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The Latest News and Achievements from UTA Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs Faculty

To submit news items, please contact Sara Abraham-Oxford at saoxford@uta.edu.

August 2017

Bob Hart TCMA Lifetime Achievement AwardAdjunct Assistant Professor of Public Affairs and Corinth City Manager Bob Hart was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Texas City Management Association. The award is given to a city manager who has significantly contributed to local government for more than 20 years. Hart’s career in city management has spanned six Texas cities: Sundown, Sweetwater, Pampa, Georgetown, Kennedale and Corinth.


Professor in Practice in Planning and Public Affairs Richard Greene, a former Arlington mayor and EPA director, wrote in a Star-Telegram opinion column that Arlington school district is proving voters made the right decision in approving the largest bond election in its history three years ago. He said new facilities and resources equal success in public education. He also said the partnership among AISD and Tarrant County College, UTA and the city of Arlington is part of the success.


Mark Lamster, architecture critic of The Dallas Morning News and a CAPPA associate professor in practice of architecture, wrote in a Dallas Morning News column that the Dallas Museum of Art should stop ignoring design in the city of Dallas. He wrote that the space dedicated to the modern and contemporary design gallery no longer exists.

July 2017

Shima Hamidi, assistant professor in planning, has co-written “The Cost of Sprawl,” a book that empirically shows how badly sprawl affects health and other quality-of-life outcomes, phys.org reported.

June 2017

Associate Professor of Public Affairs Rod Hissong’s article “The Role of Private Legal Representation and the Implicit Effect of Defendants’ Demographic Characteristics in Setting Bail and Obtaining Pretrial Release” has been accepted for publication in Criminal Justice Policy Review.


Interim Program Director and Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture David Hopman is Co-Principal Investigator with Assistant Professor of Social Work Courtney Cronley and Associate Professor of Kinesiology Larry Nelson on “GOE! Pilot Testing a Community Gardening and Outdoor Engagement Intervention to Reduce Health Disparities among Homeless Youth” funded by IRP. 


Karabi Bezboruah, associate professor of public affairs, was invited to speak at an event sponsored by KERA, "One Crisis Away: No Place to Go,” on the housing crisis and gentrification in West Dallas on June 15.


Professor in Practice in Planning and Public Affairs Richard Greene, a former Arlington Mayor and regional administrator for the EPA, wrote in a Star-Telegram opinion column that President Trump has shown true leadership in getting the United States out of the Paris Accord, which he termed a bad deal.


Kevin Sloan, assistant professor in practice in the School of Architecture, has a commentary in the Dallas Morning News about the City of Dallas’ appearance and how it reflects the city’s values titled "What does a close look at Dallas tell us about our values and priorities?".

May 2017

Joshua Nason, assistant professor of architecture, served on a jury panel for Texas A & M University’s Department of Architecture’s 2017 Celebration of Excellence, Texas A & M Today reported.


Two projects by Architecture Lecturer Bang Dang’s firm, Far + Dang, will be on the modern homes tour in Dallas: http://www.modernhometourdallas.com/homes_2017.html#.WQCihTe1uUl 


HA Architecture, the studio in Austin where Architecture Lecturer Brad McCorkle works, has been selected for the 4th Annual Creek Show: 

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April 2017

Associate Professor of Public Affairs Karabi Bezboruah co-authored the article “Microcredit and development: a multi-level examination of women’s participation in microfinance institutions” with Vijay Pillai. The article was published in the April 2017 issue of the journal Development in Practice.


Karabi Bezboruah, associate professor of public affairs, was awarded the President’s Award for Transformative Online Education in honor of her outstanding achievement and many contributions to the university.


Assistant Professor Joshua Nason will receive the Service Above Self Recognition from the Arlington Sunrise Rotary, in honor of his exemplary and sustained service to the university, profession, and community.


Shima Hamidi, assistant professor in planning, will be inducted into the inaugural class of Presidential Fellows at UTA. This award recognizes ongoing scholarship and dedication to enhancing collaborative and cross-disciplinary research.


