Juror Shares Perspective on Rio 2016 Olympic Park Competition

On August 19, 2011, British firm AECOM, a London-based building design and management company, was announced as the winner of the Rio 2016 Olympic Park Competition. Texas Society of Architects Board member Gabriel Durand-Hollis, FAIA, served as the sole U.S. juror on a panel of seven. In briefly recounting the experience, he highlights the fact that design is more than just a “pretty master plan.” “Beyond the names and titles, the jurors had Olympic planning or venue experience from Barcelona, Athens, Sydney, and Beijing. In addition, there were people working on the Rio World Cup preparations for 2014. There were…

Promoting Community Identity

In recognition of distinguished architecture and significant contributions to the profession and community, the Texas Society of Architects will present the 2011 Firm Award to Richter Architects (Corpus Christi) on Oct. 28, during the Gala Evening at the Society’s annual convention in Dallas; the award is the highest honor the Society can bestow upon an architectural firm. “The combined accomplishments of the principals and staff of Richter Architects are truly extraordinary. It is even more remarkable that this firm’s legacy has been achieved within the relatively minor market place of Corpus Christi,” says Connie Rivera, executive director of AIA Corpus…

Fountain Place Wins 25-Year Award

The annual award recognizes one building completed 25 to 50 years earlier that has stood the test of time by retaining its central form, character, and overall architectural integrity. The award will be presented on Oct. 28 in Dallas during the convention’s first general session. A panel of five judges reviewed seven nominations before unanimously selecting Fountain Place during a teleconference held on July 6. Members of the jury were Dan Hart, president of the Society; Ray Bailey, FAIA, 2010 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Medal; Sarah M. Whiting, Assoc. AIA, dean of Rice University’s School of Architecture; Michael Malone,…

From Concept to Completion

“The motivation behind SEEPZ Mumbai springs from my academic and professional work. I was building a house for a client in Mumbai a couple of miles away from the factory he owned at SEEPZ. Having seen how these tax-free zones partition urban life, I began assigning large-scale urban projects to my students at UH and had them consider such problems of capital development in rapidly growing cities such as Mumbai,” says Truitt. View the gallery of images for renderings of the conceptual project. SEEPZ Mumbai received a 2011 Texas Society of Architects Studio Award. The unbuilt project will be published…

Walter Humann Receives Cornerstone Award

Walter J. “Walt” Humann has had two simultaneously successful careers in Dallas. One is in business, and the other is in public service. He heads his own firm, WJH Corporation, and has held top management positions in several corporations as well as serving on both corporate and non-profit boards. In his public service career, Humann has the quiet tenacity and perceptive vision to develop private/public partnerships to address pressing urban problems. He has spearheaded significant community improvements in the areas of transportation—reconstruction of North Central Expressway, and creation and implementation of DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit)—education, community and race relations,…