Architects Talking to Architects: James Haliburton, AIA

James Haliburton, AIA, is a partner at SZH Architecture in Bryan and is a lecturer at Texas A&M University. He enjoys writing in the third person, riding motorcycles, playing contact sports, engaging in witty banter, and being a dad. James Haliburton, AIA – courtesy James Haliburton Do you listen to music when designing? What kind? I listen to music constantly. Sometimes the music is coming from speakers, and sometimes it is just in my head. When I’m entrenched in creative activities, I usually waffle between music with a fast beat with lyrics that are full of angst and classical music.…

Facades+ Dallas Conference

Home to Morphosis‘ Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Santiago Calatrava–designed Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, and a starchitecture-studded cultural district, Dallas is increasingly an architectural destination in its own right. This fall, AEC industry professionals have one more reason to visit: the inaugural Facades+ Dallas conference, taking place October 30–31 at CityPlace Events. The Facades+ conference’s Dallas debut is a homecoming of sorts for the native Texans on the planning team, who include AN founder and publisher Diana Darling, AN managing editor Aaron Seward, andMode Lab founding partner Ronnie Parsons. The not-to-be-missed event begins with a symposiumfeaturing the movers and shakers of high-performance envelope design, like keynote presenters Antoine Predock and Marlon Blackwell, plus special appearances by Jeremy Strick,…

Architects Talking to Architects: Sergio Botero, Assoc. AIA

Sergio Botero, Assoc. AIA, works at Gensler in Austin. Currently, he is working on the design and coordination of the new phases of The Domain, a unique mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented project that seeks to celebrate Austin’s culture. Prior to joining Gensler, Botero worked on the design of the award-winning Circuit of the Americas Formula 1 buildings with Miró Rivera Architects. Sergio Botero, Assoc. AIA – courtesy Sergio Botero If you had not studied architecture, what other profession would you have pursued? Becoming an architect has literally been the adventure of a lifetime. Although I dreamt of being an architect as a child, I thought I could escape from…

Attention Students: Free Conference Registration Plus a $50 Visa Card

If you haven’t registered for the Texas Society of Architects 75th Annual Conference and Design Expo, you’re missing out on a fantastic deal. As an architecture student, you are qualified to receive a free registration to the conference, which is happening in Houston at the George R. Brown Conference Center on November 6–8, 2014. Plus, if you sign up to monitor three continuing education (CE) sessions during the conference, you will receive a $50 Visa card. Best of all, you will have the opportunity to hear inspiring presentations by leaders in the field, experience our exciting Design Expo featuring more…

Architects Talking to Architects: Brian Cay, Assoc. AIA

Brain Cay, Assoc. AIA, is the vice chair for the AIA Dallas Architecture Matters committee, works at PBK in Dallas, is on the verge of being professional wasp killer, can bench 400 lbs, and has a look that definitely stands out in a room full of architects.  Brian Cay, Assoc. AIA – courtesy of Brian Cay Where did you grow up? I grew up in Topeka, Kansas, or as my friends and I called it growing up, "Top City." Topeka has a small city feel and was a great place to grow up. I also spent a large amount of time in Lawrence,…

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…