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Artist to explore military, Texas A&M values in interactive exhibit

Military, Aggie values inspire art exhibit for Wright Gallery show

posted July 27, 2018
Air Force veteran and artist Jenn Hassin will explore core values instilled in Texas A&M students and U.S. military recruits in a large-scale, interactive, collaborate art installation made from military uniforms in a Sept. 11- Oct. 12, 2018 exhibit in the Wright Gallery.
LAUP student wins Weirus Spirit Award for campus diversity work

Diversity work earns planning student a Weirus Spirit Award

posted April 13, 2018
For making Texas A&M a more inviting place for minorities, third-year urban planning student Carlo Chunga Pizarro received the 2018 Buck Weirus Spirit Award in a ceremony 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 15, 2018 at the Association of Former Students Alumni Center.
Ph.D. student lauded for campus accessibility, diversity efforts

Ph.D. student lauded for Texas A&M diversity efforts

posted April 10, 2018
By diligently working to remove barriers for people with disabilities on the Texas A&M campus, Bara Safarova, a doctoral student in architecture, was honored at the 2018 ACE Awards. an annual event recognizing the importance of campus diversity.
CHC symposium focused on  African-American heritage

CHC symposium to feature heritage of African-Americans

posted February 2, 2018
The preservation of Texas’ historic African-American communities, imperiled repositories of black heritage and culture, was the focus of the 2018 Texas A&M Center for Heritage Conservation’s Historic Preservation Symposium.
Play-based learning earns  NSF grant for visualization prof

Viz prof uses motion tracking to enhance kids' writing skills

posted December 8, 2017
Using motion-tracking technology, Texas A&M visualization researchers are developing and testing an enhanced play system aimed at boosting children’s’ imaginations and enriching their story-telling and writing skills.
Vizzers top statewide short film Texas bullet train competition

Viz students take top prizes in bullet train film competition

posted December 5, 2017
Using motion graphics, kinetic type and their own design prowess, two Texas A&M visualization student teams won first place honors in a statewide short film competition to create standout promotional videos for the proposed Texas Bullet Train.
24-hour problem-solving contest targeted place, space, diversity

Hack-a-thon ’18 targeted diversity space and place

posted December 5, 2017
At Hack-a-thon ’18, a 24-hour anything goes creative problem-solving marathon Langford Architecture Center, registered teams vied for $5,000 in prize money while tackling issues of place, space and diversity.
Viz seniors use interactive design to connect majors, staff of college

Viz students create interactive design to connect college

posted December 5, 2017
Using magnets, yarn and striking graphic design, three Texas A&M visualization seniors created an interactive exhibit, “We are One,” to demonstrate the connectivity of the College of Architecture family.
ILMxLAB pros help Vizzers create immersive virtual reality games

Grad vizzers create virtual reality games with ILMxLAB’s help

posted September 18, 2017
Texas A&M graduate visualization students spent the summer creating four virtual reality games from scratch with guidance from industry experts at Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB, an industry leader in Immersive Entertainment production.
Dean sets forum to facilitate diversity-related concerns

Weekly office hours set to hear students’ diversity concerns

posted August 3, 2017
Diversity-related concerns at the Texas A&M College of Architecture can now be confidentially aired directly to the college’s associate dean for outreach and diversity, Cecilia Giusti, who is expanding her office hours to facilitate dialogue.
Career change program cultivates successful ‘architects with a twist’

Program provides alternative track to architecture career

posted July 27, 2017
You don’t have to earn an undergraduate design degree to excel as an architect. For several decades, the Career Change Master of Architecture program at Texas A&M University has trained aspiring architects from diverse disciplines.
CoSci adviser’s performance earns award from Texas A&M president

CoSci adviser earns presidential honor at Rudder ceremony

posted May 2, 2017
Analicia Leiva, academic adviser for Texas A&M College of Architecture, has expertly guided the trajectory of hundreds of aspiring construction managers, helping them navigate academia so they can earn degrees leading to successful careers in the construction industry.
Trevino's work in Texas colonias garners Women's Progress Award