Alejandro Rodriguez, interim chair and associate professor of public affairs, and Jeff Whatley were honored for 15 years of service at UTA on April 12.


Professor in Practice in Planning and Public Affairs Richard Greene, a former Arlington Mayor, wrote a Star-Telegram op-ed about the Community Influence Leaders Roundtable, a local organization to promote racial and ethnic diversity, which now plans to reach out to UTA to expand the collaboration.


Bang Dang, lecturer in the School of Architecture, will be part of the annual Creative Conversation panel in Dallas on April 10. The panel’s theme is Art, Architecture, and Placemaking. Dallas Innovates reported on the event.

March 2017

D Magazine’s Frontburner blog featured a post on a presentation by Shima Hamidi, Executive Director of the Center for Transportation Equity, Decisions and Dollars; Director of the Institute of Urban Studies; and Assistant Professor of Planning. The presentation to the Dallas City Council’s Quality of Life committee was about transportation equality. The Dallas Morning News and Dallas City News Network also featured the presentation, which noted that only 28.3 percent of affordable housing in the Dallas-Plano-Irving area is actually affordable when the cost of transportation is factored in.


In an op-ed in the Star-TelegramRichard Greene, professor in practice in Planning and Public Affairs, cited UTA's College Park Center as an example of the direct result of the city's downtown enterprise zone in a piece about a proposed bill in the Texas Senate.


Douglas Klahr, associate dean and associate professor of Architecture, presented a paper on “The Materiality of Early Stereoscopic Photography: Silver, Glass, Tissue Paper and Cardboard” at the prestigious Max Planck Institute for Art History, held at the Biblotheca Hertziana in Rome.


Ivonne Audirac , associate professor of Planning, is part of a team awarded $734,430 by twenty-two cities and housing authorities to pursue the North Texas Regional housing assessment. Other faculty on this team are from the Department of Civil Engineering and the School of Social Work. The project manager is CAPPA PhD student Myriam Igoufe and other CAPPA students working as graduate research assistants on the project are Flora Brewer, Indira Manandhar, Eric Varela and Lorin Washington. Read the full UTA News Release about the project.


In a guest column in TribTalk, Richard Greene, professor in practice in Planning and Public Affairs, said UTA is exceeding its own expectations in several spheres, including enrollment and research. Greene is a former mayor of Arlington. TribTalk is the opinion page for the online Texas Tribune.

February 2017

CAPPA Dean Nan Ellin has a piece titled “How DFW could go from a bunch of strong cities to a regional powerhouse” in the Dallas Morning News. 


Kevin Sloan, assistant professor in practice in the School of Architecture, has an article in the Dallas Morning News titled “DFW should embrace the Trinity River for sustainable living that is uniquely Texan”. He also has an article titled “Go with the Flow” in the current issue of D Magazine.


Kate Holliday, associate professor in the School of Architecture, has two articles in the most recent issue of Columns. One discussed disinvestment and highway construction in Dallas, and the other is a profile of Jane Landry, FAIA


A design submitted by alumnus Paul Dennehy (’80 BS, Architecture), and Professor Don Gatzke and Lecturer Dennis Chiessa of the School of Architecture, was selected as the winning entry in the Tandy Hills Pavilion Design Competition. A panel of judges, working without knowledge of the 20 submitting teams, selected the winning design.


Madan Mehta, professor in the School of Architecture, authored the recently published third edition of Building Construction: Principles, Materials, and Systems.


The LSE USCentre blog on American Politics and Policy featured a post on recent research published by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Planning Nicole Foster, PhD student James Murdoch and former Associate Professor of Planning Carl Grodach.  The research explores the relationship between arts industries and gentrification.


A national meta-analysis by Shima Hamidi, director of the Institute of Urban Studies and an assistant professor of planning in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, was featured in ScienMag and Health Medicine Network. The study shows that single-family property increases about 2.3 percent when located next to a transit station.


Nan Ellin, dean of the UTA College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, wrote that the Trinity River could be a game-changer for North Texas in a special column in the Star-Telegram.


