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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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
BLOG | Products: Curtain Wall Systems
Texas Architect products editor Rita Cantinella Orrell reviews curtain wall and glazing solutions that keep building views at a premium without sacrificing thermal efficiency, structural integrity, and sun control.
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.
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 | 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.
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.
2015 Design Awards — Winners Announced
We are pleased to announce the recipients of our 2015 Design Awards. Fourteen projects were selected from among 256 entries. This year's jurors were: Karl A. Backus, AIA, of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Alex Krieger, FAIA, of NBBJ and Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Bruce Lindsey, AIA, of Washington University's Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts; and Jennifer Yoos, FAIA, of VJAA and University of Minnesota School of Architecture.
For Kathleen English, AIA, of English & Associates, water management is one of the first things she thinks about when approaching a new project.
Curtain Wall Call
Can a 500-ft-tall glass box in Houston possibly be a good idea? The recent expansion of high-rise office buildings says yes.
From the Beach to the Bay
Galveston Island State Park is shrinking: Scientists predict that the landmass will decrease 22 percent over the next 50 years due to rising sea levels and beach erosion, transforming much of what is dry land into open water or marsh.
A Living Building in North Texas
Lake|Flato Architects' Josey Pavilion aspires to be the first Living Building in Texas.
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.
Advocates for Architecture Day 2015
The Society's Advocates for Architecture Day will take place on February 10. 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. Learn more about this event, and register today to help us spread our message.
Hog Pen Creek Residence
High nature is married to high design in Lake|Flato Architects’ Hog Pen Creek Retreat.
Do Ho Suh
Do Ho Suh's first major solo exhibition in the U.S. will be on view at The Contemporary Austin from September 20, 2014–January 11, 2015.
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 New Sculpture Garden for Austin’s Laguna Gloria
Boston-based landscape architecture firm Reed Hilderbrand is expanding its Texas portfolio and leading the re-imagination of The Contemporary Austin’s historic Laguna Gloria site.
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.
Baldridge Architects’ Outdoor Learning Center at Casis Elementary in Austin has transformed a formerly neglected plot of land next to a parking lot into an open-air classroom in a garden setting.
Rammed earth wall, rippling Venetian plaster, and the colorful blocks of Margo Sawyer-designed art walls — Page’s Torcasso residence achieves the sublime.
Bercy Chen Studio’s design at the Cascading Creek House sleekly conceal extensive mechanics under the hood of a gorgeous space.
The Boatmakers' Craft
Shipley Architects designed a Port Townsend, Wash., home that only boat-builders could detail so effortlessly.
After the Rain
The nonprofit bcWORKSHOP has expanded to the Lower Rio Grande Valley and is bringing its public design process to housing developments outside of Harlingen.
TxA 2014 Design Awards Announced
We are pleased to announce the recipients of our 2014 Design Awards. Sixteen projects were selected from among 221 entries. This year's jurors were: Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, of Marlon Blackwell Architect in Fayetteville, Ark.; Andrea P. Leers, FAIA, of Leers Weinzapfel Associates in Boston; Tim Love, AIA, of Utile in Boston; and Mark Reddington, FAIA, of LMN Architects in Seattle.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Jamie Crawley, AIA
Jamie Crawley, AIA, talks to Texas Architects about posting to #coffeesketch, inspiration derived from graffiti, his pilgrimage to the great American treasure of Fallingwater, and sharing the joys of soccer with his daughter.
AIA Selects 2014 COTE Top Ten Projects
The American Institute of Architects and its Committee on the Environment have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and ecological design projects that protect and enhance the environment. The projects will be honored at the AIA 2014 National Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago.
Midland's Rhotenberry Wellen Architects looked to traditional agrarian structures for the inspiration for the design and materiality of the Dietert Ranch retreat in Real County.
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.
Capturing the Alamo: A Database of Architectural History
Built by the Spanish Empire in the 18th century, the Alamo has had many lives. A research team led by Professor Robert Warden, RA, of Texas A&M's Center for Heritage Conservation, is using laser scanning and other emergent technologies to document the landmark in its present state, and build a three-dimensional database cataloguing its evolution.
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.
LRGV AIA Tour: Small-Town Architecture of Weslaco
On September 26, participants in the 21st Annual Building Communities Conference, hosted by the Lower Rio Grande Valley AIA, took part in a one-day tour exploring the architecture of Weslaco. The buildings toured were completed between the 1920s and 1950s and illustrate how architecture conserves community identity.
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.
BLOG | San Antonio's Lavaca District: Historic Homes
Founded in the mid-18th century, the Lavaca district is the oldest existing neighborhood in San Antonio. This blog post describes a recent historic home restoration project in the area, and an addition to another home that is currently in progress.
Texas Architects' IgCC Roadmap
Over the past four years, Texas Architects has monitored and participated in the development of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), and provided significant input into its refinement and development. Our IgCC Task Force has developed this Road Map to guide those officials contemplating or actually adopting the IgCC.
Surrounded by sandburs, the sea breeze, and a wide airstrip, the Fire|Beach House in Galveston is a surprising piece of contemporary architecture.
