Matt Fajkus, Next Generation Project Texas Fellow and Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, recently won the prestigious Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award for 2013.

The award is granted annually to faculty members at each of the academic and health University of Texas System institutions "who have demonstrated extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in undergraduate instruction." Students, colleagues and external reviewers thoroughly vet each candidate before they are selected.

Matt's teaching philosophy lends itself to this award as he believes: "In today's fast-changing world, it is important to create a classroom environment in which students can thrive by learning to think critically and develop their own processes for solving problems. Rather than simply learning particular design techniques, architects will increasingly need to understand their role within larger environmental contexts to affect sustainable and positive change across sectors. As such, my teaching philosophy is based upon inspiring students to think holistically and challenge convention in their research and design."

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