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Advocacy Update June 2012
Election Day brought big news—some good, some bad.
Some very good news was Bill Wilson, FAIA, making a run-off in his race for the HD 43 Republican primary. It’s noteworthy that Wilson ended in a virtual tie with one of the three candidates in that race, especially since he was outspent 3-1 by one—his remaining opponent in the July 31 run-off.
Buildings and Landscapes and Xylophones
In 2010 Lake|Flato completed work on the renovation of the Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Since its opening, the new facility has been getting a lot of use from its clever inhabitants who are continually exploring their building's capacity for exhibiting and generating art, both in ways it was designed for and also in ways that the design team never could have predicted.
Emerging Professionals Roundtable
In February, Associate leaders gathered in Austin for a two-day event to explore issues that emerging professionals face in their career development and how these can be addressed. Also part of the discussion were future challenges and opportunities.
AIA Fort Worth Student Design Awards
Three student projects were recognized for design excellence during AIA Fort Worth’s awards banquet held in late January. The chapter's Student Design Award program was established in 1991 and is open to projects completed as part of academic coursework.
June 2012 Member News
June member news includes newly licensed architects, new architect members, new associate members, and firm news.
AIA San Antonio 2011 Design Awards
After carefully evaluating 60 entries from 24 local architectural firms, jurors for AIA San Antonio’s 2011 Design Awards program announced their selections during ceremonies held on Nov. 4 at Pearl Stable. Attendees also celebrated the recipients of the chapter’s Studio Awards, its Twenty-Five Year Award, and its annual Mayor’s Choice Award honoring a publicly funded architectural project.
Austin Chosen for AIA Sustainability Program for Communities
Austin is among seven U.S. cities selected by the American Institute of Architects for planning assistance this year through the AIA’s Sustainability Program for Communities. The annual program sends a Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) for site visits to help develop strategies for achieving long-term solutions to economic, environmental, and social equity challenges.
Eight Texans Selected for AIA Fellowship
Eight Texans are among 105 newly elected 2012 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Fellows. The Fellows were selected from a pool of 220 candidates, which included 21 from Texas. Fellowship is the AIA's most prestigious honor to bestow on a member.
2012: The New Year
An expression used without sufficient consideration is "welcoming in a new year." The New Year does bring a new start of metrics. We restart the annual counters for withholding tax, utilization rates, revenue projections, and seemingly endless payments of one kind of insurance or another. The New Year, for you perhaps, includes new responsibilities, a new position, or (considering) new resolutions.
Texas Architects Committee Update
The Texas Architects Committee (TAC) update as of December 31, 2011.
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.
Texas Makes Top Ten List of Greenest States
On Jan. 19, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its 2011 list of top 10 states for LEED-certified commercial and institutional green buildings per capita, based on the U.S. 2010 Census information. The District of Columbia leads the nation, with Colorado being the leading state, and Texas among nine other states.
Profession's Future Rests on Opportunities for Young Professionals
"As long as I can stay employed, I will stay in the profession."
This was a response to a recent online survey that asked emerging architects in the state of Texas: "Do you see yourself continuing on in this profession, or are you considering a career change?"
Recollection: Frank Welch, FAIA
In the first chapter of his unpublished memoir, Architect Frank Welch, FAIA, reflects on his early interest in architecture and the subsequent path he followed establishing his career.
Blake Alexander (1924 – 2011)
Architectural historian and long-time educator Blake Alexander died Dec. 11, 2011, at age 87. He taught for four decades at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture.
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.
Videos Highlight Diversity of State's Award-Winning Architecture
The 12 winners of 2011 Texas Architects Design Awards, featured in this video gallery, represent the diversity of our State's architectural profession and the increasing role that architects from Texas play in the globalized forum of design.
Member Spotlight: Brandrup, Hays, and Black
Over 6,000 members make up the Texas Society of Architects. They play unique roles that contribute to the future of the profession and the built environment. Here, Texas Architects spotlights three members who were recently recognized with 2011 Honor Awards for outstanding contributions to architectural education, the profession, and the community.
Unexpected Encounters with Architecture
This episode of the award-winning radio program The Shape of Texas features a sculptural steel restroom that graces the side of a hike and bike trail on Lady Bird Lake in Austin. The project, by Miro Rivera Architects, received a 2008 Design Award from Texas Architects.
2012 "Best Architecture and Design Schools" Includes Two in Texas
DesignIntelligence’s annual “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools” rankings are just out. Two Texas universities, Rice University in Houston and The University of Texas at Austin, made the top-ten cut for B.Arch. programs.
Tommy Neal Cowan, FAIA, Receives Lifetime Achievement Medal
Described by his local and national peers as a “born leader,” “talented architect,” “game changer,” and “titan…whose influence will ripple through our ranks for years,” Tommy Neal Cowan, FAIA, received the Texas Architects 2011 Lifetime Achievement Medal on October 28 at an awards ceremony in Dallas.
Texas Architects Announces 2012 Leadership
On October 27, members of the Texas Society of Architects elected nominees for 2012 leadership during the Society's Annual Business Session in Dallas. Craig Reynolds, FAIA, will assume the presidency for 2012; Larry Speck, FAIA, will serve as 2012 President-elect.
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.
The "New" Arthouse
The "new" Arthouse at the Jones Center (Austin) is a collaboration between New York-based architecture firm Lewis.Tsurmaki.Lewis and Arthouse’s Building Committee and staff. Layers of history define the project, which received a 2011 Texas Society of Architects Design Award.
The Austin office of the graphic design firm FD2S wins a 2002 Texas Society of Architects Design Award. (2002)
Reinvigorated for Design
Graphic design firm FD2S adapts a 1920s oil storage warehouse in east Austin into its headquarters office. Stern and Bucek Architects (2002)