University of Texas, Alexander Architectural Archive

University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture.

An Inventory of the Collection, 1911-ongoing, undated (bulk 1960-1992)

Collection Summary

Creator: University of Texas at Austin. School of Architecture.
Title: University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture Archives
Dates: 1911-ongoing, undated
Dates: (bulk 1960-1992)
Abstract: The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, first formed as the Department of Architecture within the College of Engineering in 1910, has been an autonomous school since 1950. The School of Architecture collection encompasses work by faculty, students, and alumni, as well as reference materials and administrative records.
Identification: SOA Accession numbers: 1983010, 1983011, 1983018, 1985008, 1985011, 1985016, 1985017, 1985020, 1986024, 1987002, 1989006, 1990015, 1991006, 1992006, 1999014, 2000010, 2000018, 2000028, 2001015, 2003007, 2003008, 2004015, 2004019, 2005004, 2006028, 2007004, 2007008, 2007020, 2007025, 2007035, 2008005, 2008008, 2009003, 2011015, 2012014, 2012017, 2013004, 2013005, 2013008, 2013010, 2013011, 2013012, 2013014, 2014004, 2014008, 2014009, 2014012
Quantity: 75 linear inches of papers, over 3000 photographic prints, over 1,000 slides, nearly 10,000 lantern slides, 2 audiocassettes, 2 books, one artwork, 5 models, 66 exhibit panels
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Alexander Architectural Archive, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Administrative History of the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture:

The School of Architecture was established within UT's Engineering Department in 1910, when Dean T.U. Taylor of the Department of Engineering appointed Hugo F. Kuehne the School of Architecture's first faculty member. The university's first degree in Architecture was granted to Bertram E. Giesecke in 1913. In 1920, the Department of Engineering became the College of Engineering, and the School of Architecture became the Department of Architecture within the College of Engineering.

The Department was granted membership in the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture in 1925. 1927 saw the Department move from its original home in the Engineering Building to B Hall (now destroyed), a move necessitated by the Department's growth.

The Department of Architectural Engineering was associated with the Department of Architecture from its inception in 1928 until 1951, when it was granted autonomy. The Association of Student Architects also was created in 1928, the Wind-Up, the Association's annual year-end event, is well documented in the records. Student enrollment stood at 115 in 1929, and 200 in 1930.

In 1930, $300,000 was budgeted for a new Architecture building; Goldsmith Hall, designed by Paul Phillipe Cret, was completed in 1933. The program was accredited by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards in 1935, and the Department was accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board in 1940.

Student enrollment stood at 600 in 1948. A "semiautonomous school," a division of the College of Engineering, was created that year and granted full autonomy in 1951. The Advisory Council of the School of Architecture was formed in 1970, and the Dean's Council was formed in 1974.

Scope and Contents of the Collection:

Case files, memoranda, correspondence, reports, scrapbooks, and photographs record the activities of the School of Architecture of the University of Texas at Austin, 1911-ongoing (bulk 1960-2002). The records document the evolution of the school from a small unit within the University of Texas Department of Engineering to an independent and prestigious School of Architecture.

The School of Architecture Archives is an artificial collection of materials relating to or created by school offices, faculty members, students, and alumni of the School of Architecture.

This finding aid is under revision. Please contact the archive's staff for more information.


