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tices to the mainstream and helping to accelerate the adoption of environmentally friendly building practices. Dr. Charles Culp, architecture associate professor and Christopher McDonald, an architecture masters degree candidate are importing architectural drawings made by Revit software into “Prey” — a powerful video game — thus creating the first steps for a visual building information modeling (BIM) simulation game for architects, constructors and facilities managers. Assistant professors Wei Yan and Vinod Srinivasan joined this project to work on expanding the use and functionality of simulations in the classroom and in practice. The use of games for non-entertainment purposes — “serious games” — is an emerging field of active research. Pliny Fisk, associate professor of architecture and landscape architecture and urban planning at Texas A&M and co-founder of the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems in Austin, presented a 30-year retrospective of his work, entitled “Beyond Carbon: Some Disruptive Thoughts for the Design Sciences” at the American Institute of Architects Public Architects Training Workshop in San Antonio.


Dr. Anat Geva, associate professor of architecture at Texas A&M university, and a faculty fellow with the College of Architecture’s Center for Heritage Conservation is participating in a statewide initiative aimed at developing an online database of historic Texas church buildings that can be used by anyone interested in reviving or repurposing the state’s endangered sacred places. An article by Stephen Sharpe, detailing The Western Religious Heritage Collaborative Initiative, appeared in the March/ April 2007 issue of Texas architect. Dr. Frederic Parke, architecture professor and coordinator of the College of Architecture’s graduate visualization program, is developing immersive visualization systems that use off-the-shelf hardware and open-source Linuxbased software to provide the experience of being within a virtual environment. Parke, along with graduate student Kevin Singleton, works with the college’s Center for Heritage

Conservation to develop a 3-D representation of a Native American historical cliff dwelling in Arizona. Parke is also working with nautical archeology Professor Filipe Castro and graduate student Audrey Wells to develop similar immersive visualizations of a 17th century shipwreck off the coast of Portugal. This project was awarded a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation, under its program for major infrastructure research. Dr. Weiling He, associate professor of architecture at Texas A&M, recently received a grant from the Program to Enhance Scholarly and Creative Activities offered by the university’s Office of the Vice President for Research for her architectural installation, “The Cut”. “The Cut” will be shown as part of a 2008 traveling exhibition, “Elements,” featuring the work of U.S. and Greek architecture teachers. Mark Weichold, newly appointed dean and chief executive officer of Texas A&M University at Qatar, and Charles Bowman, the outgoing dean, commissioned architecture professor and renowned artist Rodney Hill for a sculpture for the institution’s Qatar campus. A team of six Texas A&M students from professor Rodney Hill’s Design Process class won three contest categories for their entry in the National Entrepreneurship Week USA Challenge, a national competition that tasks students to take a common everyday object and create as much value as possible. The student’s entry, “Wrap It Up” self-adhesive wrapping paper, placed first in the “most money generated,” “degree of entertainment” and “degree of risk taken” categories. The students winning video presentation can be viewed on-line. Wrap_It_Up.wmv (16.5 MB Windows Media File).

named after Jonathan King, a former professor of architecture at Texas A&M and co-founder of the ARCC, is awarded to one student who has completed a thesis or dissertation in one of the ARCC member schools. texas tech university Jesse Vogler, Instructor, will receive the first Rita Lloyd Moroney Award from Fort Worth District Manger Linda Welch of the U.S. Postal Service in recognition of his excellence for published works that highlight United States postal history. The Rita Lloyd Moroney Awards are designed to encourage scholarship on the history of the United States postal system and to raise awareness about the significance of the postal system in American Life. Vogler’s paper, “’Correct and Perfect’: Post Office Design Guidelines and the Standardization of the National Postal Landscape,” secured the Junior Prize for its author. •

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Faye Hays, a senior environmental design major at the College of Architecture, Texas A&M University, has been selected as a Marshall Scholar. Ms. Hays plans to study architectural and urban design at University College London’s Bartlett School of Architecture.

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