Department of State Overseas Buildings Operations Announces Two IDIQ Design Services Solicitations

This is a great opportunity for design firms to work on significant new embassy construction and major renovation/rehabilitation projects. New construction and renovation/rehabilitation work has been separated to better select a short list of firms that excel in each specific area.  Firms that have experience with both new construction and renovations/rehabilitations should pursue both solicitations. Please note that having an existing or previous Department of State contract is not required. Any questions related to the solicitations should be directed to the contracting officer. For more specific information on new construction opportunities click here and to learn about opportunities for rehabilitation…

Design Awards Panel Discussions during October Convention

Schedule: Design Awards Panel 1 10:00 am – 11:30 am, Saturday, October 20, Austin Convention Center, Meeting Room 5, Third Floor Featuring:  McGarrah Jessee Building – 
McKinney York Architects Visual Arts Center
- Lake|Flato Architects Cathedral of Hope Interfaith Peace Chapel
- Philip Johnson + Alan Ritchie Architects and Cunningham Architects Addition to Military Hospital – San Antonio Military Medical – 
RTKL Associates    Design Awards Panel 2 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Saturday, October 20, Austin Convention Center, Meeting Room 5, Third Floor Featuring:  Brown Wood Park Pavilions – 
Oglesby Greene Cotillion Pavilion – 
Mell Lawrence Architects I 35 Makeover Project – 
Cotera+Reed Architects…

Building the Belo Center for New Media in Two Minutes

Click on the rendering above to view a time-lapse video of the Belo Center's construction in under two minutes. The area began as a parking lot, transformed into a patch of dirt, and eventually rose five stories tall into a building. Construction began March 25, 2010, and the time-lapse ends July 25, 2012 (2 years, 4 months). The Belo Center will have a dedication accessible to the public in November 2012. Earl Swisher, AIA, will lead a tour of the Belo Center for New Media during the Texas Society of Architects Annual Convention, October 18-20. Click on any of the thumbnail…

A&M Students to Design, Build Home for Housing Needs Initiative

Image: Falls Creek Ranch subdivision, a rural area about 3 miles from downtown Bryan. Students will design/build a home during the 2012-13 academic year. Photo courtesy of A&M College of Architecture.   “Architecture, construction science, visualization and landscape architecture and urban planning students and faculty will all contribute in a truly interdisciplinary effort,” said Mark Clayton, a professor of architecture who is spearheading the project with other faculty. Students are partnering with the Brazos Valley Affordable Housing Corporation to design and construct a home in the Falls Creek Ranch subdivision, a relatively undeveloped area with a rural flavor approximately three…

Five Projects Selected for Studio Awards

2012 STUDIO AWARDS FED_Scraper, by HKS, Dallas Fire/Beach House, by James Henry, HDR Architecture, Dallas Gdansk Museum of the Second World War, by Vincent Snyder Architects, Austin Itinerant Oil Worker Housing, by Mike McGlone, Alamo Architects, San Antonio VeloCity: Mapping Houston on the Diagonal, by Peter Muessig, Rice University School of Architecture, Houston The three jurors, all from Atlanta, were: Tony Ames, FAIA, of Anthony Ames Architect John R. Stephenson, AIA, of Richard Wittschiebe Hand Christopher Welty, AIA, Southern Polytechnic State University Department of Architecture  

Designed to Connect: Video Conferencing with Skype

by Susan Welker, AIA Texas Architects New Media Committee, Chair Simplistic in its features, video conferencing like Skype, can benefit your firm by allowing people to place both audio and video calls to each other, call ordinary phones, and send SMS messages. A. SIMPLISTIC With most electronic devices already equipped with a camera and microphone, the hardest part of getting started with Skype is the download.  With a three-step process, you can be video chatting in no time.  This link provides a “Skype for Dummies” install instructions. http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-download-and-install-skype.html  .  After you install the software on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or…

Texas Architects Design Expo: October 18 &19, 2012

On Thursday, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., attend the Texas Architects 73rd Convention Welcome Party in the Expo Hall's Town Square. Centrally located in the hall, the Town Square will feature live music, an Austin food trailer with drinks and snacks, virtual bowling and golf, and more. Mix with exhibitors, relax and catch up with friends, make new connections, and enter to win a prize drawing. Make sure to reserve a box lunch (by October 10) for the Lunch with Exhibitors on Friday, Oct. 19, at 11:00 a.m. in the Expo Hall. The hall closes that day at 5:30…

Congress Avenue: A Laboratory of Learning

Tour I: Congress Avenue – A Laboratory of Learning Friday, October 19, 9:45 AM to 11:15 AM CC 37 LUHs 1.25  As a sister program to the CE panel session “So Close Yet So Far Out: Austin’s SoCo District,” this tour will cover 11 blocks north of Lady Bird Lake. Within those 11 blocks, hear about the myriad design goals, market pressures, public policies, and logistics that are currently shaping development and redevelopment along the most famous street in the state. This walking tour does not accommodate all accessibility needs. (Limited to 40; fee includes transportation.)

Texas Architects Convention Offers ARE Study Classes

Friday, October 19 Tips and Tricks for using the NCARB Practice Software 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Austin Convention Center, Meeting Room 7, Third Floor Presented by Pablo Serna, Assoc. AIA, Serna + Design Consultants If you’re an intern or associate looking for ways to prepare for the ARE, come listen to short, informative vignettes presented while utilizing the NCARB practice software and the ARE User’s Forum! Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop and download software in advance. Presented by AIA Austin. Archibowl – Come on Down! 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Austin Convention Center, Meeting Room 7, Third…

Lines of Yellow, Green, Red, and Blue

Craig Reynolds, FAIA 2012 Texas Architects President There were no flashing yellow lights, no audible warnings of impending doom, not a single smushed student at this point of cross circulation; simply two parallel rails laid in the brick pavers entering off a bordering street and exiting between the buildings of the modern urban campus. The steel tracks weave through the mall, past a cascading water feature, landscaped court, expansive steps, and students hustling off to classes. And occasionally, the electric train glides by, taking passengers to, from, and through the university and city destinations. Portland’s mass transit began operating in…