Happy Birthday, Mr. Gerald D. Hines
Architecture luminaries from around the country gather in Houston to honor the developer and swap stories about projects past.
Architecture luminaries from around the country gather in Houston to honor the developer and swap stories about projects past.
The architect and educator brought new opportunities to the University of Houston and engaged his students in costal disaster planning.
Highlights of architecture and cultural happenings around Texas, including San Antonio’s Beaux Arts Ball, Contingent Beauty at MFA Houston, and Moderno at The Blanton.
Content Architecture designs a house for an artist and car enthusiast, then shifts gears in mid-construction
Nested House, a guesthouse built around a traditional sauna, supports full-range living and achieves spatial efficiency through thoughtful program placement.
Can a 500-ft-tall glass box in Houston possibly be a good idea? The recent expansion of high-rise office buildings says yes.
After the double whammy of Hurricane Ike in 2008 and the great Texas drought of 2011, the unthinkable happened in Houston’s Memorial Park: Half of the trees died.
For Kathleen English, AIA, of English & Associates, water management is one of the first things she thinks about when approaching a new project.
The University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture will host the TEX-FAB 2015 event March 26–29.
Stephen Holl Architects’ grand vision for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston transforms an archipelago of buildings into a coherent campus, writes Ronnie Self.
Texas Architect magazine features the 2014 Preservation Texas Honor Awards.
In Houston, no monument is sacred. Ben Koush looks at the fate of one Jack Welch home through the lens of a renovation by Content Architecture.
Digital fabrication techniques have allowed three up-and-coming Texas firms to experiment with new, small-scale forms — but experience shows that technology only goes so far. Expertise and craft remain critical elements of architectural practice.
New Hope Housing at Brays Crossing demonstrates that affordable housing does indeed have a significant place in America.
Kinneymorrow Architecture’s Decatur Street House is a Texas Society of Architects 2015 Design Award winner.
The Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion and the McGovern Centennial Gardens are the latest addition to Hermann Park, one of Houston’s most important public spaces.
Partially destroyed in a fire, the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Houston’s 4th Ward has been transformed into a public park.
Founded in 1987, Natalye Appel + Associates Architects takes a collaborative approach to design, teaming with other firms and outside designers.
Inside/Out is the product of an in-depth study and plan to rehabilitate an old shotgun house in Houston’s Fifth Ward.
Important Houston architect Kenneth Edward Bentsen, FAIA, died on September 24, 2013.
The Edgeland House in Austin rises from the earth giving little hint to people on the street about what lies below the tall grasses growing on the roof.
An ambitious agenda for linear green space, compatible urban development, flood control, and multi-modal access along 10 miles of the Buffalo Bayou is transforming Houston.
Call for papers for the 2014 Texas Architects Convention.
Ziegler Cooper Architects’ new office in the Bank of American Center in downtown Houston became the tower’s first tenant to receive LEED Gold certifica¬tion.
The Materials Research Collaborative at the University of Houston is pushing sustainability and providing valuable tools for the students and local design community.
The digital fabrication lab at the University of Houston produces a range of projects, one of which was picked up by the 2014 Venice Biennale, curated by Rem Koolhaas.
Houston's fearless leader, Raymond Brochstein, FAIA, demonstrates and demands excellence.
The Docomomo US National Symposium: Modernism in Texas will occur in Houston on March 13–15, 2014.
Award winners announced for the 2013 Preservation Texas Honor Awards.
Intended to be temporary and transportable, the Rice Museum went on to become a fixture on the Houston arts scene for almost 20 years. It was demolished in April.
Mt. Vernon Townhomes, designed by Houston-based Collaborative Designworks, maximizes Houston’s denser-development possibilities and adds a handsome multifamily project to Montrose.
Not only is Brave / Architecture’s Sicardi Gallery intriguing, it is the latest example of Houston’s secret cohort of tin buildings representing a little-known modern regional architectural expression.
Michael Hsu Office of Architecture’s Uchi restaurants have distinguished themselves as outstanding examples of current trends in impeccable restaurant design.
The Texas Society of Architects’ 75th Annual Convention and Design Expo, themed “Imagine,” will take place on November 6–8, 2014, in Houston.
AIA Houston announced the winners of its 2014 Design Awards. The honored projects, selected from among 108 entries, are on display in an exhibition, along with the 2014 Student Biennial, running through September 26.
