An Interview with Brooke Hodge, Guest Curator at the Nasher

On September 13, the Nasher Sculpture Center opens its third exhibition dedicated to architecture. “Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio” details the iterative process of the wildly creative London-based firm of Thomas Heatherwick. Texas Architect Editor Catherine Gavin interviewed guest curator Brooke Hodge about the exhibition. How did you choose the exhibition materials? Because Heatherwick Studio is not as well known in the U.S. as they are in the U.K., I wanted to show visitors the full range of the practice, from small objects to very large buildings and developments. Each project is represented by materials that architects and…

Architects Talking to Architects: Chris Sano, AIA

Chris Sano, AIA, is a senior associate at BRW Architects in Dallas and has two young boys with big imaginations to keep him on his toes.  Chris Sano, AIA – photo courtesy Chris Sano Where did you grow up? I was born and raised in San Antonio. I lived there until I went to collge at Texas A&M. After seven years in College Station, I was ready for something different and dismissed moving back to San Antonio. It wasn’t until I left the college environment that I realized how strong San Antonio’s cultural identity really is. It's embedded in daily life there…

2014 Texas Architects Honor Awards

Please join the Society and our Honor Awards Committee in congratulating our 2014 Honor Award recipients. The honorees will be recognized at our 75th Annual Convention and Design Expo, which will take place on November 6–8, 2014, in Houston. They will also be featured in the November/December 2014 issue of Texas Architect magazine. The jurors' comments on the reasons for selection are included for each recipient. 2014 HONOR AWARDS Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Honor of Llewellyn W. Pitts, FAIA John V. Nyfeler, FAIA, Austin John Nyfeler is recognized as a volunteer who plants seeds and patiently nourishes them. In over 40 years of practice, he has…

PDR to Host Pecha Kucha-Style Event at TxA Conference

“Archi-Chat” will take place on Thursday, November 6, at 8:00 p.m. during the Texas Society of Architects 75th Annual Conference and Design Expo in Houston. The Pecha Kucha-style event will be presented by PDR and hosted by Edel Howlin, producer of Houston Matters Producer/Newshour Reporter. Visit our event page for tickets and location. Confirmed Speakers Patrick Bresnan & Ivete Lucas Patrick Bresnan (a.k.a. OTIS IKE) is a photographer, installation artist, sustainable builder, and filmmaker. From 2003 to 2007, he worked as a project manager for notable Mission School artists Clare Rojas and Barry McGee (a.k.a. Twist) in the creation of new work for exhibitions…

Opportunity Knocks: Derwin Broughton, AIA

Growing up on a small farm in South Carolina was one thing that led Derwin Broughton, AIA, to get involved and give back to the community. “I had limited exposure to things, so giving back is part of who I am,” he said. Broughton has served on numerous boards and committees that assist children, cities, and minorities, as well as young architects within the AIA — efforts that resulted in his receiving a 2013 AIA Young Architects Award. Soon after he graduated from Clemson University in 2000, Broughton moved his family to Little Elm, a small suburb north of Dallas.…

Architects Talking to Architects: Ellen Mitchell Kozack, AIA

​Ellen Mitchell Kozack, AIA, works as a sustainable design manager at HKS in Dallas. Ellen Mitchell Kozack, AIA – photo courtesy of HKS If you were not an architect, what other profession would you have pursued?  I love to cook (and drink), so I would have to say chef. Where did you grow up?  I am orginally from Corsicana, Texas. Google it, and you will see that our claim to fame Collins Street Bakery — it sets us up nicely for the sequel to Bernie. Collin Street Bakery Sign in Corsicana, Texas -photo by Billy_Hathorn, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons What type of advice would you offer to…

Fireside Chats: Meet the Speakers

< Annual Convention Home Page On Friday, November 7, from 1:00–2:00 p.m., TxA will host our annual Fireside Chats. A convention tradition, Fireside Chats provide small, intimate settings (no more than 25 people each) to promote conversations between emerging professionals and established architects This year's Fireside Chats feature the following eight prominent Texas Architects: Bob Borson, AIA  Dallas architect Bob Borson, AIA, is widely recognized as the blogger behind "Life of an Architect" — one of the world’s most popular architectural blogs. As an emerging voice within the architectural community, he has bridged the gap and engaged multiple generations of architects and architectural enthusiasts by sharing his…

Making Learning Fun

If you want to tour the Thinkery in one trip, you might need to sneak over to Austin’s new 36,340-sf, LEED Silver-certified children’s museum without a child. After three trips with a couple of 6-year-old boys, this reporter has yet to get to every corner of the facility, which is located in Austin’s developing Mueller district. Designed by Koning Eizenberg Architecture, with STG Design serving as architect of record and exhibits designed by Gyroscope, the iconic red building holds such a plethora of fun and fascinating interactive exhibits that several hours can easily be spent in any one of the…

A Tin Gallery

The Houston architectural scene has long been something of an anomaly, compared with the rest of the state. Unlike such well-known “Texas” architects as O’Neil Ford, FAIA; Frank Welch, FAIA; Ted Flato, FAIA; and David Lake, FAIA, Houston’s modern architects have not been preoccupied with creating a regional building culture. In fact, during a symposium at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture in 1981, Howard Barnstone, FAIA, Houston’s best-known modern architect, casually compared regionalism to candy, or dope: “It gives you a big lift, then lets you down.” (TA Nov./Dec., 1981) Fellow panel members Ford, Welch, and…

Working Artifacts

The origins of the Pearl Brewery date back to 1881 with the founding of the J.B. Behloradsky Brewery — Lone Star Brewing Company’s then-singular rival. After multiple changes in ownership and management, the start and end of Prohibition, and decades of beer production, the Pearl Brewery closed its doors in 2001, leaving a sprawling 22-acre campus vacant on the northern edge of downtown San Antonio. Shortly thereafter, Silver Ventures purchased the property and in 2002 began working to transform the area into the dynamic, mixed-use facility it is today, commissioning Lake|Flato Architects to create the master redevelopment plan for the…