UTSOAThe University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture
4 April 2014

The School of Architecture is hosting LATITUDES, the sixth annual symposium reflecting on architecture in the Americas, on April 3 + 4. Click image to view larger.


Top: The Commodore Perry Estate, designed by Hal Thomson and built 1927-29, will be shown to SAH members by John Volz [B.Arch. '71], whose firm, Volz O'Connell Hutson, is the preservation consultant for the ongoing restoration of the property.

Bottom: As an example of recent residential work in Austin, SAH members will tour the Westridge Residence (2011) by Professor Juan Miró and his firm, Miró Rivera Architects, with David Mahler designing the landscape featuring more than 100 species of native plants.

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The School of Architecture hosts the national conference of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) next week from Wednesday, April 9, through Sunday, April 13. Over 500 historians, historic preservation professionals, and architects from throughout the United States and around the world will meet at the Hyatt Regency on Lady Bird Lake for presentations of recent scholarship, workshops, and tours of Austin and Central Texas. The conference program may be seen at sah.org.

On campus, the Eden and Hal Box Courtyard, Hogg Auditorium, and the Battle Hall Reading Room will be the sites of receptions and a plenary session on the evening of Thursday, 10 April. The courtyard reception requires conference registration for admission, but the Reading Room reception is open to all from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. It celebrates the opening of the exhibition, "Inside Modern Texas: The Case for Preserving Interiors," curated by graduate historic preservation student Emily Ardoin. UT students also may attend the plenary session in Hogg Auditorium without charge. Following a brief awards ceremony (see what's hot in architectural history books!), Dianne Harris, professor in the Departments of Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Art History, and History at the University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign will speak on "Architectural Histories and Architectural Humanities."

Back at the Hyatt, the conference will turn its attention to Austin on Saturday morning, 12 April, from 8:45 to 12:45, considering the place of historic architecture in rapidly growing cities. $10 registration is available at the door. Organized by Associate Professor Michael Holleran, the seminar includes a keynote address by noted Texas architectural historian Stephen Fox and panel discussions led by Assistant Professor Barbara Brown Wilson [Ph.D. CRP '10, MA Arch.Hist '05], Assistant Professor Sarah Lopez, Fred L. McGhee, Jennifer Minner [Ph.D. CRP '13], David Preziosi, John Rosato [MSCRP '72], and Dean Fritz Steiner.

UTSOA faculty, students, and alumni are involved in all aspects of the conference. Professor Richard Cleary has led the local planning committee whose members include architecture Ph.D. student Scott Gill, graduate architectural history student Marisa Gomez, Associate Professor Michael Holleran, Emily Little [M.Arch. '79], Professor Christopher Long, Kim McKnight [MSHP '11], Tere O'Connell [B.Arch. '86], Emily Reed [MSHP '10], and Lecturer Gregory Smith. Staff support from Executive Assistant Christine Marcin and Event Coordinator Richelle Ouellette has solved countless logistical problems. More than a dozen other faculty, students, and alumni will be presenting papers, leading tours, and volunteering their time to welcome our visitors.


Detail, The University of Texas at Austin Campus Master Plan, fall 2012, lead consultant Sasaki Associates, Inc. Click image to view larger.

The University of Texas at Austin Campus Master Plan is a 2014 SCUP Excellence Award Winner, receiving an Honor Award in the "Planning–Existing Campus" category from the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP).

The master plan was created in 2012 by a diverse, campus-wide Master Plan Advisory Committee led by UT Austin Vice President for University Operations Dr. Pat Clubb and School of Architecture Dean Fritz Steiner, with lead consultant Sasaki Associates, Inc.

