Natural Built Virtual Research Symposium '21
Keynote: MK Haley

Keynote: MK Haley

MK has more than 25 years of experience at Walt Disney Imagineering in Themed Entertainment Design, Production, and R&D. She has also taught Computer Animation, Game Design and Themed Entertainment Design at Carnegie Mellon University, Florida State University and UCLA and is currently teaching at UT Austin. With over 30 years of service to industry associations, MK is also a huge supporter of the ACM SIGGRAPH Conference planning process as well as the Themed Entertainment Association Conferences and Academic Society.

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Texas A&M University College of Architecture

Annual Research Symposium '21

Natural, Built, Virtual — the Texas A&M College of Architecture’s 23rd Annual Research Symposium is scheduled for Monday, October 4, 2021. Join us in Geren Auditorium or via ZOOM (meeting ID:  992 2647 1295; passcode: COARS21).

To highlight the diverse range of research and creative works within the college, the symposium will have an exciting new format with multiple modes of participation:

Academic Minutes

This year the College of Architecture Research Symposium has a completely new format. We invited submissions from faculty, staff and students of 100 second, academic-minute styled audio presentations. We encourage you to listen to this selection of bite-sized research presentations while enjoying a 3K or 5K walk through campus. Suggested routes can be found on the Texas A&M University Transportation Services website.

College of Architecture · Research Symposium 2021 Academic Minutes

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Event Program

1:00 – 1:05 WELCOME: Jorge Vanegas, Dean, and Ann McNamara, Associate Dean for Research
1:05 – 1:45 Grant Session Speakers: Walt Peacock, Manish Dixit, Xuemei Zhu, Dawna Schuld
1:45 – 2:15

Centers & Institutes Directors' Vision Statements

  • Center for Leadership & Management in the Design & Construction Industry — Mark Clayton
  • Center for Housing & Urban Development — Galen Newman
  • Hazard Reduction & Recovery Center — Michelle Meyer
  • Center for Health Systems & Design — Ray Pentecost
  • Center for Heritage Conservation — Andrea Roberts
  • Institute for Applied Creativity — Hwaryoung Seo
  • Institute for Sustainable Communities — Jorge Vanegas
  • The Institue for Technology-Infused Learning — Francis Quek
2:15 – 2:30 Break
2:30 – 2:45 Undergraduate Research Tips by Maggie Martin and Meera Trikur
2:45 – 3:45

Academic Minutes Speakers with Q&A


  • Licia He
  • Hassan Anifowose
  • Tim McLaughlin
  • Mason Alexander
  • Zofia Rybkowski
  • Chad Southerland and Samantha Chang
  • Jaimie Masterson
  • Ziad Ashour
  • Chanam Lee
  • Yangtian Yin
3:45 – 4:30 Keynote Speaker: INNOVATION by MK Haley
4:30 – 4:35 Closing Remarks
4:45 – 5:30 French Macarons served in the Wright Gallery*

*Enjoy artist Mayuko Ono Gray's exhibition "a picture is worth a thousand words"

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