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…

2016 Emerging Design + Technology: Call for Papers

Download the 2016 Call for Papers The TxA Emerging Design + Technology conference brings experimental research and exploration among academics and practitioners to a broad audience of designers, practicing architects, construction industry executives, building products manufacturers, students, and other researchers. It takes advantage of the collection of over 3,000 representatives of these fields at the Texas Society of Architects Annual Conference and Design Expo to create a forum for sharing new ideas being formulated in schools of architecture and elsewhere. Selected academics and researchers will have the opportunity to present their papers during three 90-minute sessions at the Texas Society of Architects 77th Annual Conference and…

Almost White Box

In his 1984 Pritzker Prize acceptance speech, Richard Meier, FAIA, recalled discussions on color with his children, who professed to love green and blue. They were confounded by their father’s strange choice of white, prompting Meier to explain how all of the rainbow’s colors could be seen in this single color. “The whiteness of white is never just white,” he said. “It is almost always transformed by light and that which is changing.” How white became synonymous with Modernism and contemporary architecture can be traced back to Le Corbusier’s famous houses. Certainly one does not think of Villa Savoye without…

Blank Canvas

Working with an architect for the first time, Dr. Maggie Hart and Patrick Woodson began their journey with an inspired vision for an irresistible but challenging site in West Austin. Their ideal house was perfectly illustrated in a design publication — a project by Dallas-based Malone Maxwell Borson Architects (MMB). Magazine in hand, the couple began their search for an architect who could bring this family of five closer to their vision.  Nervously, Maggie decided to call Michael Malone, AIA, the founding principal of MMB. Surprised to find Malone fielding his own phone calls, the couple was reassured by his…