AU College of Architecture, Design and Construction to honor women alumni

AUBURN – The Auburn University College of Architecture, Design and Construction will pay homage to its women alumni with the CADC 100 Women’s Symposium on Friday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Parker Auditorium in Dudley Hall.

“In this final event celebrating CADC 100, the 100th anniversary of the 1907 founding of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction at Auburn, we commemorate the accomplishments of women from our seven disciplines as alumni share their work and talk about what Auburn has meant to their success,” said CADC Dean Daniel Bennett.

Myra Deyhle, a 1970 graduate in interior design, will speak on “Architectural Approach to Interior Design.” Leslie Norvell received a master’s degree in landscape architecture in 2001 and will speak on “A House Divided.” Rebecca Burleson, a 1988 graduate in building science, will speak on “Building Careers: It’s Not All Concrete.” Laura Coyle graduated in 1991 with a degree in fine arts illustration and will speak on “Making a Career of Creative Freedom.” Lee Ann Gamble graduated in 1990 with a degree in architecture and will speak on “Outside In.” Shayla Jones Beaco received a master’s degree in community planning in 1999 and will speak on “Planning for Success.” Heather Bailey received a master’s degree in industrial design in 1998 and will speak on “A Designed Life.”

In his “Brief History of the CADC,” Dean Emeritus of Architecture E. Keith McPheeters wrote that in an era when architecture was a male-dominated profession, several women graduated from Auburn’s architecture program as early as the 1920s and 1930s, a distinction that did not become common at most schools until well into the 1950s and 1960s.

The CADC offers degree programs in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Community Planning, Building Science, Industrial Design, Graphic Design and Design-Build. The components of the CADC are annually regarded and ranked among the best in their respective disciplines nationally for the quality of education and quality of students.

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