2018 CACP Design Awards

2018 CACP Design Awards

2018 CACP Design Awards

The CACP Design Awards were presented at the Spring 2017 CACP Awards & Certificate ceremony on April 28.

Each year the Faculty in the Department of Architecture collectively honor architecture and interior design students who represent the best of design in their respective year and discipline in our college. The nominees for the Design Awards are selected by respective faculty members. The winners are chosen by vote of the faculty and are presented with books and commemorative bookmarks.

First Year Undergraduate Designer of the Year (Architecture + Interior Design): Cheyenne Ausman

Second Year (Architecture): John Franklin

Second Year (Interior Design): Narda Parga Moreno

Third Year (Interior Design): April Garcia

Fourth Year (Interior Design): Marion Jaume

Third Year (Architecture): Mauricio Garza

Fourth Year (Architecture): Estefania Barajas

First Year, Graduate Program (M.Arch): Austen Keithly


Tau Sigma Delta is the National Honor Society in Architecture and Allied Arts, which was established in 1913. Its prime objective is to celebrate excellence in scholarship, to stimulate mental achievement, and to award those undergraduate and graduate students who attain high scholastic standing in Architecture and the allied arts of design by the rewards of membership in an honor society. Membership is for life.

Tau Sigma Delta inductees: Carolina Dominguez Perez, Christina Berlanga, Elsa G. De León, Brandon Crelia


The Henry Adams Medal is the highest honor given out by the American Institute of Architects as awarded by the faculty in architecture. The top-ranking graduate student, from each of the accredited universities, receives the Medal.

Henry Adams Medal: Carolina Dominguez Perez


The Alpha Rho Chi Medal is judged by the faculty in the Department of Architecture and presented to a graduating student who has shown leadership, service to his or her school, and true professionalism while maintaining a good attitude and personality. In 2018 the faculty chose two recipients of the Alpha Rho Chi Medal – one undergraduate and one graduate student.

Alpha Rho Chi Medal (Undergraduate): Estefania Barajas

Alpha Rho Chi Medal (Graduate): Laura Bustillos


The Department of Construction Science honors students who represent the highest achievement in their discipline in a variety of categories. The first awards are academic achievement awards. They recognize the students who have achieved the highest GPA in their respective classes.

Second Year: Paul Lacasse

Third Year: Erin Breig

Fourth Year: Victor Falcon


The Outstanding Community Service Award is given to a student who has shown leadership in investing time and energy in community service projects. The recipient of the Outstanding Community Service Award this year stepped forward to suggest repairs on a house at the Texas coast which was damaged as a result of the hurricane in June; he was instrumental in organizing the work crew and seeing the project through from beginning to end. He also made suggestions which resulted in the creation of a student lounge area on the 4th floor of the Monterey Building.

Outstanding Community Service Award: Shane McCaffrey


The Outstanding Student Leadership Award is given to the student who has shown leadership in the Construction Science department in extra-curricular activities. This year’s winner has distinguished herself by “leading the leaders” of the Department student organizations. She has helped the leaders work cohesively to enhance the results and work of student organizations.

Outstanding Student Leadership Award: Monica Martinez


The Outstanding Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration Award is given to the person who exemplifies the spirit of collaboration between college academic disciplines. This year the recipient was a leader in a group of architecture and construction science students in the Design/Build Simulation Playhouse competition.

Outstanding Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration Award: Melinda Kuhns


The Excellence in Student Co-Curricular Award recognizes the work of those students who demonstrate leadership in networking and linking the department with our industry partners. This year’s recipients attended many outside events, encouraged other students to participate, and volunteered at industry-sponsored social events.

Excellence in Student Co-Curricular Award: Manuel Brandon Garza, Melissa Garza, Jose Luis Flores, Orlando Rodriguez


The Most Supportive Construction Student Award acknowledges the student who demonstrates a spirit of assistance to others. This year’s recipient was a consistent, willing helper to students, faculty, and guests in his work at the Construction Science office.

Most Supportive Construction Student Award: Marco Diaz


Established in 1949, Sigma Lambda Chi is an International Construction Honor Society with the fundamental purpose of recognizing outstanding students in construction curricula, outstanding professional individuals in construction and education. The students are in the top 20% of their class and were nominated and accepted to the society by the local Sigma Lambda Chi Epsilon V Chapter.

Sigma Lambda Chi Fall 2017 inductees: Marcos Avila, Javier Bazan, Karla Gonzalez, Elizabeth Graham, Joel Guel, Daniel Gunn, Gabriella Mata, Ernesto Perez, Viviana Valdez, Larry Watson

Sigma Lambda Chi Spring 2018 inductees: Victor Falcon, Kyler Goodman, Alec Habib, Paul Lacasse, Dylan Mathews, Salina Raymond, Kyle Real, Amy Schneider, Elijah Washington


The 2018 Honor Award in Urban and Regional Planning is given to the highest-ranking URP student in the program.

Urban and Regional Planning Honor Award: Melissa Bryant


The Cultural Sustainability Award is sponsored by the Center for Cultural Sustainability and recognizes the Thesis or Masters Project that best displays excellence in design or research regarding continuity of cultural identity; heritage conservation practices or treatment; analysis of regulations and policies that affect cultural sustainability; or sustainable solutions that promote heritage conservation of places, communities, urban areas or regions.

Cultural Sustainability Award: Elsa G. De León for her project, “Rifugio Campo Imperatore: Center for Ecotourism and Cultural Creativity”


The ARCC King Student Medal is given to one student per ARCC member institution. Selection of recipients is based upon criteria that acknowledge innovation, integrity, and scholarship in architectural and/or environmental design research. The award may be made at either the graduate or the undergraduate level.

ARCC King Student Medal: Anupam Satumane for his M.S. Arch thesis work titled, “The impacts of green façade and green roof on annual building energy consumption in hot-humid and hot-dry climates.”


The Dean’s Awards honor excellence in each graduate program within the College with an award for the best work of those about to enter their respective professions. For architecture, this is the Master’s Project Award. For urban and regional planning, this is the Capstone Project Award. The Dean’s Award for Best Master’s Project in Architecture honors graduate students in their final semester for work on their final project – known as the Master’s Project. This project is the culmination of their work as an architecture student and is based on a year’s worth of work as they have prepared themselves for professional practice. Nominees have been selected by their respective faculty, and the students’ materials were reviewed by Dean Murphy. Two projects have been chosen — a runner up (merit award) and top award for best project.

Dean’s Merit Award for Master’s Project in Architecture: Elsa G. De León for her project, “Rifugio Campo Imperatore: Center for Ecotourism and Cultural Creativity”

Dean’s Award for Best Master’s Project in Architecture: Laura Bustillos for her project, “Searching for Bio-Philia: Barrio Del West”


The Dean’s Award for Best Master’s Project in Urban and Regional Planning honors the work of graduate students in the Master of Science Degree in Urban and Regional Planning for their work on their final capstone project. The capstone project is the culmination of 48 hours of graduate study as an urban and regional planning graduate student and is based on their thesis or professional report. Nominees were selected by the urban and regional planning faculty, and the students’ materials were reviewed by Dean Murphy.

Dean’s Award for Best Urban and Regional Planning Capstone: Melissa Bryant for her thesis, “A Sustainable Focus on the San Antonio Comprehensive Plan with Resilient Development of the Brooks Regional Center”