FCDC + East Austin Studio Tour

Field Constructs Design Competition (FCDC) has announced that their 2015 installations will be the first special event of the East Austin Studio Tour (EAST) to occur south of the Colorado River.  The FCDC winners will be on display at the Circle Acres Nature Preserve in Austin’s Montopolis neighborhood on November 14–22. Phase One of the international design competition wrapped up earlier this summer with 18 projects honored as 2015 Jury Selection Finalists.  EAST is a free, self-guided tour that invites the public to discover a breadth of local and regional artistic talent on view in working studios, galleries, and public spaces. The 2015 event will occur…

Save the Date! Facades+AM Heads to Houston This June

Facades+AM is coming to Houston on June 18 – Sarath Kuch / Flickr They say “everything is bigger in Texas.” So it goes for Houston‘s skyline, the fourth largest in the United States. Big, too, are the names behind Space City’s most iconic skyscrapers. The city’s tallest, the 75-story JPMorgan Chasetower, was designed by I.M. Pei in 1981. A number of other internationally-renowned architects and firms have left their mark on Houston, including César Pelli, Philip Johnson, Robert A.M. Stern, Renzo Piano, SOM, and Gensler. Today, Texas’ most populous city is home to TEX-FAB, a network of academics and practitioners pushing the boundaries of computational fabrication. I.M. Pei's JP Morgan Chasetower is the…

Mark T. Wellen on CRAFT

"It was impossible not to be inspired sitting in the Little Chapel in the Woods soaking up the genius that was O’Neil Ford and thinking about all the craftspeople who contributed with such conviction to that place," writes Mark T. Wellen. – photo by Alan Roberts Mark T. Wellen, FAIA, is a veteran when it comes to Texas Architects Design Conferences, having co-founded the annual event and attended all four so far. The conference, which brings together some of the best minds in the profession to focus on central theme, provides attendees with a smaller, more intimate setting than our Annual Convention. This year, architects explored…

FCDC Releases Nature Preserve Site Photos

The deadline for early bird registration for the Field Constructs Design Competition (FCDC) is quickly approaching. Earlier this month, questions and answers were posted to the competition’s website, fieldconstructs.org. Pithy data, including links to soil reports and images of the site, the Circle Acres Nature Preserve in Austin, were included in the document. The site — a former quarry, turned landfill, now nature preserve — encompasses four ecologies: paths, grassland/landfill, wetland, and forest. The images released are striking and show how the topography changes from areas of dense vegetation to open prairie. Several photos are included below; more are available via the FCDC Dropbox folder.  The Field Constructs Design Competition…

Discovering Craft in Denton

TxA Design Committee Chair Brantley Hightower, AIA, invites you to join him in Denton for keynote presentations, tours, and much more at our Fourth Annual Design Conference: CRAFT. At the end of February, I am planning to drive from San Antonio up the I-35 corridor. I will not stop in either Dallas or Fort Worth, but will instead continue north another half-hour to the small town of Denton. Although it is a lovely place to visit in its own right, my reason for making this particular trip will be to attend the Texas Society of Architects’ 2015 Design Conference: CRAFT.…

Vanishing Rest Stops

Architectural photographer Ryann Ford is looking to document the architectural and cultural significance of America's vanishing rest stops by transforming her photo series of these landmarks into a book. "The Last Stop" Kickstarter campaign, which ends on December 16, aims to make this happen. Near Post, Texas – U.S. 84 – by Ryann Ford For the past five years, Ryann Ford has traveled the country to document America's rest stops. Some of her film photographs were featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Texas Architect magazine. Last month, Ford launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds to publish a book based on the photo series. "The Last Stop:…

Architizer A+ Awards — Final Submissions Due December 19

Architizer’s call for entries for the Third Annual A+Awards, honoring the best architecture, spaces, and products across the globe, will close on December 19. Submissions are open for 93 categories, including 11 new architecture categories and 33 new product categories. In collaboration with partners The Wall Street Journal, WSJ Magazine, the Webby Awards, Dwell, and Cool Hunting, the A+Awards reach 300+ jurors, 100,000 public voters, and dozens of media outlets across the globe. And unlike most awards programs, which honor just one or a handful of firms and brands, the A+Awards give unprecedented exposure to hundreds of finalists, and 100+…

500 Chicon: Fallen Tree to Get New Life

On the evening of June 11, a Texas-sized thunderstorm hit the Austin area. The next morning, once the winds had died down and the rain had ceased, the staff at 500 Chicon discovered one of our prominent pecan trees felled by lightning. In the parking lot of the Texas Society of Architects office, our fallen pecan tree goes through various stages of dismantling. – photos by Elizabeth Hackler The removal of the tree was necessary, but the consensus around the office was to do something more. Texas Architect editor Catherine Gavin reached out to a local furniture studio, Hatch Workshop, in hopes they could…

2014 Texas Trailbreak Reception in Chicago

This month at the 2014 AIA National Convention in Chicago, the Texas Society of Architects will host our annual Texas Trailbreak Reception to honor the 21 new Texan members of the AIA College of Fellows. The 2014 Texas Trailbreak Reception will take place on Friday, June 27, from 6:00–7:30 p.m. at the Congress Plaza Hotel (520 S. Michigan Ave), directly across the street from the Fellows Investiture Ceremony. Meet us on the third floor in the Florentine Room to help us recognize and honor the new Texas Fellows. All the new Fellows will be in attendance, and everyone, Texan or otherwise, is invited. We hope you take…

Austin 1964! Preservation Austin Homes Tour

Preservation Austin’s throwback to the mid-1960s looks at a few prominent homes built by the heavy-hitting firms in town including the house Arthur Feher, principal of Fehr & Granger, designed for himself. Harwell Hamilton Harris’ Cranfill-Beacham Apartments on Cliff Street will also be featured. See the gallery above for other properties on the tour. The 22nd annual spring tour will occur on Saturday, April 5, 2014
, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 That same day, tour participants can also attend "The Principles of Mid-Century Modern Architecture," a short, informal lecture by Steve Sadowsky, who will speak at 3607 Balcones at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and…