Minnette B. Boesel of Houston Named Cornerstone Honoree

The Texas Society of Architects is pleased to announce Minnette B. Boesel of Houston as the 2019 Cornerstone Award recipient. This award is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions that enhance the quality of life by elevating architecture and the arts, promoting the value of community, or preserving the natural environment. With a background in art history, historic preservation, and real estate, Boesel has been a leader in the enhancement of the built environment of Houston for decades. In the 1980s, when the city lacked any preservation ordinances and banks refused loans for restoration projects, Boesel led efforts to clean…

2019 Studio Awards

Congratulations to our 2019 Studio Award winners! TA Editor Aaron Seward traveled to New York and oversaw the jury. Florian Idenburg, AIA, co-founder of SO-IL, Oana Stănescu, founder of Oana Stănescu Design Studio, Mimi Hoang, AIA, co-founder of nARCHITECTS, and Marc Fornes, founder and principal of THEVERYMANY,  deliberated over 50 projects and chose five winners. The winning projects are listed below in no particular order. A feature about the Studio Award winners will appear in the November/December issue of Texas Architect. Attwater Acclimation and Release Pen by: David Heymann, FAIA, with Kuan-Ying Chiu, Whitney Moore, and Tim Petersen Discontinuous Monument…

2019 Honor Awards

The Texas Society of Architects is pleased to announce our 2019 Honor Award recipients. This program recognizes exceptional members, firms, individuals, and organizations for outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture, the built environment, and quality of life in Texas. Recipients will be spotlighted on the TxA blog and social media in the coming months. They will also be recognized at various events during our 80th Annual Conference and Design Expo, taking place on October 24–26 in Galveston. Join us in congratulating the honorees! Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Honor of Llewellyn W. Pitts FAIAChris Carson, FAIASan Antonio…

All Mixed Up

Exhibit ReviewMapping Memory: Space and History in 16th-century MexicoBlanton Museum of Art, AustinThrough August 25 The story of Hernando Cortés’ conquest of Mexico, which began 500 years ago this August, has been told many times. It has been romanticized — Cortés burning his ships to give his army no choice but to march inland, Moctezuma’s dream of the return of the god Quetzalcoatl in the person of the conquistador — and it has been denounced — yet another example of European imperialists raping, pillaging, and subjugating an indigenous culture to the point of wiping it from the face of the…

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…