TxA Board Job Responsibilities

The Texas Society of Architects Board of Directors includes officers, AIA directors, and Society directors. Learn about the responsibilities of the various positions on the board. Read more →

Wind, Rain, Sky

A soft breeze is all it takes for the wind vane cross to gently turn to find its origin. Cycles of water manifest in the rain that finds its way to a basin where visitors fill a bud vase to place next to a grave-marker. The sky, in its endless variations of color, is composed in small, square pictures that constantly morph and change. Designed by Max Levy, FAIA, for an episcopal church in Dallas, the Saint Michael and All Angels Columbarium offers a meaningful experience and a connection to nature that goes beyond the building’s timeless form and function. …

Pollen at Peace

St. Edward’s University in Austin — known previously for its green lawns, historic trees, and red roofs — has shed its image as a sleepy hilltop campus with a focused portfolio of buildings by notable architects from around the world. In the past 15 years, an ambitious campus master plan — developed by Sasaki Associates under the direction of President George E. Martin — has resulted in more than one million square feet of construction and renovation. While many of the new buildings have expressed this disruption directly, a recent renovation and expansion of the campus’ long-standing chapel by Pollen…

Casa Xixim

Even the iguanas like to linger at Casa Xixim. The four-bedroom, 4,800-sf vacation villa takes calm and restful to a level that only a turquoise blue beachfront can. Located on Soliman Bay, a small inlet on Mexico’s Mayan Riviera just north of Tulum, the house maximizes views of its impressive landscape while shying away from its densely packed and very close neighbors. The slender lot, which spans from a mangrove marsh through a palm grove to the white sand beach, offered both opportunities and challenges for the architects as they worked to create a self-sufficient building, fit for the modern-day…

San Antonio River Barge Design Competition

San Antonio River – photo courtesy AIA San Antonio In celebration of San Antonio’s upcoming 300th anniversary in 2018, the City of San Antonio and AIA San Antonio have launched the River Barge Design Competition. The competition challenges designers to "reimagine the ‘river barge’ experience as a quality transportation option with a newly designed, more sustainable and modular fleet using innovative technology to meet the needs of both tourists and residents." Local, national, and international teams are invited to submit their innovative designs.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three finalist teams: $20,000 for first place; $10,000 for second place; and $5,000 for…

A Gateway and a Hill

Houston’s 445-acre Hermann Park, inaugurated in 1914 — tied together with Rice University and the Museum of Fine Arts by a majestic live oak-studded section of Main Street — forms the nucleus of the city’s most impressively planned sequence of public spaces. After a period of shocking neglect by the city during the postwar years, in the early 1990s Hermann Park Conservancy was formed by a group of concerned citizens. Shortly thereafter, they commissioned an imaginative master plan by the Philadelphia landscape architect Laurie Olin that they have been methodically implementing since it was officially approved by the city council…

Follow the Light

On the subterranean beer garden’s creek-side deck, a picnic table is packed with a young professional bunch in rapt conversation, men with their backs to the water oblivious to the glowing presence creeping up the wall behind them. From Waller Creek below, looking up at them and the rest of the Austin skyline, the beast is visible in full: a ghostly creature emerging from the murky depths, its long legs, made of flexible LED Neon lights, frozen in mid-leap, looking as desperate as any other Austin-dweller for a good seat at a bar patio downtown. This is “Waller Phantasm,” University of Texas…

2016 Conference – Save the Date!

Our 77th Annual Conference and Design Expo, themed “Conference,” will take place on November 3-5, 2016. More than 3,000 people will convene at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, the heart of Texas history, for this event. Sessions and tours will explore how different cultures, geographical features, and design ideas have come together to influence the development and ongoing transformation of San Antonio, as well as other cities across the state, and how various disciplines and approaches are being combined to produce meaningful impact on the built environment. Our Call for Presentations for this conference will open in January. We will be searching for the most…

UTSOA Studio to Bring the WATNEY to SXSW

The WATNEY will be installed at Republic Square Park in Austin during SXSW Eco – rendering courtesy Kory Bieg The Bieg Design V studio at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture is currently designing an ambitious installation project called WATNEY to be on display at SXSW Eco this March. The installation will be designed and built by a group of 13 students, led by Assistant Professor Kory Bieg. The design explores how digital software and fabrication techniques can be applied to art and architecture and offers a new way of using waffle, or structural rib-systems, for the construction of complex forms.…

Products: Curtain Wall Systems

By Rita Catinella Orrell These curtain wall and glazing solutions help architects keep building views at a premium without sacrificing thermal efficiency, structural integrity, and sun control. CRL-US Aluminum Unit-Glazed Systems crlaurence.com CRL-U.S. Aluminum’s new Unit-Glazed Systems for installing commercial storefronts and window walls allow glaziers to fabricate in their own shop environments, reducing field labor by as much as 50 percent while accelerating the installation process. The manufacturer’s Unit Split mullions and Gravity Loaded sill flashing enable installers to easily snap each Unit-Glazed section together in the field. All Unit-Glazed Systems have been fully tested and approved for structural…