Colonias work earns progress award for regional director

posted April 27, 2017
For encouraging women’s achievement in the workplace and striving to improve female work environments, Laura Trevino, regional director of the Texas A&M Colonias Program’s Lower Rio Grande Region, earned a Women’s Progress Award from the Division of Student Affairs.
Artist enlists public to create emotional topo map of B/CS

Public helps artist chart emotions throughout B/CS

posted March 7, 2017
This spring, Austin artist Jennifer Chenoweth is leading an army of volunteers to create a public art project, the “XYZ Atlas,” a color-coded data-based map that will geographically plot where individuals experienced emotional highs and lows within the Bryan/College Station area.
Community-based research, service confab hosted by TTC March 19-22

TTC hosting annual research, service confab March 19-22

posted February 22, 2017
University educators from across the nation will reveal how their research and service projects are enhancing communities and providing transformative learning experiences during the 2017 Sustainable City Year Conference March 19–22 at Texas A&M University.
Contestants create data-driven concepts for a barrier-free campus in Feb. 17-18 diversity hackathon

Diversity council staged Feb. 17-18 access hackathon

posted February 3, 2017
Using their digital and artistic skills, contestants vied for $5,000 in prize money by creating data-sourced concepts for a Texas A&M University campus free of physical and virtual barriers to the disabled as part of the Feb. 17-18, 2017 Diversity Accessibility Hackathon hosted by the Texas A&M College of Architecture Diversity Council.
Visualization profs heading STEM study in two colonias schools

Viz profs heading STEM study in two colonias schools

posted December 7, 2016
Six Hispanic high school students residing in South Texas colonias — impoverished, relatively undeveloped villages on the U.S. side of the Texas-Mexico border — are learning engineering basics in a study led by two visualization professors.
Valley city fiscal plans informed by Ph.D. student-led discussions

Ph.D. student-led talks informing valley fiscal plans

posted November 11, 2016
Small business owners and community leaders in Brownsville, Texas, identified their community’s economic strengths and weaknesses in a series of discussions hosted by Edna Ledesma, a Ph.D. Urban and Regional Sciences student.
Expert panel discussed impact of  race in community design Nov. 7

Panel discussed impact of race on design Nov. 7

posted November 1, 2016
Four African-American planners and designers discussed how race impacts community development in “Race and Community Design,” a panel discussion Thursday, Nov. 7 in the Technical Reference Center, Langford A.
Viz prof’s project to determine if storytelling aids science learning

Viz prof to learn if storytelling aids science learning

posted September 30, 2016
Researchers will learn if the storytelling prowess of fourth-grade students aids their understanding of science concepts in a National Science Foundation project led by Sharon Lynn Chu, Texas A&M assistant professor of visualization.
Austin artists’ drawings to be featured in fall Wright exhibit

Multiple artists’ drawings featured in fall Wright exhibit

posted September 6, 2016
Drawings by five Austin-based artists that push the boundaries of the medium will be featured in “At the Edge,” a Sept. 13 – Oct. 12, 2016 exhibit at the Wright Gallery, located on the second floor of building A in the Texas A&M University Langford Architecture Center.
Wright Gallery to display work by eight artists in 2016-17 exhibits

Wright Gallery to exhibit eight artists’ work in 2016-17

posted August 24, 2016
Exhibits featuring work by eight accomplished artists working in a variety of media will be on display in 2016-17 at the Wright Gallery, located in the College of Architecture on the second floor of Building A in the Langford Architecture Center.
Viz prof broadens portrayal of women in art with fellowship

Artist countering 'male gaze' portrayal of women in art

posted May 3, 2016
In two upcoming painting series, recently honored Texas A&M Art Fellow Felice House, assistant professor of visualization, will counter the centuries-old Western art tradition of portraying women through a “male gaze.”
Teens blog about their home  county in ongoing TTC project

Teens blog about their home county in TTC initiative

posted March 25, 2016
Two teenage residents of Liberty County, Texas are posting ideas about improving their home county in a multimedia blog, one of a set of ongoing Texas Target Communities initiatives aimed at helping residents of the rural area northeast of Houston shape their futures.
Children create STEM-related projects in NSF-funded study

