Rammed earth wall, rippling Venetian plaster, and the colorful blocks of Margo Sawyer-designed art walls — Page’s Torcasso residence achieves the sublime.
TxA Emerging Design + Technology: Call for Papers Deadline Extended to July 15
The 2014 TxA Emerging Design + Technology conference, to be held in conjunction with the Texas Society of Architects 75th Annual Convention and Design Expo, is seeking academic papers for peer-review, publication, and presentation. The abstract submission deadline has been extended to July 15.
BLOG | 500 Chicon: Fallen Tree to Get New Life
A tree lost; an addition to the Texas Architects office gained.
BLOG | Advocacy Update: Understanding Texas' Political Climate
Texas Society of Architects EVP James T. Perry shares a document with details on the 2014 general election, a summary of primary elections, and an overview of budge and tax-related issues to aid you in understanding of the current Texas political climate.
Bercy Chen Studio’s design at the Cascading Creek House sleekly conceal extensive mechanics under the hood of a gorgeous space.
BLOG | Architect Talking to Architects: Larry Paschall, AIA
Larry Paschall, AIA, of HPD Architecture talks to Texas Architects about his fascination with history, visiting the Tower of London, and finding your passions outside of the office.
The Boatmakers' Craft
Shipley Architects designed a Port Townsend, Wash., home that only boat-builders could detail so effortlessly.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Stephen J. Elwood, AIA
Stephen J. Elwood, AIA, of Corgan talks to Texas Architects about growing up in Oklahoma, the importance of the ability to hand draw, and his spare time hobby — furniture building.
2014 Texas Trailbreak Reception in Chicago
Attending the AIA National Convention in Chicago? Don't miss the 2014 Texas Trailbreak Reception, celebrating the elevation of the newest Texas Fellows.
BLOG | Beyond the Boardroom: Chapter Visits Five and Six
TxA EVP James T. Perry reports on his and President-elect Michael Malone's recent chapter visits to AIA Austin and AIA Corpus Christi.
BLOG | Clients' Corner: Gilson Riecken on his Alamo Heights Home
"It was important to us that we work with someone who understands who we are as people and how we live." San Antonio architect-turned-attorney Gilson Riecken talks to TA editor Catherine Gavin about what it was like working with Lake|Flato's Tenna Florian, AIA, on his Alamo Heights home.
Renovating for Play
As illustrated by the recent interior renovation of Collier Library, Brave Architecture and the Houston Public Library system are creating a standard for future rehabilitations of libraries throughout the city.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Jim Henry, AIA
Jim Henry, AIA, of HDR talks to Texas Architects about Christmastime traditions, enjoying unexpected architectural gems, and his advice for emerging professionals.
Preservation Texas Announces 2014 Most Endangered Places
On May 20, Preservation Texas announced its list of the Most Endangered Places in Texas for 2014. Twelve sites made the list, which aims to raise awareness of threatened historical structures to encourage local action while there is still time.
After the Rain
The nonprofit bcWORKSHOP has expanded to the Lower Rio Grande Valley and is bringing its public design process to housing developments outside of Harlingen.
TxA 2014 Design Awards Announced
We are pleased to announce the recipients of our 2014 Design Awards. Sixteen projects were selected from among 221 entries. This year's jurors were: Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, of Marlon Blackwell Architect in Fayetteville, Ark.; Andrea P. Leers, FAIA, of Leers Weinzapfel Associates in Boston; Tim Love, AIA, of Utile in Boston; and Mark Reddington, FAIA, of LMN Architects in Seattle.
BLOG | 500 Chicon: Design Awards Jurors in the Office
The 2014 Design Awards jurors visit 500 Chicon to select this year's recipients.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Mackenzie McHale, AIA
Mackenzie McHale, AIA, of HKS Architects talks to Texas Architects about her deriving inspiration from teaching, visiting one of Frank Lloyd Wright's greats, her penchant Texas libations, and fulfilling her lifelong dream of being a mom.
