CAPPA scholars honored by Texas Society of Architects
Bell and Holliday receive 2020 Honor Awards for their contributions to the profession
Credit: UT Arlington
Two University of Texas at Arlington architecture educators recently won 2020 Honor Awards from the Texas Society of Architects.
Bradley Bell, associate professor and director of the School of Architecture in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, won the award for Outstanding Educational Contributions in Honor of Edward J. Romieniec.
Kathryn Holliday, professor and founding director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture, won the award for Excellence in the Promotion of Architecture through the Media in Honor of John G. Flowers.
Holliday is an award-winning architectural historian, researcher and teacher who is focused on the built environment. She has written numerous articles and essays, as well as her acclaimed book “The Open-Ended City: David Dillon on Texas Architecture,” published in 2019 by the University of Texas Press.
“This award is welcome recognition for the work of the Dillon Center and its mission to connect the University to the community through research about architecture and urbanism,” Holliday said. “Writing and storytelling are deeply important to the health and identity of neighborhoods and the people who make them.”
Holliday serves on the editorial board for and frequently contributes to the American Institute of Architects’ AIA Dallas’ Columns Magazine. She is a member of the board of directors for Historic Fort Worth, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the value of historic preservation. In the past, she served on the state board of review for the Texas Historical Commission’s National Register programs and was a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Architectural Education.
Bell directs the school’s Digital Architecture Research Consortium and is the founder and co-director of TEX-FAB. Through his own work and research, and through the work of his students and collaborators, Bell promotes the advancement of technological practices within architecture. He uses his position at UTA and his extensive technological research to educate not only his students, but also the broader community of architects.
“I’m honored to have received this educational award,” Bell said. “We try to bring the best educational practices so that our students will be well-prepared when they hit the workplace.”
CAPPA Dean Adrian Parr said the college is extremely proud of both colleagues.
“These awards honor and recognize exceptional members, firms, individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements in support of the Texas Society of Architects’ mission,” Parr said. “They have contributed greatly to the profession, the built environment and the quality of life of society.
“But Brad Bell and Kate Holliday have done more than that. Their hard work has touched students, colleagues and the public in immeasurable ways.”