Beyond the Boardroom: Chapter Visits Five and Six

Last Thursday evening, on our sixth chapter visit, TxA President-elect Michael Malone, AIA, and I met with AIA Austin. The meeting was held in a beautiful home designed by James LaRue, AIA, and it was hosted by the homeowners and AIA Austin President Philip Keil, AIA. In each set of chapter visits — this is my fourth time around the state with a president-elect of TxA — certain phrases in the presentation begin to resonate with me. With Michael, it’s his comment that “Life is in session!” He makes the point that we need to be working at our best…

Clients’ Corner: Gilson Riecken on his Alamo Heights Home

Gilson Riecken sits on the front porch of Hacienda Ja Ja, his Lake|Flato-designed home in Alamo Heights. – photo by Frank Ooms​ San Antonio attorney Gilson Riecken is a unique client: He practiced architecture and city planning in Texas for 17 years before becoming an attorney and developing a legal practice focused on design and construction litigation. When Riecken and his partner, Emily Sano, an independent art curator, decided to build a home in Alamo Heights just north of downtown San Antonio, they called Lake|Flato’s Tenna Florian, AIA. Hacienda Ja Ja was completed in May 2010 and is a 2,260-sf three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom…

Architects Talking to Architects: Stephen J. Elwood, AIA

Stephen J. Elwood, AIA, is an associate at Corgan based out of Dallas.  Stephen Elwood, AIA – photo courtesty Stephen Elwood Where did you grow up?  I was born in Northern Ireland, but I moved to Oklahoma when I was seven years old. I was just a child, but I remember it being quite a culture shock. Growing up in Oklahoma was a great experience — looking back now I realize how lucky we were to grow up in this part of the country. My family still lives in Oklahoma, which is nice for keeping in touch. I still have family in Ireland and England and try…

Preservation Texas Announces 2014 Most Endangered Places

Twelve sites made it onto Preservation Texas' 2014 Most Endangered Places in Texas. The list, which was announced on the steps of the State Capitol in Austin on May 20, includes sites of cultural significance ranging from a Civil War ammunition bunker to a mid-century modern fast food stand to a conjunto nightclub. “The 2014 list is a diverse group of sites that reflect the range of preservation issues that historic places throughout the state are confronting,” said Evan Thompson, executive director of Preservation Texas. “The sites are cultural, architectural, and historic icons that are at imminent risk of disappearing from the landscape.…

Architects Talking to Architects: Jim Henry, AIA

Jim Henry, AIA, is the director of design for the South Region for HDR and is based out of the firm's Dallas office. Jim is an award-winning architect whose most notable projects include the Galveston Fire Station #4 and his co-designed Parkland Hospital. Jim has participated in several levels of leadership at AIA Dallas. He is currently in his second term on the board of directors as one of two directors of communication.  Jim Henry, AIA – photo courtesy Jim Henry Where did you grow up?  I was born in Corpus Christi, but moved around several times while I was growing up. My dad was in pharmaceuticals (the legal kind), and…

500 Chicon: Design Awards Jurors in the Office

(L–R) Mark Reddington, FAIA, Andrea P. Leers, FAIA, and Tim Love, AIA, discuss the 2014 Design Awards submissions – photo by Brantley Hightower, AIA The Design Awards jury has begun!  Yesterday, the jurors convened at the Texas Society of Architects office at 500 Chicon to begin the process of selecting the exemplary projects to receive this year’s awards. The 2014 Design Awards jurors include: Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, of Marlon Blackwell Architect in Fayetteville, Ark.; Andrea P. Leers, FAIA, of Leers Weinzapfel Associates of Boston; Tim Love, AIA, of Utile in Boston; and Mark Reddington, FAIA, of LMN Architects in Seattle. Today, the jurors will continue to…

The Life of a Craftsman: Raymond Brochstein, FAIA

When Raymond Brochstein, FAIA, shows the handmade wooden tools that his father used, it is clear that he comes from a line of formidable craftsmen. The tools transcend the simple premise of form and function; they are artifacts that exemplify the highest tradition of making. Brochstein’s long and distinguished career has been shaped by his father, who exposed him to the intricacies of the trade, and by his own continuing commitment to educate others about how to turn design concepts into meticulously refined objects and architectural elements made of wood. Along the way, Brochstein, with his wife, Susan, has been…

TxA 2014 Design Awards Announced

The 2014 Design Awards jurors met in Austin on May 8–9 to review all projects submitted for consideration. Brief descriptions summarizing the jury’s response to selected projects are included below (Special thanks to juror Tim Love, AIA, for coordinating the gathering of this information). The winning projects will be featured in the September/October 2014 issue of Texas Architect; the firms/designers will also be honored during TxA’s 75th Annual Conference and Design Expo in Houston this November. 2014 DESIGN AWARD RECIPIENTS The (Almost) All-American Home (Houston) Lantz Full Circle An intensely personal architectural collage that self-consciously includes both off-the-shelf and highly customized elements. Surprisingly, the sheer density of architectural moves hold together because of…

Architects Talking to Architects: Mackenzie McHale, AIA

Mackenzie McHale, AIA, is vice president at HKS Architects in Fort Worth.  Mackenzie McHale, AIA, with her sons. – photo courtesy Mackenzie McHale Where did you grow up? I was born in the "Grand Canyon State," grew up in the "Sunshine State," and left the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" to finish out my college days here in Texas. I am a melting pot of cultures, landscapes, and people. It has been an exciting journey that led me to my home. Pen, pencil or computer? Pen and computer, never pencil. Charcoal, yes. Pencil, no. I am entirely too opinionated about my pen selections. Call me a pen snob, but I have to…

Preservation Texas Honor Awards

CLARA DRISCOLL AWARD  Cleo Lemonte “Montie” Goodin Claude, Texas Goodin has been instrumental in preserving the Panhandle’s unique and important role in Texas history. As chair of the Armstrong County Museum board, she spearheaded the restoration of the historic Charles Goodnight House, where she grew up. She also served on the historical commission that helped restore the county courthouse. In addition, Goodin developed a video oral history series about Armstrong County, and has led projects to digitize both books about local history and historic area newspapers.  ​ HERITAGE EDUCATION AWARD  2012 Kendall County Sesquicentennial Heritage Passport Tour Kendall County, Texas Kendall…