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University of Oklahoma

November 1, 2013

Assistant Professor Catherine Barrett contributed to a recent publication, the Dictionnaire universel des femmes créatrices (Universal Dictionary of Creative Women), published by Editions des femmes (Paris: 2013). Her contribution, written in French, included three essays about American women: one on the architect Josephine Wright Chapman, one on the architect Mary Colter, and one on the landscape architect Lutah Riggs.

Associate Professor David L. Boeck served as advisor to a team of 4th and 5th year Architecture students in the 2013 NOMAS Design Competition, which called for developing property on the near-northeast side of Indianapolis in the Friends and Neighbors, Oakhill, Fall Creek Place, and Reagan Park neighborhoods. This project incorporated ideas from city-developed plan to create a carbon neutral mixed-used transit oriented development (TOD). The team attended the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Conference and presented their solution entitled Indy Park.

The Center for Middle Eastern Architecture and Culture (CMEAC) at the College of Architecture established Spring 2012 by
Dr. Khosrow Bozorgi sponsored a special screening, a presentation by, and banquet for the award-winning Canadian/Iranian author and documentary filmmaker Dr. Farzin Rezaeian on his latest film Recreating Pasargadae: Cyrus the Great’s Paradise.

Assistant Professor Daniel Butko presented an authored poster entitled Mining Landscapes of Waste and a separate paper entitled Returning to Earth coauthored with Assistant Professor Dr. Lisa Holliday (CNS), Assistant Professor Matthew Reyes (CNS), Dr. Kianoosh Hatami (CEES), and Dr. Chris Ramseyer (COE) at the 2013 ACSA Fall Conference in Fort Lauderdale.

Architecture Division Director and Professor Hans E. Butzer, with his practice Butzer Gardner Architects, received AIA Honor Awards from the AIA Oklahoma Chapter for the Woodland Residence and 7@Crown Heights. He and his team also earned an AIA Merit Award for the Nichols Law Firm from the AIA Central States Region. Professor Butzer also made an invited TEDx presentation titled “Surroundings Matter” at a TED-sponsored event. Hans, along with his Skydance Bridge Design Team, presented at the AIA Oklahoma/Central States Region Convention with a focus on collaboration. Hans was also an invited lecturer in the University Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability Seminar Series, presenting his firm’s work and its relationship to culture, place, and identity.

A team of undergraduate Architecture students led by Assistant Professor
Thomas Cline was awarded 2nd place in the 2013 AIA Central States Student Design Competition. The team consisted of 4th year students Bud Hardage and Minh Tran, 3rd year student Jessika Poteet, and 2nd year students Corey Hardy and Victor Trautman (alternate). The competition pairs regional student teams with local architecture firms over a 16 hour charrette.

Associate Professor Lee Fithian presented a paper coauthored with CNS Associate Professor Tamera McCuen entitled BIMStorm OKC: A Virtual Event to Build Community and Enhance Connectivity at the FOREFRONT: Architects as Collaborative Leaders conference in Salt Lake City. FOREFRONT is a conference jointly sponsored by the AIA Center for Integrated Practice, AIA Utah, and the University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning and is in partnership with ACSA.

In other news, a group of faculty and students from the College of Architecture’s Compressed Earth Block (CEB) research team consisting of Assistant Professors Daniel Butko (Arch), Dr. Lisa Holliday (CNS), Matthew Reyes (CNS), Scott Williams (LA), Dean Charles Graham, 4th year Architecture student Aaron Crandall, and 3rd year Construction Science student Holly Snow coauthored and presented a total of four papers and two posters at the 2013 Earth USA Conference in Santa Fe, NM.

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