Coloring the Gap

At what point did advertising become so relentless? Everywhere you look, there’s a message about how to dress or what to eat and whom to trust — or not. Ads appear on everything from fruit stickers to 20-story canvases on otherwise blank urban walls, on digital screens as small and intimate as watch faces and as large and public as stadium jumbotrons. Setting oneself apart in the advertising world requires discipline, focus, and an obsession with the creative environment. These things just happen to be Stan Richards’s specialty. Richards, founder and head “creative guy” at his namesake advertising agency in Dallas,…

2015 Design Awards — Winners Announced

The 2015 Design Awards jurors met in Austin on May 7–8 to review all the entries. In their final selections, the jurors unanimously felt they had pushed one another to find architectural distinction in an array of project types that no single one of them would have arrived at on their own. Brief descriptions of the jury's response to selected projects are summarized below. The winning projects will be featured in the September/October 2015 issue of Texas Architect; the firms/designers will also be honored during TxA's 76th Annual Convention and Design Expo in Dallas this November.   CCR1 Residence Cedar Creek Reservoir Wernerfield This predominately horizontal structure has an amazing…

Architects Talking to Architects: Jack Murphy, Assoc. AIA

Jack Murphy, Assoc. AIA, is a designer with Baldridge Architects in Austin. Jack Murphy, Assoc. AIA – photo by Jessica Mills Where did you grow up? This is actually a hard question for me. My father is a professor of music, so we moved a number of times as his academic appointments changed. Both sides of my extended family live in Maryland, but I was born in New York City and spent two years on the Upper West Side. My elementary school childhood was in rural western Illinois, but I went to high school in Denton, Texas. Also, I spent two yearlong…