Associate Professor Taner Ozdil has been selected as one of five Landscape Architecture Foundations-LAF 2017 CSI Research Fellows. The other recipients of this prestigious Fellowship come from from Columbia University, Penn State, the University of Technology Sydney, and West Virginia University.


A piece by Hunter Roth, Digital Fabrication Specialist, was awarded Best of Show at a SITE131 competition. Roth’s Fairy Landish birdhouse was selected for the award by The Dallas Morning News architect critic and CAPPA Associate Professor in Practice Mark Lamster.

January 2017

CAPPA Dean Nan Ellin and Michelle Corson, chief executive of Champion Impact Capital in Dallas, penned an editorial for the Dallas Morning News titled "Fair Park could become a vibrant part of the city, but how do we pay for it?", encouraging Dallas to develop a financial plan for revitalizing Fair Park that focuses on philanthropy and creative financial mechanisms rather than taxpayer funding.

December 2016

Mark Lamster, architecture critic for the Dallas Morning News and a professor in practice of architecture at the UTA College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, wrote an open letter in the Dallas Morning News to Ben Carson about how to solve the housing crisis. Carson is President-elect Donald Trump’s selection for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.


Professors in the UTA College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs and the Department of Civil Engineering have won three U.S. Department of Transportation grants in a national competition to work on improving transportation, Informed Infrastructure, Inside Unmanned Systems, Oregon's Herald and News and D Magazine reported.


Shima Hamidi, director of the Institute of Urban Studies and an assistant professor of planning in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, was quoted in a The Texas Tribune article on bus ridership in Texas. The article also appeared on Houston's KHOU.com website.


Kevin Sloan, an assistant professor in practice in the UTA College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, discussed the importance of megacities in the 21st century in a Dallas Morning News opinion piece.

November 2016

Members of the faculty from CAPPA were recognized as finalists and award winners by AIA Dallas’s 2016 Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition. The Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition (KRob) has celebrated the best in architectural delineation for 42 years. KRob honors hand and digital delineation by professionals and students throughout the world and has averaged over 400 entries from 25 countries over the past several years.

In addition, a number of CAPPA students were also selected as finalists.

WINNER - The Richard B. Ferrier Award for Best Physical Delineation
Steve Quevedo
University of Texas at Arlington
Professional Physical Submission

WINNER - Best in Category
Thomas Rusher, REGISTERED ARCHITECT
RUSHER STUDIO LLC
Professional 3D Print

Finalist
Justin Ashby
University of Texas at Arlington
Student Hand

Finalist
Kelly Camargo
UT Arlington
Student Hand

Finalist
Asher Frailey, AIAS
University of Texas at Arlington
Student Hand

Finalist
Steve Quevedo
University of Texas at Arlington
Professional Hand

Finalist
Dustin Wheat, Architect
University of Texas Arlington
Professional Physical Submission

Finalist
Dustin Wheat, Architect
University of Texas Arlington
Professional Travel Sketch

Finalist
Thomas Rusher, REGISTERED ARCHITECT
RUSHER STUDIO LLC
Professional 3D Print


Pat D. Taylor has been inducted as a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. This honor was bestowed on on twenty-eight of the more than five thousand eligible landscape architects in the country. Until his recent retirement, Dr. Taylor served as Director of the Landscape Architecture Program at UTA for twenty-four years. During that time, he taught hundreds of students, chaired sixty-three master’s thesis committees and directed the Landscape Architecture Program at UTA to national prominence and to ranking among the top 15 in the nation twice since 2010.


Architect Marina Tabassum was recognized with the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the Bait Ur Rouf mosque in Bangladesh, according to The National. The US$1 million award is notable for being the world’s richest architectural prize. Marina Tabassum served as visiting professor at CAPPA last year.


Kate Holliday, director of UTA's David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture and associate professor in the in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, said people need to learn from the structures that have gone into making Dallas, The Dallas Morning News reported in covering the Festival of Ideas. Holliday, an architecture historian, said, “This is not something that happened overnight. ... We need to understand our history better, and to be honest about it and learn from our mistakes.”


Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public education about architecture, design and the urban environment, will open its 2016-2017 Panel Discussion Series Nov. 21 with “Dallas Trails and Bicycle Initiatives: Past, Present, Future,” Park Cities Bubble Life, Oak Cliff Bubble Life, South Dallas Bubble Life and Preston Hollow Bubble Life reported. Dallas County Commissioner Theresa Daniel will be one of the panelists. District 1’s Daniel was an adjunct professor of urban and public affairs at UTA prior to her election.

October 2016

Bang Dang and Rizwan Faruqui, AIA, partners at Far + Dang in Dallas, received a Juror Citation in the 2016 AIA Dallas Built Design Awards. (View their project, Twin Gables.)


A 6-page article in the October issue of D Magazine about CAPPA called "How to Build a MegaCity" features Dean Ellin and three of our “Star Students": Myriam Igoufe, Ahoura Zandiatashbar, and Lorin Washington.

September 2016

Kate Holliday, director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture and UTA associate professor in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, will deliver the Samuel Benton Cantey III Lecture, “Flying Saucers, Catwalks, and Craters: A History of the Future in Fort Worth,” Historic Fort Worth’s Facebook page said.


Taner Ozdil, associate professor of landscape architecture, was published in The Field, ASLA's Professional Practie Networks' Blog. "Will the ‘Real Urban Designer’ Please Stand Up! Part I: Tracing the Roots" focuses on the terminology and history of urban design. Part II: Seeking Future Identity concentrates on the evolving definition along with the current and anticipated future practices of urban design.


Todd Hamilton, professor of architecture, was recognized by Builder Magazine with a 2016 Design Award for the Deloache Residence project. Professor Hamilton served the project as the architect of record. Boback Firoozbakht ('08 BS), creative director at the Dallas-based firm BDDM, served as the designer.


CAPPA's Kevin Sloan, Assistant Professor in Practice in the School of Architecture, has been selected by The Dallas Morning News as a volunteer columnist in its Community Voices program. Twenty-four writers were selected for 2016-2017, representing a diverse set of views, backgrounds and life experiences.

Voices columnists are volunteers chosen by The Dallas Morning News to be regular contributors for one year. Voices volunteers write opinion columns every four to six weeks. They also participate in writing workshops and other special events.


In its seventh year celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, the AIA Dallas Latinos in Architecture Network presents ENLACES, a juried exhibition showcasing Latino architects and design professionals in Dallas.

A number of CAPPA faculty and alumni are among the selected exhibitors that will be honored at ENLACES and have their work exhibited at the Dallas Center for Architecture:

  • Carlos Bautista (MArch student, ‘15 BS), Olsen Studios
  • Dennis Chiessa (‘07 BS, ‘09 MArch), CAPPA (Lecturer of Architecture)
  • Alma Espinoza, Assoc. AIA (’11 BS, ’15 MArch), WDG Architecture
  • Wendy Hurtado (MArch student, ‘16 BS), Far + Dang
  • Ricardo Leon, Assoc. AIA (’07 BS), CAPPA (Lecturer of Architecture) and Far + Dang
  • Miguel Mendez, (MArch student, ’16 BS)
  • Ricardo Munoz, AIA (’07 BS), CAPPA (Lecturer of Architecture) and Page

Exhibition Opening

Wednesday, September 28

6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Latino Cultural Center

FREE event; please register to attend


Kate Holliday, director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture and associate professor of architecture, was the presenting author of “Urban Sprawl, Social Media and the Town Hall Square as a Symbol for Civic Culture,” a paper written with Colleen Casey, interim chair for the Department of Public Affairs and associate professor of public affairs, focusing on city halls and plazas in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan region.  The paper was part of the session “Town Hall Squares as Spatial Focal Points of Urban Life in the 19th and 20th Century” at the European Association of Urban History Conference in Helsinki, Finland in August 2016. The research project was funded by a CAPPA seed grant.


Kate Holliday, director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture and associate professor of architecture, presented “The Windowless Technological Box: The Beginnings of the Invisible Telecommunications Network,” at the Society for the History of Technology Conference at Tembusu College at the National University of Singapore in June 2016.  


