Architectural Studio Program Recognized

Texas Tech University’s College of Architecture is one of six programs honored by the nation’s architectural regulatory board for creatively integrating architectural practice and education in an academic setting.

Written by Cory Chandler

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: Nov. 16, 2006
CONTACT: Cory Chandler, cory.chandler@ttu
(806) 742-2136


Texas Tech University’s College of Architecture is one of six programs honored by the nation’s architectural regulatory board for creatively integrating architectural practice and education in an academic setting.

The National Council of Architecture Registration Boards for Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy recognized the college’s Practicum+Studio program for its innovative partnership, which offers students access to firms in relatively distant urban centers.

The program, ongoing since 2001, provides professional experience to students, who also attend a studio hosted by a local firm in Dallas, Houston or El Paso. Students work 32 hours each week at a firm and then also meet for a weekly studio.

The prize jury, comprised of the council’s Practice Education Committee as well as the heads of six architectural programs, noted Texas Tech’s success at offering students an opportunity to tackle complex urban construction despite the fact that it is 350 miles from the nearest urban center.

“I am excited to see this dynamic program recognized for its success in meeting our goal of forging a unique relationship with the architecture profession,” said College of Architecture Dean Andrew Vernooy. “Our mission statement emphasizes addressing the future of architecture practice, and this program keeps the college attached to this issue by keeping us close to our professional partners.”

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CONTACT: Andrew Vernooy, dean, College of Architecture, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3136, or andrew.vernooy@ttu.edu.