BLOG | Beyond the Boardroom: TxA Board Meeting Held in Vancouver
Texas Architects EVP James T. Perry reports on the latest meeting of our Board of Directors, which reviewed the progress made by the Society so far in 2013.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Christy Seals, AIA, of Austin
Christy Seals, AIA, of Loop Design clears up a misconception about architects and talks about how the process of figuring out how to communicate design ideas to non-architects can start in school.
2013 TEX-FAB Finalists Announced
This week, TEX-FAB *Digital Fabrication Alliance, a nonprofit connecting design professionals, academics, and manufacturers interested in using digital technology to explore new industry relationships, announced the finalists of its 2013 competition, “SKIN.” Four proposals were selected to move on to the next round. The eventual winner will be built at full scale through TEX-FAB's fabrication partnership with ZAHNER. The winning design will then be exhibited at the next TEX-FAB conference.
Waller Creek’s Creek Show
Creek Show proposes to transform Austin’s Waller Creek into an active venue for art, architecture, and landscape architecture. A series of temporary installations will appear along the 1.5-mile site in an attempt to surprise and delight the community.
Soo Sunny Park's "Unwoven Light" Installation at Rice
From April 11 through August 30, 2013, Soo Sunny Park's installation "Unwoven Light" animates Rice Gallery's expansive space, transforming it into a shimmering world of light, shadow, and brilliant color.
AIA Austin 2013 Design Awards
In April, AIA Austin announced the recipients of its 2013 Design Awards. The competition recognizes outstanding architectural projects by members and promotes public interest in architectural excellence. This year's jury included Craig Kolstad, Assoc. AIA, of Dallas; Lauren Rottet, FAIA, of Houston; and Teresa Rosano, AIA, of Tucson, Ariz.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Bob Bullis, AIA
In this installment of "Architects Talking to Architects," Bob Bullis, AIA, shares his passion for watercolor painting, gives a shout-out to the AIA, and talks about finally fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming "Bob the Builder."
THC Courthouse Preservation Program Threatened
Funding for the Texas Historical Commission's Historic Courthouse Preservation Program is expected to be dramatically reduced by appropriations committees in the House and Senate this week. Read the advocacy alert issued by Preservation Texas, and a statement by Mark Wolfe, executive director of the Texas Historical Commission.
2013 Design Conference Wrap-Up
The Second Annual Texas Architects Design Conference: Collections was held in Dallas on Feb. 22-24, 2013. Keynote speakers included New York's Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi of Weiss/Manfredi, and Thomas Phifer of Thomas Phifer and Partners.
Governor Appoints Three to TBAE
On April 29, the Office of Governor Rick Perry announced that three members, including Texas Architect Charles Anastos, AIA, of Corpus Christi, have been appointed to the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners. The board regulates the practice of architecture, landscape architecture and interior design throughout the state.
Sustainable Design: Montrose Market HEB, Houston
Planning for Houston's Montrose Market HEB was not without controversy, but the client and architects found successful ways to engage the community in the design process. Today, almost two years out, the Lake|Flato-designed store is working very well on a variety of levels.
LEED Platinum for Bush Presidential Center
The George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas is the first presidential library to earn Platinum certification for new construction from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). While the center's architectural design may be controversial, its commitment to sustainability is not.
The City of Austin and its Parks and Recreation Department are soliciting the public’s ideas on the adaptive reuse of the Seaholm Intake Facility and surrounding parkland. A series of open houses will be held this week to educate residents about the building's history and gather their thoughts on its future.
Life, Fruits, and Veggies on the Street
Since 1994, there has been a 448% increase in the number of farmers markets across the country. Rice University School of Architecture students were recently given the problem of addressing the spatial needs of the farmers market for Houston’s not-for-profit Urban Harvest.
Fort Worth Design Awards
Recipients of the 2012 AIA Fort Worth Design Awards were announced in January. Six firm projects and five student works were singled out for excellence in design as part of the chapter’s Honors and Awards Program.
Texas Architects Member News — February 2013
Members of the Texas Society of Architects play a vital role in maintaining and supporting Texas architecture. Join us in welcoming our newest members, and in congratulating promotions and new hires at Texas firms.
Michael Van Valkenburgh on Austin’s Waller Creek
With construction of the Waller Creek tunnel well under way in Austin, the $146.5 million municipal effort to more efficiently manage the flow of water through the long-neglected flood plain has also afforded a new vision for the creek and the city.
Klyde Warren Park: Dallas' New Landmark
Designed by the Office of James Burnett, the 5.2-acre Klyde Warren Park — the deck park over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway — creates a welcome urban green space over the recessed freeway between Pearl and St. Paul Streets in the center of the Dallas.
Advocates for Architecture Day 2013
The Society's Advocates for Architecture Day will take place on January 29. 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. Learn more about this event, and register today to help us spread our message.
Coy Talley on the Landscape Architecture of the Perot Museum
Coy Talley of Talley Associates recently collaborated with Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects to design the grounds of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Their shared vision of landscape-building integration resulted in a stunning design celebrating a cross section of Texas ecology.
