William D. Kendall, FAIA: 1942-2013

William D. Kendall, FAIA, born in Shattuck, Oklahoma on March 17, 1942, died peacefully in Houston on February 25, 2013, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Bill earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1966 and a Bachelor of Architecture degree Cum Laude in 1967 from the University of Houston, where he received the Alpha Rho Chi Medal. He received his Master of Architecture degree in March 1970 from Rice University. After working at several firms during his college years, Bill joined S. I. Morris Associates in Houston in 1968 and became a partner in 1973. In 1978, he…

Beyond the Boardroom: TxA Board Meets in Marfa

The subject of this post belies my column’s name as it is in fact all about the boardroom….The Texas Architects board of directors meets once in each quarter of the year. Our first quarter meeting is always in Austin and the last is always at our Annual Convention and Design Expo. The sites for the second and third quarter meetings are selected by the current Society president, with these parameters: the second meeting should be at a Texas site other than one of the five convention cities, and the third at an out-of-state site of high architectural interest.  This year’s second quarter board meeting took place…

Hotel Settles: A Bell Cow Rings Again

For more than 30 years, Hotel Settles was a Big Spring eyesore. In its abandoned and deteriorating condition, it was also an embarrassing reality check of the city’s decline. Despite several attempts to revive it, the building was headed for demolition. Mercifully — and cognizant of the arduous task at hand — Big Spring-native son and visionary G. Brint Ryan, now of Dallas, purchased the landmark in 2007 and re-opened its doors this February after a $30M six-year historical rehabilitation. The 15-story Classical Revival/Art Deco hotel is now an appealing destination in West Texas that is breathing new life into the surrounding…

LEED Platinum for Bush Presidential Center

Dedicated on April 25, 2013, the George W. Bush Presidential Center is located on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas and home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the George W. Bush Institute. Sustainable features that earned the center its LEED Platinum certification include the following:   Site Development Restored habitat by planting more than 70 percent of site (17.6 acres) Reduce “heat island” effect using materials with Solar Reflective Index of at least 29   Construction and Materials 20 percent recycled materials; majority of construction waste diverted from landfills Low-VOC-emitting products and finishes to…

Architects Talking to Architects: Steven Schloss, AIA

Steven Schloss, AIA, is an architect at The Arkitex Studio, a small, award-winning general practice firm in Bryan. He has worked on a wide range of projects, including homes, churches, schools, offices and labs, and has been involved in everything from master planning to construction administration. Schloss serves on the College Station Design Review Board and as the 2013 chapter president for AIA Brazos. Steven Schloss, AIA – courtsey The Arkitex Studio, Inc. Where did you grow up? I was a hotel brat (like an Army brat, but my dad managed hotels). I was born in Santiago, Chile, and lived in Freeport (Bahamas), Acapulco, Los Angeles, Silverthorne…

Reimagining Seaholm

The former pump building — not to be confused with the iconic Seaholm Power Plant across Cesar Chavez Street — appears to float gracefully over the water on the north bank of Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. After being in operation since the late 50s, the entire complex was decommissioned in 1996, in preparation for adaptive reuse. Almost 20 years later, as the adjacent Seaholm Redevelopment project breaks ground this month, the time has come for this stand-alone structure to find its role today’s Austin. The various organizations sponsoring the competition will host a series of open houses onsite for the public to…

Architects Talking to Architects: Tiffany Robinson Long, AIA

Tiffany Robinson Long, AIA, is an architect at Marmon Mok in San Antonio, where she focuses on healthcare projects, including patient wings, rehabilitation centers and operating rooms.  Tiffany Robinson Long, AIA, and her baby girl. -photo courtesy Tiffany Robinson Long, AIA If you were not an architect, what other profession would you have pursued? I will admit this is something I frequently thought about after graduating from college. I have always been interested in internal medicine and how the body works, and with the education, internship, and exams required for architecture, it doesn't seem like it would have taken much more time to become a doctor. If…

Architects Talking to Architects: Scott Specht, AIA

Scott Specht, AIA, is a partner at Specht Harpman Architects in Austin, TX. His firm also maintains an office in New York City. Specht Harpman's award-winning work includes commercial, institutional, and residential projects, as well as custom furniture. Scott Specht, AIA, and his son – courtesy Scott Specht, AIA   Where did you grow up? I grew up in a completely anonymous suburb of Tampa, Florida in the '70s. It was a kind of aesthetic blank slate, and I was exposed to very few notions about what architecture or design involved. I remember seeing the new exposed-concrete Tampa International Airport terminal when I was…

Sustainable Design: Montrose Market HEB, Houston

Not near the usual high-speed highway or major cross street, the HEB grocery complex that sits on Houston's West Alabama Street had an auspicious if controversial beginning. There was initial criticism of the project stemming from its location on the former site of a beloved but dilapidated apartment complex deep in the city's Montrose neighborhood. The community was also concerned over increased traffic in the area and the possible loss of large trees. So from the beginning, HEB treated the project as an extension of the neighborhood. In an effort to build community engagement, Lake|Flato Architects, HEB’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Design William Triplett, AIA,…

Architect Profile: Jennifer A. Workman, AIA

For eight years Good Fulton & Farrell has given Jennifer every chance to make what she wanted out of her career through exciting projects and, most important, its support of her professional service with the AIA. Jennifer has been a pioneer for the voice of emerging professionals. Her role as 2012 chair of the Young Architects Forum afforded her the opportunity to represent the 23,000 young architects who don’t have a voice but are struggling within an aging society in need of change. She is educating all levels of society that this change can be embraced, and with the help of…