(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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The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
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As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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