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COA News is the newsletter serving the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University. The online edition is updated as news breaks, the electronic edition is e-mailed monthly to subscribers, and the print edition is published quarterly and distributed exclusively to former students and friends of the college.

Lecture Series

The Department of Architecture provides an annual lecture series demonstrating innovative architectural approaches or practices from across the world that positively reinforce the curriculum, discourse, and projects that the students actively engage. The Lectures + Exhibition Committee purposefully includes noted authors, designers, and scholars, who visit the Texas A&M College of Architecture to discuss their work.

Due to COVID travel restrictions, the Department of Architecture Lecture series this fall 2020 semester will be virtual. Click here for full lecture series poster and see below for more details.

 

Events are free and open to the public

Events start at 7:20 pm CDT (TAMU ZOOM) unless otherwise noted

AIA Continuing Education LU/HSW credits available for each lecture (1 LU/HSW AIA credit per session)

 

SEPTEMBER

  1. Mary N. Woods (Professor Emerita, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY) – September 28

OCTOBER

  1. Marsha Maytum (Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, San Francisco, CA) – October 05
  2. Lisa Heschong (Heschong Mahone Group (HMG), Sacramento, CA) – October 19
  3. Cristina Mehrtens (Professor, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth) – October 26

NOVEMBER

  1. Carme Pinós (Estudio Carme Pinós, Diagonal 490. 08006, Barcelona) – November 2 @1:35 pm CDT ***Lecture funded in part by the Texas Architectural Foundation Hugh M. Cunningham Grant
  2. Guto Requena (Estudio Guto Requena, São Paulo, Brazil) – November 9

Fall 2020 Lecturer Biographies

Mary N. Woods is the author of seminal works about architectural education and practice; and film, photography, and the built environment: Women Architects in India: Histories of Practice in Mumbai and Delhi (2016); Beyond the Architect's Eye: Photographs of the American Built Environment (2013, 2009); and From Craft to Profession: Practice of Architecture in 19th-Century America (1999). In 1991 Woods became the first woman tenured in Cornell's architecture department, founded in 1871. She was the inaugural Michael McCarthy Professor of Architectural Theory and received the Tau Sigma Delta Silver Medal for distinguished scholarship in 2018. Current projects include a documentary film on single-screen cinemas in India with director Vani Subramanian; an exhibition and catalog on Mumbai's architecture of the night with photographer Chirodeep Chaudhuri; and a history of postindustrial ruins and urban renewal in New York City and Mumbai. Woods earned a B. A. from Duke University and Ph.D. from Columbia University.

 

Marsha Maytum, FAIA, LEED AP, is a founding Principal at Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects (LMSA) in San Francisco, winner of the 2017 National AIA Architecture Firm Award. For over 35 years, she has focused her career on community, cultural, and socially responsible projects that promote sustainable design. Her work has included the creation of new buildings, rehabilitation of historic buildings, and adaptive reuse of existing structures. LMSA has received over 150 regional, national and international design awards and has been recognized by organizations including the American Institute of Architects, Urban Land Institute, National Trust for Historic Preservation, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Green Building Council, and the 2014 ICC National Leadership in Sustainability Award. Ten of the firm’s projects have been named AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects in the U.S. Maytum is a frequently invited juror and critic and has lectured nationally on the topics of sustainable design and adaptive reuse. She is a current member and the 2019 Chair of the National AIA Committee on the Environment Advisory Group and has been the Pietro Belluschi Visiting Professor at the University of Oregon, the Howard A. Friedman Visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and a visiting professor at the California College of the Arts. Maytum chaired the AIA's Committee on the Environment (COTE) for a number of years. Her firm, LMSA, is considered “a diverse group of designers who share a common belief in the transformative power of architecture to help lead the way to a just, healthy and regenerative future for all.” It received the Architecture Firm Award, which is the highest honor the American Institute of Architects bestows on an architecture firm. It recognizes a practice that has consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least a decade, demonstrating a depth and breadth of work that has had a cumulative effect on the profession of architecture. LMSA is the third San Francisco-based firm and 54th firm overall to receive this honor.

 

Lisa Heschong is the founding principal of the Heschong Mahone Group and a licensed architect who has divided her professional career between energy research, writing, and building design. She is an internationally recognized expert on daylighting, lighting energy use, and human factors in building design. As a writer and educator, Heschong has authored numerous books and guidelines, including the groundbreaking Thermal Delight in Architecture (MIT Press 1979). She is a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and was awarded the 2012 Haecker Award for Architectural Research by the Architectural Research Centers Consortium. Heschong has a Master's in Architecture from MIT, a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and currently lives in Santa Cruz, California.

 

Cristina Mehrtens is a Professor in the History and Women’s & Gender Studies departments at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She holds a PhD from the University of Miami and a degree in architecture and urbanism from the University of São Paulo. Prior to joining the University of Massachusetts, Dr. Mehrtens was a professor of architecture at the Catholic University in Campinas and served as an architect for the State Housing Agency (CDHU) in São Paulo. Her current research pays special attention to the origins of gendered professional practices and the contribution of female Brazilian and U.S. urban professionals who lived in the city of Sao Paulo in the early decades of the twentieth century. Her body of work expands and refines a path she had already revisited in Urban Space and National Identity in Early Twentieth- Century (Palgrave Macmillan 2010) and Municipal Services and Employees in the Modern City (Ashgate 2003).

