Conference CE Certificates Now Available for Review

Learning unit hours for our 76th Annual Conference and Design Expo have been calculated. Attendees can now log into the following portal to review their conference CE certificate: CONference CE CERTIFICATE WEBSITE: https://w3.smartreg.com/webreg/TSA15/CEU/  Login Information You will need to log in using your Registration ID number. All attendees were sent an email providing this information on November 30. If you do not have this email, your Registration ID number can also be found in the confirmation email you received when you registered for conference (which came from no-reply@texasarchitects.org with the subject line “Texas Architects – Conference Payment”). If neither of these emails can…

2015 Design Conference: CRAFT

*****The 2015 Design Conference is SOLD OUT. To be placed on the waitlist, you must complete the Registration Form and submit it to arlena@texasarchitects.org. If you are enrolled from the waitlist, you will be notified by email.***** During the Fourth Annual Design Conference, explore how Craft — the art and science of how materials come together to make architecture — has influenced the creation of architecture in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. The conference will be framed by a discussion of O’Neil Ford and how he blended both historic and modern ideas about craft to create an architecture that is uniquely suited to its…

Architects Talking to Architects: Julie Huynh, Assoc. AIA

Julie Huynh, Assoc. AIA, is an intern architect at Kendall / Heaton Associates in Houston, where she is currently working on the Golden State Warriors Arena in San Francisco. Julie is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, and alumna and mentor to the Gates Millennium Scholarship Program and Terry Foundation. Julie enjoys attending classes at The Jung Center and regularly contributes to a peer reading group, The Collective Perspective. Julie Huynh, Assoc. AIA – courtesy Julie Huynh Where did you grow up? I grew up in Amarillo, which is considered "West Texas," even though it's actually located…

Architects Talking to Architects: Xavier A. Vargas, AIA

Xavier A. Vargas, AIA, works as a project architect for Randall-Porterfield Architects, based out of League City. Vargas is currently involved with a school renovation for HISD. Xavier A. Vargas, AIA – photo courtesy Randall-Porterfield Architects Where did you grow up? I grew up in Seabrook, Tex., or as I would tell people unfamiliar with the area, “near NASA.” Although it is close to the water and I passed by marinas everyday, I never ventured out into the water very often. However, I sure do enjoy the seafood. I guess that’s one of the reasons I haven’t left this area yet.…

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…