The College of Architecture is immensely grateful to the generous donors who have endowed positions for the following faculty members within our college's four departments.
Professor of Architecture RODNEY CULVER HILL is a holder of the Harold L. Adams ’61 Interdisciplinary Professorship in Architecture, which is funded by Harold L. Adams ’61. In addition to helping to organize the Harold L. Adams Interdisciplinary Charrette for Undergraduates in February 2018, Professor Hill is committed to a wide variety of interdisciplinary teaching, research and service activities. Professor Hill was awarded the J. Thomas Regan Interdisciplinary Faculty Prize in December 2017 in recognition of his interdisciplinary accomplishments. He teaches workshops and lectures across the campus, including in the College of Engineering, Mays Business School, and Department of Humanities in Medicine – Health Science Center. He serves as the faculty advisor for numerous campus student organizations. In addition, he serves on the board of directors for the Institute of Applied Creativity and as a fellow of the Center for Housing & Urban Development, the CRS Center, and the Center for Health Systems & Design.
DR. ZOFIA K. RYBKOWSKI, Associate Professor of Construction Science, is a holder of the Harold L. Adams ’61 Interdisciplinary Professorship in Construction Science, which is funded by Harold L. Adams ’61. With these funds, Dr. Rybkowski proposed, organized, and facilitated the first Harold L. Adams Interdisciplinary Charrette for Undergraduates in February 2018, in coordination with the other holders of the Adams Interdisciplinary Professorship. The charrette offered a shared collaborative experience for 50 undergraduates from the College of Architecture’s four departments, as well as University Studies students. Working in teams of five, students were challenged to creatively design, schedule, and strategize construction of a collaborative space, while competing for cash prizes. A post-competition documentary video was posted online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi95LbWPo1k. The charrette was highly successful, as determined by verbal feedback and written survey responses, and a second annual charrette is being planned for February 2019.
DR. JON E. RODIEK, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, is a holder of the Harold L. Adams ’61 Interdisciplinary Professorship in Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning. The professorship is funded by Harold L. Adams ’61. Since receiving this professorship in 2012, Dr. Rodiek has focused his work on developing innovative tactics and techniques in graduate education; developing techniques to apply real contract projects in the MLA program studio; writing and securing landscape planning contracts; and conducting research studies and creating tutorials to expedite his teaching. Most recently, in 2017-2018, Dr. Rodiek conducted a project regarding sustainable wildlife habitat management in Spring, Texas. The study site consisted of 325 acres, eight wetlands, one lake, and two ponds. The entire site was researched and inventoried, and a package of 17 case studies was developed to inform MLA students of the possibilities of sustainable wildlife management activities. The interdisciplinary nature of this work involved landscape ecologists, wildlife habitat specialists, landscape conservationists, and landscape architects.
PROFESSOR CAROL J. LAFAYETTE, Director of the Institute for Applied Creativity (IAC) and Professor of Visualization, is a holder of the Harold L. Adams ’61 Interdisciplinary Professorship in Visualization, which is funded by Harold L. Adams ’61. In addition to helping to organize the Harold L. Adams Interdisciplinary Charrette for Undergraduates in February 2018, Professor LaFayette has initiated a variety of projects and activities, particularly through her work with the IAC. The IAC is partnering with various departments and faculty members across Texas A&M University, including with the Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts, the College of Architecture, and the College of Health Sciences to host a week-long exhibition and series of workshops by two internationally recognized artists from the United Kingdom. The IAC is also partnering with Dr. Paul Straight, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, to support an interdisciplinary research project with MFA candidate Courtney Brake, and the IAC is collaborating with the Department of Visualization on a pilot project to increase the number of women choosing STEM paths in high school.
