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Former students share news with the College of Architecture

Former students report activities

posted August 31, 2014
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.
Former LAUP prof, preservation advocate Echols dies in Virginia

LAUP prof emeritus Echols dies at 84

posted August 5, 2014
Ralph Gordon Echols, Texas A&M professor emeritus of landscape architecture and urban planning and a former College of Architecture associate dean, died Friday, July 18, 2014 at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital in Virginia.
College to honor six outstanding alumni in October 17 ceremony

College to honor six outstanding alumni in October ceremony

posted June 6, 2014
Six former Texas A&M’s College of Architecture students who have risen to the top of their respective fields while making significant public service contributions will be honored this fall as outstanding alumni.
Viz program to be prominently featured at SIGGRAPH 2014

Viz program to be well represented at SIGGRAPH 2014

posted April 30, 2014
SIGGRAPH 2014, the world’s premier computer graphics and interactive techniques conference, will once again feature a large presence from faculty and students at Texas A&M’s Department of Visualization.
Former students’ firm ranked in  top five in K-12 built projects

Former students’ firm among top 5 in built K-12 projects

posted March 20, 2014
Gignac Architects, a design firm with two generations of former students holding Master of Architecture degrees, was ranked fifth among all firms that designed K-12 education facilities with construction starts in a recent 2.5 year period.
Seven alumni among 2014 American Institute of Architects Fellows were honored in June

7 former students elevated to AIA College of Fellows

posted February 20, 2014
For achieving a standard of excellence in the architecture profession and for significant contributors to architecture and society, seven Texas A&M former students have been elevated into the prestigious American Institute of Architects College of Fellows.
Alumna's designs, activism earn her AIA Young Architect Award

Alumna earns 2014 Young Architect Award from AIA

posted February 17, 2014
Significant architectural accomplishments, community activism and a commitment to advancing diversity within her profession led to an American Institute of Architects Young Architect Award for Lorena Toffer, a 2004 Master of Architecture graduate.
Nominations for outstanding  college alumni due Feb. 22

Nominations for 2014 outstanding alumni due Feb. 24

posted January 29, 2014
Nominations for the 2014 College of Architecture Outstanding Alumni Awards, which annually recognize former students of exceptional accomplishment, are being accepted through Feb. 24, 2014.
Former student’s plans helped transform downtown Fort Worth

Former student’s plans transformed Fort Worth cityscape

posted January 21, 2014
James Toal ’69, a planning and economic development expert whose distinguished career included a leading role in what WFAA-TV called the biggest urban makeover in Fort Worth’s history, died at his home Dec. 22, 2013.
Former students share news with the College of Architecture

Former students report activities

posted January 15, 2014
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.
Outstanding Alum honored by France for heroic WWII service

Peña honored by France for service during WWII

posted December 4, 2013
Outstanding College of Architecture Alumnus and decorated World War II veteran William Peña ’42 ARCH received France’s highest honor, the medal of Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of Honour, during a 2013 Veterans Day ceremony held at Minute Maid Park.
Holiday gift giving opportunities at the College of Architecture

Gift giving options honor esteemed college faculty

posted December 4, 2013
The season of giving is also one of the busiest times of year for donations to the College of Architecture, as many former students include the college and their own departments for end-of-year donations.
Top planning scholar, author returns to Texas A&M faculty

Land use planning expert returns to Texas A&M faculty

posted November 26, 2013
Philip Berke ‘81, widely regarded as one of the nation’s top land use planning scholars, is returning to Texas A&M in 2014 to rejoin the urban planning faculty and help lead the university’s Institute for Sustainable Coastal Communities.
Former student's work showcased in best of the best photo book

Alum’s photo makes best of the best book

posted November 26, 2013
“Ballerina,” a photo by former Texas A&M visualization student Igor Kraguljac ‘08, was selected for inclusion in “Best of the Best Photographers 2013,” a collection of creative images from photographers worldwide distributed to top advertising agencies, art directors and art buyers.
AS+GG’s sustainable city design selected for Kazakhstan expo

Smith’s firm wins global design contest

posted November 26, 2013
Expo City, the focal point of Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan, a world’s fair showcasing the latest developments in renewable energy sources, will be built from a design by a Chicago firm co-founded by Adrian Smith, an outstanding alumnus of Texas A&M’s College of Architecture.