2015 Design Conference: Recap

Despite snow and freezing rain, the Texas Society of Architects’ 2015 Design Conference: CRAFT took place in Denton this past weekend. The weather conditions required some rearranging of event activities, but all in all, the Design Conference was a wonderfully intimate and stimulating event.

Upon arrival on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 27, the more than 60 conference attendees settled in at the Courtyard by Marriott to enjoy a presentation about the legacy of O’Neil Ford in Texas. The talk was delivered by architectural historian Dr. Kathryn O’Rourke 
of Trinity University in San Antonio.

The Little Chapel in the Woods by O'Neil Ford – watercolor by Bryce Weigand

On Saturday morning, Denton City Council Member Dalton Gregory provided an overview of his city and its architectural richness. Afterward, Tom Kundig, FAIA, of
 Olson Kundig Architects in Seattle showcased his architectural process, addressing everything from building with nature to detailing with product longevity in mind.

After lunch, David Salmela, FAIA, of Salmela Architect in Duluth, Minnesota, rounded out the afternoon. In his talk, he posited that architecture, in and of itself, is not craft; rather, it is the combination of individual, thoughtfully designed elements that make for a well-crafted space.

First Christian Church by O'Neil Ford – watercolor by Bryce Weigand

In lieu of the afternoon’s originally scheduled tour, Tenna Florian, AIA, of Lake|Flato Architects in San Antonio discussed the design process for Denton's Josey Pavilion, and its aspiration to become the first Living Building in Texas. Saturday’s events concluded with a hearty meal catered by Guiseppe’s Italian Restaurant.

After a bit of thawing, conference attendees were able to tour Ford’s First Christian Church on Sunday. A panel discussion at the Little Chapel in the Woods featuring O’Rouke, Kundig, and Salmela brought the conference to a close.

Group photo at the Little Chapel in the Woods. – photo by Alan Roberts

Thank you to all the attendees, presenters, and volunteers for making the conference such a success!

Brough to you by:

Title Sponsor
Acme Brick

Education Sponsor
Ford, Powell, & Carson

Tour Sponsor
Lake|Flato Architects