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Magnolia blossom in Goldsmith Hall's Eden and Hal Box Courtyard. Photo by Lisa DeLosso.

In this issue of eNews...

As the Saucer Magnolias bloom in Goldsmith Hall's Eden and Hal Box Courtyard, we recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of faculty members Anthony Alofsin and Christopher Long, share exciting updates from students, faculty, and alumni, and dive in to an eventful and thought-provoking lectures and exhibitions season.
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Christopher Long Receives ACSA's Distinguished Professor Award

Professor Christopher Long received the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Distinguished Professor Award for 2016-2017. We are proud to extend well-deserved congratulations! Explore the full list of ACSA Architectural Education awards here.

More about Distinguished Professor Christopher Long:
Professor Long studied at the universities of Graz, Munich, and Vienna, and received his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in 1993. From 1994 to 1995, he taught at the Central European University in Prague. His interests center on modern architectural history, with a particular emphasis on Central Europe between 1880 and the present. Trained in history rather than in architecture, his approach borrows from cultural and intellectual history, as well as political and economic history. He has studied questions of cultural representation in architecture, the larger ideological context of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century architectural theory, and the development of architectural education. Professor Long's interests also include modern design in Austria, the Czech lands, and the United States. He has worked on several exhibitions and publishes widely on a diverse range of subjects.

Dr. Anthony Alofsin

Dr. Anthony Alofsin Elected AIA Fellow

Professor Anthony Alofsin has been named an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Fellow, the organization's highest honor. Of AIA's 88,000+ members, just 3% have received this distinction, and we are proud to have several AIA Fellows on the UTSOA Faculty. Congratulations, Dr. Alofsin!

More about Dr. Anthony Alofsin:
Dr. Alofsin was educated at the Philips Academy in Andover, Harvard College, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Columbia University, and the Memphis Academy of Art. Throughout his career, he has practiced as a teacher, sculptor, and architect. A widely published author, Dr. Alofsin has written twelve books and over eighty essays on art, architecture, and culture. His research has focused on twentieth century modern architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright, Central European Architecture, the American Home, and the history of design education. During his thirty-year career at The University of Texas, he founded the Ph.D. program in architecture, was Director of the Center for American Architecture and Design, and chaired the Program in Architectural History and Theory in the School of Architecture. He is the Roland Gommel Roessner Centennial Professor of Architecture, and has created new courses ranging from the History of Ornament, to a global survey of modern architecture, to the history of architectural history. His teaching of architectural history reflects the perspectives of an architect and art historian, as well as the interface between the profession and architecture’s history. Dr. Alofsin’s architectural practice focuses on residential design with built work in Austin, Texas, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Rhinebeck, New York. His current book, Wright in New York, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2018.

UTSOA Featured as "Diversity Champion" by Metropolis Magazine

Metropolis Magazine spotlighted UTSOA's commitment to diversity in the article, "Diversity Champions: 8 Schools that Aren't Just Paying Lip Service to Diversity." Read the full article here.

Diversity is one of our core values. UTSOA is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive environment for all people. We believe that diverse values and beliefs, interests, experiences, and intellectual and cultural perspectives contribute to the excellence of our institution and help us better serve the community at large. Furthermore, we believe that a well-designed environment is a fundamental human right and enables communities to develop in healthy and sustainable ways.

Save the Date! NYC Alumni & Friends Reception

Join UTSOA for an Alumni & Friends reception in New York City on Wednesday, March 15 at 7:00pm. The event will take place at THE RICHARDSON, located at 451 Graham Avenue in Brooklyn. We hope to see you there! Please check our website for additional details and to RSVP.

Photo by Haley Fitzpatrick. Courtesy of the Visual Resources Collection.
Davis Richardson's "Kinetohaus." Photo courtesy of Davis Richardson.
Student News

UTSOA students swept 5 out of 6 AIA Fort Worth Student Design Awards. Selected from a record number of submissions by 7 of 8 accredited Texas architecture schools, winners included Sara Bensalem, Kendall Claus, Will Powell, Zach Walters, and Alex Warr (2 awards).

Last year, UTSOA students won the HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing competition. HUD recently published a piece in Cityscape journal highlighting the work of graduate students Sarah Simpson, Megan Recher, Brianna Garner Frey, and Tatum Lau, along with Brett Clark from the McCombs School of Business.

Photography by MArch student Haley Fitzpatrick is currently featured in the Visual Resources Collection's Battle Hall exhibition, Island in Flux: The Impact of Tourism on Icelandic Urbanization. See more details.

First year Historic Preservation student Manushi Mathur was awarded the Shri Apoorva Thakershy Gold Medal by GICEA (Gujarat Institute of Civil Engineers and Architects) in India for graduate research conducted during studies at CEPT University in Ahmedabad. Her research focused on challenges faced by the Historic Preservation sector in Ahmedabad, as well as the building crafts affected by the preservation activities carried out in the region. 

MArch student Davis Richardson will represent UT Austin at SXSW this March. His sustainable tiny house, which was recently featured on the DIY Network, will be parked downtown for visitors to tour. Davis will also present a lecture on tiny houses and alternative affordable housing types, including a vision for retrofitting parking garages into housing in collaboration with the modular building startup Blokable based in Seattle. 

Image of Larry Doll's house in the book Marfa Modern by Helen Thompson. Photo by Casey Dunn. Courtesy of The Monacelli Press.

Ann Hamilton, Visual Arts Center seminar for O N E V E R Y O N E, 2017. Photo by Christina S. Murrey. Courtesy of Landmarks.

