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Thomas McKittrick, FAIA: 1934–2013

Thomas McKittrick, FAIA, of Houston, professor emeritus at the Texas A&M College of Architecture and a former president of the Society, passed away on April 23. Three of McKittrick's close friends and colleagues — John Only Greer, FAIA, Richard Payne, FAIA, and Martha Murphree, Hon. AIA — shared their personal and professional recollections of the architect with Texas Architects.

May 15, 2013

BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Jesse Hager, AIA

Jesse Hager, AIA, a partner at CONTENT in Houston, talks to Texas Architects about an idyllic childhood in Washington state, his passion for the pen sketch, and where he turns to for inspiration.

May 09, 2013

William D. Kendall, FAIA: 1942-2013

In February, the Texas architecture community lost influential member William D. Kendall, FAIA, a co-founder of Kendall/Heaton Associates in Houston. Laurence C. Burns Jr., FAIA, principal at Kendall/Heaton, reflects on Kendall's career and the successes achieved by the firm under his leadership.

May 08, 2013

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.

May 07, 2013

BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Tiffany Robinson Long, AIA

Tiffany Robinson Long, AIA, of Marmon Mok in San Antonio talks to Texas Architects about the moment she realized she could never be a doctor, her embarrassing rap phase, and a stunning architectural juxtaposition she'll never forget.

May 02, 2013

AIA West Texas Design Awards

The AIA West Texas Design Awards program recognizes member projects that reflect excellence in design, regardless of size, budget or type. Four projects were singled out for Honor Awards in 2012.

May 02, 2013

2014 Keynote Speaker: Neri Oxman, MIT Media Lab

Neri Oxman is the Sony Corporation Career Development Professor, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, and Research Group Director at the MIT Media Lab, where she directs the Mediated Matter research group. She is an award-winning designer who looks to nature for practical design solutions.

May 01, 2013

2014 Keynote Speaker: Alex Steffen, IDEO

Alex Steffen is the Planetary Futurist in Residence at IDEO. He is also the author of "Carbon Zero: Imagining Cities That Can Save the Planet" and the visionary behind, which under his leadership became the second-largest sustainability website.

May 01, 2013

BLOG | Beyond the Boardroom: TxA Board Meets in Marfa

Executive Vice President James Perry recaps the recent Texas Architects board meeting in Marfa. "The location provided a superb opportunity to be removed from familiar surroundings, investigate a different community’s fabric, and focus on the work of the Society," says Perry.

May 01, 2013

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.

May 01, 2013

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.

April 25, 2013

BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Steven Schloss, AIA

In this installment of "Architects Talking to Architects," self-proclaimed hotel brat Steven Schloss, AIA, talks about how he left behind a career in web and graphic design — and found his true calling as an architect.

April 25, 2013

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.

April 25, 2013

Reimagining Seaholm

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.

April 24, 2013

Standing Up to the Strip Mall

Building code necessitated a blast wall at the Met Retail site in Austin. Studio 8 Architects took the opportunity to customize the building’s aesthetic and break from typical highway architecture.

April 18, 2013

TxA Partner Membership Now Available

The Texas Society of Architects Board of Directors recently voted to create a new membership category, the Partner Member, with the goal of expanding and diversifying our discussion about architecture. Now available, this membership is open to non-architects interested in becoming involved with the Society.

April 18, 2013

BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Scott Specht, AIA

In our new blog column "Architects Talking to Architects," Austin architect Scott Specht, AIA, shares his love of highly engineered yet usually unnoticed materials, and what he finds fascinating about cities like Hong Kong and Tokyo.

April 18, 2013

Architect Profile: Derwin Broughton, AIA

In this interview for Texas Architect, Derwin Broughton, AIA, shares his thoughts on receiving a 2013 AIA Young Architects Award, the ability of architecture to transform a community, and how YAF is filling the gap to help develop the profession's future leaders.

April 16, 2013

A Fresh Patina

The Gensler-designed Patina store, a new retail concept offering floor and wall-covering products along with in-house interior design consultation in Dallas, is an ambitious attempt by Acme Brick to fill a void in the marketplace while creating an entirely new shopping model.

April 11, 2013

Architect Profile: Jennifer A. Workman, AIA

Texas architect Jennifer A. Workman, AIA, based in Dallas, was honored by AIA with a 2013 Young Architects Award for her leadership role in advocating for the needs of emerging professionals within the society. In this recent interview with AIA, Workman discusses the guiding principles for her design work, and the projects she finds most inspiring.

April 11, 2013

TxA Interactive

As part of the ongoing efforts to strengthen our bonds with the schools of architecture in Texas, the Texas Society of Architects is launching our First Annual TxA Interactive, a peer-reviewed presentation and publication program, to be held in conjunction with our 2013 Convention and Design Expo.

April 05, 2013

Restoring Cuero

Historic preservation is transforming small towns across the state. There is a new awareness of the beautiful turn-of-the-century buildings that line the Main Streets of many rural communities. An excellent example of the enthusiasm and energy generated by historic preservation can be found in Cuero, Texas.

April 04, 2013

Society Unveils New Academic Member Designation

This past January, the Board of the Texas Society of Architects created a new membership category, "Academic Member." This designation was created at the behest of Texas Architects President Larry Speck, FAIA, in order to strengthen the bond between architectural educators and practitioners. Read his letter to the academic community, and get more details about becoming an Academic Member.

April 04, 2013

Key Indicators Reflect Growth in Construction Industry

In her latest Weekly Economic Outlook, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Susan Combs reported that several key economic indicators, including single- and multi-family housing permits, are on the rise.

April 04, 2013

BLOG | Advocacy Update: Eight Weeks To Go!

"This is the point in the session when we usually see mischief begin to creep into the process." Senior Advocate David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, provides a summary of the Society's early efforts during the 83rd Legislative Session – and the things we're watching out for.

April 02, 2013
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