Rand Elliott’s Word Paintings

For Rand Elliott, FAIA, the creative process transcends conventional divisions between artistic disciplines. For Elliott, language and architecture — the output of his professional practice — are intimately connected.  Marfa Contemporary Gallery by Elliott + Associates Architects – photo by Scott McDonald, Hedrich Blessing "The words arrive before the architecture," writes Rand Elliott, FAIA, in his 2014 book, "Word Paintings." "Words, sentence fragments, dissimilar pairings of adjectives, and the imagining of a place yet to be created… The words liquefy and reform as an architectural spirit in time." Elliott’s process for transforming a 1940s-era Gulf service station into the Marfa Contemporary…

TASA/TASB Exhibit of School Architecture — Call for Entries

The Texas Association of School Administrators and Texas Association of School Boards are seeking submissions for the 2015 TASA/TASB Exhibit of School Architecture. This program highlights new and renovated Texas schools and celebrates excellence in planning and design of the learning environment. The winning projects will be on display at this year's TASA/TASB Convention, taking place in Austin on October 2–4. The competition's highest award, known as "The Caudill," is named after Texas architect William Wayne Caudill (1914–1983), whose progressive concepts about school design are still influencing the field today. Projects can be awarded "Stars of Distinction" as recognition in one or more areas of distinction.…

Project ArchiTX: Castano House

Craig McMahon Architects' renovation and new addition to a San Antonio home responds to the South Texas climate and employs a simple materials palette to achieve continuity. Project Castano House, San Antonio  Architect Craig McMahon Architects Photographers Dror Baldinger and Mark Menjivar Craig McMahon Architects’ Castano House is a subtle statement in site efficiency and maximizing an enjoyable aspect of the South Texas climate: its Gulf Coast breeze. The San Antonio-based architect approached the renovation and new addition to the home with a pared-down philosophy regarding space and materials. The original stucco finish was stripped from the existing house, exposing the concrete structure,…

2015 Design Conference Reflections

The Fourth Annual Texas Society of Architects Design Conference: CRAFT was a highly anticipated event, with registration surpassing planned numbers, even generating a waiting list. Texas weather reared its ugly head early Friday morning (exceeding forecasted conditions) as extremely low temperatures, ice, and snow set in. Intrepid attendees pushed on and by late afternoon there were over 50 on hand milling around the hotel, glad to be off the highways, and anxious for the conference to begin. Nestled in the arms of early and mid-career work of O’Neil Ford, FAIA, and his assorted partners and collaborators, the conference’s location and…

Architects Talking to Architects: A.J. Sustaita, AIA

A.J. Sustaita, AIA, is a project architect working in the education architecture department of Corgan in Houston. He is a senior editor and contributing writer for YAF Connection, the official e-magazine for young architects produced by AIA's Young Architects Forum. He is also the 2015 chair of the AIA Houston Intern/Associate Network. A.J. Sustaita, AIA –photo courtesy A.J. Sustaita  Where did you grow up? I grew up in Sugar Land, Texas, which is a neighboring city to Houston. Technically, my family and I moved to Sugar Land when I was in the fifth grade from a small Houston community named Alief. Since…

Jerry L. Clement, FAIA (1932–2015)

Jerry Lee Clement was born in Sioux City Iowa in 1932, and attended the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. He was part of the 1953 freshmen class, which his classmate John Nyfeler, FAIA, tells us started at 220 in size and was down to 22 by graduation in 1958. Clement studied at UT when the legendary Texas Rangers were on the faculty and went on to become an excellent designer. Some of the firms he worked for included James R. Killebrew, Harrell & Hamilton, Woodward and Cape, and Envirodynamics, which became EDI/Cape Hopkins Clement. Notable works included North Lake…

Project ArchiTX: House 124

Candid Rogers Architect's House 124 launches Texas Society of Architects' newest blog series Project ArchiTX. The series highlights the outstanding architectural projects in Texas, as well as projects designed by Texas architects and designers. House 124 seemlessly fuses old world and contemporary urban style in a Victorian cottage in San Antonio.  Project House 124, San Antonio Client Jack and Liza Lewis Architect Candid Rogers Architect Photographer Dror Baldinger The residence at 124 Devine Street is a wood-framed Victorian cottage estimated to be built in the early 1900s. The original size of the three-room shiplap wood house was a little more than 600 sf. At unknown dates (est. 1940–1970’s), multiple…

Field Constructs Design Competition

Texas Architect magazine, Ecology Action of Texas, and Pentagram invite you to participate in the first-annual Field Constructs Design Competition. Entries are due by April 1. ***REGISTRATION AND SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 15*** Field Constructs Design Competition (FCDC) invites emerging designers, architects, landscape architects, and artists to submit proposals for temporary installations to be sited at the Circle Acres Nature Preserve in Austin. The international competition will result in the realization of five to eight submitted entries, selected by a jury of leading figures in architecture, design, and art. The completed installations will open to the public in November of…

2017 Design Conference

The 2017 Design Conference is SOLD OUT.  Our Sixth Annual Design Conference will explore the theme of “Clarity” in design. The conference will be held in Marfa, where high desert skies, light, and landscape define a clarity of place, one which remains remote and alluring to many contemporary artists, architects, and patrons alike. DATES February 24–26, 2017 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Presenters at the 2017 Design Conference will include: Carlos Jiménez, ​Carlos Jiménez Studio (Houston) Rick Joy, FAIA, Rick Joy Architects (Tucson, Arizona) Christine Ten Eyck, PLA, FASLA, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects (Austin) Individual presentations by these three distinguished designers and a panel…

Hog Pen Creek Residence

The subtitle of the new “Lake|Flato Houses” book is “Embracing the Landscape.” The monograph focuses on how the residential work of Lake|Flato Architects adapts to the site-specific conditions of brushlands, deserts, hillsides, mountains, cities, and water. The San Antonio-based firm displays a profound understanding of landscape. For instance, cities are viewed as a landscape type — not phenomena independent of nature, but rather a synthesis of nature and culture. Lake|Flato does not misuse or abuse the word “landscape.” In fact, the firm does not “do ‘landscaping’” at all — that is, it doesn’t use natural elements to decorate. Instead, Lake|Flato…