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2013 Design Conference Wrap-Up

The Second Annual Texas Architects Design Conference: Collections was held in Dallas on Feb. 22-24. The event, co-chaired by Michael Malone, AIA, and Mark Wellen, AIA, was based at the Dallas Center for Architecture.  New York architect Thomas Phifer, FAIA, opened the event with a discussion of selected residential and public projects produced by his office. Phifer spoke of “grounding” his work through reflections and transparency, and by blurring the distinction between architecture and landscape. His designs used perforated steel panels, glass, and trellises to filter sunlight, reflect surroundings, and open views to both immediate and distant landscapes.  Phifer also presented…

2014 Design Conference: Borderlands

Our Third Annual Design Conference: Borderlands took place in Austin on January 31–February 2, 2014. You can see the full schedule of events below. To read more about what happened and to see photos from the conference, check out the following reports: Reflections | Design Conference 2014 BLOG | DesCon 2014 Held in Austin   ABOUT THE 2014 DESIGN CONFERENCE Texas is often described as a country unto itself. If it were, it would have the 14th largest economy in the world by GDP (ahead of South Korea and the Netherlands). In the national rankings, our economy sits between those of California and New York.…

Merging the Natural and Built Environments

Architecture Digest named Weiss/Manfredi one of its "Innovators for 2012." Learn more about this New York firm's visionary design projects combining architecture, landscape, infrastructure and art in the magazine's feature on their work. For more details about our Design Conference and how to register, visit the event page.   Architectural Digest Innovator: Weiss/Manfredi A Manhattan architecture firm’s eco-friendly projects inventively merge the natural and built environments When the Brooklyn Botanic Garden decided to add a new visitor center, it chose a site beyond a parking lot, away from busy streets. But Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, among the architects who competed…

Coy Talley on the Landscape Architecture of the Perot Museum

Can you talk a little bit about Talley’s collaboration with Morphosis? Talley Associates was one of twelve firms across the country invited to submit their qualifications. After a short list and interview process, we were selected by the design team and museum. In the early months of the project, we travelled to Santa Monica about 10 or 12 times to establish a dialogue with Thom and the rest of the Morphosis team. Initial visits included introductions and general conversations about Texas: its people, climate, and cities, as well as the character of the state and its landscape quality. We would…

Design Conference: Collections

The 2013 Texas Architects Design Conference — "Collections" —  will consider the way architects create buildings as repositories of aspirations, intellectual capital, families, lives, the arts, and dreams.  Beyond man's basic need for a place of refuge and shelter there is the need to create a physical manifestation of who we are as individuals and as a society. Architects are the ghost writers of those dreams and the caretakers of the collections. Please join us for an exceptional weekend and the opportunity to remember why we selected a life creating the built environment. As part of the 2013 Design Conference,…

Conference Emphasizes Practice in the Hinterlands

Organized by the Design Committee of the Texas Society of Architects, the gathering also celebrated the residential design of Frank Welch, FAIA, who practiced in Midland through the 1960s until the early ’80s. View the video above for a recap of the weekend. Video and voice-over by Thomas McConnell, editing by Thomas McConnell and Elizabeth Hackler, narration written by Stephen Sharpe.