 

Carme Pinós graduated from Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB) in Barcelona in 1979 and returned to the school in 1981 to study Urbanism. From 1982 on, she formed a partnership with her husband, Enric Miralles, which ended in 1991. During this period, the projects developed include the Igualada Cemetery Park, the Archery Range Buildings for the 1992 Summer Olympic Games, and the La Llauna School in Badalona. The work of Pinós-Miralles received awards on several occasions, including the FAD prize for the La Llauna School and the Igualada Cemetery Park, as well as the City of Barcelona Prize for the 1992 Olympic Archery Range Buildings. In 1991 Pinós set up her own studio and transferred the supervision and construction of several projects initiated in her previous office. Amongst them was the Community Centre and Auditorium in Hostalets de Balanya, La Mina Community Centre and the Boarding School in Morella. Since then she has combined her activity as an architect with teaching, working as a guest professor, amongst others, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1994–1995), the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (1996–1997), the Columbia University in New York (1999), the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale of Lausanne (2001–2002), the ETSAB in Barcelona (2002), the Università Degli Studi di Sassari in Alghero (2002–2004), the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (2003) and at the Accademia di Archittetura di Mendrisio in Switzerland (2005–2006). Notable projects during her career include the Pedestrian Bridge in Petrer (Alicante), the Juan Aparicio Waterfront in Torrevieja (Alicante), the La Serra High School in Mollerussa, the Ses Estacions Park and the Espanya Square in Palma de Mallorca, the Cube Tower in Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico), and the Primary School in Castelldefels (Barcelona). More recent projects include the Novoli housing complex in Florence, the Catalan Government Headquarters in Tortosa, a high school in Sant Carles de la Ràpita and an office building in Igualada. Pinós designed the Gardunya Square in Barcelona and two adjacent buildings, a housing building and the Massana Fine Arts School. Pinós's work has been exhibited at several galleries, museums and universities, including the Kunstakademie in Stuttgart (1995), the Architektur-Hochschule in Aachen (1995), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1994), the AAM Gallery in Rome (1996), the Urania Gallery in Barcelona (1996), the Eight Plan Gallery in New York, the Contemporary Art Museum of Puerto Rico (1997), the COAM Foundation of Madrid (1997) and the Colleges of Architects of Ibiza (1996), Valencia and Galicia (1997) and the Spanish Pavilion in the Venice Architecture Biennale (2006). In 2016 she was awarded the Richard J. Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence by the California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, in recognition of her career. She received the 2016 Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professorship and Prize valuing her contribution to promoting the advancement of women in the field of architecture and her commitment to the community. In 2015 she was honored with the Creu de Sant Jordi Medal, one of the highest civil distinctions awarded by the Catalan Government to individuals and organizations for their cultural and social services. She received the First Prize at the 2008 Spanish Biennial of Architecture, the National Award for Public Architecture by the Catalan Government in 2008, and the National Architecture Award by the High Council of Spanish Architects. She was named Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2011 and RIBA International Fellow in 2013 for her outstanding contribution to architecture. Her work has been widely exhibited in several galleries, museums, and universities. The Centre Pompidou acquired the scale models of the Caixaforum Zaragoza in Spain, the Hotel Pizota in Mexico, and the Maison de l’Algérie of Paris. The model of the Cube I Tower currently belongs to the collection of New York’s MOMA. In 2012 Carme Pinós launched OBJECTS, a collection of products designed, produced and commercialized by her own studio.

 

Guto Requena is representative of a new generation of architects and designers involved in the discussion of interactivity and its effects on architecture and design; his work focuses in new digital technologies, cyberculture, hybrid realities, new lifestyles, affective memory, Latin America, and Brazilian culture. He is the Creative Director of the Estudio Guto Requena, which acts in all areas where design is of the essence, in its most varied scales: objects, interiors, architecture, and cities. At the core of the studio’s projects is an obsession with experimenting with digital technologies in an emotive way. Interactive Public Furniture and Urban Art are the studio’s most recent focus. Guto is an architect with a master’s in Architecture & Urban Planning from the University of São Paulo (USP). For nine years, he was a researcher at NOMADS.USP – Center for Interactive Living Studies of the University of São Paulo. In 2007 he completed his master’s dissertation, “Hybrid Habitation: Interactivity and Experience in the Cyberculture Era,” and established Estudio Guto Requena in 2008. Guto has won several awards and lectured and exhibited in more than 20 countries worldwide. Between 2012 and 2015, he wrote a column about design, architecture, and urbanism at Folha de São Paulo, one of the major Brazilian newspapers, and collaborated with several magazines. Since 2011, Guto has been creating, screenwriting, and hosting TV, web, and cinema series. Among some recognitions: ArchDaily's Building of the Year Award 2014 - Interior Architecture - Walmart São Paulo; BID 2012 – Bienal Ibero Americana de Design, as the best Space Design in Brazil for the Exhibition "Roteiro Musical de São Paulo.” “Best in Architecture Brazil - 2010” for nightclub HOT HOT, under the category “Bars & Nightclubs.” “Young Brazilian Awards” as recognition for lecturing on 70 workshops all over the country. He is currently preparing a design series on Netflix. https://gutorequena.com/projects