Architects Talking to Architects: Bayardo Selva, AIA

Bayardo Selva, AIA, is an architect at cre8 Architects in Houston.  Bayardo Selva, AIA – photo courtesy Bayardo Selva If you were not an architect, what other profession would you have pursued? It is difficult for me not to think of myself as an architect. This has been the only profession I ever thought of pursuing since I was a kid. Putting things together has always been my thing, and if I had to choose another occupation, I would still have chosen a career that allowed me to do that. When I attended college at the University of Louisiana’s School of…

FCDC + East Austin Studio Tour

Field Constructs Design Competition (FCDC) has announced that their 2015 installations will be the first special event of the East Austin Studio Tour (EAST) to occur south of the Colorado River.  The FCDC winners will be on display at the Circle Acres Nature Preserve in Austin’s Montopolis neighborhood on November 14–22. Phase One of the international design competition wrapped up earlier this summer with 18 projects honored as 2015 Jury Selection Finalists.  EAST is a free, self-guided tour that invites the public to discover a breadth of local and regional artistic talent on view in working studios, galleries, and public spaces. The 2015 event will occur…

2015 Honor Awards

Please join us in congratulating our 2015 Honor Award recipients. Honorees will be recognized at our 76th Annual Convention and Design Expo, which will take place on November 5–7, 2015, in Dallas. They will also be featured in the November/December 2015 issue of Texas Architect.  2015 HONOR AWARDS Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Honor of Llewellyn W. Pitts FAIA Bryce A. Weigand, FAIA, Dallas An award-winning institutional designer, an exemplary leader at all levels of the AIA, and a tireless leader in the community, Weigand has devoted his life to producing worthy buildings and strengthening the profession. His career, propelled by the belief that architecture…

Woods High School

"Making use of his own will in his contact with his environment, he (the child) develops his various facilities and thus becomes in a sense his own creator. We should regard this secret effort of the child as something sacred." —Maria Montessori In education reform circles, excitement about new approaches to learning that go beyond the standard lecture-and-learn model is peaking. Even the U.S. Department of Education, never the first to board any sort of cutting-edge train, touts a quasi-revolutionary vision of student-led learning: “Transitioning away from seat time, in favor of a structure that creates flexibility, allows students to…

Architects Talking to Architects: Michael Kaiser, Assoc. AIA

Michael Kaiser, Assoc. AIA, is a principal and director of design at The Beck Group in Dallas. Michael Kaiser, Assoc. AIA – photo courtesy Emillia Garcia If you had not studied architecture, what other profession would you have pursued? I would have probably been some kind of designer — industrial or graphic. When I was a kid, I always drew and designed things — cars, airplanes, Star Wars fighters (I was really good at drawing explosions in space). When I was a teenager and wanted to be Eddie Van Halen, I spent more time drawing guitars and concert stages for my fictitious band than I…

White on White

In the fall of 2011, nine years after returning to Austin from New York and five years after establishing his namesake firm, Burton Baldridge, AIA, was ready for a change. His workspace, divided by a set of stairs into two cramped levels, had become problematic. The architect was unnerved by the split nature of his growing firm. “Everybody was down on the bottom, and I was up at the top, and I hated it,” he says. “I hated yelling downstairs; I hated running downstairs and up; and there was no place to have meetings.” Having completed the design-build of his family…

Lessons by the Sea

On calm days, winds on the Texas coast ruffle the drifts of palmetto, muhly, and smooth-skinned cord grasses that lace the dunes and marshes bordering the Gulf. But each summer, hurricane season poses a distinct risk. Galveston, site of the deadliest natural disaster ever to hit the U.S. — the 1900 Galveston Hurricane — has borne the brunt of such storms again and again. The most recent was 2008’s Hurricane Ike, which caused more than $50 billion worth of damage to the town and other nearby communities. Sea Scout Base Galveston, a nonprofit marine and maritime educational center completed in…

A Kind of Resurrection

When San Antonio architect Brian Korte, AIA, looks at a piece of wood, he feels exhilarated. “I’d bottle that scent if I could,” he says, describing the experience of cutting into a slab of mesquite or cherry. Perhaps Korte’s passion is persuasive; he has cultivated the kinds of client relationships that thrive on collaboration and engagement, bringing to life thoroughly modern projects infused with a palpable richness. Ten years into his career, a client asked Korte to design the “coolest office in Denver” for Armstrong Oil and Gas. The project was the reinvention of an industrial building that had also…

Lost + Found

An outsider’s view of Dallas is of a bustling metropolis, ripe with new development and bright lights. Long-term residents see something else: a landscape rich and layered with checkered stories and memories of years gone by. This nuanced perspective — equal parts memory and observation — is captured vividly in the work of Dallas native Kim Cadmus Owens. Owens’ “Lost + Found” series reflects the artist’s interest in the digital realm as a means of representation and recollection. It also speaks to the importance she places on witnessing moments that we often, and quickly, pass by.  “As I revisit sites…

House on a Hill

Planted among the live oak trees atop the crest of a hill in West Austin, the Lake View Residence affords a sweeping view of the Bright Leaf Preserve to the west, while, to the east, enduring tree canopies shield the 5,900-sf home from the road. The immediate perception of seclusion from the surrounding neighborhood emanates from the design team’s careful attention to the quality and character of the outdoor spaces as much as the indoor ones. The layout is rich and complex, while adhering to, as designer Kevin Alter modestly describes it, a simple one­-room-wide plan. The particulars of the…