Michelle Addington Named Dean at UTSOA

Starting July 1, Michelle Addington will be the Dean of The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. Currently, she serves as the Hines Professor of Sustainable Architectural Design at the Yale School of Architecture. Addington will replace Elizabeth Danze, FAIA, who has served as the school’s interim dean since last July. Addington has been educated in architecture and as an engineer, and her career has been wide-ranging. Before teaching at Harvard and Yale, she worked at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and as a manager at DuPont. She holds degrees from Tulane University and Temple University, as well…

TxA Holiday Hours

The office of the Texas Society of Architects will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will close at noon on Wednesday, November 23, and re-open on Monday, November 27, at 8:30 a.m.

Robert E. Velten, AIA: 1929–2016

Robert E. Velten, AIA, dedicated Brownsville architect – photo courtesy AIA LRGV Robert E. Velten, AIA, of Brownsville passed away on May 16. A native Texan, Velten practiced architecture in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. In a way, he was entering the family business, as his father was a prolific contractor in Brownsville. Velten received his Bachelor of Arts in architecture from Texas A&M University. After serving in the Air Force, he worked for Henry D. Mayfield, Fehr & Granger, and A. H. Woolridge before opening his own architectural practice in 1959.  Velten put his stamp on his hometown, notably designing the F.W.…

Elizabeth Danze, FAIA, Named Interim Dean at UTSOA

Elizabeth Danze, FAIA – photo courtesy danzeblood.com The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture (UTSOA) has named Elizabeth Danze, FAIA, interim dean effective July 1. A graduate of UTSOA and the Yale School of Architecture, Danze is a principal at Austin-based Danze Blood Architects and the current associate dean for graduate programs at the UT Austin.  A contributor to numerous publications, Danze is the co-editor of "Architecture and Feminism" and author of "CENTER 9: Regarding the Proper and Psychoanalysis and Architecture-The Annual of Psychoanalysis," Volume 33, and "CENTER 17: Space and Psyche."   Danze was elected an AIA Fellow in 2009 and awarded…

Key Indicators Reflect Growth in Construction Industry

Among several promising statistics for architects, the Comptroller reported that: A total of 6,495 building permits for single-family homes were issued in February 2013. In the 12 months ending in February 2013, a total of 77,590 permits were issued, 20 percent more than in the previous year. There were 4,912 multi-family building permits issued in February 2013. During the 12 months ending in February 2013, a total of 54,897 permits were issued, 54 percent more than in the previous year. In December, the value of contracts for non-residential construction in Texas was up 5.1% over the previous year. New figures are not yet available.  Read the full…

Saving Texas’ Most Endangered Buildings

Preservation Day is an advocacy effort created and hosted by Preservation Texas to promote the protection and restoration of Texas historic buildings and places. The day included a review of funding for the Texas Historical Commission, advocacy training, a review of the organization's Most Endangered Places List and visits with senators and representatives. Anna Hudson, executive director for Preservation Texas, did a tremendous job in organizing the event, after just a little over one month in her new position. Preservation Texas held a press conference on the south steps of the Capitol, where it highlighted sites from the past 10…

Update: New Staff

Catherine Gavin, Editor, Texas Architect The Texas Society of Architects has welcomed Catherine Gavin to Austin as editor of its magazine, Texas Architect, effective with the January/February issue. She follows the four-issue
guest editorship of Larry Paul Fuller, which commenced with the departure of previous editor
Stephen Sharpe at the end of February.
 Gavin had been a historic preservation consultant in New York City since 2004. Her projects
included work on the New York Public Library, Carnegie Hall, and the United Nations
Headquarters, as well as the rehabilitation and restoration of numerous residential and
commercial developments in historic districts throughout the city.
 An Austin native,…