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Students in UTSA summer academy learn about architecture and design careers

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Elizabeth Graham (top) and Guillermo Garza, participants in UTSA architecture academy
Bottom photo: Design-build projects in the summer academy
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(June 19, 2014) -- The UTSA College of Architecture is finishing up session one of the Summer Academy in Architecture and Interior Design -- a two-week introduction to the architecture and interior design careers. In the academy, students can decide whether the field is right for them, and curiosity is the only prerequisite.

Taught by College of Architecture faculty members, the academy offers hands-on insight into the creative and professional practice of architecture and interior design. And, to help them keep the university in mind, each participant receives a UTSA t-shirt, sketchbook, pencils, tracing paper, ruler and UTSA bag.

According to Stephen Temple, UTSA associate professor of architecture and director of the summer camp, the experience gives the students an idea of how they would interact with faculty and what the activities would be as they pursue a career in architecture, design or construction.

"The kids are understanding how designers think and what they will do after college when they enter the career," said Temple. "We've been doing a number of little projects similar to what first-year students would experience. We started them out by handing them a bunch of parts and asked them to build something, and they started right in."

Elizabeth Graham, age 16, from John Paul Stephens High School, highly recommends the academy.

"It's a lot of fun," she said. "They take us on these trips where we go around town and look at various types of buildings. We are meeting a lot of people in architecture and design firms. It gives you an idea of the work you would be getting into. We took apart a toaster and then rebuilt it, and we've done a lot with blocks and bricks to learn how buildings are put together."

Guillermo Garza, age 15 and a sophomore this fall at Ronald Reagan High School, also is very enthusiastic about the summer program.

"We have been experimenting with different materials for buildings," he said. "We look at living spaces and use geometry and symmetry in our designs. We're drafting a lot of pictures of buildings, and it's really fun. The trips to architecture firms are helping us understand the life of an architect and what he has to do. I want to be an architect. The academy has given me insight into choosing a career."

Running through June 20, the current session is for students age 14 and up. An Aug. 4-15 session for San Antonio ISD incoming 10th graders is supported by UTSA GEAR UP 2.


For more information, visit the UTSA College of Architecture website.

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UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at the UTSA Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 15, 6 p.m.

Take Back the Night 2015

The UTSA Women’s Studies Institute invites you to Take Back the Night, an international initiative to raise awareness and empower survivors while educating allies through a march, poetry, and testimonios. This is a gender-inclusive movement to shatter the silence surrounding sexual and domestic violence.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


Grad Fest is an event designed to prepare you for commencement while celebrating your achievement. You will have the opportunity to purchase commencement regalia, order class rings, diploma frames, explore graduate school opportunities, learn about successful Stafford loan repayment and discuss career outcomes.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom

Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


Grad Fest is an event designed to prepare you for commencement while celebrating your achievement. You will have the opportunity to purchase commencement regalia, order class rings, diploma frames, explore graduate school opportunities, learn about successful Stafford loan repayment and discuss career outcomes.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 22, 6 p.m.

Phi Kappa Phi Last Lecture

What would Dr. John Bartkowski say if it were his last lecture? The UTSA professor of sociology will speak about “The Power of Listening” in this annual event sponsored by the UTSA chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. A reception will follow.
Denman Room (UC 2.201.28), Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (ART 2.03.15-18), Main Campus

Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m.

White Bound: Nationalists, Anti-Racists and the Shared Meanings of Race

The Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series continues with Dr. Matthew Hughey, a scholar of race, racism and racial inequality.
Buena Vista Building (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

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