PDR to Host Pecha Kucha-Style Event at TxA Conference

“Archi-Chat” will take place on Thursday, November 6, at 8:00 p.m. during the Texas Society of Architects 75th Annual Conference and Design Expo in Houston. The Pecha Kucha-style event will be presented by PDR and hosted by Edel Howlin, producer of Houston Matters Producer/Newshour Reporter. Visit our event page for tickets and location.

Confirmed Speakers

Patrick Bresnan & Ivete Lucas

Patrick Bresnan (a.k.a. OTIS IKE) is a photographer, installation artist, sustainable builder, and filmmaker. From 2003 to 2007, he worked as a project manager for notable Mission School artists Clare Rojas and Barry McGee (a.k.a. Twist) in the creation of new work for exhibitions in the United States and abroad. His short films have screened at Hot Docs and SXSW, and his photography and installation work has been displayed nationally in galleries and museums, including The University of Texas Visual Art Center and Fotofest’s Talent in Texas, curated by Toby Kamps and Michelle White of The Menil Collection. He produced Mike Palmieri and Donal Mosher’s short film “Rougarouing” (Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc Fest) and was researcher and cinematographer for the feature documentary “Killing Time” (IDFA, True/False). Since 2008, he has directed three feature-length documentaries. “Vietnam Appreciation Day” is slated to be his first, set for festival release in early 2015. Bresnan holds a master’s in Sustainable Design from the School of Architecture at The University of Texas in Austin.

Ivete Lucas is a fimmaker born in Brazil and raised in Mexico. In 2009, she received a grant from the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE) to direct her first short film, “Asthma,” which was shortlisted for the Mexican Academy Awards. Since then, she has written and directed a number of award-winning short films and documentaries in Mexico and the U.S. She holds an MFA in film production from The University of Texas at Austin, with fellowships from the Mexican National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA) and the Teresa Lozano Long Center for Latin American Studies. Her video installations have been featured at the Visual Arts Center in Austin, the 2013 exhibition “Cronicas” at Fotofest, and in the main gallery of The Lawndale Art Center in Houston. In addition to her art and independent film work, she directs regional and national commercials for both the English and Hispanic markets. 

Gabriel Cuéllar

Gabriel Cuéllar, Associate AIA, is an architectural intern at Lantz Full Circle in Houston. His independent projects have been exhibited at the Netherlands Architecture Institute, the House of World Cultures, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Cuéllar has worked in architecture offices in Zurich, Paris, and Rotterdam. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie-Mellon University and completed his graduate studies in urbanism at the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands. He is currently leading a grant-funded research and revitalization project for U.S. Freedmen churches.

Sheryl Kolasinski

Sheryl Kolasinski, FAIA, is an architect and the deputy director and chief operating officer of The Menil Collection. In addition to her administrative duties for the museum, Kolasinski is responsible for executing projects in the comprehensive master site plan completed by David Chipperfield Architects in 2009. Among them are a new café and landscape improvements (to be completed in September 2014; designed by Stern and Bucek and Michael van Valkenburgh Associates) and The Menil Drawing Institute (groundbreaking January 2015; designed by Johnston Marklee). Kolasinski came to Houston in 2012 after serving 17 years at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., most recently as the deputy director of the Office of Facilities Engineering and Operations (OFEO). OFEO is an 1800-person organization charged with design and construction, maintenance and operation, and safety and security for the 19 museums and nine research centers of the Smithsonian in six states in the U.S. and in Panama. While at the Smithsonian, Kolasinski was project executive for the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center (designed by HOK) and the Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture (designed by Hartman Cox and Foster and Partners with Kathryn Gustafson). Previously, she practiced in the private sector as an architect in New York City and in the public sector in positions with New York city and state government.

Larry Lander

Larry Lander’s 30-plus-year career in workplace design is the foundation for his deep knowledge of effective work environments, his interest in workplace strategy and programming, and the development of workplace planning guidelines for projects around the world. As a principal with PDR, he has led teams in the design of large-scale new buildings, development of campus and learning environments, and corporate relocations.

For 3M, Lander led the workplace design for their Austin campus, designed to promote collegiality between laboratory and office workers. He developed the collaborative workplace concepts for the Chrysler Technology Center and was instrumental in the renovation of Chevron’s suburban Houston campus. His knowledge on the design of effective workplaces helped establish ExxonMobil’s global workplace design criteria: comprehensive global guidelines designed to support the organization’s corporate philosophies while embracing local cultures. He has led projects throughout North America and around the world, including Europe, Asia, and South America.

Lander credits his success to his hands-on collaboration with clients to establish strategies and strong concept design. His strong rapport with client teams helps ensure outstanding results and effective team dynamics. “The workplace is a learning environment,” says Lander. “The foundation of workplace effectiveness is a rich combination of spaces that promote collaboration, leverage technology, and allow true collegiality in order to support organizations striving for breakthrough performance.”

