Title Usage for Emerging Professionals: Noun or Adjective?

By Cathy L. Hendricks, RID Executive Director Texas Board of Architectural Examiners Design professionals care deeply about title usage for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is to ensure the good name of the profession in the eyes of the public. Both TBAE and registered professionals take title usage very seriously, for those reasons. For emerging professionals, it can be a bit confusing to know and remember which title is allowable by law, and which isn’t. One easy way to jog your memory: use the adjective before you earn your TBAE registration, and the noun after. TBAE…

Nine Semifinalists Named in Waller Creek Design Competition

Among firms chosen by a panel of landscape architects and urban designers are Austin’s Miró Rivera Architects, PageSoutherlandPage and Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, as well as San Antonio’s Lake/Flato Architects. Each team consists of a landscape architecture firm and design architecture firm. The Waller Creek Conservancy is a nonprofit organization founded last year by local philanthropists Tom Meredith, Melba Whatley and Melanie Barnes. The City of Austin has paid $400,000 for the competition, and the conservancy is funding the rest of the $1.2 million budget. The effort ties into the construction of a $146.5 million tunnel to divert floodwaters from…

UH Students Propose Designs for Galveston Levee

Annette Santos Jan. 31, 2012 news@thedailycougar.com Galveston Island is overdue for Hurricane protection, said two of the 12 UH architecture students who helped propose a new levee system that would span from Freeport to High Island and would include a new visitor center attached to a national recreation park. Students from UH and other Texas universities have researched and developed a levee system under the direction of Thomas Colbert of UH’s Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and in association with Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evaluation from Disasters Center. The new levee would not only provide a safer alternative…

Early Previews of Asia Society Texas Center Generate Praise

Shelby Hodge culturemap, Houston Jan. 28, 2012 The first of the week’s previews saw 150 well-heeled community supporters, hand-picked by philanthropists Nidhika and Pershant Mehta, explore the architecturally clean spaces of the 40,000-sf, $48.4 million center. Of course, it was with a more critical eye that the architectural community inspected the new center on Thursday. Larry Burns, principal at Kendall/Heaton Associates, the local architect of record for the project, and several members of his team were on hand to discuss Taniguchi’s design with the party crowd, members of the American Institute of Architects. That impressive group included Rice University architecture…

President Calls on Congress to Build a Greener America

Justin Sumner CoStar.com Jan. 27, 2012 As the nation tuned in to the President’s State of The Union address on January 24th, many American’s watched the President, listening for those buzzwords that interest them most. For instance, the word job was spoken 42 times in the 90 minute speech, and oil 10 times. The President mentioned energy a total of 23 times, built 12, and clean 9. The ideas presented in the annual address to congress are summarized in an eight-page action plan titled Blueprint for an America Built to Last. How appropriate that the President use the image of…

Big Name Architects Vie to Design Houston’s METRO Station

Jan 27, 2012 culturemap, Houston Tyler Rudick Two stops originally planned for the 600 and 800 blocks of Main were consolidated to create Central Station, which will sit at the center of a busy new transfer area at the heart of METRO’s light rail system. For such a prominent location, architects plan to give the new station a landmark treatment. A panel of Houston leaders including deans Patricia Oliver and Sarah Whiting of the University of Houston and Rice University architecture schools, respectively, pared down a list of nearly 70 internationally-recognized firms to five high-profile candidates: Mark Wamble of Interloop…

Eight Texans Selected for AIA Fellowship

The American Institute of Architects’ most prestigious honor is the designation of a member as a Fellow. Fellowship is awarded to members who have made significant contributions to architecture and society on a national level and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. The honor is signified by the designation “FAIA” that appears after a member’s name. Zaida Basora, FAIA Government/Industry Organization AIA Dallas Fernando L. Brave, FAIA Practice AIA Houston David Alan Dillard, FAIA Practice AIA Dallas Jerry L. Halcomb, FAIA Practice AIA Dallas Rodney Culver Hill, FAIA Education AIA Brazos Gregory S. Ibanez, FAIA Design…

Architects Saying ’12, ’13 Looking Good

Jennifer Hiller mysanantonio.com Jan. 25, 2012 The biggest increases will come in the form of new hotels, industrial spaces and plants, retail and office buildings. “Spending on hotels, industrial plants, and commercial properties are going to set the pace for the construction industry over the next two years,” said AIA chief economist, Kermit Baker, in a press release. “The institutional market won’t experience the same growth, but healthcare facilities and places of worship are poised for a positive economic outlook in that sector.” Things that could screw it all up: high energy costs could trigger inflation, making recovery even slower.…

UT Arlington Receives Sustainability Certification for Landscape

The announcement acknowledges UT Arlington’s commitment to sustainability as an integral part of College Park District, an entertainment, living and shopping development spanning more than 20 acres that is helping revitalize downtown Arlington. “This designation shows that UT Arlington is on the cutting-edge of sustainable practices, not just in our buildings, but all across campus,” said Meghna Tare, UT Arlington’s director of sustainability. “The Green is a place to enjoy nature and to learn about how to preserve the natural environment.” The Sustainable Sites Initiative, also known as SITES™, is a partnership of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the…