Architect Profile: Derwin Broughton, AIA

Congratulations on the AIA 2013 Young Architects Award. How does it feel to be honored in this way? It is an extreme honor to be selected as a recipient of this award – and I don’t take it lightly.  For a farm boy from small town in South Carolina, it is exciting while also humbling. But with honor and recognition comes great responsibility – responsibility to not settle but to continue to strive for causes larger than me. How do you think architecture can transform a community? I have seen how a successful project can change the mindset of a community, especially in impoverished…

Key Indicators Reflect Growth in Construction Industry

Among several promising statistics for architects, the Comptroller reported that: A total of 6,495 building permits for single-family homes were issued in February 2013. In the 12 months ending in February 2013, a total of 77,590 permits were issued, 20 percent more than in the previous year. There were 4,912 multi-family building permits issued in February 2013. During the 12 months ending in February 2013, a total of 54,897 permits were issued, 54 percent more than in the previous year. In December, the value of contracts for non-residential construction in Texas was up 5.1% over the previous year. New figures are not yet available.  Read the full…

Texas Architects Member News – April 2013

Newly Licensed Architects Austin Bruce L. Green; Shivani  Langer   Dallas Yesenia M Blandon; Brian Daniel Briscoe; Brandon M Hepburn; Janah Terry St. Luce; Hao Xu; Xiao Zhang   Houston Gigi Ann Gorham; Christopher Kyle Leisher; Jennifer Jean Narrod; Jon Christopher Pippert; Rene Vital; Melissa Elaine Voelker   San Antonio Carlos Cruz   West Texas Shane Cullie Danley; Robert Joel Lopez   New Architect Members Austin Ada I. Corral, Linea Architecture   Dallas Alejandro Call, KAI Texas; Jose Luis Santillan, Hensley Lamkin Rachel; Robert K. Wilson, D2 Architecture; Hao Xu, Laguarda Low Architects; Xiao Zhang, Laguarda Low Architects   Houston…

TxA Interactive

Call for Papers TxA Interactive is an initiative to bring experimental research and exploration among academics and practitioners to a broad audience of designers, practicing architects, construction industry executives, building products manufacturers, students, and other researchers. It takes advantage of the collection of over 2000 representatives of these fields at the Texas Society of Architects Convention and Design Expo to create a forum for sharing new ideas being formulated in Schools of Architecture and elsewhere. Selected academics and researchers will have the opportunity to present their papers at three 90-minute sessions at the 2013 Texas Society of Architects Convention and…

Society Unveils New Academic Member Designation

Letter from Texas Architects President Larry Speck, FAIA to the Academic Community Dear Colleagues, As president of the Texas Society of Architects, I wanted to inform you of a new program we've developed, one created specifically to involve the architectural educators of Texas in our ongoing efforts to promote and support Texas architecture. For many years now, the American Institute of Architects has defined anyone possessing a professional degree in architecture that does not also possess an architectural license as an "Associate." Often an "Associate" is assumed to be someone who is on the track of gaining licensure, but has…

Advocacy Update: Eight Weeks To Go!

Advocacy updates are provided by Texas Architects Senior Advocate David Lancaster, Hon. AIA Capitol Complex – courtesy State Preservation Board As usual, activity at the Texas Capitol speeds up greatly in late March and April.  So far, the Society’s focus has been in three general areas: Sunset bills, especially HB 1717 relating to the Board of Architectural Examiners (TBAE), and HB 2107, relating to the Facilities Commission (TFC); Bills aimed at improving the Public Private Partnership (P3) law and ensuring a Master Plan with appropriate design standards for the Capitol Complex, with particular attention on SB 507 A plethora of…