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College of Architecture faculty, students respond to hurricanes

College community responds to Harvey

posted September 20, 2017
As tens of thousands of Texans undergo a long, difficult recovery from Hurricane Harvey, numerous faculty and students initiatives at Texas A&M University are helping individuals and communities learn how to emerge from the damage and mitigate the effects of future disasters.
College profs analyze Harvey flooding in print, on radio, TV

Faculty aid Harvey reportage, analysis

posted September 19, 2017
As Harvey’s record-setting rainfall inundated coastal Texas, expert researchers in natural disaster planning, recovery and sustainability at Texas A&M, through analysis and numerous media interviews, described how land development practices exacerbated the flooding and prescribed actions to mitigate future disasters.
Hazard Center director advising Congress on windstorm policy

Peacock advises Congress in wind storm impact group

posted September 19, 2017
Walter Gillis Peacock, director of the Texas A&M Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, is one of 15 experts serving on a committee established by Congress to review efforts to reduce life and property loss from windstorms, the nation’s costliest natural hazard.
Students working to transform shipping containers to clinics

Project transforming shipping containers to specialty clinics

posted September 19, 2017
Texas border region residents will soon have access to two specialty medical clinics converted from shipping containers by students at the Texas A&M College of Architecture.
Micro-manufacturing initiative earns NSF Convergence Award

Micro-manufacturing initiative earns NSF Convergence Award

posted September 12, 2017
To investigate the viability of micro-manufacturing in the United States, the National Science Foundation tapped Francis Quek, professor of visualization at Texas A&M, as one of 23 recipients of a $100,000 Convergence Award.
Colonias Program provides 1,400 students with free school supplies

Colonias Program provides children with school supplies

posted August 14, 2017
This fall, more than 1,400 students in economically distressed areas of South Texas will carry backpacks stocked with school supplies provided by the Texas A&M University Colonias Program.
Army, Navy team with Colonias Program to provide health care

Colonias residents get health assistance from US Army, Navy

posted July 3, 2017
Outside a pop-up medical clinic in south Texas, a wide-eyed woman stood in shocked silence, suddenly able to see the world in sharp focus for the first time after receiving a pair of glasses in an initiative coordinated by military reservists and the Texas A&M Colonias Program.
Students, residents in Houston neighborhood to create plan combating polluted conditions

Students, residents in Houston to combat neighborhood toxins

posted June 22, 2017
Residents of Sunnyside, a Houston area neighborhood beset by water and air pollution and prone to flooding, will collaborate with College of Architecture students to develop plans to improve their community and create a roadmap for future growth.
College to honor 9 distinguished former students at Oct. 26 event

College to honor outstanding alumni at Oct. 26 ceremony

posted June 21, 2017
Nine former students from the Texas A&M College of Architecture, distinguished humanitarians and leaders in their respective fields, will be honored as outstanding alumni at a Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 banquet in College Station.
Teacher ‘making’ workshop aids study, promotes STEM education

Teacher 'making’ workshop fosters STEM education

posted June 19, 2017
Local elementary school teachers are stocking up on hardware supplies and brainstorming new lesson plans after learning basic programming, electronics and 3-D printing at a three-day workshop hosted June 12–14 by Texas A&M Department of Visualization faculty.
Study: Construction industry still slow to adopt new technology

Construction still hesitant to adopt tech, study shows

posted May 2, 2017
The construction industry is hesitant to pay for and utilize technology according to the 5th Annual Construction Technology Report, a survey-based study developed in part by Texas A&M construction science faculty members Ben Bigelow and James Benham ’01.
Fab Lab installations bookend A&M's Earth Day Texas exhibit

Fab Lab structures define Texas A&M Earth Day exhibit

posted May 2, 2017
College of Architecture’s Fab Lab installations defined Texas A&M’s looming presence at the 2017 Texas Earth Day expo in Dallas. The college booth featured student-designed interlocking building modules for creating reusable, easily deployed structures.
Humane society campus designs ‘break stereotypes, capture spirit’

Students design humane society campus concepts

posted May 1, 2017
Second year Texas A&M environmental design students showcased master plan concepts for a future Aggieland Humane Society campus at an April 27 Brazos County Expo Center unveiling attended by the organization’s staff and volunteers.
Fab-Lab builds decontamination device for animal flood victims

Fab Lab-built unit helps clean animals rescued from floods

posted May 1, 2017
A decontamination unit built by environmental design and engineering student workers at the Texas A&M College of Architecture’s Automated Fabrication and Design Lab was a big help to small animals tainted by recent toxic floodwaters in Texas.
CoSci prof working to diversify electrical construction industry

Prof investigating diversity in electrical construction industry

posted April 28, 2017
As study by Ben Bigelow, Texas A&M assistant professor of construction science, is seeking best practices for attracting and retaining members of traditionally underrepresented groups, namely women and minorities, to the electrical construction industry.