2019 CACP Design Awards, Construction Honor Awards, & Architecture Dept Open House

Photo Gallery: UTSA CACP Design Awards & Construction Science Honor Awards

Photo Gallery: UTSA Department of Architecture Final Reviews & Open House

(May 15, 2019) -- The UTSA CACP’s Design Awards and Construction Science Honor Awards were presented at the Spring 2019 CACP Awards & Certificate ceremony on May 3, while that evening the UTSA Department of Architecture held its inaugural Open House in the Monterey Building on the UTSA Downtown Campus. The Open House was well-attended and presented the college’s best curated undergraduate and graduate student work in architecture, interior design, and urban planning. It was the finale of a week of student presentations of their semester’s work, which included Master's Project Presentations by nearly 40 graduating M.Arch students.

The Department of Architecture greatly appreciates the support of industry partners American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Antonio, RVK Architects, Cosper & Associates Inc., Alpha Consulting Engineers Inc., Cleary Zimmermann Engineers, CNG Engineering, R-S-C-R Inc., MEP Engineering Inc., Moy Tarin Ramirez (MTR) Engineers, Guido Materials, F.A. Nunnelly, Raba Kistner Inc., and Lundy & Franke Engineering and thanks them for their generous donations which made this event possible.

Regarding the Design Awards, 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): Sebastian Casas

Second Year (Interior Design): Milynne Phan

Third Year (Interior Design): Jamie Perez

Fourth Year (Interior Design): Cindy Luevano

Second Year (Architecture): Jessica Mosher

Third Year (Architecture): Mark Campo

Fourth Year (Architecture): Jesus A. Hernandez

First Year, Graduate Program (M.Arch): Andre Simon

Second Year, Graduate Program (M.Arch), Henry Adams Award: Austen Keithly


The Student Choice Award is a new award in which architecture and interior design students were given the opportunity to nominate a peer to be honored. The award is given to the student whose creativity and rigor inspires, provokes conversation, and raises the level of design at UTSA.

Student Choice Award (Interior Design): Cindy Luevano

Student Choice Award (Undergraduate Architecture): Ivan Gonzalez

Student Choice Award (Graduate Architecture): Andre Simon


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: Nathan Flores


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 2019 the faculty chose two recipients of the Alpha Rho Chi Medal – one undergraduate and one graduate student.

Alpha Rho Chi Medal (Undergraduate): Ivan Gonzalez

Alpha Rho Chi Medal (Graduate): Angelica Campos


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 Award: Joshua Cook

Second Year Honorable Mention: Rebecca Altom

Third Year Award: Paul LaCasse

Third Year Honorable Mention: Alec Habib

Fourth Year Award: Erin Brieg

Fourth Year Honorable Mention: Dace Dunn


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 in many ways. Two key areas were the construction of a wheelchair ramp and visiting a construction site.

Outstanding Community Service Award: Ivan Pacheco


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

Outstanding Student Leadership Award: Jessica Casanova


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 working to increase collaboration among architecture and construction students. She continuously shared information with other students and was an active participant in both departments.

Outstanding Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration Award: Kirby Hansen


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, the recipients established the Texas Public Works Association student organization, the newest in the Department of Construction Science. They attended and volunteered at many outside events, organized events, and encouraged other students to participate.

Excellence in Student Co-Curricular Award: Victoria Garcia & Ricardo Orsua


The Most Supportive Construction Student acknowledges those who demonstrate a spirit of assistance to others. This year’s recipients were consistent, willing helpers to students, faculty, and guests in their work at the Construction Science office and served as a bridge with Departments of Architecture and Construction Science.

Most Supportive Construction Students: Melissa Santos, Mark Louis Campo, Danny Gonzalez, Gabriela Perez


Established in 1949, Sigma Lambda Chi is an International Construction Honor Society with the fundamental purpose of recognizing outstanding students in construction curricula and 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.

The 2018-2019 inductees are: Dace Dunn, Victor Falcon, Shelby Harris, Carlos Elizondo, Alonso Gonzalez, Reina Hernandez, Jose Lara-Arevalo, Michael Layfield, Derek Lopez, Hilda Ochoa, Ricardo Orsua, Jason Rios, Derek Theim


The 2019 Honor Award in Urban and Regional Planning is given to the highest-ranking URP student in the program.

Honor Award in Urban and Regional Planning: Marco Hinojosa


The UTSA Office of Sustainability recognizes students who show unique understanding of sustainable design, have been active in community engagement and used the opportunity to incorporate sustainability outside the curriculum, or are a guiding light for other students in sustainable research and strategy.

UTSA Sustainability Award: Emma Schnelle, Rachel Henkes, Lupita Sedano-Gutierrez, Sayedehsaba Fatemi Abhari, Patricia Guerra, Molly Padilla, Kirby Hansen, Victoria Garcia


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: Mohamed A. Abo Issa for his M.S. Arch thesis work titled, “Building performance simulation for architects, comparing three leading simulation tools”


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: Rogelio Rodriguez for "Re-rooting Culture," his proposal to build high-density, sustainable housing on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Cultural Sustainability Award runners up: Genesis Eng Rodriguez and Jose Antonio Herrera for their project, “PEMEX Urban Park: Water as the Vision for the Future”


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. This year there are two projects that are deserving of the Dean’s Award for Best Master’s Project.

Dean’s Award for Master’s Project in Architecture: Garrett Burleson for his project, “Regenerating Design of the Historic Scobee Warehouse”

Dean’s Award for Best Master’s Project in Architecture: Genesis Eng Rodriguez and Jose Antonio Herrera for their project, “PEMEX Urban Park: Water as the Vision for the Future”


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: Marco Hinojosa for his professional report, “Revitalizing the Near Westside/UTSA Downtown Campus Area: Analysis and Proposals”