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Herb Greene Lectured On The Creation Of Prairie House


Internationally known architect Herb Greene was invited to give a lecture+discussion this past Friday at the College of Architecture. Greene was able to discuss his life career, working with Bruce Goff, and the creation of the Prairie House, built in Norman, Oklahoma. Several alumni and past students of Greene were able to ask questions and thank him for his work. 


Architecture Students Present Research to City of Rome

Rome Students

Twelve OU architecture students, along with Prof. Cricchio, worked with the Academic Initiatives Abroad Rome Center and the Capitoline Museums in Rome on a research and community service project that measured and documented ancient architectural remains stored on the historic Celian Hill overlooking the Colosseum. The students documented ancient objects from marble fragments to a first-century BC monumental tomb structure. The material was formally presented to the City of Rome on April 14th at the Capitoline Museums, the oldest museum in world and offices of Rome’s cultural heritage administration. The digital drawings and supporting data will become part of the Eternal City’s permanent archeological data base to be used for current and future research. Such heritage management works are increasing important, around the world, as cultural artifacts risk damage or total loss due to environmental factors, pollution and human destruction of shared culture.

Award-Winning Architect Hans Butzer Named Dean of the OU College of Architecture.

Award-Winning Architect Hans Butzer Named Dean of the OU College of Architecture.

Award-winning architect and OU educator Hans Butzer has been named dean of the OU College of Architecture. He has been a recipient of the highest national award given each year by the American Institute of Architects, the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture.

OU President David L. Boren made the announcement today at the January meeting of the OU Board of Regents.

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OU Team Places 3rd in National Design-Build Competition

OU Team Places 3rd in National Design-Build Competition

The OU Team of Architecture (Arch) and Construction Science (CNS) students place 3rd in the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) 2016 National Student competition.  The competition included two phases.  The RFQ phase 1 began with 31 teams of students from 23 universities across the country.  Team responses to the RFQ were evaluated by a panel of DBIA professionals and 9 regional winners qualified to move on and receive the RFP in phase 2.  Three teams were then shortlisted based on their proposal to the RFP in phase 2.  The shortlisted teams were invited to defend their design and construction plans for a parking facility on a college campus in Tennessee in front of a live jury and audience at the Design-Build Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. The shortlisted teams included the University of Oklahoma, University of Colorado Boulder, and Washington State University.  Judges evaluated teams based on their delivery solutions and demonstration of team collaboration and synergy to solve design-build problems. The finalists varied in their solutions to approaching the project, but the overall scores were extremely close.  Team members included Chris Parker (CNS), Grant Baggs (CNS), Matt Festa (Arch), Jared Scarborough (CNS), and Joshua Schoenborn (Arch).  Faculty advisors for the team were Associate Professor Tammy McCuen (CNS) and Associate Professor Dan Butko (Arch).

COA Roaming in Rome

Professor Callahan's Proposal of "Arctic Healthy Homes" Has Been Approved

The COA Rome 2017 program students participated in their service learning activity this week by working with archeologists from the Capitoline Museums to document architectural fragments located on the Caelian Hill in Rome. The week started with a presentation from archeologists Francesca de Capariis, Catarina Papi, and the director of the Capitoline Museum facilities on the Caelian Hill. The students learned about the importance of the artifacts and the need for them to be documented for a future archeological park on the site. On Tuesday, the students were presented a lecture by archeological illustrator Dr. Bianca Maria Tomasini Pieri. Dr. Pieri discussed the history and theory behind the graphics used in illustrating archeological artifacts. In the afternoon, the students were separated in groups to begin measuring a series of five architectural artifacts to be able produce drawings from their documentation. On Wednesday, the students went back out to the site to learn how to use more modern documentation methods of using photogrammetry and laser scanners to document the architectural artifacts. The students were led in an all-day hands on learning exercise by Ascanio D-Andrea and Daniele Taggiasco from the archeological documentation company Akhet. The students learned how to set up and work the equipment on site. This was all done in the shadow of the archeological wonders of the Colosseum and Palatine Hill in Rome. The remainder of the week the students are working in their studio to prepare drawings from both their hand measurements and digital documentation.

CNS & ARCH Students Place at Texo


Design-Build International:
2nd – OU/Dublin Institute of Technology (coach: Somik Ghosh)
3rd – OU/Deakin University (coach: Anthony Perrenoud)


2nd – OU (coach: Tammy McCuen)

Commercial Building:
1st – OU (coach: Matthew Reyes)


Best Presenters:

1st place in Commercial Building category – Chris Parker, CNS senior

3rd place in Commercial Building category – Grant Baggs, CNS senior

3rd place in Design-Build International category – Brandon Moews, CNS junior

Landscape Students Win Central States Communications Award!

The OKC Memorial Marathon Topographic Model has been awarded a Central States ASLA Communication Award, which will be accepted at the Central States ASLA Conference in Des Moines, Iowa on April 21st. Additionally, the project has been short-listed for the World Landscape Architecture (WLA) Awards in the Research & Communication category. Finalists for the WLA Awards will be announced in April. 

Landscape Architecture graduate student contributors: Garrett Slezak, Jessica Lerner, Rachel Ware, and May Zhong 

College of Architecture Faculty and Staff contributors: Bob Pavlik, Hunter Roth, Ken Marold, Tom Woodfin, and Scott Williams

In partnership with the Oklahoma City Memorial Museum. Acrylics donated by Western Plastics. 


Interior Design Students Place 1st and 2nd in the Oklahoma Illuminating Engineering Society Student Lighting Competition!


The Oklahoma Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) announced the winners for the 3rd Oklahoma lighting design student completion. IES invited interior design students from the division of interior design at the University of Oklahoma and architecture students from the college of architecture at the Oklahoma State University.

Kristi Klimacek and “Belle” Zhong Wenjuan, both interior design juniors, won 1st and 2nd price. The competition was integrated as part of a studio assignment in lighting design. Architect in Partnership, a Norman architecture firm, provided the project, a 2 story medical administration building currently under construction in Norman.

Architecture Director Stephanie Pilat Awarded Presidential Professorship


Dr. Stephanie Pilat was awarded the Edith Kinney Gaylord Presidential Professorship award. Presidential Professorships recognize faculty members who excel in all of their professional activities and who relate those activities to the students they teach and mentor. Congratulations Stephanie!

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