Faculty Ming Zhang and Junfeng Jiao with UT Austin students at the NetImpact and Toyota Next Generation Mobility Challenge.

Faculty News

Book cover, A Vision of Place.
Anna Katsios [MArch '14]. Photo courtesy Matt Fajkus Architecture.
Alumni Updates

Alumnus and award-winning architect Hans Butzer [BArch '90] has been appointed Dean of the OU College of Architecture. Read the official announcement here.

A Vision of Place: The Work of Curtis & Windham Architects, a new book co-authored by Advisory Council Member Bill Curtis [BArch '81], was recently published by Texas A&M Press. 

Brad Deal [MArch '07] received the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Collaborative Practice Award for his work with Robert Brooks at Louisiana Tech University. Additionally, as the winner of AIA's "I Look Up" Film Challenge in 2016, Brad shared insights into the power of film as part of a profile in Architect Magazine.

Anna Katsios [MArch ‘14] recently completed her Architect Registration Examination (ARE) by passing all sections on her way to licensure and has been promoted to a Design Architect position at Matt Fajkus Architecture. Katsios believes that design specific to its site has the power to be transformative, to be a catalyst for social change. Her key projects at MF Architecture include the recently-competed Strass Residence, Patterson Residence, Taylor Street Spec House, and Riverview Duplex, as well as a new residence on Inwood Road and an exciting development on Del Curto Road in South Austin.  

Photo by Haley Fitzpatrick. Courtesy of the Visual Resources Collection.

Events & Exhibitions

UTSOA Career Fair
Wednesday, February 22
AT&T Education & Conference Center Ballroom

Mark your calendar for the School of Architecture's annual Career Fair! The fair provides a fantastic opportunity for UTSOA students and alumni to connect with over 88 top firms and employers.
View the schedule and register online.

enMESHed Exhibition
On view through February 24
University Co-op Materials Lab, WMB 3.102

enMESHed is a lighting installation custom designed and fabricated by Cook Shop for the Materials Lab gallery. enMESHed explores the unique geometric possibilities of expanded metal mesh, an industrial product idiosyncratic in its diagrid structure. The installation is the latest investigation in a fascinating series that explores the ephemeral potential of the material when layered and carefully configured in three dimensions. Established by alumni Travis Cook [MArch ’12], Cook Shop is dedicated to material exploration, product development, and design collaboration at a variety of scales. 

Experiencing Rapid Urbanism: China Planning Workshop/China Studio 2005-2016
Exhibition by Dr. Ming Zhang
On view through March 1
Goldsmith Hall, Mebane Gallery

Rapid economic growth and urbanization in China offer enormous field opportunities for students in planning, design, and related disciplines to learn from experiencing, participating, and engaging. This exhibition presents twelve years of student work and activities from the China Planning Workshop/China Studio, led by the Graduate Program in Community & Regional Planning in the School of Architecture. 

To Better Know a Building: Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the UT Tower
February 27 - August 7
Battle Hall, Architecture & Planning Library Reading Room

The Architecture & Planning Library and the Alexander Architectural Archives will recognize the 80th anniversary of The University of Texas Tower’s dedication by featuring the iconic structure in its fifth installment of the To Better Know a Building exhibition series.

The Alexander Architectural Archive holds extensive documentation for the UT Tower building, including construction drawings, shop drawings, construction photographs, and project files from the University of Texas Buildings Collection. 

Women in Architecture Exhibition
In Partnership with AIA Austin

On view through March 2
Goldsmith Hall & 249 W. 2nd Street

Sparking a conversation across Austin, two Women in Architecture exhibitions and a dynamic range of public programs centered on diversity will be offered this Spring in partnership with AIA Austin. These programs recognize the far-reaching achievements of women architects in Texas and beyond. The main exhibit will highlight the history of women in architecture and will be on display at 249 W 2nd Street, on the corner of 2nd and Lavaca. A companion exhibit, featuring video interviews with local women designers and infographics developed by UTSOA graduate students Anjulie Palta and Sarah Dubicki, are on view in Goldsmith Hall's North Lobby.

On view through August 18

Island in Flux: The Impact of Tourism on Icelandic Urbanization
Photographs by Haley Fitzpatrick [MArch '17]
Battle Hall, Ground Floor

In August 2015, with support from the school's Boone Powell Prize in Urban Design, graduate student Haley Fitzpatrick traveled to Iceland to "...study how tourism was affecting projected urbanization, cultural identity and resource capacity, specifically along the coastal settlements." The photographs featured in this exhibition represent a portion of her image donation received by the Visual Resources Collection.

Changing City Fabric: Freddy Mamani Silvestre’s Influence on El Alto
Photographs by Danae Notgrass [BSID '17]
Sutton Hall, Room 3.128

In December 2016 and January 2017, Danae Notgrass traveled to El Alto, Bolivia with support from the School of Architecture Travel Scholarship Program to document buildings designed by Freddy Mamani Silvestre. The photographs featured in this exhibition represent a portion of her image donation received by the Visual Resources Collection.


Please note that the Kunle Adeyemi lecture, originally scheduled for February 20, has been postponed until further notice.

Mason White
March 6 | 5pm
Goldsmith Hall, 3.120

Mason White is a founding partner at Lateral Office in Toronto and Associate Professor at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto . 

Nina Rappaport 
March 22 | 5pm
Goldsmith Hall, 3.120

Nina Rappaport is an architectural critic, curator, historian, and educator. She directs the New York-based think tank Vertical Urban Factory, and has served as publications director at the Yale School of Architecture for over sixteen years.

For more details about the Spring 2017 Lectures and Exhibitions Series, please visit soa.utexas.edu.

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