Designing for Density
Architect: James M. Evans, AIA
Mt. Vernon Townhomes, designed by Houston-based Collaborative Designworks, maximizes Houston’s denser-development possibilities and adds a handsome multifamily project to Montrose.
Mt. Vernon Townhomes, designed by Houston-based Collaborative Designworks, maximizes Houston’s denser-development possibilities and adds a handsome multifamily project to Montrose.
Austin’s new 36,340-sf, LEED Silver-certified children’s museum, the Thinkery, is the product of Koning Eizenberg Architecture’s collaboration with STG Design
As contemporary collections continue to grow, exhibitors’ need for more space is providing the public with opportunities to see art. The Warehouse in Farmers Branch and SPACE Gallery in San Antonio are private collections that are now open to visitors.
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.
Gensler’s Dallas office strikes a beautiful balance between old and new at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Michael Hsu Office of Architecture’s Uchi restaurants have distinguished themselves as outstanding examples of current trends in impeccable restaurant design.
Baldridge Architects’ Outdoor Learning Center at Casis Elementary in Austin has transformed a formerly neglected lot into an open-air classroom in a garden setting.
The 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture’s explicit orientation toward research leaves one wondering “Where’s the Architecture?”
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.
John Grable Architects’ Green Lantern is defined by an extensive use of glass and operable walls that transform the house from a series of enclosed rooms to an expansive garden pavilion.
High nature is married to high design in Lake|Flato Architects’ Hog Pen Creek Retreat.
Clear structural articulation and a folded corrugated metal roof are the major architectural features of the Ottmers Residence, a project designed to be built by a client on a very tight budget.
Long limestone facades with floating roofs above them, Lake|Flato Architects’ SK Ranch is a contemporary take on a Hill Country ranch.
Big Tree Camp offers its inhabitants protection from the elements, while always maintaining a tactile connection to the outdoors.
Multiple bottles of colorful soda are transformed into a glowing cube called Mestizo City by Muñoz & Company.
Gensler converts a downtown Austin parking garage into a collaborative workspace.
Austin-based Ten Eyck creates site-specific vertical gardens, blending the transition between architecture and landscape architecture.
The Nasher Sculpture Center’s upcoming exhibition, “Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio,” promises a treasure-trove of the London-based firm’s drawings, models, and mock-ups.
David Heymann, FAIA, talks about Austin’s laid-back lifestyle and why he moved here to practice architecture.
Inga Saffron’s ground-level, sometimes cheeky, always laser-focused writing earned her the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, making her only the sixth architecture critic to win the award in its 44-year history, as well as the first in 15 years.
By sketching museum masterpieces, Michael Malone hones his drawing skills and whets his appreciation for the similarities between art and architecture.
Among the faux-Parisian, Italianate, and Spanish-style block-busters in Dallas' Highland Park neighborhood, Buchanan Architecture’s Mockingbird Residence stands out.
The distinction between architecture and interiors is often a fuzzy one, but MaRS bridges the distance nimbly.
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.
A diverse group of leading architectural designers, educators, and artists bring their knowledge and experience to campus during the Texas A&M Department of Architecture’s Fall 2014 lecture series.
The twentieth annual Building Communities Conference of the Lower Río Grande Valley chapter of the AIA in late September 2012, began with a tour exploring the cultural landscapes of the Texas-Mexico border.
Klyde Warren Park, the deck park over Dallas’ Woodall Rodgers Freeway, officially opened the last weekend in October, attracting more than 44,000 celebratory visitors.
In a changing South Austin neighborhood, Minguell-McQuary Architecture+Design’s Bike Shed is a simple building that embodies a much larger design ethos that takes its cues from the past even as it keeps one eye focused on the future.
Working closely with Larry Paul Fuller over the course of the last six weeks, I have come to appreciate the satisfying collaboration that goes into this magazine.
Completed in June 2010 by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, Uchiko is a 4,954-sf sister restaurant to one of Austin’s popular restaurants, Uchi, which is operated by Chef Tyson Cole.
The Austin firm Specht Harpman Architects proposes passive systems for two very different homes in arid climates. The windCatcher looks to ancient traditions while the prairieHouse reimagines a former Texaco station.
