BLOG | 2016 Studio Awards Entry Form Now Online
2016 TxA Studio Awards entries are now open online and are being accepted through 5 p.m. June 9.
WHR, working in collaboration with Arup and KHR Arkitekter, recently won a competition for a new hospital in Denmark. The design combines the best aspects of European and American approaches to healthcare.
BLOG | AIA Austin Jury Conversation
On April 14, AIA Austin hosted an evening of conversation with its 2016 Design Awards jurors: Carol Ross Barney, FAIA; Linda Taalman; Nonya Grenader, FAIA; and Angela Watson, AIA.
BLOG | UT Austin to Install Living Wall Five Years in the Making
On May 16, volunteers will come together to install a living wall at The University of Texas at Austin. The project is funded by the school’s Green Fee Award.
BLOG | Webinar: Solar for Independent School Districts
The Comptroller of Public Accounts State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) will sponsor a webinar hosted by the North Central Texas Council of Governments aimed at providing resources for independent school districts interested in going solar.
BLOG | Advocacy Update: When We Do The Numbers
Senior Advocate David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, does the math for the upcoming November Texas state house and senate elections.
Artist Robert Irwin’s reconstruction of a hospital at the former Fort D.A. Russell in Marfa dismisses disciplinary boundaries between art, architecture, life, and culture.
BLOG | William Dupont, FAIA, Works to Preserve Hemingway’s Finca Vigia in Cuba
William Dupont is working to restore Ernest Hemingway's home in Cuba and building an archive that will be the first project built in that country with American supplies since the '50s.
BLOG | Lake|Flato Home Wins AIA Housing Award
San Antonio's Lake|Flato wins a 2016 AIA Housing Award for the Hog Pen Creek Residence in Austin.
Save the Date: ProCon 2016
The Texas Society of Architects will be hosting our first-ever Prosperity Conference in Brenham on August 26.
Fort Worth architect Tommy Stewart, AIA, designed a school for earthquake-ravaged Haiti, an endeavor he considers to be among the most profound experiences of his life.
The Texas Society of Architects 77th Annual Convention and Design Expo will take place in San Antonio on November 3–5, 2016.
2017 Design Conference
The Texas Society of Architects Fifth Annual Design Conference took place in Amarillo on February 12–14, 2016. Our 2017 Design Conference will be held in Marfa early next year.
BLOG | Texas A&M Students Creating Designs for New Mavericks Facility
Bryan Trubey, FAIA, and Mark Cuban work with graduate architecture students at Texas A&M to design a new practice facility for the Dallas Mavericks.
An activist client in Austin’s Heritage Neighborhood commissions an architectural think piece of a house to save a prominent site from the rampant march of stealth dorms.
BLOG | San Antonio River Barge Design Winner Announced
Houston's METALAB has been chosen as the winner of AIA San Antonio's river barge design competition.
BLOG | River Barge Design Competition Finalists Announced
San Antonio chooses three finalists in its contest to reinvent its iconic river barge.
Behind the Scenes
Kendall/Heaton could be the most prominent Texas practice you’ve never heard about. Focusing solely on architect of record services, the firm has completed some of the state’s highest-profile projects, designed by a cast of the world’s most famous architects.
BLOG | Everything Old is New Again
We explore all of the challenges that come with renovating a building as old as 500 Chicon and delve into its history.
BLOG | 2016 Design Awards Jurors Announced
The Texas Society of Architects proudly introduces the jurors for our 2016 Design Awards.
BLOG | Elizabeth Danze, FAIA, Named Interim Dean at UTSOA
The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture has named Elizabeth Danze, FAIA, interim dean effective July 1.
BLOG | Q&A with David Adjaye
TA contributor Patrick Michels talks to London's David Adjaye about his design for San Antonio's "Ruby City," his experience working in Texas, and what advice he has for architects in our state looking to create meaningful public spaces.
BLOG | Pardon Our Dust
500 Chicon, the headquarters of the Texas Society of Architects, is undergoing an exciting renovation.
BLOG | 2016 Texas Trailbreak Reception
Attending the 2016 AIA National Convention in Philadelphia? Join the Texas Society of Architects for our annual Texas Trailbreak reception!
BLOG | Advocacy Update: TBAE to Publish Proposed Rule Changes for Comment
Senior Advocate David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, gives an update on proposed changes related to reciprocal licensing, and recently approved rules at the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners.
BLOG | Hallet Oak Gallery and TxA to Sponsor J. Riely Gordon Art Contest and Conference
In honor of celebrated Texas architect J. Riely Gordon, the Hallet Oak Gallery, in partnership with TxA, is sponsoring a statewide art contest and hosting a conference on June 10–11 in Hallettsville, Texas.
BLOG | 2016 Design Conference: Architects Invade Amarillo
Last month, architects from around the state made their way to the Texas Panhandle for the Texas Society of Architect’s Fifth Annual Design Conference. The event explored the relationship between designing and building.
Aalto’s Baker House dormitory at MIT inspires a study of student housing at UT Austin and a revival of the Modern Movement’s social aspirations.
Out of the Shadows
bcWORKSHOP ran focus groups and workshops to gather information for their design of The Cottages at Hickory Crossing, a Housing First project that will serve people often deemed impossible cases.
Field of Dreams
Four installations — winners of the Field Constructs Design Competition — occupied a brownfield site in East Austin for two weeks in November 2015. The projects on view drew attention to the quickly aligning trends of digital fabrication and environmental sustainability.
2016 AIA Fellows Announced
The American Institute of Architects has announced this year's inductees to the College of Fellows. Eleven Texas architects are among the 149 recognized with this honor for 2016.
BLOG | Advocacy Update: 2016 Election — Who We Are Supporting
David Lancaster's latest Advocacy Update looks at how primary elections are effectively deciding more races and the effects of a Republican majority in the Texas House and Senate.
Content Architecture designs a house for an artist and car enthusiast, then shifts gears in mid-construction.
At Home on the Border
The Lower Rio Grande Valley AIA’s 2015 Building Communities Conference Tour begins with Brownsville’s oldest home, and ends with its newest.
BLOG | Advocacy Update: Getting “Trump-ed” by Negative Politics? Don’t Let It Get You Down.
David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, reminds us in his latest Advocacy Update that it is not only our civic duty to register and vote, but also to support our Citizen Architects.
A Language of Movement
Lawrence Halprin and his choreographer wife, Anna, developed a way of notating movement they called “Motation.” Its revelations influenced the design of Fort Worth’s Heritage Park Plaza.
A Machine for Healing
The new Parkland Hospital building has been called the world’s first all-digital hospital, a healthcare facility where technology and design merge to improve functionality, lessen the institutional feel, and stay on the cutting edge of advances in medical science.
2016 Design Conference: Designing + Building
Join TxA in Amarillo on February 12–14 for our Fifth Annual Design Conference, which will exploring the relationship between designing and building — between the act of imagining what could be and the act of turning that vision into reality.
Wind, Rain, Sky
Max Levy’s design for the Saint Michael and All Angels Columbarium references elemental forces in the creation of a meditative space for contemplating life and death.
Pollen at Peace
A new chapel and administrative building at St. Edwards University by Pollen Architecture & Design adds another piece to a 15-year-old master plan.
TxA Board Job Responsibilities
The Texas Society of Architects Board of Directors includes officers, AIA directors, and Society directors. Learn about the responsibilities of the various positions on the board.
Perched above the sea in a tropical paradise, this vacation home provides simple luxury in close congress with nature.
A Gateway and a Hill
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.
BLOG | UTSOA Studio to Bring the WATNEY to SXSW
A Kickstarter campaign running through December 7 is raising funds for a SXSW Eco installation project by students at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. Learn more about this ambitious project exploring how digital software and fabrication techniques can be applied to art and architecture.
BLOG | San Antonio River Barge Design Competition
With San Antonio's 300th anniversary coming up in 2018, the City of San Antonio and AIA San Antonio have launched an international design competition to reimagine the ‘river barge’ experience. The competition deadline is Tuesday, January 5.
BLOG | 2016 Convention – Save the Date!
Our 77th Annual Convention and Design Expo will take place in the heart of Texas history in San Antonio on November 3-5, 2016. Keep an eye out for the Call for Presentations, opening in January.
Convention CE Certificates Now Available for Review
The continuing education (CE) credit data for our 2015 Convention has been tabulated. Please take a moment to review your convention certificate to ensure accuracy before we transmit the information to AIA. The last day to make changes is December 9.
Follow the Light
For the second year in a row, Creek Show lured the public to Austin’s Waller Creek at night with a series of brilliant installations by local architects and artists.
BLOG | Products: Curtain Wall Systems
Texas Architect products editor Rita Cantinella Orrell reviews curtain wall and glazing solutions that keep building views at a premium without sacrificing thermal efficiency, structural integrity, and sun control.
Tim Cuppett Architects’ Pendleton Farm blends a traditional Texas farmhouse vernacular with a modern sensibility.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Julie Huynh, Assoc. AIA
From growing up in Amarillo with its vivid sunsets to enjoying the brief interlude between summer and autumn just as foliage hues begin to change, to embracing the opportunities of technology for drawing — Julie Huynh, Assoc. AIA, of Kendall / Heaton Associates shares all this and more in the latest installment of "Architects Talking to Architects."
Baldridge Architects’ Gardner transforms a 1960s post office into a deftly orchestrated space for dining.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Xavier A. Vargas, AIA
In the latest installment of Architects Talking to Architects, Randall-Porterfield Architects' Xavier A. Vargas, AIA, chats with TxA about growing up near NASA, deriving inspiration from TED Talks and the documentary Urbanized, and his passion — both on and off the field — for soccer.
The Art in Architecture
Austin-based artist Josef Kristofoletti believes in a reciprocal and mutually enriching relationship between paintings and buildings.
Wernerfield Architects’ CCR1 Residence is a lakeside retreat that resists the obvious.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Catherine Callaway, AIA
Catherine Callawway, AIA, of BNIM in Houston talks to Texas Architects about: growing up in/departing from/returning to Houston; her alternative career option of fabric designer; and the daily opportunity for expanding your horizons known as...lunch!
BLOG | St. Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
Austin's iconic and much beloved mid-century modern masterpiece, St. Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, is considering demolition.
Making Waves: Restaurants by Michael Hsu, AIA
Known for his notable restaurant interiors, Michael Hsu, AIA, founder of Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, is expanding his influence and portfolio beyond Austin and gaining recognition in the Bayou City.
CONTENT Architecture transforms an oversized restaurant space into a light and airy cafe to round out development on the 300 block of Main Street in Houston.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Ian M. Ellis, Assoc. AIA
Ian M. Ellis, Assoc. AIA, of Matt Fajkus Architecture takes a moment to chat with Texas Architects about everything from his ardent devotion to sketching in pencil, to deriving inspiration from the varied creative talents of those that surround him, to the top 10 songs currently streaming through his headphones.
BLOG | 2015 Studio Awards — Winners Announced
We are pleased to announce the recipients of our 2015 Studio Awards. The San Francisco-based jury selected four projects from among 72 entries as outstanding examples of innovation and excellence in design.
White on White
Baldridge Architects’ new office, a study in precision-built minimalism, offers a counterintuitive take on design-build in practice.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Christian Sheridan, AIA
BRAVE/Architecture associate principal Christian Sheridan, AIA, of Houston chats with TxA about the similarities between photojournalism and architecture, being inspired by teaching at the University of Houston School of Architecture, and motivating yourself to tackle the ARE.
Lessons by the Sea
Sea Scout Base Galveston, a newly completed maritime educational center by Shipley Architects and Randall-Porterfield Architects, seeks to accomplish two goals: to inspire learners to care about the maritime environment, and to withstand the hurricanes and storms that so often threaten the Texas coast.
BLOG | FCDC Announces Four Winners
The Field Constructs Design Competition has announced its 2015 winners. The final four projects capture the mission FCDC and marry experimentation with design innovation while uniquely addressing the history and ecology of the competition site.
2015 Honor Awards
The Texas Society of Architects announces the recipients our 2015 Honor Awards, which recognize exceptional members, firms, individuals, and organizations for outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture, the built environment, and the quality of life in Texas.
A Kind of Resurrection
San Antonio-based architect and furniture-maker Brian Korte, AIA, takes pleasure in seeing recovered materials reborn in new forms.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Erik Murray, AIA
Erik Murray, AIA, of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates in San Antonio shares his intrigue with coding, visiting the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, and his longtime love of playing the guitar in this Architects Talking to Architects.
BLOG | Lake|Flato Architects Coming to Austin in 2016
San Antonio based Lake|Flato Architects has announced that the firm will be opening an urban design centric office to Austin in 2016.
2015 Design Expo Events and Attractions
Join us at the 2015 Design Expo in Dallas. You'll discover the latest products and techniques, watch live demonstrations, and make connections with vendors and industry representatives from across the country. Check out what we have in store!
Lost + Found
Artist Kim Cadmus Owens’ work documents Dallas’ urban landscape, past and present, using layered colors and letterpress printing techniques to create formally complex images and visually stunning records of the city’s architectural landmarks.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Bayardo Selva, AIA
Bayardo Selva, AIA, of cre8 Architects in Houston chats with Texas Architects about toying with the idea of a career in industrial design, his deep reverence for nature, and how he manages to squeeze in a running hobby with everything else he has going on.
BLOG | FCDC + East Austin Studio Tour
Field Constructs Design Competition will join the East Austin Studio Tour as the first ever event south of the Colorado River.
House on a Hill
Alterstudio Architecture finds exquisite beauty in circumstance, translating it into built forms large and small to create the Lake View Residence in West Austin.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Michael Kaiser, Assoc. AIA
The Beck Group's Director of Design Michael Kaiser, Assoc. AIA, talks to TxA about his original love of drawing all things Star Wars and guitars, finding inspiration in the immediacy of iPhone photography, and why he needs to return to the High Line.
2015 Convention: Frequently Asked Questions
The Texas Society of Architects 76th Annual Convention and Design Expo will take place on November 5–7 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. This page provides answers to frequently asked questions about convention registration, creating your schedule, continuing education credit, and more.
Woods High School
Natalye Appel + Associates' new School of the Woods building connects architecture to the Montessori curriculum, employing several key design elements to foster independent learning.
The Old House, and the New
When a client asked Jim Poteet, FAIA, to update a historic San Antonio home, the architect adopted a forthright approach that marries historic details and contemporary craftsmanship.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Kris Calvert, AIA
Kris Calvert, AIA, of Urban Bobcat Architects talks to TxA about his desire to design spaces in and around the outdoors, his and his business partner's "strategy" sessions over bourbon, and the importance of taking chances as a young professional.
Between Green and Violet
Rand Elliott, FAIA, deploys color with purpose, punctuating galleries at the Marfa Contemporary with vivid jolts of blue and using colored lighting to transform a series of parking structures in surprising ways.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Andrew Houston, Assoc. AIA
Texas Architects catches up with Austin designer Andrew Grant Houston, Assoc AIA, as he dishes on his love for SXSW, Sydney, and spring, and how he draws inspiration from both personal and contextual culture.
