TTU Libraries Present Exhibit of Architectural Models

DATE: March 23, 2006
CONTACT: Scott Slemmons,
(806) 742-2136

LUBBOCK – Ancient architecture from about 3000 B.C. to 1600 A.D. is explored in the new Texas Tech University Libraries’ exhibit titled "World Architecture from Ancient to 1600."

The exhibit, open to the public and free of charge, is currently on display in the University Library’s Third Floor Gallery and is scheduled to run through April.

Under the guidance of Dr. Matthew E. Gallegos, assistant professor of architecture, Texas Tech freshmen architecture students present 17 scale models of famous structures. A few examples include: the Ise Inner Shrine (Uji, Yamada, Japan), El Castillo, Chichen Itza (Yucatan, Mexico), Palazzo Rucellai (Florence, Italy), the Hall of Supreme Harmony, (Beijing, China), St. Martin-in-the-Fields (London, England), and the Dome of the Rock (Jerusalem, Israel).

“These models were selected from several hundred projects completed by freshmen in our required survey class,” Gallegos said. “The purpose is for students to become intimately familiar with a specific building. For most of them, this is the first architectural model they have ever built.”

Constructed from white museum board or bass wood, each model represents between 40 and 60 hours of labor on the part of each student, Gallegos said. Exhibit selections were based on accuracy and the level of craftsmanship. Bonnie Reed, librarian, is curator of the exhibit.

CONTACT: Jeff Whitley, director of communications and marketing, Texas Tech University Libraries, (806) 742-3685, or e-mail