The “New” Arthouse

“Color-coded history” is how architect Paul Lewis of New York-based architecture firm Lewis.Tsurmaki.Lewis describes the red, green, and yellow trusses of the second-floor gallery’s exposed ceiling in the recently renovated Arthouse at the Jones Center (Austin). Walking through the gallery, Lewis indicates the that the red steel is from the original 1920s Queen Theater, the yellow from a 1950s Lerner Shops department store, and the green from the 2010 renovation, which sought to reinforce the structure. Layers of history define the project, which is a collaboration between the architects and Arthouse’s Building Committee and staff. In fact, the architects were…

Office Closed as Society Convenes in Dallas for 72nd Convention

Visit the convention page to register for this event. Over 50 Continuing Education sessions, 12 tours, several awards ceremonies, and a two-day Design Products and Ideas Expo are hallmarks of this year’s Texas Architects convention in Dallas, Oct. 27-29. During the second General Session (Fri., Oct. 28; 3:30 p.m.), President Dan Hart will formally announce the Society’s newly redesigned website and refreshed brand, which uphold Texas Architects’ mission to be the voice for Texas architecture, supporting the creation of safe, beautiful, sustainable environments. Online registration for the convention is open through Oct. 19. After that date, you may register onsite.

Interpretive Center Invites Visitors to Learn about Natural World

Eight miles southeast of downtown Dallas is the Great Trinity Forest, the largest urban bottomland hardwood forest in North America. Its 6,000 acres support a widely diverse community of plants and animals that thrive in this unique ecosystem where timberland, wetlands, and prairie converge. The Great Trinity Forest is nourished by the Trinity River that for decades was written off as irreversibly spoiled by industrial pollution and runoff made toxic by pesticides and herbicides. However, in 1998, Dallas voters approved the first public funds to create the Trinity River Corridor, a complex urban development that will transform a 20-mile stretch…

Bastrop Park’s CCC Cabins Survive Wildfire

Despite the devastation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials have set Dec. 1 as the target date for reopening the park to campers. In October, repairs were already underway on facilities affected by the fires. The historic stone-and-wood structures, mostly cabins and a lodge, were erected by Civilian Conservation Corps teams during the Great Depression. All told, more than 34,000 acres in Bastrop County were engulfed by wildfires that began on Sept. 4. Authorities traced the cause to gusting winds that toppled trees – already severely weakened from the extended drought – onto electrical power lines. Due to extremely dry…

Juror Shares Perspective on Rio 2016 Olympic Park Competition

On August 19, 2011, British firm AECOM, a London-based building design and management company, was announced as the winner of the Rio 2016 Olympic Park Competition. Texas Society of Architects Board member Gabriel Durand-Hollis, FAIA, served as the sole U.S. juror on a panel of seven. In briefly recounting the experience, he highlights the fact that design is more than just a “pretty master plan.” “Beyond the names and titles, the jurors had Olympic planning or venue experience from Barcelona, Athens, Sydney, and Beijing. In addition, there were people working on the Rio World Cup preparations for 2014. There were…

Promoting Community Identity

In recognition of distinguished architecture and significant contributions to the profession and community, the Texas Society of Architects will present the 2011 Firm Award to Richter Architects (Corpus Christi) on Oct. 28, during the Gala Evening at the Society’s annual convention in Dallas; the award is the highest honor the Society can bestow upon an architectural firm. “The combined accomplishments of the principals and staff of Richter Architects are truly extraordinary. It is even more remarkable that this firm’s legacy has been achieved within the relatively minor market place of Corpus Christi,” says Connie Rivera, executive director of AIA Corpus…

Fountain Place Wins 25-Year Award

The annual 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. The award will be presented on Oct. 28 in Dallas during the convention’s first general session. A panel of five judges reviewed seven nominations before unanimously selecting Fountain Place during a teleconference held on July 6. Members of the jury were Dan Hart, president of the Society; Ray Bailey, FAIA, 2010 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Medal; Sarah M. Whiting, Assoc. AIA, dean of Rice University’s School of Architecture; Michael Malone,…

From Concept to Completion

“The motivation behind SEEPZ Mumbai springs from my academic and professional work. I was building a house for a client in Mumbai a couple of miles away from the factory he owned at SEEPZ. Having seen how these tax-free zones partition urban life, I began assigning large-scale urban projects to my students at UH and had them consider such problems of capital development in rapidly growing cities such as Mumbai,” says Truitt. View the gallery of images for renderings of the conceptual project. SEEPZ Mumbai received a 2011 Texas Society of Architects Studio Award. The unbuilt project will be published…

Walter Humann Receives Cornerstone Award

Walter J. “Walt” Humann has had two simultaneously successful careers in Dallas. One is in business, and the other is in public service. He heads his own firm, WJH Corporation, and has held top management positions in several corporations as well as serving on both corporate and non-profit boards. In his public service career, Humann has the quiet tenacity and perceptive vision to develop private/public partnerships to address pressing urban problems. He has spearheaded significant community improvements in the areas of transportation—reconstruction of North Central Expressway, and creation and implementation of DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit)—education, community and race relations,…