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Advocacy Update: State vs. City
TxA's Senior Advocate, David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, sheds some light on the tug-of-war between state and local power that has arisen this legislative session.
Design Awards Jury Announced
The three jurors for this year’s TxA Design Awards are Marcio Kogan, Hon. AIA, David Miller, FAIA, and Julie Snow, FAIA. As a reminder, entries are due April 4.
Advocacy Update: Relevant Bills
David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, tells us about the bills architects should watch during the 85th Legislative Session.
Michelle Addington Named Dean at UTSOA
Starting July 1, Michelle Addington will be the Dean of The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture.
Architects Day Roundup
On February 7, Texas architects descended on the Capitol for a day of legislative action (and snakes!).
2017 Texas Fellows
The AIA College of Fellows has 178 new members. Thirteen Texans are part of the 2017 Class!
Cotton Gin Receives AIA Honor Award
AIA National recently announced its 2017 Honor Award winners. Among those was Antenora Architects’ Cotton Gin at the Co-Op District in Hutto.
Check Your Selfie Before You Wreck Your Selfie
El Paso’s AGENCY Architecture designed a selfie wall installation as part of Chalk the Block, an annual event sponsored by the City of El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department.
Top 5 Reasons YOU (Yes, You) Should Go to Architects Day
Wendy Heger, AIA, provides the top 5 reasons to attend Architects Day.
McAllen: An Architectural Panorama
Participants in the 24th Annual Building Communities Conference of the Lower Río Grande Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects began a two-day conference at South Padre Island with a daylong, preconference tour on September 29 that focused on domestic architecture in the border city of McAllen.
Lake|Flato Settles Into East Austin Office
Lake|Flato, a fixture of San Antonio for 30 years, has recently opened an Austin outpost. The team, which has been working in the city since March, moved into a new space on the East Side in October. The firm has signed a five-year lease for the space and has plans to grow.
Holiday Gift Guide: For the Architect Who Has Everything
Texas Architect presents 10 holiday gift ideas for the design-loving friends, family, and colleagues in your life, starting with stocking stuffers under $5.00.
TxA Responds to AIA Post-Election Letter
TxA responds to AIA post-election letter.
2017 Architects Day
Architects Day will take place on February 7. Architects from across the state will converge on the Texas Capitol to meet with legislators to promote the importance of architectural design for urban planning. Register today to help us spread our message.
Patrick Swearingen Chumney, AIA Emeritus: 1933-2016
Patrick Swearingen Chumney, AIA Emeritus, passed away on October 4, 2016.
Welcome, New Members!
A warm welcome to all of our new members since the beginning of 2016.
Studio Award Winners Announced
Congratulations to the 2016 TxA Studio Award winners! Aaron Seward traveled to New York City and met the studio awards jury at the offices of Diller Scoifidio + Renfro (DS+R).
2016 Honor Awards
Announcing the recipients the Texas Society of Architects 2016 Honor Awards. This program recognizes exceptional members, firms, individuals, and organizations for outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture, the built environment, and quality of life in Texas. Honorees will be recognized at our 77th Annual Convention and Design Expo, taking place on November 3–5 in San Antonio.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Alan G. Roberts, AIA
Alan G. Roberts, AIA, is the founder of “So You Want to Be an Architect,” a Facebook page dedicated to exploring the realities of a career in architecture. Roberts received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa in 1982. An American citizen since 2002, he has worked on many projects in Northeast Texas, specializing in educational, religious, medical, and commercial work.
BLOG | Becoming an Architect: MFx Participants Gain Career Experience
Matt Fajkus Architecture's new MFx program incorporates students into the workplace.
BLOG | 2017 Texas Architect Editorial Calendar
The 2017 editorial calendar for Texas Architect magazine is now available.
Malone Maxwell Borson Architects give a family of five in Austin a pristine but durable abode that capitalizes on its enviable site overlooking the Colorado River.
BLOG | Houston's Uncommon Modern Exhibit Receives National Recognition
Houston's Uncommon Modern Exhibit receives Citation of Merit from the Docomomo US 2016 Modernism in America Awards.
BLOG | 10 Texas Projects Among ArchDaily’s Top 100
Ten Texas works were named to ArchDaily’s Top 100 American projects in celebration of the website's tenth anniversary.
BLOG | Architects in the Outfield
AIA San Antonio's architect/engineer softball league has been bringing firms together since 1994.
In Place — Thoughts on a (North) Texas Vernacular
A great diversity of peoples, wielding a wide variety of materials, have left their mark on the Lone Star State’s architecture. But can we say that a true Texas vernacular exists?
2016 Prosperity Conference
Registration is now open for TxA's first-ever Prosperity Conference. This event will take place in Brenham on Friday, August 26, at The Barnhill Center at Historic Simon Theatre. An opening reception will be held on the evening of August 25.
