Bring Your Own Bag

In March 2013, the City of Austin enacted an ordinance banning single-use carry-out bags. The law regulates the types of bags that can be distributed by businesses and has encouraged a larger cultural shift toward reusable bags. Plastic bags quickly became nonexistent in grocery stores, and bring-your-own-bag campaigns began popping up everywhere. That spring, Christopher Ferguson, Assoc. AIA, and Megan Marvin were ready to graduate from The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, and with just a few short months left to go, they decided to make some bags for their final design studio.  The project has grown…

Who Will Advocate for Architecture?

Join Us for the Third Biannual Advocates for Architecture Day   The Society's Advocates for Architecture Day will take place on February 10. Architects from across the state will converge on the Texas Capitol to meet with legislators to promote the importance of architectural design for urban planning. Learn more about this event, and register today to help us spread our message. The districts in green to the right already have architect representatives in place for Advocates for Architecture Day 2015. The grey districts are those still in need of architect members to visit. The lists below indicate the legislators that…

Jerry L. Clement, FAIA (1932–2015)

Jerry Lee Clement was born in Sioux City Iowa in 1932, and attended the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. He was part of the 1953 freshmen class, which his classmate John Nyfeler, FAIA, tells us started at 220 in size and was down to 22 by graduation in 1958. Clement studied at UT when the legendary Texas Rangers were on the faculty and went on to become an excellent designer. Some of the firms he worked for included James R. Killebrew, Harrell & Hamilton, Woodward and Cape, and Envirodynamics, which became EDI/Cape Hopkins Clement. Notable works included North Lake…

Project ArchiTX: North Bayfront Park

With North Bayfront Park, Gignac & Associates and Sasaki Associates have transformed Corpus Christi's automobile-populated, seafront landscape into a public green space featuring sustainable technologies and fostering coastal community. Project North Bayfront Park, Corpus Christi Client City of Corpus Christi Architects Gignac & Associates and Sasaki Associates Photographer Eddie Seal Following a devastating Category Four hurricane in 1919 that destroyed downtown, Corpus Christi filled a block into the Corpus Christi Bay to construct a new sea wall that would protect the community from future disasters. Since that time, the bayfront has been defined by Shoreline Drive, a wide boulevard designed preliminarily for automobiles, and…

Project ArchiTX: St. Andrew’s Episcopal School – Dell Fine Arts Center

STG Design illustrates its deft design ability in the execution of a large-scale theater program focused on audience intimacy at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. Project St. Andrew's Episcopal School — Dell Fine Arts Center, Austin Client St. Andrew's Episcopal School Architect STG Design Photographer Casey Dunn STG Design designed and master-planned the St. Andrew's Episcopal high school campus in 1997. The Dell Fine Arts Center is the last element necessary to complete the school’s vision. The 46,400-sf structure consists of a 400-seat proscenium theater and a 125-seat black box theater. With an emphasis on intimacy, the design began with a prerequisite maximum distance of 70 feet from…

Discovering Craft in Denton

TxA Design Committee Chair Brantley Hightower, AIA, invites you to join him in Denton for keynote presentations, tours, and much more at our Fourth Annual Design Conference: CRAFT. At the end of February, I am planning to drive from San Antonio up the I-35 corridor. I will not stop in either Dallas or Fort Worth, but will instead continue north another half-hour to the small town of Denton. Although it is a lovely place to visit in its own right, my reason for making this particular trip will be to attend the Texas Society of Architects’ 2015 Design Conference: CRAFT.…