Legislative Action Participation Survey

The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) is inviting participation in a number of legislatively mandated projects. Each task force and work group leading to a study or report will be conducted prior to the next legislative session. Chief Kidd is looking to identify individuals interested in participating in these projects.  The survey link below provides the opportunity for individuals to express an interest in and willingness to perform the work required for a project. Based upon response levels, each individual who expresses an interest in a particular subject may not be selected due to capacity and coordination issues. We…

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):…

2019 Design Award Winners

  We are pleased to announce the winners of the Texas Society of Architects 2019 Design Awards competition. Jurors Eui-Sung Yi, Julie Eizenberg, FAIA, Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, and Chris-Annmarie Spencer, AIA, selected 28 projects from among 247 entries. The winning designs will be featured in the September/October issue of Texas Architect magazine. Thanks to everyone who entered, and congratulations to all the honorees!                                                      

Community Design Action Team Monthly Blog Series: Let’s Begin

Texas is a state rich with diversity and contradictions. I have lived here less than one year, but the overwhelming variety of opinions, perspectives and values is more extreme than in any other place I have experienced in my 50 years, living in 8 different states, 4 different countries, and many different communities. What excites me most is the work that is going on across the state, within communities where architects, designers, planners, and community organizers are working with citizens and organizations who would not otherwise have access to design, with the goal of improving the quality of life for…

Citizen Architect Rawley McCoy, AIA Running for Mayor

Victoria, Texas architect and business leader Rawley McCoy is running for Mayor. Elections will be held Saturday, May 4, 2019. McCoy, who serves on the Government Affairs Committee of the Texas Society of Architects, has a long history of civic leadership. He has served on numerous city boards and commissions and is a founding member of the Victoria Business and Education Coalition. Over the past 35 years, McCoy has worked with his alma mater, Victoria College, by leading Master Plan efforts and serving for seven years on the school board of Trinity Episcopal School.  After working his way through Victoria…

House Bill 4342 Moves Ahead

Following an April 16 hearing, House Bill 4342 was approved by the House Public Education Committee the next day. HB 4342 now advances with the committee’s full support. HB 4342 would add a licensed architect to the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) Board of Directors. TxSSC is the official, university-supported research center at Texas State whose mission is to serve schools and communities in creating safe, secure and healthy learning environments. At Tuesday’s hearing Laura Sachtleben, AIA, a nationally recognized education-design architect and 2019 chair of the School Safety Work Group, testified on behalf of the Texas Society of Architects…