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With a new legislative session just beginning, David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, Senior Advocate, runs down some issues that could impact architects during this year’s Regular Session, which runs through Memorial Day.
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.
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.
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 | 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 | J. Riely Gordon Art Contest Winners Announced
The winners of the first J. Riely Gordon art contest were announced at the J. Riely Gordon Conference this past weekend in Hallettsville. The contest, judged by TxA 2016 President Paul A. Bielamowicz, AIA, and Emily Little, FAIA, challenged entrants to illustrate some aspect of Gordon’s life or work in any medium.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 | 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tim Cuppett Architects’ Pendleton Farm blends a traditional Texas farmhouse vernacular with a modern sensibility.
The Art in Architecture
Austin-based artist Josef Kristofoletti believes in a reciprocal and mutually enriching relationship between paintings and buildings.
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 | Architects Talking to Architects: Ian M. Ellis, Assoc. AIA
Ian M. Ellis, Assoc. AIA, of Matt Fajkus Architecture takes a moment to chat with Texas Architects about everything from his ardent devotion to sketching in pencil, to deriving inspiration from the varied creative talents of those that surround him, to the top 10 songs currently streaming through his headphones.
White on White
Baldridge Architects’ new office, a study in precision-built minimalism, offers a counterintuitive take on design-build in practice.
BLOG | Lake|Flato Architects Coming to Austin in 2016
San Antonio based Lake|Flato Architects has announced that the firm will be opening an urban design centric office to Austin in 2016.
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: Michael Kaiser, Assoc. AIA
The Beck Group's Director of Design Michael Kaiser, Assoc. AIA, talks to TxA about his original love of drawing all things Star Wars and guitars, finding inspiration in the immediacy of iPhone photography, and why he needs to return to the High Line.
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.
BLOG | Save the Date! Facades+AM Heads to Houston This June
On June 18, AEC industry leaders will convene in Houston at the Facades+AM conference for a look at the latest developments in the world of building enclosures.
Renzo Piano Meets Artists Downtown
TxA member Jack Murphy, Assoc. AIA, visited Renzo Piano's Whitney Museum on opening day to share his impressions of the building, its ties to Texas, and the inaugural exhibition. The new Whitney's true success lies not in its architecture, he writes, but rather in its role as "an urban playground for the arts."
BLOG | Project ArchiTX: Riverview Way House
Tom Hurt Architecture toes the line between the familiarity of the traditional 1950s brick house, and bold, modern volumetric additions in the Riverview Way House in Houston.
Local Chapter Resources
The information on this page is available for use by the leadership of the local components of Texas Society of Architects. Documents may be downloaded and modified for their use.
Coloring the Gap
The Richards Group's new Dallas headquarters stands over Dallas commuters as a beacon of shimmering color and democratic ideals in the workplace.
New Scenes in America Deserta
The Texas Tech University College of Architecture’s Land Arts of the American West program offers a wide-eyed, sunburnt trip that explores how we alter the land around us.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Zach Farrell, Assoc. AIA
Zach Farrell, Assoc. AIA, of 5G Studio Collaborative in Dallas talks to Texas Architects about merging his creative and scientific sides in an architectural career, taking a collector's approach to hobbies, and visiting Bernard Tschumi's Parc de la Villette.
Texas Society of Architects Mentorship Program
The Texas Architects Mentorship Program provides an opportunity for emerging professionals across the state to connect with AIA Fellows for mentorship and professional development.
BLOG | Mark T. Wellen on CRAFT
Mark T. Wellen, FAIA, reflects on the "magical weekend" that was the 2015 Design Conference.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Christopher Ferguson, Assoc. AIA
Christopher Ferguson, Assoc. AIA, of AIA Austin takes a moment to chat with TxA about everything from his elementary school aspirations of being a bug doctor, to volunteering his photography and writing chops to Raw Paw, to how much he actually enjoyed Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Bilbao despite all expectations to the contrary.
