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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.
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.
Architecture students develop 360-degree VR installations

Arch students craft rule-free virtual reality worlds

posted November 9, 2017
An exercise designed to expand the imaginations of Texas A&M environmental design majors yielded stunning, 360-degree virtual reality spaces that dazzled headset-clad viewers at a late-October pop-up exhibit staged in the Langford Architecture Building.
Lavy, collaborators stress facility managers’ reliance on tech in  award-winning literature review

Lavy, collaborators stress tech reliance by facility managers

posted November 9, 2017
Facility managers should rely on data-driven decision making, resolved a team led by Sarel Lavy, Texas A&M associate professor of construction science, after an extensive review of technology’s relationship to facility management.
Two former students design new Dallas edible garden, event space

Two former students design new edible garden, event space

posted November 9, 2017
Dallas’ new civic jewel, A Tasteful Place, a verdant, 3.5-acre edible garden and a sparkling, 3,700-foot glass-walled building housing a teaching kitchen and event space, was designed by two former students from the Texas A&M College of Architecture.
Former vizzer detailed GIS-based creation of 'Zootopia' city in GIS Day keynote address Nov. 14

Vizzer’s GIS Day keynote featured virtual city creation

posted November 8, 2017
Brandon Jarratt, a former Texas A&M visualization student, discussed creating the imaginary city of Zootopia with GIS software in a keynote address at Texas A&M GIS Day, a three-day salute to geospatial technology and its power to transform and enhance lives.
Students’ Liberty County plan earns top Texas APA honors

Students’ projects garner top honors from Texas APA

posted October 31, 2017
A comprehensive planning document already shaping growth in Liberty County, Texas earned its graduate urban planning student authors top honors from the American Planning Association Texas Chapter in a category ordinarily reserved for professionals.
New chair honors Mann, studio leader for more than 50 years

New chair honors Mann, a design prof for over 50 years

posted October 26, 2017
Two former students pledged gifts to the Texas A&M Foundation to create a faculty chair honoring George J. Mann, professor of architecture, who has led healthcare design studios at the university for 51 years.
Student-led Chillennium '17 breaks Guinness World Record

Chillennium '17 breaks Guinness World Record

posted October 19, 2017
Reeling from too much Red Bull and bleary-eyed from sleep depravation, student game designers lumbered out of the Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M University at the end of Chillennium 2017, a world record-setting, student-led game design competition.
Planning prof eyes factors influencing senior walking

Prof learns factors influencing senior walking frequency

posted October 19, 2017
People older than 60 are more likely to meet federal walking recommendations if they have younger neighbors, or a human or animal companion to walk with, according to a study that included two College of Architecture researchers.
First-year design studio tackles architectural lighting challenge

Design studio tackles indoor architectural lighting challenge

posted October 18, 2017
First-year Texas A&M environmental design students vaulted into the vast world of architecture this month tackling a studio project that challenged them to cast natural light around a corner and deep into the darkest recesses of structure.
CoSci alum leads electricity restoration in Puerto Rico

CoSci alum leading Puerto Rico electric grid restoration

posted October 12, 2017
Texas A&M construction management graduate, James DeLapp ‘03, a colonel in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is leading efforts to restore electricity to critical facilities in Puerto Rico after the island’s electrical grid was destroyed by Hurricane Maria’s 150-mph winds.
Chillennium 17 organizers aspire to beat game jam world record

Students to make world record attempt at 48-hour game jam

posted October 11, 2017
Student video game designers will vie for a Guinness World Record as they design games from scratch in just 48 hours at Chillennium 2017, an Oct. 13-15, 2017 event hosted by the Texas A&M Department of Visualization.
Architecture students craft 3-D sculptures with Harvey rain data

Arch students reflect hurricane rainfall in 3-D sculptures

posted October 11, 2017
Students created 3-dimensional wall sculptures reflecting levels of rainfall experienced by residents of more than a dozen South Texas communities during Hurricane Harvey Art in a sophomore architectural design studio.
Brazos County AIA honors work of College of Architecture graduates

Brazos County AIA honors work of architecture grads

posted October 4, 2017
Former Texas A&M architecture students swept the Brazos chapter of the American Institute of Architects 2017 awards with their renovations of the Williams Administration Building and other historic structures in the region.