John Only Greer, FAIA: 1933–2015
John Only Greer, FAIA, of Bryan, a professor emeritus at Texas A&M University College of Architecture and past president of the Society, passed away on Friday, June 12. A great teacher and mentor, he will be deeply missed by his Texas Architects friends and colleagues.
Thanks to architect Mell Lawrence’s deft hand with light and patterning, Hollowcat Wild, a boxy limestone residence nestled in the Austin hills, is imbued with what architect and author Christopher Alexander calls “aliveness.”
FCDC Announces 18 Projects as Jury Selection Finalists
Finalists have been announced for the 2015 Field Constructs Design Competition, which will result in a series of temporary, site-specific installations at the Circle Acres Nature Preserve in Austin. The projects will open to the public in mid-November as part of a weeklong series promoting event and community programming at the site.
2015 TxA Emerging Design + Technology: Call for Papers
The 2015 TxA Emerging Design + Technology conference, to be held during the Texas Society of Architects 76th Annual Convention and Design Expo in Dallas, is seeking academic papers for peer review, publication, and presentation. The abstract submission deadline has been extended to August 15.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Charles E. Brant, AIA
Dallas' Charles E. Brant, AIA, talks about Spotify enabling his music addiction, why he prefers the pen over other sketching media, and how his clients are the ultimate inspiration in the latest installment of Architects Talking to Architects.
Warp and Weft
Artist Gabriel Dawe puts intricately woven, multicolored thread to extraordinary use, creating large-scale environmental installations that examine negative space and the human form.
BLOG | Save the Date! Facades+AM Heads to Houston This June
On June 18, AEC industry leaders will convene in Houston at the Facades+AM conference for a look at the latest developments in the world of building enclosures.
Renzo Piano Meets Artists Downtown
TxA member Jack Murphy, Assoc. AIA, visited Renzo Piano's Whitney Museum on opening day to share his impressions of the building, its ties to Texas, and the inaugural exhibition. The new Whitney's true success lies not in its architecture, he writes, but rather in its role as "an urban playground for the arts."
BLOG | Project ArchiTX: Riverview Way House
Tom Hurt Architecture toes the line between the familiarity of the traditional 1950s brick house, and bold, modern volumetric additions in the Riverview Way House in Houston.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Nick Jackson, Assoc. AIA
Nick Jackson, Assoc. AIA, of PDR talks to Texas Architects about falling in love with Houston, the ins and outs of Reddit, and encouraging fellow young architects to approach the profession with "bright eyes and grand ambition."
Coloring the Gap
The Richards Group's new Dallas headquarters stands over Dallas commuters as a beacon of shimmering color and democratic ideals in the workplace.
2015 Design Awards — Winners Announced
We are pleased to announce the recipients of our 2015 Design Awards. Fourteen projects were selected from among 256 entries. This year's jurors were: Karl A. Backus, AIA, of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Alex Krieger, FAIA, of NBBJ and Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Bruce Lindsey, AIA, of Washington University's Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts; and Jennifer Yoos, FAIA, of VJAA and University of Minnesota School of Architecture.
BLOG | Rand Elliott's Word Paintings
For Rand Elliott, FAIA, language and architecture — the output of his professional practice — are intimately connected.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Jack Murphy, Assoc. AIA
Regular Texas Architect contributor Jack Murphy, Assoc. AIA, chats with TxA for our latest installment of "Architects Talking to Architects." He discusses "the death of drawing," how he earned the title of DJ Front Desk, and his literary and artistic endeavors outside the office.
BLOG | Update on the Dallas Trinity Toll Road Controversy
On April 16, the Dallas City Council voted to move ahead on plans for implementing a revised vision for the Trinity Parkway. Bob Meckfessel, FAIA, traces the history of this controversial project and the role architects have played in advocating for a more sustainable, context-sensitive design.
TASA/TASB Exhibit of School Architecture — Call for Entries
TASA/TASB is seeking submissions for its 2015 Exhibit of School Architecture. Founded in 1987, this competition recognizes newly built and renovated Texas schools by celebrating excellence in planning and design of the learning environment. Entries are due June 1. Winning projects will be on display at this year's TASA/TASB Convention.
Rehabilitation and Recovery
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.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Danny Rigg, AIA
Danny Rigg, AIA, talks with TxA about his Kindergarten trip to the moon, finding inspiration in the remote town of Huxley, Texas, and gearing up for the 2015 Texas Architects Mentorship Program.
New Scenes in America Deserta
The Texas Tech University College of Architecture’s Land Arts of the American West program offers a wide-eyed, sunburnt trip that explores how we alter the land around us.
Curtain Wall Call
Can a 500-ft-tall glass box in Houston possibly be a good idea? The recent expansion of high-rise office buildings says yes.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Zach Farrell, Assoc. AIA
Zach Farrell, Assoc. AIA, of 5G Studio Collaborative in Dallas talks to Texas Architects about merging his creative and scientific sides in an architectural career, taking a collector's approach to hobbies, and visiting Bernard Tschumi's Parc de la Villette.
Texas Society of Architects Mentorship Program
The Texas Architects Mentorship Program provides an opportunity for emerging professionals across the state to connect with AIA Fellows for mentorship and professional development.
BLOG | Project ArchiTX: Castano House
Craig McMahon Architects' renovation and new addition to a San Antonio home responds to the South Texas climate and employs a simple materials palette to achieve continuity.
From the Beach to the Bay
Galveston Island State Park is shrinking: Scientists predict that the landmass will decrease 22 percent over the next 50 years due to rising sea levels and beach erosion, transforming much of what is dry land into open water or marsh.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Beth Brant, AIA
Beth Brant, AIA, of DSGN Associates chats with Texas Architects about learning to draw digitally before learning to do so by hand, extracting inspiration from her daily commute, and experiencing Piazza San Pietro firsthand.
BLOG | Mark T. Wellen on CRAFT
Mark T. Wellen, FAIA, reflects on the "magical weekend" that was the 2015 Design Conference.
2015 Design Conference Reflections
Mark Wellen, FAIA, shares his reflections on the Society's Fourth Annual Design Conference: CRAFT, held on a wintry weekend in Denton.
BLOG | Project ArchiTX: South Texas Heritage Center
Ford, Powell, & Carson elegantly bridges the past and future with the restoration of The Witte Museum's Pioneer Hall and the creation of a glassy addition.
A Living Building in North Texas
Lake|Flato Architects' Josey Pavilion aspires to be the first Living Building in Texas.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Christopher Ferguson, Assoc. AIA
Christopher Ferguson, Assoc. AIA, of AIA Austin takes a moment to chat with TxA about everything from his elementary school aspirations of being a bug doctor, to volunteering his photography and writing chops to Raw Paw, to how much he actually enjoyed Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Bilbao despite all expectations to the contrary.
BLOG | 2015 Design Conference: Recap
More than 60 architects braved the freeze to attend the Society's Fourth Annual Design Conference: CRAFT in Denton.
BLOG | Project ArchiTX: Palma Plaza House
Contemporary cool meets neoclassical character in Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects' Austin family residence renovation, Palma Plaza House.
Small is Beautiful
Candid Rogers Architect’s Marfa 10 x 10 Lightbox peeks over the shrubs to provide sweeping views of the West Texas landscape.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: A.J. Sustaita, AIA
A.J. Sustaita, AIA, of Corgan talks to Texas Architects about his admiration for, and the inspiration derived from, his architect father, urging young professionals to get involved early, and learning to play the guitar.
BLOG | Project ArchiTX: Sundance Square
Surrounded by a pedestrian-centric, urban landscape and thoughtfully articulated buildings, Sundance Square, by David M. Schwarz Architects, Bennett Benner Partners, and Michael Vergason Landscape Architects, brings community space back to downtown Fort Worth.
A Bench is a Bench
Rhotenberry Wellen Architects and Shipley Architects team up for the design and construction of the Kidd Spring Park Pavilion in Dallas — the latest addition to the Dallas Park and Recreation Department’s growing Park Pavilion program.
BLOG | Advocacy Day 2015: Recap
On February 10, over 130 architecture professionals, associates, and students joined Texas Architects for its Third Biannual Advocates for Architecture Day.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Adam Thomason, AIA
Adam Thomason, a project architect at Omniplan, talks with TxA about his army brat upbringing and love of statistics. He also offers some solid advice for professionals just starting out in their career.
14 Texas Architects Elevated to Fellowship in 2015
The American Institute of Architects has announced the newest members of the College of Fellows. Fourteen Texas architects are among the 147 nationwide to receive this prestigious honor. Only about 3,200 of AIA's total 80,000 members hold this distinction. Congratulations to the AIA Fellowship Class of 2015!
BLOG | Two Texas Architects Honored With AIA's 2015 Young Architects Award
Derek C. Webb, AIA, of m ARCHITECTS and Jim Henry, AIA, of HDR are among the 14 recipients of this year's AIA Young Architects Award.
BLOG | Project ArchiTX: North Bayfront Park
With North Bayfront Park, Gignac & Associates and Sasaki Associates have transformed Corpus Christi's automobile-populated, seafront landscape into a public green space featuring sustainable technologies and fostering coastal community.
Bit by Bit
Studio Joseph takes a measured approach to the design of the National Butterfly Center Welcome Pavilion in Mission.
BLOG | FCDC Releases Nature Preserve Site Photos
Early-bird registration for the Field Constructs Design Competition (FCDC) ends on February 15. See photos of the site, the Circle Acres Nature Preserve in Austin.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Nick Kovach, AIA
Nick Kovach, AIA, of BOKA Powell talks to Texas Architects about why he didn't pursue a career in computer programming, how he and his children inspire each other, and why young professionals should "spend a bit of time doing everything."
BLOG | Project ArchiTX: St. Andrew’s Episcopal School – Dell Fine Arts Center
STG Design illustrates its deft design ability in the execution of a large-scale theater program focused on audience intimacy at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School.
Bring Your Own Bag
UTSOA graduates Christopher Ferguson, Assoc. AIA, and Megan Marvin of DO.GROUP DESIGN are building a business around their stackable Bundle Reusable Bags.
Who Will Advocate for Architecture?
Will your House and Senate districts be represented at Advocates for Architecture Day? The highlighted areas show districts with architects already registered to advocate on February 10. Join them in Austin for a fun day at the Texas State Capitol on behalf of your profession.
Sign up today to ensure your district is represented. Everyone is important!
Jerry L. Clement, FAIA (1932–2015)
We are saddened to learn of the passing of Jerry L. Clement, FAIA, a past president of the Texas Society of Architects. Services for Mr. Clement will take place on Friday, January 30, at 10:00 a.m. at the Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Clay Odom, Assoc. AIA
Texas Architects catches up with University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture Professor Clay Odom, Assoc. AIA, who talks to us about growing up with deep family roots in a small town, sourcing inspiration from nature, and immersing himself in the sonic worlds of Radiohead.
BLOG | Project ArchiTX: House 124
Candid Rogers Studio's House 124 launches the Texas Society of Architects' newest blog series, Project ArchiTX. The series highlights outstanding architectural projects in Texas, as well as projects designed by Texas architects and designers. House 124 seamlessly fuses old world and contemporary urban style in a Victorian cottage in San Antonio.
Collaboration & Craftsmen
Collaboration with craftsmen pays off, according to Wendy Dunnam Tita, AIA, of Page and Vicki Yuan, AIA, of Lake|Flato Architects.
BLOG | NFPA 285 Code Requirements: The Elephant in the Room
The National Fire Protect Agency brings to light the need for rigid foam insulation fire safety in its code 285 assembly test.
BLOG | 2014 TxA Gift Guide
With the holiday season in full swing, the Texas Society of Architects has a list of must-see gifts, including Formwork Desk Accessories, Portland Growler Co., Sempli Bottle Openers, Wanderlust City Map Playmats, and Spanish ABC Blocks.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Vincent Snyder, AIA
Texas Architects talks to Vincent Snyder, AIA, about his overlay ink and Rhino sketching process, finding inspiration in a project's cultural setting, and his advice for young architects: "Do what you really want to do, but be equally as rigorous."
BLOG | Tiny Victories Competition Winners
AIA Austin and Community First! announce the winners of the Tiny Victories "micro home" design competition, which sought innovative, affordable design solutions for housing the homeless.
Portfolio: MaRS Attacks
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.
BLOG | Vanishing Rest Stops
Architectural photographer Ryann Ford is looking to document the architectural and cultural significance of America's vanishing rest stops by transforming her photo series of these landmarks into a book. "The Last Stop" Kickstarter campaign, which ends on December 16, aims to make this happen.
Advocates for Architecture Day 2015
The Society's Advocates for Architecture Day will take place on February 10. 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.
BLOG | The Roses Underneath
C.F. Yetmen showcases her architectural knowledge in "The Rose Underneath," a post-World War II thriller with an architect hero at the heart of the story.
El Paso Knothole
Ball-Nogues Studio creates a fence that acts as a window on a ballpark in El Paso.
BLOG | Field Constructs Design Competition
Texas Architect magazine, Ecology Action of Texas, and Pentagram invite you to participate in the first-annual Field Constructs Design Competition (FCDC). FCDC invites emerging designers, architects, landscape architects, and artists to submit proposals for temporary installations to be sited at the Circle Acres Nature Preserve in Austin. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2015.
2014 Convention: Attendee Continuing Education Credit
Review your 75th Annual Convention and Design Expo learning unit hours, and confirm that your convention certificate and AIA transcript are correct. You can also review the new Continuing Education standards and how these may affect your licensure renewal in the future.
BLOG | FREE: Architecture on the Loose
BI's first book-form publication, “FREE: Architecture on the Loose,” presents 26 essays from 23 contributors and explores the exchanges between architecture and its wider cultural context.
The Autodidact and the Art of Composition
By sketching museum masterpieces, Michael Malone hones his drawing skills and whets his appreciation for the similarities between art and architecture.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Kory Bieg, AIA
Kory Bieg, AIA, talks to Texas Architects about growing up in the "Land of Enchantment," the influence film has had on his design process, and the importance of new and old architects alike being open to new ideas.
BLOG | Architizer A+ Awards — Final Submissions Due December 19
Architizer's Third Annual A+ Awards is open for submissions with over 93 categories, including 11 new architecture categories and 33 new product categories, until December 19, 2014.
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.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: James Haliburton, AIA
James Haliburton, AIA, talks to Texas Architects about his childhood in Amarillo, his alternative career choice as a superhero, and his vast array of hobbies, including, but not limited to, motorcycles, carpentry, furniture design, rugby, and being a dad.
PDR to Host Pecha Kucha-Style Event at TxA Convention
On Thursday, November 6, as part of our 75th Annual Convention and Design Expo, PDR will host "Archi-Chat," a Pecha Kucha-style event featuring distinguished guests delivering short-form presentations on architecture, urbanism, landscape architecture, digital fabrication, urban agriculture, and more. Meet the presenters.
Hog Pen Creek Residence
High nature is married to high design in Lake|Flato Architects’ Hog Pen Creek Retreat.
Facades+ Dallas Conference
On October 30–31, Dallas's CityPlace Events will host the Facades+ Dallas conference. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn up to 16 AIA CEUs over the course of the two-day conference, and to meet and mingle with the leaders of facade design and construction.
