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COA faculty member elected president of SACS

Last June, the College of Architecture announced that Sue Ann Pemberton was elected President of the San Antonio Conservation Society for the 2013-2014 term. The following day, KSAT TV 12 went by her office to ask her about her goals as President, which includes getting more young people involved in the San Antonio Conservation Society. The link to this story is



UTSA architecture students show building designs

Rodrigo Gorgazzi
This photo depicts the project developed by Rodrigo
Gorgazzi and was part of the exhibit.

Through the month of August, more than 25 renderings of student projects were on view at the American Institute of Architects offices in the Pearl Brewery complex. The problem-solving level of the projects this year – from a Montessori school in Boerne to a “leisure center” in central Tokyo – was extremely high. Other projects included a tourist center, a commercial kitchen, a “senior technology academy”, transitional housing, athletic facilities, a spa resort, a “vertical farm” in Singapore and a River Landing Market in San Antonio, a Motel 6 utilizing shipping containers and something called an “urban entrepreneurial cooperative.”

One student, Vincent John Ramirez II, designed an at-risk youth boxing center in downtown San Antonio called the Middle Ground because of its accessibility from all areas of San Antonio. Repurposed from an old auto repair shot Artpace, the design’s features include training facilities, a show arena, and a juice bar and café. Aesthetically, Ramiez’ maintains the overall industrial feel of the existing building, tempered by the warmth of a wood-material supporting structure, He earned his master’s degree in May.

“When I was young, about the seventh grade, I worked sweeping floors in a boxing gym in Houston, a gritty, grungy place,” said Ramirez, who is interning with San Antonio architect Gerardo Noriega. “I’ve always been interested in boxing and how sports can enhance a troubled kid’s life.”

Native San Antonian Benjamin Rosas, also a May UTSA graduate, won the Dean’s Choice Award for Best Marter’s Project this year for his design of a library branch on East Commerce Street. The project grew out of Rosas’ research on the East Side. “I found quite a bit of public infrastructure lacking, including a library,” he said.

Rosas met with community leaders and residents, as well as government officials, before selecting a site at East Commerce and Mequite streets. Rosas who also won the prestigious Alpha Rho Chi Medal from the national professional fraternity for architecture, said that Mater’s Project is extremely beneficial to future architects.



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COA’s New Facebook Page

At the beginning of the Fall Semester, the College of Architecture initiated a new Facebook page. Visit the link below to like COA’s page, interact with the college, and stay informed about recent and upcoming activities within the college.