The Grit and the Grandeur
Dallas-based three : living architecture, working with Roman and Williams, transformed San Antonio’s Pearl Brewery into a luxury hotel.
BLOG | Convergence: Keynote Speakers
Our 77th Annual Convention and Design Expo, "Convergence," in San Antonio will feature four general sessions. Keynoters will include Marion Weiss, FAIA, and Michael Manfredi, FAIA; Eric J. Cesal, Assoc. AIA; and Debbie Millman. Learn about the speakers.
2016 Emerging Design + Technology: Call for Papers
The 2016 TxA Emerging Design + Technology conference, to be held during our 77th Annual Convention and Design Expo in San Antonio, is seeking academic papers for peer review, publication, and presentation. The abstract submission deadline has been extended to August 15.
Where Texas Ends
Perched above El Paso, the Franklin Mountain House — Tucson practice Hazelbaker Rush’s first project — was inspired by the bleak but arresting qualities of the Southwestern landscape.
BLOG | Logic Tobola, FAIA: 1940–2016
Remembering Logic Tobola, FAIA, past president of TxA.
BLOG | UTSA Undergrads Honored by AIA COTE
University of Texas at San Antonio undergrads Isaias Garcia Coronado and Daniel Rodriguez Suarez are among the award recipients for the 2015-2016 AIA Committee on the Environment Top Ten for Students awards. They are being honored for their project proposal, “Banding for Knowledge.”
BLOG | Absence (and Renovation) Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
Renovations are winding down, and TxA staff members are settling in to their new, improved office spaces.
BLOG | 2016 Design Award Winners
Jurors select 10 projects as this year's Design Award winners.
BLOG | 2016 Studio Awards Entry Form Now Online
2016 TxA Studio Awards entries are now open online and are being accepted through 5 p.m. June 9.
WHR, working in collaboration with Arup and KHR Arkitekter, recently won a competition for a new hospital in Denmark. The design combines the best aspects of European and American approaches to healthcare.
BLOG | Advocacy Update: When We Do The Numbers
Senior Advocate David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, does the math for the upcoming November Texas state house and senate elections.
Artist Robert Irwin’s reconstruction of a hospital at the former Fort D.A. Russell in Marfa dismisses disciplinary boundaries between art, architecture, life, and culture.
BLOG | William Dupont, FAIA, Works to Preserve Hemingway’s Finca Vigia in Cuba
William Dupont is working to restore Ernest Hemingway's home in Cuba and building an archive that will be the first project built in that country with American supplies since the '50s.
Fort Worth architect Tommy Stewart, AIA, designed a school for earthquake-ravaged Haiti, an endeavor he considers to be among the most profound experiences of his life.
The Texas Society of Architects 77th Annual Convention and Design Expo will take place in San Antonio on November 3–5, 2016.
BLOG | Texas A&M Students Creating Designs for New Mavericks Facility
Bryan Trubey, FAIA, and Mark Cuban work with graduate architecture students at Texas A&M to design a new practice facility for the Dallas Mavericks.
An activist client in Austin’s Heritage Neighborhood commissions an architectural think piece of a house to save a prominent site from the rampant march of stealth dorms.
Behind the Scenes
Kendall/Heaton could be the most prominent Texas practice you’ve never heard about. Focusing solely on architect of record services, the firm has completed some of the state’s highest-profile projects, designed by a cast of the world’s most famous architects.
BLOG | Everything Old is New Again
We explore all of the challenges that come with renovating a building as old as 500 Chicon and delve into its history.
BLOG | Q&A with David Adjaye
TA contributor Patrick Michels talks to London's David Adjaye about his design for San Antonio's "Ruby City," his experience working in Texas, and what advice he has for architects in our state looking to create meaningful public spaces.
BLOG | Pardon Our Dust
500 Chicon, the headquarters of the Texas Society of Architects, is undergoing an exciting renovation.
BLOG | 2016 Design Conference: Architects Invade Amarillo
Last month, architects from around the state made their way to the Texas Panhandle for the Texas Society of Architect’s Fifth Annual Design Conference. The event explored the relationship between designing and building.
Aalto’s Baker House dormitory at MIT inspires a study of student housing at UT Austin and a revival of the Modern Movement’s social aspirations.
Out of the Shadows
bcWORKSHOP ran focus groups and workshops to gather information for their design of The Cottages at Hickory Crossing, a Housing First project that will serve people often deemed impossible cases.
Field of Dreams
Four installations — winners of the Field Constructs Design Competition — occupied a brownfield site in East Austin for two weeks in November 2015. The projects on view drew attention to the quickly aligning trends of digital fabrication and environmental sustainability.