2014 Design Expo Attractions
Featuring 275 exhibitors in the fields of architecture, engineering, and construction, our 2014 Design Expo at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston will be our biggest ever! Discover the latest products and techniques, watch live demonstrations, and make connections with vendors and industry representatives from around the globe.
2015 Design Conference: CRAFT
Architecture Tours and Learning Opportunities
27 February – 1 March
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Sergio Botero, Assoc. AIA
Sergio Botero, Assoc. AIA, talks to Texas Architects about his pursuit of architecture as a profession, growing up in Medellín, Colombia, and his passion for cycling.
Muñoz & Company transformed multiple bottles of colorful soda into a glowing cube called Mestizo City. TxA Design Award juror Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, described the concept as “delightful” and capable of inspiring “sheer joy.”
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Brian Cay, Assoc. AIA
Brain Cay, Assoc. AIA, of PBK talks to Texas Architects about growing up in Kansas and attending college there, why he prefers the computer to the hand sketch, and how young architects can maximize their personal skill set.
Attention Students: Free Convention Registration Plus a $50 Visa Card
The Texas Society of Architects offers two great opportunities for students at the 75th Annual Convention and Design Expo in Houston: free registration, plus the chance to get paid for serving as a session monitor!
The Munday Library makes its place in architectural history by learning from its predecessors, rather than mimicking them, and by finding modern purposes for very old spatial types.
BLOG | Imagine Houston Video
When do you get to spend three uninterrupted days indulging in your passion and focusing on your career? James Furr, FAIA, and 2014 Texas Society of Architects President Val Glitsch, FAIA, invite you to do so by joining them for a one-of-a-kind architectural experience at the 75th Annual Convention and Design Expo in Houston.
2014 Studio Awards — Winners Announced
We are pleased to announce the recipients of our 2014 Studio Awards. The New York-based jury selected five projects among 54 entries as examples of innovation and excellence in design.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Laura Eder, AIA
Laura Eder, AIA, of Good Fulton & Farrell talks to Texas Architects about her alternate profession choice of wedding planner, visiting Fay Jones' Thorncrown Chapel, and her love of wine.
An Interview with Brooke Hodge, Guest Curator at the Nasher
Texas Architect Editor Catherine Gavin interviews the Nasher's Guest Curator Brooke Hodge about the exhibition "Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio."
Do Ho Suh
Do Ho Suh's first major solo exhibition in the U.S. will be on view at The Contemporary Austin from September 20, 2014–January 11, 2015.
The Vision of Paolo Soleri
“The Vision of Paolo Soleri: Prophet in the Desert” by Lisa Scafuro captures the life and times of the futurist architect, urban planner, and environmentalist best known for his Arcosanti settlement.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Chris Sano, AIA
Chris Sano, AIA, of BRW Architects talks to Texas Architects about being inspired by his children's sense of wonder, his architectural pilgrimage to the American Folk Art Museum, and the importance of having fun and enjoying the people you work with.
Making Learning Fun
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.
2014 Texas Architects Honor Awards
The Texas Society of Architects is pleased to announce the recipients our 2014 Honor Awards. These annual awards recognize exceptional members, firms, individuals, and organizations for their outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture, the built environment, and the quality of life in Texas.
A New Sculpture Garden for Austin’s Laguna Gloria
Boston-based landscape architecture firm Reed Hilderbrand is expanding its Texas portfolio and leading the re-imagination of The Contemporary Austin’s historic Laguna Gloria site.
Restaurants by Urbanist Design and Dado Group are causing a stir in San Antonio’s popular Pearl Brewery district.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Ellen Mitchell Kozack, AIA
Ellen Mitchell Kozack, AIA, of HKS talks to Texas Architects about her advice for young professionals, Antoni Gaudí's buildings in Barcelona, and her interest in public interest design.
Fireside Chats: Meet the Speakers
During our 75th Annual Convention and Design Expo, the Society will host Fireside Chats giving emerging professionals an opportunity to sit down with established, notable Texas architects for conversations about their careers, futures, and the profession.
A Tin Gallery
Not only is Brave / Architecture’s Sicardi Gallery intriguing, it is also the latest example of Houston’s secret cohort of tin buildings representing a little-known modern regional architectural expression.
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.
Opportunity Knocks: Derwin Broughton, AIA
Growing up on a small farm in South Carolina was one thing that led Derwin Broughton, AIA, to get involved and give back to the community.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Michael Friebele, Assoc. AIA
Michael Friebele, Assoc. AIA, of Callison talks to Texas Architects about growing up in Missouri, his admiration of Snøhetta's Oslo Opera House, and advising architects to "never stop playing in the sandbox.”
BLOG | Clients' Corner: Vicki Faust's Boutique Hotels
Austin hospitality entrepreneur Vicki Faust talks to Texas Architects Communications Specialist Charlotte Friedley about what it's been like working with Baldridge Architects on her and partner Kimber Cavendish's string of boutique hotels.
Akiko Kotani's latest installation,"Soft Walls," on display at the Woman & Their Work Art Gallery in Austin, exudes the fluidity of a woven textile while drawing inspiration from steel strength.
BLOG | 500 Chicon: PubCom on Sketching
The members of TxA's Publications Committee show off their sketching skills in this edition of "500 Chicon."
2014 Convention: Frequently Asked Questions
The Texas Society of Architects 75th Annual Convention and Design Expo will take place on November 6–8 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. This page provides some answers to frequently asked questions about convention registration, creating your schedule, continuing education credit, and more.
2014 Convention: Volunteer to Help Students
TxA Members: We invite you to help us build a great convention experience for you as well as for emerging professionals across the state by serving as a mentor or host to a participating student.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Jacquelyn Block, AIA
Jacquelyn Block, AIA, of Good, Fulton & Farrell talks to TxA about exploring the Piney Woods region of Texas, deriving inspiration from travels to Turkey and South Africa, and the joys of springtime gardening.
A Container Bar
Entrepreneur Bridget Dunlap's latest, and last, bar on Rainey Street takes a temporary stand in an evolving district.
Soto: The Houston Penetrable
Ten years in the making, Jesús Rafael Soto's "Houston Penetrable" at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston invites you to engage and entangle yourself in the artist's only indoor, site-specific permanent installation.
The Rise of Video as a Tool for Documenting Architecture: An Interview with Frazer|Pogue Collective
Frazer|Pogue Collective discusses the benefits of using video to document architectural projects.
Baldridge Architects’ Outdoor Learning Center at Casis Elementary in Austin has transformed a formerly neglected plot of land next to a parking lot into an open-air classroom in a garden setting.
Menil Drawing Institute
Los Angeles-based architecture firm Johnston Marklee’s proposed design for the Menil Drawing Institute is at once serene and revolutionary.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Candid Rogers, AIA
Candid Rogers, AIA, talks to Texas Architects about growing up on a ranch, his theoretical alternative career, and about young professionals going out and discovering the world through travel.
Rammed earth wall, rippling Venetian plaster, and the colorful blocks of Margo Sawyer-designed art walls — Page’s Torcasso residence achieves the sublime.
TxA Emerging Design + Technology: Call for Papers Deadline Extended to July 15
The 2014 TxA Emerging Design + Technology conference, to be held in conjunction with the Texas Society of Architects 75th Annual Convention and Design Expo, is seeking academic papers for peer-review, publication, and presentation. The abstract submission deadline has been extended to July 15.
BLOG | 500 Chicon: Fallen Tree to Get New Life
A tree lost; an addition to the Texas Architects office gained.
BLOG | Advocacy Update: Understanding Texas' Political Climate
Texas Society of Architects EVP James T. Perry shares a document with details on the 2014 general election, a summary of primary elections, and an overview of budge and tax-related issues to aid you in understanding of the current Texas political climate.
Bercy Chen Studio’s design at the Cascading Creek House sleekly conceal extensive mechanics under the hood of a gorgeous space.
BLOG | Architect Talking to Architects: Larry Paschall, AIA
Larry Paschall, AIA, of HPD Architecture talks to Texas Architects about his fascination with history, visiting the Tower of London, and finding your passions outside of the office.
The Boatmakers' Craft
Shipley Architects designed a Port Townsend, Wash., home that only boat-builders could detail so effortlessly.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Stephen J. Elwood, AIA
Stephen J. Elwood, AIA, of Corgan talks to Texas Architects about growing up in Oklahoma, the importance of the ability to hand draw, and his spare time hobby — furniture building.
2014 Texas Trailbreak Reception in Chicago
Attending the AIA National Convention in Chicago? Don't miss the 2014 Texas Trailbreak Reception, celebrating the elevation of the newest Texas Fellows.
BLOG | Beyond the Boardroom: Chapter Visits Five and Six
TxA EVP James T. Perry reports on his and President-elect Michael Malone's recent chapter visits to AIA Austin and AIA Corpus Christi.
BLOG | Clients' Corner: Gilson Riecken on his Alamo Heights Home
"It was important to us that we work with someone who understands who we are as people and how we live." San Antonio architect-turned-attorney Gilson Riecken talks to TA editor Catherine Gavin about what it was like working with Lake|Flato's Tenna Florian, AIA, on his Alamo Heights home.
Renovating for Play
As illustrated by the recent interior renovation of Collier Library, Brave Architecture and the Houston Public Library system are creating a standard for future rehabilitations of libraries throughout the city.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Jim Henry, AIA
Jim Henry, AIA, of HDR talks to Texas Architects about Christmastime traditions, enjoying unexpected architectural gems, and his advice for emerging professionals.
Preservation Texas Announces 2014 Most Endangered Places
On May 20, Preservation Texas announced its list of the Most Endangered Places in Texas for 2014. Twelve sites made the list, which aims to raise awareness of threatened historical structures to encourage local action while there is still time.
After the Rain
The nonprofit bcWORKSHOP has expanded to the Lower Rio Grande Valley and is bringing its public design process to housing developments outside of Harlingen.
TxA 2014 Design Awards Announced
We are pleased to announce the recipients of our 2014 Design Awards. Sixteen projects were selected from among 221 entries. This year's jurors were: Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, of Marlon Blackwell Architect in Fayetteville, Ark.; Andrea P. Leers, FAIA, of Leers Weinzapfel Associates in Boston; Tim Love, AIA, of Utile in Boston; and Mark Reddington, FAIA, of LMN Architects in Seattle.
BLOG | 500 Chicon: Design Awards Jurors in the Office
The 2014 Design Awards jurors visit 500 Chicon to select this year's recipients.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Mackenzie McHale, AIA
Mackenzie McHale, AIA, of HKS Architects talks to Texas Architects about her deriving inspiration from teaching, visiting one of Frank Lloyd Wright's greats, her penchant Texas libations, and fulfilling her lifelong dream of being a mom.
The Life of a Craftsman: Raymond Brochstein, FAIA
Houston's fearless leader, Raymond Brochstein, FAIA, demonstrates and demands excellence. Rice University professor Nonya Grenader, FAIA, profiles the craftsman, innovator, builder, philanthropist, and businessman who has made so many highly valued contributions to the city.
Preservation Texas Honor Awards
Last November, Preservation Texas announced the winners of its 2013 Honor Awards. The annual competition recognizes outstanding and inspiring accomplishments in historic preservation throughout Texas.
BLOG | Methods to TBAE Success: Part II
Austin-based construction lawyer and AIA Austin board member Matthew C. Ryan shares tips for maintaing a good standing with the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners.
Austin-based architect and UT Austin assistant professor Igor Siddiqui’s latest experiments in plastic have resulted in "Bayou-luminescence," cast from translucent industrial urethane rubber, and “Protoplastic," a series of design experiments exploring the possibilities of biodegradable plastics.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Jamie Crawley, AIA
Jamie Crawley, AIA, talks to Texas Architects about posting to #coffeesketch, inspiration derived from graffiti, his pilgrimage to the great American treasure of Fallingwater, and sharing the joys of soccer with his daughter.
BLOG | Methods to TBAE Success: Part I
Austin-based construction lawyer and AIA Austin board member Matthew C. Ryan shares tips for maintaing a good standing with the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners.
BLOG | 500 Chicon: Mentorship Match-Up
TxA's Career Building Committee launches its second year of mentorship match-ups.
AIA Selects 2014 COTE Top Ten Projects
The American Institute of Architects and its Committee on the Environment have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and ecological design projects that protect and enhance the environment. The projects will be honored at the AIA 2014 National Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago.
Demolition of the American Folk Art Museum
As demolition of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien's American Folk Art Museum building gets underway in New York City, The Architect's Newspaper Executive Editor Alan G. Brake explores the controversy ignited by this decision, and what it says about the public's appreciation for architecture.
BLOG | From an Architect's Desk
As National Architecture Week draws to a close, we invite you to contemplate the notion of the "Architect's Desk" with a video compilation of contributions to our recent Instagram hashtag event, #frommydesk, where we asked our followers to show us what it means to be an architect.
BLOG | 2014 Architizer A+ Awards: Texas Winners
Three Texas Architecture firms take home Architizer A+ Awards.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Nicholas Banks, Assoc. AIA, of Houston
Nicholas Banks, Assoc. AIA, of PDR talks to Texas Architects about his predilection for designing in pen, "springtime" in Houston, and advice he has for upcoming architects.
Louis Kahn Plays the Organ
Philip Hendren, AIA, recounts how in 1970, in a home in Old West Austin, Louis Kahn played the organ for a crowd of 400. Kahn's impromptu performance took place at a reception following the legendary architect's standing-room-only lecture at UT Austin.
BLOG | 500 Chicon: 2014 Design Awards Entries Are In!
On April 3, 2014, submissions for the Texas Society of Architects' 2014 Design Awards came to a close. See how the competition stacks up.
BLOG | Advocacy Update: The New World of Texas Politics — What It Means for You
Texas Society of Architects "Advocacy Update" blog post by David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, about the changing climate of Texas politics and how it concerns architectural interests.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: John Gates, AIA, of McAllen
John Gates, AIA, of Boultinghouse Simpson Gates Architects talks to Texas Architects about his "severely limited" taste in music, the town of Park City, Utah, and his tools of choice for architectural renderings.
BLOG | Beyond the Boardroom: Three Days in D.C. at AIA Grassroots
Executive Vice President James T. Perry reports on attending AIA Grassroots in Washington D.C. and strolling around the city with Val Glitsch, FAIA; Michael Malone, AIA; and Dan Hart, FAIA.
Midland's Rhotenberry Wellen Architects looked to traditional agrarian structures for the inspiration for the design and materiality of the Dietert Ranch retreat in Real County.
Austin 1964! Preservation Austin Homes Tour
On Saturday, April 5, Preservation Austin will host its 22nd Annual Homes Tour, "Austin 1964!" The event will focus on mid-1960s residences.
BLOG | 500 Chicon: Elizabeth Danze, FAIA, Talks Convention Futures
Texas Architects staffer Charlotte Friedley chats with Elizabeth Danze, FAIA, of Austin's Danze Blood Architects, about her role on the Society's Convention Futures Committee.
At the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, the wilderness has been tamed and a campus created. Inga Saffron, architecture critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer, weighs in on the new Renzo Piano Pavilion.
