Academic Insights Archives - School of Architecture

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

School of Architecture Professor Shares Love of Art with Students

Prairie View A&M University Assistant Professor of Practice Ann Johnson is a practicing visual artist who continually has her work featured in art exhibitions across the country. She also curates numerous art exhibitions and is an annual national fine arts judge for NAACP Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics or ACT-So. "Most recently, I chaired [...]

School of Architecture Students Travel to United Arab Emirates for Spring 2018 Study Abroad Trip

As we traveled through Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) March 12-21, our students focused on a number of topics in Architecture, including construction and preservation techniques. Students researched and documented the materials and procedures used to build the following buildings in Dubai: Burj Khalifa: The world's tallest building, at 828 meters high. [...]

Alumnus Flourishes Post-Graduation

Draylon Leassear is only a few months into his post-PVAMU life, but the Construction Science graduate is already making headlines at his new company. “Upon completing my probationary period with AECOM at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the vice president of our Houston office featured me on the front page in our company’s newsletter as [...]

School of Architecture Faculty, Students Reconstructing Drawings for UNESCO-Nepal

Over the winter break, three professors from Prairie View A&M University’s School of Architecture (PVAMU-SoA) traveled to Nepal. Their primary focus -- to measure the damage that was done to five historic temples in the country’s capital during a catastrophic earthquake in 2015. “My colleagues Stephen Song, Pankaj Chhetri and I scanned and measured the [...]