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2012 Fall Final Reviews ARCH 2501 Monday, December 02, 2012

ARCH 3501 and ARCH 4601 Review Schedule Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Graduate Studio Reviews Schedule Wednesday, December, 04, 2013


Guest Reviewer Biographies

Simon McGown

Morphosis, NYC

Simon McGown is a Project Designer at Morphosis Architects in New York, NY currently overseeing the construction of Gates Hall, the Department of Computer Information and Science at Cornell University’s Ithaca, NY campus and designing the first academic building of the Cornell University/Technion Campus on Roosevelt Island in New York, NY. Outside of his tenure at Morphosis, Simon has worked predominantly on public/institutional projects including the renovation of the World Financial Center, a temporary pavilion for the Education Nation Summit, and several new department buildings for Texas Tech University. He has worked in several typologies of practice including Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Rockwell Group, and Parkhill Smith and Cooper.

Simon received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Texas Tech University, graduating summa cumme laude with Honors, and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation receiving the William Kinne Traveling Fellowship to research historical and contemporary company town planning in the US, set for publication in early 2015. He is also an instructor at Pratt Institute's Center for Continuing and Professional Studies and has juried at Texas Tech University, Pratt Institute, and Columbia University. Within academic projects, practice, and ongoing research, Simon’s primary focus is in the design of public spaces, cultivating a relationship between the outward iconic nature of envelope systems without and the enclosed, programmatic spaces within and developing new spatial configurations and organizational systems between domestic space and the workplace.

Davis Sprinkle

Sprinkle & Co. Architects, San Antonio, TX

Davis Sprinkle is the principal of Sprinkle & Co. Architects with over 25 years of professional experience in a wide variety of building types including municipal, institutional, religious, commercial, hospitality, industrial and residential. His firm has been involved in many urban projects in San Antonio and has recently completed a new building at the historic Pearl Brewery Development, which includes the Culinary Institute of America’s new campus. Davis Sprinkle’s firm has won numerous design awards from the San Antonio Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The firm has also won prestigious design awards from the Texas Society of Architects which include the VIA Bus Transfer Facility and Henry Guerra Branch Library. Davis is from San Antonio and graduated in Architecture from Texas Tech University in 1982.

Brad Bell

UT Arlington, TX

Brad Bell is an Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Arlington and the Director of the Digital Fabrication Consortium at UTA. He researches and teaches on the integration of advanced computing technologies into the architectural design process. He has lectured, taught, and written on the uses of such technologies for the past twelve years and has been an invited critic at schools of architecture throughout the United States and North America. In addition to his research and teaching responsibilities at UTA, he helped found and is now co-Director of TEX-FAB (, a non-profit organization providing a platform for education on digital fabrication and parametric modeling to the professional, academic, and manufacturing communities in Texas. Brad is also the Director of TOPOCAST Lab – an experimental design and consulting practice focused on the application of digital fabrication technologies into casting methodologies. TOPOCAST Lab operates in coordination with the UTA School of Architecture and serves as a design and research initiative as well as a vehicle for creative dissemination.

Heath May, AIA

Vice President, HKS | LINE 
Dallas, TX

Heath May is Director of HKS Laboratory for INtensive Exploration. An architect with 10 years of professional experience including commercial, hospitality, sports and healthcare, he is currently focused on R+D and the application of this research to the built environment. An avid interest in passive solar design encourages a current LINE research initiative into the potential for using software for dynamic solar design through analysis and implementation of data-driven parameters for optimization of complex facades for day lighting and solar performance. In addition to r+d, Heath leads a design team responsible for projects including future:GSA, a net-zero renovation solution that earned the 2012 WAN Commercial Building of the Year Award, and he worked as senior designer on Sustainable Urban Living, a winner of the 2010 Chicago Athenaeum Green Good Design Award. Recent and current projects include One Dallas Center, an urban revitalization project that includes the new HKS offices, Capital One headquarters in Tysons Corner, Virginia, and Brain Performance Institute, a brain training facility serving combat veterans, NFL players and children suffering TBI (traumatic brain injury). In April of 2013, Heath was named recipient of Building Design + Construction’s 40 under 40.

