2012 Convention Updates

Rethinking Historic Buildings through a Green Lens  Speaker: Barbara Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP, Barbara A. Campagna/Architecture + Planning, PLLC October 18, 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. The construction and operation of buildings accounts for almost 50% of the United States greenhouse gas emissions. But reusing and retrofitting our existing buildings can reduce these emissions dramatically. Reusing what we have – buildings, landscapes, communities – is the best way to make the biggest impact in controlling climate change. Historic preservation approaches are just sound, common-sense methods for protecting the resources, culture and heritage of our planet and that is inherently sustainable…

2012 Honor Awards

2012 Honor Awards   Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Honor of Llewellyn W. Pitts FAIA Charles R. Tapley, FAIA Tapley Associates Architects –  Houston Architecture Firm Award Kirksey Architecture – Houston Principals: John Kirksey, FAIA; Wes Good, AIA Award for Young Professional Achievement in Honor of William W. Caudill FAIA Elizabeth M. Price, AIA Upchurch Architects, Brenham       Award for Community Service in Honor of James D. Pfluger FAIA Albert 'Irby' Hightower, FAIA Alamo Architects, San Antonio Award for Outstanding Educational Contributions in Honor of Edward Romieniec FAIA Joseph Mashburn, FAIA University of Houston, George D. Hines College…

Light Craft: Art and Architecture Merge at Rice

Architectural Record, July 23, 2012 by Beth Broome Turrell started his series of Skyspaces—enclosed rooms with an aperture open to the sky—in the 1970s, and to date he has created 73 across the world. In the early days, he would often make his works by cutting through existing buildings, such as his Meeting at New York's MoMA PS1. But, to avoid irritating architects, as he says (and perhaps being irritated by them as well), he graduated to creating autonomous structures: buildings with holes designed in them, and no real function, much like a folly or gazebo.   Dubbed Twilight Epiphany,…

How 99% Invisible is Changing Public Radio

by Tim Maly Wired, July 20, 2012 If you don’t know the show, here are the basics: Episodes run 5-10 minutes, and cover some undersung element of design: from the shape of tugboat hulls to the carefully engineered clicks that keyboard keys make to the work of a blind architect. “I like that it’s an ongoing series of short episodes because there’s no pressure to answer every question or touch on every topic in each installment,” says Mars. Instead, themes and characters re-emerge over the course of the show. If you do know the show, you’ll be delighted to learn…

AIA Dallas Women in Architecture Competition

The categories of work for this competition include: Art, Writing, and Architectural/Design Work (built or un-built). Winning entries and selected works will be published in a catalogue promoting the work of women Architects and Designers in Texas. Registration Cost: $20 Members/&35 Non Members For more information and to register, visit: www.aiadallas.org.

Texas Governor’s Mansion Finally Restored

July 19, 2012 www.thevindicator.com The governor and first lady, along with the Texas Legislature, committed to preserve and restore the historic mansion, which has served as the official residence for governors and their families since 1856. It is the fourth oldest continuously occupied governor’s residence in the country and the oldest governor’s mansion west of the Mississippi River. The restoration by Ford, Powell, and Carson was made possible by a $21.5 million appropriation by the Texas Legislature and a private fundraising effort led by Mrs. Perry, which raised more than $3.5 million from thousands of Texans. The governor and first…

99% Invisible: The Speed of Light for Building Pyramids

Burrows’ research reveals that some of the same practical considerations that structural engineers and architects contend with today, may have driven all the major decisions about the design and construction of the Giza Pyramids. Click here to listen to the podcast.

2012 Texas Student Biennial Exhibition

The Dean's Roundtable Discussion will feature the deans of all eight schools of architecture and will be moderated by Texas Society of Architects President-elect and former University of Texas School of Architecture dean, Larry Speck, FAIA. Each dean will briefly speak about the unique aspects of their program, followed by questions from the moderator and the audience. The Dean's Roundtable Discussion will be followed by AIA Houston and Architecture Center Houston's annual Back to School Bash, a social event for local architecture students. More information is available at www.aiahouston.org.

Rethinking Historic Buildings through a Green Lens

Rethinking Historic Buildings through a Green Lens Speaker: Barbara Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP October 18, 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Campagna's workshop, "Rethinking Historic Buildings through a Green Lens," will demonstrate the difference between the LEED capital improvement rating systems (like LEED New Construction and LEED Core & Shell), LEED Neighborhood Development and LEED EB: Operations & Maintenance by taking participants through case studies of each type of LEED system as it was applied to an actual historic building or site.  Projects discussed will include President Lincoln's Cottage in Washington DC,  the Empire State Building (both LEED certified National Historic…

New Federal Courthouse Hard-Hat Tour

Project Information project:  a new federal courthouse client:  General Services Administration location: Austin, Texas building area: 230,000 square feet construction cost: $96 million Located in downtown Austin, the new courthouse occupies  a full city block directly west of Republic Square Park. The square configuration of the site sponsors a highly compact, cubic building form. The stability of the form exemplifies the strength, coherence, and dignity of the judicial system. Floor plates approach a square configuration. A plinth forms a base holding the sidewalk-edge, providing anti-ram protection and addressing the scale of the park. Level five marks the beginning of a…