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University of Houston

October 18, 2011

This fall, the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture opened the doors of the Materials Research Collaborative, which is an outlet of Material Connexion, a database that has physical collection libraries in only eight other locations throughout the world.

The MRC was founded with educational value in mind, allowing free access to all University students. It provides a tangible, out-of-classroom experience for architecture students who are used to seeing just pictures of materials.

The library includes over 100 materials that allow students to find materials by visual preferences or by criteria. They are able to feel the texture and how light or how heavy an object is.

Materials are labeled in a way that makes it easy for them to find in the database, including even a QR code that you can scan with a specialized phone app.

Director and Associate Professor Donna Kacmar worked with the dean to bring the collection to the University.

Together, they worked out a collaboration with area professionals that includes Page Sotherland Page, Kendall/Heaton Associates, Gensler and Ziegler Cooper. (excerpt from the UH Daily Cougar)

Associate Professor Michelangelo Sabatino recently received three awards:

M. Sabatino, Pride in Modesty: Modernist Architecture and the Vernacular Tradition in Italy has recently been awarded two national prizes:

-Best book of 2010 from the American Association of Italian Studies
-Best Book of 2010 from the Modern Language Association (Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize)

M. Sabatino (Jean-François Lejeune), Modern Architecture and the Mediterranean: Vernacular Dialogues and Contested Identities has received a "commendation" from the UIA's CICA - International Committee of Architectural Critics, Tokyo 2011.

Associate Professor Michelangelo Sabatino, PhD, of the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture received a number of awards for his recent book Pride in Modesty: Modernist Architecture and the Vernacular Tradition in Italy (2010): Best Book of 2010 from the American Association of Italian Studies, Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize from the Modern Language Association and Best Book of 2010 from the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH). His Modern Architecture and the Mediterranean: Vernacular Dialogues and Contested Identities (with Jean-François Lejeune, 2010) was shortlisted and received a Commendation for the 2011 CICA (UIA) Bruno Zevi Book Award. During the summer of 2011, Sabatino was a Visiting Scholar at the Canadian Centre for Architecture completing his forthcoming book on Arthur Erickson.

The Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians has selected GD Hines College of Architecture Associate Professor Michelangelo Sabatino's book, Pride in Modesty,  as this year’s SESAH book award winner. 

Assistant Professor Gregory Marinic’s New York-based practice, Arquipelago, has been awarded an honorable mention for his submission "Seoul Market System" to the 2011 Seoul Public Design Competition.  The competition is sponsored by the Seoul Metropolitan Government.

UH College of Architecture Students Finalists in the INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE COMPETITION:  SC2011 SPAIN-CHINA MADRID + HANGZHOU Madrid: Hyper Building – Vertical City.  The UH students Emily Yong, Andre Simapranata, Juan Pablo Fuentes, Cristhian Bisso, and Jessica Yong were the only team from the United States to be recognized.



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