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Texas A&M University

September 12, 2014

Professors Xuemei Zhu, Kevin Glowacki, Gabriel Esquival, and Sarah Deyong, have been promoted to Associate Professors with Tenure at A&M University.

Dr. Xuemei Zhu teaches in the Department of Architecture. She is a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Health Systems & Design at Texas A&M University. Her scholarship investigates the impacts of built environment on public health, environmental sustainability, and social equity, with a specific focus on healthy community and healthcare design. She received 13 competitive research grants ($1,006,285 in total) as a PI or Co-PI, from organizations such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She also produced 19 journal articles, two book chapters, six conference papers, and 25 conference presentations. Her teaching centers on the theme of environment-behavior relationships, and strengthens the link between environment-behavior research and design practice.

Dr. Kevin Glowacki teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in art and architectural history. He received his Ph.D in Classical and Near Eastern archaeology from Bryn Mawr College in 1991. His research investigates domestic architecture, household activities, and urban development on the island of Crete. His publications include STEGA: The Archaeology of Houses and Households in Ancient Crete (American School of Classical Studies at Athens: Princeton 2011) and Kavousi IIB: The Late Minoan IIIC Settlement at Vronda. The Buildings on the Periphery (INSTAP Academic Press: Philadelphia 2012). He is currently a member of an international team excavating the ancient Minoan city of Gournia in eastern Crete.  At Texas A&M, Dr. Glowacki is also a Faculty Fellow of the Center for Heritage Conservation. He is the recipient of the Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from the Archaeological Institute of America.

Professor Esquivel Gabriel joined Texas A&M University in 2008. He investigates the benefits and vehicles of a heterogeneous model that integrates both design technology and architecture’s proprietary devices. Specifically, Professor Esquivel examines digital geometry and the emergence of new material logics. He also examines the integration of digital techniques and analogue conventions to exchange architectural information. His research oscillates between fabrication techniques, performance and parametric investigations directly linked to the fabricated pieces, as well as the theoretical background behind these fabricated objects. These projects have been discussed on papers from SMI and Acadia from the parametric point of view as well as theory-based publications like Thresholds from MIT. He is a promoter of new ideas in architecture. has produced and organized conferences in Mexico City, such as Azul Rey, Elegantech, Ab Intra and Blurring Limits.

Dr. Sarah Deyong joined Texas A&M University in 2007 and received her doctorate at Princeton University in 2008.  She teaches history & theory and design studio, and her research focuses on postwar and contemporary theories and practices. Her papers on topics such as Sigfried Giedion, Team X, High Tech, Colin Rowe and Urban Think-Tank have been published in the JAE, the JSAH, Praxis, Flip Your Field (ACSA), Theory By Design (University of Antwerp), the Journal of Architecture, A Critical History of Contemporary Architecture and The Changing of the Avant-Garde (MoMA). She was awarded a grant from the Graham Foundation and a fellowship from the Glasscock Center of Humanities Research. Her current book project is titled The Reinvention of Modern Architecture at Mid-Century.

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