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Adam Grote.

Professor Michael Garrison (center) shared his thoughts and memories of Adam at the November 8 candlelight ceremony in Goldsmith Hall's courtyard. Photo by Tamir Kalifa.

The School of Architecture is mourning the loss of Adam Grote, a fifth-year bachelor of architecture student, who tragically died in an auto-pedestrian accident on November 6.

Dean Fritz Steiner expressed, "Everyone at the School of Architecture was saddened and stunned to learn of this tragic news. Adam is remembered by his professors and classmates as an amiable young man and a talented and hardworking student. He was due to graduate with a bachelor's degree in architecture next spring. This loss will be deeply felt by everyone in the School of Architecture community."

On Tuesday, November 8, friends, students, and faculty gathered for an evening memorial ceremony in Goldsmith Hall's courtyard. View more about the memorial in The Daily Texan.

"His future as a designer was bright, and the impact he would have made upon our landscape and community would have been meaningful and lasting," said architecture senior and friend Meredith Quigley.

"He just had that personality that is irreplaceable, and he is definitely going to be missed," said James Spence, friend and fellow student. James shared a few memories of Adam on Austin television station KVUE.

A flag-lowering ceremony in Adam's honor will be performed on Monday, November 21, at 10:00 a.m., at the South Mall flagpoles. During the ceremony, a trumpeter will play "Taps," and the Texas flag will be lowered by the University of Texas Honor Guard and flown at half-mast. The ceremony is open to the community.


Santa Chiara, Italy. Photo provided by Drew Finke, drawing by Ty Larson.

Architecture senior Ty Larson recently sent the following reflections on the fall 2011 Study in Italy Program. The program is taught by Associate Professor Smilja Milovanovic-Bertram at the Santa Chiara study center near Florence in Tuscany. The renovated historic facility provides a campus setting and allows the faculty to offer credits in architecture, the classics, art history, fine arts, philosophy, and Italian.

"November is passing by swiftly in the countryside surrounding Castiglion Fiorentino. In the midst of the freshly-pruned olive groves and the last of the autumnal leaves clinging to the valley beneath Santa Chiara, students fling open their sketchbooks to drawings and remembrances from their past few months abroad. Some have taken diligent visual notes, drawn everything from the countenances of Giotto's frescoes to the landscapes of Munich, Barcelona, and Chambord. Others look to the incidental reminders of journeys past; in a black sketchbook warped by the Venetian rain reads a poem written by four students and in three languages."

La viveza es tu cabeza

Ma fa fredo in Venezia
Now my grapes have turned to raisins

Naked tourists legs are brazen

Mai l'acqua mangia mi diedi
Colecetines no estan aqui.

"One student thumbs through a classmate's photos of the Brion Vega Cemetery, trying to glean from Scarpa's masterwork how he might understand the project lying unresolved in the sketchbook at the corner of his own desk. It occurs to him that the most poignant memories from the past few months were those recorded in that same sketchbook, recordings of the young architect to-be made in-situ—reminders of the Italian countryside, and warped by the Venetian rain."


Fifth-year architecture student Vikki Benefiel is part of UT's "Longhorn Confidential" blog collective, where student bloggers reveal behind-the-scenes looks at college life.

When asked "What tip would you give to someone new to the UT campus?," she offered, "I think the most important thing is to get involved in whatever interests you." View Vikki's blog.


Fresh postings include Associate Professor Dean Almy's reflections on public spaces, social media, and the current occupational movements.

The latest "trialogue" topic of The Issue Collective is "mutant," with contributions from graduate architecture student David Schneider and Lecturer Judy Birdsong. A "trialogue" consists of responses to a one-word prompt by a current student, alumnus, and professor.

The editors welcome your comments and suggestions! If you are interested in submitting to the blog, please contact submissions@theissuecollective.com. ISSUE: 008 editors are Jenna Dezinski, Garrett Jones, Alexer Taganas, and Jen Wong.