BLOG | 2015 Design Conference: Recap
More than 60 architects braved the freeze to attend the Society's Fourth Annual Design Conference: CRAFT in Denton.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Adam Thomason, AIA
Adam Thomason, a project architect at Omniplan, talks with TxA about his army brat upbringing and love of statistics. He also offers some solid advice for professionals just starting out in their career.
14 Texas Architects Elevated to Fellowship in 2015
The American Institute of Architects has announced the newest members of the College of Fellows. Fourteen Texas architects are among the 147 nationwide to receive this prestigious honor. Only about 3,200 of AIA's total 80,000 members hold this distinction. Congratulations to the AIA Fellowship Class of 2015!
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Nick Kovach, AIA
Nick Kovach, AIA, of BOKA Powell talks to Texas Architects about why he didn't pursue a career in computer programming, how he and his children inspire each other, and why young professionals should "spend a bit of time doing everything."
Bring Your Own Bag
UTSOA graduates Christopher Ferguson, Assoc. AIA, and Megan Marvin of DO.GROUP DESIGN are building a business around their stackable Bundle Reusable Bags.
Jerry L. Clement, FAIA (1932–2015)
We are saddened to learn of the passing of Jerry L. Clement, FAIA, a past president of the Texas Society of Architects. Services for Mr. Clement will take place on Friday, January 30, at 10:00 a.m. at the Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas.
Collaboration & Craftsmen
Collaboration with craftsmen pays off, according to Wendy Dunnam Tita, AIA, of Page and Vicki Yuan, AIA, of Lake|Flato Architects.
El Paso Knothole
Ball-Nogues Studio creates a fence that acts as a window on a ballpark in El Paso.
Clear structural articulation and a folded corrugated metal roof are the major architectural features of the Ottmers Residence, a project designed to be built by a client on a very tight budget.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: James Haliburton, AIA
James Haliburton, AIA, talks to Texas Architects about his childhood in Amarillo, his alternative career choice as a superhero, and his vast array of hobbies, including, but not limited to, motorcycles, carpentry, furniture design, rugby, and being a dad.
2014 Design Expo Attractions
Featuring 275 exhibitors in the fields of architecture, engineering, and construction, our 2014 Design Expo at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston will be our biggest ever! Discover the latest products and techniques, watch live demonstrations, and make connections with vendors and industry representatives from around the globe.
An Interview with Brooke Hodge, Guest Curator at the Nasher
Texas Architect Editor Catherine Gavin interviews the Nasher's Guest Curator Brooke Hodge about the exhibition "Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio."
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Chris Sano, AIA
Chris Sano, AIA, of BRW Architects talks to Texas Architects about being inspired by his children's sense of wonder, his architectural pilgrimage to the American Folk Art Museum, and the importance of having fun and enjoying the people you work with.
Making Learning Fun
Austin’s new 36,340-sf, LEED Silver-certified children’s museum, the Thinkery, is the product of Koning Eizenberg Architecture’s collaboration with STG Design.
A Tin Gallery
Not only is Brave / Architecture’s Sicardi Gallery intriguing, it is also the latest example of Houston’s secret cohort of tin buildings representing a little-known modern regional architectural expression.
As contemporary collections continue to grow, exhibitors’ need for more space is providing the public with opportunities to see art. The Warehouse in Farmers Branch and SPACE Gallery in San Antonio are private collections that are now open to visitors.
Opportunity Knocks: Derwin Broughton, AIA
Growing up on a small farm in South Carolina was one thing that led Derwin Broughton, AIA, to get involved and give back to the community.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Michael Friebele, Assoc. AIA
Michael Friebele, Assoc. AIA, of Callison talks to Texas Architects about growing up in Missouri, his admiration of Snøhetta's Oslo Opera House, and advising architects to "never stop playing in the sandbox.”
Akiko Kotani's latest installation,"Soft Walls," on display at the Woman & Their Work Art Gallery in Austin, exudes the fluidity of a woven textile while drawing inspiration from steel strength.
2014 Convention: Frequently Asked Questions
The Texas Society of Architects 75th Annual Convention and Design Expo will take place on November 6–8 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. This page provides some answers to frequently asked questions about convention registration, creating your schedule, continuing education credit, and more.
