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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.
Students’ recycled materials backdrop adorns fashion show

Studio’s recycled backdrop adorns ‘Trash Makeover’

posted September 19, 2017
Guests at a the Trash Makeover Challenge, a unique Austin fashion show, posed for selfies and other photos in front of a giant, interactive backdrop fashioned by Texas A&M environmental design students from recyclable cups, bottles, cans and other refuse.
ILMxLAB pros help Vizzers create immersive virtual reality games

Grad vizzers create virtual reality games with ILMxLAB’s help

posted September 18, 2017
Texas A&M graduate visualization students spent the summer creating four virtual reality games from scratch with guidance from industry experts at Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB, an industry leader in Immersive Entertainment production.
TAMU art academy director aims to enhance outreach, funding

New AVPA director seeks to enrich art outreach, funding

posted September 14, 2017
With performances including a hip-hop homage to Shakespeare’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” the Academy for the Visual & Performing Arts’ 2017-18 season is heading for new heights under the direction of Weiling He, associate professor of architecture.
Landscape architecture student’s concept earns coveted award

LAND student’s concept earns coveted award

posted September 14, 2017
A design for a coastal League City, Texas development that includes natural and engineered solutions to prevent flooding earned its creator, Zixu Qiao ’17, a highly coveted 2017 award from the American Society of Landscape Architecture.
19th annual faculty research symposium set for Oct. 23

Oct. 23 symposium spotlights college, faculty research

posted September 14, 2017
The 19th annual College of Architecture Research Symposium, “Natural, Built, Virtual,” is set for Oct. 23 in the Langford Architecture Center’s Preston Geren Auditorium. It showcases research and creative work by college faculty and doctoral students.
Viz professor to join National Academy of Sciences board

Viz prof tapped to join NAS program advisory board

posted September 13, 2017
André Thomas, a visualization professor, who is leading an effort to establish video games as an educational tool in universities and high schools, has been tapped to join the advisory board of the National Academy of Sciences’ Koshland Public Engagement Program.
Prof pens chapter on avant-garde design group Archigram for Wiley

Arch prof pens work on 1960s avant-garde designers Archigram

posted September 13, 2017
In a new book about 20th century architecture, associate professor Sarah Deyong, writes about Archigram, an influential avant-garde group of London architects who were inspired by the space program, science fiction, pop art and youthful idealism.
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.
Norfolk adopts hazard 'scorecard' created by TAMU disaster team

Texas A&M hazard team's 'scorecard' adopted by Norfolk

posted September 5, 2017
City planning staff in Norfolk, Va., a coastal city of 243,000, have identified weaknesses and inconsistencies in their community’s natural hazard plans with a scorecard developed in part by Texas A&M disaster researchers.
Ward Wells endows professorship supporting arch department head

Wells professorship supports architecture department head

posted September 5, 2017
After 40 years as a prominent educator and administrator at the Texas A&M College of Architecture, Ward Wells, who stepped down as head of the Department of Architecture in 2016, endowed a $150,000 professorship to continue his support of the department.
Air Force veteran takes helm of construction science department

Former Air Force Academy educator heads CoSci dept.

posted September 1, 2017
Patrick Suermann, who led numerous, large-scale military construction projects around the world and excelled as an educator during a distinguished 20-year career as a U.S. Air Force officer, is the new head of the Texas A&M Department of Construction Science.
Career change program cultivates successful ‘architects with a twist’

Program provides alternative track to architecture career

posted July 27, 2017
You don’t have to earn an undergraduate design degree to excel as an architect. For several decades, the Career Change Master of Architecture program at Texas A&M University has trained aspiring architects from diverse disciplines.
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.