"For some time, The University of Texas at Austin has held a prominent position among national and international universities. Achieving and sustaining this level of excellence comes through thoughtful planning, dedicated implementation, and a keen focus on the timeless mission of the university. […] Campus planning is done with a long-term view. It guides day-to-day business decisions and investments; it is concerned with creating lasting value. In this way, campus planning is a mirror of our academic mission to create world-class learning environments for our students, enable research that benefits the world, and provide public service to society."
William Powers, Jr., UT Austin President

The underlying intent of the plan is to respond to two specific recommendations from the Commission of 125. The first of these focuses on the need for systematic integrated planning using objective data sources, with facility and financial resources in service to academic initiatives. The second recommendation calls for the best use of facilities, built more efficiently, with better coordination among different university stakeholders, and for the need to address critical maintenance and renovation projects. The plan also responds to the recent report of the Task Force on Undergraduate Graduation Rates, which emphasizes the contribution of the student campus experience to student success.

UTSOA faculty, alumni, and students on the Master Plan Advisory Committee:

  • Associate Professor Dean Almy (Advisory Committee)
  • Kate Bedford [M.Arch. '12] (Mobility Task Group)
  • Professor Richard Cleary (Historical Resources Assessment Task Group)
  • Senior Lecturer Fran Gale (Historical Resources Assessment Task Group)
  • Associate Professor Michael Holleran (Historical Resources Assessment Task Group)
  • Sean Kennaugh, senior in architectural studies, (Advisory Committee)
  • Assistant Professor Talia McCray (Mobility Task Group)
  • David Rea [M.Arch. '80] (Leadership Team, Advisory Committee, Office of Campus Planning Director)
  • Beth Rosenbarger [MCSCRP '12] (Mobility Task Group)
  • Jim Walker [MCSCRP '98] (Advisory Committee, President's Sustainability Steering Committee)

View The University of Texas at Austin Campus Master Plan. [PDF]


Rachael Laughter. Click image to view larger.

Third-year interior design student Rachael Laughter has won one of two Brinkmann-Gensler Scholarships offered yearly by Gensler to students entering their final year of study in all not-for-profit accredited interior design programs in the United States. The Brinkmann-Gensler Scholarship (usually $7,500) is based on academic excellence, design ability, and presentation creativity.

Winners of this award are considered for a paid internship at a Gensler regional office during the summer and paired with a Gensler mentor who may serve as a resource during the internship and the student's final academic year.


Assistant Professor Gabriel Díaz Montemayor presented a talk at the "Urban Space and Climate Change" Colloquium organized by the School of Architecture of the Autonomous University of Sinaloa, Mexico, in Culiacán. The colloquium was set in the context of the recent creation of a new bachelor's degree in urban design and landscape at this Pacific coast state university in Mexico. Other speakers included Xanat Antonio Némiga from the Autonomus University of the State of Mexico, Iris Patten from the University of Arizona at Tucson, and Antonio Márquez Gonz•lez from the Autonomous University of Nayarit. Díaz Montemayor's talk dealt with current issues in landscape architecture and urbanism, including professional and academic works.

Additionally, Díaz Montemayor presented talks on professional and academic works to the Municipal Planning Institute of Culiacán, the Planning Council of Culiacán (composed of representatives of various government levels, universities, developers, and commerce-industry associations), and the staff of Culiacán•s Botanical Garden.

Other fall 2013 activities in Mexico include two lectures on "Current Issues and Topics in Landscape Architecture," in Chihuahua, Mexico, for the master's program in advanced architectural design at the Superior Institute of Architecture and Design of Chihuahua (ISAD) and a two-day workshop/lecture at the Landscape Architecture Diploma Program for practicing architects organized by the Universidad de Monterrey.

Assistant Professor Clay Odom made two presentations in the categories of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Scholarship of Design Research at the 2014 Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Annual Conference, held in New Orleans, February 6–8. He was awarded the 2014 IDEC Creative Scholarship Award, Best In Category Design as Interior for his presentation of work titled "Temporary Atmospheres: Installations for the Experience of Sound and Light."

Texas Architects' new blog, 500 Chicon, interviewed Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs Elizabeth Danze, FAIA [B.Arch. '81]. Click here to learn more about her role in selecting a keynote speaker for the 2015 Texas Society of Architects convention in Dallas.

