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!                                                      

Bullet Train Winners Chosen

The winners of Texas Central’s student design competition have been announced. The three winning proposals were selected from a pool of 45 submissions and 13 finalists. Their projects focus on innovation and sustainability. Each winning team received a $2000 prize and $5000 for their school. Station Architectural Design Prize: Julia Green, The University of Texas at Arlington Urban Design Prize: Dana Moore, Nathan Chen, UJ Song, Hannah Williams, and Alex Davila, The University of Texas at Austin Sustainable Design Prize: Ledell Thomas and Kaylah Wesley, Prairie View A&M University “The winners of this competition displayed truly innovative ideas, design creativity, and an emphasis…

Lake|Flato Settles Into East Austin Office

Lake|Flato, a fixture of San Antonio for 30 years, has recently opened an Austin outpost. The team, which has been working in the city since March, moved into a new space on the East Side in October. The firm has signed a five-year lease for the space and has plans to grow. At the moment, the office houses seven employees plus David Lake, FAIA, founding partner of the firm. A native of Austin, Lake has been interested for years in opening an outpost in the city in order to take a more active role in facilitating sustainable growth while maintaining its…

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Architect Who Has Everything

Marmol Radziner Mezuzah http://www.marmolradzinerjewelry.com/home-goods/marmol-radziner-mezuzah The Los Angeles-based design-build firm Marmol Radziner has added a mezuzah to its collection of home accessories that includes a handcrafted menorah and dreidel in solid walnut and brass. Made by master craftsmen in the firm’s in-house metal and wood fabrication shop, the mezuzah is available in solid walnut, dark patinated metal, and cast brass. It has a removable brass back and is available with an optional Kosher Ashkenazi “Beis Yosef” parchment scroll. $200 Brillante Pencils www.papress.com New from Princeton Architectural Press, the Brillante pencil set was designed by the legendary graphic designer Louise Fili. This set…

Blast from the Past

Recently, TxA received a postcard from Robert Bumann of Florida. A piece of architectural history, the card depicts a building at The University of Texas at Austin that no longer exists. The Old Main building, originally the first permanent structure on the campus, was completed in 1899, 16 years after classes first began. A Victorian Gothic masterpiece of yellow brick, the building housed several different academic facilities. The first subject to be moved out of the palatial Old Main was chemistry, as the fumes from the labs and dangerous chemicals were a cause for concern. A chemistry building was built…

The Grit and the Grandeur

Since purchasing the Pearl Brewery in 2002, private equity firm Sliver Ventures has transformed the 23-acre site just north of downtown San Antonio into a mixed-use, urban-scaled neighborhood. Based on a master plan by Lake|Flato, the district has been filled in with an eclectic assortment of buildings — some new constructions, others adaptations of old brewery facilities — designed by a variety of architects and occupied by apartments, offices, shops, and restaurants.  The centerpiece of the bustling development is Hotel Emma, a 146-room luxury hotel named after Emma Koehler, who survived her husband, brewery president Otto Koehler, to run the…

Architeens

Students pose with their creation at the end-of-camp presentation. – photo by James Sharp Last week, The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs (CAPPA) hosted a week-long summer camp for 23 high school students interested in architecture and interior design. The students were treated to an immersive experience, staying in dorms at UTA and working in the studio from 9 to 5 daily. The camp, which is in its 10th year, is overseen by CAPPA Assistant Dean Rebecca Boles, AIA. Summer@CAPPA students, immersed in their artistic pursuits – photo by James Sharp At the end of…

2017 Texas Architect Editorial Calendar

-photo by Casey Dunn The 2017 editorial calendar for Texas Architect magazine is now available. The year’s themes focus on the juxtapositions and contrasts present in the architectural world. Instructions for submitting a project for consideration are included at the bottom of this post. January / February Feature: Knowledge / Folly Portfolio: Dine Products: Lighting In this issue we examine architecture’s role in encouraging the acquisition of knowledge, whether by providing facilities for the teaching of theory or a framework for experience. And since life and learning don’t have to be all serious, we explore the architecture of silliness and…

Houston’s Uncommon Modern Exhibit Receives National Recognition

6000 Heatherbrook Drive – photo by Paul Hester Docomomo US recently announced the winners of its 2016 Modernism in America Awards, describing the selections as "exemplary of the efforts going on all over the country as the awareness of the importance to advocate, restore and celebrate the architecture, landscapes and typologies of postwar society in the United States." Among the projects honored was AIA Houston's Uncommon Modern exhibit. On display at Architecture Center Houston from November 2015 to February 2016, the exhibit shone a light on the city's often-overlooked midcentury buildings. Business parks, churches, and gas stations were some of the buildings…

Update: UT Living Wall

The first living wall at The University of Texas at Austin has been installed.  Check out this video of the finished product: UT Austin Installs First Living Wall on Campus from University of Texas at Austin on Vimeo. Learn more about UT's living wall project here.