Architects Talking to Architects: Matthew Faulkner, AIA

Matthew Faulkner, AIA, recieved his Masters of Architecture from Texas A&M University. He continues to work in Bryan, where he has founded PACT Design Studio.  Matthew Faulkner, AIA – photo courtesy Ari Jones Photography Investigating a shop wood study – photo courtesy PACT Design Studio If you were not an architect, what other profession would you have pursued? If I were not an architect, I would be designing and building furniture full-time. I’ve been woodworking since I was a kid. My grandfather was a cabinet maker, and my dad was a carpenter — I was born into this kind of thing.  We started PACT Design…

Architects Talking to Architects: Davey McEathron, AIA

Davey McEathron, AIA, is an architect at Carter Design Associates and co-founder of ¡el grupo! After touring with an array of indie rock bands through his 20s unencumbered by real responsibilities, McEathron recieved his Bachelors of Science in Architecure from Portland State University. Texas Architects caught up with McEathron post-final-ARE to learn about his journey to become an architect. Davey McEathron, AIA, and his wife Rebecca out canoeing – courtesty Davey McEathron Where did you grow up? I grew up in Alief, Texas. It’s a suburb of Houston. We moved every year when I was a kid, but we always lived in Alief. I went to six different elementary…

Architects Talking to Architects: Johanna Reed, Assoc. AIA

Johanna Reed, Assoc. AIA, works as a designer for the Austin-based firm Dick Clark + Associates. Before studying architecture, Reed studied literature, science, and art history at Hamilton College in Upstate New York. She recieved her Masters in Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin in 2012.  Johanna Reed, Assoc. AIA – courtesy Johanna Reed Where did you grow up? I grew up in Massachusetts and went to college in rural Upstate New York. For a while, I thought I would become an architect and move to southern Maine. That was before I met Austin. While the geo-socio-political climate of New England was critical to my formation…

Architects Talking to Architects: Julien Meyrat, AIA

Julien Meyrat, AIA, received his Masters of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin. Julien currently works as an associate at RTKL Associates, where he specializes in the planning, designing, and documentation of commercial projects. Additionally, Julien serves as a board member for the City of Rockwall Architecture Review Board, a position he has held since January 2010. Julien Meyrat, AIA visiting the Eiffel Tower with his 8-year-old son, Emile – photo courtesy Julien Meyrat Where did you grow up? All over the world. I was born in 12th arrondissement of Paris. My French father worked for a large bank that sent…

Bringing It Home: AIA Brazos Presents TxA Citation to Bryan City Council

By Eva Read-Warden, AIA (Left to right) Eva Read-Warden, AIA, Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski, 2014 AIA Brazos President Andrew Hawkins, AIA, and members of the Bryan City Council – photo courtesy City of Bryan During the 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo in Fort Worth this past November, the Texas Society of Architects presented a Citation of Honor to the 1999 – 2010 City Council of Bryan for its members' cohesive vision resulting in a rebirth of historic Downtown Bryan. Although the award was accepted in Fort Worth by former city council member Ben Hardeman, on January 14, AIA Brazos chapter members had…

Texas Architects Speakers Bureau

Request a Speaker The list below shows examples of some of the topics a Texas Architects speaker can present. Topics are flexible and can be adjusted to meet the needs of your group or organization.  Sustainable Design Principles  Choosing an Architect  Working with an Architect — The Architectural Design Process  Architectural Design Standards  Design for Learning  Historic Preservation Principles and Case Studies  Recycling Buildings for Adaptive Reuse  Design for Community  New Concepts in Residential Design  Urban Design Principles and Case Studies  Architecture as a Career  If you are interested in scheduling a member of our Speakers Bureau to speak at your event, please contact: …

Architects Talking to Architects: Kirby Zengler, AIA

I was born in 1977 to a couple, with an older brother and sister waiting for me. I’ve been vying for attention ever since.  My father is an engineer and has been for quite some time; it keeps him out of the house. My mother was more on the “artsy side” (read: less drab) and spent a great deal of energy introducing the fine arts and its creative process to us kids.  Ever since then I have enjoyed painting and drawing but only at a leisurely pace. I suppose that is what eventually lead me to architecture; that and a damaging experience in my human figure…

AIA Dallas 2013 Design Awards

AIA Dallas' Built Awards were announced in October and were selected by jurors Dan Rockhill of the University of Kansas and Studio 804; John Ronan, AIA, of John Ronan Architects; and Jennifer Yoos, FAIA, of VJAA. Unbuilt Awards were announced in September and were chosen by jurors Chandler Ahrens of Open Source Architecture (O-S-A); Michael Folonis, FAIA, of Michael Folonis Architects; and Jim Richard, AIA, of Richard+Bauer. BUILT DESIGN AWARDS: HONOR The Kiask Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts  Gensler  Galveston Fire and Rescue #4 HDR Architecture Mockingbird Residence Buchanan Architecture  NEHO (Nueva Expansión Hospital Observatorio)  HKS South Intermediate…

Snøhetta’s College Park Pavilion

The College Park Pavilion by Snøhetta is the most recent addition to the Park Pavilions of Dallas program. The initiative brings design talent into outlying or underprivileged areas to construct or renovate park shelters. The program is managed by the Director of Parks and Recreation Willis Winters, FAIA. (See his profile in the January/February 2014 issue of Texas Architect). Prior pavilions have been featured in this magazine, and most were designed by Texas architects with some notable out-of-state participation. To date, Snøhetta is the only international office involved. The park structure was initially the firm's second American commission after the National…

Oklahoma’s 21st Century Park: Myriad Botanical Gardens

The impressive overhaul of Oklahoma City’s Myriad Botanical Gardens represents the latest effort by today’s landscape architects to conceptualize urban parks, not as pastoral retreats, but as highly programmed spaces that attract the greatest number of visitors. First, however, some backstory. In the United States, the era of modern park-building began with Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux’s winning “Greensward” scheme for New York’s Central Park design competition in 1857. The concept behind the picturesque landscaping they proposed was that it serve as a foil to the dense blocks of buildings surrounding it. Activities were permitted, based on their visual…