Architects Talking to Architects: Michael Kaiser, Assoc. AIA

Michael Kaiser, Assoc. AIA, is a principal and director of design at The Beck Group in Dallas. Michael Kaiser, Assoc. AIA – photo courtesy Emillia Garcia If you had not studied architecture, what other profession would you have pursued? I would have probably been some kind of designer — industrial or graphic. When I was a kid, I always drew and designed things — cars, airplanes, Star Wars fighters (I was really good at drawing explosions in space). When I was a teenager and wanted to be Eddie Van Halen, I spent more time drawing guitars and concert stages for my fictitious band than I…

Architects Talking to Architects: Kris Calvert, AIA

Kris Calvert, AIA, is a Principal at Urban Bobcat Architects. Calvert is on the Advisory Board for Partners for Sacred Places, an organization that helps churches with the preservation of their architecture, and currently serves on the Executive Committee for AIA Fort Worth.  Kris Calvert, AIA –photo courtesy Kris Calvert Where do you find inspiration? To quote singer/songwriter Rich Mullins, “There’s so much beauty around us for just two eyes to see. Everywhere I go I’m looking.” I look to some of my favorite architects to learn how they make beautiful buildings. Whenever possible, I like to visit buildings in person to…

Architects Talking to Architects: Andrew Houston, Assoc. AIA

Andrew Grant Houston, Assoc. AIA, is a project designer at Derrington Building Studio in Austin. Andrew Grant Houston, Assoc. AIA –photo courtesy Andrew Houston Where did you grow up? I was born and spent most of my years before college in San Antonio. However, I’ve also lived in other smaller cities in Texas — namely Uvalde, Del Rio, and New Braunfels. Additionally, I spent a summer in Pisa, Italy as a kid. The variability of where I grew up has impacted my understanding of Texas as an amazing place, while realizing that there is a big, whole wide world outside of…

John Only Greer, FAIA: 1933–2015

A longtime advocate for and leader of the profession, John Only Greer was born in Henderson, Texas, on October 21, 1933. Upon graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, Greer attended Texas A&M University and received his bachelor's in architecture in 1957. After several years in the army, he returned to A&M and earned his Masters.  Greer went on to serve on the Texas A&M University faculty for 49 years. His ideas for elevating professional practice studies created courses that have become national models, and his work as an administrator pushed the department forward, shaping a leading-edge architectural program that emphasized design, academics, technology and practice equally. Many generations of…

Architects Talking to Architects: Charles E. Brant, AIA

Charles E. Brant, AIA, a native of Kansas, has lived in Dallas for 11 years enjoying the neighborhood character of the city's constantly evolving districts. Currently, Brant is an associate and project manager at Perkins+Will focusing on the K-12 market. He is also an active AIA Dallas member: he has participated in and led the Emerging Leaders Program and is the current chair of the chapter's Public Policy Committee. Additionally, he has served on the planning committees for the Form Follows Fitness 5K, which benefits the Dallas Center for Architecture, and the NCARB ARE 5.0 Task Force. ​ Charles E. Brant, AIA – photo courtesy Perkins+Will Where did you grow up? I’m…

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Architects Talking to Architects: Nick Jackson, Assoc. AIA

Nick Jackson, Assoc. AIA, is an associate and architectural assistant at PDR in Houston. Nick Jackson, Assoc. AIA – photo courtesy Nick Jackson Where did you grow up? I grew up in Cypress, Texas, a bustling suburb in the northwest Greater Houston area. Despite growing up in the suburbs, I proudly claim Houston as my home. I defied the odds by returning to Houston after living a couple of years in Austin to attend The University of Texas (friends and family were astounded that my wife and I would leave Austin for Houston). The truth is, when I moved inside “the…

Architects Talking to Architects: Jack Murphy, Assoc. AIA

Jack Murphy, Assoc. AIA, is a designer with Baldridge Architects in Austin. Jack Murphy, Assoc. AIA – photo by Jessica Mills Where did you grow up? This is actually a hard question for me. My father is a professor of music, so we moved a number of times as his academic appointments changed. Both sides of my extended family live in Maryland, but I was born in New York City and spent two years on the Upper West Side. My elementary school childhood was in rural western Illinois, but I went to high school in Denton, Texas. Also, I spent two yearlong…

Waterways

Kathleen English, AIA, talks about bioswales the way others might talk about a nice deck or flagstone patio. For her, it is the must-have landscape feature. Long interested in sustainable design, English in recent years turned her professional focus toward the often-complex hydrology and water issues surrounding buildings. As a longtime Houstonian, she saw how the lack of water as well as its periodic overabundance affected the city and development in it. She wondered how design could accommodate rapid rainfalls and the city’s notorious flash flooding in a more effective way, while maybe hanging on to more of the precious…

Architects Talking to Architects: Danny Rigg, AIA

Danny Rigg, AIA, is an architect at Stern and Bucek Architects in Houston. He is chair of TxA's Career Building Committee and past chair of AIA Houston's Intern/Associate Network. You’ll currently find him working on a variety of projects around Houston while gearing up for the 2015 Texas Architects Mentorship Program. Danny Rigg, AIA – photo courtesy Danny Rigg​ Where did you grow up? I was born in Houston, but I grew up in Tampa, Florida. The beaches were beautiful, but the alligators in the lake behind our house were terrifying. My kindergarten field trip included traveling to the moon in a…