DR. AMIR BEHZADAN, Associate Professor of Construction Science, is the holder of the Clark Construction Group, Inc. Endowed Professorship in Construction Science. This professorship was funded by Peter C. Forster ’63, Jack L. Morris ’52, and Brice E. Hill ’73. Support from the professorship allowed Dr. Behzadan and his team in the Construction Informatics and Built Environment Research (CIBER) Lab to initiate the first phase of a large data collection and annotation task for two major research projects: Project PICTOR and Project VOLAN. The goal of Project PICTOR is to use images and videos captured by terrestrial cameras and smartphones to train machine learning (ML) algorithms. Project VOLAN uses footage collected by unmanned aerial vehicles, such as recreational drones, from areas affected by natural disasters to automatically detect and track key objects, such as trapped people and livestock, submerged vehicles, damaged roofs, and debris. The latest findings of these two projects have been submitted to major engineering and scientific conferences, and the CIBER team soon expects published journal articles.
DR. D. KIRK HAMILTON is the holder of the Julie and Craig Beale Professorship in Health Facility Design, which is funded by J. Craig Beale ’71 and Julie B. Beale. Dr. Hamilton maintains close collaborations with the holder of the Ronald L. Skaggs and Joseph G. Sprague Chair in Health Facilities Design (Dr. Ray Pentecost), as well as the holder of the Ronald L. and Sondra Skaggs Endowed Professorship in Health Facilities Design (Professor George Mann). The Beale professorship supported students traveling to Orlando for the Healthcare Design Expo and Conference 2017 and to Nashville for the International Summit and Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design and Construction. Dr. Hamilton also used funds from this professorship to support a graduate assistant who captioned the videos used in the Foundations of Healthcare Design seminar, as well as an editorial assistant for the Health Environments Research & Design (HERD) journal, of which Dr. Hamilton is founding co-editor. Dr. Hamilton continues to collaboratively pursue an international dual-degree program between Texas A&M University and the University of Western Australia.
The John Only Greer Architectural Heritage Professorship, funded by The Friends of James C. Snyder, is held by DR. LOUIS G. TASSINARY, Professor of Visualization. The Greer professorship focuses on collecting and maintaining archival records relating to the College of Architecture. Most recently, Dr. Tassinary has allowed the investment income of this professorship to grow throughout the year to an amount that will afford limited research support, as well as acquisitions or collection maintenance for the College of Architecture Archives. In the upcoming year, Dr. Tassinary intends to use professorship funds to upgrade several small pieces of equipment in his laboratory; support travel to present at a scientific conference; and support the installation of a mezzanine (if possible) in the Archives to both add needed floor space and shield sensitive items.
DR. PATRICK SUERMANN, Department Head and Associate Professor of Construction Science, is the holder of the Charles Dewey McMullan Endowed Chair in Construction Science. This fellowship is funded by Alice and Robert Jones, and Sandra and Bryan Mitchell. Dr. Suermann uses funds from this endowment to support his research. He received a federal grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to work with the Department of Defense in creating a successful firefighter virtual reality trainer to improve spatial cognition. He is also working to secure a seminal research partnership with the Air Force Academy Department of Astronautical Engineering in groundbreaking low/micro/zero gravity research. In the upcoming year, Dr. Suermann will use funds from the endowment to support his research related to creating deployable arms and photovoltaic arrays that can be used for satellites or moon-based mechanisms for either grabbing “space trash” or powering operations at lunar facilities. Dr. Suermann also uses the funds from the McMullan Chair to support faculty and staff appreciation within the Department of Construction Science.
The Liz and Nelson Mitchell Professorship in Residential Design is funded by the Mitchell Family: Bryan Mitchell, Sandra Mitchell, O.N. Mitchell, Jr., B. Nelson Mitchell, Jr., and Liz Mitchell. DR. CHARLES H. CULP, Professor of Architecture, utilizes the proceeds from this endowment to support the research, engineering and construction of practical devices that improve residential heating and air conditioning. Dr. Culp’s research aims to advance affordable technology in residential heating and air conditioning. He is currently inventing, engineering and constructing two devices: a Molecular Membrane Air Conditioner that uses no refrigerants and an enthalpy recovery ventilator (ERV) that has the ability to provide energy and cost savings in heat recovery. In addition, as a Principal Investigator of the Energy Systems Laboratory, Dr. Culp is developing a process for automating building energy use reductions.
