College of Architecture
New Construction Science Department
As of March 1, 2013, the existing undergraduate degree in Construction Science and Management has found a new home: The Department of Construction Science. Attaining department status is both an indication of success in the first four years of its existence and a statement of support and expectation for the future of construction education at UTSA. The College of Architecture has recognized the importance of construction management as it relates to the creation of the built environment and is extremely proud to take this step forward. The inaugural chair of this new department is Dr. Yilmaz Karasulu. Construction Science has now become the second department housed in the College of Architecture, joining the Department of Architecture.
Spring Lecture Series
Architect Sharon Johnston, co-founder of the rising Los Angeles firm Johnson Marklee, discussed the firm’s work in a lecture entitled Art and the City; preservation architect Gunny Harboe spoke on his contribution to the restoration of the city of Chicago’s iconic structures in a lecture entitled Restoring Chicago’s Architectural Legacy; internationally renowned architect Javier Sánchez, who was a Visiting Professor of Architectural Design in the Graduate Architecture Program at UTSA for the 2013 spring semester, presented a lecture based on his work, titled Building the City: Architectural Insertions in Mexico City; in a special collaboration between the College of Architecture and the McNay Art Museum, French architect Jean-Paul Viguier presented a lecture at the McNay titled Modernity and Heritage: Contextual or Pastiche?; El Paso city officials discussed Plan El Paso, their city’s award-winning comprehensive plan, in a lecture titled How El Paso Developed America’s Best Smart Growth Plan.
S.T.A.R. (Students Together Achieving Revitalization)
The College of Architecture has once again teamed up with the City of San Antonio’s Office of Historic Preservation to help revitalize homes in San Antonio historic districts. The most recent outing by the S.T.A.R. Project was on April 6 – 7 and April 13 – 14. About 150 volunteers participated over the course of both weekends, refurbishing 16 houses in the Knob Hill Historic District. Past S.T.A.R. projects have assisted numerous homeowners in the Dignowity Hill, Tobin Hill, and Government Hill historic districts and the Five Points neighborhood. This ongoing partnership began in 2010 on the East Side, and has improved more than 40 San Antonio homes.