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Charles E. Peterson Prize competition winner, North-Evans Chateau, stair hall, drawing detail, sheet 11 of 29 sheets. Click image to view larger.

The School of Architecture's Historic Preservation Program is pleased to announce that the 2010 and 2011 graphic documentation students won first place in the National Park Service's Charles E. Peterson Prize competition. The team submitted measured drawings of Austin's North-Evans Chateau (1874-1960), now the Chateau Bellevue and home of the Austin Woman's Club, located at 708 San Antonio Street in the Bremond Block National Register Historic District. There were 20 entries from 13 programs in the 2012 competition; UT Austin tied for first with Louisiana State University.

Members of the winning team were 2012 graduates Yuanjing Du, Thomas Garcia, Andreea Hamilton, Rebecca Lapham, Julie McGilvray, and Payal Vora, and second-year students Jessica Anderson, Serena Bolliger, Kalan Contreras, Betsy Frederick-Rothwell, Emily Ray, Samantha Smith, Miriam Tworek-Hofstetter, and Katherine Yester.

With three floors and decades of additions to cover, the team was in the unique position of working on one project over the course of two fall semesters. The 2010 class began work with Lecturer Monica Penick [Ph.D. '07, MSAS '01], documenting two exterior elevations and the majority of the main floor, and the 2011 students edited the previous year's drawings and measured the remaining significant spaces with Associate Professor Carl Matthews. Many of the final drawings included work completed by members of both classes.

"We had an incredible example to follow and to live up to," Bolliger said. "The 2011 students did some of the most intricate CAD work I've ever seen."

Garcia said there was an immense amount of editing needed to standardize the 29 sheets submitted for the prize. "Although it was a case of 'too many cooks in the kitchen,' the project wouldn't have come together any other way due to its size," he said.

The Charles E. Peterson Prize "recognizes the best set of measured drawings prepared to [Historic American Buildings Survey] standards and donated to HABS by students." More than 2,000 students from 68 schools have participated in the competition since its inception.

UT Austin received an honorable mention in the Peterson Prize competition for its work with the Sampson-Nalle House in 2010, and placed in 2001, 2002, and 2003 with sets of drawings for Laguna Gloria, Point Bolivar Lighthouse, and Bastrop State Park. The program won first place in 1998 with the Lee County Courthouse.

This year's award ceremony will hosted by the American Institute of Architects Historic Resources Committee in Washington, D.C., later this fall. The preservation program is raising funds to make it possible for the whole team to attend. If you would like to make a donation to support student travel and participation in the conference, please contact Luke Dunlap, director of development, at luked@austin.utexas.edu or 512.471.6114. Gifts can also be made at the UT online giving page.

The subject of the fall 2012 graphic documentation class, being taught by Lecturer Kim Furlong, is the New Sweden Evangelical Lutheran Church in Manor, Texas.

Charles E. Peterson Prize competition winner, North-Evans Chateau, south elevation/section, drawing detail, sheet 8 of 29 sheets.
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New and returning students and faculty head to the courtyard at Goldsmith Hall for pizza and socializing following the dean's annual welcome address.

On Tuesday, August 28, prior to the university's evening "Gone to Texas" celebrations that kick off the new academic year, 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 year by sharing his summer experiences, which included speaking engagements in Turkey and Australia (see next edition of eNews on September 13), work on the new Austin city comprehensive plan "Imagine Austin" and the new UT Austin campus plan, service as the president of the Hill Country Conservency and on the Waller Creek competition governances board, various writing projects, and continued involvement with the Sustainable Sites Initiative, as well as his regular fund-raising and administrative responsibilities.

Dean Steiner said, "One of the most disquieting questions that we as faculty are asked is, 'What do you do with your three-month vacation in the summer?' Actually, we do a lot of work, either research or practice, or both. Research is important to advance our disciplines. Reflective practice is important to advance our professions."

The day before, the School of Architecture held its annual faculty retreat, this year at McKinney Roughs Nature Park near Bastrop.

The theme was "Plans." UT Austin Vice President Pat Clubb and Professor Larry Speck discussed the new campus master plan; guests from the City of Austin, Greg Guernsey [MSCRP '83] and Garner Stoll, presented the city's master plan, called "Imagine Austin"; and Marcus Bove [M.Arch. '84], president of The Bommarito Group, and David Rea [M.Arch. '80], director of the UT Austin Office of Campus Planning & Facilities Management, gave a status report on the West Mall Office Building transition study.


Cover, Platform, Fall 2012, "Beyond LEED." View this issue and the archive of past issues on the Platform e-book site.

The latest edition of Platform magazine is hot off the press. Guest edited by Steven A. Moore and Elizabeth Walsh, the theme of this issue is "Beyond LEED."

Dr. Moore is the Bartlett Cocke Regents Professor in Architecture and director of the Graduate Program in Sustainable Design at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. Walsh is a research associate in the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) and a Ph.D. candidate in the school's Community and Regional Planning Program.

For this edition of Platform, Moore and Walsh synthesized the ideas shared in the "Beyond LEED" symposium, hosted by the school and the CSD in January 2012. They carefully reviewed the symposium presentations and identified four crosscutting themes that became the outline for the issue:

1. Defining Regenerative Design
2. Regenerative Design: The Design of Coevolving Systems
3. Regenerative Design: How Do We Do It?
4. What's Next? A Call for Leaders and New Tools

For each of the themes and sub-themes, the editors offer a summary of ideas captured and supported by quotes pulled directly from the presenters' white papers.

In his introduction, Dean Fritz Steiner says, "Through design, we envision preferred futures for the world that surrounds us. Might we then envision a future where the buildings, landscapes, and communities which we construct add ecosystem services rather than deplete them? In other words, might the built environment regenerate clean air and water, energy, productive soils, wildlife habitat, and social relationships? This is, indeed, a brilliant opportunity for design and planning."

