Celebration of the Mark E. Humphreys, AIA Chair in Urban Design and Architecture Kleinschmidt Award at Texas Tech College of Architecture
Lubbock, TX – During the dates of September 25-26 and November 5 Texas Tech’s College of Architecture will celebrate Mark Humphreys with two prominent distinctions. September 25-26th, Mr. Humphreys will receive an AIA — American Institute of Architects — Chair in Urban Design — of the two Chair sponsors, Mark Humphreys is the only architect; his contribution is the largest amount donated to the architecture school consisting of $1.5 million of which includes partial state matches. November 5th he will be recognized with the college’s Architecture Kleinschmidt Award; both tributes are prestigious honors within the field of Architecture. The September 25 occasion will feature esteemed speakers that will include President Nellis, Dean Andrew Vernooy and Mark E. Humphreys and the November 5th happening will be highlighted with an Alumni reception held in conjunction with the Texas Society of Architects.
Mr. Humphreys is the CEO of the largest multifamily and student housing architecture firm in the U.S., designing approximately 12-15% of the U.S. apartment market, which equates to about 40,000 units in 2014. Headquartered in Dallas, with 8 US offices and 5 international offices, Humphreys & Partners Architects (HPA) employs a talented team of professionals with artistic talent, classical training and diverse experience in all aspects of the architectural process.
“I am honored and humbled to receive such respected accolades in my profession. I am in such venerated company and I look forward to witnessing the students at Texas Tech’s School of Architecture benefit from the resources that the Mark E. Humphreys AIA Chair in Urban Design will afford them, said Mark Humphreys. “As a student, I attended an urban architecture design class. At the time, the classes were not yet a curriculum favorite; it was a unique experience and I am thrilled to contribute to such a cutting-edge program. Humphreys & Partners would not have succeeded without the Texas Tech Architecture program.”
The Mark E. Humphreys AIA Chair in Urban Design will support research concerned with sustainable and engaged models of Urban Design in Lubbock, at Urban Tech, and in Houston. Research will include, but not be limited, to the intersection of business and urban architecture design, mixed use multifamily residential development, urban energy consumption, community definition and engagement, transportation consequences and environmental imperatives – wind, water and micro-climates. The Humphreys Chair will give the College of Architecture at Texas Tech a national profile as Lubbock consolidates its growth leaning forward over the next twenty years and as Houston becomes the third largest city in the United States. This profile will augment to be the most professionally involved urban design program in the country.
The Kleinschmidt Award was established by the Texas Tech Architecture Advisory Council to recognize any individual, alumni or non-alumni, or firm whose commitment or service has enriched the College of Architecture. Professor Florian A. Kleinschmidt’s eponymous award was distinguished by being the first leader of the Texas Tech Architecture Program.
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