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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons):
Alexander, Blake
Alofsin, Anthony
Appel, Natalye
Arumi-Noe, Francisco
Atkinson, Simon
Attoe, Wayne
Bell, Wayne
Benedict, Michael
Bergum, Christian
Berquist, Carl
Bertram, Stefan
Black, Sinclair
Black, Alan
Blake, Nan
Blake-Norvell, Nan
Blakely, Richard
Bliznakov, Milka
Blood, John
Bowman, Jon
Box, Harold (Hal)
Burnette, Charles
Butler, Kent
Cappleman, Owen
Cardwell, William
Chamberlain, Frances
Cleary, Richard
Coltman, Peter
Coote, James
Copeland, Robert
Creer, Philip D.
Gallery, John A.
Crosby, Anthony
Cruz, Noel
Davis, Howard
deBlois, Natalie
DeLong, Alton
Dittmar, Gunter
Divino, Luis
Dodge, Richard
Doll, Lawrence
Duke, Buford
Egan, Christopher
Ellis, Neal
Farmer, Michael
Fisk, Pliny
Fries, James
Garrison, Michael
George, Eugene
Gideon, Samuel
Giesecke, F. E.
Glassmeier, Amy
Goldsmith, Goldwin
Graham, Roy
Hammerquist, Gail
Harris, Harwell
Harris, R. S.
Hartling, James
Henderson, Wesley
Hendren, P.
Heymann, David
Higgs, Forrest
Hilbertz, Wolf
Jaeger, Stephen
Jinkins, J.
Jordan, Michael
Kahn, Terry
Kermacy, Martin
Krenek, Mark
Kaul, M.
Kuehne, Hugo
Leary, Daniel
Leiding, Gerlinde
Leipziger-Pearce, Hugo
Macdonald, Christopher
Mather, Robert
Mcadams, Kelly
McCullough, Malcolm
McMath, Hugh
Meikle, Jeffrey
Milovanovic-Bertram, Smilja
Moore, Charles
Morgan, Terry
Mugerauer, Robert
Myers, Dowell
Oliver, Richard
Parkins, Reynell
Parmenter, Barbara
Pearlman, Jonathan
Roca, Miguel
Roessner, Roland
Rolfe, Walter T.
Rosenbloom, Sandra
Ross, Steven
Salinas, Patricia
Schmidt, Eric
Servon, Lisa
Shefelman, Thomas
Shuley, Keith
Smith, Mark
Speck, Lawrence
Spencer, Ralph
Stein, Israel
Steiner, Frederick (Fritz)
Swallow, Richard
Talley, Robert
Tamminga, William
Taniguchi, Alan Y.
Tatum, Lance
Thompson, Jon
Udovicki-Selb, Danilo
Vernooy, Andrew
Wallace, Ed
White, R.L.
Williams, Caroline
Williamson, Roxanne
Wilson, Patricia
Woodcock, David
Subjects (Organizations):
Alexander Architectural Archive.
Architecture and Planning Library.
Center for the Study of American Architecture and Design.
University of Texas. School of Architecture.
Titles (School of Architecture publications):
Architecture News
Image Newsletter
Opus Incertum
Planning Forum
Preservation News
Working Paper Series
Austin (Tex.)
Architecture--Texas--20th century.
Architecture--Texas--21st century.
Architecture--Study and teaching--Texas.
Schools of architecture.
Archives--University of Texas. School of Architecture.
Document Types:
Administrative records
Architectural drawings
Exhibit panels
Lantern slides
Slides (Photographs)
Study models
Works of art

Related Material

Materials relating to the School of Architecture can be found in many other collections at the Alexander Architectural Archives, including the School of Architecture Student Work Collection and collections of individual faculty members. Please contact the archive's staff for more information.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture Archives, Alexander Architectural Archive, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

Processing Information

Initial processing by Merilee Atos, Holly King, Stephen Naron, May 2, 2002, for Professor David Gracy, Introduction to Archival Enterprise (LIS 389C.1), Spring 2002. This finding aid is currently under revision. Please see the archive's staff for more information.

Other Finding Aids

Unpublished inventory in archive.


Deans, Directors, and Chairmen

  • 1910-May 1912: Hugo F. Kuehne, Chairman
  • June 1912-August (?) 1927: F.E. Giesecke, Chairman
  • September (?) 1927-May 1928: T.U. Taylor, Acting Chairman
  • June 1928-May 1935: Goldwin Goldsmith, Chairman
  • June 1935-May 1946: Walter T. Rolfe, Chairman
  • June 1946-June 1950: Hugh McMath, Chairman
  • July 1950-August 1951: Robert Talley, Acting Director
  • September 1951-June 1955: Harwell Hamilton Harris, Director
  • July 1955-July 1956: Hugh McMath, Acting Director
  • August 1956-August 1967: Philip D. Creer, Dean
  • September 1967-August 1968: Alan Y. Taniguchi, Director
  • September 1968-May 1972: Alan Y. Taniguchi, Dean
  • June 1972-July 1973: Sinclair Black, Acting Dean
  • August 1973-December 1975: Charles Burnette, Dean
  • January 1976-August 1976: John A. Gallery, Acting Dean
  • September 1976-1992: Harold (Hal) Box, Dean
  • 1992-July 2001: Larry Speck, Dean
  • August 2001-present: Frederick (Fritz) Steiner, Dean

References to works by or about the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture:

Architecture; Architectural Design; Architectural Engineering; City and Regional Planning. Journal of Architecture, Engineering and Industry. November 1944. pp 8-10.

Consultative Committee on Selection of a Dean for the School of Architecture. Appendix 11: A History of the School of Architecture. June 8, 1932. pp 115-121.

The Departments of Engineering: Architecture. pp 83-90.

Directors/Deans and Faculty, School of Architecture.

Futch, Ida Calhoun. History of the Department of Architecture. Journal of Architecture, Engineering and Industry. February 1946. pp 31-32.

Rolfe, Walter T. Appendix 10: A History of the School of Architecture. June 6, 1932. pp 106-114.

Rolfe, Walter T. Letter to Professor Hugh L. McMath and Professor Werner Dornberger. November 7, 1962.

School of Architecture. The Alcalde. May 1948. p. 181, 188-189.

SOA Prospectus Committee. Memo to Hal Box. February 17, 1986.