The new DesignIntelligence report on "America's Best Architecture & Design Schools 2012" ranks The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture's Bachelor of Architecture Program number two in the nation (up from number five last year). The Graduate Architecture Program was ranked number eleven.

Additionally, Associate Professor Hope Hasbrouck and Professor Larry Speck were listed in DesignIntelligence as being two of the 25 most admired educators of 2012.

DesignIntelligence (produced by the Design Futures Council, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank whose executive board includes representatives from some of America's most widely known design firms, schools, and manufacturers) produces the only recognized rankings for accredited bachelor's and master's programs in architecture and design in the United States.


Architecture and Planning Library Reading Room, Battle Hall, The University of Texas at Austin. Photo used with permission by Jerry Hayes, photographer.

On Friday, November 11, Battle Hall marked the 100th anniversary of its completion with a lecture by Professor Larry Speck, followed by celebrations that included a reception, self-guided tours of the building, exhibit opening, and remarks by Vice Provost and Director of UT Libraries Fred Heath, Dean Fritz Steiner, Professor Richard Cleary, and Architecture and Planning Librarian Beth Dodd.

Speck said that "architecture has become too reliant on imagery, forgetting its roots in the visceral and corporal experience of a building" and urged students and staff not to view Battle Hall as just a building, but rather as an experience that changes lives.

Many students, faculty, alumni, and other interested guests who had been impacted by the building returned to Battle Hall on Friday evening to celebrate its centennial. Among the reception highlights was a big cake shaped and frosted in the likeness of the building.

View coverage of Larry Speck's talk in the November 13 edition of The Daily Texan and further coverage of Battle's centennial in The Alcalde online.

The exhibit, "Our Landmark Library: Battle Hall at 100", will be on view in the Architecture and Planning Library Reading Room, Battle Hall, through spring 2012. Exhibit highlights include design drawings, construction photos, timeline, correspondence, previously unavailable images, and stories of the significant people in Battle Hall's history.

The exhibit, with expanded narrative and images, is also available online.

Designed by newly appointed university architect Cass Gilbert in 1910, Battle Hall was completed in 1911 for about $280,000. Beyond serving as the university's first independent library building (later known as "the Old Library"), it was also the first home to the new College of Fine Arts (1938) and later to the new Barker Texas History Center (1950), bringing together for the first time the University Library's archives and rare books collections. In 1973, when the Barker Center vacated the building, it became home to the Architecture Library and was renamed for former university president Professor William J. Battle.



The School of Architecture celebrated Thanks Day on the Jean & Bill Booziotis Loggia of Goldsmith Hall at a card-signing party. Over sixty members of the UTSOA community wrote cards of thanks, which were then artfully displayed on the iron grillwork. Photo by Dhruv Singh.

Wednesday, November 16, was designated "Thanks Day" at The University of Texas at Austin.

"Thanks Day is an important way for all members of the UTSOA community to thank the generous donors who support our quality programs," said Luke Dunlap, director of development and external relations. "At the same time, it makes our students aware of the funding realities of UT's academic enterprise. In the long term, we are instilling a culture of philanthropy in the next generation of alumni, which will be critical to our success in the future."

Now more than ever, the university is relying on private philanthropy to make education affordable. Tuition and fees account for just 24% of the university's overall budget, meaning that 76% comes from other sources.

If the campus operated on tuition and fees alone, classes would end just 11 weeks into the school year, which is why the 2011 campus-wide event took place on the symbolic "last" day of classes, November 16.

We encourage you to support the School of Architecture by making a tax-deductible annual gift. It is easy to make your gift online, and you may designate your gift to a program of your choice.

For more information on giving, contact Luke Dunlap at luked@austin.utexas.edu or 512.471.6114.