Richard Greene, former Arlington mayor and professor in practice of public affairs, authored an op-ed article, “Becoming the model 21st-century urban research university,” in the Fort Worth Star Telegram. The article explains UTA’s strategic vision and growing impact on the local economy, and describes how UTA has changed since Greene started working with the university 20 years ago.

August 2016

Ricardo Munoz, lecturer of architecture, earned a 2016 Texas Society of Architects Studio Award for his Element House design. The jurors deliberated over 45 entries, ultimately selecting five winning projects.


Karabi Bezboruah, associate professor of public affairs, received a Capacity Building Scholarship from the One Star Foundation to attend the 2016 Mission Capital Conference, a national conference for nonprofit scholars and practitioners held in Austin on September 8 and 9. Additionally, Bezboruah will attend a special pre-conference intensive, "The Art of System Leadership", on September 7 conducted by Heather McLeod Grant, co-author of Forces for Good.


Kate Holliday, associate professor of architecture and director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture, is the guest lecturer for the Historic Fort Worth 2016 Cantey Lecture and Preservation Awards on September 22 at 6:30 pm. Holliday will present "Flying Saucers, Catwalks, and Craters: A History of the Future in Fort Worth." 


Richard Cole, a professor in the UTA College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, examined the realities of a Texas secession in a special to the Star-Telegram. Besides losing federal funding and governmental protections, Cole also writes, "if not part of America, how could the Dallas Cowboys claim the title of 'America’s Team?'"


David Hopman, associate professor of landscape architecture, wrote about the maintenance decisions that can have a profound effect on the range of plants useful for an aesthetically qualified urban polyculture for The Field, the American Society of Landscape Architects professional practice networks' blog.


KXAS NBC 5 reported on UTA’s effort to study the area around Dallas Executive Airport. The study, led by Shima Hamidi, director of the Institute of Urban Studies and an assistant professor of planning, intends to understand how the economic impact will help or hurt the area.


Ivonne Audirac, program director of the planning program and associate professor of planning, has been selected as a Faculty Fellow in UTA’s Service Learning Program for the 2016-7 academic year. The program provides faculty with a year-long service-learning mentoring experience. Fellows are required to implement service learning into their curricula; submit a local, state, or national presentation; and work toward creating a manuscript for publication on the pedagogy of service learning.

July 2016

Kevin Sloan, assistant professor in practice of architecture, interviewed Peter Weller for the Summer 2016 issue of AIA Dallas Columns. "Dr. Peter Weller: The Man Behind RoboCop" examines the work of the award winning actor and scholar, arguably best known for his portrayal of the title character in the 1986 film "Robocop." Filmed on location in Dallas for its sleek and modern architecture, Robocop's story was actually set in a futuristic vision of Detroit.


David Hopman, associate professor and interim program director of landscape architecture, will serve as co-principal investigator for an interdisciplinary research project titled “GREEN STEAM: Using Principles of Design to Power the Development of Outdoor Educational Spaces.” The project has been selected for funding by UTA’s Office of the President as part of its Interdisciplinary Research Program to promote collaboration at UTA across academic units.


Shima Hamidi, director of the Institute of Urban Studies and assistant professor of planning, co-authored the article, “The Cost and Affordability Paradox of Transit-Oriented Development: A Comparison of Housing and Transportation Costs Across Transit-Oriented Development, Hybrid and Transit-Adjacent Development Station Typologies” with researchers from Florida Atlantic University, University of New Orleans and University of Utah. The article was published in the July 2016 issue of the Journal of Housing Policy Debate.


Shima Hamidi, director of the Institute of Urban Studies and assistant professor of planning, is launching Dallas’ first-ever walkability study, covering 66 intersections and 186 street segments in the city’s downtown core, Next City reported.


KRLD 1080 AM interviewed Shima Hamidi, director of the Institute of Urban Studies and assistant professor of planning, about the institute's new project to analyze the walkability of downtown Dallas. “We are covering every street, segment and intersection in the downtown Dallas area,” Hamidi said. MSN audio also aired the KRLD segment.

