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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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

2017 Design Conference

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

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

White on White

Baldridge Architects’ new office, a study in precision-built minimalism, offers a counterintuitive take on design-build in practice.

August 31, 2015

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.

August 27, 2015

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.

August 24, 2015

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.

August 20, 2015

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.

August 18, 2015

A Kind of Resurrection

San Antonio-based architect and furniture-maker Brian Korte, AIA, takes pleasure in seeing recovered materials reborn in new forms.

August 17, 2015

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.

August 12, 2015

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.

August 06, 2015

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!

August 05, 2015

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.

August 03, 2015

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.

July 30, 2015

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.

July 23, 2015

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.

July 20, 2015

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.

July 16, 2015

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.

July 15, 2015

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.

July 09, 2015

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.

July 06, 2015

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.

July 02, 2015

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.

June 23, 2015

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.

June 18, 2015

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.

June 15, 2015

Gray Matter

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.”

June 14, 2015

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.

June 10, 2015

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.

June 05, 2015

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.

June 04, 2015

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.

June 01, 2015

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.

May 28, 2015

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."

May 27, 2015

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.

May 26, 2015
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