Architects Talking to Architects: Michael Friebele, Assoc. AIA

Michael Friebele, Assoc. AIA, is an associate and project designer with Callison in Dallas. He also serves as the chair for AIA Dallas' Architecture Matters, a committee focused on strengthening the community of architects through innovative and engaging events. "It is all about making the AIA fun again," says Friebele, "and who wouldn't like that?" Michael Friebele, Assoc. AIA – photo courtesy Michael Friebele Where did you grow up? I grew up in St. Peters, Missouri, about 20 minutes west of Downtown Saint Louis…. There was nothing too memorable about the suburb. However, the times I visited St. Louis proper were a major influence on why I became an…

‘Soft Walls’

While textiles and fiber materials are at the heart of Akiko Kotani's practice, inspiration for her latest installation first arose from noticing interlaced steel walls. These walls pushed the artist to think about the juxtaposition of the fluid appearance of the steel with the inherent strength of the material. This idea exerts a major influence on "Soft Walls," a large-scale installation consisting of two walls draped with over 150 sf of crocheted plastic bags. The artwork is on view at the Women & Their Work Art Gallery in Central Austin until August 29.  Working with a minimalist palette — an approach used consistently throughout her long career — Kotani…

500 Chicon: PubCom on Sketching

Publications Committee members illustrated their sketching skills during their visit to the TxA offices. – photo by Elizabeth Hackler Last week, TxA's Publications Committee met at 500 Chicon to discuss the ins and outs of Texas Architect. Between reviewing our July/August Art & Architect issue and brainstorming potential projects to highlight in the 2015 editorial season, the committee took some time to reflect on the upcoming theme of the November/December issue: Sketching.   Committee members were given the duration of the meeting to show off their sketching skills within the bounds a 5” x 5” square.   Check out what our…

Architects Talking to Architects: Jacquelyn Block, AIA

Jacquelyn Block, AIA, is a project leader at Good, Fulton & Farrell and has a passion for working on educational and liturgical projects. Jacquelyn Block, AIA – courtesy Jacquelyn Block Where did you grow up? I grew up in Lufkin, Texas — a small town in the Piney Woods region. It’s a beautiful part of Texas with tall pine trees, hills, lakes, and rivers. Most of my visits home include a trip to the lake, canoeing down the Neches River, or hiking (yes, there is hiking in Texas). My favorite trail is the Sawmill Hiking Trail that connects the Aldridge Sawmill site to Boykin Springs. On a late…

2014 Conference: Volunteer to Help Students

< Back to Annual Convention Home Page   Mentor a Student If there’s one thing architectural students are hungry for, it’s mentorship — and you can help provide it! By designating yourself as a Conference Mentor, you can be paired up with a student to offer advice, experience, and information about the profession — and help navigating the conference. Students will have the option to sign up for the Mentorship Program on their registration form. The mentors and their assigned students will spend a few hours together on Friday (preferably in the Expo Hall). On Saturday, mentors and students will attend the Awards Luncheon; Mentorship Program participants will…