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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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

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."

May 21, 2015

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.

May 20, 2015

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.

May 14, 2015

BLOG | Rand Elliott's Word Paintings

For Rand Elliott, FAIA, language and architecture — the output of his professional practice — are intimately connected.

May 11, 2015

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.

May 07, 2015

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.

April 30, 2015

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.

April 30, 2015

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.

April 27, 2015


For Kathleen English, AIA, of English & Associates, water management is one of the first things she thinks about when approaching a new project.

April 27, 2015

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.

April 23, 2015

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.

April 13, 2015

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.

April 09, 2015

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.

April 09, 2015

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.

March 31, 2015

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.

March 31, 2015

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.

March 30, 2015

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.

March 26, 2015

BLOG | Mark T. Wellen on CRAFT

Mark T. Wellen, FAIA, reflects on the "magical weekend" that was the 2015 Design Conference.

March 26, 2015

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.

March 24, 2015

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.

March 17, 2015

A Living Building in North Texas

Lake|Flato Architects' Josey Pavilion aspires to be the first Living Building in Texas.

March 16, 2015

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.

March 12, 2015

BLOG | 2015 Design Conference: Recap

More than 60 architects braved the freeze to attend the Society's Fourth Annual Design Conference: CRAFT in Denton.

March 05, 2015

BLOG | Project ArchiTX: Palma Plaza House

Contemporary cool meets neoclassical character in Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects' Austin family residence renovation, Palma Plaza House.

March 03, 2015

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.

March 02, 2015

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.

February 26, 2015

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.

February 17, 2015

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.

February 16, 2015

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.

February 13, 2015

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.

February 12, 2015

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!

February 06, 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.

February 04, 2015

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.

February 03, 2015

Bit by Bit

Studio Joseph takes a measured approach to the design of the National Butterfly Center Welcome Pavilion in Mission.

February 02, 2015

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.

January 30, 2015

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."

January 29, 2015

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.

January 20, 2015

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.

January 20, 2015

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!

January 19, 2015

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.

January 16, 2015

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.

January 15, 2015

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.

January 06, 2015

Collaboration & Craftsmen

Collaboration with craftsmen pays off, according to Wendy Dunnam Tita, AIA, of Page and Vicki Yuan, AIA, of Lake|Flato Architects.

January 05, 2015

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.

December 19, 2014

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.

December 15, 2014

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."

December 11, 2014

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.

December 08, 2014

Portfolio: MaRS Attacks

The distinction between architecture and interiors is often a fuzzy one, but MaRS bridges the distance nimbly.

December 05, 2014

2015 Design Conference: CRAFT

Architecture Tours and Learning Opportunities
27 February – 1 March
Denton, Texas


December 04, 2014

Maximizing Space

Rottet Studio provides privacy and breathtaking views of the Houston skyline for the attorneys in the Seyfarth Shaw offices.

December 04, 2014

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.

December 03, 2014

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.

December 01, 2014

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.

November 30, 2014

El Paso Knothole

Ball-Nogues Studio creates a fence that acts as a window on a ballpark in El Paso.

November 29, 2014

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.

November 24, 2014

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.

November 21, 2014

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.

November 18, 2014

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.

November 17, 2014

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.

November 13, 2014

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.

November 03, 2014

Ottmers Residence

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.

October 28, 2014

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.

October 27, 2014

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.

October 26, 2014
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