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UTSA interior design program reaccredited for six years by CIDA

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(April 26, 2010)--The UTSA College of Architecture bachelor of science degree program in interior design recently was awarded accreditation by unanimous decision for another six-year term by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

The achievement comes after a rigorous two-year, self-assessment period and a four-day visit from a team of professionals and educators sent by the accreditation commission. Visiting team members completed a thorough examination of student work prepared over a six-month period, conducted interviews with students and faculty, toured the facility and met with UTSA administrators.

"With professional design programs, accreditation is critical in a context of both quality control of our curricula and marketability of our graduates," said John D. Murphy Jr., dean of the UTSA College of Architecture. "This re-accreditation reaffirms that we are continuing to provide quality preparation for the interior design industry."

Following are highlights of the strengths CIDA members found in the UTSA interior design program:

  • Opportunities to complete simple to complex projects that vary widely in size and type
  • Opportunities for students to interact with a variety of design professionals
  • Students develop an understanding of the nature and value of integrated design practice
  • Students demonstrated understanding and ability to apply sustainability concepts, principles and theories as they pertain to building methods, materials, systems and occupants
  • Students gained consensus-building skills through team projects
  • Students demonstrated understanding and ability to apply the elements of business practice
  • Students possess strong understanding of color and light and their interaction with one another
  • Students showed a strong ability to lay out and specify furniture, fixtures and equipment
  • Students have a strong understanding of the principles of acoustical design and ability to apply appropriate acoustical control.
  • Students showed a strong knowledge base in building systems and structures
  • Students showed a strong knowledge base in history of architecture, interiors and furniture design

 

 

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Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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