CWUR ranks UT Austin No. 29 in latest world ranking
In 2014, the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) recognized The University of Texas at Austin as No. 29 among the world’s top 1000 universities.
The CWUR publishes an annual global university ranking that “measures the quality of education and training of students as well as the prestige of the faculty members and the quality of their research without relying on surveys and university data submissions.”
In this ranking, CWUR uses eight indicators to rank the world’s top 1000 universities. They include the quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty, publications, influence, citations, broad impact and patents. Among these criteria, the university ranked highest for national ranking (22) and quality of faculty (24).
The only other Texas university included in the top 100 is the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas (66).
Now, looking back at how positive and productive my internship has been, not only for me but, to an extent, for the firm as well, I simply do not understand why Bob’s experience with incompetent or unneeded interns seems to be so commonly shared. I am not at all unique in my academic knowledge or skill set; by the end of the second year of curriculum, every student in the UT School of Architecture has experience in Revit, AutoCAD, Rhino, Grasshopper, Photoshop, Illustrator, and the basics of construction and building codes. There are at least a thousand more me’s out there, looking for a gig like mine. The repetitive stories I hear about burdensome interns, to me, indicate a disconnect between the hordes of capable undergrad students out there and the professional opportunities they regularly struggle to find.
UTSOA student Travis Schneider is a guest blogger on this week’s Life of an Architect, which is run by alumnus Bob Borson [BArch ‘92]. He writes about his experiences as an intern—it’s an interesting perspective, because we usually hear about internships from the eyes of the employer. Thanks to his hard work, Travis is shaping up to be an excellent, competent, and reliable asset to the office, and we’re hopeful that his peers at UTSOA are also excelling at firms around the country, too.
Learn how we’re preparing our students to succeed professionally by reading his post, here.
Incredible project by Pelli Clarke Pelli, firm of senior principal and UTSOA alumnus Fred W. Clarke [BArch ‘70].
The Solaire, Battery Park City, Cesar Pelli, 2002
This 27-story apartment building in Battery Park City is the first green residential high-rise in the United States. Sustainable design features developed for this building were refined for the Visionaire and the Verdesian, subsequent residential towers Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects designed for Battery Park City.
The Solaire uses 35 percent less energy than required by New York State energy codes and includes such features as occupancy sensor systems for both lighting and climate control. Building-integrated photovoltaics create up to 5 percent of the base-building electricity, supplying lighting for hallways and other common areas. Each apartment includes programmable digital thermostats, Energy Star fixtures, and a master shut-off switch.
The building treats and reuses its own water for use in toilets and in the cooling tower, which reduces the use of potable water by 38 percent. Roof-top gardens reduce storm water runoff by 50 percent. Residents also enjoy high air quality and maximum daylight. Each of the building’s 293 units receives filtered, humidified air. The building’s advanced HVAC system is fueled by natural gas and free of ozone-depleting refrigerants.
Building materials with high recycled content and low or no VOCs were used and a significant number of the materials were manufactured within 500 miles of New York City. Wood and bamboo for paneling and cabinetry in the apartments are sustainably harvested and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. More than 93 percent of the building’s construction waste was recycled.
The building was the first residential tower to attain a Gold LEED rating and was selected as an AIA Top Ten Green Project for 2004. The Solaire is one of the first buildings to receive funding under the New York State Green Building Tax Credit. It was also chosen by the United States Department of Energy to represent the United in the 2002 Green Building Challenge, an international conference on sustainable technology.
He was able to translate through design what it means not only to be a children’s museum, but to be a children’s museum in Austin, Texas.
Thanks for the shout out, utaustin! We’re home to The University Cop-op Materials Resource Center, and even have 3D printers and laser cutters in our Computer Lab. We believe in the power of designing, building, and learning. We are so happy to be a part of a #NationofMakers!
On Wednesday, June 18, President Obama held the first-ever Maker Faire at the White House. The Maker Faire, which highlighted the Maker Movement, celebrated a new generation of students and entrepreneurs who are designing and building almost anything using tools like 3D printers, laser cutters,…
We’ve got something really fun to add to your to-do list this weekend: starting tomorrow, June 5, and running through June 8, 2014, Austin will host the summer X Games at the Circuit of The Americas. Designed by UTSOA Professor Juan Miró and his firm, Miró Rivera Architects, both the Grandstand and Observation Tower [pictured above] are going to be beautiful backdrops for the epic and extreme events and competitions that will be taking place right here in our hometown.
See them in person, alongside some of the world’s most awesome athletes. Have fun!
[Photo courtesy of Miró Rivera Architects].
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