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"The effects of advocacy can be as far-reaching and as long-lasting as a great design." El Paso's Melissa C. Brandrup, AIA, shares her experiences as a participant in Advocates for Architecture Day 2013, and makes it her personal charge to help others learn why design matters.
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.
VIDEO: 20x20 With Brantley Hightower, AIA
Brantley Hightower, AIA, founder of HiWorks in San Antonio, revisits his childhood fascination with space flight and discovers some interesting parallels between the moon landing project and current challenges in architecture.
Contrary to initial concerns, online shopping is not sounding the death knell for brick-and-mortar stores — but it is making them step up their game. Omniplan's Tip Housewright, FAIA, explores how retail architects and designers are creating a sense of moment, event, and place in new and innovative ways.
Saving Texas' Most Endangered Buildings
On February 20, members of the Society's Historic Resources Committee attended Preservation Day at the State Capitol. Committee Chair Eva Read-Warden, AIA, reports on the events of the day, and how Texas Architects are partnering with Preservation Texas during the 83rd Legislative Session.
Driving Business to Your Firm: Q&A With Jeff Needles, AIA
Jeff Needles, AIA, director of vision building at Sixthriver Architects in Austin, talks with emerging professionals about how to bring new work to their firm, ways to balance duties at work with the search for new projects, and how to actually enjoy networking.
Emerging Professionals Roundtable
On February 9, the Texas Society of Architects hosted an Emerging Professionals Roundtable, giving Associate AIA Directors from across the state an opportunity to network and learn from each other, and to get to know the Society. Texas Young Architect Regional Director Sam Garcia, AIA, reports on the event.
AIA Announces 2013 Fellows — 13 Texas Architects Among Those Named
The American Institute of Architects has announced the newest members of the AIA College of Fellows. Among the 122 AIA members honored with this distinction, 13 are members of the Texas Society of Architects. The 2013 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony during the AIA National Convention to be held in Denver this June.
In Between with Clovis Heimsath, FAIA
Keeping up with him has never been easy. Clovis Heimsath, FAIA, is a testament to architecture being a calling and not a profession — his practice and his lifestyle are seamless.
VIDEO: 20x20 with Elizabeth Price, AIA
Elizabeth Price is project manager for Upchurch Architects in Brenham and a working mother. Watch a video of her PechaKucha presentation, describing how she strikes a balance between these two roles, and what it's like living and working in a small town.
Key Indicators Point to Growth in Texas Construction Industry
In the latest Weekly Economic Outlook, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Susan Combs reports that job growth, sales tax collections, and automobile sales signal that our state economy has emerged from the recent recession. This development bodes well for architects.
Advocates Show Legislators that "Design Matters"
There was a great deal of quality advocacy taking place in Austin on Tuesday, January 29. Approximately 150 Texas architects stormed the Capitol to promote the profession’s legislative agenda as part of Advocates for Architecture Day 2013.
Dwelling: To Have or to Be
People looking to build a house, even the financially comfortable and educated, seldom hire an architect because architects haven’t done a good job of communicating their value. Part of this stems from the difficulty of describing services for the complex tasks of design and construction. More important, architects haven’t taken on the job of making conceptual ideas clearly compatible with living needs.
Spring Lecture Series Underway at Texas Schools
Architecture schools are bringing some of the most influential and innovative architects and scholars to Texas as part of their Spring 2013 lecture series.
Advocates for Architecture Day 2013
On Tuesday, January 29, architects from across the state will converge on the Texas Capitol to raise awareness among state legislators about the value of architectural planning and design. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this important event! Watch our video invite featuring Representative Donna Howard, then register today.
Merging the Natural and Built Environments
Husband-and-wife team Weiss/Manfredi, designers of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's new Visitor Center and Seattle's internationally acclaimed Olympic Sculpture Park, will deliver the keynote address at our 2nd Annual Design Conference — "Collections."
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.
AIA San Antonio Design Awards
Recipients of the 2012 AIA San Antonio Design Awards were announced in November 2012. Selecting from 45 entries representing 24 San Antonio firms, the jury recognized three projects with Honor Awards.
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.
John Staub Awards 2012
The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) recognized projects across the state for their achievements and contributions to preserving and advancing the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism, and the allied arts. The 2012 John Staub Awards for Residential Architecture were presented for the following five projects.
Upcoming 8-Week Blackout for the ARE®
NCARB CEO Michael J. Armstrong announced that the ARE® will change content management providers in the summer of 2013. This shift will require an 8-week blackout for both Member Boards and exam candidates starting July 1, 2013. The downtime will affect testing schedules.
The 2012 Exhibit of School Architecture sponsored by the Texas Association of School Administration (TASA) and the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Convention awarded the Caudill Award to Lady Bird Johnson Middle School in Irving designed by Corgan Associates.
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.
Ray Bailey, FAIA (1942-2012)
Ray Bailey, FAIA, CEO of Bailey Architects in Houston, passed away on December 10, 2012. Past president of the Texas Society of Architects and a recipient of the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Bailey is being remembered by the architecture community both for his personal qualities, which were strongly admired by many who had the privilege of working with him, and for his enduring contributions to the field.
