Life, Fruits, and Veggies on the Street

The farmers market is one of America’s fastest growing expressions of public life. Since 1994, there has been a 448% increase in the number of farmers markets across the country as tracked by the USDA — 168 markets are currently listed in Texas by the organization. The explosion in farmers markets across Texas' cities has gone hand-in-hand with an increasing awareness of the economics of food production, concerns over national health, and a desire to have a direct relationship with the producers of the food one consumes. The typology of the markets is a relatively simple affair. They typically consist…

Saving Texas’ Most Endangered Buildings

Preservation Day is an advocacy effort created and hosted by Preservation Texas to promote the protection and restoration of Texas historic buildings and places. The day included a review of funding for the Texas Historical Commission, advocacy training, a review of the organization's Most Endangered Places List and visits with senators and representatives. Anna Hudson, executive director for Preservation Texas, did a tremendous job in organizing the event, after just a little over one month in her new position. Preservation Texas held a press conference on the south steps of the Capitol, where it highlighted sites from the past 10…

Retail Trends

For years pundits and futurists have predicted that online shopping would be the death of the retail store. Yet year after year, we return to the mall or shopping center. So what keeps us shopping? Why do we continue to search for a parking space, fight the crowds, and stand in line at the checkout counter? The answer can be found in a closer look at some of the trends in today’s retail design. The Greeks and Romans thought shopping was important enough that they included retail in the civic and cultural mix of the agora and the forum. In the…

VIDEO: 20×20 With Brantley Hightower, AIA

"As cool as architecture may be, space flight is in fact much, much cooler."   Still, says Hightower, the process of designing a spacecraft and the process of designing a building are not that different. Watch him discuss the design process — and the inversion of the process — in this inspiring PechaKucha he presented as part of 20X20@500 Chicon. 20×20@500 Chicon was hosted by the Texas Society of Architects last fall as part of our 2012 Convention and Design Expo. The full list of presenters included: Elaine Bradford / Houston Artist Michael Ray Charles / Austin Artist Brantley Hightower,…

Driving Business to Your Firm: Q&A With Jeff Needles, AIA

Jeff Needles, AIA, has been a director of vision building at Sixthriver Architects in Austin since 2005, specializing in master planning, site planning, parking lot planning, architectural design, and how a building integrates into its site.On February 9th, while the Chapter Associate Directors of Texas met for the Emerging Professionals Roundtable, Jeff stopped by to discuss a crucial topic that often isn’t covered in schools of architecture: how to bring work into your firm. We’ve highlighted Jeff’s answers to five of their most important questions. What are the fundamentals to bringing in work? There are lots of ways to start…

Fort Worth Design Awards

Firm Awards Ben Hogan Learning Center for the First Tee of Fort Worth DMS Architects Borrowing its formal expression and transparent center from the honest simplicity of the dogtrot house, the Ben Hogan Learning Center transforms the traditional language by bending around a state-protected tree while extending to connect with an outdoor practice space. The building was designed to serve multiple functions — classroom, community event center, museum — and maximize the limited resources of First Tee, a nonprofit that uses golf to teach life lessons to at-risk youths. i-Prospect Fort Worth Office VLK Architects The new i-Prospect office intertwines…

Everyday Advocate

After finishing architecture school in 1997, I couldn’t help feeling there was a void in our profession. For five years, I had been living, breathing, and talking architecture. But as I graduated from Tulane, I realized that our communities lacked an understanding of the importance of architecture. I decided that getting the rest of the world to realize the importance of architecture would be my charge. I asked myself three questions. Who advocates for my newfound profession? The answer: I do. Where are the supporters? Everywhere. How do I get people to realize the effects of space and place? Help…

VIDEO: Society’s Craig Reynolds Talks Contemporary Dallas Architecture

The interview with Craig Reynolds, FAIA, featured three of the 13 projects selected by the Society as the must-see examples of contemporary Texas architecture. To see all the buildings selected, view the gallery above, or visit the Architizer website. 

Emerging Professionals Roundtable

by Adam Reed, Assoc. AIA Associate Member Director Every year, Associate leaders from across the state gather in Austin in February for Texas Architects Intern and Associates Grassroots. This year we wanted to expand the scope of our conversation – to move beyond identifying the issues that Associates face with professional development to focusing on how Associate Directors can address them in their chapters, as well as to consider the challenges Associates will face later in their careers. With this in mind, the name of the event has been changed to the Emerging Professionals Roundtable. Many Associates face the same…

Emerging Professionals Roundtable

This past weekend, I had the distinct pleasure of attending the Emerging Professionals Roundtable, held at the Texas Society of Architects office in Austin. The meeting was the annual sharing/brainstorming session for Associate AIA Directors from AIA chapters across Texas. The Lower Rio Grande Valley AIA (LRGVAIA) Associate Director, Erick Diaz, had given me the heads up on this event a couple of weeks prior so I was able to get myself a seat at the table. I went up to Austin wearing two hats: one as the Texas Young Architect Regional Director — and also as a pinch hitter…