Cotton Gin Receives AIA Honor Award

AIA National recently announced its 2017 Honor Award winners. Among those was Antenora Architects’ Cotton Gin at the Co-Op District in Hutto. The project also won a 2016 TxA Design Award. The 23 national award winners were selected from over 700 entries for exemplifying architectural excellence. This year’s jury included: Mark Reddington, FAIA, LMN Architects (Chair); Gregory P. Baker, AIA, HNTB Architecture; David Cordaro, AIAS Representative; Leslie K. Elkins, FAIA, Leslie K. Elkins Architect; Timothy J. Johnson, AIA, NBBJ; William Q. Sabatini, FAIA, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini; Adrian D. Smith, FAIA, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Beatrice Spolidoro, Assoc. AIA, Rothschild Doyno…

Check Your Selfie Before You Wreck Your Selfie

El Paso’s AGENCY Architecture designed a selfie wall installation as part of Chalk the Block, an annual event sponsored by the City of El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department. The work, composed of 162 custom-fabricated units, invites the audience to question its perceptions of privacy in today’s selfie culture. In addition to the wall, a data scraping website will be produced that clarifies the path personal data takes on the internet. The striking structure, which the architects colloquially called the “Storm Trooper,” was built out of thin aluminum panels with a plastic interior. The pieces were folded in?to shape…

McAllen: An Architectural Panorama

Participants in the 24th Annual Building Communities Conference of the Lower Río Grande Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects began a two-day conference at South Padre Island with a daylong, preconference tour on September 29 that focused on domestic architecture in the border city of McAllen. Kevin Graham was instrumental in organizing this tour of eight of McAllen’s most outstanding works of residential architecture. These were visited by the more than 60 tour participants. The oldest house on the tour was a compact, two-story Spanish style house on N. 15th Street in McAllen’s Las Palmas Landmark District. Built in 1933,…

TxA Responds to AIA Post-Election Letter

In the wake of the response by AIA members to AIA CEO Robert Ivy’s post-election statement, the Texas Society of Architects (TxA) would like to reaffirm our core values. Above all, TxA is committed to being the voice for Texas architecture, supporting the creation of safe, beautiful, and sustainable environments. Furthermore, TxA stands behind AIA’s stated Diversity and Inclusion Goals (see below). TxA acknowledges that  much of the presidential campaign rhetoric, prior actions, and statements of the president-elect seem to be in contradiction to our core values and those of the AIA. We anticipate learning more about the intentions of the new administration…

2017 Prosperity Conference

REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE   2017 PROSPERITY CONFERENCE "WHO’S FLYING THE PLANE?!" The Waco Hippodrome 724 Austin Ave. Waco, TX 76701   About the Conference TxA invites you and the future leaders of your firm to participate in this engaging event to change the future of your practice. You will: Gain significant insight into best practices for marketing, sales strategies, and financial profitably; Learn secrets for small business owners; and Leave with an action plan to improve your firm.  We can have a prosperous firm — but first — we have to answer the question: "Who is flying the plane in your firm?!”   Thursday, August…

2016 Studio Awards

Convergence: Keynote Speakers

We are excited to introduce the keynote speakers for “Convergence,” our 77th Annual Convention and Design Expo. Marion Weiss, FAIA, and Michael Manfredi, FAIA, Eric J. Cesal, Assoc. AIA, and Debbie Millman will be joining us in San Antonio this November. For the first time, this year we will be hosting four general sessions— two on Friday and two on Saturday. Debbie Millman will speak at the first session on Friday, and Weiss/Manfredi will speak at the second. The Saturday program will feature a session by Eric J. Cesal, as well as the convention’s final general session, a panel discussion…

2016 Prosperity Conference

The word on the street is that our economy is booming and all is well in our industry. But maybe there are still questions to be asked and ways to improve your business. What is the Texas economy looking like now — what is ahead? Are we changing the way our firms operate to take advantage of the highs and protect the company when the inevitable lows return? What best practices can be shared to strategize our growth? How do we “get what we want” for the firm? For our clients? For our staff? Explore these questions and more at…

2016 Conference

Our 77th Annual Conference and Design Expo will take place on November 3–5 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. Set in the heart of Texas’ history, the conference program will focus on the theme of “Convergence.” Sessions and tours will explore how different cultures, geographical features, and design ideas have come together to influence the development and ongoing transformation of San Antonio, as well as other cities across the state, and how various disciplines and approaches are being combined to create meaningful impact on the built environment. More details will be available in the coming months. In the meantime, we are pleased to announce our…

Hallet Oak Gallery and TxA to Sponsor J. Riely Gordon Art Contest and Conference

Ellis County Courthouse – photo by Richard Payne In honor of celebrated Texas architect J. Riely Gordon (1863-1937), the Hallet Oak Gallery, in partnership with the Texas Society of Architects, is sponsoring a statewide art contest and hosting a conference on June 10–11, 2016, in Hallettsville, Texas. The architect of 18 Texas courthouses, Gordon also designed the Kahn and Stanzel Building (1890), which houses the gallery. The conference, focusing on Gordon and historical Texas architecture, begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 10. In addition to presentations by local historians and architects, there will be special tours on Friday evening and Saturday…