"We should embrace this opportunity. The welfare of future generations relies on how we act. As Buckminster Fuller observed, 'The only way to predict the future is to design it.'"

Copies of Platform are in the mail to alumni and other subscribers. Current students can pick up a copy in the main lobby of Goldsmith Hall this week and next week. You can view this issue and an archive of past issues on the Platform e-book site.

You are also welcome to share your reflections on the themes discussed in this issue, or other thoughts about LEED and regenerative design, at the "Beyond LEED" online dialogue site.


Cisco Gomes and John Blood.

Assistant Professor Cisco Gomes and Senior Lecturer John Blood have been honored with 2012 University of Texas System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards.

Offered annually in recognition of faculty members at the nine academic and six health University of Texas System institutions who have demonstrated extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in undergraduate instruction, the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards are the Board of Regents' highest honor. With a monetary award of $25,000, the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards are among the largest in the nation for rewarding outstanding faculty performance. Given the depth and breadth of talent across the UT System, the awards program is likewise one of the nation's most competitive.

Faculty members undergo a series of rigorous evaluations by students, peer faculty and external reviewers. The review panels consider a range of activities and criteria in their evaluations of a candidate's teaching performance, including classroom expertise, curricula quality, innovative course development, and student learning outcomes.

Gomes stated, "My teaching is based on the belief that students are most engaged and inspired when challenged to understand architecture as a situated dialogue rather than a stand-alone discipline, and to create designs which achieve meaning through thoughtful response to their complex physical, social and cultural contexts. Engagement is the consistent goal of my teaching, guided by the belief that students who develop the skills to critically interpret and operate effectively within our complex world will become our best architects, as well as our best citizens."

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

Professor Richard Cleary received the award in 2011. Professor Christopher Long and Associate Professor Elizabeth Danze received the award in 2010. Five faculty members received the award in 2009—Professors David Heymann and Larry Speck, Associate Professors Smilja Milovanovic-Bertram and Ulrich Dangel, and Senior Lecturer Joyce Rosner.


Detail, "Eight," a collaborative effort between Will Meredith of 5 Axis LLC, Clay Shortall of Clay Shortall Design, Escobedo Construction, and Matt Fajkus Architecture LLC was commissioned for the President's visit to Austin on July 17, 2012.

Lecturer Clay Shortall and Assistant Professor Matt Fajkus were commissioned to design a sculpture in collaboration with Will Meredith of 5 Axis LLC for the President of the United States during his visit to Austin on July 17. The sculpture, titled "8," featured inspirational words from the president in abstracted Braille on the exterior and large portions of the 2009 inaugural speech etched in the interior. The sculpture was composed of eight building blocks, representing eight administrative principles in the pursuit for equality of opportunity in humanity, and was presented to the president during an evening event. UTSOA graduate students Eliza Bober and Arman Halidou greatly contributed to the digital production, 3D-printing, and processing of the sculpture. View images and read more about the sculpture.

Additionally, a recent article written by Fajkus, titled "Modern Architecture as Constructed Environment: Tati's 'Playtime' as Commentary Spanning the Prosaic to Profound," was published in the latest issue of Pastelegram, an art collaborative journal published in Austin, Texas. The issue was marked with release party at Domy Books. View the entire article on Pastelegram.org.

Nancy Kwallek.

Dr. Nancy Kwallek, Gene Edward Mikeska Endowed Chair for Interior Design, is one of four UT Austin faculty members selected to hold a Dads' Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship during the 2012-2013 academic year, Dr. Steven W. Leslie, executive vice president and provost, has announced.

Leslie said the award reflects the recipients' teaching excellence and commitment, and an acknowledgment of the many contributions they have made to the undergraduate experience for students at the university. Recipients of the award will receive a $3,500 honorarium as a salary supplement during the semester of their award, Leslie said.

Dads' Association Centennial Teaching Fellowships were established by the University of Texas System Board of Regents in 1983 with funds raised by the UT Austin Dads' Association and matching funds under the Centennial Teachers and Scholars Program. Selection of faculty members appointed as Dads' Association Centennial Teaching Fellows is based upon recommendations from the deans of colleges and schools offering courses for freshman undergraduates.

Wilfried Wang, O'Neil Ford Centennial Professor in Architecture, was elected to the post of Deputy Director of the Architecture Section at the Academy of the Arts, Berlin. He has also been appointed as the vice chair of the design review board for Munich Airport.

In July 2012, Adjunct Associate Professor Barbara Hoidn and Professor Wilfried Wang were invited to lead a team, which included UTSOA graduate students Melissa Seanard and Lauren M. Vogl, during the "Experimenta Urbana 7: Masterplan for the University of Kassel, 2012," organized by the University of Kassel in Germany.

The international workshop took place at Kassel's city hall, in conjunction with the "Documenta (13)," the largest international art exhibition and cultural event in Germany, held every five years. The results from the workshop will be published.

Additionally, in August 2012, Hoidn Wang Partner were commissioned with the design for an extension of a kindergarten in a Berlin housing settlement originally designed by Walter Gropius—the Gropius Stadt. During the summer, the Berlin Senate launched a city-wide program to make available more spaces in kindergartens, in order to fulfill a recent federal German law to provide a place for each newborn child beginning in 2013. The client is the International Federation, a German charitable society.

David Heymann.

David Heymann, Harwell Hamilton Harris Regents Professor in Architecture, has received the Bradford Williams Medal, awarded by Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM), the magazine of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

The medal is given in honor of Bradford Williams, past editor, publisher, and driving force behind Landscape Architecture Quarterly (now Landscape Architecture Magazine).

Each year, LAM presents two awards that recognize superior writing in LAM and excellence in writing about the profession in other periodicals. Heymann wrote "Landscape Is Our Sex," which appeared in the online journal, Places, in November 2011.

