College’s 50th anniversary to include yearlong series of celebrations in 2019

The Texas A&M College of Architecture will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019 with a yearlong series of festivities culminating in a slate of special events Nov. 14-16.

Events include a Nov. 15 Celebration of Learning: Reimagining the Future, a series of presentations celebrating the past, present and future of all of the college’s disciplines; a Nov. 14 Outstanding Alumni banquet at the Thomas G. Hildebrand, DVM ‘56 Equine Complex, and a Nov. 16 tailgate on the Player Development Field across from the Hagler Center three hours before the Texas A&M vs. South Carolina kickoff.

The Celebration of Learning event will feature keynote speaker Henry Cisneros '68, a former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, mayor of San Antonio and a Texas A&M distinguished alumnus. The Celebration of Learning schedule is available online.

“All of the year’s festivities and special events are opportunities for our former students to gather and reminisce with faculty, friends and current students about their formative years on campus as well as share their vision about the future of all the disciplines in the college,” said Jorge Vanegas, dean of the college. “It’s very exciting to think about the college’s storied past and imagine how it will continue to play a leading role in shaping the natural, built and virtual environments.”

Honorees at the Nov. 14 banquet are Jim Brinkley ’64, Omar Faruque ’71, Rahmawati (Ama) Husein ’11, Roy Rafael Pachecano ’88, Sue Ann Pemberton ‘76, and Lorena Téllez Toffer ’04.

Additional anniversary celebration events will be announced as details become available.

The College of Architecture was established in 1969. The fledgling college, led by its first dean, Edward J. Romieniec, consisted of five departments offering seven degrees. Previously housed in the College of Engineering, the new college would expand throughout the years, moving into the newly constructed Langford A in 1977. The college’s Department of Construction Science moved into Francis Hall in 2015.

Many academic developments and expansions have occurred throughout the college’s first 50 years, including the establishments of new degree programs, research centers, and the Department of Visualization. More about the myriad happenings at the college through the years is available online.

As part of the college’s 50th anniversary celebration, its former students are invited to share memories of their college years at Memories can be submitted in a variety of formats: text, still images, video or audio files.

All submissions are available for public viewing on the site and selected submissions will be used in social media posts and additional celebration-related online posts and print publications.


Richard Nira

posted November 29, 2018