When approaching the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, the first thing one notices is the Tower, which stands at 337 feet. It has become an iconic landmark not only for the University but for Austin itself. It is well known across the city for its familiar orange lights, displaying the outcome of a football game, or reflecting a black light in recognition of solemn news. Less well known is its architect, French-born Paul Philippe Cret, a student of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Paul Cret was an established architect in Philadelphia, and he also taught at the University of Pennsylvania until his retirement. Many of his students, including Louis Kahn, would become great architects in their own right. Although a longtime professor,…