The award was announced in the September 2012 annual awards edition of Landscape Architecture Magazine and will be recognized, along with the 2012 ASLA professional, student, and honor awards, at the ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo in Phoenix on October 1.

Additionally, Professor Heymann just returned from a month as a scholar at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy, where he worked on an ongoing series of essays. His essay, "Some Ado About Nothingness," about the Asia Society Texas Center, was published in the summer 2012 edition of CITE magazine.

Fritz Steiner, keynote speaker at the 10th International Urban Planning and Environment Association Symposium, University of Sydney, July 24–27, 2012.

Dean Fritz Steiner presented the keynote talk at the 10th International Urban Planning and Environment Association Symposium (UPE10), held July 24 to 27 at the University of Sydney, Australia. UPE10 was co-hosted by the U.S. Studies Centre and the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. The keynote session topic was "Next City: Planning for a New Energy and Climate Future."

View the UPE10 keynote session. [Steiner is introduced by Associate Professor Elisabeth Hamin, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, at :37 and begins his talk at :39.]

Dean Steiner was interviewed at the U.S. Studies Centre, where he discussed the challenges of designing cities in a world that is increasingly defined by dense urban populations. He begins by explaining why an increased focus on city planning is essential to ensure sustainable global growth. View the interview.

Assistant Professor Igor Siddiqui's work is presented in "Interior Affair: a State of Becoming", a refereed exhibition of design research that accompanies the Interior Design / Interior Architecture Educators Association symposium in Perth, Australia.

This fall, Professor Siddiqui was invited to join the editorial board of ii, the International Journal of Interior Architecture + Spatial Design in the capacity of associate editor.

Last April, he participated in end-of-year design reviews at the California College of the Arts's interior design program.

Dr. Danilo Udovički-Selb was invited by the newly created Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (ANVUR) to participate in the evaluation of the quality of research performed between 2004 and 2010 by researchers of all Italian universities and research institutes.

Princeton Architectural Press has invited Udovički to be the editor of and contributor to an anthology titled Architectural Theory: A Global Perspective. He will be responsible for the section on Soviet Modernism, 1900-1991.

Dr. Nancy Kwallek, director of the Interior Design Program, was quoted in the Wall Street Journal's "At Work" blog on Friday, August 31, in the story, "What Color is Your Cubicle?"

On Thursday, August 30, Assistant Professor Matthew Fajkus presented a talk titled "Sustainable Architecture: Form, Function, and Energy" as part of UT Austin's Energy Institute Symposium. The symposium series offers a multi-disciplinary platform for faculty and students to interact on the most pressing energy issues facing our world.

Fran Gale notes the characteristics of a marble monument in Winchester (Va.) National Cemetery.

Senior Lecturer and Architectural Conservation Laboratory director Fran Gale taught a training course for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' National Cemetery Administration (NCA). Beginning in 2010, Gale worked with Heritage Preservation, a nonprofit organization hired by NCA to coordinate assessments and review treatment proposals for monuments in NCA's cemeteries and soldiers lots across the country. Gale helped develop a maintenance procedure manual for historic monuments and the training program to teach basic monument preservation principles and techniques to NCA cemetery staff. On June 20 and 21, Gale was the instructor for the pilot training program, which included a day of classroom instruction and a day of demonstrations, at Winchester National Cemetery in Virginia.

Participants learned how to identify materials used in monuments and common causes of deterioration. They were instructed how to document damage and deterioration on an annual inspection form and conducted a practice inspection. In addition, they learned and practiced techniques on gentle cleaning, applying protective wax coatings on bronze, graffiti removal, temporary masonry repointing, and repainting metal.


Casis Elementary School outdoor classroom, designed by Baldridge Architects.

The pro bono outdoor classroom project designed by Baldridge Architects for Casis Elementary School in central Austin was completed by the start of classes on August 27.

Volunteers, including UTSOA students and alumni, received hands-on construction experience working with an award-winning architecture firm.

The school was looking for ways to extend the classroom into its thriving organic garden. Students and teachers already used the thriving Casis Elementary organic garden for lessons in math, science, writing, and social studies. But they knew the learning opportunities would be even greater with an outdoor classroom to provide tables where students could work and to provide shelter from sun and rain, storage for classroom supplies, and easy access to the garden and other outdoor areas.

The architects worked closely with a team of parents and teachers to develop a master plan for the garden area. After visiting other school gardens and observing how students and teachers used the existing space, a master plan was created to meet a wide range of needs. The plan's centerpiece is a large open-air classroom with seating for forty students, storage for tools and classroom supplies, and rainwater collection.

Baldridge Architects includes Burton Baldridge, Brian Bedrosian [M.Arch. '09], Michael Hargens, Tyler Frost, and Brett Greig [M.Arch. '07]. Baldridge and Bedrosian taught at the School of Architecture in the spring of 2011.


Students in Associate Professor Elizabeth Mueller's spring 2012 affordable housing seminar were recently named the 2012 recipients of the Dr. Kent Butler Student Planning Award by the Central Texas Section of the American Planning Association for their project "Creating Inclusive Corridors: Austin's Airport Boulevard."

The 16 students in the course were drawn from the Community and Regional Planning, Sustainable Design, Public Affairs, Social Work, Education, and Architecture Programs. Working in five teams, they studied the larger context for corridor redevelopment in Austin; documented who lives in corridor neighborhoods, their housing conditions and access to necessary amenities; developed strategies for using the tools of "form-based codes" to make existing small-scale rental housing compatible with neighborhood plan design guidelines and the vision for the corridor; estimated the per unit costs of rehabilitating two sample buildings while maintaining current affordable rent levels; and researched policy options for funding housing improvements and for improving neighborhood conditions.

Alan Holt, principal planner heading up the Airport Boulevard initiative for the City of Austin, commended the students on their "exceptional and comprehensive" work. He deemed the project "rooted in reality, responsive to unfolding events, and contributing to a better outcome for the city initiative."

