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Traces of UTSOA’s First Century Distinguished alumni have helped shape our world by Allison Gaskins
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Fuentes House for Eden and Hal Box, San Miguel de Allende, by J. Hal Box, FAIA
First National Bank, Chicago, by William Brubaker, FAIA, of Perkins+Will
Colorado History Museum and Judicial Complex, Denver, by John Rogers, FAIA, of RNL Design
in 1950 while still a student at UT, then rose to be the firm’s president and chairman. He also wrote books on school design and urban planning, lectured widely on urban design, and served on Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council. Brubaker died in 2002. John Saunders Chase (M. Arch ’52) – Chase was the first African-American to be licensed to practice architecture in Texas. He also was the first African-American to be enrolled in the university, the first major public institution in the South to desegregate. J. Hal Box (B. Arch ’50) – As UTSOA Dean from 1976 to 1992, Box started new graduate programs, established its acclaimed architectural drawings collection, and opened the Center for the Study of American Architecture. His leadership helped UTSOA achieve U.S. News and World Report ranking among “The Top Ten U.S. Architecture Programs.” John Rogers (B. Arch ’56) and Bette Peek Rogers (B. A rch ’56) – She was one of the only two women in her class. He started his own practice in Denver, later partnering with Jerome Nagel in the firm that became Langhart McGuire Barngrover Architects and then RNL Design. His significant structures helped transform downtown Denver. Both John and Bette died in 2010. UT Austin’s motto – “W hat Starts Here Changes the World” – clearly resonates in the extended traces of UTSOA alumni. While the trajectory of the School of Architecture’s next 100 years is yet unknown, the previous century suggests great potential for continued influence on the built environment, both in theory and practice.
American National Bank, Austin, by Kuehne, Brooks, and Barr
Also an alumnus, Allison Gaskins is a UTSOA faculty member.
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Top to bottom: courtesy J. Hal Box, FAIA; courtesy of Perkins+Will; courtesy RNL Design; Ausitn History Center, Austin Public Library (PICA 23217)
This past fall, the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture celebrated its centennial with various symposia, lectures, and gatherings held under the banner of “UTSOA 100: Traces & Trajectories.” Among the events was a three-part series of exhibitions—the first presented ideas about the future of Austin, the second featured work by faculty, and the third showcased architectural projects by alumni. Viewed as a whole, the exhibits illustrated the breadth of influence that the School of Architecture has had on our world. The final exhibit in the series displayed the scope and scale of this influence, highlighting 28 projects by alumni both in Texas and across the globe, spanning the timeline of graduating classes from 1962 to 2007. Out of the 127 submittals, however, several esteemed alumni were not represented. Among them were: Max Brooks (B. Arch ’33), Howard R. Barr (B. Arch ’34), and David Graeber (B. Arch ‘55) – This trio were key members in the successive life span of the original firm Kuehne, Brooks and Barr, which evolved into Brooks, Barr, Graeber & White. Their legacy spawned several firms including Graeber, Simmons & Cowan. Their accomplishments include the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, the Labor Department Building in Washington, and the American National Bank in downtown Austin. Brooks died in 2002 and Graeber died in 2010. Fernando Belaúnde Terry (B. Arch ’35) – He laid the groundwork for the Architects Association of Peru and the Urbanism Institute of Peru, then served twice as president of Peru (19631968 and 1980-1985). Many consider him to be the father of Peru’s modern democracy. C. William Br ubaker (B. A rch ’50) – Brubaker joined Chicago-based Perkins + Will