Carrie Dossick

Carrie Dossick
Associate Professor 
University of Washington 
Keynote Speaker

Gina Neff

Gina Neff
Associate Professor
University of Washington
Keynote Speaker

Annual college symposium
showcases faculty research

The Texas A&M College of Architecture’s 17th annual faculty research symposium, “Natural, Built, Virtual,” is set for Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 at the Langford Architecture Center on the Texas A&M College Station campus.

The daylong event showcases college faculty research on issues relevant to the natural, built and virtual environments in a series of fast-paced lectures abbreviated from talks previously delivered at scholarly gatherings around the world. The 2015 symposium includes invited or refereed presentations and papers from the 2014-15 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 in the past year."

Approximately 50 presentations will be delivered in several concurrent sessions throughout the day grouped in broad categories including sustainability, resilience, heritage, management, and pedagogy.

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. Classes at the college are cancelled so students can attend the presentations.

Highlighting the faculty presentations will be an 1 p.m. keynote address in Preston Geren Auditorium featuring Carrie Dossick and Gina Neff, faculty members at the University of Washington who operate the Project on Communication Technology and Organizational Practices, a research group that studies the innovations communications technology brings to complex building design and construction.

Carrie Dossick, an associate professor of construction management, also studies emerging building methods and technologies such as integrated project delivery — a collaborative design and construction process — and building information modeling — which yields digital representations of the physical and functional characteristics of places.

She also investigates technology and collaboration strategies for “green” building design and construction, using BIM at the construction site with an iPad, and applications for BIM and Construction Operations Building Information Exchange, a building dataset that can be viewed with design, construction, and maintenance software and spreadsheets.

Gina Neff is an associate professor of communication. She examines the relationship between work and technology in high-tech and media industries.

Neff also studies the impact that social media and consumer health technologies have on primary healthcare. In addition to being published in numerous academic outlets, her research and writing have been featured in The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Fortune, The American Prospect, and The Nation.

The college’s annual symposium was established 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 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 schedule of presentations will be posted when available.