Re-Flex by RTKL Associates
Parametric design and digital fabrication create a responsive modular system focused on filtering light.
Threading a Garden Hose
Brooklyn artist Justin Cooper's woven green garden hose creates a sculptural object as it meanders through Austin's testsite gallery and garden as curated by Texas Architect contributor Rachel Adams.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Davey McEathron, AIA
In this “Architects Talking to Architects” post on the Texas Society of Architects blog, Davey McEathron, AIA, of Carter Design Associates talks to Texas Architects about the becoming an architect in his 40s, playing in indie rock bands, and enjoying sweltering Austin summers.
BLOG | Media and Technology in Architecture: The Morpholio Project App
Ken Ethridge, Jr., AIA, of Ethridge and Company in Austin, reviews Morpholio, a free app that architects and designers can use to present, share, and discuss their work via private or public forums.
Well Crafted Objects: UH Students Take On Product Design
The UH product design course Architecture and the Object is giving architecture students an opportunity to evaluate and respond to current consumer culture by developing high-quality, shelf-ready products. Students not only design their products, but also gain hands-on experience with everything from manufacturing to production to retail.
Art in the Park
The Patrick Doughtery stickwork installation "Boogie Woogie" is part of Hermann Park's Art in the Park centennial celebration, which throughout 2014 is highlighting the important role the park has played in the city's history, and its value for Houston's residents.
Capturing the Alamo: A Database of Architectural History
Built by the Spanish Empire in the 18th century, the Alamo has had many lives. A research team led by Professor Robert Warden, RA, of Texas A&M's Center for Heritage Conservation, is using laser scanning and other emergent technologies to document the landmark in its present state, and build a three-dimensional database cataloguing its evolution.
BLOG | Beyond the Boardroom: Looking Ahead in 2014
Executive Vice President James T. Perry reports on staying up to date with AIA developments, legislative efforts to reduce the architectural threshold, and other activities the Society is looking forward to in the coming months.
Beyond the Box
The Paisano Green Community in El Paso, by Workshop8, is educating residents to be stewards of their environment. It is the first net zero, LEED Platinum-certified low-income senior housing project in the city.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Matthew Faulkner, AIA
In this “Architects Talking to Architects” post on the Texas Society of Architects blog, Matthew Faulkner, AIA, co-founder of PACT Design Studio talks to Texas Architects about his love of woodworking, finding inspiration in pop culture, and his assortment of musical preferences.
Texas Architects Speakers Bureau
Interested in having an architect present at your upcoming event? The Texas Society of Architects offers a Speakers Bureau that matches engaging, experienced member architects with important audiences around the state.
BLOG | SNEAK PEEK at Texas Architect’s New Feature –– "Products"
Texas Architect magazine heralds in a new “Products” section, curated by Rita Orrell, in the March/April issue.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Johanna Reed, Assoc. AIA
In this “Architects Talking to Architects” post, Johanna Reed of Dick Clark + Associates talks to Texas Architects about the magic of drawing in pencil, her love affair with the American West, and her reasons for wanting to go to Greece so badly.
AIA Announces 2014 Fellows — 21 Texas Architects Named
The American Institute of Architects has announced the newest members of the AIA College of Fellows. Among the 139 members elevated to Fellowship in 2014, 21 are from the state of Texas. Congratulations to all the recipients of this prestigious honor. Only about 3,000 of AIA's total 80,000 members hold this distinction.
Reflections | Design Conference 2014
During the Jan. 31–Feb. 2 weekend, architects hailing from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Mexico convened in Austin for the Texas Society of Architects’ Third Annual Design Conference: Borderlands. The three-day conference was filled with world-class presentations by renowned architects, intriguing tours, and stimulating conversation among architectural peers.
BLOG | Lorena Toffer, AIA, of Dallas Receives 2014 AIA Young Architects Award
Congratulations are in order for Texas Architect Lorena Toffer, AIA. Toffer, a member of AIA Dallas and an associate at Corgan, is among the 18 recipients of this year's AIA Young Architects Award.
BLOG | DesCon 2014 Held in Austin This Past Weekend
This past weekend, the Texas Society of Architects hosted our Third Annual Design Conference: Borderlands in Austin. Over 50 people were in attendance for the three-day event, which was filled with presentations, tours, and stimulating discussions.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Julien Meyrat, AIA
In this “Architects Talking to Architects” post, Julien Meyrat, AIA, of RTKL Associates in Dallas talks to Texas Architects about growing up around the world, finding inspiration in historic rural landscapes, and his volunteer efforts in the City of Rockwall.
BLOG | Bringing It Home: AIA Brazos Presents TxA Citation to Bryan City Council
On January 14, AIA Brazos chapter members had an opportunity to locally and publicly present one of Texas Architects' 2013 Citation of Honor awards to the 23 city council members it was intended to recognize.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Kirby Zengler, AIA
Kirby Zengler, AIA, is an associate at JHP Architecture in Dallas. He received his MArch degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and joined the firm in 2002. Zengler leads the Whole Community Design initiative on behalf of JHP.
LRGV AIA Tour: Small-Town Architecture of Weslaco
On September 26, participants in the 21st Annual Building Communities Conference, hosted by the Lower Rio Grande Valley AIA, took part in a one-day tour exploring the architecture of Weslaco. The buildings toured were completed between the 1920s and 1950s and illustrate how architecture conserves community identity.
Oklahoma's 21st Century Park: Myriad Botanical Gardens
Downtown Oklahoma City’s Myriad Botanical Gardens recently received a huge face-lift from The Office of James Burnett in collaboration with David Epstein, AIA, of Gensler’s Austin office. The reinvigorated park's beautiful pavilions and diversity of gardens are attracting people from all over the city.
Snøhetta's College Park Pavilion
Deceptively simple in plan, Snøhetta's first built work in Texas has become a gathering place for the community, and along with the other Park Pavilions of Dallas, it is encouraging people to step out of their comfort zone and explore unfamiliar parts of the city.
Steep, arid river banks in Big Bend; vast, open spaces with trains running through them; lines of containers waiting to move here or there — the large-format photographs of Victoria Sambunaris (American, b. 1964) depict the harsh climate and evidence of trade along the U.S.-Mexico border.
AIA Dallas 2013 Design Awards
The AIA Dallas Design Awards recognize outstanding work by Dallas architects, both in the metropolitan area and around the globe. Juries honored designs that respond to unique cultural, social, environmental, and contextual challenges.
2013 TAC Contributors
The Texas Architects Committee thanks all our 2013 contributors for their generous donations in support of our advocacy efforts on behalf of our membership.
Val Glitsch, FAIA, Texas Architects 2014 President
This January, the Texas Society of Architects welcomes Val Glitsch, FAIA, as president. Glitsch is principal of Val Glitsch Architect in Houston and has more than 15 years of leadership with the Society. She was profiled in the November/December issue of Texas Architect.
2014 Texas Architects Leadership
This past November, Texas Society of Architects members elected nominees for 2014 leadership during the Society's Annual Business Session in Fort Worth. Val Glitsch, FAIA, of Houston was elected 2014 president; Michael Malone, AIA, of Dallas was voted president-elect.
Talking Shop with Four Under 40
Career building, like any other kind of building, can be a tricky business, but these four under 40 are making their way by starting new firms and building leadership in small communities.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Ryan Flener, Assoc. AIA
Ryan Flener, Assoc. AIA, of Good Fulton & Farrell talks to Texas Architects about hailing from Louisville, being a music snob, and his preference for the pen sketch.
BLOG | Advocacy Update: Robinson Wins!
Texas Architect David W. Robinson, AIA, was elected to the Houston City Council in a Dec. 14 run-off. The Society's Senior Advocate David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, reports on the race.
BLOG | Media and Technology in Architecture | Sourcing New Materials
"Half the battle is often knowing where to start the search." In our latest "Media and Technology in Architecture" post, Brinn Miracle, AIA, of PDR in Houston describes a number of online resources for sourcing, researching, and trying out new building products.
The Blaffer Reworked
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.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Danelle Briscoe, Assoc. AIA
Danelle Briscoe, Assoc. AIA, assistant professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, talks to Texas Architects about growing up in Galveston, garage-saling, and her first trip to Istanbul.
Completing the Circle
An ambitious partnership between St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin and Andersson-Wise Architects has transformed the original Fehr & Granger campus with five new buildings.
2014 Design Conference: Borderlands
Architecture Tours and Learning Opportunities
31 January – 2 February
BLOG | Justin Oscilowski, Assoc. AIA, Contributing to the Craft
Justin Oscilowski, Assoc. AIA, of Austin's PageSoutherlandPage, jumped at the chance to volunteer for our 2013 Convention Committee and played a key role in transforming the ideas for the Craftsmen's Square into reality.
What Starts Here ...
Three new buildings on The University of Texas at Austin campus — the Belo Center for New Media, Norman Hackerman Building, and College of Liberal Arts Building — push the envelope and interpret design guidelines in creative ways.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Francisco Gomes, AIA
"I find considerable inspiration in construction. Not just the materials and technical assemblies of our buildings, but the people, tools, and cultures of their construction." Francisco Gomes, AIA, of Austin's Gomes+Staub talks to Texas Architects.
2013 Convention Attendee Continuing Education Credit
Review your 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo Learning Unit Hours, and confirm that your convention certificate and AIA transcript is correct. You can also review the new Continuing Education standards, and how this may affect your licensure renewal in the future.
2013 Convention Survey
Did you attend the Texas Society of Architects 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo? If so, tell us how we did. We would love your help in making next year's convention even better!
Animal House: Thoughts on Cross-Species Design Collaborations
AnimalArchitecture.org is a web-based platform dedicated to an ongoing investigation into the performative role of design in ecology. Founder and Director Ned Dodington, Assoc. AIA, writes about the questions explored by the site, which presents a curated collection of works demonstrating the powerful collaborations between human and non-human architects.
BLOG | Texas Architects Board Responds to AIA Restructuring
At its September 2013 meeting, the AIA Board of Directors approved a motion to allow planning for a new board structure. Executive Vice President James T. Perry discusses the Society's position on the proposed changes and why the issue matters to members.
More Than Skin Deep: University of Houston's New Medical Building
This article from the November/December 2013 issue of Texas Architect explores facade treatments at the new University of Houston Health and Biomedical Sciences Building. The center was designed by Shepley Bulfinch of Boston, with Houston's Bailey Architects serving as the architect of record.
On the Proposed Reorganization of the AIA Board
Former AIA Board Representative Bill T. Wilson II, FAIA, has written an open letter to Texas architects regarding the proposed restructuring of the AIA board. Read the letter outlining his concerns about the new governance model, and share your thoughts.
Streamlining the Path to Licensure
Over the past 40 years, the requirements for architectural licensure have increased tremendously terms of time and cost to the candidate. In 2012, Texas Architects teamed up with representatives of other AIA "large states" to examine the ARE and IDP process and propose changes for a simpler, more efficient system. The Licensing Task Force findings and recommendations are now available.
Giesecke and Vosper at Texas A&M
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.
Texas Architects' IgCC Roadmap
Over the past four years, Texas Architects has monitored and participated in the development of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), and provided significant input into its refinement and development. Our IgCC Task Force has developed this Road Map to guide those officials contemplating or actually adopting the IgCC.
BLOG | Media and Technology in Architecture | Flipboard Aggregator App
In our latest Media and Technology in Architecture post on the Texas Architects blog, Ken Ethridge, AIA, compares the Flipboard news aggregator app to Zite.
BLOG | Repositioning the Institute: What It Means to the Texas Society of Architects
AIA National Board Member John Nyfeler, FAIA, discusses progress on the AIA Repositioning Initiative and the impact of planned changes for Texas Architects.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Helen Pierce, AIA
Helen Pierce, AIA, of Alamo Architects in San Antonio chats with Texas Architects about her family's Sears, Roebuck & Co. mail order home, the sights and sounds of New York City, and painting as a possible alternative profession.
Licensed Architect Fingerprinting to be Available at the 2013 Convention
On June 24, 2013, HB 1717 was signed into law. This Texas Legislature house bill adds architects to the list of professions requiring fingerprinting as part of their licensure renewal. The Texas Society of Architects has taken steps to make this transition easier for architects across Texas.
BLOG | Advocacy News: AIA Announces 2014 Call for Issues Survey
James R. Nader, FAIA, a Texas representative to the AIA Board Advocacy Committee, invites you to share your views on the AIA policy issues that matter most by taking the 2014 Call for Issues Survey. We appreciate your help in shaping the message that AIA takes to Capitol Hill next year.
Architizer's 2nd Annual A+ Awards: Call for Entries
The Texas Society of Architects and Architizer would like to announce the 2nd Annual A+ Awards, dedicated to the best architecture, spaces, and products in the world. The early entry deadline is November 1st.
BLOG | Media and Technology in Architecture | Media Consumption: How to Get Your Fill
In "Media and Technology in Architecture," a new series on the Texas Architects blog, Brinn Miracle, AIA, provides some tips for organizing and consuming the vast amounts of architectural information available online.
Surrounded by sandburs, the sea breeze, and a wide airstrip, the Fire|Beach House in Galveston is a surprising piece of contemporary architecture.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Alexer Taganas, Assoc. AIA
Alexer Taganas, Assoc. AIA, of Webber + Studio in Austin talks to Texas Architects about choosing buildings over Broadway, his time in Berlin, and a somewhat off-putting yet surprisingly effective technique for sketching.
CE Session Sponsorship Opportunities
Members and/or their firms have an opportunity to support a continuing education session of their choice at the Texas Society of Architects 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo.
BLOG | Beyond the Boardroom: Past Presidents Convene in Santa Fe
Executive Vice President James T. Perry reports on the most recent gathering of the Society's past presidents. "Every three years, the past presidents of the Texas Society of Architects come together in Santa Fe, N.M., for a meeting hosted by the current president-elect. This being one of those years, Val Glitsch, FAIA, hosted the event this past weekend at the St. Francis Hotel."
Texas Dance Halls
An under-researched category of Texas vernacular architecture, dance halls have played a fundamental role in the development of both rural and urban Texas communities, identities, and cultures.
Workplace Design Trends
Released every five years, Gensler's U.S. Workplace Survey sheds light on the relationship between office design and business performance. Michael Friebele, Assoc. AIA, of Laguarda.Low Architects discusses what the 2013 survey reveals about trends in the design of collaboration spaces and the role of choice in team member satisfaction.
AIA Houston Design Awards
In July, AIA Houston announced the recipients of its 2013 Design Awards. The competition recognizes the best projects completed within the last five years that are either located in the Houston metropolitan area or designed by an architect based there.
Ryann Ford’s Rest Stops
With “Rest Stops: Vanishing Relics of the American Roadside,” architectural photographer Ryann Ford seeks to capture relics of a bygone era of leisurely road travel across the Southwest.
Exploring Future Workflows with TEX-FAB
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.
Latitudes: Architecture in the Americas
Latitudes: 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.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Christopher L. Sanders, AIA
Christopher Sanders, AIA, of Sanders Architecture in Austin talks to Texas Architects about childhood lessons in sustainability, and the inspirational places his education and career have taken him.
