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CAPPA students recognized for Texas Bullet Train station designs

December 5, 2016

On November 30, Texas Central, the private company developing the Texas bullet train, announced the winners of its Future Architects Design Competition. The competition established for architectural students from accredited Texas universities to produce an inspiring vision for proposed Texas Bullet Train stations in Dallas, Houston and the Brazos Valley. Two students from UTA’s College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs were among the awardees announced.

Julia Green received the Station Architectural Design Prize for her Dallas Station Design. The award includes a $5000 prize to the school and $2000 to be split among team members.

Adrian de Leon’s Dallas Station Design also received an Honorable Mention. Both are students of Professor Dustin Wheat.

Competition entries were based on creative vision, technical accuracy, quality of submitted materuials and the overall presentation. The invitation to participate was extended to students and multi-disciplinary teams from Texas college or university-level programs in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, architectural engineering and transportation. The competition resulted in forty-five proposals representing work from almost a hundred Texas architecture students. Thirteen finalists made their presentations on November 18 to a panel of judges consisting of Kristian Teleki of Matthews Southwest; Lisa Lamkin of BRW Architects; Andrew Hawkins of Hawkins Architecture; Ralph Hawkins of HKS; and Don Gatzke, former dean of the University of Texas at Arlington’s School of Architecture (now part of the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs).

The winning presentation may be seen at

About Texas Central
Texas Central is developing a new high-speed train that will connect North Texas, the Brazos Valley and Houston, using proven, world-class technology. The 90-minute trip will provide a safe, reliable, affordable and productive transportation alternative. The company’s market-led approach is backed by private investors, not government grants, a new business model for infrastructure projects. Texas Central and its affiliated entities will be responsible for the system’s design, finance, construction, operation and maintenance.

Established in 2015, the UTA College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs unites the former schools of Architecture and Urban and Public Affairs, offering programs in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, planning, public administration, and public policy. The College includes the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture, the Digital Architectural Research Consortium, the Institute of Urban Studies, the Arlington Urban Design Center based at Arlington City Hall, and the Parallel Construction design/build program.