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25-Year Award

Recognizing buildings in Texas that exemplify the enduring value of good design.

25-Year Award

Recognizing buildings in Texas that exemplify the enduring value of good design.

Award Overview

Each year, the Texas Society of Architects 25-Year Award recognizes one building completed 25 to 50 years earlier that has stood the test of time by retaining its central form, character, and overall architectural integrity. This award is an important public outreach program that focuses much-deserved attention on distinguished Texas architecture of enduring significance and exemplifies the Society’s intrinsic message that “Good Design Matters.”

2023 Recipient: Brooks County Safety Rest Area

Designed by Richter Architects, the Brooks County Safety Rest Area opened in 1998 as the first project of a multi-decade program to replace aging infrastructure at rest areas across Texas. Pre-dating current sustainability metric tools, it embraced virtually all the guiding principles of modern sustainable design. Rather than clearing the site, the architects thoughtfully integrated the program of picnic and restroom structures into an existing oak grove, with not a single tree removed or damaged. Mexican adobe bricks were laid in patterns that incorporated pieces from old buildings on site, and shade arbors and nature trails were included to encourage motorists to prolong their visit. The immense success of project, which won a TxA Design Award in its first year and a national AIA Honor Award for Architecture in 1999, cemented TxDOT’s commitment to design excellence.

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Cistercian Abbey Church, Irving
Cunningham Architects

Carraro Residence, Kyle
Lake|Flato Architects

Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas
Edward Larrabee Barnes Associates with Pratt, Box & Henderson and Thomas & Booziotis

Lucile Halsell Conservatory, San Antonio
Emilio Ambasz with Jones & Kell

Pennzoil Place, Houston
Philip Johnson & John Burgee with S. I. Morris Associates

Moore/Andersson Compound, Austin
Charles Moore, FAIA, and Arthur Andersson, FAIA

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, Austin
Skidmore Owings & Merrill with Brooks, Barr, Graeber & White

Dallas City Hall, Dallas
I.M. Pei & Partners with Harper & Kemp

The Alley Theatre, Houston
Ulrich Franzen & Associates with Mackie & Kamrath

The Menil Collection, Houston
Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA, with Richard Fitzgerald & Associates

Temple Emanu-El, Dallas
Howard Meyer and Max Sandfield

Fountain Place Dallas
I.M. Pei & Partners

Tower of the Americas, San Antonio
Ford, Powell & Carson

Margarite B. Parker Chapel at Trinity University, San Antonio
Ford, Powell & Carson

Fort Worth Water Gardens, Fort Worth
Philip Johnson & John Burgee

NorthPark Center, Dallas
Harrell and Hamilton Architects (now Omniplan)

Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth
Louis I. Kahn

The Birthday, Sterling County
Frank Welch & Associates