Down and Up House
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.
Des M. Taylor, Hon. AIA (1943–2013)
Des M. Taylor, Hon. AIA, executive vice president of the Texas Society of Architects from 1973-1988, passed away on August 27. David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, pays tribute to Taylor and his leadership, which helped transform the Society into an exemplary model for AIA components across the country.
2013 Texas Architects Honor Awards
The Texas Society of Architects announces the recipients our 2013 Honor Awards. These annual awards recognize exceptional members, firms, individuals, and organizations for their outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture, the built environment, and the quality of life in Texas.
Tour Italy and the Adriatic with Texas Architects: Sept. 10-19, 2014
"I know I’m not alone in planning vacations around buildings I want to see. I’ve talked to many architects who chuckle knowingly when I relay my habit for indulging my interest in a building past the reasonable limits of patience of my family. The solution? Travel with other architects." — Dan Hart, FAIA
BLOG | Advocacy Update: SAC Fingerprinting Requirements
The Society's Senior Advocate David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, shares the Society's position on the Sunset Advisory Commission's fingerprinting requirement passed during the 83rd Legislative Session. The recommendation was part of the TBAE Sunset review bill.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Yen Ong, AIA
Texas Architects talks to Yen Ong, AIA, of 5G Studio in Dallas. Born in Jakarta, Ong's design perspective is cross-culturally informed through his studies in Indonesia, Singapore, Italy, and the United States.
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.
BLOG | Beyond the Boardroom: TxA Board Meeting Held in Vancouver
Texas Architects EVP James T. Perry reports on the latest meeting of our Board of Directors, which reviewed the progress made by the Society so far in 2013.
Max Levy, FAIA, knows how to bring daylight into a room in beautiful and creative ways. “Light Sails,” rods, trellises, and apertures in the ceiling — these sketches demonstrate why he is a master of light.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Christy Seals, AIA, of Austin
Christy Seals, AIA, of Loop Design clears up a misconception about architects and talks about how the process of figuring out how to communicate design ideas to non-architects can start in school.
"What Does Architecture Do?"
On October 18, the Society treated convention attendees and the public to our first-ever PechaKucha Night. The event featured nine Texas artists and architects waxing poetic on what inspires them. View remarks by incoming President, Larry Speck, FAIA, on the power of architecture to make a difference.
2013 Annual Convention Awards Schedule
Throughout our 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo, the Texas Society of Architects will be honoring outstanding members, firms, and Texas projects with awards commemorating their outstanding achievements and efforts.
Volunteer to Support Students During the 2013 Convention
The Annual Convention and Design Expo is an inspiring, galvanizing moment of cross-pollination for Texas architects — but some of our members could use your support. We invite you to help us build a great convention experience for you as well as for Emerging Professionals across the state by serving as a mentor or host to a participating student.
Emerging Professional Opportunities at the 2013 Annual Convention
Our 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo in Fort Worth offers fantastic opportunities, programs, and events to help Emerging Professionals make connections and lay the groundwork for their future careers.
Continuing Education at the 2013 Design Expo: Schedule at a Glance
The Texas Society of Architects 2013 Design Expo will not only feature some of the biggest vendors in the AEC industry — it will also offer abundant Continuing Education (CE) opportunities.
2013 Design Expo Attractions
Featuring more than 200 exhibitors in the fields of architecture, engineering and construction, our 2013 Design Expo will be our biggest ever! Discover the latest products and technologies, watch live demonstrations, and make connections with vendors and industry representatives from across the nation.
"Transformation is What We Do"
Texas Architects President Larry Speck, FAIA, invites you to attend our 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo, themed "Transformation." The convention will take place in Fort Worth on November 7-9.
Behind the Lens with Richard Payne, FAIA
An icon and indisputably the dean of architectural photographers in Texas, Richard Payne, FAIA, has been a registered architect since 1964 and a full-time architectural photographer for almost 45 years.
Seher Shah’s “Constructed Landscapes”
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.
TxA 2013 Studio Awards Announced
The Society is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2013 Studio Awards. Jurors met in New York City on July 18 and selected four designs from among the 59 entries submitted to the competition. Congratulations to all this year's recipients!
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Gianna Pigford, AIA, of Dallas
Mississippi-raised Gianna Pigford, AIA, a project architect at Gensler, talks to Texas Architects about the impact of growing up in a small town, her passion for fashion design, and why she dedicates so much of her time to mentoring and advocating for women and youth.
2013 TEX-FAB Finalists Announced
This week, TEX-FAB *Digital Fabrication Alliance, a nonprofit connecting design professionals, academics, and manufacturers interested in using digital technology to explore new industry relationships, announced the finalists of its 2013 competition, “SKIN.” Four proposals were selected to move on to the next round. The eventual winner will be built at full scale through TEX-FAB's fabrication partnership with ZAHNER. The winning design will then be exhibited at the next TEX-FAB conference.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Roman McAllen, Assoc. AIA
In this installment, we talk with Roman McAllen, Assoc. AIA, a planner for the City of Brownsville and coordinator of its Facade Improvement Grant Program. McAllen discusses how he developed an appreciation for architectural modeling, where he gets his inspiration, and the next building he wants to see for himself.
Waller Creek’s Creek Show
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.
Soo Sunny Park's "Unwoven Light" Installation at Rice
From April 11 through August 30, 2013, Soo Sunny Park's installation "Unwoven Light" animates Rice Gallery's expansive space, transforming it into a shimmering world of light, shadow, and brilliant color.
AIA Austin 2013 Design Awards
In April, AIA Austin announced the recipients of its 2013 Design Awards. The competition recognizes outstanding architectural projects by members and promotes public interest in architectural excellence. This year's jury included Craig Kolstad, Assoc. AIA, of Dallas; Lauren Rottet, FAIA, of Houston; and Teresa Rosano, AIA, of Tucson, Ariz.
Remain in Light
RE:site and METALAB, two Houston-based firms of artists, designers, and architects, recently installed “Memory Cloud,” a light-based an installation that creatively embodies campus life, at the Texas A&M University Memorial Student Center.
Daylighting Design Process: Two Cases
Daylighting was a primary design driver in two recent Austin projects: the plans for the upcoming Central Library by the joint venture of Lake|Flato Architects and Shepley Bulfinch, and the McGarrah Jessee office renovation by McKinney York Architects. While each team used a different approach to create its design, both achieved compelling daylit spaces.
AIA Houston Recognizes Student Health Center Proposals
Students from the schools of architecture at UTSA, UT Austin and Texas Tech recently explored ways to improve healthcare architecture through a design competition hosted by AIA Houston’s Committee on Architecture for Health.
Preservation Texas' Annual Honor Awards: Call for Nominations
Preservation Texas has announced the call for nominations for its annual Honor Awards program, which recognizes outstanding and inspiring accomplishments in historic preservation across the state. Nominations will be accepted through September 13.
BLOG | Architects Interviewing Architects: Matt Fajkus, AIA, of Austin
On Barcelona: "I enjoy the fact that a dense urban core is immediately surrounded by nature, including mountains and the sea, rather than endless suburbia." — Matt Fajkus, AIA, of MF Architecture in Austin talks to Texas Architects about photographing and sketching the famed Spanish city, and finding inspiration in films by Jacques Tati and Wes Anderson.
Texas Architect Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, to Lead AIA in 2015
At the recent AIA National Convention, held on June 20-22 in Denver, Texas Architect Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, was elected 2014 First Vice President and 2015 President of AIA. Richter, currently a member of the AIA National Board of Directors, is CEO of Richter Architects in Corpus Christi and a past president of the Society.
Restoring San Antonio's Spanish Missions
The discovery of original Spanish frescoes in San Antonio’s Mission Concepción guided the building's interior restoration, led by Carolyn Peterson, FAIA, of Ford, Powell & Carson. The firm has also completed restorations of Missions San Juan and San José, helping to preserve an integral part of the city's history.
Member News — June 2013
Members of the Texas Society of Architects play a vital role in maintaining and supporting Texas architecture. Join us in welcoming our newest members, and in congratulating promotions and new hires at Texas firms.
BLOG | Advocacy Update: Texas 83rd Legislative Session Wrap-up
Texas Architects Senior Advocate David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, recaps the Society's advocacy work during the 83rd Regular Legislative Session, which concluded on May 27.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Darren Heine, AIA, of Brenham
"We architects need to be more assertive and speak up about the things we are passionate about. I've found that our clients want us to lead. Credibility and trust are earned as a result.” — Darren Heine, AIA, of Brenham's BBA Architects, talks to Texas Architects about process, inspiration, and what he’s learned from his time on city boards.
Texas Trailbreak Reception
Attending the AIA National Convention in Denver? Don't miss the 2013 Texas Trailbreak Reception, celebrating the elevation of the newest Texas Fellows, all their accomplishments, and all things Texan!
Conference Focuses on Sustainable Building Strategies
The Gulf Coast Green Symposium and Expo, presented annually by AIA Houston, is the leading green building conference in the region. This year's symposium took place on May 2. TxA Historic Resources Committee member Alexis McKinney, AIA, of Houston, presented at the conference and reports on the sustainable strategies explored by the event's keynote speakers: Barbara Campagna, FAIA, Ellen Dunham-Jones, AIA, and Annie Leonard.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Bob Bullis, AIA
In this installment of "Architects Talking to Architects," Bob Bullis, AIA, shares his passion for watercolor painting, gives a shout-out to the AIA, and talks about finally fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming "Bob the Builder."
Rehabilitation in Downtown Houston
The recent renovation of Houston's 1932 Wilson Stationery and Printing Company Building, now known simply as 500 Fannin, as well as a slew of other successful preservation projects in the area, are helping the city recapture the spirit of its past.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Murray Legge, FAIA
In this installment of "Architects Talking to Architects," Murray Legge, FAIA, discusses his childhood in a colorful Canadian town, how a Cooper Union education shaped his choice of design tools, and the inspiring art of Katsushika Hokusai and Karl Blossfeldt.
THC Courthouse Preservation Program Threatened
Funding for the Texas Historical Commission's Historic Courthouse Preservation Program is expected to be dramatically reduced by appropriations committees in the House and Senate this week. Read the advocacy alert issued by Preservation Texas, and a statement by Mark Wolfe, executive director of the Texas Historical Commission.
Thomas McKittrick, FAIA: 1934–2013
Thomas McKittrick, FAIA, of Houston, professor emeritus at the Texas A&M College of Architecture and a former president of the Society, passed away on April 23. Three of McKittrick's close friends and colleagues — John Only Greer, FAIA, Richard Payne, FAIA, and Martha Murphree, Hon. AIA — shared their personal and professional recollections of the architect with Texas Architects.
Hotel Settles: A Bell Cow Rings Again
For more than 30 years, Hotel Settles was a Big Spring eyesore, but thanks to the vision of developer G. Brint Ryan and a six-year historical rehabilitation project, the 15-story Classical Revival/Art Deco hotel has a new lease on life.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Jesse Hager, AIA
Jesse Hager, AIA, a partner at CONTENT in Houston, talks to Texas Architects about an idyllic childhood in Washington state, his passion for the pen sketch, and where he turns to for inspiration.
William D. Kendall, FAIA: 1942-2013
In February, the Texas architecture community lost influential member William D. Kendall, FAIA, a co-founder of Kendall/Heaton Associates in Houston. Laurence C. Burns Jr., FAIA, principal at Kendall/Heaton, reflects on Kendall's career and the successes achieved by the firm under his leadership.
2013 Design Conference Wrap-Up
The Second Annual Texas Architects Design Conference: Collections was held in Dallas on Feb. 22-24, 2013. Keynote speakers included New York's Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi of Weiss/Manfredi, and Thomas Phifer of Thomas Phifer and Partners.
TxA 2013 Design Awards Announced
The Society is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2013 Design Awards. This year's jurors included Julie Eizenberg of Koning Eizenberg in Santa Monica, Calif., Douglas Stockman of el dorado in Kansas City, Mo., and Ann Beha of Ann Beha Architects in Boston. Eleven designs were selected from among 207 entries. These projects will be featured in the September/October issue of Texas Architect magazine.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Tiffany Robinson Long, AIA
Tiffany Robinson Long, AIA, of Marmon Mok in San Antonio talks to Texas Architects about the moment she realized she could never be a doctor, her embarrassing rap phase, and a stunning architectural juxtaposition she'll never forget.
AIA West Texas Design Awards
The AIA West Texas Design Awards program recognizes member projects that reflect excellence in design, regardless of size, budget or type. Four projects were singled out for Honor Awards in 2012.
2014 Keynote Speaker: Neri Oxman, MIT Media Lab
Neri Oxman is the Sony Corporation Career Development Professor, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, and Research Group Director at the MIT Media Lab, where she directs the Mediated Matter research group. She is an award-winning designer who looks to nature for practical design solutions.
2014 Keynote Speaker: Alex Steffen, IDEO
Alex Steffen is the Planetary Futurist in Residence at IDEO. He is also the author of "Carbon Zero: Imagining Cities That Can Save the Planet" and the visionary behind Worldchanging.com, which under his leadership became the second-largest sustainability website.
BLOG | Beyond the Boardroom: TxA Board Meets in Marfa
Executive Vice President James Perry recaps the recent Texas Architects board meeting in Marfa. "The location provided a superb opportunity to be removed from familiar surroundings, investigate a different community’s fabric, and focus on the work of the Society," says Perry.
Governor Appoints Three to TBAE
On April 29, the Office of Governor Rick Perry announced that three members, including Texas Architect Charles Anastos, AIA, of Corpus Christi, have been appointed to the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners. The board regulates the practice of architecture, landscape architecture and interior design throughout the state.
Sustainable Design: Montrose Market HEB, Houston
Planning for Houston's Montrose Market HEB was not without controversy, but the client and architects found successful ways to engage the community in the design process. Today, almost two years out, the Lake|Flato-designed store is working very well on a variety of levels.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Steven Schloss, AIA
In this installment of "Architects Talking to Architects," self-proclaimed hotel brat Steven Schloss, AIA, talks about how he left behind a career in web and graphic design — and found his true calling as an architect.
LEED Platinum for Bush Presidential Center
The George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas is the first presidential library to earn Platinum certification for new construction from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). While the center's architectural design may be controversial, its commitment to sustainability is not.
The City of Austin and its Parks and Recreation Department are soliciting the public’s ideas on the adaptive reuse of the Seaholm Intake Facility and surrounding parkland. A series of open houses will be held this week to educate residents about the building's history and gather their thoughts on its future.
Standing Up to the Strip Mall
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.
TxA Partner Membership Now Available
The Texas Society of Architects Board of Directors recently voted to create a new membership category, the Partner Member, with the goal of expanding and diversifying our discussion about architecture. Now available, this membership is open to non-architects interested in becoming involved with the Society.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Scott Specht, AIA
In our new blog column "Architects Talking to Architects," Austin architect Scott Specht, AIA, shares his love of highly engineered yet usually unnoticed materials, and what he finds fascinating about cities like Hong Kong and Tokyo.