The 2012 Exhibit of School Architecture spon¬sored by the Texas Association of School Admin¬istration (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.
Recipients of the 2012 AIA El Paso Design Awards were announced in November 2012. The El Paso County Family Youth and Services Center by Wright & Dalbin Archtiects, Albert Bacon Fall Mansion by ARTchitecture, and E.G. Chayo Community Center by Alvidrez Architecture all received Honor Awards
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 to five projects.
With Gurley Place — an affordable senior housing development located across the street from Jubilee Park in Dallas — buildingcommunityWORKSHOP recognized the significance of community engagement as a way of maintaining one of the most intact, early twentieth-century neighborhoods in the city and responding to the dire need for housing.
Although, 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.
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.
A student team from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture was recently awarded the 2012 Charles E. Peterson Prize for their measured drawings of Austin’s North-Evan Chateau submitted to the Historic American Building Survey (HABS).
In memory of Ruth Carter Stevenson’s many contributions to Fort Worth and the state, Mark Gunderson, AIA, recalls her unique role in and contribution to matters of architecture and design, her friendship with Philip Johnson, and her love of gardening.
Artists Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo of Lead Pencil Studio are well-suited to explore the interstitial space between the fine and applied arts. “Diffuse Reflection Lab,” at the University of Texas at Austin Visual Arts Center, is a good example of their careful negotiation between the realms of art and architecture.
“I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America, ” a recent exhibit at the University of Texas Harry Ransom Center (HRC) captured Bel Geddes vision of the future and his fundamental belief in the coexistence of art and architecture.
“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.
Advocating for architecture is easy — as every¬thing relates to back to architecture and how design matters: where one lives, how one gets to work, where one buys groceries, the productivity level in an office, neighborhood sustainability — even overall happiness.
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.
Retail design has the potential to go beyond just creating an interesting clean space for product presentation. This issue of Texas Architect looks at how good planning and design create effective community spaces and individual stores with a sense of place.
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.
High school and college students are invited to participate in a two-week Summer Career Academy in Architecture and Interior Design taught by faculty members of the College of Architecture at the University of Texas San Antonio’s downtown campus.
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.
Pedro Gadanho, curator of Contemporary Architecture at the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and Mark Lamster, the new architectural critic for the Dallas Morning News, discuss their latest projects.
The Second Annual Texas Architects Design Conference: Collections was held in Dallas, Feb.22–24, 2013. The event was co-chaired by Michael Malone, AIA, and Mark Wellen, AIA, and was based at the Dallas Center for Architecture.
“Michael G. Imber: Ranches, Villas, and Houses” by Elizabeth Meredith Dowling is a well curated collection of the architect’s residential projects and sprawling ranches.
Geared for those with architectural wanderlust, “Buildings of Texas, Volume One” by Gerald Moorhead, FAIA, offers insights into the diversity of architecture throughout the state, and the promise that the travel to the metropo¬lises and hinterlands will be worth it.
“Fair Park Deco” is the third book by this author duo on Texas Art Deco. Jim Parsons and David Bush detail the Fair Park (Dallas) collection of Art Deco buildings, murals, sculptures, fountains, and landscape design, which are unrivaled nationally.
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.
The new United States Federal Courthouse in Austin designed by Mack Sogin Merrill Elam Architects meets a stringent security design paradigm and is flooded with natural light. This unconventional civic structure is perfect for Austin’s sensibilities.
The Rio Roca Chapel in Palo Pinto is a tribute to organic architecture by Maurice Jennings + Walter Jennings Architects.
When a client asked Jim Poteet to update a historic San Antonio home, the architect adopted a forthright approach that marries historic details and contemporary craftsmanship.
The 2013 Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) conference took place at the University of Texas at Austin on March 27–31.
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.
The Pelli Clarke Pelli-designed 232,000-sf state-of-the-art Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Science Hall (GDC), is the new home of the University of Texas at Austin’s Computer Science Department.
Sketches that bring sunlight and moonlight into spaces in creative, playful ways; otherworldly experiments in color centered on the early morning and evening skies; the construction of shade for people and plants; an oasis of densely planted, colorful cacti in the desert; and the benefits of daylight for work and study — this issue is about natural light and design.
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.
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.
