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Students pose with their creation at the end-of-camp presentation. – photo by James Sharp Last week, The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs (CAPPA) hosted a week-long summer camp for 23 high school students interested in architecture and interior design. The students were treated to an immersive experience, staying in dorms at UTA and working in the studio from 9 to 5 daily. The camp, which is in its 10th year, is overseen by CAPPA Assistant Dean Rebecca Boles, AIA. Summer@CAPPA students, immersed in their artistic pursuits – photo by James Sharp At the end of…

2017 Texas Architect Editorial Calendar

-photo by Casey Dunn The 2017 editorial calendar for Texas Architect magazine is now available. The year’s themes focus on the juxtapositions and contrasts present in the architectural world. Instructions for submitting a project for consideration are included at the bottom of this post. January / February Feature: Knowledge / Folly Portfolio: Dine Products: Lighting In this issue we examine architecture’s role in encouraging the acquisition of knowledge, whether by providing facilities for the teaching of theory or a framework for experience. And since life and learning don’t have to be all serious, we explore the architecture of silliness and…

Houston’s Uncommon Modern Exhibit Receives National Recognition

6000 Heatherbrook Drive – photo by Paul Hester Docomomo US recently announced the winners of its 2016 Modernism in America Awards, describing the selections as "exemplary of the efforts going on all over the country as the awareness of the importance to advocate, restore and celebrate the architecture, landscapes and typologies of postwar society in the United States." Among the projects honored was AIA Houston's Uncommon Modern exhibit. On display at Architecture Center Houston from November 2015 to February 2016, the exhibit shone a light on the city's often-overlooked midcentury buildings. Business parks, churches, and gas stations were some of the buildings…

Update: UT Living Wall

The first living wall at The University of Texas at Austin has been installed.  Check out this video of the finished product: UT Austin Installs First Living Wall on Campus from University of Texas at Austin on Vimeo. Learn more about UT's living wall project here. 

J. Riely Gordon Art Contest Winners Announced

Winners from all of the categories for the J. Riely Gordon art contest proudly display their prizes. – photo courtesy Mieko Mahi At the J. Riely Gordon Conference this past weekend in Hallettsville, winners of the first J. Riely Gordon art contest were announced. The contest, judged by TxA 2016 President Paul A. Bielamowicz, AIA, Brantley Hightower, AIA, and Emily Little, FAIA, challenged entrants to illustrate some aspect of Gordon’s life or work in any medium.  Moses Adams with his grand prize-winning model of Gordon's Kahn and Stanzel Building – photo courtesy Mieko Mahi Prizes were awarded in children’s and adult…

Michael Malone, AIA, on Reasons to Attend the TxA Prosperity Conference

Why attend the Texas Prosperity Conference? To spend an exciting weekend with colleagues learning about growth strategies for small firms, achieving final success, risk management, and the current economic conditions in Texas. But don’t just take our word for it. Michael Malone, AIA, TxA's immediate past-president, founding principal at Maxwell Malone Borson Architects, and one of the brains behind the new conference, gives us his take: It has been observed that as professionals, architects are often ill equipped to address and deal with the realities of architecture as a business. The very things that draw us to the profession sometimes engage our focus and…

10 Texas Projects Among ArchDaily’s Top 100

In celebration of 10 years since its launch, ArchDaily has compiled a list of the top 100 American projects on the site. Chosen based on their historical popularity on the site, the projects are presented with expanded material.  Among those selected are seven landmark Texas projects, representing some of the most iconic recent architecture in the state. In no particular order, the projects are: Chapel at Rio Roca Ranch / Maurice Jennings + Walter Jennings Architects -photo by Maurice Jennings + Walter Jennings Architects Read more about the Chapel at Rio Roca Ranch in the May/June 2013 issue of Texas Architect.…

Architects in the Outfield

Architects swing for the fences – photo by Richard Deras, AIA Trading their T-squares for baseball diamonds and designing homes for crossing home plate, a group of architects and engineers gathers every spring at the Rusty Lions fields in San Antonio for friendly games of softball. The league has existed for 22 years and is home to 12 teams representing about 20 firms. Richard Deras, AIA, Beverly R. Baldwin, AIA, and Duncan McAda organize the league, the only one of its kind in the city. A memorable summer tradition, many of the players have been coming back for years. Deras, who…

Convergence: Keynote Speakers

We are excited to introduce the keynote speakers for “Convergence,” our 77th Annual Convention and Design Expo. Marion Weiss, FAIA, and Michael Manfredi, FAIA, Eric J. Cesal, Assoc. AIA, and Debbie Millman will be joining us in San Antonio this November. For the first time, this year we will be hosting four general sessions— two on Friday and two on Saturday. Debbie Millman will speak at the first session on Friday, and Weiss/Manfredi will speak at the second. The Saturday program will feature a session by Eric J. Cesal, as well as the convention’s final general session, a panel discussion…