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Houston’s Uncommon Modern Exhibit Receives National Recognition

6000 Heatherbrook Drive – photo by Paul Hester Docomomo US recently announced the winners of its 2016 Modernism in America Awards, describing the selections as "exemplary of the efforts going on all over the country as the awareness of the importance to advocate, restore and celebrate the architecture, landscapes and typologies of postwar society in the United States." Among the projects honored was AIA Houston's Uncommon Modern exhibit. On display at Architecture Center Houston from November 2015 to February 2016, the exhibit shone a light on the city's often-overlooked midcentury buildings. Business parks, churches, and gas stations were some of the buildings…

AIA Houston Design Awards

Serving as this year’s jurors were: Craig Scott, IwamotoScott, San Francisco; Susan S. Szenasy, Editor in Chief, Metropolis magazine, New York; and Jon Pickard, Pickard Chilton, New Haven, Connecticut. Architecture over 50,000 sf Houston Ballet Center for Dance Gensler Showcasing classes and rehearsals through large windows into double-height studios, the center serves as a living billboard for dance. Brockman Hall for Physics, Rice University KieranTimberlake with Jackson & Ryan Architects To fit the site, the building was split into two parallel bars connected by glass-enclosed bridges, with outdoor gathering spaces below. Roy Kelly Multimodal Terminal and Parking Garage Powers Brown…

Conference Focuses on Sustainable Building Strategies

The newly renovated 1926 Julia Ideson Library served as the setting for the 2013 Gulf Coast Green Symposium and Expo, which was themed “Create[d] History: Learning from the Past to Guide the Future." The library, designed by Cram & Ferguson and restored by Gensler, was an appropriate and inspiring location —the project is pursuing LEED Silver, or possibly Gold, certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.  The conference program included keynote presentations at the beginning and end of the day, with educational sessions in between. The sessions, which took place in memorable spaces such as the Reading and Meldrum Rooms, were divided into four tracks (residential, site/urban planning, materials and systems, and…

Q & A with AIA Houston President Perry Seeberger

chron.com katherine.feser@chron.com Feb. 17, 2012 As the 2012 president of the American Institute of Architects’ Houston chapter, Perry Seeberger leads a group that strives to accomplish things in the community that no one firm could do alone. For example, the group participated in a project to outfit the George R. Brown Convention Center with solar panels and a green roof. This year’s Houston 20/20 Visions: Ten Years to Clarity display showcases Houstonians’ ideas for bettering the city. And its Celebrate Architecture Gala will raise funds for the Houston Parks Board to reforest local parks. Seeberger was born in Houston’s St.…