Chance Sparks, Central Texas APA chapter head, said: "One of the best aspects, and what made this project stand out, was its ability to recognize real-world challenges and feasibility. Projects such as this, when conducted in an academic setting, are often met with skepticism, as being dreams and idealism lacking practical grounding. This is decidedly not the case, as these issues are tackled from both a public sector, policy-oriented approach, as well as a private sector, financially-focused approach. The resulting pro forma on the private sector side is not unlike something that would be prepared by sophisticated real estate professionals with years of experience. At the same time, the students are clearly balanced in their education as they provided assessment of policies in place and use of cutting edge regulatory techniques in the scenarios."

The student team members included Lauren Ames, Stephanie Ball, Jimena Cruz, Scott Dunlop, Lauren Flemister, Andres Galindo, Zachary Gibson, Corey Huston-Liter, Edna Ledesma, Chris Lee, Andrea Lewis, Jessica King, Jessica Kolmer, Alejandra Reyes, Kristine Stiphany, and Kate Vickery.

View the full project report.



One of Philly's iconic cheesesteak restaurants.

The Barnes Foundation's new Philadelphia home, designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien. Photo: Tom Crane, 2012.

The Friends of Architecture (FOA) Tour of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has almost sold out. Register now to secure one of the last spots.

From October 4 to 7, 2012, FOA tour participants will visit recent projects by prominent firms including KieranTimberlake, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, OLIN, and Onion Flats.

Guests will participate in an exclusive architectural tour of the brand new Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with project architect and alumnus Philip Ryan [B.Arch. '99], as well as the Barnes villa and arboretum, home of the museum's former galleries—designed by Paul Cret (supervising architect of our own Goldsmith Hall).

Tour participants will also visit the Rodin Museum, Levine Hall, Skirkanich Hall, the Louis Kahn Archive, Raise of Hope Homes, Rag Flats, and Thin Flats by the respective firms' designers and partners.

The tour will be led by Dean Fritz Steiner, Henry M. Rockwell Chair in Architecture, who has great familiarity and fondness for the city of Philadelphia. Steiner lived there while attending the University of Pennsylvania (M.R.P., 1977; M.A., 1986; Ph.D., 1986) for his studies in city and regional planning.

Join us in this unique opportunity for an exclusive tour of one America's most historic, booming, and revitalized cities.

To reserve a spot on this sure-to-be-amazing tour, please visit the FOA tour web site, which includes the itinerary and complete registration and payment instructions.

Registration closes at the end Thursday, September 6. Questions? Please contact Dhruv Singh at dhruv_singh@austin.utexas.edu.

BRAZIL, JUNE 1 – 11, 2013

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Friends of Architecture is going to Brazil!

After receiving great input from FOA members and tour enthusiasts, the Brazil tour has been restructured with a better value, but with the same quality and experience.

June 1 to June 11, 2013, Friends of Architecture tour participants will visit São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Ouro Preto, Inhotim, and Rio de Janeiro, and will have access to private homes designed by some of Brazil's preeminent architects, such as Angelo Bucci, José Carlos Teixeira, and Carla Juaçaba. Guests will escape the Texas heat for a nine-day, eight-night, five-city design excursion in the world's fifth-largest nation, known for its remarkable history, food, fascinating culture, sports, exotic landscape, and great architecture.

In addition, a two-day, two-night extension to Brasília will be offered. Located on a plateau, Brasília has a dry, temperate climate which is pleasant for most of the year. Oscar Niemeyer designed the new capital in a futuristic style, with gardens and wide avenues. After the extension, guests may return to São Paulo for the 2013 Latitudes Symposium.

This exclusive tour will be led by Assistant Professor Fernando Lara, a Brazilian native and member of the Brazilian Institute of Architects, who holds degrees from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (B.Arch., 1993) and the University of Michigan (Ph.D., 2001). Lara's presentations and intimate knowledge of the region will allow the group to see and experience a side of Brazil not readily available to the general traveler.

Reservation has now begun. To be one of the first to reserve, please contact Dhruv Singh at dhruv_singh@austin.utexas.edu.



Horticulture Center at the Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; designed by Overland Partners|Architects.

The new Horticulture Center at the Morris Arboretum at the University of Pennsylvania, designed by Overland Partners|Architects, has received the American Architecture Award as one of the top new architectural projects in the United States. The design was selected from a record number of entries from the most important firms practicing across the globe. This year's jury was organized by the Federation of Korean Architects. The arboretum will be part of a traveling international exhibition, which will be displayed at "The City and the World" symposium in Istanbul, Turkey, and at museums throughout Europe.

Overland Partners includes UTSOA alumni Rick Archer [B.Arch. '79], Tim Blonkvist [B.Arch. '81], Jim Shelton [B.Arch. '91], Bob Shemwell (M.Arch. '86], Madison Smith [B.Arch. '80], and James Andrews, Robert Schmidt, and Becky Rathburn.

The Horticulture Center at the Morris Arboretum is the first major achievement under Penn's "Green Campus Partnership," the university's umbrella organization that addresses environmental policy development and initiatives for a more sustainable campus. Certified LEED Platinum, the Horticulture Center is the first newly constructed, not-for-profit building in the greater Philadelphia region and only the second building in the entire state of Pennsylvania to achieve this certification. The new center uses 40% less energy than conventionally-built facilities and 75% of all construction waste was diverted from landfills.

The American Architecture Awards are the highest and most prestigious awards program honoring new and cutting edge design. Organized annually by the Chicago Athenaeum, the program has become the most significant and comprehensive awards program in the United States honoring the best new building design produced by leading American architects, urban planners, and landscape architects.