The Life of a Craftsman: Raymond Brochstein, FAIA
Houston's fearless leader, Raymond Brochstein, FAIA, demonstrates and demands excellence. Rice University professor Nonya Grenader, FAIA, profiles the craftsman, innovator, builder, philanthropist, and businessman who has made so many highly valued contributions to the city.
Preservation Texas Honor Awards
Last November, Preservation Texas announced the winners of its 2013 Honor Awards. The annual competition recognizes outstanding and inspiring accomplishments in historic preservation throughout Texas.
BLOG | Methods to TBAE Success: Part II
Austin-based construction lawyer and AIA Austin board member Matthew C. Ryan shares tips for maintaing a good standing with the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners.
Austin-based architect and UT Austin assistant professor Igor Siddiqui’s latest experiments in plastic have resulted in "Bayou-luminescence," cast from translucent industrial urethane rubber, and “Protoplastic," a series of design experiments exploring the possibilities of biodegradable plastics.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Jamie Crawley, AIA
Jamie Crawley, AIA, talks to Texas Architects about posting to #coffeesketch, inspiration derived from graffiti, his pilgrimage to the great American treasure of Fallingwater, and sharing the joys of soccer with his daughter.
BLOG | Methods to TBAE Success: Part I
Austin-based construction lawyer and AIA Austin board member Matthew C. Ryan shares tips for maintaing a good standing with the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners.
BLOG | 500 Chicon: Mentorship Match-Up
TxA's Career Building Committee launches its second year of mentorship match-ups.
AIA Selects 2014 COTE Top Ten Projects
The American Institute of Architects and its Committee on the Environment have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and ecological design projects that protect and enhance the environment. The projects will be honored at the AIA 2014 National Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago.
Demolition of the American Folk Art Museum
As demolition of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien's American Folk Art Museum building gets underway in New York City, The Architect's Newspaper Executive Editor Alan G. Brake explores the controversy ignited by this decision, and what it says about the public's appreciation for architecture.
BLOG | From an Architect's Desk
As National Architecture Week draws to a close, we invite you to contemplate the notion of the "Architect's Desk" with a video compilation of contributions to our recent Instagram hashtag event, #frommydesk, where we asked our followers to show us what it means to be an architect.
BLOG | 2014 Architizer A+ Awards: Texas Winners
Three Texas Architecture firms take home Architizer A+ Awards.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Nicholas Banks, Assoc. AIA, of Houston
Nicholas Banks, Assoc. AIA, of PDR talks to Texas Architects about his predilection for designing in pen, "springtime" in Houston, and advice he has for upcoming architects.
Louis Kahn Plays the Organ
Philip Hendren, AIA, recounts how in 1970, in a home in Old West Austin, Louis Kahn played the organ for a crowd of 400. Kahn's impromptu performance took place at a reception following the legendary architect's standing-room-only lecture at UT Austin.
BLOG | 500 Chicon: 2014 Design Awards Entries Are In!
On April 3, 2014, submissions for the Texas Society of Architects' 2014 Design Awards came to a close. See how the competition stacks up.
BLOG | Advocacy Update: The New World of Texas Politics — What It Means for You
Texas Society of Architects "Advocacy Update" blog post by David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, about the changing climate of Texas politics and how it concerns architectural interests.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: John Gates, AIA, of McAllen
John Gates, AIA, of Boultinghouse Simpson Gates Architects talks to Texas Architects about his "severely limited" taste in music, the town of Park City, Utah, and his tools of choice for architectural renderings.
BLOG | Beyond the Boardroom: Three Days in D.C. at AIA Grassroots
Executive Vice President James T. Perry reports on attending AIA Grassroots in Washington D.C. and strolling around the city with Val Glitsch, FAIA; Michael Malone, AIA; and Dan Hart, FAIA.
Midland's Rhotenberry Wellen Architects looked to traditional agrarian structures for the inspiration for the design and materiality of the Dietert Ranch retreat in Real County.
