William Jenks

With professional education in architectural practice, design and studio art, Bill Jenks brings long experience in the integration of science, technology and the arts to the Institute and is a strong advocate for visual literacy. His exploration of emergent electronic technology for the visualization of built environment design and analysis began in the mid-1960s and developed into forms exploring space-time visualization of special user groups.

Formerly working in architectural practice as a designer, associate and consultant, he also independently and collaboratively shows in regional, national and international exhibitions of visual and performing arts. Recent research and creative interests include the form of creative space, media synthesis, temporal visual and sonic imagery, and spatial installation.

Developing visualization facilities at A&M for thirty-five years, Bill also created courses on integrated visualization techniques for design disciplines and has been an invited presenter at regional, national, and international events. A leader in establishing the Visualization Laboratory, he is founding director of that facility. This internationally recognized hybrid studio provides an advanced, unified creative environment for the art and science of visualization. In recognition of that startup, Bill received the TAMU President's Meritorious Service Award in 1989.

He is a principal in the development of both graduate degree programs in Visualization, and the prior undergraduate visual studies proposal, which began the Visualization Initiative. His five decades of exploration and experience are helping shape new initiatives in the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M.