UTSA College of Architecture students win third consecutive Anderson prize

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(Nov. 22, 2011) -- For the third consecutive year, a team of UTSA students instructed by architecture professor Sue Ann Pemberton has been awarded the Kenneth Lanier Anderson Prize. The award is given annually to the highest-ranking Charles E. Peterson Prize entry from a Texas university. The UTSA team received both the Peterson and Anderson prizes for their documentation work on the Herrera-Ruiz house in 2011.

"When students document a building, they learn to really look closely at that building and understand how it was constructed because they have to convey that information in drawings," said Pemberton.

Charles E. Peterson was the founder of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) of the National Park Service; the Peterson prize is presented by HABS, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Administered by the Texas Architectural Foundation (TAF), the Anderson prize was established to honor the memory of Kenneth L. Anderson, former principal architect and later chief of HABS.

While the Peterson prize is intended to increase awareness, knowledge and appreciation of historic buildings throughout the United States, the Anderson prize focuses on Texas' accredited schools of architecture, encouraging students to record buildings to HABS standards and submit them to the permanent HABS collection of measured drawings at the Library of Congress.

Pemberton and UTSA team member Jaime Jimenez accepted both awards on behalf of the group at an awards ceremony that was part of the AIA Historic Resources Committee luncheon last month in Buffalo, N.Y. The team also included Brett Davidson, Analy de la Cruz, Robert Gonzalez, John James, Adriana Munoz, Jennifer Speed and Courtney Widacki

"While the quality work is completed by students, it is also important to realize that Professor Pemberton has been leading Peterson Award-level student submissions for many years, and now her class has received the honor for three years in a row," said John Murphy, dean of the UTSA College of Architecture. "This is a sign of incredible quality instruction in architectural education. Professor Pemberton continues to make all of us here in the College of Architecture proud to have her on the faculty."

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