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Architects in the Outfield

Architects swing for the fences – photo by Richard Deras, AIA Trading their T-squares for baseball diamonds and designing homes for crossing home plate, a group of architects and engineers gathers every spring at the Rusty Lions fields in San Antonio for friendly games of softball. The league has existed for 22 years and is home to 12 teams representing about 20 firms. Richard Deras, AIA, Beverly R. Baldwin, AIA, and Duncan McAda organize the league, the only one of its kind in the city. A memorable summer tradition, many of the players have been coming back for years. Deras, who…

San Antonio River Barge Design Winner Announced

Houston's METALAB has been chosen as the winner of AIA San Antonio's river barge design competition. METALAB's festive barge can be changed to accomodate different uses – rendering courtesy AIA San Antonio AIA San Antonio announced the winner of its river barge design competition on Friday. Houston’s METALAB created the winning design, a barge inspired by papel picado with various deck components to accommodate different uses.  METALAB's colorful concept ties in to San Antonio's image – photo courtesy AIA San Antonio When announcing the winner of the contest, which launched in 2015 and resulted in proposals from 12 teams, Mayor of San…

AIA San Antonio 2011 Design Awards

Design Awards Members of the jury were Andrea P. Leers, FAIA, of Leers Weinzapfel Associates in Boston; Jack DeBartolo, FAIA, of DeBartolo Architects in Phoenix; and Arthur Andersson, AIA, of Andersson•Wise Architects in Austin. There were three categories of awards for built projects: three received Honor Awards, three won Citation Awards, and four earned Merit Awards. Honor Awards were presented to the following three projects: Hermann Park Lake Plaza in Houston by Overland Partners Architects – Hermann Park Lake Plaza project knits together the popular urban park’s disparate cultural institutions using landscape, architecture, and art. The design transforms the central…