Preservation Texas’ Annual Honor Awards: Call for Nominations

Since its founding in 1985, Preservation Texas has been the leading advocate for the preservation of Texas historic resources. The organization's annual Honor Awards program recognizes outstanding and inspiring accomplishments in historic preservation across the state. Preservation Texas invites nominations for exemplary projects, programs, and achievements by individuals or organizations. The awards and the annual event allow the organization to share the preservation efforts of proud Texans across the state. Nomination packets can be downloaded from the Preservation Texas website, and nominations will be accepted through September 13. The 2013 Annual Honor Awards ceremony will be held at Mission San Jose…

Daylighting Design Process: Two Cases

Increasing complexity and demands for high performance within architecture have compelled new ways of confronting traditional design processes. Two recent projects — the design for the upcoming Austin Central Library by the joint venture of Lake|Flato Architects and Shepley Bulfinch, and the McGarrah Jessee office renovation by McKinney York Architects — illustrate how daylighting can act as the primary driver in defining and deploying a strategy for design. While each architect utilized a different approach, both cases highlight smart and meaningful methods for creating compelling daylit spaces. Lake|Flato-Shepley Bulfinch initiated both learned-instinct and empirically derived design to engage a natural lighting strategy for the Austin Central Library, which broke…

Architects Interviewing Architects: Matt Fajkus, AIA, of Austin

Matt Fajkus, AIA, is the principal architect at Matt Fajkus Architecture in Austin, Texas. The award-winning firm, informally known as MF Architecture, focuses on sustainable residential design and small-scale installation. Matt is also an assistant professor at The University of Texas at Austin.  Matt Fajkus, AIA – courtesy Matt Fajkus Where did you grow up? I spent most of my childhood in the Austin area, and I went to high school in Elgin, Texas, where I was the fifth generation to live in a house on Main Street. I fell asleep to the sound of train whistles in the night, and did…

Texas Architect Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, to Lead AIA in 2015

Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, of AIA Corpus Christi, was elected 2014 AIA First Vice President/2015 President at the AIA Convention in Denver. As Vice President and eventually President of the AIA, Richter will lead implementation and execution of the Repositioning the AIA effort. As the repositioning initiative progresses, her leadership will help bring the AIA into a more member-focused future, enlisting greater support and understanding from the general public, while also refining the Institute’s leadership structure, institutional framework, and operation focus. This repositioned AIA will be a visionary member organization providing advocacy, leadership, and resources for architects to design a…

Member News — June 2013

New Architects Austin Dana Wallace Stiernberg Dallas Nicholas Wade Simmerman Fort Worth Wayne Scott Fay Derek Everett Jamison Christopher Michael Surles Houston Louise Baird Craig Anthony Garcia Eva Maria Gomez Thomas Ashley Jackson Robert Clay Kohutek Katie Champeau Kvamme Alroy J. Maier Daniel Patrick Rigg Lower Rio Grande Valley Roan Gabriel Gomez San Antonio Aaron James Clark New Architect Members Amarillo Melissa Walker, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini Austin Dean J. Almy, III, The University of Texas at Austin Charles Di Piazza, Di Piazza Cobb Architecture Jeffrey Krolicki, Dick Clark Architecture Erin M. Nies, Rhode Partners Architects Thomas D. Pope, Hollon+Cannon Group Caroline Porter,…

Restoring San Antonio’s Spanish Missions

On Sunday mornings in San Antonio, parishioners file into Spanish colonial missions, just as they have for the past three centuries. Integral in the founding and development of San Antonio as we know it today, Mission Concepción, Mission San José, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada were constructed by Spanish missionaries in the 18th century. Today, the Archdiocese of San Antonio operates the four active parishes in conjunction with the National Park Service, which manages the sites. A fifth mission, familiar to many as The Alamo, is run by the State of Texas and is the only one of the colonial missions that does not operate as a church. In 2010, Old Spanish Missions…

Advocacy Update: Texas 83rd Legislative Session Wrap-up

Texas Architects Senior Advocate David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, recaps the Society's advocacy work during the 83rd Regular Legislative Session, which concluded on May 27.  Inside the Texas State Capitol dome. -photo by Elizabeth Hackler After the tremendous success the Society achieved during the 2011 legislative session, its Government Affairs Steering Committee approved a lower-key approach for the 83rd Regular Session of the Texas Legislature, one focused on ‘Sunset and Sustainability.’ Texas Architects saw their Practice Act successfully extended for another 12 years with the passage of HB 1717 (Rep. “Four” Price / Sen. Robert Nichols), the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners (TBAE) sunset…

Texas Trailbreak Reception

This month at the 2013 AIA National Convention in Denver, the Texas Society of Architects will host our annual Texas Trailbreak Reception to honor the 13 new Texan members of the AIA College of Fellows. The Texas Trailbreak Reception will take place on Friday, June 21, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., in Crestone Ballroom B at the Embassy Suites Denver – Downtown/Convention Center. There were 122 architects elevated to the College of Fellows this year, which means Texas possesses over a full tenth of all new Fellows. This is a record number for us and definitely something to celebrate! All the new Fellows will be in attendance,…

Architects Talking to Architects: Darren Heine, AIA, of Brenham

Darren Heine, AIA, has lived in Brenham, Texas and practiced at BBA Architects for the past 26 years. He is a former president of the AIA Brazos chapter and currently serves as its Texas Society of Architects Director. Darren Heine, AIA, with his wife, Dayna -courtesy Darren Heine Where did you grow up?  I grew up on a farm/ranch in San Gabriel, Texas. When answering that question in public, I usually follow up the questioner's blank stare with my dry humor, explaining that San Gabriel is a suburb of Thorndale (population 1,031), which is where I went to high school.…