2019 Honor Awards

The Texas Society of Architects is pleased to announce our 2019 Honor Award recipients. This program recognizes exceptional members, firms, individuals, and organizations for outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture, the built environment, and quality of life in Texas. Recipients will be spotlighted on the TxA blog and social media in the coming months. They will also be recognized at various events during our 80th Annual Conference and Design Expo, taking place on October 24–26 in Galveston. Join us in congratulating the honorees! Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Honor of Llewellyn W. Pitts FAIAChris Carson, FAIASan Antonio…

All Mixed Up

Exhibit ReviewMapping Memory: Space and History in 16th-century MexicoBlanton Museum of Art, AustinThrough August 25 The story of Hernando Cortés’ conquest of Mexico, which began 500 years ago this August, has been told many times. It has been romanticized — Cortés burning his ships to give his army no choice but to march inland, Moctezuma’s dream of the return of the god Quetzalcoatl in the person of the conquistador — and it has been denounced — yet another example of European imperialists raping, pillaging, and subjugating an indigenous culture to the point of wiping it from the face of the…

Community First: Bringing More Voices Into Design

Housing will never solve homelessness, but community will.​”​ This is the guiding belief of Alan Graham, founder of Community First! Village in Austin, Texas. Nestled just outside the city limits, the village is a master-planned community of microhomes, cottages, and RVs for individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness. By Community First! Village’s definition, an individual is considered chronically homeless if they have experienced homelessness for at least a year while struggling with a disabling condition such as a serious mental illness or physical disability. Graham’s core tenet of community has guided the development of this radical neighborhood model, the foundation…

Legislative Action Participation Survey

The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) is inviting participation in a number of legislatively mandated projects. Each task force and work group leading to a study or report will be conducted prior to the next legislative session. Chief Kidd is looking to identify individuals interested in participating in these projects.  The survey link below provides the opportunity for individuals to express an interest in and willingness to perform the work required for a project. Based upon response levels, each individual who expresses an interest in a particular subject may not be selected due to capacity and coordination issues. We…

How Architects Can Present at SXSW

On July 1, South by Southwest will open the public call for submissions for its 2020 Interactive Festival, which is one of the world’s most important conferences about emerging technology and the future of society. While tech has been the focus of the event, over the years it has grown to include presentations on everything from advertising and media to cannabusiness and the gaming industry. The conference’s themes, or “tracks,” also include several topics extremely relevant to architecture and the built environment. And yet, as Ibai Rigby reported in the May/June issue of Texas Architect, the profession is largely absent…

Ruby City Announces the Co-commission and Acquisition of work by Isaac Julien

Ruby City recently announced the co-commission and acquisition of Isaac Julien’s multi-screen installation, Lina Bo Bardi – A Marvelous Entanglement. The newest addition to the Linda Pace Foundation collection premiered at Victoria Miro in London on June 6 and runs there until July 27. The film, which intimately chronicles the life and legacy of the Brazilian architect and designer Lina Bo Bardi, explores through a contemporary lens such buildings as the Sao Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) and SESC Pompeia and Teatro Oficina.  Bo Bardi, who was born in 1914, is considered today as one of the most influential figures in Brazilian…

Houston Endowment Headquarters International Design Competition

Houston Endowment (HE), a leading Houston philanthropic organization, and design competition organizers Malcolm Reading Consultants, recently launched the global search for an outstanding design team of architects and landscape architects for HE’s new headquarters. The center, circa 40,000 s.f., will be HE’s new public face and will provide dedicated space for the organization’s team and community partners including, healthy workspaces, accessible and inspiring meeting places, and flexible engagement facilities. HE, established by Jesse and Mary Gibs Jones in 1937, does not actively fundraise; its funding is financed by an endowment currently valued at $1.3 billion. Founder Jesse Jones was a…

How For-Profit Firms Benefit from Not-for-Profit Work

“How’d you get THAT job?” is a question I hear a lot. In many ways, HKS is a traditional large firm – we are 1,400 people strong with 23 offices around the world and projects that span every geography and market sector imaginable. However, what sets HKS apart from many large firms is our approach to public interest design (PID), defined as design grounded in the belief that every person deserves to live in a socially, economically and environmentally healthy community. Five years ago, I founded Citizen HKS, based on the 1% Solution (now The 1+ Program), in which we…

The 86th Texas Legislative Recap

The 86th Texas legislative session, which wrapped up officially May 27, proved successful for the Texas Society of Architects and architects across the state. TxA Government Relations, teamed by David Lancaster and Becky Walker, made headway on several issues and saw four priority bills progress to Governor Abbot’s desk. The Governor has until June 16 to sign, veto, or allow bills to become law without signature. Below is a breakdown of bills supported by the Texas Society of Architects and those which were cause for concern or opposed. Supported* SB 11 By Senator Taylor (signed by Governor on June 6):…

2019 Design Award Winners

  We are pleased to announce the winners of the Texas Society of Architects 2019 Design Awards competition. Jurors Eui-Sung Yi, Julie Eizenberg, FAIA, Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, and Chris-Annmarie Spencer, AIA, selected 28 projects from among 247 entries. The winning designs will be featured in the September/October issue of Texas Architect magazine. Thanks to everyone who entered, and congratulations to all the honorees!