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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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2022
Cistercian Abbey Church, Irving
Cunningham Architects

2021
Carraro Residence, Kyle
Lake|Flato Architects

2020
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas
Edward Larrabee Barnes Associates with Pratt, Box & Henderson and Thomas & Booziotis

2019
Lucile Halsell Conservatory, San Antonio
Emilio Ambasz with Jones & Kell

2018
Pennzoil Place, Houston
Philip Johnson & John Burgee with S. I. Morris Associates

2017
Moore/Andersson Compound, Austin
Charles Moore, FAIA, and Arthur Andersson, FAIA

2016
Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, Austin
Skidmore Owings & Merrill with Brooks, Barr, Graeber & White

2015
Dallas City Hall, Dallas
I.M. Pei & Partners with Harper & Kemp

2014
The Alley Theatre, Houston
Ulrich Franzen & Associates with Mackie & Kamrath

2013
The Menil Collection, Houston
Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA, with Richard Fitzgerald & Associates

2012
Temple Emanu-El, Dallas
Howard Meyer and Max Sandfield

2011
Fountain Place Dallas
I.M. Pei & Partners

2010
Tower of the Americas, San Antonio
Ford, Powell & Carson

2009
Margarite B. Parker Chapel at Trinity University, San Antonio
Ford, Powell & Carson

2008
Fort Worth Water Gardens, Fort Worth
Philip Johnson & John Burgee

2007
NorthPark Center, Dallas
Harrell and Hamilton Architects (now Omniplan)

1997
Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth
Louis I. Kahn

The Birthday, Sterling County
Frank Welch & Associates