The Rise of Video as a Tool for Documenting Architecture: An Interview with Frazer|Pogue Collective
Frazer|Pogue Collective discusses the benefits of using video to document architectural projects.
The Boatmakers' Craft
Shipley Architects designed a Port Townsend, Wash., home that only boat-builders could detail so effortlessly.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Stephen J. Elwood, AIA
Stephen J. Elwood, AIA, of Corgan talks to Texas Architects about growing up in Oklahoma, the importance of the ability to hand draw, and his spare time hobby — furniture building.
BLOG | Clients' Corner: Gilson Riecken on his Alamo Heights Home
"It was important to us that we work with someone who understands who we are as people and how we live." San Antonio architect-turned-attorney Gilson Riecken talks to TA editor Catherine Gavin about what it was like working with Lake|Flato's Tenna Florian, AIA, on his Alamo Heights home.
Demolition of the American Folk Art Museum
As demolition of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien's American Folk Art Museum building gets underway in New York City, The Architect's Newspaper Executive Editor Alan G. Brake explores the controversy ignited by this decision, and what it says about the public's appreciation for architecture.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Nicholas Banks, Assoc. AIA, of Houston
Nicholas Banks, Assoc. AIA, of PDR talks to Texas Architects about his predilection for designing in pen, "springtime" in Houston, and advice he has for upcoming architects.
BLOG | 500 Chicon: Elizabeth Danze, FAIA, Talks Convention Futures
Texas Architects staffer Charlotte Friedley chats with Elizabeth Danze, FAIA, of Austin's Danze Blood Architects, about her role on the Society's Convention Futures Committee.
At the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, the wilderness has been tamed and a campus created. Inga Saffron, architecture critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer, weighs in on the new Renzo Piano Pavilion.
Threading a Garden Hose
Brooklyn artist Justin Cooper's woven green garden hose creates a sculptural object as it meanders through Austin's testsite gallery and garden as curated by Texas Architect contributor Rachel Adams.
BLOG | Media and Technology in Architecture: The Morpholio Project App
Ken Ethridge, Jr., AIA, of Ethridge and Company in Austin, reviews Morpholio, a free app that architects and designers can use to present, share, and discuss their work via private or public forums.
Beyond the Box
The Paisano Green Community in El Paso, by Workshop8, is educating residents to be stewards of their environment. It is the first net zero, LEED Platinum-certified low-income senior housing project in the city.
Texas Architects Speakers Bureau
Interested in having an architect present at your upcoming event? The Texas Society of Architects offers a Speakers Bureau that matches engaging, experienced member architects with important audiences around the state.
AIA Announces 2014 Fellows — 21 Texas Architects Named
The American Institute of Architects has announced the newest members of the AIA College of Fellows. Among the 139 members elevated to Fellowship in 2014, 21 are from the state of Texas. Congratulations to all the recipients of this prestigious honor. Only about 3,000 of AIA's total 80,000 members hold this distinction.
Reflections | Design Conference 2014
During the Jan. 31–Feb. 2 weekend, architects hailing from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Mexico convened in Austin for the Texas Society of Architects’ Third Annual Design Conference: Borderlands. The three-day conference was filled with world-class presentations by renowned architects, intriguing tours, and stimulating conversation among architectural peers.
BLOG | DesCon 2014 Held in Austin This Past Weekend
This past weekend, the Texas Society of Architects hosted our Third Annual Design Conference: Borderlands in Austin. Over 50 people were in attendance for the three-day event, which was filled with presentations, tours, and stimulating discussions.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Kirby Zengler, AIA
Kirby Zengler, AIA, is an associate at JHP Architecture in Dallas. He received his MArch degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and joined the firm in 2002. Zengler leads the Whole Community Design initiative on behalf of JHP.
Oklahoma's 21st Century Park: Myriad Botanical Gardens
Downtown Oklahoma City’s Myriad Botanical Gardens recently received a huge face-lift from The Office of James Burnett in collaboration with David Epstein, AIA, of Gensler’s Austin office. The reinvigorated park's beautiful pavilions and diversity of gardens are attracting people from all over the city.
