Project ArchiTX: Canopy Restaurant

Dillion Kyle Architecture presents an homage to the trees and landscape of Texas. The architect employed walnut wooden features and a foliage supergraphic to create the narrative of Canopy in Houston.​ Project Canopy, Houston  Architect Dillon Kyle Architecture Photographer Casey Dunn  Canopy is a neighborhood restaurant located in a Houston’s vibrant Montrose district. The restaurant design is an allegory of trees and landscape in general, and the city's famous live oaks in particular. The blue sky of the walls, earth tone of the floor, and walnut wood and green fixtures lend to the connections to meadows and forests. A blown-up photograph of a live oak was affixed to sliding panels that…

Waterways

Kathleen English, AIA, talks about bioswales the way others might talk about a nice deck or flagstone patio. For her, it is the must-have landscape feature. Long interested in sustainable design, English in recent years turned her professional focus toward the often-complex hydrology and water issues surrounding buildings. As a longtime Houstonian, she saw how the lack of water as well as its periodic overabundance affected the city and development in it. She wondered how design could accommodate rapid rainfalls and the city’s notorious flash flooding in a more effective way, while maybe hanging on to more of the precious…

Rand Elliott’s Word Paintings

For Rand Elliott, FAIA, the creative process transcends conventional divisions between artistic disciplines. For Elliott, language and architecture — the output of his professional practice — are intimately connected.  Marfa Contemporary Gallery by Elliott + Associates Architects – photo by Scott McDonald, Hedrich Blessing "The words arrive before the architecture," writes Rand Elliott, FAIA, in his 2014 book, "Word Paintings." "Words, sentence fragments, dissimilar pairings of adjectives, and the imagining of a place yet to be created… The words liquefy and reform as an architectural spirit in time." Elliott’s process for transforming a 1940s-era Gulf service station into the Marfa Contemporary…

TASA/TASB Exhibit of School Architecture — Call for Entries

The Texas Association of School Administrators and Texas Association of School Boards are seeking submissions for the 2015 TASA/TASB Exhibit of School Architecture. This program highlights new and renovated Texas schools and celebrates excellence in planning and design of the learning environment. The winning projects will be on display at this year's TASA/TASB Convention, taking place in Austin on October 2–4. The competition's highest award, known as "The Caudill," is named after Texas architect William Wayne Caudill (1914–1983), whose progressive concepts about school design are still influencing the field today. Projects can be awarded "Stars of Distinction" as recognition in one or more areas of distinction.…

Architects Talking to Architects: Danny Rigg, AIA

Danny Rigg, AIA, is an architect at Stern and Bucek Architects in Houston. He is chair of TxA's Career Building Committee and past chair of AIA Houston's Intern/Associate Network. You’ll currently find him working on a variety of projects around Houston while gearing up for the 2015 Texas Architects Mentorship Program. Danny Rigg, AIA – photo courtesy Danny Rigg​ Where did you grow up? I was born in Houston, but I grew up in Tampa, Florida. The beaches were beautiful, but the alligators in the lake behind our house were terrifying. My kindergarten field trip included traveling to the moon in a…

Update on the Dallas Trinity Toll Road Controversy

By: Bob Meckfessel, FAIA In 1998, Dallas voters approved a $246 million bond program to revitalize the Trinity River Corridor, a 20-mile swath of neglected floodway cutting through the city. The successful referendum promised many enhancements to the floodway in five key areas: recreation, flood protection, environment, economic development, and transportation. This last aspect — transportation — consisting mostly of the “Trinity Parkway,” was pitched to voters with renderings of a context-sensitive road happily coexisting with lakes, trails, promenades, and signature bridges. The bond program was endorsed by AIA Dallas. However, in 1999, as designs began to be made public, AIA Dallas…

Architects Talking to Architects: Zach Farrell, Assoc. AIA

Zach Farrell, Assoc. AIA, works on corporate office and retail project for 5G Studio Collaborative in Dallas. He regularly participates in AIA events, including Architecture on Tap and Success Teams. When Zach is not working, you'll find him running, biking, or creating something at his home in East Dallas. Zach Farrell, Assoc. AIA – courtesy Zach Farrell If you had not studied architecture, what other profession would you have pursued? Physics, astronomy, medicine, or the fine arts — especially sculpture. A broad spectrum, I know. Most people have favorite tabs on their internet browsers that consist of ESPN Sports Center, NBC…