Future Convention Dates
Save the dates for future Annual Conventions of the Texas Society of Architects.
Patrick Swearingen Chumney, AIA Emeritus: 1933-2016
Patrick Swearingen Chumney, AIA Emeritus, passed away on October 4, 2016.
Welcome, New Members!
A warm welcome to all of our new members since the beginning of 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.
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).
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.
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.
BLOG | Becoming an Architect: MFx Participants Gain Career Experience
Matt Fajkus Architecture's new MFx program incorporates students into the workplace.
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.
BLOG | 2017 Texas Architect Editorial Calendar
The 2017 editorial calendar for Texas Architect magazine is now available.
BLOG | Architeens
UT Arlington's College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs hosts a camp for aspiring high school interior designers and architects.
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.
BLOG | Update: UT Living Wall
Check out the finished living wall at The University of Texas at Austin.
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.
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.
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.
BLOG | Architects in the Outfield
AIA San Antonio's architect/engineer softball league has been bringing firms together since 1994.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BLOG | Robert E. Velten, AIA: 1929–2016
Remembering Robert E. Velten, AIA, Brownsville architect.
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.
BLOG | Logic Tobola, FAIA: 1940–2016
Remembering Logic Tobola, FAIA, past president of TxA.
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.”
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.
BLOG | Bill Booziotis, FAIA: 1935–2016
Remembering Bill Booziotis, FAIA, founding principal of Booziotis & Company Architects in Dallas.
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.
BLOG | 2016 Design Award Winners
Jurors select 10 projects as this year's Design Award winners.
BLOG | Overheard at the 2016 Design Awards Jury
Peek inside our 2016 Design Awards jury deliberations.
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.
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 Sixth Annual Design Conference, "Clarity," will happen in Marfa on February 24–26.
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.