Architects Talking to Architects: Catherine Callaway, AIA

Catherine Callaway, AIA, is an associate with BNIM currently working on the renovation of the Sunset Coffee Building on Buffalo Bayou, the new Knoll showroom in Houston, and strengthening the firm’s capabilities in human-purposed, high-performance, integrated design across the country. She works from home and manages the strained relationship between her office mates, Buffalo (the dog) and Mabel (the cat). Catherine’s years of involvement with AIA Houston and The Rice Design Alliance has led to exciting leadership opportunities and fruitful relationships. On the weekend, look for Catherine building a recycled cardboard castle with her daughter and son, leading a walking…

St. Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

St. Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Austin – photo by Jason John Paul Haskins St. Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Austin has announced that it is considering a demolition permit for their iconic and beloved church building as an option for the future development of their downtown site. Completed in 1960, the Jessen Jessen Millhouse and Greeven — later known as Jessen Associates — designed church  stands out among the many excellent, if not well-known, mid-century Texas churches. AIA Austin recognized the building with its 25 Year Award in 2007 calling the building “magnificent” and praising its “craft-like detailing, timeless quality, and reverent calmness." St. Martin’s…

Pendleton Farms

In a second-floor bedroom of Pendleton Farm hangs a solitary painting. It depicts a bucolic scene: a meandering road, crops in season, livestock, a pond, and a white clapboard farmhouse. That landscape painting, commissioned by Pendleton Farm owners in the early 1980s, is unchanged today save for the presence of the new farmhouse designed by Tim Cuppett, AIA. So unaltered is the scene that one subcontractor had difficulty finding the job site though he was only yards from the new structure. From where he stood, all he could see was “some old farmhouse.”  While many architects would hesitate to repeat…

Gardner

East Austin’s dramatic transformation, the result of a decade of rapid gentrification, is especially apparent on a mile-long stretch of East Sixth Street situated just across Interstate 35 from the city’s notorious nightlife hub. The longtime working-class neighborhood has lately become a dining and nightlife destination for the young and chic. Bungalows have been converted into bars, and empty parking lots have given rise to multi-story mixed-use apartment buildings. Gardner, the second restaurant opened by Andrew Wiseheart and Ben Edgerton of Contigo fame, is a gratifying addition to the mix. Designed by Austin’s Baldridge Architects and the recipient of much…

CCR1 Residence

Nothing prepares you for the CCR1 Residence. Cedar Creek Lake, located about 55 miles southeast of Dallas, is well-known for its vacation homes and casual atmosphere. So it was no surprise for Paul Field, Assoc. AIA, and Braxton Werner, AIA, partners at Wernerfield Architects, to receive a design brief asking simply for a weekend retreat with “four bedrooms and a porch.” The surprise is what Wernerfield made of that concise design brief. Set in a laid-back neighborhood in Trinidad, Tex., CCR1 blends in with the bungalows and modest structures nearby. From the street, it’s easy to miss the house, even…

The Art in Architecture

Austin-based artist Josef Kristofoletti believes in a reciprocal and mutually enriching relationship between paintings and buildings. He cites diverse influences — including prehistoric caves, Renaissance paintings, and iconoclastic works of architecture such as Rudolf Steiner’s Goetheanum — as not only sources of personal inspiration but examples of rich traditions that continue to inform contemporary art and design practice. With this back story in mind, it’s particularly poignant that Kristofoletti selected a brand of acrylic paint called Lascaux (after the French caves famous for Paleolithic paintings) for his most ambitious realized artwork to date. Located in Switzerland, the four-story mural occupies…

Architects Talking to Architects: Ian M. Ellis, Assoc. AIA

Ian M. Ellis, Assoc. AIA, is a design associate and project manager at Matt Fajkus Architecture in Austin. Ellis also serves as an advisory board member for Magic Always Happens, a multidisciplinary, nonprofit research organization exploring innovative solutions regarding design, disabilities, disorders, and diseases. Ian M. Ellis, Assoc. AIA – photo by Amber Rose McConnell If you had not studied architecture, what other profession would you have pursued? I’d likely still be involved in some kind of design field that provides problems that need solving. I feel that in an alternate universe, my other self would be creating environments for the film…

2015 Studio Awards — Winners Announced

(Clockwise from top left) The winning projects: Kaihui Exchange by WW Architecture in Houston; J-Camp by Interloop Architecture in Houston; Saints Peter and Paul Chapel by Danze Blood Architects; and Dalian Airport Terminal Competition, Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport by Corgan Dallas – renderings courtesy 2015 Studio Awards recipients The Texas Society of Architects Studio Awards recognize unbuilt projects demonstrating innovation and excellence in design. The program emphasizes real or theoretical projects that go beyond the boundaries of architecture to address current critical issues. This year's submissions offered a variety of building typologies proposed for locations in Texas and abroad, predominately Asia. Four projects were selected from among the 72 entries.…