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Absence (and Renovation) Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

The TxA office, shiny and new after months of renovation – photo by Alyssa Morris After several eager attempts, the TxA staff have finally begun to move upstairs into our freshly constructed office space. While the communications team will miss the water feature in our temporary basement office (a persistently leaky dishwasher that provided us with an endless stream of water and entertainment), the windows we have gained more than make up for it. Many thanks to Flynn Construction for being excellent partners in the process.  As with any renovation project, there have been growing pains as we learn to navigate our new…

Everything Old is New Again

Construction progresses under the beamed ceiling at 500 Chicon – photo by Elizabeth Hackler 500 Chicon, with its exposed brick, soaring roof beams, and center atrium, is already beautiful. But the things that we love most about the building are also the things that cause challenges when attempting a renovation. In order to improve its functionality, changes to the HVAC system and acoustics needed to be made. The exposed brick walls lend character, but they lack insulation completely. The open nature of the space allows light to reach deeper into the basement, but it also allows sound to travel without impediment.…

Pardon Our Dust

By Alyssa Morris Construction progress as 500 Chicon undergoes a renovation – photo by Elizabeth Hackler 500 Chicon, the headquarters of the Texas Society of Architects, is once again undergoing a renovation. Indeed, the building’s history has been characterized by change. What began as an oil company warehouse in the 20s evolved into offices for a design firm, fd2s, and one of the first projects in a wave of revitalization sweeping East Austin. The neighborhood has changed drastically over the past 15 years, and now the office sits squarely in the middle of some of Austin’s trendiest bars and restaurants. The original…

500 Chicon: PubCom on Sketching

Publications Committee members illustrated their sketching skills during their visit to the TxA offices. – photo by Elizabeth Hackler Last week, TxA's Publications Committee met at 500 Chicon to discuss the ins and outs of Texas Architect. Between reviewing our July/August Art & Architect issue and brainstorming potential projects to highlight in the 2015 editorial season, the committee took some time to reflect on the upcoming theme of the November/December issue: Sketching.   Committee members were given the duration of the meeting to show off their sketching skills within the bounds a 5” x 5” square.   Check out what our…

500 Chicon: Fallen Tree to Get New Life

On the evening of June 11, a Texas-sized thunderstorm hit the Austin area. The next morning, once the winds had died down and the rain had ceased, the staff at 500 Chicon discovered one of our prominent pecan trees felled by lightning. In the parking lot of the Texas Society of Architects office, our fallen pecan tree goes through various stages of dismantling. – photos by Elizabeth Hackler The removal of the tree was necessary, but the consensus around the office was to do something more. Texas Architect editor Catherine Gavin reached out to a local furniture studio, Hatch Workshop, in hopes they could…

Architects Talking to Architects: Jamie Crawley, AIA

Jamie Crawley, AIA, leads the emerging studio HA Architecture in Austin. Crawley has been recently appointed as the Young Architect Regional Director for Texas. Crawley is pictured here with his dog, Zaha, and his Barkitecture dog house submission, Rib House. –photo courtesy Jamie Crawley Where did you grow up? I was born in Montreal, Quebec, but having lived here longer than anywhere else, I consider myself a naturalized Texan. When I was growing up, my dad worked for an International Telecommunications Company. We lived in Ontario, Georgia, California, and Tennessee prior to settling in Plano — just north of Dallas. Every summer was spent in Montreal, which instilled in me…

500 Chicon: Mentorship Match-Up

Career Building Committee members worked tirelessly to match mentors and EPs during their visit to 500 Chicon. – photo by Elizabeth Hackler  The Career Building Committee has announced the much-anticipated Texas Architects Mentorship Program Class of 2014. This announcement comes after an extensive, algorithm-based process focused on matching Emerging Professionals (EPs) with like-minded members of the College of Fellows to form mentorship families. The mentorship family members will meet throughout the year to learn from one another; they will also share their experiences during a special session at our 75th Annual Convention and Design Expo in Houston this November. The Brains The creator…

500 Chicon: 2014 Design Awards Entries Are In!

2014 Design Awards entries flood the 500 Chicon reception desk – photo by Elizabeth Hackler Yesterday at 5:00 p.m, the Texas Society of Architects closed the entry period for our 2014 Design Awards. The TxA Design Awards recognize outstanding architectural and urban design projects by architects practicing in Texas to promote public interest in design excellence. After a day filled with round-the-clock postal deliveries and stop-by visits from some friendly faces, the 2014 Design Award submissions are in and tallied — with a resounding total of more than 200 entries! Thanks to everyone who entered the competition. As these entries…

500 Chicon: Elizabeth Danze, FAIA, Talks Convention Futures

By Charlotte Friedley Last month, the TxA Convention Futures Committee gathered at 500 Chicon, where I had the opportunity to meet Elizabeth Danze, FAIA, a new member of the committee. Danze took some time to talk with me and shared her enthusiasm for the work the team is doing. The Convention Futures Committee is responsible for helping to plan, not the current year’s convention, but ones in the years to come. Currently, Danze and the other committee members are focused on our 2015 Convention, which will take place in Dallas. Danze says that what originally drew her to this particular…

Chicon: Before the Renovations