News and Events

The Texas Society of Architects invites you to explore our News and Events section, as well as the rest of our site, to learn more about the people, places, and issues that compose the voice for Texas architecture.

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Holiday Gift Guide: For the Architect Who Has Everything

Texas Architect presents 10 holiday gift ideas for the design-loving friends, family, and colleagues in your life, starting with stocking stuffers under $5.00.

November 23, 2016

TxA Holiday Hours

The office of the Texas Society of Architects will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will close at noon on Wednesday, November 23, and re-open on Monday, November 27.

November 22, 2016

TxA Responds to AIA Post-Election Letter

TxA responds to AIA post-election letter.

November 17, 2016

2017 Design Conference

The Texas Society of Architects Sixth Annual Design Conference, "Clarity," will happen in Marfa on February 24–26.

November 08, 2016

Advocates for Architecture Day 2017

The Society's Advocates for Architecture Day will take place on February 7. 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. Register today to help us spread our message.

October 31, 2016

Jim Hendricks, FAIA

Remembrances of Jim Hendricks, FAIA.

October 20, 2016

Future Convention Dates

Save the dates for future Annual Conventions of the Texas Society of Architects.

October 11, 2016

Patrick Swearingen Chumney, AIA Emeritus: 1933-2016

Patrick Swearingen Chumney, AIA Emeritus, passed away on October 4, 2016.

October 10, 2016

Welcome, New Members!

A warm welcome to all of our new members since the beginning of 2016.

September 28, 2016

Blast from the Past

Recently, TxA received a postcard from Robert Bumann of Florida. A piece of architectural history, the card depicts a building at The University of Texas at Austin that no longer exists.

September 27, 2016

Studio Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 2016 TxA Studio Award winners! Aaron Seward traveled to New York City and met the studio awards jury at the offices of Diller Scoifidio + Renfro (DS+R).

September 23, 2016

2016 Honor Awards

Announcing the recipients the Texas Society of Architects 2016 Honor Awards. This program recognizes exceptional members, firms, individuals, and organizations for outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture, the built environment, and quality of life in Texas. Honorees will be recognized at our 77th Annual Convention and Design Expo, taking place on November 3–5 in San Antonio.

August 26, 2016

BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Alan G. Roberts, AIA

Alan G. Roberts, AIA, is the founder of “So You Want to Be an Architect,” a Facebook page dedicated to exploring the realities of a career in architecture. Roberts received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa in 1982. An American citizen since 2002, he has worked on many projects in Northeast Texas, specializing in educational, religious, medical, and commercial work.

August 09, 2016

BLOG | Becoming an Architect: MFx Participants Gain Career Experience

Matt Fajkus Architecture's new MFx program incorporates students into the workplace.

July 06, 2016

Almost White Box

Minimal in form and color, clear and open in plan, this new home in Dallas by Morrision Dillworth + Walls was designed for empty-nesters looking to downsize.

July 05, 2016

BLOG | 2017 Texas Architect Editorial Calendar

The 2017 editorial calendar for Texas Architect magazine is now available.

July 01, 2016

BLOG | Architeens

UT Arlington's College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs hosts a camp for aspiring high school interior designers and architects.

June 30, 2016

Blank Canvas

Malone Maxwell Borson Architects give a family of five in Austin a pristine but durable abode that capitalizes on its enviable site overlooking the Colorado River.

June 27, 2016

BLOG | Update: UT Living Wall

Check out the finished living wall at The University of Texas at Austin.

June 24, 2016

BLOG | Houston's Uncommon Modern Exhibit Receives National Recognition

Houston's Uncommon Modern Exhibit receives Citation of Merit from the Docomomo US 2016 Modernism in America Awards.

June 24, 2016

BLOG | Michael Malone, AIA, on Reasons to Attend the TxA Prosperity Conference

Michael Malone, AIA, describes the benefits of attending TxA's inaugural Prosperity Conference, taking place on August 26 in Brenham.

June 21, 2016

BLOG | 10 Texas Projects Among ArchDaily’s Top 100

Ten Texas works were named to ArchDaily’s Top 100 American projects in celebration of the website's tenth anniversary.

June 17, 2016

BLOG | Architects in the Outfield

AIA San Antonio's architect/engineer softball league has been bringing firms together since 1994.

June 15, 2016

BLOG | J. Riely Gordon Art Contest Winners Announced

The winners of the first J. Riely Gordon art contest were announced at the J. Riely Gordon Conference this past weekend in Hallettsville. The contest, judged by TxA 2016 President Paul A. Bielamowicz, AIA, and Emily Little, FAIA, challenged entrants to illustrate some aspect of Gordon’s life or work in any medium.

June 15, 2016

In Place — Thoughts on a (North) Texas Vernacular

A great diversity of peoples, wielding a wide variety of materials, have left their mark on the Lone Star State’s architecture. But can we say that a true Texas vernacular exists?

June 13, 2016

2016 Prosperity Conference

Registration is now open for TxA's first-ever Prosperity Conference. This event will take place in Brenham on Friday, August 26, at The Barnhill Center at Historic Simon Theatre. An opening reception will be held on the evening of August 25.

June 08, 2016

The Grit and the Grandeur

Dallas-based three : living architecture, working with Roman and Williams, transformed San Antonio’s Pearl Brewery into a luxury hotel.

June 08, 2016

BLOG | Convergence: Keynote Speakers

Our 77th Annual Convention and Design Expo, "Convergence," in San Antonio will feature four general sessions. Keynoters will include Marion Weiss, FAIA, and Michael Manfredi, FAIA; Eric J. Cesal, Assoc. AIA; and Debbie Millman. Learn about the speakers.

