Is it fair to expect more of architecture in some places rather than others? Certainly the political, social, and economic ingredients of any location can lead to great buildings. While in Northeast Oklahoma, participants in the 2019 TxA Design Conference: UNEXPECTED explored the notion that great architecture can happen anywhere. The program opened with a walking tour of downtown Tulsa, which boasts one of the nation’s most extensive collections of Art Deco architecture, and included a day trip to Bartlesville. In addition to tours of buildings by Bruce Goff, Frank Lloyd Wright, and others, the conference featured discussions with contemporary architects working in unexpected environments. Our featured speakers included:
Sebastian Schmaling, AIA
Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture & Urban Planning
Founding Partner, Johnsen Schmaling Architects (Milwaukee, WI)
Sebastian Schmaling is a founding partner of Johnsen Schmaling Architects, a design and research studio whose work has garnered broad critical acclaim for its conceptual clarity, formal discipline, astute detailing, and an unequivocal commitment to architectural innovation and environmental sustainability. Johnsen Schmaling Architects received the Emerging Voices award from the Architectural League of New York, and Architectural Record featured the office in its Design Vanguard issue as one of 10 “exceptional global architecture firms to watch.” The firm was also named one of “Ten Rising Stars in American Architecture” by Architectural Digest.
Hans E. Butzer, AIA
Dean, University of Oklahoma Gibbs College of Architecture
Co-Founder, Butzer Architects and Urbanism (Oklahoma City, OK)
Hans E. Butzer is co-founder of Butzer Architects and Urbanism and Dean of the University of Oklahoma Gibbs College of Architecture. He is best known for his role in the design of key public sites in Oklahoma City, his civic engagement and advocacy, and his role as an educator and leader at the University of Oklahoma. His work has received 15 awards from AIA and ASLA, and was named among the 10 best designs of 2000 by Time Magazine and among the “Top 50 Best Public Art Projects” by the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Year in Review.
Wendy Evans Joseph, FAIA
Founder, Studio Joseph (New York, NY)
Wendy Evans Joseph is the founder of Studio Joseph, an architecture practice focused on designing profound work that emerges from unpretentious, pragmatic thinking. Under Joseph’s leadership, the firm has completed a diverse array of public, institutional, and cultural projects, but her passion for art and community learning has led to a strong commitment to exhibition installation. In 2013, the studio was selected by Wallpaper magazine as one of the world’s leading young design firms. Joseph received a Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome and is an Academician of the National Academy of Design.