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(Sept. 26, 2011) -- The UTSA College of Architecture Fall Lecture Series will open with "The Promise of Prefab Homes: Obtainable or Fiction?" at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28 in the Buena Vista Theater (1.326) at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The COA series is free and open to the public.

Partners Matthew Stannard and Bart Mitchell of the design/build firm Stillwater Dwellings will present their products and business concepts. The Seattle company is known for its unique contemporary prefabricated homes centered on affordability, sustainability and quality.

"A lecture series is a great opportunity for a college of architecture to present a wide spectrum of examples of success in design," said John Murphy, dean of the UTSA College of Architecture. "Whether it is an up-and-coming extremely talented designer or a person very established in his or her successful career, it is an opportunity to engage directly with the general public, related disciplines and students of the built environment. We are fortunate to have these individuals scheduled to come to San Antonio this year, and we hope people will take advantage of the opportunity to hear them speak."

Stillwater Dwellings was established in 2008 to provide affordable, quality-built prefabricated homes. All homes feature the company's signature soaring butterfly roofline; eco-friendly wood flooring; over-insulated walls, ceilings and floors; and hi-efficiency windows. Stillwater's viable business model has garnered attention for its focus on sustainability and green building paired with exceptional value and time efficiency related to construction management and manufacturing.

"We're very excited to have Stillwater Dwellings kick off our lecture series, not only because of their dynamic design work, but also due to their established position in the prefabrication business," said Taeg Nishimoto, lecture series organizer and COA associate dean for research, outreach and graduate studies.


For more information, email Nicole Chavez.


UTSA College of Architecture Fall Lecture Series

Oct. 26 -- Jefre, an Orlando, Fla., designer, will speak on his intriguing public art. He was selected to create the public art for the new City of San Antonio Public Safety Headquarters. The lecture is co-sponsored by the City of San Antonio program, Public Art San Antonio.

Nov. 16 -- Mario Coyula Cowley, Cuban architect, urban designer and critic

Nov. 30 -- Erhard An-He Kinzelbach, Austrian architect, principal of Knowspace and professor at China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China



Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
4th floor, Flawn Science Building, Main Campus

Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Where Ink Does Not Show: A Celebration of the New State Poet Laureate

A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.

Campus Carry Listening Session

Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 9, 8 a.m.

College of Sciences Research Conference

The day-long research conference will include a keynote address, faculty and student oral presentations, poster sessions, and an awards ceremony. Lunch will be provided for those who register. Abstract submission deadline is September 20, 2015. Event registration deadline is October 4, 2015.
H-E-B University Center, Main Campus

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