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):…