In the March 26 edition of The Daily Texan, Distinguished Teaching Professor Larry Speck discussed the future of the Frank Erwin Center. Designed in 1977 by Bluford W. Crain [B.Arch. '37] and Ralph Anderson of Houston-based firm, Wilson, Crain, Anderson Partnership, the Erwin Center has welcomed almost 26 million guests through its doors. Read more about UT's plans for campus growth.

On Saturday, April 5, Dean Fritz Steiner will moderate a special session with Lake|Flato principals Ted Flato, FAIA, and alumnus David C. Lake, FAIA [BSAS '77], at the San Antonio Book Festival, where they'll speak about their new publication, Lake|Flato Houses: Embracing the Landscape.


Events are subject to change—for the full schedule and latest updates, check the online UTSOA Calendar.


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

All Center Lunch Forums take place at 12:00 noon (CST) in Battle Hall, Room 101, and via LIVE WEBCAST. Seating capacity limited to the first 50 attendees.

Visit the Center website for updates and to access the live webcast.

Remaining spring 2014 forums include:

Past featured forums:


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

David Elalouf
ADE ARCHITECTES / Atelier David Elalouf
Paris, France


April 9 – 13
Various locations
Austin, Texas

The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) is holding its annual conference this April in Austin. The event will include paper sessions, tours, and an SAH Austin Seminar, led by Associate Professor Michael Holleran, which will feature panel discussions open to the public addressing the role of architectural history in Austin and other rapidly growing cities.

UTSOA faculty, students, and alumni are involved in a wide variety of ways—from presenting research papers to serving as panelists to organizing tours and in service as volunteers and participation on the organizing committee.


  • Thursday, 10 April, UTSOA-hosted reception and a plenary session, Hogg Auditorium, 6:30 – 8:50 p.m. (registration required)
  • Saturday, April 12, "Austin and the Place of Historic Architecture in Rapidly Growing Cities" seminar, led by Michael Holleran, 8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., Hyatt Regency Austin (registration required)
  • Exhibit, "Inside Modern Texas: The Case for Preserving Interiors," curated by historic preservation student Emily Ardoin, Battle Hall Reading Room

SAH is the leading organization for the study of architectural history in the United States. The SAH Annual Conference is a forum for preeminent scholars of architecture, landscape and urban history, as well as leaders in architectural and landscape design, preservation, and planning to exchange and generate ideas about designing, constructing, and conserving the built environment.

Visit the SAH conference website for details, including registration, fees, and conference agenda.


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

Diana Wiesner
Diana Wiesner Arquitectura Y Paisaje EU
Bogota, Colombia


Monday, April 21
Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Room 3.120
5:00 p.m.

Roland Snooks
Studio Roland Snooks
Melbourne, Australia

"Studio Roland Snooks is a progressive architecture practice with a passion for experimentation, questioning the norm and developing unconventional solutions. We are a small, agile practice based in Melbourne that operates globally. We offer a full range of architectural services and have an international network of expert collaborators to enable us to tackle complex and large-scale projects."

"The studio is led by Roland Snooks who has 15 years experience in practice, having worked on projects ranging from individual houses to large-scale cultural, education, and commercial projects. Roland holds a bachelor of architecture from RMIT University and a masters in advanced architectural design from Columbia University in New York, where he studied on a Fulbright scholarship."

"The work of the practice has been published internationally and exhibited widely including at the FRAC Collection in France, the Beijing Biennale, and the National Gallery of Victoria."

"We have a fascination with the impact of new technologies on architecture and construction. The practice is at the forefront of new computational design processes and robotic fabrication techniques. We are focussed on how to develop and leverage these innovations to rethink what architecture might be and to create intricately crafted buildings."

UTSOA lecture and exhibitions generously funded by: Jean and Bill Booziotis Endowed Annual Lecture in Architecture, 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, Golemon & Rolfe Centennial Lectureship in Architecture, Herbert M. Greene Centennial Lectureship in Architecture, The 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, Wilsonart Endowed Lecture Series in Interior Design, and the School of Architecture Professional Residency Program.


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