doctoral Research Initiative is sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Development, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and the School of Architecture, in partnership with faculty in the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Cockrell School of Engineering.


Monday, September 19
Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Room 3.120
5:00 p.m.

Stanley Saitowitz
Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects Inc.
Design Principal and Partner San Francisco, California

Stanley Saitowitz was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and received his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Witwatersrand in 1974 and his Master of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1977. He is a professor of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught at numerous schools, including Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the University of Oklahoma, UCLA, Rice, SCIARC, Cornell, Syracuse, and The University of Texas at Austin. He has given more than 200 public lectures in the United States and abroad. His first house was built in 1975 and, together with Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects Inc., has completed numerous buildings and projects. These have been residential, commercial and institutional. He has designed houses, housing, master plans, offices, museums, libraries, wineries, synagogues, churches, commercial and residential interiors, memorials, urban landscapes, and promenades. These projects have received national and international recognition.

Amongst many awards, the Transvaal House was declared a National Monument by the Monuments Council in South Africa in 1997, the New England Holocaust Memorial received the Henry Bacon Medal in 1998, and in 2006, he was a finalist for the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Award given by Laura Bush at the White House. Three books have been published on the work, and articles have appeared in many magazines and newspapers. His paintings, drawings, and models have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums.


Friday, September 23
Legislative Assembly Room, Student Activity Center
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) is a proud co-sponsor of the 2011 UT Campus Sustainability Symposium, led by the President's Sustainability Steering Committee (PSSC) and the UT Office of Sustainability.This annual symposium will showcase many of the most promising sustainability-related research projects and operations initiatives at UT Austin and create a forum for the exchange of ideas and possibilities among a diverse range of campus stakeholders. This year, UT Austin President William Powers will again open the event and the PSSC committee co-chairs will present the PSSC Annual Report to the campus community.

Over 20 short presentations (each less than seven minutes long) will follow from students, faculty, and staff on a wide variety of sustainability-related initiatives at UT Austin. Presentations will be made available on the CSD and PSSC web sites after the event. Please join us for what promises to be a dynamic, engaging event. To learn more about the 2011 and 2010 campus-wide Sustainability Symposia, please visit the CSD web site or the PSSC web site.


September 26 – October October 14
Mebane Gallery, Goldsmith Hall

"KieranTimberlake: Inquiry"

Established in Philadelphia in 1984, KieranTimberlake is an internationally recognized architecture firm, the recipient of numerous honors including the 2008 AIA Architecture Firm Award and 2010 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award.

By undertaking a path of research into new materials and potential technologies that alter fabrication and delivery methods and influence the way we live in our environments, KieranTimberlake reshapes our expectations of architecture.

This exhibition coincides with the launch of the firm's fifth book, KieranTimberlake: Inquiry, a reflection on the last decade of inquisitive approaches to their clients' needs, as well as the needs of the environment, and how that has broadened their vision of the relationship between process, craft, and form.


Saturday, October 1
Jessen Auditorium
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Kent Butler.

The School of Architecture will honor the life and work of Associate Dean Kent Butler at a memorial symposium on October 1. Dr. Butler, a long-time faculty member, died in a hiking accident on May 13, 2011.

The Kent S. Butler Memorial Symposium will celebrate Dr. Butler's important achievements as an environmental planning educator, practitioner, and scholar. The symposium's proceedings will include panel sessions on water resources planning, ecological planning, smart growth, and international planning.

Invited speakers will include alumni, faculty, and planners in civic practice. Details will be announced in upcoming editions of eNews and on the school's web site.

View Kent's memorial page on the UTSOA web site.


Monday, October 3
Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Room 3.120
5:00 p.m.

Thomas J. Campanella
Associate Professor, Department of City & Regional Planning
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chinese Architecture Lecture Series

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Thomas J. Campanella is an urbanist and historian whose work focuses on the physical planning and design of cities and the historical development of the American landscape. He has also studied and written about the convulsive transformation of Chinese cities in the post-Mao era.

Campanella was awarded a Rome Prize for 2010-2011 and was a Guggenheim Fellow and visiting scholar at Columbia University. He was a visiting professor at Harvard University in 2008, and the inaugural Amacon-Beasley Scholar-in-Residence at the University of British Columbia. Campanella was a Fulbright fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1999-2000 and is a frequent visitor to the School of Architecture at Nanjing University. He was a lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT before joining the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty in 2002.

