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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.
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.
CHC director emeritus remembers his late colleague, David L. Pugh

Peer remembers David Pugh as mentor, friend

posted January 4, 2018
My perspective on David Pugh begins with his appointment to the tenure-track faculty in 1976. He was the ideal academic for the times, bringing broad academic preparation, real-world experience, intellectual curiosity, and a genuine passion for teaching combined with a dedication to outreach.
Vizzer's color harmonizing app featured in research journal

Vizzer's 3-D color harmonizing app featured in journal

posted December 11, 2017
Inspired by her passions for art theory and computer science, Sarah Brown, a senior Texas A&M visualization student from Ft. Worth, created a computer program for building new, exciting color palettes with harmonious hues.
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.
Latinx artists recall childhood homes in Jan. 24–Feb. 28 exhibit

Latinx artists recall childhood homes in Wright Gallery show

posted December 11, 2017
Five contemporary Latinx artists share their culture through intimate personal memories in “Aún Recordamos Aquel Hogar,” or “We Still Remember What Was Once Home,” an exhibit set for Jan. 24 – Feb. 28, 2018 at the Texas A&M College of Architecture’s Wright Gallery.
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.
Oscar-winning CG wizard to teach visualization as Hagler Fellow

Oscar-winning CG artist joins viz dept. as Hagler Fellow

posted December 11, 2017
Jerry Tessendorf, an Academy Award-winning professor from Clemson University who revolutionized the use of fluid simulations in computer graphics, is joining the Department of Visualization faculty in 2018 as a Hagler Institute for Advanced Study Faculty Fellow.
Students’ virtual structures viewable on mobile devices

Students’ virtual structures viewable on phones, tablets

posted December 11, 2017
Virtual high-rise buildings, visible only on tablets and phone screens, towered over a physical model of East Downtown Houston in an exhibit staged recently at the Langford Architecture Center by students in a third-year Texas A&M environmental design studio.
Planning prof presents hazard mitigation strategies in D.C.

Planning prof presents hazard mitigation ideas

posted December 11, 2017
In the nation’s capital, congressional staff and professional meterologists heard Phil Berke, professor of urban planning, present research-based strategies aimed at heightening communities’ ability to withstand and recover from natural disasters.
Play-based learning earns  NSF grant for visualization prof

Viz prof uses motion tracking to enhance kids' writing skills

posted December 8, 2017
Using motion-tracking technology, Texas A&M visualization researchers are developing and testing an enhanced play system aimed at boosting children’s’ imaginations and enriching their story-telling and writing skills.
TAMU art academy funds faculty projects for artistic enrichment

TAMU art academy funds faculty artistic enrichment projects

posted December 8, 2017
To promote the arts at Texas A&M and beyond, the university’s Academy for the Visual & Performing Arts awarded more than $23,000 to university faculty for five art initiatives supporting exhibits, new classes and a book, announced AVPA director Weiling He.
Landscape architecture student leads outdoor classroom project

Creation of primary school facility led by LAND student

posted December 7, 2017
South Knoll Elementary School students in College Station can enjoy learning in Jeremiah Forest, an outdoor classroom, as a result of a two-year Texas A&M student outreach project led by Alex Santos, an undergraduate landscape architecture major.
Facility management students earn scholarships from FM group

FM group awards scholarships to two college students

posted December 7, 2017
Two Texas A&M College of Architecture graduate students who show promise as future leaders earned scholarships at the Oct. 16 International Facility Management Association conference in Houston.
Senators hear of  post-Harvey housing problems from prof

Senators hear of post-Harvey housing problems from prof

posted December 7, 2017
Editor’s note: Texas lawmakers heard Shannon Van Zandt, professor of urban planning, describe the significant housing difficulties low-and moderate-income people face as they recover from devastation caused by August 2017’s Hurricane Harvey.