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University of Texas at Austin

January 4, 2016

On November 6, Professor Juan Miró, FAIA, accepted the 2015 Edward Romieniec Award for Outstanding Educational Contributions from the Texas Society of Architects. Additionally, Miró Rivera Architects' (MRA) Chinmaya project graced the cover of Texas Architect's September/October 2015 Design Awards issue. The Hindu temple and educational building are the first phase of the mission's new campus in North Austin.

Associate Professor Danilo Udovički-Selb's recent and upcoming scholarly activities include:

  • Edited O' Neil Ford Monograph 6: Narkomfin: Moisej J. Ginzburg, Ignatij Milinis, jointed published (fall 2015) by the School of Architecture, Center for American Architecture and Design, Ŝĉusev State Museum of Architecture, and the O'Neil Ford Chair in Architecture.
  • Authored the lead chapter, “L’Exposition de 1937 n’aura pas lieu: The Invention of the Paris International Expo and the Soviet and German Pavilions,” In Architecture of Great Expositions 1937–1959, London: Ashgate, 2015. Editors Vladimir Paperny, Alexander Otenberg, and Rika Devos.

Students from The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) and the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) took fourth place overall in the 2015 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition in Irvine, California, for their project, the NexusHaus. Over 75 students from seven disciplines were involved on the NexusHaus. School of Architecture instructors Michael Garrison, Petra Liedl, and Adam Pyrek supervised the students throughout the two-year project, with support from Michael Webber of UT Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering, as well as TUM's Werner Lang.

For the Badlands National Park Studio’s midterm review last week, six National Parks Service (NPS) staff came to Austin, from the park and from two NPS regional offices. Other NPS personnel observed and commented online. In September, 13 students (from five countries and six UTSOA graduate degree programs) traveled to the park for nine days of intensive fieldwork and interviews. Studio instructors Michael Holleran and Benjamin Ibarra-Sevilla accompanied them, as well as six staff members from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Ecological Design Group.

Michael Benedikt, Larry Doll, Michael Garrison, and Larry Speck — on their 40th anniversary of teaching and service to the School of Architecture celebrated with a  school-wide Conversation and 4x40 Fiesta

Associate Professor Fernando Lara’s 2015 publication, Modern Architecture in Latin America: Art, Technology and Utopia, was named a runner-up at the Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards ceremony, held November 2, in Austin, Texas.

Danze Blood Architects [Elizabeth Danze, FAIA, and John Blood, AIA] received a 2015 Texas Society of Architects (TxA) Studio Award for their Saints Peter and Paul Chapel.

Assistant Professor Danelle Briscoe's book, Beyond BIM: Architecture Information Modeling, was just published by Routledge.

The award-winning residential designs of Alterstudio Architects LLP are showcased in “6 Houses,” an exhibit running through January 19, 2016, in Texas A&M University’s Wright Gallery.

Alterstudio principal, Professor Kevin Alter, presented a lecture at the exhibit opening on October 26. In addition to garnering numerous awards including the Housing Award from the American Institute of Architects and Design Excellence awards from the American Society of Interior Design and the International Interior Design Association, the homes featured in the exhibit also drew praise from essayists in the book, 6 Houses, which features designs Alter created with firm partners Ernesto Cragnolino [B.Arch. '97, BSAE '97, BA Plan II '97] and Tim Whitehill [B.Arch. '02].

Assistant Professor Robert Young's article, "The Oregon Way: Planning a Sustainable Economy in the American West," was published in the Journal of Planning Education and Research (JPER).

Mixtec Stonecutting Artistry/ El arte de la cantería mixteca by Assistant Professor Benjamin Ibarra-Sevilla was awarded with a medal for the best published work at the Architecture Biennale of Mexico City 2015.

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