New administrative appointments in the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning

(January 17, 2018) -- After celebrating its 15-year anniversary in April of 2017, the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning (CACP) began the Fall 2017 semester with the appointments of two Associate Deans, Dr. Suat Gunhan and David Matiella, and new Chairs in both the Department of Architecture and Department of Construction Science, Dr. Sedef Doganer and Dr. Tulio Sulbaran, respectively.

UTSA first began offering an architecture degree through its College of Liberal and Fine Arts – then called the UTSA College of Fine and Applied Arts – in 1979. The program became its own academic unit, the UTSA School of Architecture, in 2002, and evolved into the College of Architecture in 2005. Since its founding, the college has grown to offer five degree programs with more than 60 faculty and has established three research and service-learning centers. It educates students on leading architecture, interior design, historic preservation, urban and regional planning, and construction practices. In 2014, the college was renamed the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning to better reflect the breadth and scope of its academic offerings.

Dr. Gunhan is Associate Dean for Research in the CACP, replacing Dr. Hazem Rashed-Ali who served in that capacity since the summer of 2013. Previously, Dr. Gunhan served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Undergraduate Studies in the CACP since the fall of 2015 and has taught within the UTSA Department of Construction Science since the fall of 2010. He has extensive U.S. construction industry experience and specializes in construction engineering and management, while themes of international construction, foreign markets, sustainable building construction delivery methods, the integration of sustainable technologies, and all aspects of project management are found in his work and research. Dr. Gunhan received a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology with specialization in construction engineering and management, and received both his Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Science in Architecture from Dokuz Eylul University in Izmir, Turkey.

Replacing Dr. Gunhan as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the CACP is David Matiella, who oversees the college’s undergraduate and graduate programs in this role. He has taught courses in the design of the built environment with an emphasis on sustainability in the UTSA Department of Architecture since 2005. Matiella is a USGBC Texas Chapter Board member and Chair of the Advocacy Committee of the U.S. Green Building Council Texas Chapter. He received both his Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees from UTSA.

Dr. Sedef Doganer is Chair of the UTSA Department of Architecture, replacing previous Chair Dr. Vincent Canizaro, who served since the fall of 2011. Dr. Doganer has taught in the Department of Architecture since 2008, previously serving as the Graduate Advisor of Record and Assistant Department Chair. She teaches graduate and undergraduate design studios in addition to courses about architecture and tourism, and preservation of the urban fabric and landscapes of San Antonio. Dr. Doganer studies design issues related to tourist spaces, resort towns, sustainable tourism development, and is an expert on cultural heritage tourism. Her most recent projects include an assessment of San Antonio’s heritage resources, an analysis of heritage tourism small-business potential near Missions San José and San Juan, and research on heritage travelers. Dr. Doganer received her Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Science in Architecture, and Ph.D. from Istanbul Technical University.

Dr. Tulio Sulbaran is Chair of the UTSA Department of Construction Science, replacing Interim Chair Dr. Larry Grosse, who served since the fall of 2016, and previous Chair Dr. Yilmaz Karasulu, who served from 2013-2016. Dr. Sulbaran is very interested in increasing industry involvement in the Department of Construction Science at UTSA. He has a wealth of leadership and administrative experience that is helping increase the success of students and faculty in the program and has very impressive success in externally funded research and scholarship over the past 15 years. Dr. Sulbaran strongly believes in hands-on learning and student engagement in extracurricular activities. He is recognized for his passion for teaching, as demonstrated by the prestigious National ABC John Trimmer Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Sulbaran is very active in construction education. He served as a trustee of the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE), the accrediting board for construction education programs, and led the effort to establish the very successful ACCE Industry Advisory Board Roundtable. He is also the editor for the Associated School of Construction (ASC) Conference Proceedings. Dr. Sulbaran is a strong advocate of industry and academic collaboration. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (CE) with a concentration in Construction Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.