Architect Profile: Derwin Broughton, AIA
In this interview for Texas Architect, Derwin Broughton, AIA, shares his thoughts on receiving a 2013 AIA Young Architects Award, the ability of architecture to transform a community, and how YAF is filling the gap to help develop the profession's future leaders.
A Fresh Patina
The Gensler-designed Patina store, a new retail concept offering floor and wall-covering products along with in-house interior design consultation in Dallas, is an ambitious attempt by Acme Brick to fill a void in the marketplace while creating an entirely new shopping model.
Architect Profile: Jennifer A. Workman, AIA
Texas architect Jennifer A. Workman, AIA, based in Dallas, was honored by AIA with a 2013 Young Architects Award for her leadership role in advocating for the needs of emerging professionals within the society. In this recent interview with AIA, Workman discusses the guiding principles for her design work, and the projects she finds most inspiring.
As part of the ongoing efforts to strengthen our bonds with the schools of architecture in Texas, the Texas Society of Architects is launching our First Annual TxA Interactive, a peer-reviewed presentation and publication program, to be held in conjunction with our 2013 Convention and Design Expo.
Historic preservation is transforming small towns across the state. There is a new awareness of the beautiful turn-of-the-century buildings that line the Main Streets of many rural communities. An excellent example of the enthusiasm and energy generated by historic preservation can be found in Cuero, Texas.
Society Unveils New Academic Member Designation
This past January, the Board of the Texas Society of Architects created a new membership category, "Academic Member." This designation was created at the behest of Texas Architects President Larry Speck, FAIA, in order to strengthen the bond between architectural educators and practitioners. Read his letter to the academic community, and get more details about becoming an Academic Member.
Key Indicators Reflect Growth in Construction Industry
In her latest Weekly Economic Outlook, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Susan Combs reported that several key economic indicators, including single- and multi-family housing permits, are on the rise.
Texas Architects Member News – April 2013
Members of the Texas Society of Architects play a vital role in maintaining and supporting Texas architecture. Join us in welcoming our newest members, and in congratulating promotions and new hires at Texas firms.
BLOG | Advocacy Update: Eight Weeks To Go!
"This is the point in the session when we usually see mischief begin to creep into the process." Senior Advocate David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, provides a summary of the Society's early efforts during the 83rd Legislative Session – and the things we're watching out for.
Creating Community with Ardis Clinton, AIA
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.
Campus Health Care
The renovated Arizona State University Health Services Building creates a sense of health and wellness within an efficient, functional design that reinforces the campus fabric. The Lake|Flato project received an AIA San Antonio Merit Award and was recently featured in Architectural Record.
BLOG | Beyond the Boardroom: AIA Repositioning/Grassroots
As a relative newcomer (2+ years) to the Texas Society of Architects and AIA, last week I attended Grassroots for the third time, participating with great interest and learning a good deal more about the Institute’s processes, staff and board. The AIA “repositioning” effort seems to me to be a very good development for all.
Paperwork: Plans for a New Campus at Austin's Highland Mall
Right now, Austin’s Highland Mall sits largely abandoned. However, Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects’ proposal for the redevelopment of a former department store into a new Austin Community College campus floods the interior with light and activates the exterior with student gathering spaces.
VIDEO: 20x20 With Michael Malone, AIA
Watch a Pecha Kucha presentation by Dallas architect Michael Malone, AIA, in which he discusses frontality and rotation using the paintings of Le Corbusier, William Bailey, and others whose art has explored these theoretical concepts.
Artworks by Renowned Artist Sol LeWitt Come to Austin
On March 21, Landmarks will host an opening celebration for two works by artist Sol LeWitt new to The University of Texas campus. The day will feature a free public lecture about LeWitt, and a special lunch event offering guided tours of the artwork.
Pioneering Shopping Malls
Highland Park Village and NorthPark Center in Dallas and the Galleria in Houston all blazed trails as shopping centers that spurred urban development. Today, they continue to be examples of successful retail design projects which from their inception sought to create a unique sense of place.
PubCom Travels To Tyler
On March 8-9, the Society's Publications Committee met in historic Tyler, Texas, for its annual retreat. Charlie Burris, AIA, reports on the weekend's events — and the area's rich architectural history.
In the ever-changing world of retail design, flexibility, simplicity, curb appeal, and storage are fundamental to continued success. Keepers, Eliza Page, and Rogue Running — all local Austin retailers — were pioneers of downtown shopping, and their continued relevance is a promising sign.
Radiating Pattern Exhibit Transforms Rice Gallery
In "Wheel of Everyday Life," on view at Houston's Rice Gallery through this Sunday, March 17, Swedish artist Gunilla Klingberg explores her interests in everyday consumerism and Eastern spirituality by transforming the architectural space with patterns created from familiar logos and symbols.
"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.
VIDEO: Society’s Craig Reynolds Talks Contemporary Dallas Architecture
Presented by Architizer and the Texas Society of Architects, the “Lone Star State’s Top 13 Buildings to See in 2013” list highlights some of the most significant contemporary architecture projects in Texas. This week, Past President of the Society Craig Reynolds, FAIA, was interviewed by Chris Sommer, anchor for Dallas-based NewsRadio 1080 KRLD, about the local works that made the list.
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.
Texas Architects Member News — February 2013
Members of the Texas Society of Architects play a vital role in maintaining and supporting Texas architecture. Join us in welcoming our newest members, and in congratulating promotions and new hires at Texas firms.
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.
W. Eugene George, FAIA (1922-2013)
W. Eugene George, FAIA, one of the leading architects in the historic preservation movement, passed away on January 16. The recipient of the Society's 2001 Edward J. Romieniec Award and 2012 Presidential Citation, George will long be remembered for his invaluable contributions to the conservation of the architectural heritage of the State of Texas, and for his profound influence on students and professional leaders alike.
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.
AIA El Paso Design Awards
The 2012 AIA El Paso Design Awards were announced in November 2012, honoring El Paso County Family Youth and Services Center, Albert Bacon Fall Mansion, and E.G. Chayo Community Center.
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.
For a Gardener: In Memory of Ruth Carter Johnson Stevenson (1923-2013)
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.
Advocacy Update: SAC Meeting Report
David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, senior advocate for the Society, reports on the December 19 meeting of the Sunset Advisory Commission (SAC). At its last meeting of the 2012, the SAC took final action on staff recommendations for the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners and considered staff proposals for the Texas Facilities Commission. Recommendations dealing with public-private partnerships (P3) procurement methods and rules were also discussed.
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.
2013 Design Expo: Exhibitor Information
Our 2013 Design Expo is sold out! See our information below for move-in times, exhibit hall events, and exhibitor opportunities to make the most of your Design Expo experience.
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.
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.
A Towering Landmark for Formula One Track
Fans of Formula One come to see the action on the track, not what’s around the track, said Juan Miró, an architect. But luckily for him, the owners of the Circuit of the Americas, the new Formula One site on the edge of Austin, Tex., wanted to create a memorable setting for events like the 2012 United States Grand Prix.
2013 Leadership Elected
On October 18, Texas Society of Architects members elected nominees for 2013 leadership during the Society's Annual Business Session in Austin. Lawrence W. Speck, FAIA, will assume the presidency for 2013.
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.
Texas Society of Architects 25-Year Award
Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, one of the most distinguished works of contemporary architecture in Texas built during the 1950s, has been recognized by a jury to receive the Texas Society of Architects 25-Year Award for 2012.
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.
Introducing 2013 President Larry Speck, FAIA
The Texas Society of Architects is pleased to announce that Larry Speck, FAIA, will serve as 2013 President. Speck has gained considerable national and international recognition for his work as an architect, an architectural critic, an academic, and a teacher.
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.
CE Certificates Available Online Mid November
Many thanks to everyone who attended the Texas Architects 73rd Annual Convention and Design Expo and helped to make it a great success! Attendees will be able to review their Continuing Education Certificate online via a link sent by Texas Architects the week of November 12. The deadline to review certificates is November 30.
Team Selected for Linear Park in Downtown Austin
As the culmination of an international competition, a team led by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) and Thomas Phifer and Partners has been chosen to design a 1.5-mile-long linear park in downtown Austin.
20 x 20 @ 500 Chicon
During the Texas Architects 73rd Convention, swing by 500 Chicon (the headquarters office of Texas Architects) for a Pecha-Kucha-style event for the late-night convention crowd! Nine design-savvy individuals will present 20 slides for 20 seconds in a concise, dynamic presentation style!
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.
2012 Texas Architectural Foundation Scholarships
The Texas Architectural Foundation (TAF) issued 59 awards totaling $71,750 to students and Texas Universities for the 2012-13 academic year. The eight universities with accredited architecture programs include: Prairie View A&M University; Texas A&M University; Rice University; Texas Tech University; University of Houston; University of Texas at Austin; University of Texas at Arlington; and the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Waller Creek Designs Unveiled
Four finalists in a design competition to re-imagine downtown Austin's Waller Creek have unveiled their visions for 15 blocks along the creek, from Waterloo Park to Lady Bird Lake.The designs are ambitious, incorporating grand architectural flourishes and broad public spaces, all emphasizing a natural environment of water and trees. Any of the four designs, if built, would likely become instant destinations, on par with Manhattan’s High Line and Chicago’s Millennium Park.
Call for entries: PERSPECTIVASdosmil12
This exhibit aims to showcase the work and talent of Latino architectural professionals and designers in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. The exhibit will take place during the 2012 Texas Society of Architects Convention and Design Expo at the Austin Convention Center, October 18-20. Register by September 14 to submit materials for consideration.
Design Awards Panel Discussions during October Convention
In October, the architects of the 13 projects selected for 2012 Design Awards will participate in three separate panel discussions during the Texas Architects 73rd Convention and Design Expo. Attend one or all sessions as the architects discuss and explore what went into the winning designs.
2012 Texas Architects Career Fair & Interview Day
The Texas Society of Architects (Texas Architects) hosts its first Career Fair & Interview Day on Saturday, October 20, at the Austin Convention Center. The free event is held in conjunction with the Texas Architects 73rd Annual Convention & Design Expo. Architecture students and Associate and Intern members are encouraged to attend, and Texas Architects members are invited to recruit.
Tour the Circuit of the Americas with AIA Austin
In partnership with the Texas Society of Architects, AIA Austin is offering a rare and unique opportunity for attendees of the Texas Architects 73rd Convention and Design Expo: the chance to tour Austin’s fabulous new Circuit of the Americas mere weeks before it opens!
After Tuscany: Rediscovering Home
"At once wistful and thought-provoking, light-hearted and profound.” That is how Dallas architect and contributing editor Max Levy, FAIA, described the set of Italy/Texas photo collages published in the Backpage section of the Sept/Oct issue of Texas Architect. We agree with Max that the images, created by UT School of Architecture student Emily Wiegand, are fascinating.
Department of State Overseas Buildings Operations Announces Two IDIQ Design Services Solicitations
The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations has announced two Indefinite Quantity Indefinite Delivery (IDIQ) design services solicitations for worldwide new construction and rehabilitation and renovation.
Building the Belo Center for New Media in Two Minutes
Watch the two-year construction of the University of Texas at Austin's Belo Center for New Media in this two-minute time-lapse video. The project was designed by the Lawrence Group. Located at the northeast corner of Dean Keeton and Guadalupe streets, the Belo Center provides interactive classrooms and meeting space for more than 4,200 students in the college and houses the adjacent KUT Public Media Studios.
A&M Students to Design, Build Home for Housing Needs Initiative
In an initiative that addresses the profound societal challenges of meeting the housing needs of the estimated nine billion people that will be on the planet by 2050 while simultaneously reducing buildings’ energy use, students from all disciplines at Texas A&M’s College of Architecture will design and build a single-family residence during the 2012-2013 academic year. The project is part of A&M’s new college-wide Real Projects initiative.
Five Projects Selected for Studio Awards
Five projects were selected for Texas Architects Studio Awards from a pool of 60 entries on August 14. The Studio Awards program recognizes the best designs in unbuilt, often conceptual, architecture. The winning projects will be published in the Nov/Dec issue of Texas Architect magazine and recognized at an awards ceremony during the Society's annual convention, Oct. 18-20, in Austin.
Designed to Connect: Video Conferencing with Skype
Is Your Firm Still Using a Soup Can to Communicate?
Video conferencing, such as Skype, can bring benefits to your firm.
Like the child’s game of telephone with two cans on a string, our methods of communication develop as we get older and seek improved methods. Video conferencing, the ability to see and speak to someone across the Internet, is something that in the past only appeared in movies like the Terminator or Minority Report.
Texas Architects Convention Offers ARE Study Classes
Texas Architects and AIA Austin are offering three specialized study classes on the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) during the Texas Society of Architects 73rd Annual Convention and Design Expo, Oct. 18-20, in Austin. If you’re an associate member and have graduated from an accredited school of architecture in the past seven years, access to these courses is free if you register for the convention by Sept. 11.
Congress Avenue: A Laboratory of Learning
Don't miss an opportunity to participate in a walking tour of Congress Avenue during the Texas Architects 73rd Annual Convention and Design Expo, October 18-20, in Austin. Jana McCann, AIA, will lead tour attendees from the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge to the Old Bakery just south of the Capitol.
Texas Architects Design Expo: October 18 &19, 2012
On Thursday, October 18, the Texas Architects Design Expo will open at 3:30 p.m. and run until 7:30 p.m. See the newest innovations in building materials, design technology, construction services, and more. Check in with a favorite supplier, share information, or look for the idea that can make your practice cutting edge. The Expo will open again on Friday at 11:00 a.m and run until 5:30 p.m.
DCFA Hosts Exhibit on Architecture and Water Conservation
The Dallas Center for Architecture (DCFA) hosts the exhibit “Design By The Gallon: Architecture and Water Conservation,” which examines the environmental and human-generated circumstances that have put us in a dire situation. In 2011, an average of 14.8 inches of water fell across the entire state, making it the driest year in Texas history. In October 2011, 88% of the state was classified as being in “exceptional drought.” Looking at a series of architect-designed solutions, the show provides context and possibilities for changing our drought-stricken future.
UT Arlington and Dallas Morning News Create Joint Architecture Professor-Critic Position
The University of Texas at Arlington and The Dallas Morning News are partnering in an innovative joint appointment of a School of Architecture faculty member who also will serve as architecture critic for the news organization. The initial appointment will be for three years, renewable and split evenly between the News and UT Arlington.
Fort Worth's Historic Fuller House Likely to Escape Wrecking Ball
A one-of-a-kind "geometric" house built by an oilman and his wife almost 60 years ago, featuring rooms of various shapes, will apparently escape the wrecking ball. The 8,400-square-foot Andrew Fuller House, designed by noted California architect A. Quincy Jones, was sold Friday to a Fort Worth couple, according to the previous owner and the real estate agent.
2012 Texas Architects Convention
Texas Architects and AIA Austin, the Texas Architects 2012 Convention host chapter, encourage you to attend the 73rd Convention in October! Don't miss compelling CE sessions, keynote speakers Roman Mars (99% Invisible )and Robert Hammond (New York's Friends of the High Line), a two-day Design Expo, and more. View AIA Austin's video to find out why you should attend.
