Art in the Park

Hermann Park is a 445-acre ecological and cultural gem in the center of Houston. The Hermann Park Conservancy is key to the park’s success as a public space and has commissioned an accomplished body of artists to display work that speaks to the mission and history of the park. “Art in the Park” will celebrate the centennial anniversary of the park throughout 2014. The program will be made up of nine installations of loans and site-specific commissions by big names in the contemporary art scene, including artists Trenton Doyle Hancock, Ugo Rondinone, Louise Bourgeois, and Orly Genger. Patrick Dougherty’s “Boogie…

Media and Technology in Architecture: The Morpholio Project App

Morpholio is part of a project geared towards architects and academics that provides digital tools for contemporary design practice and education. The Morpholio team has managed to round up some rather impressive sponsors, including Dyson, Herman Miller, and 3Form. The project's success can be seen with it massive list of collaborators from private practice and academia. Unlike many other similar services, Morpholio is free — although not without its limits. In order to review this app, I set up my own portfolio. Since my practice deals with accessibility, and I don’t have any spiffy photos of parking spaces, I opted to show my personal paintings and…

2014 Keynote Speaker: Neri Oxman, MIT Media Lab

In the work of Neri Oxman, the disciplines of art, science, architecture, and ecology fuse to form a new kind of eco-activism — one based on the lessons of biomimicry. With breathtaking examples from her work — a chair that moves with your body weight, energy efficient buildings that can grow and change — Oxman provides a glimpse into the future of performance-driven design and how it's literally reshaping our physical world. We must look past the surface of an object, Oxman says, and think instead about "how it behaves." Avant garde yet wholly accessible, Oxman makes a powerful and…

SNEAK PEEK at Texas Architect’s New Feature –– “Products”

In its March/April 2014 issue, Texas Architect will unveil a new addition to its table of contents ­­–– “Products.” This new recurring section of the magazine allows the TA team to share with its readers the latest in architectural products and technological innovations. Catherine Gavin, editor of Texas Architect, says that the inclusion of cutting-edge products will add a bit of diversity to the magazine by allowing it to cover a wider breadth of topics. It will also give the Society a chance to get to know more regional manufacturers and increase its pool of potential advertisers.  Rita Catinella Orrell – photo…

Well Crafted Objects: UH Students Take On Product Design

As Cord Bowen sees it, architects are charged with designing everything from “salt shakers to cities.” As an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Houston’s Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, Bowen embraces the “grey boundary” between the conventional notions of what architects do and their evolving role in the design world. Over the last eight years, he has challenged students to adopt the multidisciplinary nature of architecture by indulging in his product design course, Architecture and the Object. His goal is to expand students’ knowledge of the manufacturing and production processes that go into making a "shelf-ready" product. Many…

Reflections | Design Conference 2014

“You can read about this in journals, but you don’t get all the nuances, the humor, and the poignant aspects of the projects unless you are face to face.” – Bibiana Bright Dykema, AIA 2014 Design Conference participants warmly welcomed a diverse group of speakers, including Rand Elliott, FAIA, of Oklahoma City, Victor Legorreta of Mexico City, Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, of Fayetteville, Ark., and Victor Trahan, FAIA, of New Orleans. Kicking off the event on Friday afternoon, Rand Elliot, FAIA urged attendees to fear not our “ugly drawings,” but instead find the beauty and appreciate the intricacies within our imperfect…

AIA Announces 2014 Fellows — 21 Texas Architects Named

Congratulations to the following Texas Architects elevated to Fellowship in 2014: Russell N. Buchanan, FAIA AIA Dallas Principal at Buchanan Architecture in Dallas, Buchanan's projects are widely recognized for their sculptural composition, geometric rigor, attention to detail and integrity of craft. He is an adjunct professor of architecture at The University of Texas at Arlington and co-founded the Dallas Architecture Forum. Outside of his architectural practice, Buchanan has designed a large collection of furniture pieces; one is on permanent display of the Dallas Museum of Art. Richard H. Bundy, FAIA AIA Wichita Falls Bundy is principal and president at the Wichita Falls-based firm Bundy,…

DesCon 2014 Held in Austin This Past Weekend

The Texas Society of Architects hosted our Third Annual Design Conference: Borderlands in Austin this past weekend, Jan. 31–Feb. 2. Over 50 people were in attendance for the three-day event, which was filled with presentations, tours, and stimulating discussions. A gallery of Instagram images (#DesCon2014) shared throughout the weekend by attendees at our 2014 Design Conference: Borderlands. Our presenters included a notable line-up of architects hailing from the lands bordering our state. Rand Elliott, FAIA, of Oklahoma City, Victor Legorreta of Mexico City, Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, of Fayetteville, Ark., and Victor Trahan, FAIA, of New Orleans, all spoke to the audience…

Lorena Toffer, AIA, of Dallas Receives 2014 AIA Young Architects Award

Congratulations are in order for Texas Architect Lorena Toffer, AIA. Toffer, a member of AIA Dallas and an associate at Corgan, has been honored with a 2014 AIA Young Architects Award. This award is presented to professionals who have been licensed 10 years or fewer and have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers.  Lorena Toffer, AIA – courtesy Corgan Associates Toffer is one of the 18 architects from across the country to receive AIA's Young Architects Award this year. A design leader, advocate for diversity and inclusion, and community activist who received her own chapter's Young Architect of the Year Award…