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Brochstein, Mashburn, and Paukune oral histories added to the UH Digital Library


Three new oral histories have been added to Building Houston, a digital collection of interviews with people who strongly impacted Houston’s built environment, which is co-sponsored by the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library and the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

UH alumnus David Bucek interviews Raymond Brochstein, FAIA, whose company Brochsteins, Inc. has supplied custom architectural woodwork and furniture to notable buildings designed by Richard Meier, Philip Johnson, SOM, Gensler, and many others.  Mr. Brochstein and his wife, Susan, are also notable philanthropists, who have helped develop Houston’s green spaces and who donated the Brochstein Pavilion to Rice University in 2010.

Joe Mashburn, FAIA, Dean of the UH College of Architecture from 1998-2009, discusses his career as an architect and educator with architectural historian Anna Mod.  He also addresses key moments in the history of the College of Architecture.  As a student in the late 1960’s, he studied with Doug Michels and Chip Lord and witnessed protests over the college leadership.

John Paukune was an unemployed architect just out of school when he walked onto the construction site of the Astrodome and was hired to help oversee its completion.  He discusses the politics, innovations, and problems behind the building of Houston’s most iconic structure with architect Kerry Goelzer, as well as his post-Astrodome career.

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