Convention Sponsor Thank You
The Texas Society of Architects acknowledges the following Sponsors and Hosts for their generous support at the 73rd Annual Convention and Design Expo.
Students' Sustainable Doghouse Designs Win Competition
Former and current design students from Texas A&M's College of Architecture incorporated “green” techniques in the design and construction of winning entries in Brazos Bark & Build, a sustainable doghouse competition sponsored by AIA Brazos.
Waller Creek Designs Unveiled
Four finalists in a design competition to re-imagine downtown Austin's Waller Creek have unveiled their visions for 15 blocks along the creek, from Waterloo Park to Lady Bird Lake.The designs are ambitious, incorporating grand architectural flourishes and broad public spaces, all emphasizing a natural environment of water and trees. Any of the four designs, if built, would likely become instant destinations, on par with Manhattan’s High Line and Chicago’s Millennium Park.
DCFA Hosts Exhibit on Architecture and Water Conservation
The Dallas Center for Architecture (DCFA) hosts the exhibit “Design By The Gallon: Architecture and Water Conservation,” which examines the environmental and human-generated circumstances that have put us in a dire situation. In 2011, an average of 14.8 inches of water fell across the entire state, making it the driest year in Texas history. In October 2011, 88% of the state was classified as being in “exceptional drought.” Looking at a series of architect-designed solutions, the show provides context and possibilities for changing our drought-stricken future.
Fort Worth's Historic Fuller House Likely to Escape Wrecking Ball
A one-of-a-kind "geometric" house built by an oilman and his wife almost 60 years ago, featuring rooms of various shapes, will apparently escape the wrecking ball. The 8,400-square-foot Andrew Fuller House, designed by noted California architect A. Quincy Jones, was sold Friday to a Fort Worth couple, according to the previous owner and the real estate agent.
Lines of Yellow, Green, Red, and Blue
A few weeks ago, I was with a number of Texas Architects colleagues in the center of an active pedestrian mall on the campus of Portland State University, when two puzzling issues became apparent: 1) It was 75 degrees in late July, and 2) we were standing in mass on a commuter rail line.
The Hodge Orr Residence
The Hodge Orr House, designed by David Webster George, FAIA, in collaboration with Jim Wheeler, AIA, is a reminder that a well-planned house can be both gracious and architecturally arresting, while still embodying principles of restraint and blending into the features of the site.
Beyond LEED: The Importance of Creating Living Buildings
The Living Building Standard results in some of the most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly structures around. It’s also incredibly difficult to achieve. Is it truly changing the way we design buildings?
Advocacy: Architects Fight for U.S. Energy Law
Architects have immeasurable expertise in designing buildings that are practical, energy efficient, aesthetically pleasing, and above all, safe. The profession therefore has a leading role to play in any debate surrounding policies which impact either the architectural landscape or structure and design issues relating to buildings.
Texas Firms among AIA COTE Award Winners
On April 19, the American Institute of Architects’ Committee on the Environment (AIA–COTE) announced its Top Ten projects for 2012. This year’s batch of winners highlight community ties, social equity, and attentiveness to water issues. One Texas firm and three national/international firms with offices in Texas are among the winners.
An Ingredient List for a Healthy Home
Peter Syrett, an architect, and Chris Youssef, an interior designer, believe that building materials should be labeled, just like cereal boxes and soup cans, so consumers can avoid ingredients that might be harmful. With the backing of their employer, the global architecture firm Perkins + Will, they have created a database linking common forms of construction materials to government warnings about the substances contained in them.
Nine Semifinalists Named in Waller Creek Design Competition
Nine teams were chosen Monday as semifinalists for the Waller Creek Conservancy design competition, from a pool of 31 entries.The competition calls for a redesign of a 1.5-mile stretch of city parkland and urban space along Waller Creek in downtown Austin.
UT Arlington Receives Sustainability Certification for Landscape
The Sustainable Sites Initiative™, a new rating system for sustainable design in landscape and site development, has named UT Arlington’s The Green at College Park one of the first three projects in the world to be certified according to the organization’s rigorous benchmarks.
Design Waller Creek: A Competition
The Waller Creek Conservancy announces an international design competition that calls for the most innovative and qualified landscape architects and architects to join forces and present ideas for remaking a currently fragmented and undervalued section of Austin into a vibrant, livable, and workable district. Deadline Dec. 16.
Speck: Architecture Influences Lifestyle
An October 27 Austin Business Journal interview with Larry Speck, FAIA, principal at Page Southerland Page and Texas Architects Board member, explores the topic of how architecture influences lifestyle.
Fountain Place Wins 25-Year Award
Since its completion in 1986, Fountain Place in downtown Dallas has been praised for both the geometrical precision of its 60-story tower clad in green glass and the extraordinary six-acre urban space that unfurls at its base. Originally known as the Allied Bank Tower at Fountain Place and designed by I.M. Pei and Partners with landscape architect Dan Kiley.
The Austin office of the graphic design firm FD2S wins a 2002 Texas Society of Architects Design Award. (2002)