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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.
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.
Menil Drawing Institute
Los Angeles-based architecture firm Johnston Marklee’s proposed design for the Menil Drawing Institute is at once serene and revolutionary.
Rammed earth wall, rippling Venetian plaster, and the colorful blocks of Margo Sawyer-designed art walls — Page’s Torcasso residence achieves the sublime.
TxA Emerging Design + Technology: Call for Papers Deadline Extended to July 15
The 2014 TxA Emerging Design + Technology conference, to be held in conjunction with the Texas Society of Architects 75th Annual Convention and Design Expo, is seeking academic papers for peer-review, publication, and presentation. The abstract submission deadline has been extended to July 15.
Bercy Chen Studio’s design at the Cascading Creek House sleekly conceal extensive mechanics under the hood of a gorgeous space.
BLOG | Architect Talking to Architects: Larry Paschall, AIA
Larry Paschall, AIA, of HPD Architecture talks to Texas Architects about his fascination with history, visiting the Tower of London, and finding your passions outside of the office.
The Boatmakers' Craft
Shipley Architects designed a Port Townsend, Wash., home that only boat-builders could detail so effortlessly.
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.
Renovating for Play
As illustrated by the recent interior renovation of Collier Library, Brave Architecture and the Houston Public Library system are creating a standard for future rehabilitations of libraries throughout the city.
Preservation Texas Announces 2014 Most Endangered Places
On May 20, Preservation Texas announced its list of the Most Endangered Places in Texas for 2014. Twelve sites made the list, which aims to raise awareness of threatened historical structures to encourage local action while there is still time.
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: Mackenzie McHale, AIA
Mackenzie McHale, AIA, of HKS Architects talks to Texas Architects about her deriving inspiration from teaching, visiting one of Frank Lloyd Wright's greats, her penchant Texas libations, and fulfilling her lifelong dream of being a mom.
Preservation Texas Honor Awards
Last November, Preservation Texas announced the winners of its 2013 Honor Awards. The annual competition recognizes outstanding and inspiring accomplishments in historic preservation throughout Texas.
Austin-based architect and UT Austin assistant professor Igor Siddiqui’s latest experiments in plastic have resulted in "Bayou-luminescence," cast from translucent industrial urethane rubber, and “Protoplastic," a series of design experiments exploring the possibilities of biodegradable plastics.
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.
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 | From an Architect's Desk
As National Architecture Week draws to a close, we invite you to contemplate the notion of the "Architect's Desk" with a video compilation of contributions to our recent Instagram hashtag event, #frommydesk, where we asked our followers to show us what it means to be an architect.
BLOG | 2014 Architizer A+ Awards: Texas Winners
Three Texas Architecture firms take home Architizer A+ Awards.
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.
Louis Kahn Plays the Organ
Philip Hendren, AIA, recounts how in 1970, in a home in Old West Austin, Louis Kahn played the organ for a crowd of 400. Kahn's impromptu performance took place at a reception following the legendary architect's standing-room-only lecture at UT Austin.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: John Gates, AIA, of McAllen
John Gates, AIA, of Boultinghouse Simpson Gates Architects talks to Texas Architects about his "severely limited" taste in music, the town of Park City, Utah, and his tools of choice for architectural renderings.
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.
Austin 1964! Preservation Austin Homes Tour
On Saturday, April 5, Preservation Austin will host its 22nd Annual Homes Tour, "Austin 1964!" The event will focus on mid-1960s residences.
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.
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.
Well Crafted Objects: UH Students Take On Product Design
The UH product design course Architecture and the Object is giving architecture students an opportunity to evaluate and respond to current consumer culture by developing high-quality, shelf-ready products. Students not only design their products, but also gain hands-on experience with everything from manufacturing to production to retail.
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.
BLOG | Beyond the Boardroom: Looking Ahead in 2014
Executive Vice President James T. Perry reports on staying up to date with AIA developments, legislative efforts to reduce the architectural threshold, and other activities the Society is looking forward to in the coming months.
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.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Matthew Faulkner, AIA
In this “Architects Talking to Architects” post on the Texas Society of Architects blog, Matthew Faulkner, AIA, co-founder of PACT Design Studio talks to Texas Architects about his love of woodworking, finding inspiration in pop culture, and his assortment of musical preferences.
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.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Johanna Reed, Assoc. AIA
In this “Architects Talking to Architects” post, Johanna Reed of Dick Clark + Associates talks to Texas Architects about the magic of drawing in pencil, her love affair with the American West, and her reasons for wanting to go to Greece so badly.