Jennifer Healy Wood [M.Arch. '97] was inspired to fund a scholarship for graduate architecture students. The Smilja Milovanovic-Bertram M.Arch. Fellowship was established last year to honor Associate Professor Smilja Milovanovic-Bertram, who Healy Wood says, "had a lasting impression on me. [Her] thoughts about design [and her] teaching of the design process has been so important to me over the years."

Wood's annual gift of $500 dollars will be matched with $1500 from Exxon-Mobil, creating a $2000 scholarship to be awarded annually to one student in the M.Arch. program (either a first professional or post-professional student). The first scholarship was awarded in fall 2011. The recipients are chosen by the school's scholarship committee.

Shelter@Rainforest, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia; designed by Marra + Yeh Architects. Photo by Brett Boardman.

Kenneth Yeh [B.Arch. '98] and Carolina Marra [B.Arch. '98], Marra + Yeh Architects, Sydney, Australia, have received a prestigious 2012 AR House Award (UK). The Architectural Review (AR) is a London-based journal, in print since 1896, and one of the eminent voices of critique and discourse in global architecture.

Their Shelter@Rainforest project was awarded a Commendation in this year's competition. According to Catherine Slessor, editor of AR and chair of the jury, "This year we had nearly 200 entries to the AR House Award competition. The quality of submissions was extremely high, so the jury had a very difficult task in choosing the winning schemes. However [Marra + Yeh's] project clearly stood out, and the jury found it impressive and convincing."

Carol Marra and Ken Yeh attended the awards ceremony in London, and the project is featured in the July 2012 issue of the Architectural Review.

Project Overview: Shelter@Rainforest is located in a remote inland location in the state of Sabah, Malaysia. The project was commissioned by a private forestry company that controls 100,000 hectares of forest for a period of 99-years under a system of sustainable reforestation. The design was influenced by the vernacular longhouses of the area, with their frugal timber constructions, and also by Thoreau's Walden Pond, with its message of simple living and self-sufficiency. These considerations were prosaic as much as they were poetic—the house is low cost, autonomous (with solar electricity, biogas units, and rainwater collection), and passively environmental. Despite the tropical latitude, the indoor temperature peaks at 26C at high noon, a full 8-10 degrees lower than the outdoor environment.

Shelter is, on one level, the house of a family and its guests, living side by side and sharing the long verandah, where conversation is the only form of entertainment. On another level, it is a symbol of craft, care, and environmental stewardship, an example of what can transpire when design thinking meets difficult circumstances.

Cover, Passive Solar Simplified: Easily design a truly green home for Colorado and the West by Thomas Doerr.

Thomas Doerr [B.Arch. '89] has just published a book, Passive Solar Simplified: Easily design a truly green home for Colorado and the West. The book shows how to easily save over 80% of a home's energy use. Passive Solar Simplified helps people building or remodeling homes get all the information they need to save money, improve their health, and tread more lightly on the planet.

Doerr's book has the unique advantage that the author has many years of experience both teaching green building and implementing this knowledge as an architect in real houses. Passive Solar Simplified helps folks reduce their biggest impact on the planet and their homes without complicated formulas or extraneous information.

Learn more and read the book summary.

During the upcoming Texas Society of Architects 2012 Convention, Jason Paul Haskins [M.Arch. '10, BSAS '04] and Timothy Parker [Ph.D. '10] will present a session titled "Pugin at 200: From Polemics to Principles."

In honor of A.W.N. Pugin's bicentenary, this presentation will examine the continued influence of the father of Victorian Gothic architecture on the profession, as well as the influence of polemics (for better and worse) on religious architecture. It will highlight the underlying principles in his written works often obscured by the partisan historicist aspects of his legacy and use them to suggest best practices for church-building and design.

This session is ideal for anyone practicing religious architecture or concerned with the design and quality of church buildings. The AIA continuing eductions session (CC 56) will take place Friday, October 19, at 3:45 PM. Convention registration information is available at texasarchitects.org/convention.

"SukkahCity Austin 2012" winning entry by the team of Margaret Saunders, Emily Scarfe, and Alisa West.

Several UTSOA alums were among the winners in the first "SukkahCity Austin" design competition.

Hosted by the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Austin and the Jewish Federation of Greater Austin, "SukkahCity Austin 2012: Reimagining the Ancient Structure Through a Contemporary Lens" is a design competition that was open to student and professional artists, architects, and designers of all faiths and backgrounds in the State of Texas, working in teams or as individuals. Nine Texas winners were selected, along with a tenth from the State of Israel.

One of the winning alumni teams included Margaret Saunders [M.Arch. '09], Emily Scarfe [M.Arch. '11, MLA '11], and Alisa West [MLA '12]. The other winning alum team consisted of Peter Raab [M.Arch. '07] and graduate architecture student Nick Steshyn.

"SukkahCity Austin 2012" winning entry by the team of Peter Raab and Nick Steshyn.

A sukkah is an ancient temporary structure, biblical in origin, that is traditionally erected for one week to commemorate the holiday of Sukkot, celebrating the autumnal harvest and remembering the dwellings of the Israelites during their exodus from Egypt. It is customary within the impermanent sukkah walls to share meals, entertain, sleep, and rejoice. Participants were invited to submit contemporary shelter designs, following the sukkah specifications as defined by ancient Talmudic law and obeying existing laws of physics.

The finalists—selected by a jury of architects, designers and critics, chaired by Professor Kevin Alter—will be awarded a $750 grant to be used in the development and implementation of their sukkah structures to be built in a visionary village on the Dell Jewish Community Campus in Northwest Austin and on the rooftop at the Whole Foods Market flagship store in downtown Austin and to be publicly displayed from September 30 to October 10, 2012.

View the entire list of winners and the winning entries.

John Paul Rysavy [M.Arch. '11] was awarded the 2012 McDermott Traveling Fellowship by the Dallas Center for Architecture. Rysavy will visit Burkina Faso this fall to study the work of architect Francis Kéré.

