Upcoming 8-Week Blackout for the ARE®

Michael J. Armstrong, CEO of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), announced recently that the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) will be changing content management providers in the summer of 2013. This shift will require an 8-week blackout for both Member Boards and exam candidates starting July 1, 2013. The downtime will affect testing schedules. Please see the following announcement from NCARB. "In order to facilitate the migration of information from Prometric to Alpine, we will need to enact an estimated 8-week blackout for both Member Boards and exam candidates beginning July 1, 2013. This means that candidates will…

“What Does Architecture Do?”

“I’m interested in what architecture is, but I’m way more interested in the power of architecture to do something and make a difference in the world.” With these words, incoming Texas Society of Architects President Larry Speck, FAIA, concluded the Society’s first-ever PechaKucha night. The event, which took place on October 18 as part of our 73rd Annual Convention and Design Expo, featured a series of diverse, energizing PechaKucha presentations by nine Texas design professionals on what inspires them. PechaKucha 20×20 is a trademarked presentation style devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Tokyo’s Klein Dytham architecture. Presenters show…

Coy Talley on the Landscape Architecture of the Perot Museum

Can you talk a little bit about Talley’s collaboration with Morphosis? Talley Associates was one of twelve firms across the country invited to submit their qualifications. After a short list and interview process, we were selected by the design team and museum. In the early months of the project, we travelled to Santa Monica about 10 or 12 times to establish a dialogue with Thom and the rest of the Morphosis team. Initial visits included introductions and general conversations about Texas: its people, climate, and cities, as well as the character of the state and its landscape quality. We would…

Ray Bailey, FAIA (1942-2012)

Bailey started his career in 1967 after receiving his Master of Architecture from MIT. He worked for Caudill Rowlett Scott and was a principal at Omniplan before founding Ray Bailey Architects, Inc., in 1975. His firm, now known as Bailey Architects, received 65 design awards during his tenure for a diverse range of projects, including commercial, residential, educational, and ecclesiastical work. Accolades included Texas Architects’ 2001 Firm of the Year Award and the 2006 Award of Excellence in Historic Architecture from the Texas Historical Commission, in recognition of the company’s long-standing commitment to historic preservation — something Bailey was especially…

TASA/TASB Awards

The 2012 Exhibit of School Architecture sponsored by the Texas Association of School Administration (TASA) and the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Convention awarded the Caudill Award to Lady Bird Johnson Middle School in Irving designed by Corgan Associates. Caudill Award Winner Lady Bird Johnson Middle School Corgan Associates It is the first net zero school in the state and at 152,250-sf, the campus is the largest net zero educational facility in the country. The building serves approximately 900 students and incorporates energy-reducing systems with goals to reduce energy consumption over 50 percent through the use of geothermal HVAC,…

John Staub Awards 2012

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) recognized projects across the state for their achievements and contributions to preserving and advancing the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism, and the allied arts. The 2012 John Staub Awards for Residential Architecture were presented for the following five projects. Rancho Del Cielo Michael G. Imber Architects, San Antonio Rancho del Cielo presents a compelling and elegant vernacular solution inspired by the best West Texas traditions. Constructed upon the site of a 1940s ranching outpost lost to fire in 1995, the project successfully addressed the challenge of designing a residence twice the scale…

AIA San Antonio Design Awards

Jurors for the annual competition were Thomas Hacker, FAIA, of Thomas Hacker Architects in Portland, Oregon; Brian Phillips, AIA, LEED AP, of Interface Studio Architects in Philadelphia; and Jennifer Yoos, AIA, of VJAA in Minneapolis. Honor Awards Cross Timbers Lake|Flato Architects A ranch house and corporate retreat in Lipan, Texas, Cross Timbers is composed of four independent structures that navigate a tree-lined ridge. Each building has a specific function: a primary residence; guest house; game room and pavilion; and a wine cellar and overlook. Breezes are highlighted by the porches, dog-trot decks, and walkways that connect the individual buildings to…

AIA El Paso Design Awards

The following three projects received Honor Awards. El Paso County Family Youth and Services Center Wright & Dalbin Archtiects, Inc. The 21,000-sf building houses county, state, and community-based departments and organizations that assess the psychiatric, medical, general hygiene, and dental needs of underage clients and their families. A central atrium unifies the offices of the various disciplines. Bright colors on the facades and throughout the interior spaces provide a defiant alternative to traditional finishes in community clinics. Albert Bacon Fall Mansion ARTchitecture A meticulous restoration of the two-story Classical Revival mansion in El Paso that was home to Albert Bacon…

Design Conference: Collections

The 2013 Texas Architects Design Conference — "Collections" —  will consider the way architects create buildings as repositories of aspirations, intellectual capital, families, lives, the arts, and dreams.  Beyond man's basic need for a place of refuge and shelter there is the need to create a physical manifestation of who we are as individuals and as a society. Architects are the ghost writers of those dreams and the caretakers of the collections. Please join us for an exceptional weekend and the opportunity to remember why we selected a life creating the built environment. As part of the 2013 Design Conference,…

Turn Up the Volume!

The stage lights were warm and welcoming, not at all the petrifying event conjured in my subconscious. The butterflies and wobbly knees were not present as I ascended the stage steps to address the standing-room only crowd of 1400 colleagues gathered from across the breadth of our state’s boundaries. The audience faces were those of friends, new and old, that had journeyed to Austin for the Texas Society of Architects 73rd Convention — to be educated by those sharing their resourceful knowledge, to tour the vibrant energized city, to reminisce with classmates, and … to be influenced. Yes, the year’s…