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Architects Talking to Architects: Alan G. Roberts, AIA

Alan G. Roberts, AIA, is the founder of “So You Want to Be an Architect,” a Facebook page dedicated to exploring the realities of a career in architecture. Roberts received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa in 1982. An American citizen since 2002, he has worked on many projects in Northeast Texas, specializing in educational, religious, medical, and commercial work. He is now semi-retired. Where did you grow up? I was born in Africa in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and, depending upon how old you are, you may remember the name “Rhodesia” as well. My earliest…

Architects Talking to Architects: Clay Odom, Assoc. AIA

Texas Architects catches up with University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture Professor Clay Odom, Assoc. AIA, who talks to us about growing up with deep family roots in a small town, sourcing inspiration from nature, and immersing himself in the sonic worlds of Radiohead. Clay Odom, Assoc. AIA  –  photo by Jesse Knish Where did you grow up? I grew up in the very small town of Baird, Texas, near Abilene. You might say it’s not the type of place where big ideas in architecture and design are generated; however, what it lacked in cosmopolitan terms it made up for with the…

Architects Talking to Architects: Brian Cay, Assoc. AIA

Brain Cay, Assoc. AIA, is the vice chair for the AIA Dallas Architecture Matters committee, works at PBK in Dallas, is on the verge of being professional wasp killer, can bench 400 lbs, and has a look that definitely stands out in a room full of architects.  Brian Cay, Assoc. AIA – courtesy of Brian Cay Where did you grow up? I grew up in Topeka, Kansas, or as my friends and I called it growing up, "Top City." Topeka has a small city feel and was a great place to grow up. I also spent a large amount of time in Lawrence,…

Architects Talking to Architects: Laura Eder, AIA

Laura Eder, AIA is the vice-chair for AIA Dallas COTE and an architect at Good Fulton & Farrell in Dallas. She is very organized, and you’ll find her at her office with a very clean desk. Laura Eder, AIA – courtesy Laura Eder Where did you grow up? I grew up in Ferguson, Missouri. It's a suburb north of St. Louis. It’s a diverse area just outside of the city that has a great downtown with a thriving local farmers' market, live music events in the summertime, and the great community pool, where I was a lifeguard for many years. One of the best things…

Architects Talking to Architects: Chris Sano, AIA

Chris Sano, AIA, is a senior associate at BRW Architects in Dallas and has two young boys with big imaginations to keep him on his toes.  Chris Sano, AIA – photo courtesy Chris Sano Where did you grow up? I was born and raised in San Antonio. I lived there until I went to collge at Texas A&M. After seven years in College Station, I was ready for something different and dismissed moving back to San Antonio. It wasn’t until I left the college environment that I realized how strong San Antonio’s cultural identity really is. It's embedded in daily life there…

Architects Talking to Architects: Ellen Mitchell Kozack, AIA

​Ellen Mitchell Kozack, AIA, works as a sustainable design manager at HKS in Dallas. Ellen Mitchell Kozack, AIA – photo courtesy of HKS If you were not an architect, what other profession would you have pursued?  I love to cook (and drink), so I would have to say chef. Where did you grow up?  I am orginally from Corsicana, Texas. Google it, and you will see that our claim to fame Collins Street Bakery — it sets us up nicely for the sequel to Bernie. Collin Street Bakery Sign in Corsicana, Texas -photo by Billy_Hathorn, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons What type of advice would you offer to…

Architects Talking to Architects: Michael Friebele, Assoc. AIA

Michael Friebele, Assoc. AIA, is an associate and project designer with Callison in Dallas. He also serves as the chair for AIA Dallas' Architecture Matters, a committee focused on strengthening the community of architects through innovative and engaging events. "It is all about making the AIA fun again," says Friebele, "and who wouldn't like that?" Michael Friebele, Assoc. AIA – photo courtesy Michael Friebele Where did you grow up? I grew up in St. Peters, Missouri, about 20 minutes west of Downtown Saint Louis…. There was nothing too memorable about the suburb. However, the times I visited St. Louis proper were a major influence on why I became an…

Architects Talking to Architects: John Gates, AIA, of McAllen

John Gates, AIA, is a principal at Boultinghouse Simpson Gates Architects in McAllen. In 2008, he was named a Citizen Architect by the American Institute of Architects for his seven years of public service to the City of McAllen’s Building Board of Adjustments and Appeals.  John Gates, AIA – courtesy Boultinghouse Simpson Gates Architects Where did you grow up? I grew up in Missouri. I lived near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers in a town about 30 miles north of St. Louis called Florissant. After high school graduation, I moved to Lawrence, Kansas, to attend the University of Kansas. After college…

Architects Talking to Architects: Matthew Faulkner, AIA

Matthew Faulkner, AIA, recieved his Masters of Architecture from Texas A&M University. He continues to work in Bryan, where he has founded PACT Design Studio.  Matthew Faulkner, AIA – photo courtesy Ari Jones Photography Investigating a shop wood study – photo courtesy PACT Design Studio If you were not an architect, what other profession would you have pursued? If I were not an architect, I would be designing and building furniture full-time. I’ve been woodworking since I was a kid. My grandfather was a cabinet maker, and my dad was a carpenter — I was born into this kind of thing.  We started PACT Design…

Architects Talking to Architects: Davey McEathron, AIA

Davey McEathron, AIA, is an architect at Carter Design Associates and co-founder of ¡el grupo! After touring with an array of indie rock bands through his 20s unencumbered by real responsibilities, McEathron recieved his Bachelors of Science in Architecure from Portland State University. Texas Architects caught up with McEathron post-final-ARE to learn about his journey to become an architect. Davey McEathron, AIA, and his wife Rebecca out canoeing – courtesty Davey McEathron Where did you grow up? I grew up in Alief, Texas. It’s a suburb of Houston. We moved every year when I was a kid, but we always lived in Alief. I went to six different elementary…