ACADEMIC Awards and Recognition

2017  University of Texas Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award

2017  ACSA / AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award

2017 Outstanding Teaching Award / UTSA College of Architecture Construction and Planning

2017 DOCUmation Academic Excellence Award Recipient / University of Texas at San Antonio

2017  Faculty Mentor Award for Undergraduate Research / University of Texas at San Antonio

2016  Architecture 2030 Curriculum Pilot Project / Rahman Azari, Co-Instructor

2016  President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence / University of Texas at San Antonio

2016 Outstanding Teaching Award / UTSA College of Architecture Construction and Planning / Rahman Azari, Co-Winner

2016 Outstanding Service Award / UTSA College of Architecture Construction and Planning 

Professional Awards and Recognition 

2015 Honorable Mention in Dry Futures International Competition / Derek Hoeferlin, Co-Designer 

2014 Jury’s Selection in MOCCA To-Be-Destroyed International Exhibition 

2010  Finalist in Build-a-Better Burb International Competition / Derek Hoeferlin, Co-Designer

2009  First Prize Winner in Rising Tides International Competition / Derek Hoeferlin, Co-Designer 

2006  A.I.A. Merit Award for Architecture for New City School Cafeteria / HKW Architects

2005 A.I.A. Distinguished Award for Architecture for Moolah Parking Structure / HKW Architects

2002 A.I.A. President’s Citation / Saint Louis Chapter

2001 A.I.A. President’s Citation / Saint Louis Chapter 

1999 A.I.A. Merit Award for Unbuilt Architecture for Living Wall Project

1997 A.I.A. School Medal & Certificate of Merit / Henry Adams Fund

1997 Finalist in Widmann Prize in Architecture / Best Architectural Student / Washington University

1997  Second Prize in Bi-State Transit-Oriented-Development Charrette / East Saint Louis, Illinois

Student Awards and Recognition

2019 Best-in-Show / Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry Showcase Award / Student Researcher: Ivan Ventura Gonzalez

2018 Society of American Registered Architects National Design Award of Excellence / E. Barajas, J. Gomez / R. Azari, Co-Instructor

2017 Best-in-Show / Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry Showcase Award / Student Researcher: Monica Martinez

2017 AIA COTE Top Ten for Students / Winner / Student Designers: E. Barajas, J. Gomez / R. Azari, Co-Instructor

2016 AIA COTE Top Ten for Students / Winner / Student Designers: Isaias Garcia, Daniel Rodriguez / Rahman Azari, Co-Instructor

2013 AIA Student Merit Award San Antonio Chapter / Student Designer: Xuhua Cheng, M.Arch candidate

2013 Flat Lot International Design Competition / Juror’s Selection / Student Designers: Kane Toler and Ben Linthicum

2013 Flat Lot International Design Competition / Juror’s Selection / Student Designers: An Nguyen, Jordan Overton