Let’s Keep it Complicated

Equity. Diversity. Inclusion. I heard these powerful, complicated words reduced to the acronym “EDI” for the first time last week at a meeting — and while this signal of ubiquitous discussion encourages me, I felt the abbreviation packages them up a little too neatly. What does it mean for an organization to value diversity? How does equitable practice weigh history and lived experience? Whom do we, as architects and designers, seek to include, and how does that adjustment impact the design process? In January of this year, colleagues from across the state gathered in Austin to wrestle with questions about…

BRW Architects Endows TAF Scholarship

Brown Reynolds Watford (BRW) Architects principals Craig S. Reynolds, FAIA, and Mark E. Watford, FAIA, have established a Texas Architectural Foundation (TAF) scholarship endowment in their firm’s name to benefit students pursuing careers in architecture. Reynolds, who served as TxA president in 2012 and TAF president for 2017–2018, talked to us about their inspiration for doing so, specifically the challenge his firm has had in finding new architects to hire. “There is a lot of competition [among firms] — and a great need in all areas — for good qualified students,” says Reynolds, noting that the profession has a vested…

2019 AIA Fellows Announced

Ten Texas architects are among the 115 AIA members elevated to the College of Fellows this year. This prestigious honor is awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to architecture and society on a national level, and only about three percent of AIA’s more than 91,000 members hold this distinction. The new class of Fellows will be recognized at an investiture ceremony on June 7, as well as at the annual Texas Trailbreak Reception, both happening in Las Vegas at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2019. Congratulations to the newest Texas Fellows!   Norman R. Alston, FAIA AIA Dallas…

Winners: Sketch Fort Worth Competition

Congratulations to the 2018 Sketch Fort Worth Competition winners! The 79th Annual Conference and Design Expo attendees stopped over at the GRAPHISOFT booth to sketch a concept or design that spoke to the city of Fort Worth. We’d like to thank GRAPHISOFT for sponsoring our annual competition! And, the winners are… Shahnaz Talukder, AIA Mayse & Associates Edgar Lopez, AIA In*Situ Architecture Shahnaz Talukder, AIA Mayse & Associates Abraham Obregón, Assoc. AIA

Why I Want to Go to Tulsa

Of all the weirdos of 20th century American organic architecture, none was weirder — or more original for that matter — than Bruce Goff. A self-taught, precocious talent who got his first architectural internship at the age of 12 and designed his first building not long thereafter (under the oversight of his firm, Rush Endacott and Rush, of course), he had a restless sense of creativity that drove him ever onward into new realms of invention. At his height, he was known for his keen ability to craft enlivening interior spatial relationships and his love of unprecedented ornament and counterintuitive…

Ruby City: A Living Legacy Program with Architect Sir David Adjaye, Hon. FAIA

Ruby City in San Antonio will be hosting a two-part program with Sir David Adjaye, Hon. FAIA, in honor of the completion of the new contemporary art center designed by the award-winning architect. Ruby City is a 14,472 sq ft contemporary art center dedicated to providing a space for the city’s creative community to view and experience works by both local and internationally-acclaimed artists. Envisioned in 2007 by the late collector, philanthropist, and artist Linda Pace, Ruby City presents work from Pace’s own collection of more than 800 paintings, sculptures, installations, and video works. The new building, designed by Sir David Adjaye…

Convention CE Certificates Available for Review

Continuing Education (CE) Certificates from our 79th Annual Conference and Design Expo in Fort Worth are ready for review. Attendees must complete a quick Conference Survey in order to access their certificate: 2018 Conference Survey Once you have completed the survey, you will receive an email with a link to your CE Certificate. If the email does not come through (be sure to check your spam folders!) within 24 hours, you can contact TxA by emailing conference@texasarchitects.org. Please review your CE Certificate carefully, and report any needed corrections by end of day this Friday, November 30. If you are an AIA Member, your credits will be reported to AIA within the…

Collaborating with Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown

I first met Bob and Denise when I was an undergraduate student in Architecture at Rice University. It was their first visit to Rice, and the lecture was a preview of Bob’s soon-to-be-released work, “Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture.” Bob’s “gentile manifesto” had an impact on me. Vincent Scully would say of Bob’s landmark theory of architecture that it was “the most important work since Le Corbusier’s ‘Towards a New Architecture.’” After completing my BA and BArch at Rice in 1969, a two- year Masters of Architecture in Urban Design at Harvard University, and active duty in the U.S. Corps…

It’s A Swing: AIA Wichita Falls Scholarship Golf Tournament

It has nearly been three decades since Gary Baker, AIA, began to help organize TAF Wichita Falls’ annual scholarship golf tournament. Over the course of that time, he has seen the golf tournament blossom from an unassuming social event into the largest source of architectural scholarship fundraising in the Texas Architectural Foundation. “Our goal was to raise enough funds so the scholarship would be endowed to make sure the scholarships would always be there even if our golf tournament went away,” Baker says. Already, the chapter has provided over 50 full scholarships to architecture students over the course of the…

Story of a High School Architecture Intern

Generally, Architect Majors will seek out an internship during their Junior or Senior year of college. Perhaps even after they attain their degree they will begin to search for a firm. However, I was hungrier for more than just going to college right out of high school. My search began to find a firm who would bring on a high school graduate to intern for them. I have acquired a humble portfolio throughout Highschool and I gave it out to any firm that would take it. Most of them did not look at it and those who did told me…