Campanella's most recent book is The Concrete Dragon: China's Urban Revolution and What It Means for the World (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008), a primer on contemporary Chinese urbanism which, writes Jonathan D. Spence, "sets the scene for any further discussion of China's explosive urban growth across the last twenty years." Campanella is also the author of Republic of Shade: New England and the American Elm (Yale University Press, 2003), the first study of the origins and meaning of "Elm Street" in America. The book received the Spiro Kostof Award from the Society of Architectural Historians and was reviewed in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Boston Globe, which named Republic of Shade one of the "ten best non-fiction books of 2003."


Friday, October 7
Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Room 3.120
5:00 p.m.

Pei Zhu
Studio Pei-Zhu
Beijing, China

Chinese Architecture Lecture Series

Design Philosophy: "Studio Pei Zhu is a young practice of under 20 employees based in Beijing. For us, the challenge of design is to provide practical solutions while reflecting a strong and innovative conceptual thinking and a critical outlook."

"Our projects, therefore, are an exploration of methods to connect process to product."

"The framework for this investigation and the experimental nature of our work is formed by the context in which it takes place—Urban China. The recent, rapid development of the country has created new urban environments that can certainly be described as modern, but lack the vitality and soul of older districts. One of our main concerns in design is to reconnect modern urban China to its roots, reinterpreting the vernacular in a contemporary context to create architectural devices capable of energizing urban activities. In this way, we hope to contribute to a regional variance of contemporary architecture appropriate to its local context."


Monday, October 10 (NEW DATE)
Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Room 3.120
5:00 p.m.
Followed by gallery talk and reception

Billie Faircloth
Research Director
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Billie Faircloth is the research director at KieranTimberlake, an internationally recognized architecture firm noted for its commitment to research, innovation, and invention. She leads a trans-disciplinary research team which conspires to advance building design practices through material, system, process, and environment driven questions. She fosters collaboration between disciplines, trades and industries and their disparate bodies of knowledge.

In her professional and academic research Faircloth pursues an answer to the question: "Why do we build the way that we do?" Prior to joining KieranTimberlake, she was an assistant professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, where she instructed design research studios at the graduate and undergraduate level exploring applications for conventional and emerging material technologies and conducted seminars on emerging construction and fabrication technologies. Faircloth received a bachelor of architecture degree from North Carolina State University and a master of architecture degree with distinction from Harvard University.

View Faircloth's lecture, "The Beauty & Mystery of the 2x4," on TEDxPhilly.


Friday, October 14
Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Room 3.120
5:00 p.m.

Wang Shu
Amateur Architecture Studio
Hangzhou, China

Chinese Architecture Lecture Series

New Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China, designed by Wang Shu, Amateur Architecture Studio. Photo by Iwan Baan.

Design philosophy: "I design a house instead of a building. The house is the amateur architecture approach to the infinitely spontaneous order."

"Built spontaneously, illegally, and temporarily, amateur architecture is equal to professional architecture. But amateur architecture is just not significant."

One problem of professional architecture is, that it thinks too much of a building. A house, which is close to our simple and trivial life, is more fundamental than architecture. Before becoming an architect, I was only a literati. Architecture is part-time work to me. For one thing, humanity is more important than architecture, while simple handicraft is more important than technology."

"For me, any building activity without comprehensive thoughtfulness will be insignificant.


Monday, October 17
Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Room 3.120
5:00 p.m.

John Stuart
John Stuart Architecture
Miami, Florida

John Stuart is an award-winning designer, author, video artist, and a professor in the Department of Architecture within the College of Architecture + The Arts at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami. In addition to teaching, he is on a two-year assignment as the Faculty Fellow in the Office of the Provost at FIU, where he serves as a liaison between faculty and the university administration.

John Stuart Architecture is an experimental research environment for the exploration of architecture through design, writing, fabrication, teaching, exhibition, drawing, and video production. The design of infrastructure (relating to the environment, transportation, institutions, communication, etc.) is a special focus of research and community involvement.


October 19–22
The University of Texas at Austin campus
Performance times vary
Various locations—for which performances and installations were specifically designed—see symposium website

The Center for American Architecture and Design (CAAD), in conjunction with the School of Architecture, the College of Fine Arts, and the Butler School of Music, presents "Music in Architecture – Architecture in Music." This cross-disciplinary symposium will bring musicians, composers, architects, and scholars from around the world to explore the deep connections between the two arts through performances, installations, and academic research.

The program includes papers, round tables, and collaborative performances by musician/composers and architects, who are all finalists of an international design and composition competition, and who have created site-specific original music and architectural installations. In addition, there will be two performances commissioned specifically for the symposium.


Wednesday, October 19

"Music in Architecture" competition finalist performances will be staged across campus in six locations including the LBJ Library Grand Hall, the Perry Castaneda Library Loading Dock, and the Waller Creek Bridge. The event will progress from one performance space to another throughout the day, and attendees will move to each location, listening to performances of original compositions integrated with architectural installations, each created specifically for that space (3:00 – 8:00 p.m.).