How can you help the UT Austin School of Architecture change the world? One way is to give to the school through a charitable IRA rollover. Congress has extended a charitable rollover law that allows people 70 1/2 and older to give directly to UT Austin from their IRAs. You don't have to report the amount as income, and gifts may count toward your required minimum distribution. Gifts may be as much as $100,000.

To give from your IRA, please ask your plan custodian to mail a check to the Gift Planning office and let us know in advance how you want the School of Architecture to use your gift. This opportunity ends on December 31, 2011. To allow adequate time to answer any questions, we encourage you to contact the Gift Planning office by December 5.

Questions? Contact the University Development Office, Gift Planning
Toll Free: 866.488.3927
Phone: 512.475.9632
Email: giftplan@www.utexas.edu


Cover, After Taste: Expanded Practices in Interior Design, edited by Kent Kleinman, Joanna Merwood-Salisbury, and Lois Weinthal.

Lois Weinthal, associate professor and graduate advisor for the Master of Interior Design Program, is pleased to announce the release of After Taste: Expanded Practices in Interior Design, co-edited with Kent Kleinman and Joanna Merwood-Salisbury, published by Princeton Architectural Press.

After Taste is comprised of texts, interviews, and portfolios that collectively document new theories and emerging critical practices in the field of interior design. The book's central argument is that the field of interior design is inadequately served by its historical reliance on taste-making and taste-makers, and, more recently from a set of theoretical concerns derived from architecture.

The volume seeks to set an expanded frame by advancing new voices and perspectives in both the theory and practice of interior design, considered as an independent discipline. After Taste offers expansive views of interior studies, highlights emerging areas of research, identifies allied practices, and makes public its under-explored territory.

Professor David Heymann presented a lecture called "Landscape Is Our Sex," about the strange rhetoric of landscape used by architects, on November 2, at the Iowa State University College of Design.

On November 7, Professor Larry Speck lectured on "Teaching Creative Problem Solving," as part of the Discovery Learning Luncheon Seminars series hosted by the Office of the Provost and the Center for Teaching and Learning. Speck explains, "Educating the next generation to maximize creative thinking requires stimulating the whole brain—encouraging both right brain and left brain thinking. [...] we must go beyond focused training for specific jobs and help create graduates who can think broadly and solve problems creatively."

You can view the video of Speck's lecture or read The Daily Texan's article on the event.

Dean Fritz Steiner's book, Design for a Vulnerable Planet, was reviewed and "highly recommended" in the November 2011 edition of CHOICE Reviews Online.

Steiner's guest column, titled "Slow-growth Ohio, Fast-growth Texas both Teach Lessons," appeared in the November 12, 2011, edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer.



The University of Texas at Austin is now offering a free lifetime e-mail account. Named UTmail, the new service is provided by Google. It was rolled out to current students earlier this year and is now being extended to alumni.

UTmail provides each alumnus with an @utexas.edu address along with 25 gigabytes of storage and greater privacy than standard Gmail accounts.


Andrew Karvonen [Ph.D. CRP '08] has published Politics of Urban Runoff: Nature, Technology, and the Sustainable City with the MIT Press, 2011. Urban runoff is frequently discussed in terms of technical expertise and environmental management, but it encompasses a multitude of such nontechnical issues as land use, quality of life, governance, aesthetics, and community identity, and is central to the larger debates on creating more sustainable and livable cities. In this book, Karvonen uses urban runoff as a lens to view the relationships among nature, technology, and society. Offering theoretical insights from urban environmental history, human geography, landscape and ecological planning, and science and technology studies, as well as empirical evidence from case studies, Karvonen proposes a new relational politics of urban nature.

Karvonen is currently a Research Fellow at the Manchester Architecture Research Center of Manchester University, United Kingdom.

Professor John P. White was honored on November 14, 2011, by the Lubbock County Commissioners.

John P. White, AIA [B.Arch. '57], professor of architecture at the Texas Tech University College of Architecture, was recognized by Lubbock County for his long-time passion for historic preservation.