2016 AIA Fellows Announced
The American Institute of Architects has announced this year's inductees to the College of Fellows. Eleven Texas architects are among the 149 recognized with this honor for 2016.
BLOG | Advocacy Update: 2016 Election — Who We Are Supporting
David Lancaster's latest Advocacy Update looks at how primary elections are effectively deciding more races and the effects of a Republican majority in the Texas House and Senate.
Content Architecture designs a house for an artist and car enthusiast, then shifts gears in mid-construction.
At Home on the Border
The Lower Rio Grande Valley AIA’s 2015 Building Communities Conference Tour begins with Brownsville’s oldest home, and ends with its newest.
BLOG | Advocacy Update: Getting “Trump-ed” by Negative Politics? Don’t Let It Get You Down.
David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, reminds us in his latest Advocacy Update that it is not only our civic duty to register and vote, but also to support our Citizen Architects.
A Language of Movement
Lawrence Halprin and his choreographer wife, Anna, developed a way of notating movement they called “Motation.” Its revelations influenced the design of Fort Worth’s Heritage Park Plaza.
BLOG | TAC Houston Spotlight: Wendy Heger, AIA
TAC Houston kicks off a monthly spotlight featuring Houston architects sharing what architectural advocacy means to them. The inaugural post features Wendy Heger, AIA, of Page, who shares how she finds it "empowering that architects, even those who compete against each other, can rally toward a common cause to raise the profession."
A Machine for Healing
The new Parkland Hospital building has been called the world’s first all-digital hospital, a healthcare facility where technology and design merge to improve functionality, lessen the institutional feel, and stay on the cutting edge of advances in medical science.
2016 Design Conference: Designing + Building
Join TxA in Amarillo on February 12–14 for our Fifth Annual Design Conference, which will exploring the relationship between designing and building — between the act of imagining what could be and the act of turning that vision into reality.
Wind, Rain, Sky
Max Levy’s design for the Saint Michael and All Angels Columbarium references elemental forces in the creation of a meditative space for contemplating life and death.
Pollen at Peace
A new chapel and administrative building at St. Edwards University by Pollen Architecture & Design adds another piece to a 15-year-old master plan.
TxA Board Job Responsibilities
The Texas Society of Architects Board of Directors includes officers, AIA directors, and Society directors. Learn about the responsibilities of the various positions on the board.
Perched above the sea in a tropical paradise, this vacation home provides simple luxury in close congress with nature.
A Gateway and a Hill
The Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion and the McGovern Centennial Gardens are the latest addition to Hermann Park, one of Houston’s most important public spaces.
BLOG | UTSOA Studio to Bring the WATNEY to SXSW
A Kickstarter campaign running through December 7 is raising funds for a SXSW Eco installation project by students at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. Learn more about this ambitious project exploring how digital software and fabrication techniques can be applied to art and architecture.
BLOG | San Antonio River Barge Design Competition
With San Antonio's 300th anniversary coming up in 2018, the City of San Antonio and AIA San Antonio have launched an international design competition to reimagine the ‘river barge’ experience. The competition deadline is Tuesday, January 5.
BLOG | 2016 Convention – Save the Date!
Our 77th Annual Convention and Design Expo will take place in the heart of Texas history in San Antonio on November 3-5, 2016. Keep an eye out for the Call for Presentations, opening in January.
Convention CE Certificates Now Available for Review
The continuing education (CE) credit data for our 2015 Convention has been tabulated. Please take a moment to review your convention certificate to ensure accuracy before we transmit the information to AIA. The last day to make changes is December 9.
Follow the Light
For the second year in a row, Creek Show lured the public to Austin’s Waller Creek at night with a series of brilliant installations by local architects and artists.
Tim Cuppett Architects’ Pendleton Farm blends a traditional Texas farmhouse vernacular with a modern sensibility.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Julie Huynh, Assoc. AIA
From growing up in Amarillo with its vivid sunsets to enjoying the brief interlude between summer and autumn just as foliage hues begin to change, to embracing the opportunities of technology for drawing — Julie Huynh, Assoc. AIA, of Kendall / Heaton Associates shares all this and more in the latest installment of "Architects Talking to Architects."
Baldridge Architects’ Gardner transforms a 1960s post office into a deftly orchestrated space for dining.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Xavier A. Vargas, AIA
In the latest installment of Architects Talking to Architects, Randall-Porterfield Architects' Xavier A. Vargas, AIA, chats with TxA about growing up near NASA, deriving inspiration from TED Talks and the documentary Urbanized, and his passion — both on and off the field — for soccer.
The Art in Architecture
Austin-based artist Josef Kristofoletti believes in a reciprocal and mutually enriching relationship between paintings and buildings.
