Architects Talking to Architects: Christopher Ferguson, Assoc. AIA

Christopher Ferguson, Assoc. AIA, is a designer at Clickspring Design, co-founder of DO.GROUP DESIGN, and graduate of The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. He has an 8-year-old Cornish Rex named Little Bit and enjoys telling bad jokes. Christopher Ferguson, Assoc. AIA – photo courtesy Christopher Ferguson If had not studied architecture, what other profession would you have pursued? In first grade, I decided to become a bug doctor, and for a while I was pretty adamant about that career choice. My homeroom teacher urged me to become a veterinarian instead, but I knew that was only because she thought insects were icky.…

Architects Talking to Architects: A.J. Sustaita, AIA

A.J. Sustaita, AIA, is a project architect working in the education architecture department of Corgan in Houston. He is a senior editor and contributing writer for YAF Connection, the official e-magazine for young architects produced by AIA's Young Architects Forum. He is also the 2015 chair of the AIA Houston Intern/Associate Network. A.J. Sustaita, AIA –photo courtesy A.J. Sustaita  Where did you grow up? I grew up in Sugar Land, Texas, which is a neighboring city to Houston. Technically, my family and I moved to Sugar Land when I was in the fifth grade from a small Houston community named Alief. Since…

Project ArchiTX: Sundance Square

Surrounded by a pedestrian-centric, urban landscape and thoughtfully articulated buildings, Sundance Square, by David M. Schwarz Architects, Bennett Benner Partners, and Michael Vergason Landscape Architects, brings community space back to downtown Fort Worth. Fort Worth civic life bustles with the square's multiple programs, including a stage, a jetted fountain area, and shading from invertible umbrellas –photo courtesy Sundance Square Plaza Project Sundance Square, Fort Worth Client Sundance Square Design Architects David M Schwarz Architects​ Architect of Record Bennett Benner Partners Landscape Architects Michael Vergason Landscape Architects Photographer Steve Hall The completion of Sundance Square and two adjoining buildings in November 2013 marked a milestone achievement in…

Advocacy Day 2015: Recap

Every other year, architects from across Texas convene at the State Capitol to advocate for the profession. On February 10, our Third Biannual Advocates for Architecture Day began at the Blanton Museum of Art for training and concluded at the Capitol with architects visiting state House and Senate offices. Over 130 architecture professionals, associates, and students visited legislators at the State Capitol to explain issues important to the profession. Attendees gave legislators materials explaining what architects do and the impact and elements of design beyond the building and its plans. Each office received a limited-edition print of the Capitol Dome…

Architects Talking to Architects: Adam Thomason, AIA

Adam Thomason, AIA, works at Omniplan as a project architect. He graduated from the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University. The majority of Thomason's work has been in commercial retail and multifamily residential projects. Currently, he is working on construction administration of a mall renovation in Littleton, Colorado. His interests include running, hiking, camping, sports, and riding his scooter around town. Adam Thomason, AIA, and his wife, fresh off the Louisiana Half Marathon –photo courtesy Adam Thomason Where did you grow up? That's a tough question for an Army brat. I was born in Iran and eventually ended up in San Antonio. In between…

14 Texas Architects Elevated to Fellowship in 2015

Chuck Armstrong, FAIA AIA Dallas Chuck Armstrong is a national leader in the design of large public projects emphasizing a sense of place and the well being of the user. Such award-winning projects include the headquarters for MCI and Exxon, and the new Parkland Hospital in Dallas, the largest public hospital in the U.S. Armstrong is also recognized for landmark airport terminal designs lauded for their way-finding clarity and use of natural light, which he’s created for some of the country’s largest aviation destinations. For the last 17 years, he has served as design director for Corgan, and his leadership has…