Architects Talking to Architects: Bob Bullis, AIA

Bob Bullis, AIA, is client relations director for Rogers-O’Brien Construction in Dallas. He also represents the interests of local architects as a member of the AIA Dallas Board of Directors. Bullis received his Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), where he also served as an adjunct professor teaching design and watercolor studio. He advocates for sustainable design, virtual design and construction, and champions collaboration between design and construction professionals. He is an architect’s architect and values the role architects play in the construction process as visionaries, problem-solvers, and the caretakers of the health, safety and welfare of the…

Rehabilitation in Downtown Houston

There is a growing trend in Houston to repurpose existing buildings rather than bringing on the wrecking ball. Developers are stitching noteworthy buildings back into the fabric of the city, and many once-derelict structures are coming back to life downtown. Contributing to this trend of renovation and preservation is not only the greater public interest in such projects, but also increased availability of funds for historic renovations, facade grant opportunities, and tax incentives made possible by groups such as the Downtown District Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) and other local and state organizations. One example of a recent successful renovation in…

Conference Focuses on Sustainable Building Strategies

The newly renovated 1926 Julia Ideson Library served as the setting for the 2013 Gulf Coast Green Symposium and Expo, which was themed “Create[d] History: Learning from the Past to Guide the Future." The library, designed by Cram & Ferguson and restored by Gensler, was an appropriate and inspiring location —the project is pursuing LEED Silver, or possibly Gold, certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.  The conference program included keynote presentations at the beginning and end of the day, with educational sessions in between. The sessions, which took place in memorable spaces such as the Reading and Meldrum Rooms, were divided into four tracks (residential, site/urban planning, materials and systems, and…

THC Courthouse Preservation Program Threatened

On May 15, Preservation Texas issued the following advocacy alert:   THC’S HISTORIC COURTHOUSE PRESERVATION PROGRAM This nationally recognized program has saved and restored more than 60 iconic courthouses across the Lone Star State with funding from the Texas legislature. Now, the House of Representatives and Senate Appropriations Conference Committees cannot agree to fund the requested $20 million. With 75 courthouses, many in small towns and rural areas, still awaiting their turn to shine again, we cannot afford to lose momentum by reducing the funding and limiting the number of projects that will be funded for the next two years with…

Architects Talking to Architects: Murray Legge, FAIA

Murray Legge, FAIA, is a principal at Murray Legge Architecture in Austin and a founding member of the interdisciplinary group Legge Lewis Legge. His work ranges from architecture and landscape design to public art, and he has been the recipient of many local and national awards, including the prestigious Lyceum Fellowship. (L-R) Eva Legge, Lucy Lewis, and Murray Legge in Oliphant, Ontario. – Photo by Deborah Eve Lewis (mother of Eva, co-master of Lucy, and wife of Murray) Where did you grow up? I grew up in the small farming hamlet of Whitevale, outside of Toronto, Ontario. It was a tight community of about 100…

Thomas McKittrick, FAIA: 1934–2013

In deed and in practice, I knew Tom McKittrick, a good man, a good architect, and a good teacher. When we lost Tom McKittrick, we lost some of the best of ourselves. His teaching career began after he developed a very successful architectural practice, which was headquartered in Houston. Tom made significant contributions in education and teaching. His initial BArch education was at Rice, and major contributions in practice were initiated in Houston. After a very successful career in architectural practice, Tom took his advanced degree from Texas A&M University and on completion, chose to teach Architecture at Texas A&M until his retirement. He…

Architects Talking to Architects: Jesse Hager, AIA

Jesse Hager, AIA, is a partner at CONTENT in Houston. With more than 13 years of experience in the fields of architecture and construction, he has been involved in the design of a wide range of projects, including affordable housing, hospitals, luxury residences, office buildings, and even a LEED Platinum-certified university campus in Saudi Arabia. Jesse Hager, AIA, with wife, Heather, picnicking in Versailles – photo by Daniel Mills Where did you grow up? In the woods of Washington state, in a small town called Bellingham, which is about halfway between Seattle and Vancouver. My parents have some acreage on which my mother runs…

Texas Society of Architects Mentorship Program

2015 PROGRAM INFORMATION The Texas Architects Mentorship Program is intended for emerging professionals (EPs) to gain valuable knowledge and insight into their architectural careers from fellow professionals and their mentor. EPs should expect to contribute to the discussions, share experiences, and even share new methods or techniques their mentor may not have knowledge of. The purpose of the family is to collaborate, share, and learn from one another. EPs are also encouraged to conduct meetings or take on leadership roles in organizing activities for their family.   Families are encouraged to connect on a monthly basis. While face-to-face interactions are…

Architects Talking to Architects: Christopher L. Sanders, AIA

Christopher L. Sanders, AIA is founder and principal of Sanders Architecture in Austin and has worked on projects ranging from single-family homes and boutique retail to million-sf commercial, entertainment, and hospitality properties. He earned his Master of Architecture degree from Texas A&M University. Hiking with my son – photo by Chris Sanders Where did you grow up? Lufkin, Texas, in the heart of the Piney Woods. Most of my weekends were spent in the forests of the Neches River bottom, or if it was summer, at my family's lake house on Lake Striker. Time spent outdoors with my family — camping, canoeing, hunting and fishing — is…

TxA 2013 Design Awards Announced

This year's competition emphasized projects that demonstrate the impact of architecture and the transformative powers of quality design. The awards jury met in Austin on May 2-3 to review all projects submitted for consideration. The following entries were honored with Design Awards for 2013. Congratulations to all the recipients, and thanks to all who entered. 1221 Broadway (San Antonio) Lake|Flato Architects (Design Architects) and OCO Architects (Architect of Record) Design Shop (Dallas) Shipley Architects Fire | Beach House (Galveston) HDR Architecture, Inc. Health Services Building, Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ) Lake|Flato Architects (Design Architect) and Orcutt|Winslow (Architect of Record)  Hillside Residence (Austin)…