Soon after finishing work on the Shamrock, Hightower launched his own commercial design firm. His many notable projects resulted in distinctive structures from California to Florida, including Houston’s St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, which he designed with architect Edward Schulte. Hightower was consulting and working on projects until just several months before his death in Houston at age 92.
Hal Eugene Stringer LAND ’50, one of Waco, Texas’ first landscape architects, died April 13, 2018. As the founder of Hal Stringer and Associates, he practiced for 51 years. Among his noteworthy designs is the award-winning, original master plan for McLennan Community College, which opened in 1965. Stringer’s plan guided development of the Waco campus for more than 30 years.
After serving in the Army in World War II, Stringer was a G.I. Bill enrollee at Texas A&M who began his professional career at the Lambert Landscape Company in Dallas.
Henry Voorhees Stout BARCH, MURDE ’68, the first head of the Louisiana Tech University Department of Architecture, died May 23, 2018.
During his 34-year academic career, Stout also taught architecture at the University of Southwestern Louisiana — now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette — and at Louisiana Tech.
A member of Louisiana’s Board of Architectural Examiners, Stout also served a term as board president. He donated his time and talents to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Council of the Arts, Habitat for Humanity, and the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Lauren Griffith BLA ’79, an Outstanding Alumna of the college, is heading the design of renovations to the Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza, a .75-acre space at the Houston Public Library that honors the literary legacy of the late, former first lady.
The design, which Griffith hopes will turn the plaza into a downtown destination, will include a library lounge, children’s reading area and a café with indoor and outdoor seating. The redesigned plaza will also include a water feature, video display, and a lawn space for casual seating or art exhibits.
She is the founder and president of Lauren Griffith Associates, a Houston-based landscape architecture firm whose innovative project designs have changed the city’s face and created precedents for active public spaces throughout Texas.
Designers and planners at CMAI Architects, a South Africa-based design and development planning firm led by Chris Mulder DED ’80, will receive two 2018 awards at the International Federation of Landscape Architects’ World Congress and Gala July 19 in Singapore.
The firm earned an Outstanding Award for creating Crossways Farm Village, a 1,400-acre residential development located on a dairy farm on the coast of South Africa’s Eastern Cape, and an Award of Excellence for creating Thesen Islands, a residential marina consisting of 19 man-made islands linked by 21 arched bridges that span marina waterways.
Mulder, an Outstanding Alumnus of the College of Architecture, and CMAI designers headlined the Third Annual Aggie Leadership in Community Development Conference on Feb. 9, 2018, hosted by the Texas A&M Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning.
Shawn Evans BED ‘93, led the development of two master plans on display at the 2018 Venice Biennale, one of the world’s premier design exhibitions, that guide the preservation of the Eastern State Penitentiary, a historic prison site in Pennsylvania, and Owe’neh Bupingeh, a seven century-old Native American village in New Mexico. The master plans will be on display in “A Future-Oriented Preservation” exhibit at the European Cultural Centre in Venice’s Palazzo Bembo through Nov. 25, 2018.
Evans is principal in charge of the Santa Fe office of Atkin Olshin Schade Architects.
Lance Simms, MSCOMG ‘00 is joining the Texas A&M construction science faculty after 22 years at the city of College Station, where he recently retired as its planning and development director.
"College Station has provided a number of amazing opportunities and I am looking forward to the next chapter in life following retirement from the city," Simms said.
He joined the city in 1996 after eight years at the city of Ruston, La. He first served as the College Station’s building official before he was promoted to assistant director of the department in 2005.
Robert Turek ENDS ’08 is part of a growing community of artists in Temecula, Calif., approximately halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. With his partner, Marie Perrin-McGraw, Turek launched Lustered Walnut, a line of functional, modern ceramics.
Jungmin Kim MARCH ’15 is part of a duo that won a competition, sponsored by the Montello Foundation, to design a 250 square-footspace for travelers to contemplate their relationship to their surroundings and interact with others in the northeast Nevada desert.
Kim, an architectural intern at Architexas, an architecture, planning and historic preservation firm, created the design with Yunseon Cho, a student at of Yeungnam University in South Korea.