The Sandra and Bryan Mitchell Endowed Professorship in Construction Science is funded by the Mitchell Family: Bryan Mitchell, Sandra Mitchell, O.N. Mitchell, Jr., B. Nelson Mitchell, Jr., and Liz Mitchell. The professorship is held by DR. PHIL LEWIS, who uses the funds to support continued development of a potential Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program in Construction Science. During the 2017-2018 academic year, Dr. Lewis traveled to Colorado State University and the University of Colorado-Denver to discuss success strategies and recruiting approaches with graduate program coordinators of construction management programs. During 2018-2019, Dr. Lewis will continue to take similar trips to build connections with construction management programs at other universities. The Mitchell professorship also supports the maintenance of a vibrant research program in infrastructure asset management.
The Sandra and Bryan Mitchell Master Builder Chair is held by DR. WALTER GILLIS PEACOCK, Director of the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center and Professor of Urban Planning. The chair is funded by the Mitchell Family: Bryan Mitchell, Sandra Mitchell, O.N. Mitchell, Jr., B. Nelson Mitchell, Jr., and Liz Mitchell. The funding provided by this endowed chair facilitated Dr. Peacock’s ability to undertake teaching, research, and service activities related to housing and community development. The Mitchell Master Builder Chair enabled Dr. Peacock to attract more than $4 million in external funding to pursue interdisciplinary research related to residential housing, building codes and standards, and other housing and development related issues. In addition to publishing four book chapters and one journal article during 2017-2018, Dr. Peacock taught two graduate courses, served on graduate student committees and sponsored a Masters of Land and Property Development Capstone Studio. Dr. Peacock also participates in service through the National Institute for Standards and Technology and other national committees, setting the nation’s research and investigative activities that will shape building codes and standards along with land use and development policies.
The William M. Peña Professorship in Information Management, is held by DR. MARK J. CLAYTON. The professorship was funded by the CRSS Center of Houston, and Dr. Clayton used funds from the professorship to support student construction and exhibits, such as a Rainfall Wall that memorialized the events of Hurricane Harvey. Professorship funds also enabled students from the Bachelor of Environmental Design program and the Master of Land and Property Development program to travel to the greater Houston area to visit exemplary projects, and it allowed one graduate student to attend the ACSA conference in Denver. One major area of focus was the support of doctoral research, including student Nancy Al-Assaf, who furthered her work in Architectural Information Modeling, and several other doctoral students who completed their studies in the past year. In addition, Dr. Clayton served as a Visiting Professor at Sapienza University in Rome, in which he leveraged opportunities for international collaboration. This professorship also enabled the purchase of two Oculus Rift head-mounted displays that offer additional capabilities for exploring teaching and research using immersive visualization methods.
The Wallie E. Scott, Jr. Endowed Professorship in Architectural Practice and Management is funded by the CRSS Center of Houston and is currently held by MICHAEL O'BRIEN, Professor of Architecture. With the assistance of this endowment, Professor O’Brien accomplished a variety of scholarly activities. He developed 142 web-optimized professional projects to support upper-level and graduate students in architecture; presented papers at three different venues; and contributed an invited chapter titled “Learning by Observation” to ORO Editions, Dayton Eugene Egger / the Paradox of Place: In the Line of Sight, which will be published in spring 2019. Professor O’Brien also conducted a design/build seminar (ARCH 360) with University Studies and Construction Science students, who designed medium-duration hurricane shelters as part of a builder-led design-build project.
The James C. Smith ’70 CIAC Professorship in Construction Science, is held by DR. SAREL LAVY, Professor of Construction Science. It is funded by The Friends of James C. Smith and Construction Industry Advisory Council. Dr. Lavy used funds from this professorship to support his travel and attendance at many professional conferences and workshops throughout the year, including, but not limited to, the International Facility Management Association (IMFA) World Workplace Conference in Houston, Texas; the IFMA Board of Trustees meeting in Riverside, California; the 2018 Healthcare Summit in Orlando, Florida; and a workshop on “International Practices in Facilities Management” in New Delhi, India. These funds also allowed undergraduate and graduate students to attend several conferences and workshops. In addition, Dr. Lavy was able to host multiple guest speakers from the facility management industry to his classes during the 2017-2018 academic year.
