2013 Leadership Elected

2013 Texas Society of Architects President Lawrence W. Speck, FAIA Larry Speck, FAIA, has gained considerable national and international recognition for his work as an architect, an architectural critic, an academic and a teacher. His professional work includes such Texas landmarks as Austin Bergstrom International Airport, Austin Convention Center (both phases), and the architecture for Discovery Green, a twelve-acre park in downtown Houston. Over the last 25 years, his design work has won 33 national design awards, 21 state or regional design awards, and 63 local design awards. Larry has been on the faculty of the University of Texas at…

A Towering Landmark for Formula One Track

11.15. 2012 New York Times Image courtsey of Paul Finkel  by Fred A. Bernstein Fans of Formula One come to see the action on the track, not what’s around the track, said Juan Miró, an architect. But luckily for him, the owners of the Circuit of the Americas, the new Formula One site on the edge of Austin, Tex., wanted to create a memorable setting for events like the 2012 United States Grand Prix (which runs Friday through Sunday). And that meant Mr. Miró and Miguel Rivera, partners in Austin’s Miró Rivera Architects, got to design more than grandstands and ticket…

Update: New Staff

Catherine Gavin, Editor, Texas Architect The Texas Society of Architects has welcomed Catherine Gavin to Austin as editor of its magazine, Texas Architect, effective with the January/February issue. She follows the four-issue
guest editorship of Larry Paul Fuller, which commenced with the departure of previous editor
Stephen Sharpe at the end of February.
 Gavin had been a historic preservation consultant in New York City since 2004. Her projects
included work on the New York Public Library, Carnegie Hall, and the United Nations
Headquarters, as well as the rehabilitation and restoration of numerous residential and
commercial developments in historic districts throughout the city.
 An Austin native,…

Dallas Arts District – Time for a Remix?

Dallas Arts District – Time for a Remix? by Joe Self, AIA   Trendy food trucks have arrived in the heart of the Dallas Arts District at lunchtime to populate an otherwise quiet section of downtown. The trucks with their eager vendors serve as a kind of non-architectural redevelopment force and a reminder of the original vision for the district — a vibrant mix of pedestrian-friendly uses. Why that didn’t happen is rooted in a culture of commercial development not uncommon in 20th Century American cities, and in the dearth of architects active in community and governmental organizations. “The Sasaki…

Convention Sponsor Thank You

Top Sponsor Acme Acme Breakfast   $5000 – $10,000 Total CAD Systems, Inc.  Registration Guide Tommy Cowan Foundation  Town Square; Fellows Luncheon; Gala Table; Tour L; TAC Massage Chair; Prize Drawing Cards D|C|CADD General Session AM SpawGlass General Session PM Blackson Brick  Aisle Signage; Badge Holders American Retention Components, Inc./The Keep Clip™ Online Registration Site   $3,000 – $4,000 AIA Austin Gala Tables HKS, Inc. Networking Break; Gala Dinner ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions  Welcome Party Bar DPR Construction Welcome Party Bar Jockimo, Inc. Welcome Party Bar Submittal Exchange  Welcome Party Bar   $1500 – $2500 Bury+Partners Gala Reception Hanson Brick  Lunch…

Member News

Newly Licensed Architects Austin Jennifer Nicole Walker Dallas Shannon Denise Carpenter; Paul Frederick Friedman; Omar Garcia; Anne Marie Stimmel El Paso Jorge Luis Loya Fort Worth William Jeffrey Westhoff Houston Geoffrey Charles Bay; Gregory Dwayne Benjamin; Joby Michael Copley; David Patrick Dewane; Micah Ryan; Matthew Aaron Gullo; Katherine Ann Hays; Maria de los Angeles Perez Athie  San Antonio Richard Dwayne Deras New Architect Members Brazos Daniel J. Pesek, Brown Reynolds Watford Architects, Inc. Dallas Jeffrey S. Forrest, HDR Architecture Inc.; Omar Garcia, Wilson & Associates; Michael S. Korns, Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Foundation; Jessica M Mabry, HKS, Inc.;…

2012 Convention Recap

2012 Convention Recap Robert Bennett, Convention and Membership Chief With the help of the 2012 Convention Futures Committee and the 2012 Continuing Education Committee, the 73rd Annual Convention and Design Expo featured 50% more tours, 30% more Continuing Education Classes, and an abundance of new programs for Emerging Professionals! Not only did Emerging Professionals get their own track of classes (provided by AIA Austin), but the Convention featured its first Career Fair on Saturday, Oct. 20, as well as a group of Fireside Chats, where Emerging Professionals had an opportunity to speak with established Texas Architects who shared advice, wisdom,…

TAC Update

As of 10/31/12 PLATINUM CENTURY CLUB MEMBERS ($1,000 AND MORE) AUSTIN Tommy Cowan, FAIA; John Nyfeler, FAIA; Larry Speck, FAIA BRAZOS Charlie Burris DALLAS Lyle Burgin; Mattia Flabiano; Todd Howard; David Lind, FAIA; Robert K. Morris, FAIA; Shade O’Quinn; Craig Reynolds, FAIA; Thomas Reisenbichler ; Mark Watford, FAIA  FORT WORTH Bruce Carlson; Randall Gideon, FAIA; Eric Hahnfeld; Chris Huckabee HOUSTON  Lonnie Hoogeboom; Perry Seeberger  LUBBOCK Mike Moss WEST TEXAS Dan Hart GOLD CENTURY CLUB MEMBERS ($500 – $999) ABILENE Rick Weatherl AMARILLO Thomas Lavin; Jim Williams AUSTIN Randy Fromberg; Stuart Sampley; Cyndy Severson; Richard Weiss DALLAS Wayne Barger; John Craig…

Introducing 2013 President Larry Speck, FAIA

Larry Speck, FAIA, has gained considerable national and international recognition for his work as an architect, an architectural critic, an academic and a teacher. His professional work includes such Texas landmarks as Austin Bergstrom International Airport, Austin Convention Center (both phases), and the architecture for Discovery Green, a twelve-acre park in downtown Houston. Over the last 25 years, his design work has won 33 national design awards, 21 state or regional design awards, and 63 local design awards. Larry has been on the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin since 1975.  He has received most of the major…

Debut in Dallas

11.12.2012  http://archpaper.com Image Justin Turveen/Courtesy of Dallas Cultral Affairs by Chris Bentley Last month the City of Dallas opened the City Performance Hall, a “village for the arts” meant to help cap off its growing arts district. Architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill took that title to heart, seeking input from local artists and opting for elegance in the presence of its commanding neighbors, the REX/OMA-designed Wyly Theater and Norman Foster’s Winspear Opera House. Exposed concrete walls add texture to the performance space, as well as a canvas for lighting design by Schuler Shook. A programmable LED wall acts as a…