Texas Architect Jan/Feb 2007: Spaces for Learning
Texas Architect is the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, each edition features recently completed projects and other editorial content largely written by AIA members in Texas. That collective participation was the basis of Texas Architect’s recognition by the national AIA with a 2010 Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement.
N E W S drawing by North Keeragool 12 in a studio setting. The jury is composed of NCARB’s Practice Education Commitl u b b o c k Recognized with one of six 2006 tee and six deans (or NCARB Prizes for excellence and innovation department heads or in bringing together architectural education chairs) of accredited and practice, Texas Tech University College architect ural proof Architecture’s “Practicum + Studio” offers grams. In announcstudents the extraordinary opportunity to work ing the award to Texas side-by-side with architects in three cities. Tech, the board noted The college’s location in Lubbock (pop. t h at “pr i ze ju ror s 200,000) presents a challenge when addresswere pleased to recing the option for professional experience for ognize the long-term, the nearly 875 students admitted into the varis ucces sf u l w ay i n ous architectural programs offered, and as the The Dallas program included studio reviews at the offices of host firm Good Fulton & which the university profession changes, so does the necessity for Farrell Architects. Team members Amy Cho, Richard Gilliland and Nolan Bradshaw pardeveloped and suspracticum experience prior to graduation. In ticipated in the design of a master plan for part of Deep Ellum east of the downtown. tained a program of 2001, the Practicum + Studio Program was dedinary learning environment for the students, integrating practice and education in response veloped in Dallas as a response to this challenge as well as critical connections that bridge the to their context.” and out of a commitment to the College’s mission profession with education. In addition, partnerIn the spring of 2006, the Dallas Practicum “to educate students for future design practice ships developed through the studio projects afgraduate urban design studio integrated the and to advance knowledge of the discipline for ford opportunities for greater involvement with old and new as it developed a master plan for an the benefit of society.” In 2004, the program was city officials and community organizations. extended area of Deep Ellum seeking ways to expanded to Houston, and to El Paso in 2005. A “The students were able to peel back the connect to the Baylor Medical Center and Fair partnership is created between participating layers of complexity, truly seeking solutions to Park. In addition, the student teams worked firms and the college, whereby firms agree to factors and forces beyond the four corners of the to develop a recommended mixed-use for the meet particular standards of education within property,” Herb Goodman of E2M Partners said redevelopment of the historic Dr. Pepper plant the context of the professional experience, while in describing the students’ participation. “From building. The studio host firm, Good Fulton & students work 35 hours per week in addition to this vantage point, the student teams were able Farrell Architects, recommended the project as participating in an active design studio inteto synthesize a vast amount of factors that are an opportunity for the students to learn about grating projects that impact the urban context. very ‘real world’ and will significantly impact the urban context through a design problem The program was selected for the 2006 the ultimate success or failure of this project.” that would engage the firm and its clients, E2M NCARB Prize from a field of 33 entries nationStudents viewed their experience as equally Partners and the Jim Lake Companies. wide. Celebrating its five-year milestone, the significant. “We were viewed as more than just Involvement by the profession within the NCARB Prize recognizes the most innovative students in a class, but as active participants context of the design studio creates an extraorfaculty efforts to link practice and education within a complex project,” said Lauren Cortinaz. “Our teams were able to develop promising solutions to existing professional problems. Meeting with the people directly involved in decision making for the City of Dallas gave us all a better understanding of the necessary steps we, in the field of architecture, must take in order to ensure a design solution that best suits a community’s needs.” In the summer of 2004, the Houston Practicum + Studio began, with the faculty again addressing the challenge for establishing an innovative and valuable practicum experience. The Houston program focuses on creating a studio learning environment that is integrated with the profession, building a stronger relationship with the profession and the college through collaboration, and providing a studio Houston’s Intermodal Center and Multimodal Terminal was the focus of the summer semester’s program. Houston team project to allow a unique academic experience members North Keeragool, Taylor Currell, and Crisol Negron conceived the solution for the future facility. t e x a s a r c h i t e c t 1 / 2 2 0 0 7 Photo by MaryAlice Torres-MacDonald Education Meets Practice in Tech’s ‘Practicum + Studio’