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Logic Tobola, FAIA: 1940–2016

St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, a moveable prototype designed by Tobola – image via Tobola Design Award submission, 2015 Logic Tobola II, FAIA, passed away on May 21. Tobola was born in El Campo, Texas, in 1940 and lived on his grandparents’ farm in a Czech community. He attended The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and proceeded to serve as a practicing architect for more than 50 years. He was an associate and then a partner at the firm of Pierce, Goodwin, and Alexander. Later, he returned to the farm in El Campo and established his own architectural…

W. Eugene George, FAIA (1922-2013)

The historic preservation community is saddened to announce the passing of our dear, dear friend and teacher Gene George. W. Eugene George, FAIA, died peacefully at his home in Austin, with his wife Mary Carolyn by his side, on January 16 after a short illness.  He was the teacher of scores of architecture students at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture and the Architectural Engineering Department over the many years he served on the faculty there. In 1997 he was the first recipient of the professorship established by the San Antonio Conservation Society at the University of…

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…

Introducing 2013 President Larry Speck, FAIA

Larry Speck, FAIA, has gained considerable national and international recognition for his work as an architect, an architectural critic, an academic and a teacher. His professional work includes such Texas landmarks as Austin Bergstrom International Airport, Austin Convention Center (both phases), and the architecture for Discovery Green, a twelve-acre park in downtown Houston. Over the last 25 years, his design work has won 33 national design awards, 21 state or regional design awards, and 63 local design awards. Larry has been on the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin since 1975.  He has received most of the major…

Design Conference Set for Dallas February 22-24

The conference will feature as keynote speakers architects Marion Weiss, FAIA, and Michael Manfredi, FAIA, of Weiss Manfredi Architects in New York. As the program expands in the weeks to come, arrangements are expected to be finalized with another prominent architect and architectural historian who will also be speaking. As at the Midland conference, building tours — including a number of significant private residences — will be part of the activities. Hospitality events will be held in a number of landmark Dallas buildings, and there will be plenty of time for conversation and socializing. Hotel arrangements are being finalized and…

On the Road with Alexis McKinney, AIA, LEED AP

by Noelle Heinze July/Aug 2012 Texas Architect Although McKinney can’t reveal many details, she manages to give a compelling tour while graciously deflecting questions that compromise the owner’s request for privacy. It’s a perfect example of her ability to balance competing interests and successfully accomplish the task at hand. A graduate of Texas A&M University and a recently licensed architect, McKinney practices with the award-winning Houston firm Bailey Architects, where she specializes in historic projects. She credits travel (as a young child her parents took her to Taliesin West) and art history for her interest in architecture. “I didn’t think…

Meet 2012 President Craig Reynolds, FAIA

2012 Texas Society of Architects President Craig Reynolds, FAIA Craig Reynolds, FAIA, is a managing principal/president with Brown Reynolds Watford Architects. Established in 1984, the firm found a niche in institutional architecture, working for those within governmental entities, school districts, and universities. Reynolds graduated from Texas A&M University with degrees in environmental design and architecture. He served as president of AIA Dallas in 2004 and is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the 2009 Award for Community Service in Honor of James D. Pfluger. His community service has resulted in the planning and funding of $2.7 billion of…

Recollection: Frank Welch, FAIA

By the time I graduated from high school, I had begun to think about becoming an architect. I was visual, very influenced by movies and Life magazine. I liked to draw, but I was afraid of the technical courses that were required, the math and physics. There was no question but that I would go to Texas A&M, which was known as “the poor boys’ school.” I enrolled in the summer of 1944 as a liberal arts major and roomed with Paul Ellis, a good friend from Sherman who wanted to be a doctor. I managed to flunk algebra, and,…