2016 Studio Awards Entry Form Now Online

(Clockwise from top left) The winning projects from 2015: 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. Real or theoretical projects that go beyond the boundaries of architecture to address current critical issues are encouraged. TxA is now accepting entries for our 2016 Studio Awards competition. To be considered, a design must have been completed after January 1, 2011. Individuals or firms whose…

AIA Austin Jury Conversation

AIA Austin gathered its 2016 Design Awards jury for an evening of conversation. – photo by Patrick Wong On the eve of Design Awards judging, AIA Austin gathered its distinguished jury for a panel discussion about their work and individual points of view. Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, of Chicago’s Ross Barney Architects, Nonya Grenader, FAIA, associate director of Rice University’s Building Workshop and principal of her own small firm, Linda Taalman, of Los Angeles’ Taalman Koch, and Angela Watson, AIA, of Boston’s Shepley Bulfinch, represented a diverse mix of projects and opinions, making for a lively conversation. The panel was moderated…

UT Austin to Install Living Wall Five Years in the Making

The wall will be built over a honeycomb-shaped trellis and extend to the ground – rendering courtesy UTSOA On May 16, volunteers will come together to install a living wall at The University of Texas at Austin. The project is funded by the school’s Green Fee Award. Spearheaded by UT Austin Vice President for Operations Pat Clubb, the living wall project is being shepherded by Assistant Professor Danelle Briscoe. The idea for the wall was put forth by a former Austin city councilman, Chris Riley. The first wall will be installed on the northwest corner of the school of architecture, with others…

Advocacy Update: When We Do The Numbers

There is a primary run-off election on May 24.  VOTE—in the same primary you voted in last month!  (If you did not vote in the March 1 primary election, you can still vote in the run-off, so long as you are registered by April 25.)  After May 24, you can relax until fall.  Looking ahead, there are officially 16 Senate and 150 House seats up for grabs November 8.  A closer look, however, lessens the suspense. We see that only four (4) Senate and 54 House races were not already ultimately decided when a primary winner was chosen.  166 minus…

Webinar: Solar for Independent School Districts

Solar panels – photo by David Monniaux via Wikimedia Commons The Comptroller of Public Accounts State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) will sponsor a webinar hosted by the North Central Texas Council of Governments aimed at providing resources for independent school districts interested in going solar on May 6 at 11:30 a.m.  Architects working with school districts throughout Texas (not just North Central Texas) might benefit from hearing SECO’s solar pitch to local ISDs. According to a release from Comptroller Glenn Hegar, the webinar will cover the following topics: Case studies about two school districts' efforts to go solar National resources available to help…

William Dupont, FAIA, Works to Preserve Hemingway’s Finca Vigia in Cuba

William Dupont, FAIA – photo courtesy UTSA William Dupont, FAIA, San Antonio Conservation Society Endowed Professor of Architecture and Director of the Center for Cultural Sustainability at The University of Texas at San Antonio, leads a consulting team who may be the only professional architects and preservationists allowed by both the U.S. and Cuban governments to work in Cuba. Even as the Obama administration has opened relations with the island nation, the opportunities for architects to work there are still almost nonexistent. Currently, Dupont is collaborating with a team of Cuban professionals at Hemingway’s Finca Vigia.  Hemingway lived at the house,…

Save the Date: ProCon 2016

The Texas Prosperity Conference is a new symposium organized by TxA focused on improving your architectural business. The program will cover: Risk Management Getting What You Want State of the State Growth Strategies Date/Location Friday, August 26, 2016 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM The Barnhill Center at Historic Simon Theatre Brenham, Texas Brenham is only…. 200 miles from Dallas 73 miles from Houston 89 miles from Austin 151 miles from San Antonio Registration Registration is $250. The cost includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon break, and the opportunity to meet and visit with the speakers. Online registration will open in May. Program More details…

Lake|Flato Home Wins AIA Housing Award

Hog Pen Creek's boardwalk connects the main house with a guest space and lake pavillion. – photo by Casey Dunn Lake|Flato’s Hog Pen Creek Residence, featured in the September/October 2014 issue of Texas Architect, has been honored with a 2016 AIA Housing Award. The project is one of 10 across the country being honored, and the only one in Texas. This is not the first award for the project, which has also received AIA San Antonio’s 2013 Merit Award and a 2014 TxA Design Award. A courtyard is open to the outdoor environment – photo by Casey Dunn The house, a harmonious combination…

2016 Conference

Our 77th Annual Conference and Design Expo will take place on November 3–5 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. Set in the heart of Texas’ history, the conference program will focus on the theme of “Convergence.” Sessions and tours will explore how different cultures, geographical features, and design ideas have come together to influence the development and ongoing transformation of San Antonio, as well as other cities across the state, and how various disciplines and approaches are being combined to create meaningful impact on the built environment. More details will be available in the coming months. In the meantime, we are pleased to announce our…

2016 Design Conference: Designing + Building

Architecture Tours and Learning Opportunities February 12–14​ Amarillo/Palo Duro Canyon   Palo Duro Canyon illustration by Bryce A. Weigand, FAIA ​                                                                           ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED Onsite registration available in Amarillo on Friday, February 12. See below for more details. During our Fifth Annual Design Conference, we will explore the relationship between designing and building — between the act of imagining what could be and the act…