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Applications for Texas Historical Markers The Texas Historical Commission is accepting applications for 2009 historical markers. The new application forms are available via www.thc.state. Applications may be submitted via email ( Application deadline is JAN 15

UT Austin Hosts ‘Architecture in Mongolia’ The UT Austin School of Architecture presents “Architecture in Mongolia through the Ages.” The exhibit is in Sutton Hall 3.128. For more information, visit Thru JAN 16

‘Transparency: Exposing Graphic Design’ at RDA The Rice Design Alliance’s Spring Lecture Series presents “Transparency: Exposing Graphic Design,” the first of four lectures to discuss how graphic design as a discipline and practice embraces a wide range of cognitive, experiential, and aesthetic skills. The lecture begins at 7 pm in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Brown Auditorium. Visit www.rda. for more information. JAN 21

Highlight of LRGV Bi-National Tour: Visit to ‘Lost’ Town of Guerrero Viejo

Dallas Science Museum Hosts ‘Raise the Roof’

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The Museum of Nature & Science, Dallas, is hosting the exhibit “Raise the Roof,” Jan. 24 through April 19. An exhibition geared to children ages 7-15, “Raise the Roof” allows visitors to explore and understand the secret life of buildings. For more information, visit Opens JAN 24

v i e j o A few months before the Lower Río Grande Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects held its sixteenth annual Building Communities Conference in September, Hurricane Dolly blew the roof off the South Padre Island Convention Center. That unfortunate event caused chapter officials to transfer the conference to McAllen.

The shift made it feasible to visit destinations on the annual bi-national architectural tour that otherwise were too far from South Padre Island to be reached conveniently—the fabled abandoned city of Guerrero Viejo (shown above) in Tamaulipas and the Texas border town of Roma. Construction of Falcón Dam and the 115,000acre International Falcón Reservoir by the U.S.Mexican International Boundary and Water continued on page 87

HABS/HAER/HALS Summer Jobs The Heritage Documentation Programs (Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey), a division of the National Park Service, seeks applications from qualified individuals for summer employment documenting historic sites and structures of architectural, landscape, and technological significance throughout the country. Projects last 12 weeks, beginning in May/June. Access more information at hdp/jobs/summer.htm. Applications due FEB 17

DAF Fall Lecture Series


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After 11 years as architecture dean of the University of Houston, Joe Mashburn, AIA, has announced that he will step down prior to the start of the Fall 2009 semester. UH officials plan to form a search committee to find candidates to succeed him as dean of the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture. Mashburn’s impending departure leaves three of Texas’ eight accredited architecture schools searching for a dean. Both Texas A&M University’s College of Architecture and the University of Texas at San Antonio currently have interim deans in lieu of a permanent top administrator. Mashburn’s accepting the dean position in 1998 was something of a homecoming for the former UH student who earned his undergraduate degree from the College of Architecture 20 years earlier. Recalling his return to UH, he

said, “When I first came here, there were students who weren’t sure about me. Now, students stop me when I walk in the building, just to say hi. They call me ‘Joe.’ It’s wonderful.” As dean, Mashburn oversaw a dramatic increase in enrollment at the college, including minority students. In 2007, Hispanic Outlook on Higher Education magazine ranked the college number one among architecture programs in the country for awarding degrees to Hispanic students. In addition, during his tenure the college has added programs in industrial design and is planning to add a program for interior architecture. “This is a very appropriate time for a change,” Mashburn said. “The university has new leadership and is on the cusp of reaching the next level, and this is a good time in the life of the college.” T A


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The Dallas Architecture Forum 2008-2009 Lecture Series continues with a presentation by Elizabeth Smith, chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, who will speak on the California Case Study Houses. Preservation Dallas’ Modern Committee is the affiliate sponsor of the lecture. For more details, visit or FEB 19 

UH Architecture Dean Plans Departure

Texas Architect Jan/ Feb 2009: Campus Communities