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TASA/TASB Exhibit of School Architecture — Call for Entries

The Texas Association of School Administrators and Texas Association of School Boards are seeking submissions for the 2015 TASA/TASB Exhibit of School Architecture. This program highlights new and renovated Texas schools and celebrates excellence in planning and design of the learning environment. The winning projects will be on display at this year's TASA/TASB Convention, taking place in Austin on October 2–4. The competition's highest award, known as "The Caudill," is named after Texas architect William Wayne Caudill (1914–1983), whose progressive concepts about school design are still influencing the field today. Projects can be awarded "Stars of Distinction" as recognition in one or more areas of distinction.…

Architizer A+ Awards — Final Submissions Due December 19

Architizer’s call for entries for the Third Annual A+Awards, honoring the best architecture, spaces, and products across the globe, will close on December 19. Submissions are open for 93 categories, including 11 new architecture categories and 33 new product categories. In collaboration with partners The Wall Street Journal, WSJ Magazine, the Webby Awards, Dwell, and Cool Hunting, the A+Awards reach 300+ jurors, 100,000 public voters, and dozens of media outlets across the globe. And unlike most awards programs, which honor just one or a handful of firms and brands, the A+Awards give unprecedented exposure to hundreds of finalists, and 100+…

Ottmers Residence

The Ottmers residence sits northeast of Fredericksburg in a land- house into eight-ft bays. The conditioned area is pulled back from the landscape of rolling, oak-covered hills. In 2002, Katherine and Jeffrey Ottmers relocated to the area, to land that has been in Jeffrey’s family since the mid-1850s and remains a functioning ranch. The couple quickly self-built a compact house where they lived with their two children. There were always plans for a larger home, and after some initial sketches, they sought the advice of family friend and architect Vincent Snyder, AIA, who later offered to design the house. His…

Hog Pen Creek Residence

The subtitle of the new “Lake|Flato Houses” book is “Embracing the Landscape.” The monograph focuses on how the residential work of Lake|Flato Architects adapts to the site-specific conditions of brushlands, deserts, hillsides, mountains, cities, and water. The San Antonio-based firm displays a profound understanding of landscape. For instance, cities are viewed as a landscape type — not phenomena independent of nature, but rather a synthesis of nature and culture. Lake|Flato does not misuse or abuse the word “landscape.” In fact, the firm does not “do ‘landscaping’” at all — that is, it doesn’t use natural elements to decorate. Instead, Lake|Flato…

Mestizo City

Mestizo, or mestizaje, is an expression used historically to describe a blending of European and Latin or Native American cultures. Today, the term often illustrates a way of life prolific throughout the country and ingrained in places like San Antonio. These modified forms of Latino-Anglo traditions have flourished in well-knit, border-region communities, creating new cultural practices and patterns. Geoffrey S. Edwards, AIA, Chief Creative Officer of Muñoz & Company explains that “impromptu architecture, where people use nontraditional building materials to generate spaces that seem fresh, exciting, and vibrant,” is typical of San Antonio. Ideas of impermanence and color often associated…

Munday Library

The tower of St. Edward’s University’s Old Main Building punctuates the south horizon of Austin’s skyline, a South Congress counterpoint to the Capitol dome on the north end of Congress Avenue. The well- respected private university has been a visible and involved presence in the city since it was chartered in 1885. Old Main and Holy Cross Hall on the hilltop form the historic core of the campus. The palette of buff brick, cream limestone, and red metal roofs encompasses more-recent buildings of less distinctive character. But since 2001, ongoing master planning has been spearheaded by Sasaki Associates, encouraging a…

500 Chicon: Design Awards Jurors in the Office

(L–R) Mark Reddington, FAIA, Andrea P. Leers, FAIA, and Tim Love, AIA, discuss the 2014 Design Awards submissions – photo by Brantley Hightower, AIA The Design Awards jury has begun!  Yesterday, the jurors convened at the Texas Society of Architects office at 500 Chicon to begin the process of selecting the exemplary projects to receive this year’s awards. The 2014 Design Awards jurors include: Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, of Marlon Blackwell Architect in Fayetteville, Ark.; Andrea P. Leers, FAIA, of Leers Weinzapfel Associates of Boston; Tim Love, AIA, of Utile in Boston; and Mark Reddington, FAIA, of LMN Architects in Seattle. Today, the jurors will continue to…

TxA 2014 Design Awards Announced

The 2014 Design Awards jurors met in Austin on May 8–9 to review all projects submitted for consideration. Brief descriptions summarizing the jury’s response to selected projects are included below (Special thanks to juror Tim Love, AIA, for coordinating the gathering of this information). The winning projects will be featured in the September/October 2014 issue of Texas Architect; the firms/designers will also be honored during TxA’s 75th Annual Conference and Design Expo in Houston this November. 2014 DESIGN AWARD RECIPIENTS The (Almost) All-American Home (Houston) Lantz Full Circle An intensely personal architectural collage that self-consciously includes both off-the-shelf and highly customized elements. Surprisingly, the sheer density of architectural moves hold together because of…

Preservation Texas Honor Awards

CLARA DRISCOLL AWARD  Cleo Lemonte “Montie” Goodin Claude, Texas Goodin has been instrumental in preserving the Panhandle’s unique and important role in Texas history. As chair of the Armstrong County Museum board, she spearheaded the restoration of the historic Charles Goodnight House, where she grew up. She also served on the historical commission that helped restore the county courthouse. In addition, Goodin developed a video oral history series about Armstrong County, and has led projects to digitize both books about local history and historic area newspapers.  ​ HERITAGE EDUCATION AWARD  2012 Kendall County Sesquicentennial Heritage Passport Tour Kendall County, Texas Kendall…

500 Chicon: 2014 Design Awards Entries Are In!

2014 Design Awards entries flood the 500 Chicon reception desk – photo by Elizabeth Hackler Yesterday at 5:00 p.m, the Texas Society of Architects closed the entry period for our 2014 Design Awards. The TxA Design Awards recognize outstanding architectural and urban design projects by architects practicing in Texas to promote public interest in design excellence. After a day filled with round-the-clock postal deliveries and stop-by visits from some friendly faces, the 2014 Design Award submissions are in and tallied — with a resounding total of more than 200 entries! Thanks to everyone who entered the competition. As these entries…