The Texas A&M College of Architecture’s lineup of 50th anniversary festivities includes “Celebration of Learning: Reimagining the Future,” a daylong event Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 featuring presentations by beloved current and retired college faculty that cover the past, present and future of the college’s disciplines. The event will also feature a keynote address by university distinguished alumnus Henry Cisneros, who earned a graduate degree at the college in 1968.
The Celebration of Learning follows a Nov. 14 banquet honoring this year’s group of Outstanding Alumni and precedes a Nov. 16 tailgate three hours before the Texas A&M vs. South Carolina game at Kyle Field.
Registration for the Celebration of Learning, available online through Nov. 1, includes access to all event presentations and workshops, breakfast, lunch and dinner, all of which will take place at the college’s Langford Architecture Center.
The Nov. 15 Celebration of Learning’s 12:45 p.m. keynote will feature Cisneros, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and former mayor of San Antonio.
Cisneros, who earned a Master of Urban Planning degree at the college, is the founding chairman of CityView, an organization that works to revitalize inner-city neighborhoods in major metropolitan areas, and chairman of American Triple I, an infrastructure investment firm.
A past member of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents and a past president of Univision Communications, Cisneros received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Texas A&M University’s College of Architecture. As a student he was combined commander of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.
In addition to Cisneros’ keynote the college’s disciplines will be featured in concurrent “Master Teacher” morning sessions led by some of the college’s leading faculty past and present including professors Rodney Hill and George Mann, professors emeritus Michael Murphy, Bob Segner, David Woodcock, and longtime former visualization faculty member Donald House.
In afternoon, college faculty will discuss critical and emerging topics in panel sessions about sustainability, historic preservation, transportation, natural hazards and resiliency, 3-D printing, robots/drones and more.
The day will conclude with a 5-6:30 p.m. reception.