UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning celebrates 15 years
(March 15, 2017) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) College of Architecture, Construction and Planning (CACP) is marking its 15th anniversary with a day-long celebration on Saturday, April 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the UTSA Downtown Campus. The event is free and open to the public.
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The UTSA CACP 15-Year Celebration will feature a half-day research symposium, an all-day exhibit in the Monterey Building Gallery featuring work by students, faculty and researchers, a keynote address by Harvard University Graduate School of Design Professor Alex Krieger, and an awards program honoring students, alumni and industry partners.
In addition, the college will host a design-build competition for students that will begin at noon on March 31 and end at 4 p.m. on April 1. Three teams of students will design and construct one-of-a-kind playhouses in the competition, which is sponsored by the Greater San Antonio Builders Association. Materials to construct the playhouses will be donated by McCoy’s Building Supply, 84 Lumber, and Builders FirstSource. Once completed, two of the playhouses will be auctioned to support CACP student activities and scholarships, while the remaining playhouse will be donated to the Battered Women and Children’s Shelter of San Antonio.
“It’s been an exciting 15 years since the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning became an independent academic unit here at UTSA,” said John D. Murphy, Jr., dean of the college for the last eight years. “We are very proud to mark this point in our college’s journey with the UTSA and San Antonio communities.”
UTSA first began to offer 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 under the leadership of Julius Gribou.
Since its founding, the college has grown to offer six degree programs with more than 60 faculty and 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 2016, the college was renamed the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning to better reflect the breadth and scope of its academic offerings.
“This anniversary is a remarkable milestone when one considers what we’ve accomplished, how we’ve evolved as an academic institution and the thousands of people we’ve reached through our teaching, research and service,” Murphy said. “The college has become an integral part of the San Antonio community, and we look forward to the next 15 years and beyond.”
UTSA students and faculty are recognized regularly for their contributions to San Antonio, South Texas, and the nation. In 2015, UTSA was named number one in the nation for the seventh consecutive year for awarding architecture degrees to Hispanic students by Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education’s annual Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics report.
UTSA is ranked among the top 400 universities in the world and among the top 100 in the nation, according to Times Higher Education.
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The day-long celebration is hosted in conjunction with this year’s UTSA Day, the university’s annual spring open house. Current and prospective students are invited to visit and learn about the college’s academic opportunities. For more information, visit www.utsa.edu/admissions/utsaday.
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