RDA Receives AIA Collaborative Achievement Award

The Rice Design Alliance (RDA) was organized in 1972 by a small group of academicians, Rice School of Architecture teachers and alumni, and civic-minded design enthusiasts to be a multidisciplinary non-profit that fosters public engagement with architecture. Since its founding nearly 40 years ago, the RDA has grown to 2,000 members, and emerged as a preeminent public forum for critique, educational programming, and discussion of design and the built environment. Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement are given by the American Institute of Architects to recognize and encourage distinguished achievements of allied professionals, clients, organizations, architect teams, knowledge communities, and others…

Evans Honored with AIA Young Architects Award

Jury Comments Jim’s impact nationally and locally on the practice of architecture is inspiring. Inspiring also is the way he challenges his colleagues to think about innovation, practice, and design quality. Jim has led by example. His talent, skill and leadership in the profession have earned him the devotion of clients, contractors, and admirers alike. AIArchitect, Jan. 20, 2012 — In a relatively short time, Jim has joined an elite group of Texas architects who demonstrate nationally recognized design excellence with a fundamental commitment to environmental stewardship. This vanguard is epitomized by Mr. Evans’ outstanding professional achievements with several Houston…

A New Look for Texas Architect

Editor’s Note, Texas Architect, Jan/Feb 2012 No doubt you noticed the makeover of the nameplate on the cover, the most conspicuous of several changes introduced in this edition. The redesigned Texas Architect – its first comprehensive overhaul since 2000 – represents efforts by consultant Dyal and Partners and the magazine’s staff. The objective was to visually align Texas Architect with the recently rebranded Texas Society of Architects and the component’s revamped website. (For more on that new identity campaign, see the news story on p. 9.) The firm’s principal, Herman Dyal, FAIA, also created the new nameplate as a companion…

Masterwork of 1950s Architecture Scheduled for Implosion

Houston Chronicle, Jan. 6, 2011 At 7:52 a.m. Sunday, if all goes as planned, the Prudential Building will go out with a bang. There will be a sound like thunder, and over the course of 14 seconds, the 20-story office building will collapse in on itself, leaving behind only a smoky pile of Texas Medical Center dust. I love a good implosion, and I could list plenty of buildings that would be vastly improved by one. But the Prudential Building isn’t one of them. “A masterwork of 1950s architecture,” Houston Mod’s website calls it. The American Institute of Architects’ Houston…

AIA LRGV 2011 Design Awards

Honor Award Valle Vista Mall Renovations Megamorphosis The renovation of the aging Valle Vista Mall in Harlingen was completed in March 2009 for the Simon Property Group. The project required refreshing the look of its two main entrances, along with other improvements, on a very tight budget. The architects used locally made Mexican brick laid in traditional coursing patterns developed in the region over the past century. Arranged in asymmetrical groupings and sections that evoke an abstract modernism, the design reflects the borderland’s ongoing development of an architectural identity rooted in the long-time co-existence of two cultures. Merit Awards Edinburg…