Profession’s Future Rests on Opportunities for Young Professionals

Adam Reed, Assoc. AIA 2012-13 Texas Society of Architects Associate Member Director It’s true that many people have been able to spawn unique careers out of this challenging job market, and architecture students and interns are no different. While some have taken time to go back to school to get an alternate degree, others find that getting more involved in the profession is the best way to add value to their professional development. So how do we do that? Let’s look at some numbers first. At the surface level, Associates are the young blood, the fresh meat, the unjaded, and…

Meet 2012 President Craig Reynolds, FAIA

2012 Texas Society of Architects President Craig Reynolds, FAIA Craig Reynolds, FAIA, is a managing principal/president with Brown Reynolds Watford Architects. Established in 1984, the firm found a niche in institutional architecture, working for those within governmental entities, school districts, and universities. Reynolds graduated from Texas A&M University with degrees in environmental design and architecture. He served as president of AIA Dallas in 2004 and is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the 2009 Award for Community Service in Honor of James D. Pfluger. His community service has resulted in the planning and funding of $2.7 billion of…

Demolition Looms for Architectural Gem in Fort Worth

By Chris Vaughn, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas Jan. 19, 2012 Atop a bluff overlooking Luther Lake sits one of the most undeniably interesting houses in Fort Worth. Designed by one of the most influential midcentury architects and decorated by one of Hollywood’s best-known interior designers, the house was built for a Texas oilman and his wife, a jet-setting couple who hosted screen legends such as Joan Crawford and Jimmy Stewart at their Ridglea estate. “It is a one-of-a-kind, and not just in Fort Worth,” said Adelaide Elizabeth Biggs, the original owners’ niece, who bought and lived in the house in…

Texas Makes Top Ten List of Greenest States

Washington, DC – (Jan. 19, 2012) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its 2011 list of top 10 states for LEED-certified commercial and institutional green buildings per capita, based on the U.S. 2010 Census information. The District of Columbia leads the nation, with more than 31 square feet of LEED-certified space per person in 2011, with Colorado being the leading state, with 2.74 square feet per person in 2011. Other top states include Illinois, Virginia and Washington, with 2.69, 2.42 and 2.18 square feet of LEED-certified space per person, respectively. The top LEED states per capita, including…

RDA Receives AIA Collaborative Achievement Award

The Rice Design Alliance (RDA) was organized in 1972 by a small group of academicians, Rice School of Architecture teachers and alumni, and civic-minded design enthusiasts to be a multidisciplinary non-profit that fosters public engagement with architecture. Since its founding nearly 40 years ago, the RDA has grown to 2,000 members, and emerged as a preeminent public forum for critique, educational programming, and discussion of design and the built environment. Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement are given by the American Institute of Architects to recognize and encourage distinguished achievements of allied professionals, clients, organizations, architect teams, knowledge communities, and others…

Evans Honored with AIA Young Architects Award

Jury Comments Jim’s impact nationally and locally on the practice of architecture is inspiring. Inspiring also is the way he challenges his colleagues to think about innovation, practice, and design quality. Jim has led by example. His talent, skill and leadership in the profession have earned him the devotion of clients, contractors, and admirers alike. AIArchitect, Jan. 20, 2012 — In a relatively short time, Jim has joined an elite group of Texas architects who demonstrate nationally recognized design excellence with a fundamental commitment to environmental stewardship. This vanguard is epitomized by Mr. Evans’ outstanding professional achievements with several Houston…

A New Look for Texas Architect

Editor’s Note, Texas Architect, Jan/Feb 2012 No doubt you noticed the makeover of the nameplate on the cover, the most conspicuous of several changes introduced in this edition. The redesigned Texas Architect – its first comprehensive overhaul since 2000 – represents efforts by consultant Dyal and Partners and the magazine’s staff. The objective was to visually align Texas Architect with the recently rebranded Texas Society of Architects and the component’s revamped website. (For more on that new identity campaign, see the news story on p. 9.) The firm’s principal, Herman Dyal, FAIA, also created the new nameplate as a companion…

Masterwork of 1950s Architecture Scheduled for Implosion

Houston Chronicle, Jan. 6, 2011 At 7:52 a.m. Sunday, if all goes as planned, the Prudential Building will go out with a bang. There will be a sound like thunder, and over the course of 14 seconds, the 20-story office building will collapse in on itself, leaving behind only a smoky pile of Texas Medical Center dust. I love a good implosion, and I could list plenty of buildings that would be vastly improved by one. But the Prudential Building isn’t one of them. “A masterwork of 1950s architecture,” Houston Mod’s website calls it. The American Institute of Architects’ Houston…

AIA LRGV 2011 Design Awards

Honor Award Valle Vista Mall Renovations Megamorphosis The renovation of the aging Valle Vista Mall in Harlingen was completed in March 2009 for the Simon Property Group. The project required refreshing the look of its two main entrances, along with other improvements, on a very tight budget. The architects used locally made Mexican brick laid in traditional coursing patterns developed in the region over the past century. Arranged in asymmetrical groupings and sections that evoke an abstract modernism, the design reflects the borderland’s ongoing development of an architectural identity rooted in the long-time co-existence of two cultures. Merit Awards Edinburg…