Design Conference: Collections
Architecture Tours and Learning Opportunities
22-24 February 2013
A former gas station turned gastropub, The Monterey is helping to create a culinary outpost in San Antonio’s Southtown district. Designed by Poteet Architects and Wiese Hefty Design Build, the scheme for this highly praised restaurant transformed the dilapidated storefront of a former Sunglo Service Station with a clean mid-century aesthetic, a large inviting patio, and an innovative menu.
Dallas Arts District – Time for a Remix?
Trendy food trucks have arrived in the heart of the Dallas Arts District at lunchtime to populate an otherwise quiet section of downtown. The trucks with their eager vendors serve as a kind of non-architectural redevelopment force and a reminder of the original vision for the district — a vibrant mix of pedestrian-friendly uses.
Catherine Gavin Appointed Editor of Texas Architect
The Texas Society of Architects has welcomed Catherine Gavin to Austin as editor of its magazine, Texas Architect, effective with the January/February issue. She follows the four-issue guest editorship of Larry Paul Fuller, which commenced with the departure of previous editor Stephen Sharpe at the end of February.
Debut in Dallas
Last month the City of Dallas opened the City Performance Hall, a “village for the arts” meant to help cap off its growing arts district. Architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill took that title to heart, seeking input from local artists and opting for elegance in the presence of its commanding neighbors.
Advocates for Architecture Day 2013
Texas Architects’ second annual Advocates for Architecture Day — considered to be the next “best chance” members have to market their profession and protect their practice — is scheduled for January 29.
Invest in Yourself and Your Career
Renew your American Institute of Architects (AIA) membership by March 31, 2013, to continue to receive important member benefits at the national, state, and local levels while supporting the profession.
Turn Up the Volume!
The stage lights were warm and welcoming, not at all the petrifying event conjured in my subconscious. The butterflies and wobbly knees were not present as I ascended the stage steps to address the standing-room only crowd of 1400 colleagues gathered from across the breadth of our state’s boundaries.
Design Conference Set for Dallas February 22-24
The Society’s Design Committee invites all Texas Society of Architects members to attend the Second Annual Texas Architects Design Conference, "Collections," scheduled to be held at the Dallas Center for Architecture February 22-24. Cochairmen Mark Wellen, AIA, and Michael Malone, AIA, have been busy organizing the 2013 program to be a fitting successor to the 2012 inaugural conference, “Architecture in the Hinterlands,” held in Midland.
2012 Convention Recap
The agenda of the 2012 Convention Committee, chaired by Heather McKinney, FAIA, was to shake things up and produce "an unconventional convention.” From the responses of attendees, they definitely succeeded!
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.
An Interview with Yesenia Blandon, Assoc. AIA
Julian Debo, an architecture student at the University of Texas at Austin, recently interviewed Yesenia Blandon, Assoc. AIA, for the third in a series of interviews with Texas architectural professionals that are appearing on a newly launched blog by students: The Hugman Incentive.
Update: New Staff
Texas Society of Architects recently welcomed Catherine Gavin as the editor of its magazine, Texas Architect. Read more about Catherine and other new staff members in the full article.
Leaving a Trace with an iPad
A new mobile device app digitizes a tool long cherished by architects and designers.The Morpholio Project, a digital-media company started by practitioners and academics in the design professions, enters the currently limited field of design-oriented mobile-device apps with the goal of expanding productivity beyond the studio and desktop computer.
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.
President's Column: Grand Opening!
We have all been there: the celebratory ribbon cutting of one of our architectural endeavors; watching the exhilaration of the new home owner, once the construction debris has been abated, crossing the threshold for the first time; the students filing into class on the late August day in awe of their new surroundings; or the board or council congratulating one another with their acclamations having brought a new amenity to their constituents.
October 10 Deadline to Buy Convention Event Tickets Online
October 10 is the last day to buy convention event tickets online. After that date, some event tickets will still be available onsite. (Tickets for the Texas Architects Awards Luncheon and the Lunch with Exhibitors must be purchased by Oct. 10.) Don’t miss out on some of the most exciting Texas Architects receptions and celebrations!
When Worlds Collide: ADA and LEED
Texas Society of Architects is offering a record 91 Continuing Education opportunities this year during its Austin convention and is also offering GBCI and LEED-specific credit for the very first year! One standout class, "When Worlds Collide: ADA and LEED," offers ADA; Health, Safety and Welfare; Sustainable Design; and LEED-specific credit.
Survey Predicts Architect Shortage by 2014
The recession decimated the architecture profession, with firms closing or laying off large numbers of employees, architects left jobless for months or years, and many leaving the profession entirely. But a survey recently conducted by McGraw-Hill Construction (Record’s parent company) came to the counterintuitive conclusion that some U.S. firms expect a shortage of qualified designers to meet their workloads by 2014.
AIA Austin Homes Tour: October 6 and 7
AIA Austin is holding its 26th Annual Homes Tour, Oct. 6 - 7, which showcases 13 new and newly-renovated homes from across the Austin area. The two-day self-guided tour celebrates the diverse and stunning design talent of Austin’s local architects, with both traditional and contemporary designs that span from modest to means.
2013 Leadership Nominees
Election of Texas Architects' 2013 leadership takes place at the Annual Business Session, Thursday, October 18, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (revised time) at the Austin Convention Center in conjunction with the Texas Society of Architects 73rd Annual Convention & Design Expo. The Nominating Committee has prepared the slate of qualified nominees for the 2013 officer and at-large director vacancies due to occur, and three nominees to serve as voting members of the 2013 Nominating Committee.