UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning celebrates 15 years
(March 15, 2017) -- The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning (CACP) is marking its 15th anniversary with a day-long celebration on Saturday, April 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the UTSA Downtown Campus. The event is free and open to the public.
The UTSA CACP 15-Year Celebration will feature a half-day research symposium, an all-day exhibit in the Monterey Building Gallery featuring work by students, faculty and researchers, a keynote address by Harvard University Graduate School of Design Professor Alex Krieger, and an awards program honoring students, alumni and industry partners.
In addition, the college will host a design-build competition for students that will begin at noon on March 31 and end at 4 p.m. on April 1. Three teams of students will design and construct one-of-a-kind playhouses in the competition, which is sponsored by the Greater San Antonio Builders Association. Materials to construct the playhouses will be donated by McCoy’s Building Supply, 84 Lumber, and Builders FirstSource. Once completed, two of the playhouses will be auctioned to support CACP student activities and scholarships, while the remaining playhouse will be donated to the Battered Women and Children’s Shelter of San Antonio.
“It’s been an exciting 15 years since the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning became an independent academic unit here at UTSA,” said John D. Murphy, Jr., dean of the college for the last eight years. “We are very proud to mark this point in our college’s journey with the UTSA and San Antonio communities.”
UTSA first began offering an architecture degree through its College of Liberal and Fine Arts – then called the UTSA College of Fine and Applied Arts – in 1979. The program became its own academic unit, the UTSA School of Architecture, in 2002 under the leadership of Julius Gribou.
Since its founding, the college has grown to offer six degree programs with more than 60 faculty and established three research and service-learning centers. It educates students on leading architecture, interior design, historic preservation, urban and regional planning, and construction practices. In 2016, the college was renamed the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning to better reflect the breadth and scope of its academic offerings.
“This anniversary is a remarkable milestone when one considers what we’ve accomplished, how we’ve evolved as an academic institution and the thousands of people we’ve reached through our teaching, research and service,” Murphy said. “The college has become an integral part of the San Antonio community, and we look forward to the next 15 years and beyond.”
UTSA students and faculty are recognized regularly for their contributions to San Antonio, South Texas, and the nation. In 2015, UTSA was named number one in the nation for the seventh consecutive year for awarding architecture degrees to Hispanic students by Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education’s annual Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics report.
UTSA is ranked among the top 400 universities in the world and among the top 100 in the nation, according to Times Higher Education.
Learn more about the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning.
The day-long celebration is hosted in conjunction with this year’s UTSA Day, the university’s annual spring open house. Current and prospective students are invited to visit and learn about the college’s academic opportunities. For more information, visit www.utsa.edu/admissions/utsaday.
Langston Clark, UTSA assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition will discuss exploring the historical context for the role of black athletes in contemporary social movements.John Peace Library, Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
The UTSA African American Studies program invites speakers from the leading African American Fraternities and Sororities for a panel discussion of the history of each organization and to enlighten the audience about the community service, academic purpose, professionalism and ethical roots of each group.Student Union, Mesquite Room (SU 2.01.24), Main Campus
MuTe Fest is a celebration of original music and technology. Three days of concerts, sessions, and informative lectures will offer a unique experience of musical works created by fellow UTSA students and the chance to gain valuable knowledge about music technology.Art Building, Music Tech Lab (Arts 3.01.30B), Main Campus
UTSA Libraries hosts Assistant Professor Ian Caine for his lecture, Architectural Postcards from Space, as part of the popular Pizza + Research series. Pizza will be served while supplies last.Buena Vista Street Building (BVB 2.304), Downtown Campus
The theme of this year’s symposium is Black & Brown Futures. The free event will give UTSA students and the community the opportunity to meet and hear national scholars talk about current research and academic trends relevant to the lives of African Americans in the United States.Student Union, Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
Registration is open now for this family-friendly and dog-friendly run that supports the UTSA Alumni Association scholarship fund.Convocation Center, Main Campus
Join the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching for the 14th Annual UTSA Storytelling Festival featuring Nancy Simpson, storyteller and keynote speaker. The event is free and open to the public.Main Building, Ground Floor Lobby, Main Campus
Students are invited to a semi-formal, dinner banquet with an awards presentation and dancing. Keynote speaker will be San Antonio City Councilman William Cruz Shaw. Tickets must be purchased by Feb 19 at Roadrunner Express. UTSA students are $15 and guests are $20.H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104/1/106), Main Campus