Advocates Show Legislators that "Design Matters"
There was a great deal of quality advocacy taking place in Austin on Tuesday, January 29. Approximately 150 Texas architects stormed the Capitol to promote the profession’s legislative agenda as part of Advocates for Architecture Day 2013.
Dwelling: To Have or to Be
People looking to build a house, even the financially comfortable and educated, seldom hire an architect because architects haven’t done a good job of communicating their value. Part of this stems from the difficulty of describing services for the complex tasks of design and construction. More important, architects haven’t taken on the job of making conceptual ideas clearly compatible with living needs.
Spring Lecture Series Underway at Texas Schools
Architecture schools are bringing some of the most influential and innovative architects and scholars to Texas as part of their Spring 2013 lecture series.
W. Eugene George, FAIA (1922-2013)
W. Eugene George, FAIA, one of the leading architects in the historic preservation movement, passed away on January 16. The recipient of the Society's 2001 Edward J. Romieniec Award and 2012 Presidential Citation, George will long be remembered for his invaluable contributions to the conservation of the architectural heritage of the State of Texas, and for his profound influence on students and professional leaders alike.
Advocates for Architecture Day 2013
On Tuesday, January 29, architects from across the state will converge on the Texas Capitol to raise awareness among state legislators about the value of architectural planning and design. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this important event! Watch our video invite featuring Representative Donna Howard, then register today.
Merging the Natural and Built Environments
Husband-and-wife team Weiss/Manfredi, designers of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's new Visitor Center and Seattle's internationally acclaimed Olympic Sculpture Park, will deliver the keynote address at our 2nd Annual Design Conference — "Collections."
Michael Van Valkenburgh on Austin’s Waller Creek
With construction of the Waller Creek tunnel well under way in Austin, the $146.5 million municipal effort to more efficiently manage the flow of water through the long-neglected flood plain has also afforded a new vision for the creek and the city.
AIA San Antonio Design Awards
Recipients of the 2012 AIA San Antonio Design Awards were announced in November 2012. Selecting from 45 entries representing 24 San Antonio firms, the jury recognized three projects with Honor Awards.
AIA El Paso Design Awards
The 2012 AIA El Paso Design Awards were announced in November 2012, honoring El Paso County Family Youth and Services Center, Albert Bacon Fall Mansion, and E.G. Chayo Community Center.
Klyde Warren Park: Dallas' New Landmark
Designed by the Office of James Burnett, the 5.2-acre Klyde Warren Park — the deck park over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway — creates a welcome urban green space over the recessed freeway between Pearl and St. Paul Streets in the center of the Dallas.
For a Gardener: In Memory of Ruth Carter Johnson Stevenson (1923-2013)
In memory of Ruth Carter Stevenson’s many contributions to Fort Worth and the state, Mark Gunderson, AIA, recalls her unique role in and contribution to matters of architecture and design, her friendship with Philip Johnson, and her love of gardening.
Advocacy Update: SAC Meeting Report
David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, senior advocate for the Society, reports on the December 19 meeting of the Sunset Advisory Commission (SAC). At its last meeting of the 2012, the SAC took final action on staff recommendations for the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners and considered staff proposals for the Texas Facilities Commission. Recommendations dealing with public-private partnerships (P3) procurement methods and rules were also discussed.
Advocates for Architecture Day 2013
The Society's Advocates for Architecture Day will take place on January 29. 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.
2013 Design Expo: Exhibitor Information
Our 2013 Design Expo is sold out! See our information below for move-in times, exhibit hall events, and exhibitor opportunities to make the most of your Design Expo experience.
John Staub Awards 2012
The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) recognized projects across the state for their achievements and contributions to preserving and advancing the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism, and the allied arts. The 2012 John Staub Awards for Residential Architecture were presented for the following five projects.
Upcoming 8-Week Blackout for the ARE®
NCARB CEO Michael J. Armstrong announced that the ARE® will change content management providers in the summer of 2013. This shift will require an 8-week blackout for both Member Boards and exam candidates starting July 1, 2013. The downtime will affect testing schedules.
The 2012 Exhibit of School Architecture sponsored by the Texas Association of School Administration (TASA) and the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Convention awarded the Caudill Award to Lady Bird Johnson Middle School in Irving designed by Corgan Associates.
Coy Talley on the Landscape Architecture of the Perot Museum
Coy Talley of Talley Associates recently collaborated with Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects to design the grounds of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Their shared vision of landscape-building integration resulted in a stunning design celebrating a cross section of Texas ecology.
Ray Bailey, FAIA (1942-2012)
Ray Bailey, FAIA, CEO of Bailey Architects in Houston, passed away on December 10, 2012. Past president of the Texas Society of Architects and a recipient of the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Bailey is being remembered by the architecture community both for his personal qualities, which were strongly admired by many who had the privilege of working with him, and for his enduring contributions to the field.
A former gas station turned gastropub, The Monterey is helping to create a culinary outpost in San Antonio’s Southtown district. Designed by Poteet Architects and Wiese Hefty Design Build, the scheme for this highly praised restaurant transformed the dilapidated storefront of a former Sunglo Service Station with a clean mid-century aesthetic, a large inviting patio, and an innovative menu.
Dallas Arts District – Time for a Remix?