Houston’s Perforated House is a mash-up of virtuoso formal composition, a multifaceted conceptual program, and some tricked-out detailing that comes together in a compelling mix.
With the (Almost) All-American Home, Lantz Full Circle was determined to pursue the project as an exercise in the way architecture ought to be practiced.
The Texas Society of Architects’ 2014 Design Expo, taking place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston during the first two days of our 75th Annual Convention, will be our biggest ever.
The Texas Society of Architects announced the Alley Theatre in Houston as the recipient of the Texas Society of Architects 2014 25-Year Award.
Risky Habit[at]: Dynamic Living on the Buffalo Bayou, by Peter Jay Zweig, FAIA, of the University of Houston, is among the 2014 Studio Award winners.
The In-Box House by Zui Lig Ng of the University of Houston is among the 2014 Studio Award winners.
Five projects, three of which are done by students, are selected as the recipients of the 2014 Studio Awards.
The distinction between architecture and interiors is often a fuzzy one, but MaRS bridges the distance nimbly.
Rottet Studio provides privacy and breathtaking views of the Houston skyline for the attorneys in the Seyfarth Shaw offices.
AIA Houston and Architecture Center Houston feature a new exhibition, “Women in Architecture,” spotlighting contributions women have made to the profession and offering a current snapshot of women’s changing role in architecture and design.
MC2 Architects renovated a 1936 Houston art-deco building for its client, the owners of Triniti Restaurant. Perforated aluminum panels now clad the restaurant and diffuse the intense Texas sun in the interior space.
Architect Donna Kacmar has demonstrated how to do rather a lot with not very much in this tiny, 544-sf house. Located in Houston, the home is like a light-hearted Texas garden folly where one is permanently on vacation.
“Houston Interior Designers – How Texans Touched the World” opened at the Architecture Center Houston. The exhibit, which features 17 projects by eight firms, is the first time AIA and IIDA have col¬laborated on a showing of member works.
Since 1994, there has been a 448% increase in the number of farmers markets across the country. Rice University School of Architecture students were given the problem of addressing the spatial needs of the farmers market for the Houston’s not-for-profit Urban Harvest.
The core of Houston’s East Downtown Redevelopment Plan and the new home of Major League Soccer team the Houston Dynamo, BBVA Compass Stadium, designed by Populous, sets a unique precedent for American sports stadia and innovative design for the region.
Recipients of the 2013 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 chap¬ter’s Honors and Awards Program.
Renown for its diffusion of natural light, the roof of the Menil Collection comprises 300, 25-mm-thick, ferrocement leaves, which protect the building from the light and heat of the Texas sun. Completed in 1981 by Renzo Piano, the Menil received the 2013 AIA 25-Year Award.
Ardis Clinton, AIA, is essential to the community at the Perkins+Will Houston office, and when she is not surprising the team with ice cream treats as reprieve from hot summer days or helping young interns with their licensure process, Clinton manages projects like the Galveston National Laboratory biodefense facility and then goes home to twin sons.
Highland Park Village and NorthPark Center in Dallas, and the Galleria in Houston all blazed trails as shopping centers that spurred urban development. And today they continue to be examples of successful retail design, which from their inceptions sought to create a unique sense of place.
William “Bill” Stern, FAIA, of Houston, who passed away in March of 2013, is remembered as a passionate advocate of urban planning, design, and fine arts. He contributed 36 years of design rigor, public advocacy and engagement, and often passionate leadership to the architecture and design community in Houston.
“Building Modern Houston” by Anna Mod provides an annotated jaunt through the modern movement as it evolved in the optimistic boom, bust and boom-again metropolis of Houston.
Designed by Val Glitsch, FAIA, for New Hope Housing — an independent nonprofit organization that offers quality, affordable single-room occupancy (SRO) housing to low-income-earning adults — 4415 Perry Street in Houston is a sustainable solution for an underserved population.
With its 20 protected historic districts, Houston is a city that is increasingly embracing both old and new.
Studio RED Architects’ rehabilitation of a former warehouse for use as the Houston Permitting Center was centered on rigorously researched sustainability, deference to the industrial character of the old building, and the installation of an intensely local public art program.
The Architecture Center Houston’s (ArCH) will exhibit of works by AIA Houston 2012 Artist of the Year James Surls from June 13– July 19, 2013.
