"What Does Architecture Do?"

On October 18, the Society treated convention attendees and the public to our first-ever PechaKucha Night. The event featured nine Texas artists and architects waxing poetic on what inspires them. View remarks by incoming President, Larry Speck, FAIA, on the power of architecture to make a difference.

: Larry Speck at Pecha Kucha
Texas Architects: 20x20 with Larry Speck, FAIA
Herman Dyal, FAIA, host of the event, explains the origins of Pecha Kucha.
Texas Architects headquarters at 500 Chicon was packed with architects, students, and the local design community.
Larry Speck, FAIA took the stage to talk about "what architecture does."
Presenters Max Levy, FAIA and Brantley Hightower catch up during intermission.

“I’m interested in what architecture is, but I’m way more interested in the power of architecture to do something and make a difference in the world.”

With these words, incoming Texas Society of Architects President Larry Speck, FAIA, concluded the Society’s first-ever PechaKucha night. The event, which took place on October 18 as part of our 73rd Annual Convention and Design Expo, featured a series of diverse, energizing PechaKucha presentations by nine Texas design professionals on what inspires them.

PechaKucha 20x20 is a trademarked presentation style devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Tokyo’s Klein Dytham architecture. Presenters show 20 images for 20 seconds each, and talk as the slides advance to produce a fast-paced, engaging statement on a particular topic of interest. This format has caught on and spread to more than 600 cities around the globe.

The full list of 20x20@500 Chicon presenters included:

  • Elaine Bradford / Houston Artist
  • Michael Ray Charles / Austin Artist
  • Brantley Hightower, AIA / San Antonio Architect
  • Matthew Johnson / Austin Stone Carver
  • Max Levy, FAIA / Dallas Architect
  • Michael Malone, AIA / Dallas Architect
  • Elizabeth Price, AIA / Brenham Architect
  • Larry Speck, FAIA / Austin Architect
  • Steven Tomlinson / Austin Playwright

Click on the video above to watch the full presentation by Larry Speck, FAIA. Other presentations in this series will be released soon.


Talk About It

About 4 years ago: Brett W

Wonderful. I've always enjoyed listening to Larry talk about architecture.