Paul LaBrant.

In July 2012, Paul LaBrant, IIDA, LEED AP [BISD '94] was inducted as the president of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Texas/Oklahoma Chapter. The chapter is largest in the IIDA, with over 1,300 Members and consisting of seven local city centers—San Antonio, Dallas/Fort Worth, Oklahoma City, Houston, Tulsa, Austin, and West Texas (Lubbock)—and fourteen campus centers.

LaBrant is a registered interior designer in the State of Texas and works for Parkhill Smith & Cooper, Inc., in Lubbock, Texas.

Advisory Council member Sandra D. Lucas [BSID '78] of Lucas/Eilers was featured in the May/June 2012 edition of Texas Home & Living Magazine.

Advisory Council members R. Lawrence Good, FAIA AICP LEED AP [B.Arch. '72] of Good Fulton & Farrell, and Donald Pender, AIA LEED AP [M.Arch. '81] of LPA Inc., are principals for firms both listed in construction industry publication Engineering News-Record's (ENR) "Top 100 Green Design Firms of 2012."

Additionally, LPA Inc. was recently named "California Design Firm of the Year."

RAD pop-up shop, HI5H, Austin, Texas, July 26-28, 2012.

Ryan Anderson [M.Arch . '09] and RADfurniture hosted a 3-day retail pop-up event July 26 to 28. Founded by Anderson in 2010, RAD is a design + fabrication shop in East Austin that is obsessed with the efficient production of heirloom-quality goods that are functional, durable, and fun. RADfurniture is designed and handmade in Austin, Texas.


Albert Gamboa passed away at the age of 35 on Sunday, July 29, 2012, at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. He was born in Lubbock and graduated from Lubbock High School. He attended The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture through 2001. Gamboa loved music, sports, and performing show choir. He loved life, his friends, and his family. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.


We want you to stay involved and connected to the school, so please join us:

  • Alumni & Friends Reception in conjunction with
    2012 Texas Society of Architects Convention
    Thursday, October 18
    7:00–9:00 p.m.
    Gensler Austin Office [new location]
    212 Lavaca Street, Suite 390
    Austin, Texas
    R.S.V.P. by Thursday, October 11

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dhruv Singh at dhruv_singh@austin.utexas.edu or 512.471.8187.

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


For the full schedule and latest updates, check the online UTSOA Calendar.
View the fall 2012 lecture & exhibit poster.


Todd Schliemann.

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

Todd Schliemann, FAIA
Design Partner, Ennead Architects
New York, New York

"Context and Convergence Todd Schliemann/ Ennead Architects: Recent Work"

Todd Schliemann is a design partner in Ennead Architects. His designs are recognized internationally for architectural excellence and have received numerous national AIA Honor Awards, New York State and New York City AIA Awards, and American Architecture Awards from the Chicago Athenaeum, among others. Driving Schliemann's work is his passionate conviction that while architecture is a personal interpretive art, it is the designer's obligation to deliver an architecture suffused with the broadest meaning of its context. His careful analyses of specific physical, environmental, historical, and societal conditions have resulted in designs that expand the vocabulary of contemporary architecture and elevate public awareness of architecture's expressive power.

Among his significant projects are: Natural History Museum of Utah; The Standard, New York; Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History; University of Michigan Biomedical Science Research Building; New York Hall of Science; Weill Cornell Medical College Weill Greenberg Center; The Mercersburg Academy Burgin Center for the Arts; and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center SEEC. Currently in design are the Engineering, Education and Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin, Weill Cornell Medical College Medical Research Building, and York College Academic Village Conference Center.

Schliemann has served as studio critic, juror, lecturer and ACE Mentor. He received a bachelor of architecture degree from Cornell University and studied urban design at the Architectural Association in London. He is a member of the Architectural Advisory Committee of Cornell University, The Council of the New York Hall of Science, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.


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 (CRP) at The University of Texas at Austin. Upcoming forums include:

  • "Participatory Action Research in Mexico"
    Friday, September 7, 12:00–1:00 p.m., Goldsmith Hall 3.120

This summer, a group of University of Texas graduate students traveled to Tlazala de Fabela, Mexico, where they took part in an international seminar on sustainable community development and conducted participatory action research with the local community as part of a planning studio. The seminar opened with a broad goal of introducing more sustainable agriculture practices to the community, beginning on the land of one community leader. Through a challenging but ultimately rewarding group process, the goal was refined, and design proposals were developed for the local community.

How does the participatory aaction research model work? How does a diverse group of students begin to work effectively as a team? How does the local community take ownership of an idea or design? What does the future of this project look like? Students from the program will address these questions and share stories about the experience.

Questions? Contact John Rigdon at jrigdon@utexas.edu.


Through September 14
University Co-op Materials Resource Center
Next to room 3.108 in the West Mall Office Building

Wood table from the summer 2012 wood design class.

"Wood Design Projects"

Student work from Lecturer Mark Maček's summer 2012 wood design class. Haven't you always wanted to take this course? Haven't you always wished that the pieces would be on display after the final review? Now's your chance to come by and see the summer projects.

"WEST | UTSOA Student Work"

Work by UTSOA students was featured in the inagural WEST Austin Studio Tour this spring. Although the tour took place last May, the student work is on display in the Materials Lab through September 14. Stop by now to have a look.


Preston Scott Cohen.

Monday, September 10
Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Room 3.120
5:00 p.m.

Preston Scott Cohen
Principal, Preston Scott Cohen, Inc.
Associate Professor, Pratt Institute
Brooklyn, New York

"Hyperbolic Museums and Other Projects"

Preston Scott Cohen is the chair and Gerald M. McCue Professor of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) and is the principal designer at Preston Scott Cohen, Inc., of Cambridge, Massachusetts. His work exemplifies a new, highly disciplined synthesis of architectural typologies, geometry, and urban contexts.