Texas Architect features a student-led design competition hosted by AIA Houston’s Committee on Architecture for Health (CAH).
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.
Houston is home to three permanent installations by artist James Turrell: “Skyspace” at Live Oak Friends Meeting House; “The Light inside” at Wilson Tunnel, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace at Rice University. Each yields distinctly different effects, yet they are profoundly connected by the artist’s immersive exploration of light.
Leslie Elkins, AIA, designed the $1.45M LEED Silver-certified Magnificat House W.T. and Louise J. Moran Center as a versatile and efficient space that supports a population in transition by providing them with valuable skills.
After much uncertainty, things are starting to look up for Houston’s Astrodome.
Texas Architect features the AIA Houston’s 2013 Design Awards.
A new office was the chance for the Houston-based architecture and interiors firm PDR to follow its own advice and build some¬thing that would respond to the firm’s culture while remaining flexible.
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.
The University of Texas at Austin’s Landmarks and Rice University’s Public Art Program both feature successful public art installations that offer lessons for architects.
The University of Texas at Austin’s Landmarks program recently procured a pair of works by Sol LeWitt and a new “Skyspace” by James Turrell — impressive additions to an already respectable collection of sculptures
The Menil Collection, designed by Renzo Piano with Richard Fitzgerald & Associates and inaugurated in 1987, was selected by the Texas Society of Architects for its 25-Year Award.
Designed by Jim Evans, AIA, of Collaborative Designworks, the Binary House is bringing stucco back in Houston.
It’s not often that design is literally a matter of life or death, but that was the case for the 8,250- sf Friends For Life Don Sanders Adoption Center designed by Gensler.
The Downtown Houston city block bound by Main, Travis, Dallas, and Lamar streets no longer boasts one of Houston’s oldest department stores.
The Architect’s Newspaper’s “Re-imagine the Astrodome” design competition winners will be announced at the Texas Society of Architects 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo.
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.
The proposal for the Ann Young Animal Adoption Facility in Houston by English + Associates integrates community amenities in a park-like setting creating broader appeal for the building typology.
Just two months after breaking ground on its sixth single-room-occupancy (SRO) residential complex in Houston, New Hope Housing has announced plans to build a seventh. The non-profit organization, recognized for establishing a successful model for SRO properties in Texas, expects to accommodate a total of 964 low-income residents with rent-stabilized apartments by autumn 2013.
The jury for the Lower Rio Grande Valley AIA chapter’s 2011 Design Awards Jury selected four projects for recognition. Jurors were Thomas Hayne Upchurch, AIA, of Brenham; Rick del Monte, FAIA, of Dallas; Donna Kacmar, FAIA, of Houston.
As soon as you’ve parked your car (mine was parked in one of the spaces reserved for high-efficiency vehicles) and walk toward Gloria Marshall Elementary School, you realize this is not your average public school building. The covered path leads you past an “eco-garden”—laid out with individual planting beds for each grade and an adjacent pond, both fed by runoff from the roof drains and rainfall captured in an above-ground 5,000-gallon cistern.
One Texan – James M. Evans, AIA, of Houston – is among the 13 recipients of the 2012 AIA Young Architects Award. Young Architects are defined by the AIA as professionals who have been licensed 10 years or fewer regardless of their age. The award honors individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers.
The announcement in Architectural Record’s January 2005 issue that Yoshio Taniguchi would design his first free-standing building outside of Japan in Houston’s revered Museum District brimmed with expectation. At that time, Taniguchi was considered an emerging “starchitect” whose addition to the Museum of Modern Art had been completed the previous year.
Harrison Kornberg Architects was commissioned to reinvigorate the 40,755-sf Gragg Building and improve the surrounding park and adjacent maintenance facility.
Gulf Coast Green, May 1, in Houston, announces its 2012 keynote speakers, Stan Cox and Mitchell Thomashow.
Like the music that inspired Dan Havel and Dean Ruck of Havel Ruck Projects to make Fifth Ward Jam, their latest collaboration is a social experiment. The duo, with help from local resident Sherman Miller, assembled Fifth Ward Jam using materials scavenged from dilapidated buildings in the Houston neighborhood.