Austin 1964! Preservation Austin Homes Tour
On Saturday, April 5, Preservation Austin will host its 22nd Annual Homes Tour, "Austin 1964!" The event will focus on mid-1960s residences.
BLOG | 500 Chicon: Elizabeth Danze, FAIA, Talks Convention Futures
Texas Architects staffer Charlotte Friedley chats with Elizabeth Danze, FAIA, of Austin's Danze Blood Architects, about her role on the Society's Convention Futures Committee.
At the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, the wilderness has been tamed and a campus created. Inga Saffron, architecture critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer, weighs in on the new Renzo Piano Pavilion.
Re-Flex by RTKL Associates
Parametric design and digital fabrication create a responsive modular system focused on filtering light.
Threading a Garden Hose
Brooklyn artist Justin Cooper's woven green garden hose creates a sculptural object as it meanders through Austin's testsite gallery and garden as curated by Texas Architect contributor Rachel Adams.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Davey McEathron, AIA
In this “Architects Talking to Architects” post on the Texas Society of Architects blog, Davey McEathron, AIA, of Carter Design Associates talks to Texas Architects about the becoming an architect in his 40s, playing in indie rock bands, and enjoying sweltering Austin summers.
BLOG | Media and Technology in Architecture: The Morpholio Project App
Ken Ethridge, Jr., AIA, of Ethridge and Company in Austin, reviews Morpholio, a free app that architects and designers can use to present, share, and discuss their work via private or public forums.
Well Crafted Objects: UH Students Take On Product Design
The UH product design course Architecture and the Object is giving architecture students an opportunity to evaluate and respond to current consumer culture by developing high-quality, shelf-ready products. Students not only design their products, but also gain hands-on experience with everything from manufacturing to production to retail.
Art in the Park
The Patrick Doughtery stickwork installation "Boogie Woogie" is part of Hermann Park's Art in the Park centennial celebration, which throughout 2014 is highlighting the important role the park has played in the city's history, and its value for Houston's residents.
Capturing the Alamo: A Database of Architectural History
Built by the Spanish Empire in the 18th century, the Alamo has had many lives. A research team led by Professor Robert Warden, RA, of Texas A&M's Center for Heritage Conservation, is using laser scanning and other emergent technologies to document the landmark in its present state, and build a three-dimensional database cataloguing its evolution.
BLOG | Beyond the Boardroom: Looking Ahead in 2014
Executive Vice President James T. Perry reports on staying up to date with AIA developments, legislative efforts to reduce the architectural threshold, and other activities the Society is looking forward to in the coming months.
Beyond the Box
The Paisano Green Community in El Paso, by Workshop8, is educating residents to be stewards of their environment. It is the first net zero, LEED Platinum-certified low-income senior housing project in the city.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Matthew Faulkner, AIA
In this “Architects Talking to Architects” post on the Texas Society of Architects blog, Matthew Faulkner, AIA, co-founder of PACT Design Studio talks to Texas Architects about his love of woodworking, finding inspiration in pop culture, and his assortment of musical preferences.
Texas Architects Speakers Bureau
Interested in having an architect present at your upcoming event? The Texas Society of Architects offers a Speakers Bureau that matches engaging, experienced member architects with important audiences around the state.
BLOG | SNEAK PEEK at Texas Architect’s New Feature –– "Products"
Texas Architect magazine heralds in a new “Products” section, curated by Rita Orrell, in the March/April issue.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Johanna Reed, Assoc. AIA
In this “Architects Talking to Architects” post, Johanna Reed of Dick Clark + Associates talks to Texas Architects about the magic of drawing in pencil, her love affair with the American West, and her reasons for wanting to go to Greece so badly.
AIA Announces 2014 Fellows — 21 Texas Architects Named
The American Institute of Architects has announced the newest members of the AIA College of Fellows. Among the 139 members elevated to Fellowship in 2014, 21 are from the state of Texas. Congratulations to all the recipients of this prestigious honor. Only about 3,000 of AIA's total 80,000 members hold this distinction.
