(March 2, 2010)--The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently named UTSA's Diane Hays and Sue Ann Pemberton-Haugh to the AIA College of Fellows, an honor awarded to the most accomplished professionals in the field of architecture. Hays and Pemberton are senior lecturers in the UTSA College of Architecture.
From a national membership of more than 84,000, fewer than 2,600 are AIA fellows. Fellowship is one of the highest honors the AIA can bestow upon a member. It recognizes the achievements of architects who have made significant contributions to architecture and society. The goals of the College of Fellows are to advance the profession of architecture and increase service to society.
Diane Hays began her professional career in San Antonio in 1985 following the completion of her education in both interior design and architecture. She received a B.S. degree in interior design and a master of architecture degree, both from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to professional practice, Hays began teaching at UTSA in 1992, teaching all levels of design studios in both disciplines of architecture and interior design. She also teaches courses in detailing, furniture design and construction, color and light, and construction graphics, her particular focus in the classroom as well as in practice.
Due in large measure to her persistence and steadfast vision, UTSA, accredited in 2001, is now the fastest growing architecture and interior design program in the country and the second largest program in Texas. Hayes has received national, regional and local design awards for her professional work in collaboration with other firms, and as a sole practitioner from the AIA and IIDA design programs. Further, her students have received awards and recognition at the national and local level from AIA, Contract magazine annual design awards, Donghia Foundation and NEWH.
Most recently, Hays pioneered the design-build program within the College of Architecture with the completion of two park renovation projects in collaboration in Bexar County. The program affords students the opportunity to gain real-world experience in design and construction.
Sue Ann Pemberton-Haugh came to UTSA in 1984 as a part-time lecturer. She has become a force for change and innovation in the curriculum and helped establish UTSA as a successful architecture program of national stature. Pemberton-Haugh excels at looking outside the classroom for meaningful, real-world opportunities to engage students in the nuts and bolts of architecture. As a preservation architect herself, Pemberton maintains a connection to history and continuity in her teaching. She routinely goes the extra mile to build on this connection, to secure funding for courses that have none, to find meaningful historic or low-income projects in need of a helping hand, and pushing students beyond their own expectations.
Pemberton-Haugh has emerged as one of the college's most popular teachers and a highly regarded researcher. Highlights of her academic accomplishments include introducing the first historic preservation studies into the UTSA curriculum and founding its nationally recognized, award-winning Historic American Buildings Survey curriculum and founding the Noragachi Field School, a summer design-build studio in a remote village in the Sierra Trahumara of Northern Mexico. On the project, students study centuries-old adobe construction and lead the community in building projects.
Pemberton-Haugh also established the Vemacular Architecture Project, which promotes the research and study of indigenous building traditons and shares this knowledge with anyone seeking to learn about the topic. In recognition of her achievements, she received the 2009 Edward J. Romieneic Award for outstanding educational achievement, the highest recognition given to an educator by the AIA in Texas.
The College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, founded in 1952, is composed of members of the institute who are elected to fellowship by a jury of their peers. The new fellows are entitled to use the designation "FAIA" following their names and will be vested in the College of Fellows at the 2010 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Miami on June 11.
The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy's Curtis Vaughan Observatory will offer free stargazing for the public beginning on top of the 4th floor of the Flawn Science Building. Experienced astronomers will be on hand to show a variety of astronomical objects and answer any questions. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory
This year's keynote speaker is Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisper. The event will feature breakout sessions and a presentation by the Creative Writers from North East School of the Arts. The event is free and open to all teachers from Pre-K through university level. Attendees can earn a certificate for 3 hours of Professional Development Credit.
Riklin Auditorium (FS1.406), Downtown Campus
The UTSA community is invited to attend the 3rd annual Rowdy Gras celebration! This year Rowdy Gras includes a daytime event from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. with a free food tasting and music on the UC Paseo. The main event takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. in the UC Lawn. The event includes free food, live jazz music, activities and giveaways.
University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus
The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series continues with Dana Cuff, Ph.D., a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her talk, Cuff will discuss new forms of “studio” and new types of practices. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium. The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus
The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Iris Carlton LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus
Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host a free workshop focusing on teaching Latin American culture and geography for students seeking their teacher certification. The workshop includes free resources for teaching Latin American subject matter as well as presentations on language, identity, music, geography, and political and developmental history, and a special educators’ tour of the museum’s Los Tejanos exhibit. Free with registration.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC 3.01.02)
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