June 2016

A modern farmhouse in Dallas designed by Todd Hamilton, professor of architecture, and Sidebar Collective was showcased in the current issue of Dwell. The house was featured in the 2015 AIA Dallas Fall Home Tour.


NPR Dallas station, KERA/90.1 FM, noted the Fort Worth Community Arts Center exhibition, “12 Houses,” which features residences built by the architecture alumni and faculty of UTA’s College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs.


Alejandro Rodriguez, associate professor of public affairs, co-authored the article "Conceptualizing Leadership Psychosis: the Department of Veteran Affairs Scandal" with Dr. Alvin Brown, a graduate of our Public and Urban Administration program. The article was published in International Journal of Public Leadership, Vol. 12.


Douglas Klahr, associate dean and associate professor of architecture, authored the article "Traveling via Rome through the Stereoscope: Reality, Memory, and Virtual Travel" in Architectural Histories, 4(1): 8.


As David Hopman, associate professor of landscape architecture, nears completion of an on-campus demonstration of polyculture landscaping, the national ASLA has published the seventh of a series of Professor Hopman's articles about polyculture planting. 

May 2016

buckley keynote

Michael P. Buckley served as keynote speaker for the opening sessions of the 2016 Mortgage Bankers Association Dallas Conference. Buckley explored scenarios for re-purposing vacant or underutilized land within the urban cores of Dallas / Ft. Worth metropolitan areas. He also shared insights into corporate sponsorship of urban mixed-use development, as well as research initiatives of UTA’s Center for Metropolitan Density (CfMD), including the importance of strategic industry clusters, impact of swiftly-changing demographics, and benefits in new tax increment finance from high density urban development.  


The Star-Telegram published an opinion-editorial by Richard Cole, professor of public affairs, suggesting that states be given a first chance to address the transgender bathroom debate on their own.


Taner Ozdil, associate professor of landscape architecture, authored the article “Social Value of Urban Landscapes: Performance Study Lessons from Two Iconic Texas Projects” in Landscape Architecture Frontiers – LAF, 4(2).


Taner Ozdil, associate professor of landscape architecture, co-authored the article “Adopting Soundscape Technology to Assess Urban Landscape Performance” with UPPP PhD student Yalcin Yildirim for the May 2016 issue of Journal of Digital Landscape Architectural.


Mark Lamster, the award-winning architecture critic of The Dallas Morning News and a professor in practice of architecture at the UTA College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, has been awarded a Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.


Colleen Casey, an associate professor of public affairs, emphasized the link between community-based organizations and economic opportunity during a radio panel discussion on income inequality, KCPW.org reported. The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour on KCPW 105.5 FM (Salt Lake City, Utah) hosted the panel.


David Coursey, associate professor of public affairs, was elected Chair-Elect for the UTA Faculty Senate at its last meeting of the 2015-16 Academic Year. The Faculty Senate acts as the primary faculty representative to university governing authorities, and formulates policy and enacts legislation on all matters pertaining to the professional concerns, duties, standards, ethics, responsibilities, privileges, and perquisites of the UTA faculty.


David Coursey, associate professor of public affairs, was invited to present a May 5 seminar and workshop focusing on the creation and management of online programs for the Department of Government at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


Citybizlist Philadelphia noted that Donald F. Gatzke, AIA, of ULI North Texas, a professor and past dean of the School of Architecture at UTA, is among 15 finalists for Philadelphia’s third annual Willard G. Rouse III Awards for Excellence. Gatzke is a frequent guest critic at architecture schools, has juried professional awards programs, and serves on the board of Vision North Texas, which has developed a plan for sustainable growth over the next 40 years. 


David Hopman, associate professor of landscape architecture, has been selected as one of 14 experts nationwide to write the first exam for The Sustainable Sites Initiative as part of the development of a new professional credential called the SITES Accredited Professional (SITES AP) currently underway at Green Business Certification, Inc.


