500 Chicon: Mentorship Match-Up

Career Building Committee members worked tirelessly to match mentors and EPs during their visit to 500 Chicon. – photo by Elizabeth Hackler  The Career Building Committee has announced the much-anticipated Texas Architects Mentorship Program Class of 2014. This announcement comes after an extensive, algorithm-based process focused on matching Emerging Professionals (EPs) with like-minded members of the College of Fellows to form mentorship families. The mentorship family members will meet throughout the year to learn from one another; they will also share their experiences during a special session at our 75th Annual Convention and Design Expo in Houston this November. The Brains The creator…

Methods to TBAE Success: Part I

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…

500 Chicon: Elizabeth Danze, FAIA, Talks Convention Futures

By Charlotte Friedley Last month, the TxA Convention Futures Committee gathered at 500 Chicon, where I had the opportunity to meet Elizabeth Danze, FAIA, a new member of the committee. Danze took some time to talk with me and shared her enthusiasm for the work the team is doing. The Convention Futures Committee is responsible for helping to plan, not the current year’s convention, but ones in the years to come. Currently, Danze and the other committee members are focused on our 2015 Convention, which will take place in Dallas. Danze says that what originally drew her to this particular…

Media and Technology in Architecture: The Morpholio Project App

Morpholio is part of a project geared towards architects and academics that provides digital tools for contemporary design practice and education. The Morpholio team has managed to round up some rather impressive sponsors, including Dyson, Herman Miller, and 3Form. The project's success can be seen with it massive list of collaborators from private practice and academia. Unlike many other similar services, Morpholio is free — although not without its limits. In order to review this app, I set up my own portfolio. Since my practice deals with accessibility, and I don’t have any spiffy photos of parking spaces, I opted to show my personal paintings and…

Reflections | Design Conference 2014

“You can read about this in journals, but you don’t get all the nuances, the humor, and the poignant aspects of the projects unless you are face to face.” – Bibiana Bright Dykema, AIA 2014 Design Conference participants warmly welcomed a diverse group of speakers, including Rand Elliott, FAIA, of Oklahoma City, Victor Legorreta of Mexico City, Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, of Fayetteville, Ark., and Victor Trahan, FAIA, of New Orleans. Kicking off the event on Friday afternoon, Rand Elliot, FAIA urged attendees to fear not our “ugly drawings,” but instead find the beauty and appreciate the intricacies within our imperfect…

AIA Announces 2014 Fellows — 21 Texas Architects Named

Congratulations to the following Texas Architects elevated to Fellowship in 2014: Russell N. Buchanan, FAIA AIA Dallas Principal at Buchanan Architecture in Dallas, Buchanan's projects are widely recognized for their sculptural composition, geometric rigor, attention to detail and integrity of craft. He is an adjunct professor of architecture at The University of Texas at Arlington and co-founded the Dallas Architecture Forum. Outside of his architectural practice, Buchanan has designed a large collection of furniture pieces; one is on permanent display of the Dallas Museum of Art. Richard H. Bundy, FAIA AIA Wichita Falls Bundy is principal and president at the Wichita Falls-based firm Bundy,…

Media and Technology in Architecture | Flipboard Aggregator App

I am a recent convert to Flipboard, owing the insight to having been assigned this review. Up to now, I have been solely following Zite, an earlier entry into the field of aggregators, or sites that re-publish articles in a single format from various sources, like magazines, newspapers, websites, and blogs. In this day of exponentially increasing content, it’s useful, even necessary, to have a single place to go to for news on favorite subjects. Flipboard is, hands down, the more visual of the two apps. The photos are bigger and look great on an iPad:  On Zite, photos are smaller, so more…

Media and Technology in Architecture | Media Consumption: How to Get Your Fill

In today’s media driven age, we are bombarded with options for how to consume information. We can access websites on our computers, watch streaming videos on smart phones, and pull up books or magazines on our tablets with a simple touch of a button. For architects, there is an endless supply of expert knowledge and inspiration images available to us across the web. Finding the best way to organize and consume this content can be overwhelming — and it may be a deterrent to having the best information at your fingertips. This overview will outline some of the content types and how…

Media and Technology in Architecture | Sourcing New Materials

As professionals responsible for the health, safety and welfare of our clients and the general public, we must carefully evaluate the materials and products that go into the buildings we design. The task of sourcing and selecting new materials for a project requires a significant investment of time, effort, and ultimately, money.  Associate Professor Donna Kacmar, founder and director of the Materials Research Collaborative at the University of Houston, understands this plight well. “It takes time to actually find new materials," says Kacmar. "And then, once you find something interesting, you need to know about its warranty, how is it installed, etc.…

Behind the Lens with Richard Payne, FAIA

An icon and indisputably the dean of architectural photographers in Texas, Richard Payne, FAIA, has been a registered architect since 1964 and a full-time architectural photographer for almost 45 years. Payne has been commissioned to photograph work by renowned architects such as Philip Johnson, I. M. Pei, Charles Gwathmey, and Ricardo Bofill and has worked all over the world — Spain, France, Germany, the Middle East, Australia, and across North America. But he has also kept himself deeply rooted in Texas with five beautiful portfolio books to his credit that focus solely on the architecture of his home state. He…