GEORGE MANN, Professor of Architecture, holds the Ronald L. and Sondra Skaggs Endowed Professorship in Health Facilities Design, which is funded by Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA. Funds from this professorship support the “Architecture for Health” visiting lecture series for ARCH 481 and ARCH 681. This series is dispersed to a worldwide audience through PBS, YouTube (via KAMU TV), American Society for Healthcare Engineering, and Academy of Architecture for Health. The series has been approved for HSW Health Safety & Welfare continuing education credits by the American Institute of Architects. Professor Mann also presented at numerous national and international venues during the 2017-2018 year.
The Skaggs-Sprague Chair in Health Facilities Design is funded by Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA, and Joseph G. Sprague, FAIA. The chair is held by DR. RAY PENTECOST, Director of the Center for Health Systems & Design (CHSD). With the assistance of this endowment, the CHSD experienced several successes during the past year: hosting the first Burgun Fellowship, awarded to retired architect Bill Eide; establishing a campus- wide Academic Circle with members from each of Texas A&M’s 18 colleges; adding new firms to the Health Industry Advisory Council; and growing the number of CHSD fellows to more than 130. Plans for next year include developing a Master of Architecture and Master of Public Health dual-degree program between Texas A&M and the University of Western Australia; developing a new certificate program for designing in health; and establishing a “pilot project” with the TAMU Libraries to develop the next generation model for linking research and scholarship with practice.
The Donna Beth and Jim Thompson ’68 Leadership Professorship is funded by James R. Thompson ’68. LARRY FICKEL, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Construction Science, holds the professorship and used the funds to support his COSC 411: Seminar in Design and Construction Executive Leadership class, as part of the undergraduate minor in Leadership in the Design and Construction Professions. The professorship enabled the purchase of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Step II assessment for all COSC 411 students, as well as copies of the book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0.
The Cecil O. Windsor, Jr. ’66 Professorship in Construction Science is funded by the Gamma Construction Company and the Construction Industry Advisory Council. The professorship is held by DR. KUNHEE CHOI, Associate Professor of Construction Science. Dr. Choi uses funds from this endowment to support his educational and research activities. He presented his autonomous decision-support model at the annual conference of Transportation Research Board and served as conference co-chair of the 2017 MAIREINFRA conference held in Seoul, South Korea. The professorship also provided partial summer salary support for Dr. Choi, which led to seven active research journal manuscripts. Dr. Choi continues to focus on his research in blending novel deep-learning mobility and safety prediction algorithms with highway work zone impact assessment techniques.
The David Woodcock Professorship in Historic Preservation is held by Dr. Kevin T. Glowacki, Interim Director of the Center for Heritage Conservation (CHC) and Associate Professor of Architecture. The professorship is funded by the Professional Fellows of the Center for Heritage Conservation. With the assistance of this professorship, Dr. Glowacki expanded the range of his teaching, research, and service activities. As Interim Director of the CHC, Dr. Glowacki facilitated the work of colleagues on documentation projects in College Station, Bryan, Wheelock, and Independence, Texas, as well as in Greece, England, Belize, and Bermuda. The professorship helped to support Dr. Glowacki’s archaeological research in Greece during summer 2018. It also subsidized the travel of a graduate student who assisted in the documentation of a 15th century church in England as part of a research symposium organized by one of the CHC faculty fellows. In addition, the professorship subsidized the purchase of an important piece of equipment for the Center: a hand-held structured light scanner, as well as other equipment for use on CHC projects.
The Nicole and Kevin Youngblood Professorship in Residential Land Development is held by DR. SAMMY KENT ANDERSON, Program Coordinator of the Master of Land and Property Development program in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning. The professorship is funded by Nicole and Kevin Youngblood to encourage collaboration in teaching, research, and service activities with the Mitchell Master Builder Chair, the Mitchell Professorships in Construction Science and Design, and the Mitchell Faculty Fellowship in Real Estate. With the assistance of this professorship, Dr. Anderson has supported the professional development activities of students enrolled in the Master of Land and Property Development program through the provision of scholarships and graduate research assistantships.