Recent projects completed or under construction include the Taiyuan Museum of Art; the Tel Aviv Museum of Art Amir Building; Datong City Library; the Keystone School Auditorium in Beijing; the Nanjing Performing Arts Center; the Fahmy Residence in Los Gatos, California; and the Goldman Sachs Arcade Canopy in New York.

Awards include the Time and Leisure Best Museum of the Year and the Design Review Award for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, five Progressive Architecture Awards, and an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Cohen is the author of Contested Symmetries, the forthcoming Hyperbolic Museums, The Return of Nature co-edited with Erika Naginski, and numerous theoretical essays.

Cohen's work has been widely published and exhibited internationally and is the subject of numerous theoretical assessments by renowned critics and historians including Michael Kimmelman, Antoine Picon, Sylvia Lavin, Michael Hays, Terry Riley, Daniel Sherer, Robert Levit, Robert Somol, and Rafael Moneo.


David Orr.

Friday, September 14
Student Activities Center (SAC) Auditorium [map]
7:00 p.m.

Dr. David Orr
Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics
Oberlin College
Oberlin, Ohio

"Black Swans & the U.S. Future: Creating Sustainable & Resilient Societies"

Part of the Environmental Science Institute's (ESI) "Hot Science – Cool Talks" outreach series.

David W. Orr is one of our generation's leading environmental philosophers and educators. He is the recipient of five honorary degrees and other awards including The Millennium Leadership Award from Global Green, the Bioneers Award, the National Wildlife Federation Leadership Award, a Lyndhurst Prize acknowledging "persons of exceptional moral character, vision, and energy."

Dr. Orr has lectured at hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Europe, and has served as a Trustee for many organizations including the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Aldo Leopold Foundation. He has been a Trustee and/or advisor to ten foundations. His career as a scholar, teacher, writer, speaker, and entrepreneur spans fields as diverse as environment and politics, environmental education, campus greening, green building, ecological design, and climate change. He is the author of six books, including his best-selling 2005 title Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World.

"Black swans" are unpredictable events that can drive change in both human and natural systems. David Orr, a leading environmental philosopher, asks if we can prepare for, absorb, and recover from the unpredictable disruptions from climaterelated ecological change. He will discuss promising strategies of sustainable design and technology to create resilient societies and support systems.

Co-sponsored by UT's Office of Sustainability, ESI, the School of Architecture, and the Center for Teaching and Learning.


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

Deborah Schneiderman, RA/LEED AP
Principal, deSc: deborah schneiderman [architecture/design/research]
Associate Professor, Pratt Institute
Brooklyn, New York

"Inside Prefab"

Deborah Schneiderman, RA, IDEC, LEED AP, is an associate professor of interior design in the School of Art & Design at Pratt Institute. Schneiderman received a master of architecture degree from SCI-Arc and a bachelor's degree in design and environmental analysis from Cornell University. Her research explores sustainable built environments and interior prefabrication. Schneiderman has lectured at Storefront for Art and Architecture, The Center for Architecture, and Van Alen Institute Books, as well as internationally. Recent publications include "The Prefabricated Kitchen: Substance and Surface" in the international journal Home Cultures; a chapter titled "Integrating Sustainability into Design Curriculum" in Sustainability at Universities - Opportunities, Challenges and Trends, edited by Walter Leal Filho; and "Prefabricated Interior Design: Defining the Topic in the international journal Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture. Schneiderman's book, Inside Prefab: The Ready-Made Interior, was published in 2012 by Princeton Architectural Press.


Joan Ockman.

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

Joan Ockman
New York, New York

"Architecture School: Three Centuries of Educating Architects in North America"

Joan Ockman is Distinguished Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and also teaches at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. She served as director of the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University from 1994 to 2008 and was a member of the faculty of Columbia's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation for over two decades. Her award-winning anthology Architecture Culture: 1943-1968 (Rizzoli, 1993) is in its fifth printing. Architecture School: Three Centuries of Educating Architects in North America, the subject of her current lecture, was published in spring 2012 by MIT Press.


August 28 – October 11
Mebane Gallery, Goldsmith Hall

Gallery Talk: Wednesday, September 26, 5:00 p.m.
Martin Gundersen
Professor of Architecture, University of Florida
Gainnesville, Florida

"13 Florida Moderns: 1950–70"

Curitorial statement: "The thirteen Florida Moderns built between the years 1950-70 exhibited here demonstrate a modernist sensibility driven both by their immediate environment and by the national shift toward a more casual lifestyle that followed WWII. Like work built in southern California during the same few decades — with which the Florida Moderns are inevitably compared — dissolving the distinction between interior and exterior space became a primary concern. But while the moderate Los Angeles climate fostered an architecture that opened directly to the outdoors wherever possible, the hot and humid climate of central Florida necessitated a more measured means of engaging its surroundings; and thus generated a wholly novel east coast variant."

"The relationship of indoor and outdoor space in the Florida houses is characterized more by ambiguity than by the fluidity seen in California. There, floor-to ceiling glass walls permit a visual continuity interrupted only by the track of the sliding glass doors; the threshold is thin, little more than a line. Florida's climate spawned a proliferation of innovative skin treatments and interstitial spaces that inflated this line to create instead a protective buffer. Walls swell to accept operable screens, and jalousie windows allow for the control of light, privacy, and air. Screened porches, covered walks or breezeways, patios-cum-foyers, and internally focused interior courtyards comprise a realm of spaces that hover between inside and out. The absolutes of light and shadow blur into shade. In Florida, California's line of 'either' became the space of 'neither.'"

"Paul Rudolph's iconic aerial perspectives hint at the importance the Florida Moderns also placed on the 'fifth wall,' which was regarded not as a simple cap, but as another means of wresting some degree of control over their often less-than-gracious climate. Evident, too, is a fresh understanding of the roof's potential to participate more fully in the realization of the overall design: it stretches beyond the building perimeter to thwart the afternoon sun; it peels away to admit light into interior spaces; it connects discrete elements, and helps turn traditional exterior features into a protective wrapper. Viewed from above, it often completes a pure geometry only suggested by the push and pull of the plan below."

