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A Towering Landmark for Formula One Track

11.15. 2012 New York Times Image courtsey of Paul Finkel  by Fred A. Bernstein Fans of Formula One come to see the action on the track, not what’s around the track, said Juan Miró, an architect. But luckily for him, the owners of the Circuit of the Americas, the new Formula One site on the edge of Austin, Tex., wanted to create a memorable setting for events like the 2012 United States Grand Prix (which runs Friday through Sunday). And that meant Mr. Miró and Miguel Rivera, partners in Austin’s Miró Rivera Architects, got to design more than grandstands and ticket…

Debut in Dallas

11.12.2012  http://archpaper.com Image Justin Turveen/Courtesy of Dallas Cultral Affairs by Chris Bentley Last month the City of Dallas opened the City Performance Hall, a “village for the arts” meant to help cap off its growing arts district. Architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill took that title to heart, seeking input from local artists and opting for elegance in the presence of its commanding neighbors, the REX/OMA-designed Wyly Theater and Norman Foster’s Winspear Opera House. Exposed concrete walls add texture to the performance space, as well as a canvas for lighting design by Schuler Shook. A programmable LED wall acts as a…

A Texas Architect: The life and work of O’Neil Ford

June 15, 2012 Ashley Grant / Senior Staff Writer ntdaily.com Ford, who died in 1982, is behind the distinguished design of the Little Chapel in the Woods at Texas Woman’s University, the gazebo that still stands on UNT campus near the Language building, renovations at the Emily Fowler Public Library and many other buildings in the city. Ford’s Story Born in Pink Hill, Texas, Ford moved to Denton in 1917. His Texas roots heavily influenced his architectural design style, said Peggy Riddle, director of the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum. “Because Texas is known for its heat, most of his structures…

Videos Highlight Diversity of State’s Award-Winning Architecture

On May 20, Texas Architects Design Awards jurors — David Salmela, FAIA, of Duluth, Minn.; Steve Dumez, FAIA, of New Orleans; and James Russell, FAIA, of New York — met at the Society’s headquarters in Austin. They spent nine hours reviewing 257 entries before selecting 12 projects for Design Awards. Several times the jury expressed difficulty in choosing the winners—a confirmation of the elevated level at which architecture is practiced in Texas. The videos in the gallery above premiered at an awards ceremony on October 28 during the Texas Society of Architects 72nd Annual Convention in Dallas. Each project also…