Reflections | Design Conference 2014
During the Jan. 31–Feb. 2 weekend, architects hailing from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Mexico convened in Austin for the Texas Society of Architects’ Third Annual Design Conference: Borderlands. The three-day conference was filled with world-class presentations by renowned architects, intriguing tours, and stimulating conversation among architectural peers.
BLOG | Lorena Toffer, AIA, of Dallas Receives 2014 AIA Young Architects Award
Congratulations are in order for Texas Architect Lorena Toffer, AIA. Toffer, a member of AIA Dallas and an associate at Corgan, is among the 18 recipients of this year's AIA Young Architects Award.
BLOG | DesCon 2014 Held in Austin This Past Weekend
This past weekend, the Texas Society of Architects hosted our Third Annual Design Conference: Borderlands in Austin. Over 50 people were in attendance for the three-day event, which was filled with presentations, tours, and stimulating discussions.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Julien Meyrat, AIA
In this “Architects Talking to Architects” post, Julien Meyrat, AIA, of RTKL Associates in Dallas talks to Texas Architects about growing up around the world, finding inspiration in historic rural landscapes, and his volunteer efforts in the City of Rockwall.
BLOG | Bringing It Home: AIA Brazos Presents TxA Citation to Bryan City Council
On January 14, AIA Brazos chapter members had an opportunity to locally and publicly present one of Texas Architects' 2013 Citation of Honor awards to the 23 city council members it was intended to recognize.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Kirby Zengler, AIA
Kirby Zengler, AIA, is an associate at JHP Architecture in Dallas. He received his MArch degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and joined the firm in 2002. Zengler leads the Whole Community Design initiative on behalf of JHP.
LRGV AIA Tour: Small-Town Architecture of Weslaco
On September 26, participants in the 21st Annual Building Communities Conference, hosted by the Lower Rio Grande Valley AIA, took part in a one-day tour exploring the architecture of Weslaco. The buildings toured were completed between the 1920s and 1950s and illustrate how architecture conserves community identity.
Oklahoma's 21st Century Park: Myriad Botanical Gardens
Downtown Oklahoma City’s Myriad Botanical Gardens recently received a huge face-lift from The Office of James Burnett in collaboration with David Epstein, AIA, of Gensler’s Austin office. The reinvigorated park's beautiful pavilions and diversity of gardens are attracting people from all over the city.
Snøhetta's College Park Pavilion
Deceptively simple in plan, Snøhetta's first built work in Texas has become a gathering place for the community, and along with the other Park Pavilions of Dallas, it is encouraging people to step out of their comfort zone and explore unfamiliar parts of the city.
Steep, arid river banks in Big Bend; vast, open spaces with trains running through them; lines of containers waiting to move here or there — the large-format photographs of Victoria Sambunaris (American, b. 1964) depict the harsh climate and evidence of trade along the U.S.-Mexico border.
AIA Dallas 2013 Design Awards
The AIA Dallas Design Awards recognize outstanding work by Dallas architects, both in the metropolitan area and around the globe. Juries honored designs that respond to unique cultural, social, environmental, and contextual challenges.
2013 TAC Contributors
The Texas Architects Committee thanks all our 2013 contributors for their generous donations in support of our advocacy efforts on behalf of our membership.
Val Glitsch, FAIA, Texas Architects 2014 President
This January, the Texas Society of Architects welcomes Val Glitsch, FAIA, as president. Glitsch is principal of Val Glitsch Architect in Houston and has more than 15 years of leadership with the Society. She was profiled in the November/December issue of Texas Architect.
2014 Texas Architects Leadership
This past November, Texas Society of Architects members elected nominees for 2014 leadership during the Society's Annual Business Session in Fort Worth. Val Glitsch, FAIA, of Houston was elected 2014 president; Michael Malone, AIA, of Dallas was voted president-elect.