More than a Booth
As an Exhibitor in the 2012 Texas Architects Design Expo, you have an opportunity to extend your brand beyond the walls of your booth in the expo hall. Have you considered sponsoring an event, advertising in the Program Guide, or upgrading your website listing?
Fireside Chats for Emerging Professionals
Texas Architects presents Fireside Chats at the Society's 73rd Annual Convention in Austin, Oct. 18-20. Architecture's Emerging Professionals are invited to attend roundtable-style conversations with Frank Welch, FAIA; Max Levy, FAIA; Val Glitsch, FAIA; Larry Speck, FAIA; and Ted Flato, FAIA. If you're an emerging professional or architecture student looking for career advice, design insight, or thoughts about the future of Texas architecture, register to attend the Fireside Chats!
2012 Honor Awards
The Texas Society of Architects announces its 2012 Honor Awards. The annual awards recognize exceptional members, firms, individuals, and organizations for their outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture, the built environment, and the quality of life in Texas.
2012 Convention Updates
The Texas Society of Architects is committed to delivering the best possible opportunities for members and the design community at its 73rd Annual Convention and Design Expo in Austin, Oct. 18-20. Texas Architects has recently added two new Continuing Education sessions and a schedule update to the convention program to help attendees get the most out of their convention experience. View those updates here.
Light Craft: Art and Architecture Merge at Rice
Anchoring the western end of Rice University's main quad in Houston, James Turrell's new 118-foot-square Skyspace emerges from the earth in front of the monolithic Shepherd School of Music. “This is architecture that light and space makes,” explains the artist. When the sun illuminates the atmosphere, you can't see through it to view the stars that are there, he points out. “Light not only reveals, it also obscures—so you can actually build a space with it. I use light and architecture in that way: to limit space and to reveal it, either way.”
How 99% Invisible is Changing Public Radio
"Covering design on the radio can be a challenge for obvious reasons, but being audio-only is usually a constraint that works in my favor," says Roman Mars. Mars is the creator and host of the hugely inventive podcast 99% Invisible, which treats the design of everyday things like a forensic science. In each episode, Mars (keynote speaker for 2012 Texas Architects Convention) highlights some nearly invisible design process that you had no idea was incredibly interesting and then tells you why it is.
Texas Governor's Mansion Finally Restored
Governor Rick Perry announced on Thursday that the 156- year-old Texas Governor’s Mansion has been fully restored. In October 2007, the mansion underwent deferred maintenance to replace plumbing and electrical systems, install indoor fire sprinklers, and improve handicap accessibility. On June 8, 2008, an unidentified arsonist threw a Molotov cocktail on the front porch causing catastrophic damage. The Governor's Mansion is slated as one of the tours (sold-out) during the Texas Society of Architects October Convention in Austin.
AIA Dallas Women in Architecture Competition
The AIA Dallas Women in Architecture Committee announces its 2nd Annual Express Yourself Competition as an opportunity for women architects and designers in Texas to showcase their art and design work. Winners in three categories will be formally announced the weekend of the Texas Architects Convention n Austin, Oct. 18-20. Deadline to register for the competition is August 8. Submission deadline is Sept. 4.
2012 AIA Austin Design Awards
AIA Austin’s 2012 Design Awards competition resulted in recognition for 15 projects in three categories out of a total of 112 entries.
On the Road with Alexis McKinney, AIA, LEED AP
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.
99% Invisible: The Speed of Light for Building Pyramids
This episode of 99% Invisible, produced byTexas Architects 2012 convention keynote speaker Roman Mars, features the research of Steve Burrows CBE, who spent several weeks in Egypt studying the pyramids through the eyes of a modern day structural engineer. The result presented fascinating insights into the design of the pyramids and offers some lessons in how we may think about sustainability through longevity in modern architecture.
Rethinking Historic Buildings through a Green Lens
The construction and operation of buildings accounts for almost 50% of the U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Reusing what we have – buildings, landscapes, communities – is the best way is the best way to reduce these emissions and to make the biggest impact in controlling climate change. Attend the Texas Architects Convention in October and hear noted architect, planner, and historian Barbara Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP, share her experience and work developing national sustainability policies, integrating cultural and preservation metrics into the LEED rating systems, and discussing past and current sustainable preservation projects.
New Federal Courthouse Hard-Hat Tour
Designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, the new U.S. Courthouse in Austin occupies a full city block directly west of Republic Square Park. Take advantage of a rare opportunity to see the new courthouse just before occupancy by registering to attend the Texas Society of Architects Annual Convention and Design Expo, Oct. 18-20, at the Austin Convention Center. Weeks after this hard-hat tour, the courthouse will be locked down by security, and no one else will have the same freedom to experience the courthouse’s beautifully crafted interiors.
2012 Texas Student Biennial Exhibition
The Architecture Center Houston and AIA Houston present the 2012 Texas Student Biennial Exhibition, July 26 - September 7. The exhibit will feature work from the eight accredited schools of architecture in Texas. On Display will be project boards, slide shows, and architectural models. An opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, July 26, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m, at Architecture Center Houston, and a Dean's Roundtable Discussion is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 7, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
The Hodge Orr Residence
The Hodge Orr House, designed by David Webster George, FAIA, in collaboration with Jim Wheeler, AIA, is a reminder that a well-planned house can be both gracious and architecturally arresting, while still embodying principles of restraint and blending into the features of the site.
Registration Opens July 11 for Texas Architects Convention
Online registration is open for the Texas Society of Architects Convention and Design Expo, October 18-20, in Austin. This year, the convention’s theme is “Influence.” Keynote speakers are Robert Hammond, co-founder and co-executive director of Friends of the High Line – a public park built above an abandoned, elevated rail line in New York — and Roman Mars, award-winning host and radio producer of 99% Invisible.
Architecture Firm Websites: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Websites are a vital marketing tool. Unless you’re a superstar design firm, steer clear of archi-speak and tricky graphics. Users want a site that is clean and simple.
Designed to Connect: LinkedIn for Architects
Popular social media outlets, such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, all have their uses. Of the three, LinkedIn has retained an air of professionalism and restraint compared with the more informal information-sharing that takes place among “friends” and “followers” on Facebook and Twitter. Yet, LinkedIn manages to produce a lot of noise – a consistent hum. So how can we, as architectural professionals, effectively communicate a message about architecture that rises above that hum?
Texas Courthouses on List of 11 Most Endangered Historic Places
On June 6, the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) released its 2012 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. The list includes Texas Courthouses. NTHP, a private nonprofit organization, has produced the annual list for 25 years, drawing attention to more than 230 sites—including buildings, landscapes, and entire communities—that risk destruction or significant damage.
A Texas Architect: The life and work of O’Neil Ford
The blend of modernism and Texas traditionalism evident in some of Denton’s most iconic buildings can be attributed to the singular style of O’Neil Ford, a longtime Denton resident who was one of the most renowned and prominent architects in the U.S. In his lifetime, Ford was appointed to the National Council on the Arts by President Lyndon B. Johnson and remains the only human to ever be given the title of National Historic Landmark.
Call for Volunteer Leaders
The Texas Society of Architects invites its members to contribute to the profession through volunteer service. The 2012 Nominating Committee is seeking diverse candidates for the open 2013 leadership positions—officers and at-large directors to serve on the Texas Society of Architects Board of Directors.
KUT Podcast: The Legacy of John Saunders Chase
On this edition of KUT radio's "In Black America," producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the late John Saunders Chase, the first African American graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and the first African American President of The Texas Exes. Chase was a pioneering architect who broke barriers in Texas and elsewhere.
13 Receive 2012 Design Awards
Thirteen projects were selected for 2012 Texas Society of Architects Design Awards from a total of 227 entries. Winning projects will be featured in the Sept/Oct issue of Texas Architect magazine. Jurors were Angie Brooks, AIA, LEED AP, of Brooks + Scarpa, Los Angeles; Eddie Jones, AIA, of Jones Studio, Phoenix, Ariz.; and James Timberlake, FAIA, of KieranTimberlake, Philadelphia.
Cocktail Napkin Sketch Contest: Deadline June 22
Architectural Record invites licensed architects or related professionals who practice in the United States to enter its napkin sketching contest. All you need is a white cocktail napkin and pen to demonstrate that the art of the sketch is still alive.
The AIA is Defined by Its Membership, It's Up to You to Help Direct It
In the following article, Michael Cowan, AIA, past president of AIA Austin and its current chapter director, discusses the value and benefits of AIA membership versus the cost.
Austin Historical Survey Wiki
The City of Austin Historic Preservation Office has been working in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin (UT) School of Architecture Historic Preservation program to develop a participatory, wiki-inspired web application to support the comprehensive survey of Austin's historic resources. The community launch takes place June 4.
AIA 2012 Institute Update: The Road Ahead
In the May 19 AIA Business Meeting at the AIA Convention in Washington, D.C, EVP/Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA, began his presentation with the simple idea that now is a time of profound change within the Institute and beyond, as evidenced by the ambitious repositioning effort the AIA announced in April, the demographic transitions that will soon remake the AIA’s membership base, and the still-struggling economy that has left architects unmoored in an unstable financial climate for the last few years.
New Book Highlights Noted Courthouse Architect
Most Texans have seen his buildings. They picturesquely loom over the square in numerous county seats from La Grange to Gonzales. Now, James Riely Gordon, who designed some of the most elaborate courthouses in the nation, is getting his due with a new book by Chris Meister, "James Riely Gordon: His Courthouses and Other Public Architecture."
The Urban Conspiracy Theory
UT Austin grad Stephen Balut, an artist and architectural designer in Charlottesville, is encouraging his community to think outside the box. That's why, for the entire month of May, he's living inside a box on the downtown mall. His goal is to shatter traditional notions of what constitutes living space, and he wants you right there with him.
Beyond LEED: The Importance of Creating Living Buildings
The Living Building Standard results in some of the most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly structures around. It’s also incredibly difficult to achieve. Is it truly changing the way we design buildings?
Turrell Skyspace Opens in June at Rice University
The Skyspace, by visionary American artist James Turrell with Thomas Phifer (Thomas Phifer and Partners architects), opens in mid June on the Rice University campus, giving Houston its third major piece by Turrell. Shunning the physicality of paint and sculpture, Turrell was among the pioneers of the Light and Space movement in the late 1960s.
In Austin’s richly diverse and energetic East Side neighborhoods, a rebirth is taking place. The addition of the Heywood Hotel on East Cesar Chavez Street represents the latest addition to a burgeoning and thriving East Side culture. Nestled comfortably among the barbecue joints, tacquerias and local shops that have so far eluded big-box homogenization, the hotel builds respectfully on the neighborhood’s considerable charms.
99% Invisible: Design for Airports
In this episode of the radio program 99% Invisible, host and producer Roman Mars discusses airport design with Allison Arieff of the New York Times. Using the new T2 terminal at SFO as an example, Arieff talks through some of the considerations that go into designing an airport terminal, how the priorities have changed since 9/11, and how architects struggle to keep pace with ever-changing technology.
Advocacy: Architects Fight for U.S. Energy Law
Architects have immeasurable expertise in designing buildings that are practical, energy efficient, aesthetically pleasing, and above all, safe. The profession therefore has a leading role to play in any debate surrounding policies which impact either the architectural landscape or structure and design issues relating to buildings.
Texas Firms among AIA COTE Award Winners
On April 19, the American Institute of Architects’ Committee on the Environment (AIA–COTE) announced its Top Ten projects for 2012. This year’s batch of winners highlight community ties, social equity, and attentiveness to water issues. One Texas firm and three national/international firms with offices in Texas are among the winners.
Mexic-Arte seeking $10 million from city for new downtown building
Saying that they want to bring a $30 million iconic building to a prominent downtown corner, backers of Mexic-Arte Museum are asking the City of Austin for $10 million in bond money to be included in the November bond election. The conceptual architecture plans are by Mexican architect Fernando Romero with Austin architect and Texas Society of Architects member Juan Cotera, FAIA, as the architect of record.
In the Light with Charles K. Thompson, FAIA
It’s a Monday morning at Archillume Lighting Design in Austin. Founder Charles Thompson, FAIA, is just now back from a four-day road trip on his 2009 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic. His time on the open road to Big Bend and back has helped to recharge his energy and clear his mind. So he’s ready for whatever awaits him.
Texas Architects Announces 2012 Keynote Speakers
The Texas Society of Architects 2012 Annual Convention and Design Expo, October 18-20, in Austin, presents two distinguished keynote speakers who will examine the role of design in the context of the convention’s theme "Influence."
Live First, Work Second: Inside the Head of the Next Generation
With advancements in technology and a new generation of creatives juggling busy personal and professional lives, Rebecca Ryan of Next Generation Consulting discusses how organizations and institutions can bridge generation gaps to invigorate and improve leadership, and spearhead intelligent dialogue about creativity, innovation, and community development. A keynote speaker at the Texas Architects 2011 Convention in Dallas, Ryan was interviewed by architect Jeramie Rittiluechai, AIA, before giving an address to a standing-room only crowd. Listen to a podcast of the interview here.
Controversy Surrounds Dallas' Museum Tower
An April 18 D Magazine article, "The Towering Inferno: How Museum Tower threatens the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Woodall Rodgers roofdeck park," highlights the issue of reflected heat from Museum Tower's glass facade. The article asks: "How did this happen? How could someone build a $200 million project in the Arts District that is in the process of destroying the very museum it uses in its marketing materials to sell million-dollar condos? Did no one stop to think?" Read the article, and share your opinions on our website.
AIA Houston Design Awards
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.
Influence and Impact
Since the February issue of Checkset, the Architecture Billings Index has produced four consecutive positive months; the unemployment rate in Texas is hovering just above seven percent; and the first Texas Society of Architects design symposium, "Architecture in the Hinterlands," has proved to be a phenomenal success. All are indications of improving times ahead for our profession.
Wilson Announces Candidacy
Bill T. Wilson II, FAIA, is a candidate in the Republican primary for Texas House District 43. If elected, Wilson will be the first practicing architect to serve in the Texas Legislature in twenty-eight years. Pundits have labeled this one of the year’s five most interesting GOP primary races in Texas because of the defection of the incumbent representative from the Democratic to Republican Party.
Designed to Connect
In Part Two of "Twitter for Architects," Andrew Hawkins offers tips for using this popular social media platform. The article is part of the Texas Society of Architects New Media Committee series "Designed to Connect," which features monthly articles on www.texasarchitects.org that discuss various digital technologies and media available to architects today.
Advocacy Update April 2012
April 2012 Advocacy Update: Bill T. Wilson II, FAIA, is first (AIA) architect to run for the Texas Legislature in almost 30 years; new Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS) as of March 15; Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted amendments to 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 68, as of March 15; and more. Click to read this important bimonthly update.
Design Competition: Call for Entries
Presented by the Jewish Federation of Greater Austin, the Sukkah City Austin Design Competition is open to students, professional artists, architects and designers of all faiths and backgrounds in the State of Texas and Israel, working in teams or as individuals. Registration opens July 9 and submissions are due August 8.
Texas Architects Committee Update
The Texas Architects Committee (TAC) update as of February 2012.
