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Architects Talking to Architects: Jacquelyn Block, AIA

Jacquelyn Block, AIA, is a project leader at Good, Fulton & Farrell and has a passion for working on educational and liturgical projects. Jacquelyn Block, AIA – courtesy Jacquelyn Block Where did you grow up? I grew up in Lufkin, Texas — a small town in the Piney Woods region. It’s a beautiful part of Texas with tall pine trees, hills, lakes, and rivers. Most of my visits home include a trip to the lake, canoeing down the Neches River, or hiking (yes, there is hiking in Texas). My favorite trail is the Sawmill Hiking Trail that connects the Aldridge Sawmill site to Boykin Springs. On a late…

Architects Talking to Architects: Candid Rogers, AIA

Candid Rogers, AIA, is the principal architect at Candid Rogers Studio in San Antonio.  Candid Rogers, AIA – courtesy Candid Rogers Where did you grow up? I grew up on a ranch southwest of San Antonio. That experience of being in the rural landscape shapes my thinking today. It pushes me to design with connection to place and site. Pen, pencil, or computer? Pencil, pen, and coffee are my mediums of choice. The ability to quickly express or develop a concept by hand with the tactile quality of the materials in and under hand is something the computer cannot do yet.  Between pencils (both the garden…

Architect Talking to Architects: Larry Paschall, AIA

Larry Paschall, AIA, is vice president, project architect, and unsuspecting party planner for HPD Architecture. He is the organizer of The Architecture Happy Hour and co-host of The Architecture Happy Hour podcast. In his spare time, he serves on the board of directors for both the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce and its charitable organization, the Leadership Education & Advocacy Program (LEAP). Larry Paschall, AIA – photo courtesy Larry Paschall Where did you grow up? My husband will tell you he’s still waiting for that to happen. Geographically, I grew up in Arlington, Texas. I moved to Dallas in 1993 and have been here since, with the exception of the two years…

Architects Talking to Architects: Stephen J. Elwood, AIA

Stephen J. Elwood, AIA, is an associate at Corgan based out of Dallas.  Stephen Elwood, AIA – photo courtesty Stephen Elwood Where did you grow up?  I was born in Northern Ireland, but I moved to Oklahoma when I was seven years old. I was just a child, but I remember it being quite a culture shock. Growing up in Oklahoma was a great experience — looking back now I realize how lucky we were to grow up in this part of the country. My family still lives in Oklahoma, which is nice for keeping in touch. I still have family in Ireland and England and try…

Architects Talking to Architects: Jim Henry, AIA

Jim Henry, AIA, is the director of design for the South Region for HDR and is based out of the firm's Dallas office. Jim is an award-winning architect whose most notable projects include the Galveston Fire Station #4 and his co-designed Parkland Hospital. Jim has participated in several levels of leadership at AIA Dallas. He is currently in his second term on the board of directors as one of two directors of communication.  Jim Henry, AIA – photo courtesy Jim Henry Where did you grow up?  I was born in Corpus Christi, but moved around several times while I was growing up. My dad was in pharmaceuticals (the legal kind), and…

Architects Talking to Architects: Mackenzie McHale, AIA

Mackenzie McHale, AIA, is vice president at HKS Architects in Fort Worth.  Mackenzie McHale, AIA, with her sons. – photo courtesy Mackenzie McHale Where did you grow up? I was born in the "Grand Canyon State," grew up in the "Sunshine State," and left the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" to finish out my college days here in Texas. I am a melting pot of cultures, landscapes, and people. It has been an exciting journey that led me to my home. Pen, pencil or computer? Pen and computer, never pencil. Charcoal, yes. Pencil, no. I am entirely too opinionated about my pen selections. Call me a pen snob, but I have to…

Architects Talking to Architects: Nicholas Banks, Assoc. AIA, of Houston

Nicholas Banks, Assoc. AIA, is an architecture intern at PDR in Houston. In addition to architecural design, Nick also focuses on strategic planning, transition management, survey studies, data visualization, and graphics production. He received his Masters of Architecture from Texas Tech University in 2008.  Nicholas Banks, Assoc. AIA – courtesy PDR Where do you find inspiration? I find inspiration within complex problems. I enjoy breaking down the issues, identifying what is wrong, and putting things back together to arrive at a successful solution. It's a great feeling to be able to fix a problem and make something even better. Pen, pencil, or computer? Each has its own…