Buildings and Landscapes and Xylophones

by Lewis McNeel www.lakeflatodogrun.com A recent use of the building’s architecture for artistic purposes came when Travis Weller of Austin’s New Music Co-op was commissioned to compose and perform a piece of experimental music using the Visual Arts Center’s new steel entry arbor as the solo instrument. Little did Lake|Flato know that it had designed not just a vine trellis and shade canopy for the building’s new front door, but also a beautifully haunting kind of marimba/harp/zither/kazoo sound machine…. Listen on Lake|Flato’s blog: www.lakeflatodogrun.com. Image courtesy of Lake|Flato

Designed to Connect: Twitter for Architects

by Andrew Hawkins, AIA Texas Architects New Media Committee One of the more popular social media platforms is Twitter. You hear more about it every day. Twitter is a fast-paced 140-character conversation stream, and it is full of Architecture/Engineering/Construction professionals. With Twitter, you can increase an awareness of your firm or yourself within the AEC community. It provides an endless stream of conversation and information waiting for your interaction. You can grow your network of professional contacts across the country and the world. Twitter is a convenient method for finding current information about architecture, design, and construction, along with other…

Gulf Coast Green 2012: A Delicate Balance

The conference brings together architects, engineers, contractors, developers, educators, and government officials from the Gulf Coast region to look at the current state of regionally-specific sustainable building. More information is available on the GCG website. Gulf Coast Green Symposium and Expo 2012 – A Delicate Balance Hosted by AIA Houston Committee on the Environment Tuesday, May 1, 2012 – United Way of Greater Houston Earn up to 8 CEUs of AIA or GBCI credits

Piano’s Expansion of Kimbell Museum Takes Shape

By Chris Vaughn Fort Worth Star-Telegram March 9, 2012 The Renzo Piano-designed expansion of the Kimbell, finally beginning to take shape as a museum with floors and walls, is no less a work of art than the Renoirs and Monets hanging in the galleries of the original Louis Kahn building. Given that the museum is spending $125 million on the expansion, across from what is widely acknowledged as an architectural masterpiece, it will surely have a more-lasting impact than a traveling exhibit, blockbuster or not. “The first time I stood on the new lobby floor, it was absolutely exhilarating,” Lee…

Hundreds Convene in D.C. for AIA Grassroots

Craig Reynolds, FAIA 2012 Texas Architects President Last week I had the opportunity to join more than 700 American Institute of Architects members and staff, during the AIA Grassroots Legislative and Leadership Conference, to converge on Capitol Hill to meet with our elected representatives. Our message: pass the AIA’s plan for economic recovery. Even as the economy continues to show small signs of improvement, the lack of access to financing is keeping too many projects on the sidelines. Fortunately, a bipartisan group of representatives has introduced the Credit Access for Main Street Act (HR 1356). This bill would enable community…

Tianjin Binhai Art Center

Designing an art center for a client in China required the architects in RTKL’s Dallas office to strike a balance between allowing in natural light while protecting the artwork on exhibit. Their solution calls for an exterior that combines stone and glass, one material representing strength and another which has a more delicate nature. The main programmatic elements for the 90,400-sf center include a flexible gallery space for displaying modern painting and calligraphy, private artist studios, an art auction room, and a café. The separation of public and private functions inside the building suggests a sequence of concealing and revealing…

AIA Fort Worth Student Design Awards

The lone Honor Award was presented to Ace Academy by John Paul Rysavy and Daniel Shumaker, both students at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition, two Merit Awards were presented, one to Down Town Urban Architecture by Yan Lu of Texas A&M University and another to Estuarial Habitation by John Paul Rysavy of the University of Texas at Austin. The chapter’s Student Design Award was established in 1991, with eligibility open to students enrolled in NAAB accredited architecture programs in Texas. Entries are limited to projects completed as part of academic coursework. Each year, jurors present two levels…

AIA LRGV 2011 Studio Awards

Carolina Civarolo, AIA, of Boultinghouse Simpson Architects in McAllen, received the Spark Award for Digital Media for the proposed renovation and expansion of the University of Texas–Pan American’s College of Business Administration in Edinburg. Ortiz Architecture & Environment in Weslaco was recognized with a Design Award for an Unbuilt Project for its Weslaco Family Care Center & Occupational Medicine Clinic. The jury was composed of architects whose buildings were previously recognized with 2011 Design Awards from the chapter. Jurors represented ERO International in McAllen, Frank Architects in Laredo, Megamorphosis Architecture and Interior Design in Harlingen, and Negrete & Kolar Architects…

AIA San Antonio 2011 Design Awards

Design Awards Members of the jury were Andrea P. Leers, FAIA, of Leers Weinzapfel Associates in Boston; Jack DeBartolo, FAIA, of DeBartolo Architects in Phoenix; and Arthur Andersson, AIA, of Andersson•Wise Architects in Austin. There were three categories of awards for built projects: three received Honor Awards, three won Citation Awards, and four earned Merit Awards. Honor Awards were presented to the following three projects: Hermann Park Lake Plaza in Houston by Overland Partners Architects – Hermann Park Lake Plaza project knits together the popular urban park’s disparate cultural institutions using landscape, architecture, and art. The design transforms the central…