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 | Lorena Toffer, AIA, of Dallas Receives 2014 AIA Young Architects Award
Congratulations are in order for Texas Architect Lorena Toffer, AIA. Toffer, a member of AIA Dallas and an associate at Corgan, is among the 18 recipients of this year's AIA Young Architects Award.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Julien Meyrat, AIA
In this “Architects Talking to Architects” post, Julien Meyrat, AIA, of RTKL Associates in Dallas talks to Texas Architects about growing up around the world, finding inspiration in historic rural landscapes, and his volunteer efforts in the City of Rockwall.
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.
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.
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.
Steep, arid river banks in Big Bend; vast, open spaces with trains running through them; lines of containers waiting to move here or there — the large-format photographs of Victoria Sambunaris (American, b. 1964) depict the harsh climate and evidence of trade along the U.S.-Mexico border.
AIA Dallas 2013 Design Awards
The AIA Dallas Design Awards recognize outstanding work by Dallas architects, both in the metropolitan area and around the globe. Juries honored designs that respond to unique cultural, social, environmental, and contextual challenges.
Val Glitsch, FAIA, Texas Architects 2014 President
This January, the Texas Society of Architects welcomes Val Glitsch, FAIA, as president. Glitsch is principal of Val Glitsch Architect in Houston and has more than 15 years of leadership with the Society. She was profiled in the November/December issue of Texas Architect.
2014 Texas Architects Leadership
This past November, Texas Society of Architects members elected nominees for 2014 leadership during the Society's Annual Business Session in Fort Worth. Val Glitsch, FAIA, of Houston was elected 2014 president; Michael Malone, AIA, of Dallas was voted president-elect.
Talking Shop with Four Under 40
Career building, like any other kind of building, can be a tricky business, but these four under 40 are making their way by starting new firms and building leadership in small communities.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Ryan Flener, Assoc. AIA
Ryan Flener, Assoc. AIA, of Good Fulton & Farrell talks to Texas Architects about hailing from Louisville, being a music snob, and his preference for the pen sketch.
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.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Danelle Briscoe, Assoc. AIA
Danelle Briscoe, Assoc. AIA, assistant professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, talks to Texas Architects about growing up in Galveston, garage-saling, and her first trip to Istanbul.
Completing the Circle
An ambitious partnership between St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin and Andersson-Wise Architects has transformed the original Fehr & Granger campus with five new buildings.
2014 Design Conference: Borderlands
Architecture Tours and Learning Opportunities
31 January – 2 February
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 | Architects Talking to Architects: Francisco Gomes, AIA
"I find considerable inspiration in construction. Not just the materials and technical assemblies of our buildings, but the people, tools, and cultures of their construction." Francisco Gomes, AIA, of Austin's Gomes+Staub talks to Texas Architects.
2013 Convention Attendee Continuing Education Credit
Review your 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo Learning Unit Hours, and confirm that your convention certificate and AIA transcript is correct. You can also review the new Continuing Education standards, and how this may affect your licensure renewal in the future.
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.
More Than Skin Deep: University of Houston's New Medical Building
This article from the November/December 2013 issue of Texas Architect explores facade treatments at the new University of Houston Health and Biomedical Sciences Building. The center was designed by Shepley Bulfinch of Boston, with Houston's Bailey Architects serving as the architect of record.
Streamlining the Path to Licensure
Over the past 40 years, the requirements for architectural licensure have increased tremendously terms of time and cost to the candidate. In 2012, Texas Architects teamed up with representatives of other AIA "large states" to examine the ARE and IDP process and propose changes for a simpler, more efficient system. The Licensing Task Force findings and recommendations are now available.
Giesecke and Vosper at Texas A&M
In the midst of the Great Depression, two architects, Dr. Frederick E. Giesecke and Samuel C. P. Vosper, transformed the campus of Texas A&M University with 10 new buildings in just five years.
BLOG | Media and Technology in Architecture | Flipboard Aggregator App
In our latest Media and Technology in Architecture post on the Texas Architects blog, Ken Ethridge, AIA, compares the Flipboard news aggregator app to Zite.
BLOG | Repositioning the Institute: What It Means to the Texas Society of Architects
AIA National Board Member John Nyfeler, FAIA, discusses progress on the AIA Repositioning Initiative and the impact of planned changes for Texas Architects.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Helen Pierce, AIA
Helen Pierce, AIA, of Alamo Architects in San Antonio chats with Texas Architects about her family's Sears, Roebuck & Co. mail order home, the sights and sounds of New York City, and painting as a possible alternative profession.