Shima Hamidi, director of the Institute of Urban Studies and assistant professor of planning, collaborated with Reid Ewing and Guang Tian of the University of Utah, Rachel Weinberger and Kevin Shively of Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, and Preston Stinger of Fehr & Peers Associates on the article “Trip and parking generation at transit-oriented developments: a case study of Redmond TOD, Seattle region” published in the journal Transportation


Alejandro Rodriguez, a visiting professor of architecture, was published by the International Journal of Public Leadership. The article, "Conceptualizing leadership psychosis: the Department of Veteran Affairs Scandal," was co-written by Dr. Alvin Brown, a graduate of our Public and Urban Administration Program.


Maria Martinez-Cosio, associate professor at UTA’s Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, and Shima Hamidi, director of the Institute of Urban Studies and assistant professor of planning, are participating in a Dallas Architecture Forum panel discussion on “Economics and Architecture”, ArchDaily.com reported. 


In the Streetsblog USA (May 5, 2016) podcastShima Hamidi, Assistant Professor of Planning, with John Renne of Florida Atlantic University and Reid Ewing of the University of Utah, discuss their new article in Housing Policy Debate, titled “How Affordable Is HUD Affordable Housing?” The article focuses on the relationship between transportation costs and affordable housing costs.


Nan Ellin, dean of CAPPA, was named as a juror in the international ideas competition for President Obama’s Presidential Center in Chicago, Best Events U.S. reported. 

April 2016

On Friday April 8, 2016, the Institute of Urban Studies hosted 20 planning and governmental officials from around the world as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program sponsored by the U.S Department of State.


Shima Hamidi and PhD students Ahoura Zandiatashbar, Priscylla Bento, and Myriam Igoufe gave brief presentations about current research on housing affordability and reimagining and reinvigorating Fair Park, followed by a panel discussion with Ivonne Audirac, Colleen Casey, Baranda Fermin, and Patricia Ward of the Tarrant County Community Development Division.


"TWELVE Houses", a selection of uniquely tailored residential designs by alumni and faculty of The University of Texas at Arlington were showcased through April 16, 2016  in an exhibit at NorthPark Center in Dallas. The exhibit and accompanying catalogue were curated by longtime UTA architecture professor Todd Hamilton and is part of the American Institute of Architects Dallas Chapter’s 16th Annual Retrospect Graphic Competition. 


Karabi Bezboruah, associate professor of public affairs, participated in two panel discussions focused on board leadership issues at the 2016 ATHENA Awards for Leadership in Sherman, TX. The program was sponsored by United Way of Grayson County, Austin College's Center for Community & Regional Development, and Texoma Women Get Connected.


Don Gatzke, professor of architecture, and Taner Ozdil, associate professor of landscape architecture, participated in a panel session with BC Workshop founder Brent Brown, AIA, and Lyndsay Mitchell, AICP, planning manager with the City of Arlington, at the American Society of Landscape Architects Texas Chapter 2016 Conference in April. CONNECT: Community Outreach and Partnership By Design” focused on some of the major community outreach design, planning and/or implementation projects undertaken by the panelists.


In the chapter written for the new book, In Paper Cities: Urban Portraits in Photographic Books, Douglas Klahr, associate professor of architecture, examines the use of stereoscopic photobooks as a precursor to virtual reality and how a murderous regime used it for propaganda. The chapter, “Nazi Stereoscopic Photobooks of Vienna and Prague: Geopolitical Propaganda Collides with a Distinctive Visual Medium,” is an extension of Dr. Klahr's recent research of general photography and stereoscopic photography of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with a focus upon buildings and cities.


Shima Hamidi, director of the Institute of Urban Studies and assistant professor of planning, collaborated with Amir Hajrasouliha, assistant professor at California Polytechnic State University, on the article “The typology of the American metropolis: monocentricity, polycentricity, or generalized dispersion?” published in the journal Urban Geography


Shima Hamidi, director of the Institute of Urban Studies and assistant professor of planning, was featured in the Spring 2016 issue of NTX Magazine, a publication of the North Texas Commission. The article, on page 34 of the publication, highlights the Grand Prairie Bike Plan recently completed by the Institute.


Three CAPPA faculty members were awarded UTA Faculty Senate Travel Awards this semester. Kathryn Holliday, Douglas Klahr, and Yekang Ko each recieved a $500 travel grant. This was the inugural award from this grant program. 

