Imagine Houston Video

When do you get to spend three uninterrupted days indulging in your passion and focusing on your career? In our new video, "Imagine Houston," Gensler's James Furr, FAIA, and 2014 TxA President Val Glitsch, FAIA, invite you to do so by joining them for a one-of-a-kind architectural experience at the 75th Annual Convention and Design Expo in Houston! Imagine Houston from Texas Society of Architects on Vimeo. Mark your calendars, book your flights, and pack your bags, because it's time for the 75th Annual Texas Society of Architects Convention and Design Expo in Houston!  Houston's bustling economy has brought about tremendous growth within the…

2014 Studio Awards — Winners Announced

The Texas Society of Architects Studio Awards recognizes innovation and excellence in design. The program emphasizes real or theoretical projects that go beyond the boundaries of architecture by addressing current critical issues. This year's submission offered up stunning design while tackling substantial ecological, social, and cultural challenges. The 2014 Studio Awards jury met on Friday, September 12, at The Diana Center at Barnard College in New York to review this year's award submissions. This year's jurors were Karen Fairbanks, AIA, of Marble Fairbanks; Belmont Freeman, FAIA, of Belmont Freeman Architects; and Suzanne Stephens of Architectural Record.  The 2014 Studio Award winners are: Seaholm Intake Facility, Austin Danze Blood Architects and Mell…

Architects Talking to Architects: Laura Eder, AIA

Laura Eder, AIA is the vice-chair for AIA Dallas COTE and an architect at Good Fulton & Farrell in Dallas. She is very organized, and you’ll find her at her office with a very clean desk. Laura Eder, AIA – courtesy Laura Eder Where did you grow up? I grew up in Ferguson, Missouri. It's a suburb north of St. Louis. It’s a diverse area just outside of the city that has a great downtown with a thriving local farmers' market, live music events in the summertime, and the great community pool, where I was a lifeguard for many years. One of the best things…

Ottmers Residence

The Ottmers residence sits northeast of Fredericksburg in a land- house into eight-ft bays. The conditioned area is pulled back from the landscape of rolling, oak-covered hills. In 2002, Katherine and Jeffrey Ottmers relocated to the area, to land that has been in Jeffrey’s family since the mid-1850s and remains a functioning ranch. The couple quickly self-built a compact house where they lived with their two children. There were always plans for a larger home, and after some initial sketches, they sought the advice of family friend and architect Vincent Snyder, AIA, who later offered to design the house. His…

Hog Pen Creek Residence

The subtitle of the new “Lake|Flato Houses” book is “Embracing the Landscape.” The monograph focuses on how the residential work of Lake|Flato Architects adapts to the site-specific conditions of brushlands, deserts, hillsides, mountains, cities, and water. The San Antonio-based firm displays a profound understanding of landscape. For instance, cities are viewed as a landscape type — not phenomena independent of nature, but rather a synthesis of nature and culture. Lake|Flato does not misuse or abuse the word “landscape.” In fact, the firm does not “do ‘landscaping’” at all — that is, it doesn’t use natural elements to decorate. Instead, Lake|Flato…

Mestizo City

Mestizo, or mestizaje, is an expression used historically to describe a blending of European and Latin or Native American cultures. Today, the term often illustrates a way of life prolific throughout the country and ingrained in places like San Antonio. These modified forms of Latino-Anglo traditions have flourished in well-knit, border-region communities, creating new cultural practices and patterns. Geoffrey S. Edwards, AIA, Chief Creative Officer of Muñoz & Company explains that “impromptu architecture, where people use nontraditional building materials to generate spaces that seem fresh, exciting, and vibrant,” is typical of San Antonio. Ideas of impermanence and color often associated…

Munday Library

The tower of St. Edward’s University’s Old Main Building punctuates the south horizon of Austin’s skyline, a South Congress counterpoint to the Capitol dome on the north end of Congress Avenue. The well- respected private university has been a visible and involved presence in the city since it was chartered in 1885. Old Main and Holy Cross Hall on the hilltop form the historic core of the campus. The palette of buff brick, cream limestone, and red metal roofs encompasses more-recent buildings of less distinctive character. But since 2001, ongoing master planning has been spearheaded by Sasaki Associates, encouraging a…

The Vision of Paolo Soleri

More than 10 years in the making, Lisa Scafuro’s documentary “The Vision of Paolo Soleri: Prophet in the Desert” can be classified as nothing less than a labor of love. And Scafuro, who served as the project’s producer, writer, director, and editor, is at last reaping the benefits of her labor as the film continues to be screened across the country. The story captures the life and work of the late Italian architect Paolo Soleri (1919–2013). Born in Turin, Soleri move to the United States and was an apprentice under Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West. Soleri established himself as…

Do Ho Suh

Beginning on September 20, The Contemporary Austin will feature work by Korean-born sculptor and installation artist Do Ho Suh. His first major solo exhibition in the U.S. in more than a decade will be on display at the Jones Center on Congress Avenue and the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria. “Do Ho Suh has assembled a collection of pieces that seamlessly thread the museum’s two sites together,” said Heather Pesanti, curator at The Contemporary Austin. “The exhibition focuses on a mini-survey of his architecturally inspired works based on domestic spaces and objects.” Do Ho Suh’s meditations on…