The series of events concludes at 8:00 p.m. with the renowned Line Upon Line percussion ensemble performing Iannis Xenakis's historical, thunderous, theatrical, and spatial piece "Persephassa," in the Goldsmith Hall Courtyard.

Thursday, October 20

Frank Clark, of the Georgia Institute of Technology, brings a full chorus of 30 to perform "Theater of the Imagination," an original work inspired by the theoretical writings of renowned engineer and architect Cecil Balmond (6:00 p.m., Jessen Auditorium).

Composer/performer Ellen Fullman, from Berkeley, California, performs her newest musical work on the 100+ foot long string instrument in the historic 1911 Battle Hall library, which also celebrates its centennial anniversary this fall (8:30 p.m., Architecture and Planning Library).

Friday, October 21

Sheryl Jordan [M.Arch. '06] and Liam Singer, from Brooklyn, New York, will perform "Bridge Harp: Mirror City," an original composition for the Brooklyn Bridge Harp (4:00 p.m., Goldsmith Hall Mebane Gallery).

The symposium events will culminate in the world premiere of an installation/performance in three movements composed by Paul Dresher and designed by architects Michael Rotondi and Michael Benedikt at the Bass Concert Hall (performances at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.—limited tickets available). The composition was made possible by a commission from the Butler School of Music.

Events are free and open to the public, except for the Friday, October 21, Rotondi/Dresher performance at Bass Concert Hall. For information on Bass ticket sales, please visit: texasperformingarts.org/events.

For more information on the "Music in Architecture – Architecture in Music" symposium, please visit the CAAD web site or contact the center at caad@austin.utexas.edu or 512.471.9890.


Monday, October 24
Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Room 3.120
5:00 p.m.

Qingyun Ma.

Qingyun Ma
Dean, University of Southern California School of Architecture
Founding Partner, MADA s.p.a.m.

Chinese Architecture Lecture Series

Qingyun Ma is a designer and educator. Dean of the University of Southern California School of Architecture (USC), Ma was named one of "the world's most influential designers" by BusinessWeek. His experience and involvement on an international level make him a leader in the design community with a great understanding of the contemporary issues in global urbanization.

Ma earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in architecture from Tsinghua University in Beijing in 1988, and a master's degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. In 1996, he established MADA s.p.a.m., based in Shanghai, China. The firm has garnered worldwide recognition for their modern building designs and urban communities. Ma was the chief curator of the 2007 Shenzhen Hong Kong Biennale and acted as planning expert for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He is frequently invited as a speaker and juror, including for the prestigious Rome Prize and the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

During his tenure as USC dean, he has enhanced the program by developing the school's ties with China and launching a number of global initiatives, particularly the USC American Academy in China, a base for visiting scholars to facilitate their research and foster academic exchange.

His work has been exhibited around the world, earning him honors including a Design Vanguard award from Architectural Record, Phaidon's Emerging Design Talents designation and a New Trends of Architecture designation by the Euro-Asia Foundation.


Wednesday, October 26
Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Room 3.120
5:00 p.m.

Byron Kuth + Elizabeth Ranieri
Founding Principals
Kuth/Ranieri Architects
San Francisco, California


October 26 – November 23
Mebane Gallery, Goldsmith Hall



Wednesday, November 2
Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Room 3.120
5:00 p.m.

Larry Sass
Associate Professor, M.I.T Department of Architecture
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Dr. Larry Sass conducts research in the area of rapid prototyping and its relationship to building construction. His current research projects focus on design fabrication using computer modeling and prototyping to be used as representational tools in the design process vs. paper drawings.

View an article on his work at the Museum of Modern Art.


Monday, November 7
Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Room 3.120
5:00 p.m.

Susanne Gampfer
Lecturer, Munich Technical University
Munich, Germany


Wednesday, November 9
Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Room 3.120
5:00 p.m.

Anooradha Siddiqi


Friday, November 11
Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Room 3.120
5:00 p.m.

Larry Speck


Friday, November 11

Details are forthcoming.


Wednesday, November 16
Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Room 3.120
5:00 p.m.

Laura Briggs + Jonathan Knowles
BriggsKnowles Architecture + Design
New York, New York

BriggsKnowles Architecture + Design is a New York based practice recognized for its use of light, color, and ecological strategies. The firm works to create projects that are responsive to their location, the desires of the client, and budgetary constraints. Their design process is unique for every project stemming from the possibilities provoked by particulars of each situation.


December 15 – 22
Mebane Gallery, Goldsmith Hall

"Student Design Excellence"

Featuring work from the winners of the fall 2011 School of Architecture Student Design Excellence Awards.

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.


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