Architecture Excellence

H. Ralph Hawkins, FAIA, Chair named

Shadi Nazarian


Marking a major milestone and signaling a new era of excellence and innovation for the College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs (CAPPA), Shadi Nazarian was selected as the college’s first H. Ralph Hawkins, FAIA, Chair in Architecture.

Dr. Nazarian, a cross-disciplinary scholar with expertise in the development and optimization of construction materials and technologies, will lead broadened initiatives in sustainable material and fabrication research for CAPPA.

In 2012, Ralph Hawkins, a UTA alumnus and chairman emeritus of HKS, a global architectural firm, and his wife, Susan, made a $1.5 million commitment to support the School of Architecture, where he received his undergraduate degree in 1973. Hawkins is a recipient of the 1994 Distinguished Alumni Award whose contributions have advanced the college’s vision of innovation through practice. The established endowed chair will promote research, innovation, and development of best architectural and design practices.

“Professor Nazarian will play a key leadership role in the college as the first H. Ralph Hawkins, FAIA, Chair in Architecture,” says Maria Martinez-Cosio, interim senior vice provost for academic affairs. “Her extensive expertise, innovative research, and commitment to advancing sustainable architectural practices will undoubtedly inspire and guide our students, faculty and larger community. We eagerly welcome her to UTA and anticipate the transformative impact on the School of Architecture.”

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