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Architecture Faculty Are Proud Participants in the Campaign for Texas

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By Amy Crossette

Hosting a faculty campaign within the campus-wide Campaign for Texas, the School of Architecture has achieved a 92 percent participation rate among its faculty in six months.

The School of Architecture’s campaign, Designing the Future, with a goal of $21.5 million, is a component of the University’s $3 billion fundraising target.

A portion of the $71,600 donated by faculty has been designated to specific programs and endowments. Faculty will determine the use of the remaining funds.

School of Architecture faculty and guests gather in preparation for the school's 2009 commencement ceremony.

Architecture Advisory Council member Rick Archer, chairman of the school’s campaign and founding principal of Overland Partners, an award-winning architecture firm based in San Antonio, suggested the faculty campaign and chose professors Larry Doll and Terry Kahn to lead the effort.

“The faculty is the lifeblood of the school and they are all so deeply committed to its mission,” says Archer. “The campaign would not have been complete without their involvement. Their leadership in this is natural, given their remarkable leadership at the school.”

“Given the fact that we’re in a depressed economy and that fewer than 30 percent of faculty in the School of Architecture received salary increases in 2009, the resulting 92 percent participation is quite significant,” says Doll. “In reaching such a high participation rate, I believe we can inspire donors to participate in the overall campaign.”

The school’s undergraduate and graduate programs rank fifth in the nation.

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