The Texas A&M University College of Architecture announced this past Wednesday that students and faculty will be working to install a glass ceiling in the Langford Architecture building. The Mugdown spoke with Dan Ward, an associate architecture professor here at Texas A&M and head of the project, for further detail.
“We at the TAMU Architecture Department really feel that a glass ceiling will tell a lot about our core values as a major,” Ward said, with clear excitement about the project. “The sky is the limit! Except for that glass ceiling in the way. But it’s a lot more inspirational to look at the sky through the glass ceiling. Obviously you can’t really touch the sky, that’s ridiculous.”
Ward hopes that through this project students will gain experience with glass ceilings they can later take to their workplace.
One of the students leading the installment, Logan Fink, told us more about the aesthetic side of a glass ceiling.
“Some people think they’re outdated, but we’re sure to convince everyone they’re alive and well! Additionally, I think a lot of glass ceilings go unnoticed. Probably because they’re clear. We’re taking inspiration from the glass ceiling in the Blocker building.”
Blocker is home to mostly mathematics classes and, as any math major can tell you, the glass ceiling there is very sturdy.
When we asked students for their opinions on the change, we got quite an array of answers. Student Amelia Green told us about her opposition to the ceiling. “I don’t think we need one. Glass ceilings get dirty really easily; you think we can’t see them, but we can.”
Another student, Emily Abner, believed glass ceilings really couldn’t exist at all. “Obviously, even if there ever have been any glass ceilings, they’re old and they’ve caved in by now. I mean, it’s 2015! There really aren’t any glass ceilings in America, and I think I would know.”
So, Mugdown readers, how do you feel about the installment of a glass ceiling? Is it important that students learn how to work with glass ceilings and, more importantly, learn how to make sure they never break? Will it be gross if, like, a bunch of birds poop on it?
-Zero Dark Eighty