Talking Shop with Four Under 40
Career building, like any other kind of building, can be a tricky business, but these four under 40 are making their way by starting new firms and building leadership in small communities.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Ryan Flener, Assoc. AIA
Ryan Flener, Assoc. AIA, of Good Fulton & Farrell talks to Texas Architects about hailing from Louisville, being a music snob, and his preference for the pen sketch.
BLOG | Advocacy Update: Robinson Wins!
Texas Architect David W. Robinson, AIA, was elected to the Houston City Council in a Dec. 14 run-off. The Society's Senior Advocate David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, reports on the race.
BLOG | Media and Technology in Architecture | Sourcing New Materials
"Half the battle is often knowing where to start the search." In our latest "Media and Technology in Architecture" post, Brinn Miracle, AIA, of PDR in Houston describes a number of online resources for sourcing, researching, and trying out new building products.
The Blaffer Reworked
Though the project for the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston was primarily an interior renovation, WORKac’s design is ambitious and less predictable than many university buildings.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Danelle Briscoe, Assoc. AIA
Danelle Briscoe, Assoc. AIA, assistant professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, talks to Texas Architects about growing up in Galveston, garage-saling, and her first trip to Istanbul.
Completing the Circle
An ambitious partnership between St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin and Andersson-Wise Architects has transformed the original Fehr & Granger campus with five new buildings.
2014 Design Conference: Borderlands
Architecture Tours and Learning Opportunities
31 January – 2 February
BLOG | Justin Oscilowski, Assoc. AIA, Contributing to the Craft
Justin Oscilowski, Assoc. AIA, of Austin's PageSoutherlandPage, jumped at the chance to volunteer for our 2013 Convention Committee and played a key role in transforming the ideas for the Craftsmen's Square into reality.
What Starts Here ...
Three new buildings on The University of Texas at Austin campus — the Belo Center for New Media, Norman Hackerman Building, and College of Liberal Arts Building — push the envelope and interpret design guidelines in creative ways.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Francisco Gomes, AIA
"I find considerable inspiration in construction. Not just the materials and technical assemblies of our buildings, but the people, tools, and cultures of their construction." Francisco Gomes, AIA, of Austin's Gomes+Staub talks to Texas Architects.
2013 Convention Attendee Continuing Education Credit
Review your 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo Learning Unit Hours, and confirm that your convention certificate and AIA transcript is correct. You can also review the new Continuing Education standards, and how this may affect your licensure renewal in the future.
2013 Convention Survey
Did you attend the Texas Society of Architects 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo? If so, tell us how we did. We would love your help in making next year's convention even better!
Animal House: Thoughts on Cross-Species Design Collaborations
AnimalArchitecture.org is a web-based platform dedicated to an ongoing investigation into the performative role of design in ecology. Founder and Director Ned Dodington, Assoc. AIA, writes about the questions explored by the site, which presents a curated collection of works demonstrating the powerful collaborations between human and non-human architects.
BLOG | Texas Architects Board Responds to AIA Restructuring
At its September 2013 meeting, the AIA Board of Directors approved a motion to allow planning for a new board structure. Executive Vice President James T. Perry discusses the Society's position on the proposed changes and why the issue matters to members.
More Than Skin Deep: University of Houston's New Medical Building
This article from the November/December 2013 issue of Texas Architect explores facade treatments at the new University of Houston Health and Biomedical Sciences Building. The center was designed by Shepley Bulfinch of Boston, with Houston's Bailey Architects serving as the architect of record.
On the Proposed Reorganization of the AIA Board
Former AIA Board Representative Bill T. Wilson II, FAIA, has written an open letter to Texas architects regarding the proposed restructuring of the AIA board. Read the letter outlining his concerns about the new governance model, and share your thoughts.
