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Toby Israel, keynote speaker, design psychology pioneer

College of Architecture's 15th annual research symposium set Oct. 21

The 15th Annual Texas A&M College of Architecture Research Symposium: Natural, Built, Virtual will take place Monday, Oct. 21 at the Langford Architecture Center on the Texas A&M campus.

The daylong research showcase, which begins with a 7:30 a.m. continental breakfast in the Langford B exhibit hall, features a series of faculty presentations previously delivered at scholarly venues around the world. This year's symposium includes invited or refereed presentations and papers from the 2012-13 academic year.

"The individual sessions comprising the symposium display a wide range of scholarship with respect to people and place," said Louis G. Tassinary, executive associate dean for the College of Architecture. "Fundamentally, the sessions reflect themes that have emerged in the work of the faculty and research staff over the past year."

The symposium will feature approximately 50 presentations divided into diverse categories and delivered in several concurrent sessions throughout the day. Presentations are grouped in broad categories including invention, energy, modeling, management, policy, pedagogy, aging, innovation, perception, history, archaeology, excogitation and well-being.

Toby Israel, founder of the new field of design psychology, will present the symposium’s keynote address at 1 p.m. in Preston Geren Auditorium, Langford B. She is an environmental consultant to design firms, the visual arts coordinator for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and a professor at the University of Lincoln School of Architecture in the United Kingdom.

The college's annual symposium was established more than a decade ago to underscore the influence of research on teaching and practice. It also serves as a catalyst for research-informed teaching in the College of Architecture's five undergraduate and nine graduate degree programs. And, because many of the presentations were originally delivered at scholarly venues abroad, the event also showcases the global influence of research conducted by college faculty.

The event is open to the public and there is no fee, but due to limited seating registration is required. A continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be served to all symposium registrants.

Online registration and presentation abstracts are available on the symposium website. The schedule of presentations and keynote speaker information will be posted when available.