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Design Awards Jury Announced

The three  jurors for this year’s TxA Design Awards are Marcio Kogan, Hon. AIA, David Miller, FAIA, and Julie Snow, FAIA. As a reminder, entries are due April 4. Marcio Kogan is the founding architect at studio mk27. He was born in the chaotic city of São Paulo and graduated from FAU-Mackenzie in 1976. He is a guest professor at the Politecnico di Milano and Escola da Cidade, where he recently concluded his Masters in Education, Society and Culture. He worked as a movie director until shooting his first feature in 1988 and then, bankrupt, had to content himself with being an…

2016 Design Award Winners

Congratulations to this year's Design Award winners! Our distinguished jurors, Thomas Hacker, FAIA, Mauricio Rocha, Dan Wheeler, FAIA, and Clive Wilkinson, FAIA, spent two days in Austin deliberating over nearly 300 projects. They selected 10 that they felt were the best representations of architecture in the state of Texas. The projects are presented below with a selection of juror comments.  In no particular order, the projects are: Gewinner Residence, Energy Architecture -photo by Dror Baldinger Hacker: “I think that one of the really most powerful things about this is that duality between the house as a transparent element and the house…

Overheard at the 2016 Design Awards Jury

The 2016 jurors, down to their final few projects.] – photo by Elizabeth Hackler On May 5 and 6, the 2016 TxA Design Awards jury gathered in Austin to deliberate over 285 projects. Thomas Hacker, FAIA, Mauricio Rocha, Dan Wheeler, FAIA, and Clive Wilkinson, FAIA, had a lively discussion as they narrowed down the projects to the eventual winners. Their conversation spanned the breadth of Texas architecture and beyond. Below, I have provided a selection of their most memorable quotes from the final round of deliberations on Friday morning. Mauricio Rocha, who had finally gotten a full night’s sleep after a…

AIA Austin Jury Conversation

AIA Austin gathered its 2016 Design Awards jury for an evening of conversation. – photo by Patrick Wong On the eve of Design Awards judging, AIA Austin gathered its distinguished jury for a panel discussion about their work and individual points of view. Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, of Chicago’s Ross Barney Architects, Nonya Grenader, FAIA, associate director of Rice University’s Building Workshop and principal of her own small firm, Linda Taalman, of Los Angeles’ Taalman Koch, and Angela Watson, AIA, of Boston’s Shepley Bulfinch, represented a diverse mix of projects and opinions, making for a lively conversation. The panel was moderated…

2016 Design Awards Jurors Announced

The Texas Society of Architects is proud to announce the jurors for our 2016 Design Awards competition. We look forward to their presence in Austin on May 5–6, when they convene to decide our winners. As a reminder, Design Award entries can be submitted here and will be accepted until March 31.  The work of Thomas Hacker, FAIA, has largely dealt with public institutions: libraries, schools, museums, theaters, and places of public assembly. To them he has brought both artistic skill and a keen sensitivity to the nature of public use. His buildings have an understated dignity based on the beauty of…

Pardon Our Dust

By Alyssa Morris Construction progress as 500 Chicon undergoes a renovation – photo by Elizabeth Hackler 500 Chicon, the headquarters of the Texas Society of Architects, is once again undergoing a renovation. Indeed, the building’s history has been characterized by change. What began as an oil company warehouse in the 20s evolved into offices for a design firm, fd2s, and one of the first projects in a wave of revitalization sweeping East Austin. The neighborhood has changed drastically over the past 15 years, and now the office sits squarely in the middle of some of Austin’s trendiest bars and restaurants. The original…

Pendleton Farms

In a second-floor bedroom of Pendleton Farm hangs a solitary painting. It depicts a bucolic scene: a meandering road, crops in season, livestock, a pond, and a white clapboard farmhouse. That landscape painting, commissioned by Pendleton Farm owners in the early 1980s, is unchanged today save for the presence of the new farmhouse designed by Tim Cuppett, AIA. So unaltered is the scene that one subcontractor had difficulty finding the job site though he was only yards from the new structure. From where he stood, all he could see was “some old farmhouse.”  While many architects would hesitate to repeat…

Gardner

East Austin’s dramatic transformation, the result of a decade of rapid gentrification, is especially apparent on a mile-long stretch of East Sixth Street situated just across Interstate 35 from the city’s notorious nightlife hub. The longtime working-class neighborhood has lately become a dining and nightlife destination for the young and chic. Bungalows have been converted into bars, and empty parking lots have given rise to multi-story mixed-use apartment buildings. Gardner, the second restaurant opened by Andrew Wiseheart and Ben Edgerton of Contigo fame, is a gratifying addition to the mix. Designed by Austin’s Baldridge Architects and the recipient of much…

CCR1 Residence

Nothing prepares you for the CCR1 Residence. Cedar Creek Lake, located about 55 miles southeast of Dallas, is well-known for its vacation homes and casual atmosphere. So it was no surprise for Paul Field, Assoc. AIA, and Braxton Werner, AIA, partners at Wernerfield Architects, to receive a design brief asking simply for a weekend retreat with “four bedrooms and a porch.” The surprise is what Wernerfield made of that concise design brief. Set in a laid-back neighborhood in Trinidad, Tex., CCR1 blends in with the bungalows and modest structures nearby. From the street, it’s easy to miss the house, even…

2015 Design Awards — Winners Announced

The 2015 Design Awards jurors met in Austin on May 7–8 to review all the entries. In their final selections, the jurors unanimously felt they had pushed one another to find architectural distinction in an array of project types that no single one of them would have arrived at on their own. Brief descriptions of the jury's response to selected projects are summarized below. The winning projects will be featured in the September/October 2015 issue of Texas Architect; the firms/designers will also be honored during TxA's 76th Annual Convention and Design Expo in Dallas this November.   CCR1 Residence Cedar Creek Reservoir Wernerfield This predominately horizontal structure has an amazing…