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Race to Zero Team Wins Another Design Award for “The Fly Flat”

It was announced on Earth Day (April 22) that the Prairie View A&M University School of Architecture Race to Zero team won the prestigious American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten for Students Competition for their project, The Fly Flat. The 2018-2019 COTE Top Ten for Students Competition Innovation 2030 [...]

Architecture Professor to Use AIA Grant to Help Portion of Houston’s Aging Population

Photo credits: Shelby Skinner, Clifford Robinson, Kennia Lopez, April Ward The American Institute of Architects’ Design for Aging Knowledge Community selected Assistant Professor Jessica April Ward in Prairie View A&M University’s School of Architecture as a 2019-2020 AIA Design for Aging Fellow. As a fellow, Ward will use a $10,000 grant to further [...]

New Fabrication Design Center Receives AIA Houston Design Award

Prairie View A&M University’s newly constructed Fabrication Design Center won a design award from the Houston chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Twelve projects in the Houston metropolitan area received the award, which is based on the quality of design, resolution of the program idea, sustainable responsibility, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique of the [...]

Digital Media Arts Team Wins in Game Jam Competition

Seven students from Prairie View A&M University’s digital media arts program won the popular vote in Chillennium 2018, the largest student-run game jam in the world. College students from more than a dozen universities across the nation traveled to Texas A&M University October 12-14 to participate in the competition, which involved creating a video game [...]

Architecture Professor Inspires Students to be World Changers, One Design at a Time

When Assistant Professor of Architecture Shelly Pottorf left ‘Corporate America’ five years ago to begin her teaching career at Prairie View A&M University, she sought out to make a difference. “Before I came to PVAMU, I was an architect who was solely in professional practice for 15 years,” said Pottorf. “I was working in a [...]

SOA Design Team Receives Special Distinction Award in City of Houston Contest

The Prairie View A&M University School of Architecture Race to Zero Design Team won Special Distinction for Design for their “Fly Flat,” a pocket community featuring three living units, a community center, and communal green space. Six winning designs for the Complete the Community: A Housing and Urban Design Competition were announced at Houston’s City [...]

Professor’s Work Featured in Two Houston Summer Exhibitions

Ann Johnson, Assistant Professor of Practice in Prairie View A&M University’s School of Architecture, is featured in two new exhibitions in Houston this summer. Summer Union at the Union Gallery in Midtown stars Johnson, as well as other local artists Robert Hodge, Cande Aguilar, Raul Gonzales, Linda Kelly, and Felipe Contreras. Johnson is showing a [...]

SOA Grad Shines in the Construction Industry

Prairie View A&M University alumna Vanessa Campos (Vanessa Melendez) was recently featured on her company’s social media page for ‘Women in Construction Week.’ “I started working at Hensel Phelps shortly after I graduated in 2016,” said Campos. “I love my job! I can honestly say, even if it is mostly men that I work with, [...]

New Center Services University’s Design Needs

Graphic design is a hot commodity in the university community and beyond. Prairie View A&M University’s School of Architecture recognizes the need—its DesignView Media Center is open for business. "We opened the center this spring, and, so far, four Digital Media Arts students have been able to get real-world experience servicing clients who work at [...]

SOA Students Take Home Top Prize in International Student Design Competition

A team of students representing Prairie View A&M University’s School of Architecture competed in the U.S. Department of Energy’s fifth annual Race to Zero Student Design Competition April 20-22, and they won the top prize. “Our students not only took home first place in the Urban Single-Family Housing contest, but they were also the Grand [...]