Children create STEM related items in NSF funded study

posted February 18, 2016
Plastic cup robots that walk on Popsicle sticks were among numerous innovative science projects demonstrated by third- fourth- and fifth-grade student-scientists at a Jan. 14, 2016 showcase orchestrated by Francis Quek, professor of visualization at Texas A&M.
Students visualize data to solve problems at Build Day contest

Students visualize data, win prizes at Build Day contest

posted February 2, 2016
Discussions of race, rights and inclusivity throughout the Brazos Valley abounded at the Feb. 5 – 6, 2016 Open Data Build Day competition in which citizen teams vied for prize money by mining and manipulating census data to create spatially illustrated solutions for diversity-related challenges.
CoSci professor to lead summer program for South Texas youth

CoSci prof to lead summer program for South Texas youth

posted December 14, 2015
Students from predominantly Hispanic South Texas high schools have an opportunity to learn about careers in construction management at a free U.S. Department of Education summer program designed and led by Co-Sci professor Edelmiro Escamilla.
College offering new Diversity Certificate for undergraduates

College offering new Diversity Certificate for undergraduates

posted December 14, 2015
Employers looking for graduates with the nuanced cultural knowledge and skills to successfully operate in a diverse world can seek former students who have completed the new Diversity Certificate program offered through the College of Architecture.
'Milky Way’ installation on exhibit through January at Bryan museum

Design prof turns milk jugs into art at Bryan museum

posted December 2, 2015
In “Milky Way,” an art installation crafted from recycled plastic milk jugs, artist Weiling He, an associate professor of architecture at Texas A&M University, demonstrates how “design and labor can transform common household waste — the ugly — into the beautiful.”
Public helps create topographic maps of emotions on GIS Day

Public helps create topographic maps of emotions

posted November 12, 2015
As part of GIS Day at Texas A&M, the public helped artists, geographers and urban planners map some of the less tangible features of the Bryan/College Station landscape as they work to create a geospatial record of the region’s emotional topography.
Variety of art to be showcased in 2015-16 Wright Gallery season

Variety highlights Wright Gallery 2015-16 lineup

posted October 5, 2015
Through next summer Wright Gallery patrons will experience drawings of increasingly inundated landscapes, a room-sized architectural installation, art protesting sexism, and exhibits featuring residential home designs and Texas landscape photography.
Planning, sociology faculty lead students in summer NSF program

Undergraduates sharpen research skills in program

posted August 31, 2015
Undergraduate students interested in careers as planning or sociology researchers sharpened their research skills in summer 2015 with help from Texas A&M faculty during a 6-week Research Experience for Undergraduates program.
Wright Gallery '14-15 exhibitions showcase seven acclaimed artists

Wright Gallery 2014-15 lineup features seven noted artists

posted November 10, 2014
Exhibits showcasing a the work of seven accomplished artists will run through spring 2015 at the College of Architecture’s Wright Gallery, located on the second floor of Langford Building A at Texas A&M University's College Station campus.
Wright Gallery exhibit depicts effects of domestic violence

Domestic violence’s effects exhibited in Wright Gallery

posted October 9, 2014
Artist Earnie Sherow uses images of domestic violence to spark debate and promote domestic tranquility in “Spoiled and Unspoiled,” an exhibit running Oct. 13 – Nov. 12, 2014 in the Wright Gallery at the Texas A&M College of Architecture.
Study eyes influence of STEM activities on children for underrepresented groups

Study eyes how STEM activities influence kids

posted September 30, 2014
Elementary school children are performing fun tasks designed to stoke their interest in science, technology, engineering and math and perhaps place them on a technology-oriented career path as part of a study led by Francis Quek, professor of visualization.
Alumna's designs, activism earn her AIA Young Architect Award

Alumna earns 2014 Young Architect Award from AIA

posted February 17, 2014
Significant architectural accomplishments, community activism and a commitment to advancing diversity within her profession led to an American Institute of Architects Young Architect Award for Lorena Toffer, a 2004 Master of Architecture graduate.
Black high schools resurrected from former students' memories