For an Austin fashion show, MF ARchitecture created “Fashion[ING] Objects,” and illuminated wall created from 5,000 hangers that served as the entry to the catwalk.
Texas Architect features a student-led design competition hosted by AIA Houston’s Committee on Architecture for Health (CAH).
Michael Malone, AIA, describes for Texas Architect readers how as a student, he discovered Louis Khan’s light, so revered by his architecture professors.
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.
Natural light is essential to architecture, but when thinking about the sunlight in Texas, one of its qualities seems to dominate all the others: heat. Shade structures by architects Bud Oglesby, FAIA; O’Neil Ford, FAIA; Max Levy, FAIA; Murray Legge, FAIA; and Foster + Partners provide significant examples of passive designs to beat the heat.
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.
A motivated Dallas Independent School District (DISD), in collaboration with the local community and partnering colleges, engaged SHW Group to build the kind of school most only talk about: the Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy.
Morphosis Architects has claimed possibly the most visible place in the conversation about Dallas’ object buildings with the fractured, vertical form of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
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.
San Antonio’s Lake|Flato Architects was among the five architects from around the world to receive a prestigious 2013 Global Award for Sustainable Architecture. Principal Ted Flato represented the firm at the ceremony and symposium at the Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine in Paris.
Graduate students at The University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture got a helping of real-world design experience thanks to a partnership with West Dallas Investments (WDI).
Nolan E. Barrick’s strong sense of the profession of architecture, his belief in the fundamental facts of construction, and his passion for the art of making buildings remain the hallmark of the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University curriculum.
There will soon be a new reason to head west and visit Marfa. New York-based MOS is designing the Ballroom Marfa Drive-In — an integration of art, architecture, and landscape architecture.
“Designing Pan-America: U.S. Architectural Visions for the Western Hemisphere” by Robert González, AIA, makes an important contribution to understanding architecture’s role in constructing cultural identities.
With so little actually known about contemporary Brazilian architects, the Monolito magazine series, edited by Fernando Serapião, is an awaited enterprise.
In their discussions of modern architecture in Latin America, the “O’Neil Ford Duographs” (O’NFD) display an editorial predilection for abstraction, formal clarity, and tectonic integrity.
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.
This renovation and addition to an existing Austin bungalow by Alterstudio Architecture is a strong architectural idea existing easily alongside a distinct lack of pretension.
With its surprising cantilever and thin slits of blue sky framed in bright yellow, Cooper Joseph Studio’s Webb Chapel Park Pavilion in Dallas is a straightforward, yet playful design.
Surrounded by sandburs, the sea breeze, and a wide airstrip, the Fire|Beach House in Galveston is a surprising piece of contemporary architecture.
Powers Brown Architecture created a safe and inviting street presence with the clean lines and bright lights of the Roy Kelley Terminal and Parking Garage in Bryan.
SHW Group’s Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy redefines the public school building typology and looks to a bright the future.
Alterstudio Architecture’s design for a young firm embraces both Austin’s late 19th-century Buttrey Building’s age and the client’s creative ethos.
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.
O’Neil Ford designed Trinity University so that it would grow naturally from its site and set a national precedent for the use of lift-slab construction. As the university looks forward to future development, the question of preserving the integrity of the historic campus comes to bear.
CEO of Richter Architects in Corpus Christi, Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, is the 2014 first vice president/2015 president of the American Institute of Architects. A tireless advocate for Texas architecture, Richter was the creator and co-executive producer of “The Shape of Texas.”
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.
The Texas Society of Architects announces the recipients of our 2013 Honor Awards.
Even an Aggie would have to admit that The University of Texas at Austin has an impressive campus. Three new buildings: Belo Center for New Media, Norman Hackerman Building, and the College of Liberal Arts Building push the envelope and interpret design guidelines in creative ways.
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.
Runa Workshop’s Austin Aquatic Center integrates landscape and architecture to create a water management system with real ecological benefits.
Thick Skinned Regionalism flips a typical construction model on its head and starts with the section rather than the plan.
Matt Fajkus Architecture proposes a wall made of coat hangers for a runway show.
Connolly Architects & Consultants’ Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter is a smart, clear plan with features that enhance the safety and welfare of the animals and people who use the facility.