Holl Selected to Expand Museum of Fine Arts Houston

The announcement came eight months after the trustees invited three internationally recognized architecture firms – Morphosis and Snøhetta, along with Holl – to submit site-specific conceptual design proposals for unifying the existing campus while also adding a gallery building and a parking garage. That invitation in May 2011 followed a year-long series of interviews with 10 highly respected architecture firms. MFAH’s architectural history began in 1924 with the construction of its original building, a neo-Classical “temple for art” designed by William Ward Watkin. Expansions over the following decades included the 1958 Cullinan Hall, a curved modernist pavilion partially enclosed by…

UT Arlington Students Unveil Luminous Sculpture “six. one”

Read about Susan Appleton, AIA, her students, and their project in the current issue of Texas Architect. Interior Design at The University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture by Rebecca Boles, AIA Interior Design at The University of Texas at Arlington was established as a program within the School of Architecture in 1974 and with the other degree programs in Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the School covers the range of scales in environmental design. An undergraduate program, the curriculum is decidedly architectural since the foundation requirements for the Interior Design degree and the undergraduate Architecture degree are identical for…

Austin Chosen for AIA Sustainability Program for Communities

Announced Jan. 10, this year’s selections were based on proposals that outlined specific challenges faced by each community. Along with Austin, the following cities will be a part of the 2012 AIA SDAT program: Augusta, Georgia; Sipaulovi Village, Arizona; South Hadley, Massachusetts; Springfield, Illinois; Stanwood, Washington; and Wenatchee, Washington. Since 2005, the SDAT program has provided technical assistance to 54 communities in 34 states. Austin’s application was submitted by Alan Holt, AIA, principal planner with the City of Austin Planning & Development Review Department’s Urban Design Division. Titled “A Sustainability Assessment of the Codes and Plans for South Shore Central…

Conference Emphasizes Practice in the Hinterlands

Organized by the Design Committee of the Texas Society of Architects, the gathering also celebrated the residential design of Frank Welch, FAIA, who practiced in Midland through the 1960s until the early ’80s. View the video above for a recap of the weekend. Video and voice-over by Thomas McConnell, editing by Thomas McConnell and Elizabeth Hackler, narration written by Stephen Sharpe.

13th Annual Historic Preservation Symposium at A&M

Keynote speaker Robert Z. Melnick, FASLA, professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon and director of the John Yeon Center, kicks-off the symposium at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24., with a reception to follow. A lineup of speakers is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the day will end with a panel discussion. The Center extends an invitation to anyone who may have an interest in preservation. AIA/CES is available for each lecture. Visit the CHC’s website for more information about the symposium and registration information. Texas Architects member Charlie Burris, AIA,…

Designed to Connect: A Series on New Media

Andrew Hawkins, AIA New Media Committee From productivity to documentation to marketing, the Designed to Connect series will cover various tools available to architects. Technology can aid an architect in many of their endeavors. It should not be viewed as an adversary. It should be integrated into everyday practice. The series strives to provide insight into “new media” from an architect’s perspective. Connect: (verb) to join, link, or fasten together: unite or bind. This is the possibility that new digital media presents for architects and the AEC profession. New digital technologies provide us with opportunities to connect others to our…

Designed to Connect: Architects as App Developers

Architects have an amazing array of skills. They have management, marketing, technical, and esthetic skills, and they have vision. These skills are necessary when producing construction projects. But why not apply these skills to the challenges associated with producing applications for handheld devices? Architects not only have the skills, they have the IT departments that can do the programming, the artists that can produce the graphics, and the management teams that can identify the opportunities, coordinate the work, test the product, and get it to the marketplace. Applications development could be an additional service that helps firms diversify, develop new…

Q & A with AIA Houston President Perry Seeberger

chron.com katherine.feser@chron.com Feb. 17, 2012 As the 2012 president of the American Institute of Architects’ Houston chapter, Perry Seeberger leads a group that strives to accomplish things in the community that no one firm could do alone. For example, the group participated in a project to outfit the George R. Brown Convention Center with solar panels and a green roof. This year’s Houston 20/20 Visions: Ten Years to Clarity display showcases Houstonians’ ideas for bettering the city. And its Celebrate Architecture Gala will raise funds for the Houston Parks Board to reforest local parks. Seeberger was born in Houston’s St.…

Architects Convene in Midland for Design Conference

(In the video above, Midland architect Mark Wellen, AIA, discusses “Architecture in the Hinterlands”) Follow conference activities through Texas Architects’ Twitter feed. The conference, Feb. 17-18, will explore the theme of “Architecture in the Hinterlands” with a focus on how significant design work is created and nurtured in regions far removed from major urban centers. Continuing education credits (not HSW) are available. Another highlight of the weekend will be tours of early residential design by Frank Welch, FAIA. His work will also be the subject of a panel discussion. The conference’s keynote speaker is Brian MacKay-Lyons, a principal of MacKay-Lyons…

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