Live First, Work Second: Inside the Head of the Next Generation

Jeramie Rittiluechai, AIA, interviews Rebecca Ryan of Next Generation Consulting and author of the book “Live First, Work Second: Getting Inside the Head of the Next Generation.” Listen to the interview by clicking on the image gallery above.

Texas Firms among AIA COTE Award Winners

“These projects really demonstrate that you don’t need a client with bottomless pockets or a purely pedagogical mission related to sustainability,” wrote one juror. Another juror emphasized the enduring importance of buildings that inspire people and connect neighborhoods: “It is the true measure of sustainability—the fact that a project becomes so embraced by its community that its value far exceeds the value of a conventionally designed building.” ASU Polytechnic Academic District, Lake|Flato Architects This pedestrian-oriented campus in Mesa, Arizona, replaced a decommissioned Air Force base. The design team resolved longstanding flooding issues by supplanting 14 acres of asphalt and concrete…

Texas Architects Announces 2012 Keynote Speakers

One is an activist and innovator who helped create the High Line — a public park built atop an abandoned, elevated rail line in New York; the other is the award-winning host and radio producer of 99% Invisible. Attend the convention to hear the unique perspectives of Robert Hammond and Roman Mars. The High Line, a new public park atop an elevated freight rail structure on Manhattan’s west side, is among the most innovative urban reclamation projects in memory. Robert Hammond will share the story of how two young citizens with no prior experience in planning and development collaborated with…

In the Light with Charles K. Thompson, FAIA

One thing awaiting him — along with meetings to attend, deadlines to meet, documents to issue — is a voice mail from a residential client who is surprised that the exterior lighting holes have already been cut into the high-end wood soffits. She thinks the plan was to wait until Thompson was available to field-verify the positioning. And, in fact, she is right. As it turns out, through a phone call to the client, Thompson finds out that “she isn’t angry; she’s just surprised.” The innate affability that helps Thompson navigate a potentially difficult client conversation seems somehow related to…

Controversy Surrounds Dallas’ Museum Tower

by Tim Rogers D Magazine When the Nasher Sculpture Center began leaking light in September, director Jeremy Strick didn’t immediately grasp the gravity of the situation. In the lobby near the cash register, just a few small splotches of light splashed across a travertine wall. The leak should have been impossible. The Nasher was designed by Renzo Piano, arguably the world’s greatest modernist architect, a man famous for reinventing the roof. For the Nasher, he created an ingenious system composed of two parts: a barrel-vaulted roof-cum-ceiling made of 3-inch-thick, 1,200-pound glass panels and, suspended above the glass, a sunscreen of…

Wilson Announces Candidacy

The district boundaries were redrawn for this election, however, the voters in the district, which includes the four counties surrounding Corpus Christi and Nueces County, have previously shown an independence of political maneuvering. This is expected to be one of the most expensive battlegrounds in the House races in 2012 and significant donations and endorsements are being offered by Texans for Lawsuit Reform, the biggest spending political organization in Texas for the past decade, and by the competing trial lawyer counterpart, the Texans for Insurance Reform. A third candidate who is a former mayor of a community within the district…

Design Competition: Call for Entries

Re-imagining the ancient structure through a contemporary lens is the assignment for entries into the Sukkay City Austin Design Competition. A Sukkah is an ancient temporary structure, biblical in origin, that is traditionally erected for one week to commemorate the holiday of Sukkot, celebrating the autumnal harvest and remembering the dwellings of the Israelites during their exodus from Egypt. It is customary within the impermanent Sukkah walls, to share meals, entertain, sleep and rejoice. Participants are invited to submit contemporary shelter designs, following the Sukkah specifications as defined by ancient Talmudic law and obeying existing laws of physics. Entries must…

Designed to Connect

Initiate Identify your purpose: Determine what you want to learn and the message you want to convey through Twitter. Make a list to guide you and to give you focus, which is necessary on Twitter. The platform is fast paced, and it is easy to become distracted and lose focus on your main objectives. This is not to imply you should limit your initial searching. I would not recommend that, but eventually you will want to refocus. Craft your presence: Be sure to add important aspects about yourself in the bio section. Many search engines use this data (as does…