Architects Talking to Architects: Alan G. Roberts, AIA

Alan G. Roberts, AIA, is the founder of “So You Want to Be an Architect,” a Facebook page dedicated to exploring the realities of a career in architecture. Roberts received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa in 1982. An American citizen since 2002, he has worked on many projects in Northeast Texas, specializing in educational, religious, medical, and commercial work. He is now semi-retired. Where did you grow up? I was born in Africa in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and, depending upon how old you are, you may remember the name “Rhodesia” as well. My earliest…

Becoming an Architect: MFx Participants Gain Career Experience

MFx participants collaborate. – photo courtesy Matt Fajkus Architecture Last week, the Intern Development Program transitioned into the AXP, the Architectural Experience Program. With the structure of student career development programs changing, we will be highlighting a variety of student experiences, from applying to architecture school to available experience programs for licensure. First up is a look inside MFx, a new summer program for students created by Matt Fajkus Architecture (MF Architecture) "to explore unknown variables in the field of architecture and beyond, with the intention of adding a new dynamic to the Austin creative scene." Hard at work – photo courtesy Matt Fajkus Architecture While…

Architects in the Outfield

Architects swing for the fences – photo by Richard Deras, AIA Trading their T-squares for baseball diamonds and designing homes for crossing home plate, a group of architects and engineers gathers every spring at the Rusty Lions fields in San Antonio for friendly games of softball. The league has existed for 22 years and is home to 12 teams representing about 20 firms. Richard Deras, AIA, Beverly R. Baldwin, AIA, and Duncan McAda organize the league, the only one of its kind in the city. A memorable summer tradition, many of the players have been coming back for years. Deras, who…

Logic Tobola, FAIA: 1940–2016

St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, a moveable prototype designed by Tobola – image via Tobola Design Award submission, 2015 Logic Tobola II, FAIA, passed away on May 21. Tobola was born in El Campo, Texas, in 1940 and lived on his grandparents’ farm in a Czech community. He attended The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and proceeded to serve as a practicing architect for more than 50 years. He was an associate and then a partner at the firm of Pierce, Goodwin, and Alexander. Later, he returned to the farm in El Campo and established his own architectural…

Jim Williamson Named Dean at Texas Tech College of Architecture

Jim Williamson – photo courtesy Cornell University The Texas Tech School of Architecture has named Jim Williamson its new dean. Himself a graduate of Tech’s undergraduate architecture program, Williamson will assume his new role on August 1.  After receiving his Bachelor of Arts from Tech, Williamson went on to earn his graduate degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and studied at the Architectural Association of London. An associate professor of architecture at Cornell University, Williamson has also taught at Harvard, the Rhode Island School of Design, Rice University, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Columbia…

Save the Date: ProCon 2016

The Texas Prosperity Conference is a new symposium organized by TxA focused on improving your architectural business. The program will cover: Risk Management Getting What You Want State of the State Growth Strategies Date/Location Friday, August 26, 2016 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM The Barnhill Center at Historic Simon Theatre Brenham, Texas Brenham is only…. 200 miles from Dallas 73 miles from Houston 89 miles from Austin 151 miles from San Antonio Registration Registration is $250. The cost includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon break, and the opportunity to meet and visit with the speakers. Online registration will open in May. Program More details…

Facades+ Dallas Conference

Home to Morphosis‘ Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Santiago Calatrava–designed Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, and a starchitecture-studded cultural district, Dallas is increasingly an architectural destination in its own right. This fall, AEC industry professionals have one more reason to visit: the inaugural Facades+ Dallas conference, taking place October 30–31 at CityPlace Events. The Facades+ conference’s Dallas debut is a homecoming of sorts for the native Texans on the planning team, who include AN founder and publisher Diana Darling, AN managing editor Aaron Seward, andMode Lab founding partner Ronnie Parsons. The not-to-be-missed event begins with a symposiumfeaturing the movers and shakers of high-performance envelope design, like keynote presenters Antoine Predock and Marlon Blackwell, plus special appearances by Jeremy Strick,…

500 Chicon: PubCom on Sketching

Publications Committee members illustrated their sketching skills during their visit to the TxA offices. – photo by Elizabeth Hackler Last week, TxA's Publications Committee met at 500 Chicon to discuss the ins and outs of Texas Architect. Between reviewing our July/August Art & Architect issue and brainstorming potential projects to highlight in the 2015 editorial season, the committee took some time to reflect on the upcoming theme of the November/December issue: Sketching.   Committee members were given the duration of the meeting to show off their sketching skills within the bounds a 5” x 5” square.   Check out what our…

The Rise of Video as a Tool for Documenting Architecture: An Interview with Frazer|Pogue Collective

When did you introduce video into your portfolio? We began looking for different ways to capture architecture on film in 2008. At that time, video hadn’t been developed as a tool for marketing architecture. It required a large crew and expensive equipment and was too costly for small firms. With the advent of using digital single-lens reflex cameras (DSLRs) to capture high definition (HD) video with architectural lenses, we saw an opening to create high-quality videos using a relatively inexpensive and unique format, which could help us better tell the story of an architectural project.  Ultimately, as architectural photographers, our…

Methods to TBAE Success: Part II

By Matthew C. Ryan The Texas Board of Architectural Examiners (TBAE) is tasked with a broad mandate to protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare. Almost all architects have their first encounter with the board in its role as a gatekeeper, governing the examination and registration process, and thwarting unlicensed practice. But the TBAE’s other main role is the investigation of alleged professional misconduct — this is the type of scrutiny that no architect wants to face. Whether a case involves claims of dishonesty, negligence, criminal convictions, or otherwise, the careful handling of your projects and clients can help serve as the…