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Class Acts: Former student news

Former students report activities

posted June 30, 2018
Former students are invited to submit items for the Class Acts section of the arch|one e-newsletter, which highlights professional achievements, as well as news briefs about marriages, births, retirements and whatever else former students care to share with the college community. News and photos may be e-mailed directly to the editor.
Van Zandt takes LAUP dept. helm

Van Zandt takes helm of LAUP department

posted April 11, 2018
Shannon Van Zandt, a distinguished educator, researcher, author and administrator who joined the Texas A&M College of Architecture faculty in 2005, is the new head of the university’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning.
Singleton tapped as Texas A&M University Distinguished Alumnus

Singleton tapped as Distinguished Alum

posted March 28, 2018
For outstanding contributions to the university, the community and his profession, College of Architecture graduate James M. Singleton IV ’66 has netted a Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest honor bestowed upon former Texas A&M students, by The Association of Former Students in a surprise ceremony on March 28.
Outstanding Alums' gifts push college toward $30 million target in Lead by Example campaign

Planned gifts move college toward LBE campaign target

posted March 20, 2018
With two gifts from College of Architecture Development Advisory Council members this month, the college passed the two-thirds mark toward its $30 million goal in Texas A&M University’s “Lead by Example” campaign.
Former planning students elevated to AICP fellows

Former urban planning students elevated to AICP fellows

posted March 19, 2018
The myriad achievements of two former Texas A&M urban planning students have elevated them to the American Institute of Certified Planners’ College of Fellows, one of the profession’s highest honors.
Study abroad alum launches scholarship honoring Abbott

Former student creates new study abroad scholarship

posted March 19, 2018
A former Texas A&M environmental design student who was transformed by a single 1982 semester spent studying abroad in Italy is creating a scholarship to help fund similar transcendent educational experiences for today’s Texas A&M students.
Photography excellence earns alumnus elevation as American  Institute of Architects’ fellow

Photography earns alumnus elevation as new AIA fellow

posted March 5, 2018
Charles Davis Smith ‘90, an architectural photographer who expertly weaves design training and camera skills into memorable images that illuminate a designer’s thoughts and vision, is Texas A&M’s newest member of the prestigious AIA College of Fellows.
Peña remembered as visionary architect, war hero, benefactor

Peña remembered as visionary architect, war hero, benefactor

posted February 12, 2018
William Merriweather Peña ‘42, one of the Texas A&M College of Architecture’s most revered former students whose legendary architectural career followed a heroic tour of duty in World War II, died in Houston Feb. 10, 2018. It was his 99th birthday.
Class Acts: Former student news

Former students report activities

posted January 31, 2018
Former students are invited to submit items for the Class Acts section of the arch|one e-newsletter, which highlights professional achievements, as well as news briefs about marriages, births, retirements and whatever else former students care to share with the college community. News and photos may be e-mailed directly to the editor.
Forty-year career made Pugh a legendary urban planning leader

Pugh remembered for contributions to Texas planning

posted January 4, 2018
David L. Pugh, who headed of the former Department of Urban and Regional Planning and helped shape dozens of Texas cities and thousands of minds throughout his four-decade teaching career, passed away Dec. 26, 2017 at 75.
High-flying alumnus Lopries breaks skydiving speed record

High flying alum breaks skydiving speed record

posted December 11, 2017
Reaching new heights, and velocities, College of Architecture graduate and U.S. Marine Kyle Lobpries ‘06 recently broken the North American record for speed skydiving, an extreme sport in which people free fall headfirst toward the earth as fast as possible.
Nominations for outstanding college alumni due March 1

Nominations for outstanding college alumni due March 1

posted December 11, 2017
Nominations for the 2018 College of Architecture Outstanding Alumni Awards, which honor exemplary leadership, relentless pursuit of excellence, exceptional talents and numerous accopmlishments, are due by March 1, 2018.
Year-end giving could fully fund several college endowments

College suggests year-end giving opportunities

posted December 7, 2017
As many plan their year-end charitable giving, the College of Architecture is focused on completing projects launched by former students in honor of faculty members who played a very special role in their education and in their personal and professional lives.
Former student Bryan Trubey masters sports arena design

Outstanding alum designs famous sports arenas

posted December 5, 2017
Bryan Trubey — an innovator in the field of sports architecture, having designed the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium among many other major arenas around the world—was apparently born with an innate sense of his destiny.
Viz grad tells how Disney created 'Zootopia' city with GIS software

Viz grad tells how Disney team used GIS to create 'Zootopia'

posted November 20, 2017
In “Zootopia,” the Oscar-winning animated film where thousands of anthropomorphic animals coexist, Disney artist Brandon Jarratt, a former Texas A&M visualization student, used geographic information system software to craft the movie paradise.