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Celebration of Pioneering Women Faculty

This event will highlight some of the first women faculty in the College of Architecture. The guest speakers are Dr. Sherry Bame, Professor Karen Hillier, Dr. Vivian Paul and Senior Lecturer Mary Saslow. The event will be held virtually on February 25, 2021 at 4:00 - 6:30pm.

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Dr. Sherry Bame

Dr. Sherry Bame

Dr. Sherry Bame joined Texas A&M University faculty in 1984, after almost 20 years in public health and nursing service as well as faculty at Boston University and University of Michigan.  Her primary “base” at A&M was in the Urban Planning program in the College of Architecture, but she had joint appointments for teaching and research in TAMU’s College of Medicine, Bush School, and School of Rural Public Health, along with adjunct appointments at Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University. 

During her 35 years teaching at TAMU, Dr. Bame chaired/co-chaired over 70 graduate student theses and was a member on an additional 60 graduate committees. She developed and taught the first College-wide research curriculum as well as leading the Health Planning and Policy emphasis area, specializing in courses on health systems and environmental health planning and policy. In her years at Texas A&M, Sherry led a variety of survey and applied research projects as Principal Investigator (PI), totaling approximately $1.4 million in grants and contracts. She has been invited as a key speaker at over 65 organizations and academic audiences about her research and policy recommendations. Dr. Bame is now an Emerita Professor living in Boston and continues to publish her research. 

Prof. Karen Hillier poses in a field

Professor, Karen Hillier

Professor Hillier's work as an educator is characterized by experiments in higher education. Working with artists and architects, she came to Texas A&M University in 1972 as a young professor she joined the Department of Environmental Design, as the only woman faculty at the time. 

Professor Hillier's artistic career drew upon the new techniques and processes made available by launching new degree programs. It was important to learn new design methods to take into the classroom as well as to utilize in her artistic practice. New methodologies stimulated her thinking to employ digital tools in ways that she had never seen used in art work such as laser etching and drafting film to create drawings. Artwork from her studio employing conventional and digital mediums has been exhibited worldwide. Works created using digital mediums has traveled worldwide with SIGGRAPH, Special Interest Group in Computer Graphics. Professor Hillier's classroom teaching has been recognized by the Association of Former Students Distinguished Faulty Award in Teaching.

Dr. Vivian Paul poses at the Great Wall of China

Dr. Vivian Paul

Dr. Vivian Paul received her BA from the University of Oregon and both her MA and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.  She taught at Texas A&M from 1979-2010 and before that at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.  Her areas of research interest are the history of construction technology (specifically the design and construction procedures used by masons in the south of France during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries), the recording and documentation of historic buildings, and the application of computer technology to the recording, documentation and analysis of medieval European structures.  She has lectured in North America and Europe on medieval design and construction methods and on the use of computer technology to analyze and illustrate those methods. She developed a program of recording and documenting buildings in the south of France that involved numerous Texas A&M students and colleagues. An exhibit of her work at the Cathedral of Narbonne has been presented in France, Canada and various venues in the United States.

Dr. Paul served on the Faculty Senate at Texas A&M, as the Associate Dean for International Programs in the College of Architecture, as the Chair for the University Study Abroad Programs Policy Committee and as a member of several other university committees concerned with international programs.  In 2002, she received the Michael P. Malone Award from the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges for her contributions to international education. She received both the College and University level awards for distinguished teaching from the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students, the Texas A&M Honors Program Teacher/Scholar award, and, with colleagues Jennifer Wollack and John Fairey, a national award for teaching from the American Institute of Architects. She is currently Professor Emerita in the Department of Architecture at Texas A&M University.

Mary Saslow in front of an art display

Senior Lecturer, Mary Saslow 

Mary Ciani Saslow, art name is Mary Ciani, has created art series in various mediums including ink, Ebony pencil, oil pastels, oils, acrylics, and digital painting, and has exhibited widely.

In 1971, Mary and her husband packed physics books, art supplies, and their cat into their '67 Volvo and drove from Pittsburgh to College Station. In 1982, after receiving an MFA from the University of Houston, and after a decade as a mother and faculty wife, she joined the Department of Architecture in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University as an Artist-in-Residence, entering as an art faculty then in a Golden Age. She continued as a senior lecturer to teach drawing, design, painting, and digital painting, and joined the Department of Visualization when it was formed. As did her colleagues, she taught talented, competitive students using her own creativeness in a vibrant community of artists. 

Since retiring from the University, Mary has continued her own work, creating 300 drawings in the Flood Series, a response to Texas droughts and floods, and compiled some of those drawings into a book and a show. Now she paints the Deluge Series, more than 100 paintings so far, usually 4' x 3'. As the Climate Crisis becomes more urgent, so do these paintings and postcards from the future. 


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