AIA Selects 2014 COTE Top Ten Projects

The COTE Top Ten Awards program, now in its 18th year, is the profession's best known recognition program for sustainable design excellence. The program celebrates projects that are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology. They make a positive contribution to their communities, improve comfort for building occupants, and reduce environmental impacts through strategies such as reuse of existing structures, connection to transit systems, low-impact and regenerative site development, energy and water conservation, use of sustainable or renewable construction materials, and design that improves indoor air quality. Arizona State University Student Health Services Location Tempe, Ariz. Architects…

Demolition of the American Folk Art Museum

The decision by the Museum of Modern Art to demolish the former home of the American Folk Art Museum, which was designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien and opened to acclaim in 2001, has ignited protest and debate in the architecture community in New York and beyond. The reasons for the controversy are varied and complex: for some, it springs from an attachment to Williams and Tsien’s building; for others, from an antipathy toward the continued growth and corporatization of MoMA; and for still others, from a fear of the homogenization of New York. Some regard it as a…

2014 Architizer A+ Awards: Texas Winners

With over 60 categories and 200 jurors, the second annual Architizer A+ Awards provided an opportunity to showcase global architectural achievements. Among this year’s winners were three of Texas’ own architecture firms: HDR Architects, Danze Blood Architects, and Bercy Chen Studio. Galveston Fire Station #4 – photo by Andrew Pogue HDR Architecture received a 2014 Typology award for its Galveston Fire Station #4. This project was a 2013 TxA Design Award recipient and was featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Texas Architect (TA). T3 Parking Structure, Austin – photo by Whit Preston Danze Blood Architects received a Typlogy Award for its T3 Parking Structure in Austin. This project was also…

From an Architect’s Desk

As National Architecture Week draws to a close, we invite you to contemplate the notion of the "Architect's Desk" with a video compilation of contributions to our recent Instagram hashtag event, #frommydesk, where we asked our followers to show us what it means to be an architect. Clockwise from top left: On the jobsite @givemeabreakbob; Architect Barbie and modular engineer @pandix75; Eating a healthy lunch at his desk @tsquare58; On Fridays, JPH Architecture wears blue @gabylo; Sketching at night @cogitatedesign; Trying out a new desk lamp @bobborson; Watching the death-defying window cleaners at Paul Rudolph Tower in Fort Worth @brandonburnsarch; The incomperable Matt Morris working on a…

Architects Talking to Architects: Nicholas Banks, Assoc. AIA, of Houston

Nicholas Banks, Assoc. AIA, is an architecture intern at PDR in Houston. In addition to architecural design, Nick also focuses on strategic planning, transition management, survey studies, data visualization, and graphics production. He received his Masters of Architecture from Texas Tech University in 2008.  Nicholas Banks, Assoc. AIA – courtesy PDR Where do you find inspiration? I find inspiration within complex problems. I enjoy breaking down the issues, identifying what is wrong, and putting things back together to arrive at a successful solution. It's a great feeling to be able to fix a problem and make something even better. Pen, pencil, or computer? Each has its own…

500 Chicon: 2014 Design Awards Entries Are In!

2014 Design Awards entries flood the 500 Chicon reception desk – photo by Elizabeth Hackler Yesterday at 5:00 p.m, the Texas Society of Architects closed the entry period for our 2014 Design Awards. The TxA Design Awards recognize outstanding architectural and urban design projects by architects practicing in Texas to promote public interest in design excellence. After a day filled with round-the-clock postal deliveries and stop-by visits from some friendly faces, the 2014 Design Award submissions are in and tallied — with a resounding total of more than 200 entries! Thanks to everyone who entered the competition. As these entries…

Methods to TBAE Success: Part I

By Matthew C. Ryan The Texas Board of Architectural Examiners (TBAE) is tasked with a broad mandate to protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare. Almost all architects have their first encounter with the board in its role as a gatekeeper, governing the examination and registration process, and thwarting unlicensed practice. But the TBAE’s other main role is the investigation of alleged professional misconduct — this is the type of scrutiny that no architect wants to face. Whether a case involves claims of dishonesty, negligence, criminal convictions, or otherwise, the careful handling of your projects and clients can help serve as the…