Ricardo Munoz, lecturer of architecture, received two Critic's Choice awards at the AIA Dallas 2016 Unbuilt Design Awards on April 28. Munoz's firm RCRD won the Critic's Choice First Place for the Light Basin project, and Third Place for the Element House project. 


Yekang Ko, assistant professor of planning, was recognized as a recipient of the 2016 Professor of the Year award by the Arlington Sunrise Rotary Club. The award recognizes outstanding faculty across UTA's schools and colleges.


Bang Dang, visiting lecturer in architecture, participated in an interview about the youth-ification of the city in the spring issue of Columns.


The Star-Telegram published an opinion-editorial by Richard Cole, professor of public affairs, suggesting that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' plan to address income inequality will not work in Texas.


Pat Taylor, professor and program director for Landscape Architecture in the UTA College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, was named one of 28 American Society of Landscape Architects members elevated to the ASLA Council of Fellows for 2016, Total Landscape Care reported. Fellowship is among the highest honors the organization awards its members, recognizing the contributions their work has made to the profession and society at large.


Mark Lamster, associate professor in practice of architecture, discussed Dallas residential design and construction on KERA 90.1 FM's Think talk show Wednesday. Host Krys Boyd moderated the discussion with Lamster and Eric Nicholson of the Dallas Observer about "The Look of Dallas Living." Lamster is also architecture critic for The Dallas Morning News.


In a newly published article, Colleen Casey, associate professor of public affairs, examines the characteristics of nonprofit organizations that negotiated agreements with lenders to address community reinvestment issues during the last economic recession.  Her research indicates that nonprofits with greater capacity, located in areas of high economic need and with organizational missions related to community and social change are more likely to negotiate with lenders to develop programs to foster economic stability in low-income and minority communities. "Nonprofit organizations in governance arrangements: Adding democratic value to Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Agreements?" is available in Public Integrity, 18(3).


The DFW Branch Waters Network, a concept developed by Kevin Sloan, assistant professor in practice, and the Kevin Sloan Studio to restructure density patterns with nature, is featured in the April edition of Landscape Architecture Magazine. "Make No Plans"  explains how the Branch Waters Network uncovers the linkages that already exist in the 400-plus-mile system of the watershed network.  The natural attraction they offer, reinforced by the 100-year old lesson of Turtle Creek, offers the potential to restructure existing and future density patterns.  

March 2016

Taner Ozdil, associate professor of landscape architecture, participated in three presentations at the the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA 2016) academic conference in Salt Lake City in March. Ozdil presented "Looking into the Future: Ten Year Review of Academic Job Openings in Landscape Architecture in US.” Also, Ozdil co-presented with UPPP PhD student Yalcon Yildirim, “Urban Soundscape: Learning from the Sounds of Klyde Warren Park, Dallas.” Finally, he participated in a panel presentation “Looking Beyond Case Studies in Social Performance Research: Replicable Surveys and Generalizable Outcomes.”


A modern farmhouse designed by R. Todd Hamilton, professor of architecture, and architecture partner Sidebar Collective was showcased on Builder Online. The home was also part of the AIA Dallas Fall 2015 Home Tour.


Colleen Casey, associate professor of public affairs, participated in a March 31 panel discussion as part of a conference hosted by the Scholars Strategy Network Utah Chapter.  The panel topic centered on income inequality in Utah and Beyond.  Dr. Casey’s participation stems from her research examining the role community-based organizations play in making policy and programs work more effectively in low-income and minority communities. 


Kevin Sloan, assistant professor in practice of architecture, was recognized by AIA Dallas with an honorary membership at the 2016 Celebrate Architecture event on March 23.


FAB-LAB, an architectural concept designed by CAPPA visiting professor of architecture Alejandro Borges, was selected to be included in the 2016 Bienal IberoAmericana international exhibition, an initiative of the government of Spain to promote, discuss and project architecture and urbanism from the Americas, Spain and Portugal. The 194 projects selected among more than 1,100 entries will be exhibited in Sao Paolo, Brasil in July. See images of Borges' FAB-LAB concept in Arch Daily, Mexico edition.