Designed to Connect: Twitter for Architects
There is a large amount of buzz about social media these days. In the field of architecture and design, it is no different. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google +, and many more are actively growing their usage in professional applications. Should you join the social media scene? What are the benefits? Are there drawbacks? What is the best way to go about establishing a social media presence on the Web?
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.
Conference Emphasizes Practice in the Hinterlands
In February, a group of designers gathered in Midland to consider the challenges of producing top-flight architecture in a place far removed from the state’s larger urban areas. The event, dubbed “Architecture in the Hinterlands,” included an address by acclaimed Canadian architect Brian MacKay-Lyons that featured his work in remote Nova Scotia. View a video recap of the weekend here.
Gulf Coast Green 2012: A Delicate Balance
Organized by the AIA Houston Committee on the Environment, the 2012 Gulf Coast Green Symposium and Expo takes place May 1 in Houston. After six successful years, the event has proven to be the leading green building conference targeted to design and construction professionals within the Gulf Coast region.
Piano's Expansion of Kimbell Museum Takes Shape
As museum workers and curators install last-minute touches for "The Age of Impressionism" exhibit opening Sunday, Kimbell Art Museum Director Eric M. Lee has one eye turned to the installation occurring outside.
Hundreds Convene in D.C. for AIA Grassroots
Last week, 2012 Texas Architects President Craig Reynolds, FAIA, convened in D.C. with hundreds of American Institute of Architects members and staff to talk with elected representatives on Capitol Hill. Read his comments here.
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 LRGV 2011 Studio Awards
Two awards were presented by AIA Lower Rio Grande Valley in the chapter’s 2011 Studio Awards program and are featured in the March/April issue of Texas Architect. View additional images of the award winners on texasarchitects.org.
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.
Tianjin Binhai Art Center
Construction is scheduled toward the end of this year on the Tianjin Binhai Art Center within a newly redeveloped coastal district near Beijing, China. The center, designed by RTKL's Dallas office, is featured in the Paperwork section of the March/April issue of Texas Architect. View additional project renderings on texasarchitects.org.
UT Arlington Students Unveil Luminous Sculpture "six. one"
In February, Texas Architect staff visited Assistant Professor Susan Appleton's Senior Interior Design Studio at the UT Arlington School of Architecture to view the installation of a luminous string sculpture, "six. one." The day was documented with photographs, and an article about Appleton and her class appears in the March/April issue of the magazine.
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.
Holl Selected to Expand Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Trustees of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston announced on Feb. 2 the selection of Steven Holl Architects to design a master plan that will link the museum’s gallery buildings and its Isamu Noguchi sculpture garden. Now spread across almost 10 acres in the Museum District, the MFAH’s architectural holdings will grow to include a new building Holl will design to hold post-1900 art.
Designed to Connect: Architects as App Developers
In the first article of the New Media Committee series," Designed to Connect," Gordon Arnold, AIA, encourages architects to explore applications development as an additional service to help their firm “diversify, develop new sources of revenue, and be players in a new and exciting global industry.”
Designed to Connect: A Series on New Media
Technology invades everything in today’s world. Architecture is no different. On Monday, Feb. 27, the Texas Architects New Media Committee will launch Part I of “Designed to Connect,” a series of monthly articles on texasarchitects.org that will discuss various digital technologies and media available to architects today.
13th Annual Historic Preservation Symposium at A&M
The Center for Heritage Conservation at Texas A&M University is hosting its 13th Annual Historic Preservation Symposium this weekend. The Center is teaming with the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center to bring together a varied group of experts discussing disasters with respect to historic preservation. On-site registration is available.
Q & A with AIA Houston President Perry Seeberger
Texas Society of Architects member Perry Seeberger, AIA, who currently serves as president of AIA Houston, recently spoke with The Houston Chronicle about local architecture. Excerpts from the Q & A were published on Chron.com and cover topics such as the effect of the recession on architecture firms to the impact of energy-efficient projects on the city.
Architects Convene in Midland for Design Conference
This weekend, over 30 architects from across the state will convene in Midland for "Architecture in the Hinterlands." The design symposium, hosted by the Texas Society of Architects Design Committee, features the work of Frank Welch, FAIA.
Texas Travel Information Center
This episode of the award-winning The Shape of Texas radio program features the Texas Travel Information Center located near Amarillo. Designed by Corpus Christi firm Richter Architects, "The information center offers visitors a respite from the road and serves as a cultural ambassador that captures the spunk and vigor of the West."
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.
Title Usage for Emerging Professionals: Noun or Adjective?
Do you remember having to learn parts of speech in grade school?
Why are we asking and who cares? The Texas Board of Architectural Examiners (TBAE) cares when it comes to the use of titles, and so do registered design professionals. TBAE pays close attention to title usage because, in short, it’s the law.
An Ingredient List for a Healthy Home
Peter Syrett, an architect, and Chris Youssef, an interior designer, believe that building materials should be labeled, just like cereal boxes and soup cans, so consumers can avoid ingredients that might be harmful. With the backing of their employer, the global architecture firm Perkins + Will, they have created a database linking common forms of construction materials to government warnings about the substances contained in them.
Architects Saying '12, '13 Looking Good
The nation’s architects have looked in their crystal ball and say that while life is still tough for the design industry, things are looking up. Probably. The new American Institute of Architects’ Consensus Construction Forecast is projecting a 2.1 percent increase in spending on nonresidential projects this year, and a 6.4 percent increase in 2013.
Dallas Center for Architecture Hosts Upcoming Community Events
From a running tour of downtown Dallas architectural icons to an evening exploring the connections between food and design, the Dallas Center for Architecture hosts several upcoming, engaging community events.
President Calls on Congress to Build a Greener America
In his State of the Union Address on Jan. 24, President Obama urged Congress to give businesses incentives to upgrade their buildings: "... the easiest way to save money is to waste less energy. So here’s another proposal: Help manufacturers eliminate energy waste in their factories and give businesses incentives to upgrade their buildings."
UH Students Propose Designs for Galveston Levee
Students from the University of Houston and other Texas universities have researched and developed a levee system that would span from Freeport to High Island and would include a new visitor center attached to a national recreation park.
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.
Meet 2012 President Craig Reynolds, FAIA
Craig Reynolds, FAIA, is a managing principal/president with Brown Reynolds Watford Architects in Dallas. Established in 1984, the firm found a niche in institutional architecture, working for those within governmental entities, school districts, and universities. Reynolds graduated from Texas A&M University with degrees in environmental design and architecture. Learn more about Reynolds and the year ahead in this video.
Early Previews of Asia Society Texas Center Generate Praise
As Asia Society Texas Center slowly introduces its new home in the Museum District in Houston, a wave of praise is building for the 40,000-sf structure designed by famed Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi. The project will be featured in the March/April issue of Texas Architect.
Big Name Architects Vie to Design Houston's METRO Station
Houston METRO and the Downtown District revealed the finalists in a design competition for Central Station — a new light rail transfer hub that will be built on Main between Capitol and Rusk at the intersection of the upcoming East End and Southeast lines.
Register Now for Architecture in the Hinterlands, Feb. 17- 18, Midland
There’s still time to register for Architecture in the Hinterlands – a two-day Design Symposium hosted by the Texas Architects Design Committee. In this video, Midland Architect Mark Wellen discusses the event, which features the work of Frank Welch, FAIA, and highlights architecture in remote locations.
Annual Convention: Evolution and Influence
On August 1,1995, Gayle Pickering joined the staff of the Texas Society of Architects and went to Dallas the next day to meet with the 1995 Convention Committee who was planning an early November event.
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?"
Demolition Looms for Architectural Gem in Fort Worth
The 8,400-sf Fort Worth residence known as the Andrew Fuller House (1953), designed by modernist A. Quincy Jones, may be doomed to a wrecking ball. The city has issued a demolition permit to the Frost Bank trust department. The house does not carry a historic designation, which would trigger measures to safeguard it from demolition.
RDA Receives AIA Collaborative Achievement Award
The Rice Design Alliance (RDA) is one of only two organizations recognized this year with a 2012 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement from the American Institute of Architects. RDA was organized in 1972 to be a multidisciplinary non-profit that fosters public engagement with architecture.
Evans Honored with AIA Young Architects Award
Texas Society of Architects member James M. Evans, AIA, of Houston, has received a 2012 AIA Young Architects Award. The award celebrates emerging designers who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession in an early stage of their architectural careers. Thirteen recipients from across the nation received the award this year.
A New Look for Texas Architect
Redesign of Texas Architect follows rebranding of its publisher, the Texas Society of Architects.
Masterwork of 1950s Architecture Scheduled for Implosion
A masterwork of 1950s architecture is scheduled for implosion in Houston on Sunday, Jan. 8. The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center's Prudential building, designed by Architect Kenneth Franzheim in the late 1940s for Prudential Insurance Co, will be torn down for a site expansion. At the time of its construction, it was the tallest building outside of downtown.
AIA LRGV 2011 Design Awards
Four projects were recently selected for AIA Lower Rio Grande Valley 2011 Design Awards. Jurors were Thomas Hayne Upchurch, AIA, of Brenham; Rick del Monte, FAIA, of Dallas; and Donna Kacmar, FAIA, of Houston. The lone Honor Award went to Valle Vista Mall Renovations by Megamorphosis, with three Merit Awards also presented.
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.
Raven Lake Ranch
"It's as close as you can get to living outdoors and being sheltered," says Eileen Bennett, of her northeast Texas ranch house, designed by Michael Malone, AIA.
Jeff Potter, FAIA, Inaugurated 2012 AIA President
Jeff Potter, FAIA, began his American Institute of Architects career as president of the AIA Northeast Texas Chapter in 1998. He was president of the Texas Society of Architects in 2004 and served on the AIA Board of Directors from 2006- 2009. “Shaping a future for the next generation of architects” was the theme of Potter’s inaugural address during ceremonies in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 9.
Texas Architects Partners with aecKnowledge
The Texas Society of Architects is proud to announce a new partnership with aecKnowledge—an innovative, online knowledge-sharing platform for the AEC industries. As an established provider of high-quality video continuing education, aecKnowledge delivers peer-reviewed, engaging knowledge featuring top thought leaders and subject matter experts.
Projects Needed: Weather Channel Docu-series "Built to Last"
A production company is working on the pilot episode of the Weather Channel docu-series "Built to Last." Each program will showcase several residential homes that are built to withstand the forces of nature, whether it's a tornado proof home in the plains of Kansas or a fireproof home in the hills of Santa Barbara. Texas Society of Architects members should send completed examples to the AIA.
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.
What Makes a Building an Icon?
In the Nov/Dec Texas Architect article "Dance Partner," Geoffrey Brune, FAIA, explores what makes a building an icon, highlighting the Houston Ballet Center for Dance as an example.
Brochstein Pavilion and Asia Society, Highlights of Houston Visit
Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks Frank Gehry and Houston highlights at University of Houston appearance.
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.
Book Explores Frank Lloyd Wright's Sacred Architecture
A comprehensive study of Frank Lloyd Wright’s sacred architecture is in a new book, Frank Lloyd Wright Sacred Architecture: Faith, Form, and Building Technology, by Anat Geva, Assoc. AIA, a member of the Texas Society of Architects and an associate professor of architecture at Texas A&M University.
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.
Design Conference: Architecture in the Hinterlands
Featuring the Architecture of Frank Welch, FAIA
Architecture Tours and Learning Opportunities
17-18 February 2012
With Launch of New Website, Texas Architects Unveils New Brand
“As the voice for Texas architecture, our role is to elevate the general public’s aspirations for the built environment. More than ever, our society needs safe, beautiful, and sustainable environments. Our re-purposed web presence is aimed toward stirring the imagination and making that case in increasingly expanding ways,” says President Dan Hart, AIA, PE.
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.
Fountain Place Featured in The Shape of Texas Podcast
Fountain Place, which received a 2011 Texas Architects Design Award, is featured in this podcast from the award-winning radio program The Shape of Texas. The podcast also includes a number of episodes on the following projects in Dallas: Reunion Tower, Adolphus Hotel, DART Rail Stations, Turtle Creek, Victory Park, Sixth Floor Museum, Thanksgiving Square, Highland Park Village, and TI Semiconductor Building.
Office Closed as Society Convenes in Dallas for 72nd Convention
The Texas Society of Architects office at 500 Chicon is closed Wednesday, Oct. 26, through Monday, Oct. 31, for the Society's 72nd Annual Convention and Design Products & Ideas Expo in Dallas, Oct. 27-29. John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design, and Rebecca Ryan, of Next Generation Consulting, are keynote presenters.
Interpretive Center Invites Visitors to Learn about Natural World
This episode of the award-winning radio program The Shape of Texas features the Trinity River Audubon Center, designed by Albuquerque architect Antoine Predock working with the Dallas firm BRW Architects. The center opened in 2008 as part of a series of public parks along the Trinity River Corridor in Dallas.
Bastrop Park’s CCC Cabins Survive Wildfire
September’s wildfires in Bastrop County that destroyed more than 1,500 houses and killed two people also burned most of Bastrop State Park’s 6,000 acres of pine forest, yet rapid action by emergency crews saved all but three of the park’s 1930s-era buildings.
Juror Shares Perspective on Rio 2016 Olympic Park Competition
"This was an engaged and intense jury process. Yes, we looked for beauty, but the practical aspects, the environmental concerns, the security needs, and the legacy of the event were a major part of the discussion," says Gabriel Durand-Hollis, FAIA, principal of Durand-Hollis Rupe Architects in San Antonio.
From Concept to Completion
University of Houston Associate Professor of Architecture William Truitt and former students Marsha Bowden and Brijal Parikh have conceived SEEPZ Mumbai, a research and design proposal to partially repurpose a declining manufacturing zone in India for residential and commercial uses.
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.
Brown Residence: 2011 Design Award Winner
"This is an example of a Texas-based architect working outside their specific region and really understanding the landscape and architecture of that region. The relationship of the indoor spaces to the outdoor spaces is really quite wonderful."
Steve Dumez, FAIA
2011 Design Awards Juror
Promoting Community Identity
Richter Architects (Corpus Christi) has been locally and nationally recognized for its sensible and sensitive architecture. The firm's work explores the nature of culture, context, and place – promoting the development of local character and community identity.
Walter Humann Receives Cornerstone Award
In recognition of outstanding contributions that enhance the quality of life by elevating architecture and the arts, promoting the value of community, or preserving the natural environment, Walter J. Humann is the recipient of the 2011 Texas Architects Cornerstone Award.
Fountain Place Wins 25-Year Award
Since its completion in 1986, Fountain Place in downtown Dallas has been praised for both the geometrical precision of its 60-story tower clad in green glass and the extraordinary six-acre urban space that unfurls at its base. Originally known as the Allied Bank Tower at Fountain Place and designed by I.M. Pei and Partners with landscape architect Dan Kiley.
Aalto’s Baker House dormitory at MIT inspires a study of student housing at UT Austin and a revival of the Modern Movement’s social aspirations.
Aalto’s Baker House dormitory at MIT inspires a study of student housing at UT Austin and a revival of the Modern Movement’s social aspirations.