Behind the Lens with Richard Payne, FAIA

An icon and indisputably the dean of architectural photographers in Texas, Richard Payne, FAIA, has been a registered architect since 1964 and a full-time architectural photographer for almost 45 years. Payne has been commissioned to photograph work by renowned architects such as Philip Johnson, I. M. Pei, Charles Gwathmey, and Ricardo Bofill and has worked all over the world — Spain, France, Germany, the Middle East, Australia, and across North America. But he has also kept himself deeply rooted in Texas with five beautiful portfolio books to his credit that focus solely on the architecture of his home state. He…

Architects Talking to Architects: Gianna Pigford, AIA, of Dallas

Gianna Pigford, AIA, is an architect at Gensler in Dallas, where she serves as project architect on a variety of hospitality and retail projects, including the renovation of Reunion Tower in Dallas, which is currently in progress. Gianna serves on the national board for the National Organization of Minority Architects and spends time mentoring and advocating for women and youth. Gianna Pigford, AIA – courtesy Gianna Pigford Where did you grow up? I grew up in Petal, Miss., a small, rural community located about 90 miles north of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Small-town Mississippi life can be both stimulating and frustrating at the…

TxA 2013 Studio Awards Announced

The Texas Society of Architects Studio Awards recognize innovation and excellence in design. Real or theoretical projects that go beyond the boundaries of architecture by addressing current critical issues are encouraged.  Our 2013 Studio Awards jury consisted of New York City-based Paul Lewis of LTL Architects, Amale Andraos of WORK Architecture Company, Lyn Rice of Rice+Lipka Architects, and Gordon Kipping of G TECTS. Four designs were selected from among 59 entries. These projects will be featured in the November/December issue of Texas Architect magazine. This year's competition emphasized projects that demonstrate quality design and creative thought. The awards jury met in New York…

2013 TEX-FAB Finalists Announced

The jury for this year's competition consisted of Phil Anzalone of Atelier Achitecture 64, Maria Mingallon of Arup, Gregg Pasquarelli of SHoP, Randy Stratman of ZAHNER, and Skylar Tibbits of SJET. The following four finalists and four honorable mentions were selected out of a total of 68 entries from across the globe representing 14 countries on 5 continents. See proposals for each in the gallery above/resources section below: FINALISTS Robot Assisted Sheet Metal Shaping by Lik Hang Gu, Nathan Shobe, and Qi Su Cellular Complexity by Kais Ai-Rawi, Julia Koerner, and Marie Boltenstern  Project 2XmT by Christopher Romano and Nicholas Bruscia Sense by Isak…

2013 Design Expo Attractions

DESIGN EXPO HOURS Thursday, November 7:  4:00 pm to 7:30 pm Friday, November 8: 11:00 am to 5:30 pm View the list of exhibitors Go to 2013 Annual Convention site ATTRACTIONS   Destination Vacation Giveaways The Texas Society of Architects has collaborated with hotel and resort properties from around the state to procure over 20 Destination Vacation Giveaways to be awarded as door prizes for our Design Expo! In order to be eligible to win any of these prizes, attendees must fill out the Prize Drawing Card which will be provided to all attendees at the Registration Desk upon check-in. The completed card must be dropped off…

Continuing Education at the 2013 Design Expo: Schedule at a Glance

DESIGN EXPO CE SESSIONS SCHEDULE   Thursday, November 7 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Excellence in Single Wythe Masonry BIM and the Small Firm   Friday, November 8 11:15 am – 12:15 pm: HDS Laser Scanning and Bim High Performance EIFS 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Evaluating the Technical and Phenomenological Potential of a Glazed Façade System Lessons Learned from a Political Campaign 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Translucent Daylighting Design Solutions: Building and Energy Code Compliance Designing Using Natural Stone 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Fabric Structures: Efficient and Sustainable Solutions Innovative HVAC

Emerging Professional Opportunities at the 2013 Annual Convention

President Larry Speck, FAIA, invites emerging professionals to take advantage of free registration as well as all the exciting sessions and events available just for you available at the 2013 Annual Convention and Design Expo. Click on the video above to view his message.   OPPORTUNITIES FOR EMERGING PROFESSIONALS   FREE Registration for Students and Recent Graduates! For the first time in our Annual Convention history, architecture students receive free registration. Simply fill out your registration form, select your classes, and you’ll be all set! What’s more, if you attend the convention, you also automatically get free Student membership to the Texas…

Volunteer to Support Students During the 2013 Convention

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES   Mentor a Student If there’s one thing architectural students are hungry for, it’s mentorship — and you can help provide it! By designating yourself as a Convention Mentor, you can be paired up with a student to offer advice, experience, and information about the profession and how to navigate the convention. Students will have the option to sign up for the Mentorship Program on their registration form. The mentors and their assigned students will spend a few hours together on Friday (preferably in the Expo Hall). On Saturday, mentors and students will attend the Awards Luncheon (see note below regarding…

2013 Annual Convention Awards Schedule

AWARDS SCHEDULE   Friday, November 8 9:30 am at the General Session: Award for Outstanding Educational Contributions in Honor of Edward J Romieniec FAIA 25-Year Award 8:00 pm at the Gala Evening: Architecture Firm Award Cornerstone Award Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Honor of Llewellyn W. Pitts FAIA   Saturday, November 9 9:45 am at the General Session: Award for Young Professional Achievement in Honor of William W. Caudill FAIA Award for Community Service in Honor of James D. Pfluger FAIA 11:30 am at the Awards Luncheon: Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Architecture through the Media in Honor…

Seher Shah’s “Constructed Landscapes”

Artist Seher Shah (b. 1975, Pakistan) discusses the intersection of architecture and drawing in her work. With degrees in art and architecture, Shah’s areas of interest include overlapping historical and geographical elements, reconstructing modernist architecture and urban monuments, and examining futurist landscapes. Austin's AMOA-Arthouse (now The Contemporary Austin) presented Shah’s first solo exhibition, “Constructed Landscapes,” earlier this spring. You attended the Rhode Island School of Design for both visual art and architecture. How do your overlapping degrees translate into your work? I am interested in the effects of rendering a space and how various mapping constructions can be represented through architecture,…