25-Year Award

The Texas Society of Architects 25-Year Award is an important public outreach program that focuses much-deserved attention on distinguished Texas architecture of enduring significance and exemplifies the Society’s intrinsic message that “Good Design Matters.” The annual award recognizes one building completed 25 to 50 years earlier that has stood the test of time by retaining its central form, character, and overall architectural integrity.

2015 Recipient: Dallas City Hall

Dallas City Hall was completed in 1977 and designed by I.M. Pei & Partners with Harper & Kemp as the local associate architect. Dallas's then-mayor Erik Jonsson wanted to reinvent the city’s image, which had taken a hit after the events of November 1963, and he sought a building whose design would express civic pride and become a symbol of confidence and ambition. The finished product, with its clarity and geometric uniqueness, succeeded in matching his vision.

When Dallas City Hall was first unveiled, architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable predicted it would become “one of the most important public buildings in the country.” With the structure having been in continual use for its original purpose since its opening in 1978, her words have proved true. The Texas Society of Architects Honor Awards jury commented that "the design is as fresh and compelling today as it was when it was first completed."

The 25-Year Award was presented at our 2015 Gala, held on Friday, November 6, during our 76th Annual Convention and Design Expo in Dallas.

Past 25-Year Award Recipients

Although the awards program experienced a hiatus after 1998, the program was reinvigorated in 2007. Previous recipients of the 25-Year Award are:

  • 2014 – The Alley Theatre (Houston) by Ulrich Franzen & Associates with Mackie & Kamrath
  • 2013 – The Menil Collection (Houston) by Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA, with Richard Fitzgerald & Associates
  • 2012 – Temple Emanu-El (Dallas) by Howard Meyer and Max Sandfield
  • 2011 – Fountain Place (Dallas) by I.M. Pei and Partners
  • 2010 – Tower of the Americas (San Antonio) by Ford Powell & Carson
  • 2009 – Margarite B. Parker Chapel at Trinity University (San Antonio) by Ford Powell & Carson
  • 2008 – Fort Worth Water Gardens by Philip Johnson with John Burgee
  • 2007 – NorthPark Center (Dallas) by Harrell and Hamilton Architects (now Omniplan)
  • 1998 – Kimbell Art Museum (Fort Worth) by Louis I. Kahn
  • 1997 – The Birthday (Sterling County) by Frank Welch and Associates