Kenneth E. Bentsen, FAIA (1926–2013)
Important Houston architect Kenneth Edward Bentsen, FAIA, died on September 24, 2013.
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.
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.