UTSA College of Architecture opens Center for Architectural Engagement

Labyrinth sculpture

"Labyrinth" sculpture and Durango Building, UTSA Downtown Campus

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(Sept. 13, 2013) -- The UTSA College of Architecture (COA) announces the opening of the Center for Architectural Engagement. The new center will be housed within the College of Architecture and will serve to support the college's community engagement and service-learning initiatives.

"The creation of the Center for Architectural Engagement has been something I have been working toward since my arrival four years ago," said John D. Murphy Jr., dean of the UTSA College of Architecture. "My expectation is that this entity champions and oversees all ongoing and new engagement activities for the College of Architecture. By doing so, we can take our engagement programs from good to great for the city and the region."

Under the leadership of inaugural director Sue Ann Pemberton, FAIA, the center will bring together students, faculty and staff to address, support and execute community engagement activities with the City of San Antonio, several counties and cities in Texas, and other community organizations.

"The College of Architecture has been involved in partnerships with city and county governments for a long time now," said Pemberton. "It seems only right that we synthesize all of our community engagements efforts and channel them through this center. This way, we'll be able to not only support our ongoing projects, but we can ramp up efforts in new areas of engagement."

In the past, the College of Architecture has spearheaded several initiatives such as: the SPARK School Park program, an initiative aimed at improving school playgrounds; the Students Together Achieving Revitalization (S.T.A.R.) program, which provides students with neighborhood and historic revitalization projects; and several design-build projects throughout Bexar County.

For more information, visit the UTSA College of Architecture Center for Architectural Engagement website.