Lubbock County Commissioners recognized John White on Monday, November 14, for 25 years of service to the Historic American Building Survey (HABS) and his passion for preserving the history of Lubbock County and beyond. This follows an October symposium and reception hosted by the TTU College of Architecture in his honor. White is director of TTU's historic preservation program. The keynote address was presented by Paul Dolinsky of the National Park Service, Chief of the Historic American Buildings Survey for twenty years and currently Chief of the Historic American Landscapes Survey.

"I am very grateful and humbled for the honors given me in the past month, highlighting my twenty-five years with the Historic American Buildings Survey," White said. "This work highlights many aspects of the nation's heritage of the built environment showing who we are by what we have built."

Known to students for his exceptional teaching and mentoring, White also has made significant contributions to the completion of important preservation documentation projects, such as the Statue of Liberty and George Washington's 1776 Sleeping Marquee.

Each summer, White and a group of students have documented historic buildings across the United States and Puerto Rico. He was bestowed with the honorary title, dean of HABS.

Laura Britt [M.Arch. '00], Laura Britt Design was recently honored with five first place awards at the 26th Austin American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Design Excellence awards. The awards ceremony took place on Friday, November 4, at the Westwood Country Club in Austin and was sponsored by Design Guide magazine.


Elby Scott Martin.

Elby Scott Martin [B.Arch. '74] passed away peacefully on November 8, 2011, at the age of 61, after a hard fought battle with melanoma.

Elby was married to his high school sweetheart, Susan, for 35 years. He was a devoted father to Justin, Meredith, Christopher, and Nicholas, but was dad to many others as a mentor, role model, coach, and a pillar of strength. His home was constantly filled with family, friends, love, laughter, and joy.

Martin received a degree in architecture from The University of Texas at Austin in 1974 and founded Elby S. Martin & Associates, Inc., in Dallas, where he focused on designing large estate homes for over 25 years. Elby was known for his generosity, ingenuity, humor, and determination, but will be remembered for the positive impact he has made on countless lives.


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


October 26 – November 23
Mebane Gallery, Goldsmith Hall

"Kuth/Ranieri: Reflections on Process and Recent Work"

Kuth/Ranieri Architects was established in 1990 by partners Byron Kuth, FAIA, LEED, AP, and Elizabeth Ranieri, AIA, LEED AP. In addition to the two founding principals, the K/R team consists of seven staff architects and designers. The firm has earned a regional and national reputation for innovative works that integrate current cultural discourse with contemporary issues of design, technology, and the environment.

Kuth/Ranieri's design methodology is based on a consultative, integrated process that encourages participation to ensure continual innovation. The form and image of each project is the result of a personalized relationship with the client, a deep understanding of program and budget, and an awareness of site and regional specificity. Present in the office's work is the belief that every building has the power to create rich contributions to the communities it serves. The work supports strongly defined intentions that express the broader conceptual ideas of the project.


Havana, Cuba's El Malecón sea wall and pedestrian walkway.

Monday, November 21
Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Room 3.120
5:00 p.m.
Co-sponsored by LLILAS.

Mario Coyula Cowley
Visiting Professor
Harvard Graduate School of Design

"Challenges and Opportunities in a Changing Havana"

The presentation will address the threats facing the urban and social fabric of present day Havana.

Mario Coyula Cowley is a Cuban architect, urban designer, and critic. He is an authority on the history and preservation of Havana and received the National Prize of Architecture in 2001. He is former director of the CUJAE's School of Architecture and of the Architecture and Urban Planning Department of Havana, as well as of the Group for the Integral Development in Havana. He is the author of circa 200 essays, articles, and reviews, and author of five books, including Havana: Two Faces of the Antillean Metropolis, co-authored with Roberto Segre and Joseph L. Scarpaci, Jr., which won the 1997 CHOICE prize for outstanding academic books. His first novel, Catalina, appeared in the fall of 2011 in Seville.