Alums help students design lost school models from memory

posted December 4, 2013
Tasked with creating museum-quality models of two Brazos Valley African-American high schools that burned down in the 1960s, a group of Texas A&M graduate architecture students quickly discovered they'd have to resurrect the schools from former student's memories.
Dialogo to highlight planning issues facing border regions

Dialogo to address issues facing border regions April 19-20

posted March 12, 2013
Urban issues affecting the Texas-Mexico border will be the focus of Dialogo on the Border, sponsored by the diversity council at the College of Architecture and the Dwight Look College of Engineering April 19-20 in Brownsville, Texas.
College of Architecture preparing for upcoming 'Year of Diversity'

College celebrates 'Year of Diversity'

posted July 30, 2012
Throughout the 2012-13 academic year the Texas A&M College of Architecture is celebrating a "Year of Diversity" with a variety of projects and special events spotlighting the value of cultural diversity and its relevance to the disciplines taught at the college.
Wright Gallery ‘Torchbearers’ exhibit salutes black history

Wright Gallery show salutes black history

posted February 2, 2012
Texas A&M’s celebration of Black History Month began Feb. 1 with an exhibit of the acclaimed “Torchbearers” series of portraits by Robert Schiffhauer, associate professor of architecture, at the Langford Architecture Center’s Wright Gallery.

 

November 2014 News

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The Divesity Council held its Third Annual Thanksgiving Potluck to celebrate a feast of sharing. The potluck invited all faculty, staff and students to share a traditional dish that represents home to them. 

 

October 2014 News

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This past month Edna Ledesma, 3rd year Ph.D. student in the Urban and Regional Science program and Dr. Cecilia Giusti, Dean for Outreach and Diversity for the College of Architecture, accepted both the Central Texas APA (American Planning Association) and Texas APA Chapters’ Student Project of the Year Awards. The awards recognized the Dialogo on the Border as “an exemplary project that showed the value of planning for communities.” The Dialogo on the Border was a 2-day conference held in Brownsville, Texas as a part of a broader national initiative by the Latinos and Planning Division of the APA to identify critical planning issues affecting Latino communities across the country. The goal of the Dialogo on the Border was to provide a platform for multidisciplinary discourse among all potential voices in the planning process in the border area. Dr. Giusti was the chair of the initiative and Edna Ledesma was the lead student coordinator. The award is a tribute to the work and dedication of many students, staff, and faculty, volunteers from Texas A&M University, University of Texas at Brownsville, and Texas Southmost College exemplifying the value of academic engagement outside of the classroom setting.

 

Texas A&M Student Leaders:

Edna Ledesma

Bara Safarova

 

Faculty Leader:

Cecilia Giusti

Texas A&M Students:

Jolene Kollman

Miriam Olivares

Rachel Curtis

Xiaoyan Huang

Stephanie Caraballo

Matthew Ramirez

Zuleica De La Cerda-Ordaz

Tyson Bartlett

Glenn Reese

Ryan Skinner

Benjamin Wiseman

Michal Braier

 

University of Texas at Brownsville/ Texas Southmost College Students:

Elsa De Leon

Karla Astudillo

Alejandra Tamez

Uvaldo Silva

Xavier Castaneda

Hector Obregon

Miriam Cortez

Cinthya Berrocal

Itzael Villafranca

Sergio Elizondo

Samuel Pena

Adolfo Tovar

Stefany Guerra

Tamara Benavides

Leo Vidal

Luis Murillo

Barbara Blanco

Juan Delgado

Magaly Rosales

Joaquin Galvan

Sergio Salazar

 

Texas A&M Staff:

Janice McCoy

John Peters

 

Texas A&M Faculty & Researchers:

Cecilia Giusti

Gabriella Campagnol

John Cooper

Sarah DeYoung

Edelmiro Escamilla

Janelle Troxell

David Bierling

Wei Li

Boon Yeol Ryoo

John Jacobs

 

University of Texas at Brownsville/ Texas Southmost College Faculty:

Murad Abusalim

Erick Diaz

Manuel Medrano

Anthony Knopp

 

September 2014 News

The Diversity Council congratulates its undergraduate student representative Liliana Ibañez for taking four gold metals and setting a Mexican National Record this summer at the Mexican Swimming Nationals Meet this summer. 

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