2017 CACP Industry Partner and Alumni Awards

2017 CACP Industry Partner and Alumni Awards

(May 1, 2017) -- The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s (CACP) inaugural Industry Partner and Alumni Awards were presented at the CACP 15-Year Celebration, held April 1 at the Downtown Campus. The day-long event highlighted the college’s history with various activities, including a faculty research symposium and keynote, student and faculty exhibitions, and a student design-build competition.

The CACP Industry Partner and Alumni Awards will become part of the college’s scholarship banquet, held annually in the fall semester. The 2017 awardees will be honored at the fall 2017 scholarship banquet and the next recipients will be selected in 2018. A faculty committee met to establish a slate of nominees for the alumni awards and the award winners were decided by a faculty vote.


Public Industry Partner Award

Shanon Miller, City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation


Private Industry Partner Award

Mirko Marinelli and Eugenia Esposito, Global Education Ventures


The Distinguished Alumni Rising Star Award (Architecture or Interior Design) is for an alumni who is one to ten years out of their degree and who has shown evidence of outstanding professional progression, such as licensure in architecture or a position increase over time in any field. The alumni must also show evidence of service to the community or profession.

Nominees: Laura Carrera, Stantec; Dawn James, Gensler; Adrianna Swindle, Lake Flato

Winners (two awards this year): Laura Carrera and Adrianna Swindle


Distinguished Alumni Rising Star Award (Construction Science)

Nominees: Harrison Pierce, Linbeck Group; Derek Sparling, Skanska; Joseph Villarreal, Bartlett Cocke

Winner: Joseph Villarreal


The Distinguished Alumni Meritorious Achievement Award is for an alumni who is more than ten years out of any degree. It recognizes sustained professional excellence with evidence of professional industry services. It may also include a major professional accomplishment, and recipients will have demonstrated consistent support of UTSA.

Nominees: Joseph Benjamin, Lake Flato; Kirsty Ferguson, Gensler; Angel Garcia, Marmon Mok; Eduardo Perez, Gould Evans

Winner: Kirsty Ferguson


The Distinguished Alumni Meritorious Global Influence Award is given to an alumni in any class. It recognizes global or international reach through professional responsibilities.

Nominees: Nikki Gledhill, MBG International Design; Santino Medina, Gehry Technologies

Winner: Santino Medina