Snøhetta's College Park Pavilion
Deceptively simple in plan, Snøhetta's first built work in Texas has become a gathering place for the community, and along with the other Park Pavilions of Dallas, it is encouraging people to step out of their comfort zone and explore unfamiliar parts of the city.
2013 TAC Contributors
The Texas Architects Committee thanks all our 2013 contributors for their generous donations in support of our advocacy efforts on behalf of our membership.
BLOG | Media and Technology in Architecture | Sourcing New Materials
"Half the battle is often knowing where to start the search." In our latest "Media and Technology in Architecture" post, Brinn Miracle, AIA, of PDR in Houston describes a number of online resources for sourcing, researching, and trying out new building products.
The Blaffer Reworked
Though the project for the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston was primarily an interior renovation, WORKac’s design is ambitious and less predictable than many university buildings.
What Starts Here ...
Three new buildings on The University of Texas at Austin campus — the Belo Center for New Media, Norman Hackerman Building, and College of Liberal Arts Building — push the envelope and interpret design guidelines in creative ways.
Animal House: Thoughts on Cross-Species Design Collaborations
AnimalArchitecture.org is a web-based platform dedicated to an ongoing investigation into the performative role of design in ecology. Founder and Director Ned Dodington, Assoc. AIA, writes about the questions explored by the site, which presents a curated collection of works demonstrating the powerful collaborations between human and non-human architects.
BLOG | Lavaca Eclectic: Two Cases of a Contemporary Vernacular
In this post, Lake|Flato's Phil Zimmerman explores two examples of contemporary architecture in San Antonio's Lavaca District — a residential restoration by Poteet Architects, and new twin homes by Operative Ventures. These works both reflect and expand upon the building typologies in the historic neighborhood.
Licensed Architect Fingerprinting to be Available at the 2013 Convention
On June 24, 2013, HB 1717 was signed into law. This Texas Legislature house bill adds architects to the list of professions requiring fingerprinting as part of their licensure renewal. The Texas Society of Architects has taken steps to make this transition easier for architects across Texas.
BLOG | Media and Technology in Architecture | Media Consumption: How to Get Your Fill
In "Media and Technology in Architecture," a new series on the Texas Architects blog, Brinn Miracle, AIA, provides some tips for organizing and consuming the vast amounts of architectural information available online.
Surrounded by sandburs, the sea breeze, and a wide airstrip, the Fire|Beach House in Galveston is a surprising piece of contemporary architecture.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Alexer Taganas, Assoc. AIA
Alexer Taganas, Assoc. AIA, of Webber + Studio in Austin talks to Texas Architects about choosing buildings over Broadway, his time in Berlin, and a somewhat off-putting yet surprisingly effective technique for sketching.
Exploring Future Workflows with TEX-FAB
TEX-FAB, led by Brad Bell, Kevin Patrick McClellan, Andrew Vrana, and Kory Bieg, is changing the status quo in terms of digital design and fabrication. Scott Marble details how their new approach to workflows is the way of the future.
Latitudes: Architecture in the Americas
Latitudes: Architecture in the Americas is an annual two-day event explores contemporary “American” architecture. This year’s event brought together architects from New York, Texas, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Christopher L. Sanders, AIA
Christopher Sanders, AIA, of Sanders Architecture in Austin talks to Texas Architects about childhood lessons in sustainability, and the inspirational places his education and career have taken him.
Tour Italy and the Adriatic with Texas Architects: Sept. 10-19, 2014
"I know I’m not alone in planning vacations around buildings I want to see. I’ve talked to many architects who chuckle knowingly when I relay my habit for indulging my interest in a building past the reasonable limits of patience of my family. The solution? Travel with other architects." — Dan Hart, FAIA
The Office of James Burnett’s new Sunnylands Center & Gardens is a composition of color and texture achieved through a densely layered, yet sustainable, planting design.