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Waterways

Kathleen English, AIA, talks about bioswales the way others might talk about a nice deck or flagstone patio. For her, it is the must-have landscape feature. Long interested in sustainable design, English in recent years turned her professional focus toward the often-complex hydrology and water issues surrounding buildings. As a longtime Houstonian, she saw how the lack of water as well as its periodic overabundance affected the city and development in it. She wondered how design could accommodate rapid rainfalls and the city’s notorious flash flooding in a more effective way, while maybe hanging on to more of the precious…

Collaboration & Craftsmen

Conceiving and making an architectural piece grows out of iterative conversations between drawing and maker. Architects Wendy Dunnam Tita, AIA, of Page and Vicki Yuan, AIA, of Lake|Flato Architects celebrate the results of their professional interactions with longtime craftsman collaborators Mark Macek of Austin and Max Patino of San Antonio. Dunnam Tita and Yuan both have worked with these artisans on many projects over many years, and they agree that having a professional relationship with a craftsman allows them to innovate with confidence. “Knowing the capabilities of who is executing the design and leveraging those skill sets are crucial to a successful…

Seher Shah’s “Constructed Landscapes”

Artist Seher Shah (b. 1975, Pakistan) discusses the intersection of architecture and drawing in her work. With degrees in art and architecture, Shah’s areas of interest include overlapping historical and geographical elements, reconstructing modernist architecture and urban monuments, and examining futurist landscapes. Austin's AMOA-Arthouse (now The Contemporary Austin) presented Shah’s first solo exhibition, “Constructed Landscapes,” earlier this spring. You attended the Rhode Island School of Design for both visual art and architecture. How do your overlapping degrees translate into your work? I am interested in the effects of rendering a space and how various mapping constructions can be represented through architecture,…