Architects Talking to Architects: Zach Farrell, Assoc. AIA

Zach Farrell, Assoc. AIA, works on corporate office and retail project for 5G Studio Collaborative in Dallas. He regularly participates in AIA events, including Architecture on Tap and Success Teams. When Zach is not working, you'll find him running, biking, or creating something at his home in East Dallas. Zach Farrell, Assoc. AIA – courtesy Zach Farrell If you had not studied architecture, what other profession would you have pursued? Physics, astronomy, medicine, or the fine arts — especially sculpture. A broad spectrum, I know. Most people have favorite tabs on their internet browsers that consist of ESPN Sports Center, NBC…

Architects Talking to Architects: Beth Brant, AIA

Beth Brant, AIA, works at DSGN Associates as a project architect and director of sustainability. Brant received her Masters of Architecture from the Texas A&M University College of Architecture. She lives with her husband, daughter, and two beagles in Dallas.  Beth Brant, AIA – photo courtesy Beth Brant Where did you grow up? I grew up in Garland, Texas. Growing up in suburbia can be pretty boring for a kid. In my middle school days, just walking to the convenience store down the block seemed like a pretty daring or rebellious thing to do. If you were not an architect, what other profession would…

Architects Talking to Architects: Christopher Ferguson, Assoc. AIA

Christopher Ferguson, Assoc. AIA, is a designer at Clickspring Design, co-founder of DO.GROUP DESIGN, and graduate of The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. He has an 8-year-old Cornish Rex named Little Bit and enjoys telling bad jokes. Christopher Ferguson, Assoc. AIA – photo courtesy Christopher Ferguson If had not studied architecture, what other profession would you have pursued? In first grade, I decided to become a bug doctor, and for a while I was pretty adamant about that career choice. My homeroom teacher urged me to become a veterinarian instead, but I knew that was only because she thought insects were icky.…

Architects Talking to Architects: Adam Thomason, AIA

Adam Thomason, AIA, works at Omniplan as a project architect. He graduated from the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University. The majority of Thomason's work has been in commercial retail and multifamily residential projects. Currently, he is working on construction administration of a mall renovation in Littleton, Colorado. His interests include running, hiking, camping, sports, and riding his scooter around town. Adam Thomason, AIA, and his wife, fresh off the Louisiana Half Marathon –photo courtesy Adam Thomason Where did you grow up? That's a tough question for an Army brat. I was born in Iran and eventually ended up in San Antonio. In between…

Architects Talking to Architects: Nick Kovach, AIA

Nick Kovach, AIA, is a BIM manager at BOKA Powell and vice chair of the Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Committee for AIA Dallas. Nick Kovach, AIA – photo courtesy of BOKA Powell If you were not an architect, what other profession would you have pursued? It seems fairly obvious as a BIM manager that I have a technical side, but I have always really enjoyed computer programming. I believe that the process of architecture is explaining something complex using simple instructions. This seems to be similar to the process of writing code. Honestly, I have been programming since I was eight years old. However,…

Architects Talking to Architects: Vincent Snyder, AIA

Vincent Snyder, AIA, started his firm, Vincent Snyder Architects, in Austin in 1995. The firm’s work ranges in scale from residential to institutional and is internationally published, exhibited, and recognized. Most recently, Snyder was the recipient of the 2014-2015 Rome Prize Fellow in Architecture at the American Academy in Rome. Vincent Snyder, AIA, at the Gardens at the Villa d'Este in Tivoli, Italy – courtesy Vincent Snyder Where did you grow up? I grew up in a rural area near the small town of Wahoo, Nebraska, which is situated in the open landscape of the Great Plains. Both the name of the town…

Architects Talking to Architects: Kory Bieg, AIA

Kory Bieg is an assistant professor of architecture at The University of Texas at Austin. In 2005, Bieg founded OTA+, an architecture, design, and research office that specializes in advanced digital design and construction technologies. He is the chair of TxA Emerging Design + Technology and a co-director of TEX-FAB. He is a registered architect in the state of California, Colorado, and Texas. Kory Bieg, AIA – courtesy Kory Bieg Where did you grow up? I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico – home of green chile! I used to spend afternoons and weekends driving around the state, exploring the land.…

Architects Talking to Architects: James Haliburton, AIA

James Haliburton, AIA, is a partner at SZH Architecture in Bryan and is a lecturer at Texas A&M University. He enjoys writing in the third person, riding motorcycles, playing contact sports, engaging in witty banter, and being a dad. James Haliburton, AIA – courtesy James Haliburton Do you listen to music when designing? What kind? I listen to music constantly. Sometimes the music is coming from speakers, and sometimes it is just in my head. When I’m entrenched in creative activities, I usually waffle between music with a fast beat with lyrics that are full of angst and classical music.…

Architects Talking to Architects: Sergio Botero, Assoc. AIA

Sergio Botero, Assoc. AIA, works at Gensler in Austin. Currently, he is working on the design and coordination of the new phases of The Domain, a unique mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented project that seeks to celebrate Austin’s culture. Prior to joining Gensler, Botero worked on the design of the award-winning Circuit of the Americas Formula 1 buildings with Miró Rivera Architects. Sergio Botero, Assoc. AIA – courtesy Sergio Botero If you had not studied architecture, what other profession would you have pursued? Becoming an architect has literally been the adventure of a lifetime. Although I dreamt of being an architect as a child, I thought I could escape from…

Architects Talking to Architects: Brian Cay, Assoc. AIA

Brain Cay, Assoc. AIA, is the vice chair for the AIA Dallas Architecture Matters committee, works at PBK in Dallas, is on the verge of being professional wasp killer, can bench 400 lbs, and has a look that definitely stands out in a room full of architects.  Brian Cay, Assoc. AIA – courtesy of Brian Cay Where did you grow up? I grew up in Topeka, Kansas, or as my friends and I called it growing up, "Top City." Topeka has a small city feel and was a great place to grow up. I also spent a large amount of time in Lawrence,…