"In architecture, the period following WWII was remarkable as much for its rich cross-pollination of ideas as it was for its positivistic faith in the future ahead. Innovative ideas and material advances bounced from coast to coast (and in between) in a spirit of collaborative optimism. Pierre Koenig, architect of the iconic Case Study House #22 in Los Angeles, for example, credits the design of a Florida residence by Paul Rudolph as the inspiration for his first (and personally most pivotal) project. Many of the architects represented here simultaneously taught at the University of Florida, shared common mentors, and crossed paths in practice. They begin to muster a family tree of provocative and cooperative relationships to which the Third Coast should rightly be appended; after graduating from the University of Texas in 1949 with a degree in architecture (then a program within the College of Engineering), F. Blair Reeves joined the faculty at the University of Florida in Gainesville and added his voice to the conversation with the design of his own home. A few years later, that house would influence another UT graduate, William Grobe ('51), who likewise emigrated to the University of Florida after spending several years working for Austin Modernists Fehr and Granger. The result is a body of work whose contribution to the catalog of American Modernist architecture is only beginning to be recognized." —Judy Birdsong

Martin Gundersen is the main exhibit curator; the exhibit was brought to the School of Architecture thanks to Judy Birdsong and Nichole Wiedemann.


September 17 – September 20
Goldsmith Hall

"Design Waller Creek: A Competition" – Final Submissions


Kate Orff.

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

Kate Orff
Partner, Scape/Landscape Architecure PLLC
Assistant Professor, Columbia University
New York, New York

"Petrochemical America"

Kate Orff is an assistant professor at Columbia University GSAPP, where she leads studios and seminars that integrate the earth sciences into the design curriculum. She is the author, with Richard Misrach, of Petrochemcial America, a richly illustrated book that explores how oil and petrochemicals have transformed the physical form and social dynamics of the American landscape, with a focus on the "Cancer Alley" region of southern Louisiana.

Orff is also co-editor of Gateway: Visions for an Urban National Park, and her essays have appeared in The Great Leap Forward, Waterfront Visions, Volume, and other publications. She is also a registered landscape architect and founding principal of SCAPE, a landscape architecture and urban design studio based in Manhattan. She was named an ELLE magazine "Planet Fixer," a Dwell magazine Design Leader. Her work has received two national ASLA awards and has appeared in the Museum of Modern Art, the HK/Shenzhen Biennale, and other international exhibits.

View Kate Orff speaking on Dwell magazine's Design Leader site.


UTSOA faculty and alumni are well represented on this year's AIA Austin Homes Tour, to be held the weekend of October 6-7, 2012. The self-guided tour celebrates the diverse and stunning design talent of Austin's local architects, as it showcases 13 new and newly renovated homes from across the Austin area. Both traditional and contemporary designs coexist on the tour, and the featured homes span from modest to means.

Homes participating in the tour are open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are on sale now. The tour has sold out the past two years, so attendees are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance. Tickets may be purchased at Zinger Hardware Treehouse (Austin location), RealtyAustin (Lake Travis location), or directly from AIA Austin. Additional information, including ticket costs, is available from AIA Austin at 512.452.4332 or aiaaustin.org.

Architectural firms participating in the 2012 AIA Austin Homes Tour:


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

Barbara Campagna, FAIA
Barbara A. Campagna/Architecture + Planning, PLLC
Washington, D.C.


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

Jason Vollen
Associate Director, CASE / Center for Architecture Science abd Ecology
Associate Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, New York


Friday, November 2
Location TBA
5:00 p.m.

Jeanne Gang, FAIA
Principal, Studio Gang Architects
Chicago, Illinois


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

Eric Bunge
New York, New York


November 5 – November 28
Mebane Gallery, Goldsmith Hall

"Topographical Prospects: Graduate Work in Landscape Architecture, 2007–2012"


Monday, November 12
Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Room 3.120
5:00 p.m.

George Stockton
President, Moriyama & Teshima
Toronto, Canada


Roughly every other Friday during the fall and spring semesters, The Center for American Architecture and Design hosts a Friday Lunch Forum Series. The aim of the series is for faculty and students to meet in an informal atmosphere to debate topics and to share ideas about history, practice, theory, and new directions for architecture.

All Center Lunch Forums take place at 12:00 noon (CST) in Battle Hall, Room 101, and via LIVE WEBCAST.

Visit the Center website for updates and to access the live webcast. Forums on the fall 2012 schedule include:

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.


Judy Parker, with retirement mementos from the School of Architecture—a sketchbook personalized by faculty and staff and a drawing by Michael Garrison, selected especially for Parker.

With mixed emotions, we share the news that Judy Parker retired from The University of Texas at Austin effective August 31. During Parker's eight years as the receptionist for the School of Architecture, many changes occurred, both in the receptionist's areas of responsibility and throughout the school. Parker took pride in her work, and she continually worked to improve procedures. We will miss her cheerful attitude, her willingness to help, and her historical knowledge.

On Wednesday, August 29, the school held a farewell breakfast in her honor. Parker was presented with a gift card, a book containing special sentiments and sketches from faculty and staff, and a framed drawing by Professor Michael Garrison of the town of Castiglion Fiorentino in Tuscany, where the school's advanced architectural design studio is taught each fall.

We wish Judy Parker all the best as she moves into this next phase of her life. Her retirement leaves a void in the UTSOA family.

Sarah Walker, who graduated from UT in May 2012 with a double major in English and Theatre & Dance, is already on board as the new receptionist. She has previously worked in the Undergraduate Writing Center, and she brings many creative talents to our team.


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