Streamlining the Path to Licensure
Over the past 40 years, the requirements for architectural licensure have increased tremendously terms of time and cost to the candidate. In 2012, Texas Architects teamed up with representatives of other AIA "large states" to examine the ARE and IDP process and propose changes for a simpler, more efficient system. The Licensing Task Force findings and recommendations are now available.
Giesecke and Vosper at Texas A&M
In the midst of the Great Depression, two architects, Dr. Frederick E. Giesecke and Samuel C. P. Vosper, transformed the campus of Texas A&M University with 10 new buildings in just five years.
Texas Architects' IgCC Roadmap
Over the past four years, Texas Architects has monitored and participated in the development of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), and provided significant input into its refinement and development. Our IgCC Task Force has developed this Road Map to guide those officials contemplating or actually adopting the IgCC.
BLOG | Media and Technology in Architecture | Flipboard Aggregator App
In our latest Media and Technology in Architecture post on the Texas Architects blog, Ken Ethridge, AIA, compares the Flipboard news aggregator app to Zite.
BLOG | Repositioning the Institute: What It Means to the Texas Society of Architects
AIA National Board Member John Nyfeler, FAIA, discusses progress on the AIA Repositioning Initiative and the impact of planned changes for Texas Architects.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Helen Pierce, AIA
Helen Pierce, AIA, of Alamo Architects in San Antonio chats with Texas Architects about her family's Sears, Roebuck & Co. mail order home, the sights and sounds of New York City, and painting as a possible alternative profession.
Licensed Architect Fingerprinting to be Available at the 2013 Convention
On June 24, 2013, HB 1717 was signed into law. This Texas Legislature house bill adds architects to the list of professions requiring fingerprinting as part of their licensure renewal. The Texas Society of Architects has taken steps to make this transition easier for architects across Texas.
BLOG | Advocacy News: AIA Announces 2014 Call for Issues Survey
James R. Nader, FAIA, a Texas representative to the AIA Board Advocacy Committee, invites you to share your views on the AIA policy issues that matter most by taking the 2014 Call for Issues Survey. We appreciate your help in shaping the message that AIA takes to Capitol Hill next year.
Architizer's 2nd Annual A+ Awards: Call for Entries
The Texas Society of Architects and Architizer would like to announce the 2nd Annual A+ Awards, dedicated to the best architecture, spaces, and products in the world. The early entry deadline is November 1st.
BLOG | Media and Technology in Architecture | Media Consumption: How to Get Your Fill
In "Media and Technology in Architecture," a new series on the Texas Architects blog, Brinn Miracle, AIA, provides some tips for organizing and consuming the vast amounts of architectural information available online.
Surrounded by sandburs, the sea breeze, and a wide airstrip, the Fire|Beach House in Galveston is a surprising piece of contemporary architecture.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Alexer Taganas, Assoc. AIA
Alexer Taganas, Assoc. AIA, of Webber + Studio in Austin talks to Texas Architects about choosing buildings over Broadway, his time in Berlin, and a somewhat off-putting yet surprisingly effective technique for sketching.
CE Session Sponsorship Opportunities
Members and/or their firms have an opportunity to support a continuing education session of their choice at the Texas Society of Architects 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo.
BLOG | Beyond the Boardroom: Past Presidents Convene in Santa Fe
Executive Vice President James T. Perry reports on the most recent gathering of the Society's past presidents. "Every three years, the past presidents of the Texas Society of Architects come together in Santa Fe, N.M., for a meeting hosted by the current president-elect. This being one of those years, Val Glitsch, FAIA, hosted the event this past weekend at the St. Francis Hotel."
Texas Dance Halls
An under-researched category of Texas vernacular architecture, dance halls have played a fundamental role in the development of both rural and urban Texas communities, identities, and cultures.
Workplace Design Trends
Released every five years, Gensler's U.S. Workplace Survey sheds light on the relationship between office design and business performance. Michael Friebele, Assoc. AIA, of Laguarda.Low Architects discusses what the 2013 survey reveals about trends in the design of collaboration spaces and the role of choice in team member satisfaction.