Governor Appoints Three to TBAE

Governor Rick Perry has appointed three members to the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners for terms to expire Jan. 31, 2019. The board regulates the practice of architecture, landscape architecture and interior design throughout the state. Charles "Chuck" Anastos of Corpus Christi is president and co-owner of Chuck Anastos Associates LLC. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Texas Society of Architects, a member and past president of the Corpus Christi AIA, and a graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi. He is a past board member of the Corpus Christi Arts Foundation, past board member and…

TxA Interactive

Call for Papers TxA Interactive is an initiative to bring experimental research and exploration among academics and practitioners to a broad audience of designers, practicing architects, construction industry executives, building products manufacturers, students, and other researchers. It takes advantage of the collection of over 2000 representatives of these fields at the Texas Society of Architects Convention and Design Expo to create a forum for sharing new ideas being formulated in Schools of Architecture and elsewhere. Selected academics and researchers will have the opportunity to present their papers at three 90-minute sessions at the 2013 Texas Society of Architects Convention and…

Driving Business to Your Firm: Q&A With Jeff Needles, AIA

Jeff Needles, AIA, has been a director of vision building at Sixthriver Architects in Austin since 2005, specializing in master planning, site planning, parking lot planning, architectural design, and how a building integrates into its site.On February 9th, while the Chapter Associate Directors of Texas met for the Emerging Professionals Roundtable, Jeff stopped by to discuss a crucial topic that often isn’t covered in schools of architecture: how to bring work into your firm. We’ve highlighted Jeff’s answers to five of their most important questions. What are the fundamentals to bringing in work? There are lots of ways to start…

Dwelling: To Have or to Be

Architecture is practiced within a culture of consumption so pervasive as to be almost invisible. That, taken with the pressures assumed by a system that rewards market conformance, results in a culture of mediocre dwellings. Banal houses are often compensated for with greater square footage, freighted symbols, and technological amenities. This can happen in so-called traditional or modern houses. In a rush to meet the client’s stated or assumed needs, having often trumps being. One might pry open the writings of Fromm, Bachelard, Heidegger, and Alexander to better understand dwelling. There are helpful moments in those writings, but a more…