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For Humanity

What better product of Architecture than a smile on the face of a child?  Following the earthquake that added insult to the injury already consuming the people of Haiti, there came a call from Architecture for Humanity for architects to help. As third responders, our efforts would focus on stabilization first and only later on reconstruction. In my 12 or so trips to Haiti over four and a half years, I watched this process and how our architectural training and use of design added value to the recovery and to the lives of the Haitian people. Answering that call was…

Architects Talking to Architects: Kris Calvert, AIA

Kris Calvert, AIA, is a Principal at Urban Bobcat Architects. Calvert is on the Advisory Board for Partners for Sacred Places, an organization that helps churches with the preservation of their architecture, and currently serves on the Executive Committee for AIA Fort Worth.  Kris Calvert, AIA –photo courtesy Kris Calvert Where do you find inspiration? To quote singer/songwriter Rich Mullins, “There’s so much beauty around us for just two eyes to see. Everywhere I go I’m looking.” I look to some of my favorite architects to learn how they make beautiful buildings. Whenever possible, I like to visit buildings in person to…

Project ArchiTX: Sundance Square

Surrounded by a pedestrian-centric, urban landscape and thoughtfully articulated buildings, Sundance Square, by David M. Schwarz Architects, Bennett Benner Partners, and Michael Vergason Landscape Architects, brings community space back to downtown Fort Worth. Fort Worth civic life bustles with the square's multiple programs, including a stage, a jetted fountain area, and shading from invertible umbrellas –photo courtesy Sundance Square Plaza Project Sundance Square, Fort Worth Client Sundance Square Design Architects David M Schwarz Architects​ Architect of Record Bennett Benner Partners Landscape Architects Michael Vergason Landscape Architects Photographer Steve Hall The completion of Sundance Square and two adjoining buildings in November 2013 marked a milestone achievement in…

Architects Talking to Architects: Mackenzie McHale, AIA

Mackenzie McHale, AIA, is vice president at HKS Architects in Fort Worth.  Mackenzie McHale, AIA, with her sons. – photo courtesy Mackenzie McHale Where did you grow up? I was born in the "Grand Canyon State," grew up in the "Sunshine State," and left the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" to finish out my college days here in Texas. I am a melting pot of cultures, landscapes, and people. It has been an exciting journey that led me to my home. Pen, pencil or computer? Pen and computer, never pencil. Charcoal, yes. Pencil, no. I am entirely too opinionated about my pen selections. Call me a pen snob, but I have to…

2013 Design Expo Attractions

DESIGN EXPO HOURS Thursday, November 7:  4:00 pm to 7:30 pm Friday, November 8: 11:00 am to 5:30 pm View the list of exhibitors Go to 2013 Annual Convention site ATTRACTIONS   Destination Vacation Giveaways The Texas Society of Architects has collaborated with hotel and resort properties from around the state to procure over 20 Destination Vacation Giveaways to be awarded as door prizes for our Design Expo! In order to be eligible to win any of these prizes, attendees must fill out the Prize Drawing Card which will be provided to all attendees at the Registration Desk upon check-in. The completed card must be dropped off…

Continuing Education at the 2013 Design Expo: Schedule at a Glance

DESIGN EXPO CE SESSIONS SCHEDULE   Thursday, November 7 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Excellence in Single Wythe Masonry BIM and the Small Firm   Friday, November 8 11:15 am – 12:15 pm: HDS Laser Scanning and Bim High Performance EIFS 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Evaluating the Technical and Phenomenological Potential of a Glazed Façade System Lessons Learned from a Political Campaign 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Translucent Daylighting Design Solutions: Building and Energy Code Compliance Designing Using Natural Stone 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Fabric Structures: Efficient and Sustainable Solutions Innovative HVAC

Emerging Professional Opportunities at the 2013 Annual Convention

President Larry Speck, FAIA, invites emerging professionals to take advantage of free registration as well as all the exciting sessions and events available just for you available at the 2013 Annual Convention and Design Expo. Click on the video above to view his message.   OPPORTUNITIES FOR EMERGING PROFESSIONALS   FREE Registration for Students and Recent Graduates! For the first time in our Annual Convention history, architecture students receive free registration. Simply fill out your registration form, select your classes, and you’ll be all set! What’s more, if you attend the convention, you also automatically get free Student membership to the Texas…

Volunteer to Support Students During the 2013 Convention

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES   Mentor a Student If there’s one thing architectural students are hungry for, it’s mentorship — and you can help provide it! By designating yourself as a Convention Mentor, you can be paired up with a student to offer advice, experience, and information about the profession and how to navigate the convention. Students will have the option to sign up for the Mentorship Program on their registration form. The mentors and their assigned students will spend a few hours together on Friday (preferably in the Expo Hall). On Saturday, mentors and students will attend the Awards Luncheon (see note below regarding…

2013 Annual Convention Awards Schedule

AWARDS SCHEDULE   Friday, November 8 9:30 am at the General Session: Award for Outstanding Educational Contributions in Honor of Edward J Romieniec FAIA 25-Year Award 8:00 pm at the Gala Evening: Architecture Firm Award Cornerstone Award Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Honor of Llewellyn W. Pitts FAIA   Saturday, November 9 9:45 am at the General Session: Award for Young Professional Achievement in Honor of William W. Caudill FAIA Award for Community Service in Honor of James D. Pfluger FAIA 11:30 am at the Awards Luncheon: Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Architecture through the Media in Honor…