Wernerfield Architects’ CCR1 Residence is a lakeside retreat that resists the obvious.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Catherine Callaway, AIA
Catherine Callawway, AIA, of BNIM in Houston talks to Texas Architects about: growing up in/departing from/returning to Houston; her alternative career option of fabric designer; and the daily opportunity for expanding your horizons known as...lunch!
Making Waves: Restaurants by Michael Hsu, AIA
Known for his notable restaurant interiors, Michael Hsu, AIA, founder of Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, is expanding his influence and portfolio beyond Austin and gaining recognition in the Bayou City.
CONTENT Architecture transforms an oversized restaurant space into a light and airy cafe to round out development on the 300 block of Main Street in Houston.
BLOG | 2015 Studio Awards — Winners Announced
We are pleased to announce the recipients of our 2015 Studio Awards. The San Francisco-based jury selected four projects from among 72 entries as outstanding examples of innovation and excellence in design.
White on White
Baldridge Architects’ new office, a study in precision-built minimalism, offers a counterintuitive take on design-build in practice.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Christian Sheridan, AIA
BRAVE/Architecture associate principal Christian Sheridan, AIA, of Houston chats with TxA about the similarities between photojournalism and architecture, being inspired by teaching at the University of Houston School of Architecture, and motivating yourself to tackle the ARE.
Lessons by the Sea
Sea Scout Base Galveston, a newly completed maritime educational center by Shipley Architects and Randall-Porterfield Architects, seeks to accomplish two goals: to inspire learners to care about the maritime environment, and to withstand the hurricanes and storms that so often threaten the Texas coast.
BLOG | FCDC Announces Four Winners
The Field Constructs Design Competition has announced its 2015 winners. The final four projects capture the mission FCDC and marry experimentation with design innovation while uniquely addressing the history and ecology of the competition site.
2015 Honor Awards
The Texas Society of Architects announces the recipients our 2015 Honor Awards, which recognize exceptional members, firms, individuals, and organizations for outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture, the built environment, and the quality of life in Texas.
A Kind of Resurrection
San Antonio-based architect and furniture-maker Brian Korte, AIA, takes pleasure in seeing recovered materials reborn in new forms.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Erik Murray, AIA
Erik Murray, AIA, of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates in San Antonio shares his intrigue with coding, visiting the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, and his longtime love of playing the guitar in this Architects Talking to Architects.
2015 Design Expo Events and Attractions
Join us at the 2015 Design Expo in Dallas. You'll discover the latest products and techniques, watch live demonstrations, and make connections with vendors and industry representatives from across the country. Check out what we have in store!
Lost + Found
Artist Kim Cadmus Owens’ work documents Dallas’ urban landscape, past and present, using layered colors and letterpress printing techniques to create formally complex images and visually stunning records of the city’s architectural landmarks.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Bayardo Selva, AIA
Bayardo Selva, AIA, of cre8 Architects in Houston chats with Texas Architects about toying with the idea of a career in industrial design, his deep reverence for nature, and how he manages to squeeze in a running hobby with everything else he has going on.
BLOG | FCDC + East Austin Studio Tour
Field Constructs Design Competition will join the East Austin Studio Tour as the first ever event south of the Colorado River.
House on a Hill
Alterstudio Architecture finds exquisite beauty in circumstance, translating it into built forms large and small to create the Lake View Residence in West Austin.
2015 Convention: Frequently Asked Questions
The Texas Society of Architects 76th Annual Convention and Design Expo will take place on November 5–7 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. This page provides answers to frequently asked questions about convention registration, creating your schedule, continuing education credit, and more.
Woods High School
Natalye Appel + Associates' new School of the Woods building connects architecture to the Montessori curriculum, employing several key design elements to foster independent learning.
The Old House, and the New
When a client asked Jim Poteet, FAIA, to update a historic San Antonio home, the architect adopted a forthright approach that marries historic details and contemporary craftsmanship.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Kris Calvert, AIA
Kris Calvert, AIA, of Urban Bobcat Architects talks to TxA about his desire to design spaces in and around the outdoors, his and his business partner's "strategy" sessions over bourbon, and the importance of taking chances as a young professional.
Between Green and Violet
Rand Elliott, FAIA, deploys color with purpose, punctuating galleries at the Marfa Contemporary with vivid jolts of blue and using colored lighting to transform a series of parking structures in surprising ways.
John Only Greer, FAIA: 1933–2015
John Only Greer, FAIA, of Bryan, a professor emeritus at Texas A&M University College of Architecture and past president of the Society, passed away on Friday, June 12. A great teacher and mentor, he will be deeply missed by his Texas Architects friends and colleagues.
Thanks to architect Mell Lawrence’s deft hand with light and patterning, Hollowcat Wild, a boxy limestone residence nestled in the Austin hills, is imbued with what architect and author Christopher Alexander calls “aliveness.”