Paul Ferrer

Dallas, TX

Akari Takebayashi

University of Kentucky, College of Design

Akari Takebayashi is a designer and an educator. She is a principal and co-founder of an architectural practice, Design Office Takebayashi Scroggin [DOTS] founded together with Jason Scroggin in 2009. Her research and practice examine contemporary architecture based on the relationship of form, material and social space with programmatic and spatial networks within urban scale that provokes cultural engagement into everyday life. The collaborative work has received international design awards with projects such as Massimals, Zip-Tie Massimal and Cherokee Square Park Fixtures. She is currently teaching at University of Kentucky College of Design School of Architecture as a full-time instructor in where she has taught architectural design studios and elective courses for the past three years. Previously, she has worked on a number of internationally recognized built and theoretical projects for over 6 years in New York City with Reiser + Umemoto RUR Architecture PC, Weiss Manfredi Architects and Ennead Architects LLP. She holds a Master degree in Architecture from University of Pennsylvania where she received Grey Steele scholarship and Bachelors of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

Girard Kinney

Kinney and Associates, Austin, TX

“Kinney & Associates is a full-service, multi-disciplined design firm. Our architectural teams focus primarily on providing our clients with outstanding personalized care, the highest quality architectural design, and complete architectural services from initial conceptual design through construction administration. In addition, we provide architectural services relating to the technical challenges of building renovations, upgrades, and rehabilitations.”

Stacey Mincey

Condray Design Group, Lubbock TX

Stacey Mincey, AIA is a licensed architect and a 1996 graduate of Texas Tech University College of Architecture. Stacey specializes in general hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, health clinics and assisted living facilities. She has worked in this field for 17 years. She began her architectural career in healthcare design working in Austin after graduation. Stacey moved back to west Texas and has been project manager and project architect for several large hospitals in the surrounding area mainly working with the University Medical Center. Some of the UMC projects include the 5th & 6th Floor Expansion, the East Tower Expansion, and the Emergency Center Expansion. She has also managed the newly opened Covenant Hybrid OR.

Ms. Mincey has been very involved in the local AIA Chapter serving on the AIA Lubbock Board in several positions including Chapter President in 2003 and 2004. In 2008-2009, she served as the Chapter’s State Director for the Texas Society of Architects. Currently employed at Condray Design Group in Lubbock, Texas, Stacey continues to enjoy pursuing her passion to design and develop medical facilities and to enhance existing ones while providing healing environments for patients in this region. Her greatest goal is to honor her clients with great determination to excel the healthcare building industry.

Roy Lowey-Ball

Vice-President –Ford Powell and Carson Architects, San Antonio, TX

“Ford, Powell & Carson offers comprehensive design services in architecture, urban design, interior design, and planning, and has been an integral part of the San Antonio design community since 1939. The firm's multi-disciplinary expertise provides clients with integrated design solutions from master planning and building design through construction and the selection of furnishings. The firm has provided design services to repeat clients such as the University of Texas at San Antonio and the Archdiocese of San Antonio. In addition, custom residences for second and third generations of the same family are common. Our peers in the design community have also consistently recognized the firm for design excellence. The firm has won more than 150 local, state and national design awards in architecture, interior design and landscape architecture, and in 1999 the Texas Society of Architects recognized Ford, Powell & Carson with the Architecture Firm of the Year Award.”

Mell Lawrence

Mell Lawrence Architects, Austin, TX

Mell studied architecture at the University of Texas in Austin. After working with Charles Moore and a partnership with Paul Lamb, Mell started his firm in 1991. Mell Lawrence Architects was voted 2001 AIA Austin Firm of the Year in recognition of its consistent excellence in design and contribution to creating a unique architecture. His work has been published extensively and been recognized with design awards at local, national, and state levels. In 2007, Mell was honored as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in Los Angeles. He hails from Houston.

