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2016 Design Conference: Designing + Building

Architecture Tours and Learning Opportunities February 12–14​ Amarillo/Palo Duro Canyon   Palo Duro Canyon illustration by Bryce A. Weigand, FAIA ​                                                                           ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED Onsite registration available in Amarillo on Friday, February 12. See below for more details. During our Fifth Annual Design Conference, we will explore the relationship between designing and building — between the act of imagining what could be and the act…

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…

2015 Design Conference: CRAFT

*****The 2015 Design Conference is SOLD OUT. To be placed on the waitlist, you must complete the Registration Form and submit it to arlena@texasarchitects.org. If you are enrolled from the waitlist, you will be notified by email.***** During the Fourth Annual Design Conference, explore how Craft — the art and science of how materials come together to make architecture — has influenced the creation of architecture in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. The conference will be framed by a discussion of O’Neil Ford and how he blended both historic and modern ideas about craft to create an architecture that is uniquely suited to its…

Mark T. Wellen on CRAFT

"It was impossible not to be inspired sitting in the Little Chapel in the Woods soaking up the genius that was O’Neil Ford and thinking about all the craftspeople who contributed with such conviction to that place," writes Mark T. Wellen. – photo by Alan Roberts Mark T. Wellen, FAIA, is a veteran when it comes to Texas Architects Design Conferences, having co-founded the annual event and attended all four so far. The conference, which brings together some of the best minds in the profession to focus on central theme, provides attendees with a smaller, more intimate setting than our Annual Convention. This year, architects explored…

2015 Design Conference: Recap

Despite snow and freezing rain, the Texas Society of Architects’ 2015 Design Conference: CRAFT took place in Denton this past weekend. The weather conditions required some rearranging of event activities, but all in all, the Design Conference was a wonderfully intimate and stimulating event. Upon arrival on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 27, the more than 60 conference attendees settled in at the Courtyard by Marriott to enjoy a presentation about the legacy of O’Neil Ford in Texas. The talk was delivered by architectural historian Dr. Kathryn O’Rourke 
of Trinity University in San Antonio. The Little Chapel in the Woods by…

Discovering Craft in Denton

TxA Design Committee Chair Brantley Hightower, AIA, invites you to join him in Denton for keynote presentations, tours, and much more at our Fourth Annual Design Conference: CRAFT. At the end of February, I am planning to drive from San Antonio up the I-35 corridor. I will not stop in either Dallas or Fort Worth, but will instead continue north another half-hour to the small town of Denton. Although it is a lovely place to visit in its own right, my reason for making this particular trip will be to attend the Texas Society of Architects’ 2015 Design Conference: CRAFT.…

2017 Design Conference

The 2017 Design Conference is SOLD OUT.  Our Sixth Annual Design Conference will explore the theme of “Clarity” in design. The conference will be held in Marfa, where high desert skies, light, and landscape define a clarity of place, one which remains remote and alluring to many contemporary artists, architects, and patrons alike. DATES February 24–26, 2017 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Presenters at the 2017 Design Conference will include: Carlos Jiménez, ​Carlos Jiménez Studio (Houston) Rick Joy, FAIA, Rick Joy Architects (Tucson, Arizona) Christine Ten Eyck, PLA, FASLA, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects (Austin) Individual presentations by these three distinguished designers and a panel…

Facades+ Dallas Conference

Home to Morphosis‘ Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Santiago Calatrava–designed Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, and a starchitecture-studded cultural district, Dallas is increasingly an architectural destination in its own right. This fall, AEC industry professionals have one more reason to visit: the inaugural Facades+ Dallas conference, taking place October 30–31 at CityPlace Events. The Facades+ conference’s Dallas debut is a homecoming of sorts for the native Texans on the planning team, who include AN founder and publisher Diana Darling, AN managing editor Aaron Seward, andMode Lab founding partner Ronnie Parsons. The not-to-be-missed event begins with a symposiumfeaturing the movers and shakers of high-performance envelope design, like keynote presenters Antoine Predock and Marlon Blackwell, plus special appearances by Jeremy Strick,…

Reflections | Design Conference 2014

“You can read about this in journals, but you don’t get all the nuances, the humor, and the poignant aspects of the projects unless you are face to face.” – Bibiana Bright Dykema, AIA 2014 Design Conference participants warmly welcomed a diverse group of speakers, including Rand Elliott, FAIA, of Oklahoma City, Victor Legorreta of Mexico City, Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, of Fayetteville, Ark., and Victor Trahan, FAIA, of New Orleans. Kicking off the event on Friday afternoon, Rand Elliot, FAIA urged attendees to fear not our “ugly drawings,” but instead find the beauty and appreciate the intricacies within our imperfect…

DesCon 2014 Held in Austin This Past Weekend

The Texas Society of Architects hosted our Third Annual Design Conference: Borderlands in Austin this past weekend, Jan. 31–Feb. 2. Over 50 people were in attendance for the three-day event, which was filled with presentations, tours, and stimulating discussions. A gallery of Instagram images (#DesCon2014) shared throughout the weekend by attendees at our 2014 Design Conference: Borderlands. Our presenters included a notable line-up of architects hailing from the lands bordering our state. Rand Elliott, FAIA, of Oklahoma City, Victor Legorreta of Mexico City, Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, of Fayetteville, Ark., and Victor Trahan, FAIA, of New Orleans, all spoke to the audience…