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2016 Design Conference: Architects Invade Amarillo

Welcome to Amarillo – photo by Alan R Photography Last month, architects from around the state made their way to the Texas Panhandle for the Texas Society of Architect’s Fifth Annual Design Conference. This event is an opportunity for practitioners to meet for a weekend of lectures and tours that focus on a specific aspect of design. This year’s conference, held on February 12–14, explored the relationship between designing and building. It was held in Amarillo and in nearby Palo Duro Canyon State Park, whose iconic Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) projects provided a historical precedent for the discussion. The conference opened with a downtown…

What Starts Here …

Even an Aggie would have to admit that The University of Texas at Austin has an impressive campus. The Spanish-Mediterranean buildings that define its core are stately to be sure, but so too are the landscaped malls and courtyards in between them. Framed by the red tile roofs that pop against the blue of the Texas sky, these outdoor rooms are as recognizably part of the campus as the buildings themselves.  As the university has grown, it has faced the opportunities and challenges that come with building on a campus defined by a historic core. Some eras produced better buildings…

Talking Shop with Four Under 40

Today, the never-ending advent of technological innovations makes entrepreneurship and leadership more accessible. Cloud computing, total connectivity, and unknowable amounts of information are available at the swipe of a little glass screen, anytime, anywhere. Even as we do more with finite time and resources, the scope and potential of the work continues to broaden. These four young professionals demonstrate that starting your own firm is not always a singular path and that community leadership can go hand in hand with one’s practice.  Brantley Hightower, AIA, spent much of his early career asking the question, How is architecture relevant? The founder…

VIDEO: 20×20 With Brantley Hightower, AIA

"As cool as architecture may be, space flight is in fact much, much cooler."   Still, says Hightower, the process of designing a spacecraft and the process of designing a building are not that different. Watch him discuss the design process — and the inversion of the process — in this inspiring PechaKucha he presented as part of 20X20@500 Chicon. 20×20@500 Chicon was hosted by the Texas Society of Architects last fall as part of our 2012 Convention and Design Expo. The full list of presenters included: Elaine Bradford / Houston Artist Michael Ray Charles / Austin Artist Brantley Hightower,…