a radio program that was produced by the The Texas Society of Architects for 20 seasons. Broadcast on NPR affiliates across the state, episodes provide vivid descriptions of contemporary and historical architecture and descriptions of the places that define Texas culture and heritage. The program produced more than 500 episodes, searchable on our site.

The Best of The Shape of Texas Podcasts which combine a number of episodes into one file with a focus on a specific topic or geographical area. The files are in .mp3 format allowing them to be played on your PC, Tablet, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android or Windows Phone.

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Prospectus [PDF]

The online archive includes mp3 audio of Seasons 1 through 20. The Shape of Texas Archives. The files are in .mp3 format allowing them to be played on your PC, Tablet, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android or Windows Phone.

Production Team

Creator/Executive Producer: Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA
Executive Producer: Don Dunlap
Producer/Editor: Lauraine Miller, Hon. TSA
Radio Producer/Narrator: Mark Malinowski, Vol. 1 Bill Clough, Vol. 2 – 18
Recording Facility: South Texas Public Broadcasting System, Inc.
Special thanks to the following organizations for providing statewide underwriting: Texas Highways Magazine American Architectural Foundation American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, American Institute of Architects Best Western, Inc. Acme Brick


Joel Barna, Hon. TSA| Bill Clough| Lawrence Connolly, AIA| Bob Cotton, AIA | Stephen Fox | Kathryn Jones | Shannon Krause, AIA | Darwin Harrison, Assoc. AIA | Karen Hastings | Vivienne Heines | David House | Ernesto Maldonado, AIA | Randy Mallory | Jason Marton | Lauraine Miller, Hon. TSA | Patricia Caperton Parent | Jeff Potter, AIA | Anne Reeks | David R. Richter, FAIA | Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA | Stephen Sharpe | Ed Soltero, AIA | Bryce Weigand, FAIA | Janis Williams

2004 Presidential Citation

Presented by the Association for Preservation Technology International
Presented to Texas Society of Architects for developing public awareness of the state’s historic resources through publication in Texas Architect and the award-winning radio program The Shape of Texas.

2003 AIA Component Excellence Award

Presented by the American Institute of Architects,
Texas Society of Architects received the 2003 AIA, Component Excellence Award for outstanding single public affairs initiative for its use of The Shape of Texas radio program to enhance the public’s awareness of the role the built environment plays in shaping the heritage of Texas.

Listen on the Radio

After more than 500 installments, the production of new The Shape of Texas episodes has come to an end. The following radio stations may be continuing to broadcast previous chapters of the program. You can review our entire online archive at the Episode Index.