AIA Houston’s 2012 design awards competition resulted in recognition for 21 projects in eight categories out of a total of 127 entries. Eligibility was limited to projects completed within the last five years and located within the Houston metropolitan area or designed by an architect working in the Houston metropolitan area.
Rice School of Architecture student Peter Muessig has been recognized as a winner in the “Conceptual Projects” category of the 2012 AIA Houston design awards program for his entry entitled “veloCity: Mapping Houston on the Diagonal” (see full awards story on page 18).
More than 20 years after the last major high-rise building was completed in downtown Houston, the Bayou city skyline welcomes BG Group Place at 811 Main Street. Developed by the Hines CalPERS Green Development Fund and designed by Pickard Chilton, the graceful tower, completed in 2011, stands 46 stories tall at the core of the Central Business District (CBD) along the METRO light rail transit line and is strategically connected to the six-mile underground pedestrian tunnel system.
Designed by Kirksey Architecture, Clean Line Energy Partners in downtown Houston is a 6,700-sf space housing an electricity transmission company that develops electrical transmission lines connecting wind farms to urban areas. Several factors guided the design, including a limited budget of $350,000. The client desired a sustainable, historic headquarters building with a design that would reflect the company’s fresh, hip brand.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its annual listing of U.S. metropolitan areas featuring the most Energy Star certified buildings for 2011, and three Texas cities — Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston — have made the list. Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for nearly 20 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year.
John Saunders Chase died in Houston on March 29, 2012, at the age of 87. Chase was the first African American to enroll in and graduate from the architecture program at the University of Texas at Austin (March 1952), the first African American to be registered as an architect in Texas (1954), the first architect of his race in Texas to become a member of the American Institute of Architects (1954), and also the first architect of his race in Texas to be elected to Fellowship in the AIA (1990).
For Alexis McKinney, AIA, the “road to registration” has led to the past. And today, her interest in historic preservation has led to downtown Houston, where McKinney and colleague Gerald Moorhead, FAIA, peruse two historic houses (1904 and 1905) that have been “mothballed” and relocated to a dramatic site yards from the city’s 42,000-seat baseball stadium. The project is one of several McKinney is working on.
The James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville was designed to have a distinct identity in contrast to many of the simple flat-roofed buildings constructed on campus to accommodate as much program space as possible.
The story of the Moran Family Health Center is larger than just the account of relocating the San Jose Clinic from its outdated and undersized 50-year-old facility in downtown. Its true telling reveals the comprehensive delivery of a range of services that are interconnected and focused on the overall well-being and soundness of families.
In 2008 the YMCA of Greater Houston announced the imminent replacement of Kenneth Franzheim’s Italian Renaissance-inspired ten-story edifice that had provided classrooms, exercise facilities, and 132 single-room residential units since 1941. Aspiring to move in a more “family-friendly” direction, the organization stated the primary goal of the new 115,000-sf facility would be to assume a stronger community presence in downtown Houston.
There is good architecture. And then there is good architecture … as in architecture for the public good. This year’s statewide design award winners — 13 projects from Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin — are a case in point. I was struck, during the awards jury process, by how intent the jurors were on recognizing certain entries, not only for their merit in terms of design (even design merit as broadly defined), but also for their capacity to fulfill client aspirations for the public good.
The Architecture Center Houston (ArCH) held an opening reception July 26 for its first “Texas Student Biennial Exhibition.” The exhibit features work from the eight accredited schools of architecture in Texas and includes project boards, slide shows, and architectural models.
Hope. Simply stated, it is the message of a new facility, on a mission to ultimately end hunger. Nestled in a warehouse district outside of downtown, the Houston Food Bank (HFB) building gleams with its spirited green color and metal cladding. The new 308,000-sf facility is the nation’s largest Feeding America food bank and source of food for hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties. Beyond feeding the hungry, the Houston Food Bank provides community services and education programs aimed at promoting good nutrition, assistance with federal and state Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs, job training, and employment help — all in an effort to break the cycle of food insecurity.
At the intersection of Rice University’s historic and growth axes is the BioScience Research Collaborative, a ten-story 477,000-sf translational research facility designed to facilitate multi-institutional research collaboration between Rice and various institutes from Texas Medical Center. This interdisciplinary facility embraces a wide range of disciplines, from chemistry to bioengineering, from organizations supporting startup research companies to the National Space Biomedical Research Institute — all with emphasis on improving human wellness through research.