Architects Talking to Architects: Alexer Taganas, Assoc. AIA

Alexer Taganas, Assoc. AIA, is a designer in Austin. He works with Webber + Studio Architects and is a founding partner of the design collaboration Cumulous. Taganas worked previously with Sauerbruch Hutton and received a Master of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin in 2011. Where did you grow up? My family immigrated from the Philippines when I was young, and we first settled in San Francisco then Sacramento. I moved to New York City to start my independent life and have done stints in London, Berlin, and now Austin. If you had not studied architecture, what other profession…

CE Session Sponsorship Opportunities

The Texas Society of Architects 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo is less than two months away, and registrations are coming in at a record pace! We’re expecting a big crowd in Fort Worth in November, and we’ve got an unprecedented 135 continuing education (CE) sessions to keep Texas architects educated, informed, and inspired. This year, the Society is offering members the opportunity to sponsor a CE session of your choice for a donation of $400. This means you can get you or your firm’s name on the session signage and on our Convention website (which is receiving over 140,000 pageviews a week), and you’ll also be…

Beyond the Boardroom: Past Presidents Convene in Santa Fe

Every three years, the past presidents of the Texas Society of Architects come together in Santa Fe, N.M., for a meeting hosted by the current president-elect. This being one of those years, Val Glitsch, FAIA, hosted the event this past weekend at the St. Francis Hotel. The point of the meeting is to provide an update about the Society, review actions of the last three years, and learn first-hand about upcoming goals.Twenty-six past presidents attended (see list at the end of this post) — about 10 more than were present at the last meeting in 2010.  On Friday evening, the group…

Latitudes: Architecture in the Americas

In 2009, the “Latitudes: Architecture in the Americas” symposia were organized for the first time by The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and the Center for American Architecture and Design, initiated by architects and UT Austin faculty Kevin Alter, Assoc. AIA; Michael Benedikt; Barbara Hoidn; and Wilfried Wang. Soon after, the symposia were supported by and organized in cooperation with the Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at UT Austin, represented by Fernando Lara, chair of the Brazil Center.  The annual two-day event brings together a diverse group of innovative architects to explore the…

AIA Houston Design Awards

A panel of three internationally recognized architects met at Architecture Center Houston and selected 16 projects in six categories among the 122 entries. The jurors were Kevin Kudo-King, AIA, principal at Olson Kundig Architects, Seattle; Elaine Molinar, AIA, director of practice at Snøhetta, New York; and Gullivar Shepard, AIA, principal at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, New York. The awards were presented at a reception at the Houston Ballet Center for Dance.  RENOVATION/RESTORATION  Galveston Residence  kinneymorrow architecture  The Hive Lakeside Retreat  Lantz Full Circle | Enter Architecture  500 Fannin Zeigler Cooper Architects  Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston  WORK Architecture Company …

AIA Houston Design Awards

Serving as this year’s jurors were: Craig Scott, IwamotoScott, San Francisco; Susan S. Szenasy, Editor in Chief, Metropolis magazine, New York; and Jon Pickard, Pickard Chilton, New Haven, Connecticut. Architecture over 50,000 sf Houston Ballet Center for Dance Gensler Showcasing classes and rehearsals through large windows into double-height studios, the center serves as a living billboard for dance. Brockman Hall for Physics, Rice University KieranTimberlake with Jackson & Ryan Architects To fit the site, the building was split into two parallel bars connected by glass-enclosed bridges, with outdoor gathering spaces below. Roy Kelly Multimodal Terminal and Parking Garage Powers Brown…