The Border

For more than a decade, Sambunaris has spent three to seven months a year traveling the United States with her five-by-seven wooden field camera and sheets of color negative film. Her most recent trek has taken her from Brownsville, Texas, to San Diego, Calif., and back, crossing the border at particular points along the way. Sambunaris’ focus is on the intersection of geology, politics, and culture; she looks intently at the landscape, collecting maps, geology books, and reference material along with mineral specimens, journals, and road logs throughout her journey. The photos capture buildings and landscapes as she finds them. Sambunaris…

LRGV AIA Tour: Small-Town Architecture of Weslaco

Weslaco is a no-longer-quite-so-small town with a population of more than 35,000 people living along the US 83 Expressway, halfway between McAllen and Harlingen. What makes Weslaco worth an architectural tour is that, during the middle decades of the 20th century, it was home to three regionally significant architects — R. Newell Waters (1899–1979), William C. Baxter (1907–1984), and Merle A. Simpson (1919–1993) — who shaped the town’s image with distinctive buildings. Hosted by Weslaco residents Juan Carlos Ortiz, AIA, and his wife Julie, tour participants got to experience how architecture conserves community identity and distinctiveness, the theme of the tour.…

Beyond the Box

For the 83 proud residents of Paisano Green, El Paso’s first net zero, LEED Platinum-certified low-income senior housing community, the 59,787-sf development is home. But to the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP), the city itself, and architecture firm Workshop8, in Boulder, Colo., the project has been a fortunate experiment that has changed laws and lives, providing a shining example of sustainable business practices from an unlikely, dusty border town setting. Stimulus package funds made available to housing authorities across the country in 2009 presented the initial opportunity. Gerald Cichon, HACEP’s CEO, had long hoped to do…

2014 Texas Architects Leadership

NEWLY ELECTED 2014 OFFICERS President Val Glitsch, FAIA Val Glitsch Architect Houston President-Elect Michael J. Malone, AIA Michael Malone Architects Dallas Vice President, Advocacy Paul Bielamowicz, AIA Page Austin Vice President, Member Services Jennifer Workman, AIA Good Fulton & Farrell Vice President, Outreach Robert (Rocky) Lopez, AIA Lopez Salas Architects San Antonio Vice President, Practice Fernando Brave, FAIA Brave/Architecture Houston Secretary Bibiana B. Dykema, AIA Dykema Architects Corpus Christi Treasurer Jim Williams II, AIA Amarillo National Bank Amarillo AIA Regional Director John V. Nyfeler, FAIA John Nyfeler, FAIA Austin AIA Regional Director James R. Nader, FAIA Nader Design Group Fort…