Coyula Cowley has taught and lectured in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Brazil, the United Kingdon, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, and Germany. In 2002, he was the Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor at Harvard, and in 2006, Guest Professor at the Urbanism Institute from Vienna's Angewandte. This fall, he returned to Harvard University Graduate School of Design as a visiting fellow at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.


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.


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 fall 2011 schedule is (check website to confirm):


St. Benedict Chapel, Sumvitg, Switzerland; designed by Peter Zumthor, 1987-1989. Photograph by Wilfried Wang.

September 1, 2011 – January 6, 2012
Visual Resources Collection
Sutton Hall 3.128 (Monday-Friday, 8:00-5:00)

"Illuminating Atmosphere and Materiality: Photographs by Wilfried Wang"

For over twenty years, Wilfried Wang, O'Neil Ford Centennial Chair in Architecture, took thousands of slides with the robust single lens reflex camera (Leica SL2, either with the Zeiss Biogon 21mm wide angle lens or with the Vario-Elmar 14-50mm lens). During the last few years, Professor Wang has been systematically donating his collection to the school's Visual Resources Collection (VRC). The VRC has, in turn, been digitizing and cataloging the slides, so that digital versions are available to UTSOA faculty and students to support teaching and research. The images on display in this exhibit include general and detailed views that capture the atmosphere and materiality of the built environment.

The VRC has partnered with ARTstor, a licensed image resource that includes over one million images supporting study in the humanities and social sciences, to make accessible Professor Wang's images of modern European and American architecture, with a special focus on museum architecture.

Additional images that are part of this exhibit are on display through August 10, 2012, in Battle Hall.

The university community can access the VRC's image collection online and Professor Wang's collection on ARTstor.


Friday, January 27 – Saturday, January 28
Mebane Gallery, Goldsmith Hall
The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture

Over the past two decades, the reality of climate change has precipitated a watershed in public decision-making. How shall we judge architecture in the future? This question has catalyzed a number of competing proposals including LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) developed by the U.S. Green Building Council; Green Globes; BREEAM; The Green Mark; Energy Smart; EEWH; and various Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tools. These rating tools measure different variables and, thus, create competing standards for what it means to be sustainable. None of these tools, with the exception of LEED for Neighborhood Development, attempt to measure the difficult question of social equity as a dimension of sustainability, and none attempt to measure the equally difficult question of beauty. Additionally, very few of these standards are performance-based, and even fewer consider the built environment's impacts on public health. The public and the design professions are left with a highly contested realm of architectural judgment.

In many countries and regions, emerging "green" standards have received widespread acceptance by local building cultures. In the United States, LEED has demonstrated its ability to evolve and adapt to changing environmental and social conditions and create a market for green building. With this solid foundation and growing public attention to the challenges posed by climate change, the building community is now well positioned to stretch beyond the boundaries of the existing checklist of "best practices" to consider what future codes of judgment might look like. The "Beyond LEED" Symposium will focus on the themes, issues, and design approaches to sustainability not yet captured by LEED and other existing rating systems.

During the two-day symposium, nationally and internationally known designers, advocates, and scholars will present their visions of sustainable design and participate in dialogue about the next generation of green building strategies, standards, certification, and performance evaluation.

Invited speakers include:

  • Scott Horst, United States Green Building Council
  • AIA representative, American Institute of Architects
  • Bill Browning, Terrapin
  • Bob Berkebile, BNIM
  • Werner Lang, Technical University Munich
  • David Heymann, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Danielle Pieranunzi, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
  • Leslie Moody, The Partnership for Working Families
  • Reid Ewing, The University of Utah
  • Raymond Cole, The University of British Columbia

The panelists will be moderated by Mike Conroy, an internationally recognized expert in certification and standard development, and principal of Colibrí Consulting - Certification for Sustainable Development, and author of Branded!.

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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