John Clegg

ARCH 5501 Houston Studio, Urban and Community Design

A. Dudley Thompson

Former Interim Dean, CoA Texas Tech, School_History

Dorothy Chansky

Associate Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance, Texas Tech

Dorothy Chansky writes about American theatre, audiences, feminist theatre, and, most recently about translation. Her book, Composing Ourselves: The Little Theatre Movement and the American Audience, won a President's Book Award at Texas Tech in 2006. Her work has appeared in Theatre Journal, TDR, Text and Performance Quarterly, Women and Performance, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Theatre History Studies, and The Journal of Adaptation in Performance and Film. Dorothy served as book review editor of Theatre Journal (2002-2004) and as editor of Theatre Annual (2011-2013). She writes criticism for New York Theatre Wire and was a regular contributor to the (now defunct) InTheater and TheaterWeek (1990-1999). She served as guest critic and as a respondent for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American College Theatre Festival three times (2003-2005). Dorothy began her career as an actor in New York. She wrote and produced The Brooklyn Bridge, a musical about the building of one of New York's icons, for its centennial in 1983. After six years in arts management, including work in public relations at Lincoln Center, she earned at Ph.D. in Performance Studies at New York University in 1997. Dorothy heads the History/Theory/Criticism track in Theatre & Dance and is proud of having advised the winners of the Best Masters Thesis in Arts and Humanities at TTU in 2009 and 2011. She has twice been named Outstanding Researcher in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Dorothy is working on a book about domestic labor on the American stage.

Kevin Chua

Associate Professor in 18th- & 19th- century European Art + Contemporary Asian Art, School of Art, Texas Tech

Dr Kevin Chua specializes in the history of 18th- and 19th-century European art, with an emphasis on French painting. With a PhD in the History of Art from the University of California at Berkeley, Dr Chua has held fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts in Washington, DC, and at the Center for 17th- and 18th-century Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has published essays on Jean-Baptiste Greuze (in French Genre Painting in the Eighteenth Century, Yale University Press, 2007), Anne-Louis Girodet (in Vital Matters, ed. Helen Deutsch and Mary Terrall, University of Toronto Press, 2012), and Jacques-Louis David (in Representations, vol. 121, Winter 2013), and is currently working on a book-length project on vitalism and painting in mid-18th century France. Dr Chua also writes on modern and contemporary art in Southeast Asia, and has published essays on Simryn Gill, Ho Tzu Nyen, Donna Ong, the Migrant Ecologies Project, 1950s Nanyang painting, and the politics of animality in 19th-century Singapore. His research and teaching interests include modernity as a global condition, trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific visual culture, scientific visual culture – especially with regard to vitalism, second-order cybernetics, and posthumanism – and art-historical methodology.

Curtis Bauer

Associate Professor, Department of English, Texas Tech

A native of Iowa, Curtis Bauer was raised a son of farmers and artists and has lived in England, Mexico, Spain and the Eastern and Southwest United States. He is the author of two poetry collections: his first, Fence Line (2004), won the John Ciardi Poetry Prize; and his second, The Real Cause for Your Absence was published by C&R Press in 2013. A bilingual collection of his poetry, Spanish Sketchbook was published in Spain in 2012. Bauer is also a translator of poetry and prose from the Spanish; his publications include the full-length collections Eros Is More (forthcoming from Alice James Books in 2014) and Talisman (Editorial Anantes, 2012), as well as individual poems and prose from numerous Spanish and South American writers in The Southern Review, Two Lines, The Indiana Review, and The American Poetry Review, among others. He is the publisher and editor of Q Ave Press Chapbooks, the Spanish Translations Editor for From the Fishouse, and “Emerging Spanish Poets” Series Editor for Vaso Roto Ediciones. He teaches Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

Andrew Martin

Associate Professor, School of Art, Texas Tech

Andrew Martin’s drawings and paintings have been exhibited in ten solo exhibitions and represented by galleries in California, Ohio and Texas. He has had numerous two- and three-person exhibitions, and received 15 awards in over 80 juried and invitational group exhibitions across the United States, including Texas National 2010, the 32nd Bradley International Print & Drawing Exhibition, the Fifteenth Annual Greater Midwest Invitational Exhibition, and the San Diego Art Institute 41st Annual International Juried Exhibition.