June 08, 2016

2016 Emerging Design + Technology: Call for Papers

The 2016 TxA Emerging Design + Technology conference, to be held during our 77th Annual Convention and Design Expo in San Antonio, is seeking academic papers for peer review, publication, and presentation. The abstract submission deadline has been extended to August 15.

June 02, 2016

Where Texas Ends

Perched above El Paso, the Franklin Mountain House — Tucson practice Hazelbaker Rush’s first project — was inspired by the bleak but arresting qualities of the Southwestern landscape.

June 01, 2016

BLOG | Robert E. Velten, AIA: 1929–2016

Remembering Robert E. Velten, AIA, Brownsville architect.

May 26, 2016

BLOG | Q&A with Tere O'Connell, AIA

When the City of Austin decided to use East Austin’s historic Dedrick-Hamilton house as the basis for a new African American Cultural Heritage Facility, the job fell to Austin preservationist Tere O’Connell, AIA, to unearth details of the home’s history and how best to preserve it.

May 25, 2016

BLOG | Logic Tobola, FAIA: 1940–2016

Remembering Logic Tobola, FAIA, past president of TxA.

May 24, 2016

BLOG | UTSA Undergrads Honored by AIA COTE

University of Texas at San Antonio undergrads Isaias Garcia Coronado and Daniel Rodriguez Suarez are among the award recipients for the 2015-2016 AIA Committee on the Environment Top Ten for Students awards. They are being honored for their project proposal, “Banding for Knowledge.”

May 19, 2016

BLOG | Jim Williamson Named Dean at Texas Tech College of Architecture

Texas Tech graduate Jim Williamson named dean of architecture school after 15 years at Cornell.

May 18, 2016

BLOG | Bill Booziotis, FAIA: 1935–2016

Remembering Bill Booziotis, FAIA, founding principal of Booziotis & Company Architects in Dallas.

May 17, 2016

BLOG | Absence (and Renovation) Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Renovations are winding down, and TxA staff members are settling in to their new, improved office spaces.

May 12, 2016

BLOG | 2016 Design Award Winners

Jurors select 10 projects as this year's Design Award winners.

May 11, 2016

BLOG | Overheard at the 2016 Design Awards Jury

Peek inside our 2016 Design Awards jury deliberations.

May 10, 2016

BLOG | UTSOA Team Wins HUD Affordable Housing Contest

The University of Texas School of Architecture fielded the winning team in the 2016 Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition.

May 05, 2016

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.

April 28, 2016

Healthcare International

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.

April 25, 2016

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.

April 22, 2016

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.

April 21, 2016

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.

April 20, 2016

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.

April 20, 2016

Intersecting Interests

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.

April 18, 2016

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.

April 18, 2016

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.

April 14, 2016

Save the Date: ProCon 2016

The Texas Society of Architects will be hosting our first-ever Prosperity Conference in Brenham on August 26.

April 14, 2016

For Humanity

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.

April 11, 2016

2016 Convention

The Texas Society of Architects 77th Annual Convention and Design Expo will take place in San Antonio on November 3–5, 2016.

April 08, 2016

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.

April 05, 2016

Campsite Rules

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.

April 04, 2016

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.

April 04, 2016

BLOG | River Barge Design Competition Finalists Announced

San Antonio chooses three finalists in its contest to reinvent its iconic river barge.

March 30, 2016

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.

March 28, 2016

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.

March 28, 2016

BLOG | 2016 Design Awards Jurors Announced

The Texas Society of Architects proudly introduces the jurors for our 2016 Design Awards.

March 22, 2016

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.

March 21, 2016

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.

March 17, 2016

BLOG | Pardon Our Dust

500 Chicon, the headquarters of the Texas Society of Architects, is undergoing an exciting renovation.

March 17, 2016

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!

March 16, 2016

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.

March 11, 2016

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.

March 10, 2016

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.

March 02, 2016

Social Studies

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.

February 29, 2016

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.

February 22, 2016

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.

February 15, 2016

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.

February 12, 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.

February 10, 2016

Domestic Wolf

Content Architecture designs a house for an artist and car enthusiast, then shifts gears in mid-construction.

February 08, 2016

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.

January 28, 2016

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.

January 28, 2016

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.

January 26, 2016

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.

January 20, 2016

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.

January 10, 2016

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.

January 04, 2016

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.

December 21, 2015

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.

December 09, 2015

Casa Xixim

Perched above the sea in a tropical paradise, this vacation home provides simple luxury in close congress with nature.

December 07, 2015

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.

December 04, 2015

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.

December 02, 2015

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.

December 02, 2015

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.

December 01, 2015

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.

November 30, 2015

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.

November 30, 2015

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.

November 25, 2015

Pendleton Farms

Tim Cuppett Architects’ Pendleton Farm blends a traditional Texas farmhouse vernacular with a modern sensibility.

November 02, 2015

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."

October 29, 2015

Gardner

Baldridge Architects’ Gardner transforms a 1960s post office into a deftly orchestrated space for dining.

October 12, 2015

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.

October 08, 2015

The Art in Architecture

Austin-based artist Josef Kristofoletti believes in a reciprocal and mutually enriching relationship between paintings and buildings.

October 05, 2015

CCR1 Residence

Wernerfield Architects’ CCR1 Residence is a lakeside retreat that resists the obvious.

September 28, 2015

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!

September 24, 2015

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.

September 17, 2015

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.

September 11, 2015

Honeymoon Café

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.

September 10, 2015

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.

September 09, 2015

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.

September 01, 2015
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