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.…

Architects Talking to Architects: Christian Sheridan, AIA

Christian Sheridan, AIA, is an associate principal for BRAVE / Architecture in Houston. He currently designs, manages projects, mentors interns, lectures to students of all ages, provides pro bono services, and volunteers for professional and community organizations. Sheridan's photographic themes range from Texas’ rural firework stands to its suburban neighborhoods and have been recognized by AIA National’s photography competition on multiple occasions. Outside of the office, Sheridan has completed multiple half-marathons and is currently training for his fourth Chicago Marathon. Christian Sheridan, AIA – courtesy Christian Sheridan Where did you grow up? I grew up in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. To compensate for this, I…

Honeymoon Café

Located at the corner of Congress Avenue and Main Street in Houston’s Sterne Building, the Honeymoon Café and Bar is a daytime addition to the rapidly developing nightlife scene in the area. Formerly an oversized TexMex restaurant, the space was in desperate need of simplification — something that would “engender the casual spirit of a French-inspired café,” notes CONTENT Architecture founder Jesse Hager, AIA. With a modest budget, the design team focused on bringing a light and airy feeling to the cafe. An arched back bar and a large interior window, which allows views into the roasting room, define the space.…

Making Waves: Restaurants by Michael Hsu, AIA

OPORTO Opened in early 2015, OPORTO Fooding House & Wine is located in a recently redeveloped area of Midtown Houston where modern mixed-use buildings abut remnants of the historic Fourth Ward to create a diverse building framework. The urban plan for this area features more walkable and bikeable streets and sidewalks. As the anchor tenant in a large mixed-use apartment building, OPORTO benefits from a sizable population living within a few square blocks. To capture the attention of that audience, Michael Hsu Office of Architecture chose to clad the exterior with brilliantly colored patterned tile and warm cedar set in…

FCDC Announces Four Winners

A buoyant chain of balloons wired with sensors floating above the landscape; a camouflaged canopy laser-cut from polished steel; a brightly-colored egg overgrown with grass; and a patterned root system fabricated on a digital lathe are the four 2015 Field Constructs Design Competition (FCDC) winners. Last November, FCDC invited emerging designers, architects, landscape architects, and artists to participate in a juried competition to design, fabricate, and install a site-specific intervention at the Circle Acres Nature Preserve in Austin. These final four projects capture the mission FCDC and marry experimentation with design innovation while uniquely addressing the history and ecology of…

Architects Talking to Architects: Erik Murray, AIA

Erik Murray, AIA, is an associate principal at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates in San Antonio. Erik Murray, AIA, building a chicken coop – photo courtesy of Erik Murray Where did you grow up? I spent most of my childhood in Kerrville, a sweet little city tucked away in the Texas Hill Country. I remember stomping through the woods around my house (undeveloped land) and riding my bike all over the city. As I approached high school, I was chomping at the bit to move to a bigger city where “all the action” was happening. I didn’t really know what I had. I’ve…

Lake|Flato Architects Coming to Austin in 2016

Downtown Austin along the Lady Bird Lake waterfront – photo by Thomas McConnell San Antonio-based Lake|Flato Architects will soon be making Austin its second home. The firm has had a distinct presence in the city over the past 30 years, having designed several its iconic structures including Hotel San Jose, The University of Texas AT&T Executive Education Center, and the Harry Ransom Center. Lake|Flato Architects' new office hopes to build upon strong existing relationships and continue to help shape the urban transformation underway in the "Live Music Capital of The World." “The expansion is an opportunity for Lake|Flato to build upon the firm’s focus…

2015 Design Expo Events and Attractions

< Annual Conference DESIGN EXPO HOURS Thursday, November 5 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Friday, November 6 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.   ATTRACTIONS ON THE EXPO FLOOR Conference Welcome Party Kick off the 2015 Annual Conference with our Texas-Sized Happy Hour featuring cocktails, beers, appetizers, entertainment, and exciting displays by our exhibitors representing the Southwest architecture, engineering, and construction industries. The Welcome Party begins at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 5. The Welcome Party is sponsored by AG&E Structural Engenuity. Additional supporters: AIS Architectural Image Systems; ALA; Alcoa Architectural Products; Alpolic Materials-Misubishi Composites America; Alucoil North America; The Architect’s Newspaper; Axoscape; The Beck Group; CFZ…

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…