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.
Architizer's 2nd Annual A+ Awards: Call for Entries
The Texas Society of Architects and Architizer would like to announce the 2nd Annual A+ Awards, dedicated to the best architecture, spaces, and products in the world. The early entry deadline is November 1st.
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.
CE Session Sponsorship Opportunities
Members and/or their firms have an opportunity to support a continuing education session of their choice at the Texas Society of Architects 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo.
Texas Dance Halls
An under-researched category of Texas vernacular architecture, dance halls have played a fundamental role in the development of both rural and urban Texas communities, identities, and cultures.
AIA Houston Design Awards
In July, AIA Houston announced the recipients of its 2013 Design Awards. The competition recognizes the best projects completed within the last five years that are either located in the Houston metropolitan area or designed by an architect based there.
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.
Down and Up House
Karen Lantz, AIA, of Lantz Full Circle | Enter Architecture purchased a lot in Houston’s Ranch Estates subdivision and then proceeded to think long and hard about the house she wanted to design there for herself and her husband. The building is an in-depth study in local Texas materials.
2013 Texas Architects Honor Awards
The Texas Society of Architects announces the recipients our 2013 Honor Awards. These annual awards recognize exceptional members, firms, individuals, and organizations for their outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture, the built environment, and the quality of life in Texas.
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
BLOG | Advocacy Update: SAC Fingerprinting Requirements
The Society's Senior Advocate David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, shares the Society's position on the Sunset Advisory Commission's fingerprinting requirement passed during the 83rd Legislative Session. The recommendation was part of the TBAE Sunset review bill.
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.
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.
Max Levy, FAIA, knows how to bring daylight into a room in beautiful and creative ways. “Light Sails,” rods, trellises, and apertures in the ceiling — these sketches demonstrate why he is a master of light.
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.
"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.
2013 Annual Convention Awards Schedule
Throughout our 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo, the Texas Society of Architects will be honoring outstanding members, firms, and Texas projects with awards commemorating their outstanding achievements and efforts.
Volunteer to Support Students During the 2013 Convention
The Annual Convention and Design Expo is an inspiring, galvanizing moment of cross-pollination for Texas architects — but some of our members could use your support. We invite you to help us build a great convention experience for you as well as for Emerging Professionals across the state by serving as a mentor or host to a participating student.
Emerging Professional Opportunities at the 2013 Annual Convention
Our 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo in Fort Worth offers fantastic opportunities, programs, and events to help Emerging Professionals make connections and lay the groundwork for their future careers.
Continuing Education at the 2013 Design Expo: Schedule at a Glance
The Texas Society of Architects 2013 Design Expo will not only feature some of the biggest vendors in the AEC industry — it will also offer abundant Continuing Education (CE) opportunities.
2013 Design Expo Attractions
Featuring more than 200 exhibitors in the fields of architecture, engineering and construction, our 2013 Design Expo will be our biggest ever! Discover the latest products and technologies, watch live demonstrations, and make connections with vendors and industry representatives from across the nation.
"Transformation is What We Do"
Texas Architects President Larry Speck, FAIA, invites you to attend our 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo, themed "Transformation." The convention will take place in Fort Worth on November 7-9.
Behind the Lens with Richard Payne, FAIA
An icon and indisputably the dean of architectural photographers in Texas, Richard Payne, FAIA, has been a registered architect since 1964 and a full-time architectural photographer for almost 45 years.
Seher Shah’s “Constructed Landscapes”
With degrees in art and architecture, artist Seher Shah’s areas of interest include overlapping historical and geographical elements, reconstructing modernist architecture and urban monuments, and examining futurist landscapes.
TxA 2013 Studio Awards Announced
The Society is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2013 Studio Awards. Jurors met in New York City on July 18 and selected four designs from among the 59 entries submitted to the competition. Congratulations to all this year's recipients!
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.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Roman McAllen, Assoc. AIA
In this installment, we talk with Roman McAllen, Assoc. AIA, a planner for the City of Brownsville and coordinator of its Facade Improvement Grant Program. McAllen discusses how he developed an appreciation for architectural modeling, where he gets his inspiration, and the next building he wants to see for himself.
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.
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.
Daylighting Design Process: Two Cases
Daylighting was a primary design driver in two recent Austin projects: the plans for the upcoming Central Library by the joint venture of Lake|Flato Architects and Shepley Bulfinch, and the McGarrah Jessee office renovation by McKinney York Architects. While each team used a different approach to create its design, both achieved compelling daylit spaces.