Design Conference Set for Dallas February 22-24

The conference will feature as keynote speakers architects Marion Weiss, FAIA, and Michael Manfredi, FAIA, of Weiss Manfredi Architects in New York. As the program expands in the weeks to come, arrangements are expected to be finalized with another prominent architect and architectural historian who will also be speaking. As at the Midland conference, building tours — including a number of significant private residences — will be part of the activities. Hospitality events will be held in a number of landmark Dallas buildings, and there will be plenty of time for conversation and socializing. Hotel arrangements are being finalized and…

An Interview with Yesenia Blandon, Assoc. AIA

Creating Strong Links for the Hispanic Community An Interview with Yesenia Blandon, Assoc. AIA, by Julian Debo As a Hispanic architecture student, it was an exciting moment when I realized that the Hispanic community is gaining momentum in architecture. This moment came during my junior year, when a newly formed organization, Latinos in Architecture (LiA), donated a dozen boxes filled with architecture magazines and books to my class at Skyline High School. My peers and I were amazed as our fingers leafed through the glossy pages with images of  beautifully designed buildings. LiA’s donation to my school is an example…

Leaving a Trace with an iPad

By Michael Leighton Beaman Architectural Record October 19, 2012 Mobile devices have seen unprecedented growth recently. Apple alone has sold over 84 million iPads in the last two years. It is clear these devices have changed the culture of digital-media consumption, but have they changed the way designers work? The Morpholio Project, a digital-media company started by practitioners and academics in the design professions, enters the currently limited field of design-oriented mobile-device apps with the goal of expanding productivity beyond the studio and desktop computer. In October the Morpholio Project released Morpholio Trace for iPad, a supplement to its core…

Students’ Sustainable Doghouse Designs Win Competition

archone, Newsletter for the Texas A&M College of Architecture October 24, 2012 AIA Brazos sponsored the event to raise public awareness about the benefits of sustainable design and show off local design talent. Proceeds from a silent auction of the doghouses benefited the Brazos Animal Shelter and the AIA Brazos’ Emerging Professionals Committee. Three former students were part of a team from The Arkitex Studio Inc. that crafted the contest’s first place entry; students in a second-year studio led by Brian Gibbs, visiting architecture lecturer, created the second place entry. Contestants were tasked with designing and building a doghouse with…

Team Selected for Linear Park in Downtown Austin

Image courtesy of the Waller Creek Conservancy Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and Thomas Phifer & Partners Architectural Record Oct. 22, 2012 The competition jury’s selection, which was announced on October 18, hinged on the team’s elegant vision for the transformation of the blighted banks of Waller Creek into a chain of large outdoor gathering spaces.The urban park is expected to be the capstone for a massive public works project intended to spur dramatic redevelopment of 15 blocks in the central business district. MVVA and Phifer bested three other teams following public presentations to the five-person jury earlier this month at…

CE Certificates Available Online Mid November

  Please  review your certificate before November 30, and report any errors to membership@texasarchitects.org.  These certificates will be used to update Continuing Education records in the American Institute of Architects database. All information should be transmitted by December 7. Thank you for your attendance, your time, and your patience.

Member News

Newly Licensed Architects Austin Nicholas Wayne Coker; Steven Johnson; David Campbell Lynch; Misty Michelle Mercer; Michael Tait; Gary  Wang Brazos Daniel Joseph Pesek Dallas Ryan William Gathmann; Gregory Todd Magley; Joseph A. Raleigh Sullivan Fort Worth Lauren Veronica Brown; Jessica Susan Pipkin; David Vick Houston Andrew Shannon Albers; Courtney Michelle Brinegar; Michael Ensey; Elizabeth Gaydou; Lillian Hon; Tony Martin Jr.; Fani Qano; Jenny Lynn Sartain; Rhona Mia Vogt; Leming Yang San Antonio José Esteban Balboa; Christopher Graham Beach; Lee Michael Imbimbo; Gretchen Lauren Elizabeth Solidum New Architect Members Austin Cindy L. Black, Rick & Cindy Black Architects; Rebecca Jeanes, Designtrait;…

2012 Texas Architectural Foundation Scholarships

Texas Components Receive Funding from the AIA Scholarship Program The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Component Scholarship Program was started in 2006 to support existing AIA component scholarships in order to reinforce the significance of the AIA in the lives of architects, aspiring students, and their communities, and to stimulate interest in the formation of new scholarship programs. The AIA believes that the investment to support the education of future professionals is a crucial part of its mission. The Texas Architectural Foundation (TAF) an affiliate of the Texas Society of Architects received $1,000 through the 2012 AIA Component Scholarship Program.…

2013 Leadership Nominees

Daniel S. Hart, AIA – Nominating Committee Chair                             2012 President-elect Lawrence (Larry) Speck, FAIA, of Austin shall become the 2013 President. Officers President-elect Val M. Glitsch, FAIA – Val Glitsch Architect (Houston) Secretary Bibiana Dykema – Dykema Architects (Corpus Christi) Vice Presidents Brantley Hightower – Lake | Flato Architects (San Antonio)  Todd Howard – t. howard & associates architects (Dallas) Donna Kacmar, FAIA – University of Houston  (Houston) Michael J. Malone – Michael Malone Architects (Dallas)  At-large Directors AIA Regional Director          James R. Nader, FAIA – Nader Design Group (Fort Worth) Educator Member Director Dr. Jorge Vaneges, Assoc. AIA –…

20 x 20 @ 500 Chicon

  This event is open to the public and capacity is limited, though those with a convention badge will receive priority admission. Enjoy beer, wine, and snacks from an Austin food trailer. Bring your badge, your appetite, and your enthusiasm for all things creative! Doors open at 7:30 PM, and presentations start at 8:30 PM! Presenters Elaine Bradford / Houston Artist Michael Ray Charles / Austin Artist Brantley Hightower, AIA / San Antonio Architect Matthew Johnson / Austin Stone Carver Max Levy, FAIA / Dallas Architect Michael Malone, AIA / Dallas Architect Elizabeth Price, AIA / Brenham Architect Larry Speck, FAIA…