Registration Opens July 11 for Texas Architects Convention

Don’t miss out! Register online today to attend the convention, and watch for continuing updates on www.texasarchitects.org. The Texas Architects Convention Committee, chaired by Heather McKinney, FAIA, is pleased to introduce the following convention features and new events: LEED Credit – For the first time, attendees can receive LEED credit for select Continuing Education sessions. Focus on Emerging Professionals – Specific tracks have been developed for emerging Professionals, including ARE classes for those seeking help with upcoming tests; “fireside chats” with some of Texas’ most influential and engaging architects; and an evening mixer on the roof of AMOA-Arthouse in downtown…

Architecture Firm Websites: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

(Photo courtesy of Architectural Record. OMA's home page changes daily and typically features a news announcement laid on top of a full-screen image.) Architectural Record June 26, 2012 Julie Snow is a terrific architect. But you might not know it from her website. Say you’d like to see her residential projects. From a series of tiny images darting across the bottom of the screen, you have to pick the ones that look like houses, and click before they disappear—like playing a video game. Simultaneously, the words “transparency enclosure veiling lightness structure detail assembly material surface performance technology transformative connection release”…

On the Road with Alexis McKinney, AIA, LEED AP

by Noelle Heinze July/Aug 2012 Texas Architect Although McKinney can’t reveal many details, she manages to give a compelling tour while graciously deflecting questions that compromise the owner’s request for privacy. It’s a perfect example of her ability to balance competing interests and successfully accomplish the task at hand. A graduate of Texas A&M University and a recently licensed architect, McKinney practices with the award-winning Houston firm Bailey Architects, where she specializes in historic projects. She credits travel (as a young child her parents took her to Taliesin West) and art history for her interest in architecture. “I didn’t think…

The Hodge Orr Residence

by Michael Malone, AIA July/Aug 2012 Texas Architect The Dallas neighborhood of Preston Hollow is home to a number of well-designed and often very significant houses by nationally recognized architects — Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Meier, Steven Holl, and Edward Larrabee Barnes, to name a few. The neighborhood also has a considerable representation of local talent (including Max Levy, Russell Buchanan, Mark Wellen, Svend Fruit, Frank Welch, and Howard Meyer). The larger, rambling lots — often skirted by creeks and sheltered by mature trees — seem appropriate for truly purposeful architectural design, perhaps more so than the sites in more…

2012 AIA Austin Design Awards

Honor The Bike Shed, Minguell-McQuary This Bike Shed addition is phase one of an ongoing residential renovation. The addition has the flexibility to function as a guesthouse, temporary apartment, entertaining area, and future master suite. It also addresses the client’s intense cycling needs, both displaying and storing his custom bike collection. A courtyard-like layout addresses a need for privacy. Ottmers Residence, Vincent Snyder Architects Located on an ancestral family ranch in the Texas Hill Country, and in keeping with ranching tradition, the design originated from the re-use of an existing foundation slab. Overlooking a cattle tank to the south, a reflective metal…

Designed to Connect: LinkedIn for Architects

by Brian H. Griggs, AIA Texas Architects New Media Committee Below are some helpful ideas on how the world of LinkedIn can see more of the world of architecture through you and your LinkedIn profile. 1. Effectively Share Updates – If you or your firm are completing projects that are receiving buzz  (i.e., newspaper articles, Texas Architect articles, etc.), attach links about those articles to your LinkedIn updates, and let people know about those projects. Keep it simple. If you are like me, then most likely no more than 60% of your LinkedIn connections are architectural colleagues – that means…

Texas Courthouses on List of 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

The 2012 sites are: Bridges of Yosemite Valley, California  Ellis Island hospital complex; New York Harbor, New York and New Jersey  Historic U.S. post office buildings  Joe Frazier’s Gym; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Malcolm X — Ella Little-Collins House; Boston, Massachusetts  Princeton Battlefield; Princeton, New Jersey Sweet Auburn Historic District; Atlanta, Georgia  Terminal Island; Port of Los Angeles, California  Texas courthouses; Elkhorn Ranch; Billings County, North Dakota Village of Zoar, Ohio.

A Texas Architect: The life and work of O’Neil Ford

June 15, 2012 Ashley Grant / Senior Staff Writer ntdaily.com Ford, who died in 1982, is behind the distinguished design of the Little Chapel in the Woods at Texas Woman’s University, the gazebo that still stands on UNT campus near the Language building, renovations at the Emily Fowler Public Library and many other buildings in the city. Ford’s Story Born in Pink Hill, Texas, Ford moved to Denton in 1917. His Texas roots heavily influenced his architectural design style, said Peggy Riddle, director of the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum. “Because Texas is known for its heat, most of his structures…

KUT Podcast: The Legacy of John Saunders Chase

Click here to listen to the KUT podcast: The  Legacy of John Saunders Chase. Chase served as CEO of John S. Chase Architect, a firm he founded in 1952 after graduating from UT-Austin as its first African American architecture student. He also was the first African American architect to be licensed in the state of Texas and the first to be admitted to the Texas Society of Architects and the American Institute of Architects Houston chapter. His architectural imprint can be seen globally. He was commissioned to design the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia. Born on January 23rd, 1925 in…

Call for Volunteer Leaders

CALL FOR VOLUNTEER LEADERS – The Texas Society of Architects invites its members to contribute to the profession through volunteer service. The 2012 Nominating Committee is seeking diverse candidates for the open 2013 leadership positions—officers and at-large directors to serve on the Texas Society of Architects Board of Directors. In addition, the committee seeks candidates to serve as members on the 2013 Nominating Committee. The committee will prepare a slate of qualified nominees for election at the October 18 annual business session during the Society's annual convention in Austin. The Society’s Board of Directors has important, collective responsibilities that include…