Lander is a principal with PDR and a registered architect in the state of Texas. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati. 

Karen Lantz

Karen Lantz, AIA, is principal of Lantz Full Circle. A native Houstonian, she explores the roles of developer, architect, interior designer, and general contractor to create a unique, full-circle practice that includes historic preservation, deconstruction, and sustainable design-build. Her practice is dedicated to a local architecture movement by identifying and sourcing American-made materials and sharing this knowledge with other professionals. Recipient of the 2013 AIA Houston Ben Brewer Young Architect Award, Lantz is the founding president of the nonprofit preservation group Houston Mod and is an advocate of deconstruction when the battle of preservation is lost. In addition to design award recognition, her work has received national coverage, including features in The New York Times and Architect. She lives and works in Houston.

Mark Schatz

Mark Schatz, AIA, is principal-in-charge of design and construction for m + a architecture studio, AIA Houston Firm of the Year for 2014.  m + a is a small office/design-based practice which has been organically evolving into an architect-led design build practice. Work is based on trying to blend critical, idea-based design explorations with an equal  focus on the reality of construction detailing, systems, and materials, budgets, and often challenging and unique clients — and dealing with all the pain, frustrations, and hard-fought rewards that can come from this type of alternative project delivery method. Work ranges from very high end and large residential projects to modest, affordable homes, furniture design, interiors, and small-scale commercial work. Schatz is the recipient of the Texas Society of Architect’s 2013 Caudill Award for Young Professional Achievement, and AIA Houston’s 2011 Ben Brewer Young Architect Award. Schatz has also been a past design studio lecturer at the University of Houston Hines College of Architecture. Whenever he is not working or spending time with his children, he can be found gardening or welding metal sculptures in m +a ‘s small fabrication shop.

Troy Schaum

Troy Schaum is an architect with over 15 years of experience in practice on a wide range of scales and project types. He is also engaged in teaching and research as an assistant professor at the Rice School of Architecture, where he was the Wortham Fellow from 2009 to 2011. He received his Master of Architecture from Princeton and Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech. Previous to founding SCHAUM/SHIEH, Schaum was a project architect at OMA New York on Milstein Hall at Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning. He also worked at Studio Daniel Libeskind and LTL Architects in New York, and in San Francisco at Jim Jennings Architecture, where he worked on a range of projects in the Bay Area and the Southern California desert. Schaum is licensed in New York, California, and Texas. He is NCARB-certified and LEED AP BD+C.

Carrie Marie Schneider 

Carrie Marie Schneider is a Houston-based artist, writer, and educator. Schneider’s projects include: Care House, which exhibits the transformation of the house she grew up in into a memorial for care and loss; Hear Our Houston, which maps out public-generated audio walking tours; and Sunblossom, a pilot artist residency and skill share program between artists and refugee students. Her upcoming exhibition, “Incommensurate Mapping,” is on view at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston from August 22 to November 30, 2014.

Roland Von Kurnatowski III

Roland Von Kurnatowski currently serves as the president of TXRX Labs, Houston’s nonprofit makerspace. When not handling the day-to-day, he teaches soldering, welding, plasma cutting, aluminum casting, and CNC operation, among other things. He has a passion for collaboration, sharing of knowledge, and learning something new. He hopes to grow the community of inventive makers at TXRX Labs to include everyone in Houston and change the city’s landscape into one of a well established hub for community technical innovation. When not working with TXRX Labs, Von Kurnatowski operates Analytic Software Services, his own software and IT services consultancy, as he has done for the past seven years.

Andrew Vrana

Andrew Vrana is an architect who has structured his practice at Metalab around design informed by advanced computation and digital fabrication as well as a working knowledge of materials and building culture. This expertise was cultivated at Columbia GSAPP (MArch ’98), where he was awarded the McKim Prize upon graduation, and though employment at the offices of Enric Miralles/EMBT and Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Now through working with a network of capable fabricators at Metalab since 2007, the integrated delivery of design, custom building components, and construction management is achievable on architecture, civic art and product design projects. Recent awards at Metalab include AIA Houston Artist of the Year, the Architect Magazine R+D Award, and AIA Design Awards. In academia, as a visiting assistant professor at the Univeristy of Houston’s College of Architecture, he has co-taught digital fabrication seminars and studios since 2005. Vrana seeks to merge the formal and material possibilities of contemporary design with a localized sensibility toward craft and quality of execution. In 2009, he co-founded TEX-FAB *Digital Fabrication Alliance, an educational nonprofit, to expand his interests in pursuing design research through the application of digital technology within the Texas region and beyond by organizing workshops, lectures, and design competitions.

Additional Speakers

  • Jay Blazek Crossley, Houston Tomorrow
  • Scott McCready, Associate, SWA Group

This event is sponsored by PDR.