The Monterey

The Monterey A culinary attraction is spurring growth in San Antonio’s Southtown by Catherine Gavin A former gas station turned gastropub, The Monterey is helping to create a culinary outpost in San Antonio’s Southtown district. Designed by Poteet Architects and Wiese Hefty Design Build, the scheme for this highly praised restaurant transformed the dilapidated storefront of a former Sunglo Service Station with a clean mid-century aesthetic, a large inviting patio, and an innovative menu. As originally built, the structure was sited to the rear of the lot and surrounded by ample open space. The architects rehabilitated the existing building and…

Texas Society of Architects 25-Year Award

This award recognizes a building of enduring significance that has withstood the test of time by retaining its central form, character, and overall architectural integrity. The accolade was presented during the Society’s convention in Austin on October 19.  Temple Emanu-El is only the seventh building recognized by the Society since 1997.  Last year, I.M. Pei’s Fountain Place, also in Dallas, was honored. Members of the 25-Year Award jury were Craig Reynolds, FAIA, president of the Society; Tommy Cowan, FAIA, Lifetime Achievement medalist in 2011; President-Elect Lawrence Speck, FAIA; Brian Kuper, chair of the Design Awards Committee; Michael Malone, chair of…

Invest in Yourself and Your Career

Membership in the AIA is a three-tier structure, which provides benefits at all levels. AIA members work together to develop and share resources essential for modern practice. Member dues contribute to advocacy efforts and ensure that the profession has a voice when important decisions are being made that affect architectural practice in Texas and beyond. In addition, as an AIA member you receive reduced convention registration rates at both state and national levels; informative online and print communications such as Texas Architect, CheckSet, advocacy updates; and more. Renew your AIA membership for 2013 .  The renewal period closes March 31. After…

Catherine Gavin Appointed Editor of Texas Architect

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, she graduated from the University of Texas and was an editor at Holt, Rinehart, and Winston for five years prior to pursuing a graduate degree in preservation at Columbia University. Much of her work focuses on the preservation of mid-twentieth century architecture. Her research on the sociopolitical importance…

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.