posted January 4, 2019
Teams of Texas A&M students vying for a total of $5,000 in prize money will develop solutions for diversity-related campus issues Feb. 8-9, 2019 at Bridging Differences, the College of Architecture Diversity Council’s annual hackathon.
posted November 29, 2018
To succeed in tomorrow’s workplace, employees will need fluency in technical tasks such as 3-D fabrication, programming and electronics, said Francis Quek, professor of visualization and director of the new Institute of Technology-Infused Learning.
posted September 21, 2018
During a summer-long workshop known for testing the mettle of Texas A&M graduate visualization students, four teams, mentored by visiting artists from Disney’s Pixar Animated Studios, crafted short animated films featuring the comedic exploits of dissimilar robots.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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:
Texas A&M Students:
Zuleica De La Cerda-Ordaz
University of Texas at Brownsville/ Texas Southmost College Students:
Elsa De Leon
Texas A&M Staff:
Texas A&M Faculty & Researchers:
Boon Yeol Ryoo
University of Texas at Brownsville/ Texas Southmost College Faculty:
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.