Trendy food trucks have arrived in the heart of the Dallas Arts District at lunchtime to populate an otherwise quiet section of downtown. The trucks with their eager vendors serve as a kind of non-architectural redevelopment force and a reminder of the original vision for the district — a vibrant mix of pedestrian-friendly uses.
A Towering Landmark for Formula One Track
Fans of Formula One come to see the action on the track, not what’s around the track, said Juan Miró, an architect. But luckily for him, the owners of the Circuit of the Americas, the new Formula One site on the edge of Austin, Tex., wanted to create a memorable setting for events like the 2012 United States Grand Prix.
2013 Leadership Elected
On October 18, Texas Society of Architects members elected nominees for 2013 leadership during the Society's Annual Business Session in Austin. Lawrence W. Speck, FAIA, will assume the presidency for 2013.
Catherine Gavin Appointed Editor of Texas Architect
The Texas Society of Architects has welcomed Catherine Gavin to Austin as editor of its magazine, Texas Architect, effective with the January/February issue. She follows the four-issue guest editorship of Larry Paul Fuller, which commenced with the departure of previous editor Stephen Sharpe at the end of February.
Debut in Dallas
Last month the City of Dallas opened the City Performance Hall, a “village for the arts” meant to help cap off its growing arts district. Architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill took that title to heart, seeking input from local artists and opting for elegance in the presence of its commanding neighbors.
Texas Society of Architects 25-Year Award
Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, one of the most distinguished works of contemporary architecture in Texas built during the 1950s, has been recognized by a jury to receive the Texas Society of Architects 25-Year Award for 2012.
Advocates for Architecture Day 2013
Texas Architects’ second annual Advocates for Architecture Day — considered to be the next “best chance” members have to market their profession and protect their practice — is scheduled for January 29.
Invest in Yourself and Your Career
Renew your American Institute of Architects (AIA) membership by March 31, 2013, to continue to receive important member benefits at the national, state, and local levels while supporting the profession.
Turn Up the Volume!
The stage lights were warm and welcoming, not at all the petrifying event conjured in my subconscious. The butterflies and wobbly knees were not present as I ascended the stage steps to address the standing-room only crowd of 1400 colleagues gathered from across the breadth of our state’s boundaries.
Introducing 2013 President Larry Speck, FAIA
The Texas Society of Architects is pleased to announce that Larry Speck, FAIA, will serve as 2013 President. Speck has gained considerable national and international recognition for his work as an architect, an architectural critic, an academic, and a teacher.
Design Conference Set for Dallas February 22-24
The Society’s Design Committee invites all Texas Society of Architects members to attend the Second Annual Texas Architects Design Conference, "Collections," scheduled to be held at the Dallas Center for Architecture February 22-24. Cochairmen Mark Wellen, AIA, and Michael Malone, AIA, have been busy organizing the 2013 program to be a fitting successor to the 2012 inaugural conference, “Architecture in the Hinterlands,” held in Midland.
2012 Convention Recap
The agenda of the 2012 Convention Committee, chaired by Heather McKinney, FAIA, was to shake things up and produce "an unconventional convention.” From the responses of attendees, they definitely succeeded!
Convention Sponsor Thank You
The Texas Society of Architects acknowledges the following Sponsors and Hosts for their generous support at the 73rd Annual Convention and Design Expo.
An Interview with Yesenia Blandon, Assoc. AIA
Julian Debo, an architecture student at the University of Texas at Austin, recently interviewed Yesenia Blandon, Assoc. AIA, for the third in a series of interviews with Texas architectural professionals that are appearing on a newly launched blog by students: The Hugman Incentive.
Update: New Staff
Texas Society of Architects recently welcomed Catherine Gavin as the editor of its magazine, Texas Architect. Read more about Catherine and other new staff members in the full article.
Leaving a Trace with an iPad
A new mobile device app digitizes a tool long cherished by architects and designers.The Morpholio Project, a digital-media company started by practitioners and academics in the design professions, enters the currently limited field of design-oriented mobile-device apps with the goal of expanding productivity beyond the studio and desktop computer.
Students' Sustainable Doghouse Designs Win Competition
Former and current design students from Texas A&M's College of Architecture incorporated “green” techniques in the design and construction of winning entries in Brazos Bark & Build, a sustainable doghouse competition sponsored by AIA Brazos.
CE Certificates Available Online Mid November
Many thanks to everyone who attended the Texas Architects 73rd Annual Convention and Design Expo and helped to make it a great success! Attendees will be able to review their Continuing Education Certificate online via a link sent by Texas Architects the week of November 12. The deadline to review certificates is November 30.
Team Selected for Linear Park in Downtown Austin
As the culmination of an international competition, a team led by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) and Thomas Phifer and Partners has been chosen to design a 1.5-mile-long linear park in downtown Austin.
20 x 20 @ 500 Chicon
During the Texas Architects 73rd Convention, swing by 500 Chicon (the headquarters office of Texas Architects) for a Pecha-Kucha-style event for the late-night convention crowd! Nine design-savvy individuals will present 20 slides for 20 seconds in a concise, dynamic presentation style!
A Conversation with Bob Borson
Saranya Kanagaraj, an architecture student at the University of Texas at Austin, recently interviewed architect Bob Borson for the second in a series of interviews with Texas architects that are appearing on a newly launched blog by students: The Hugman Incentive.
October 10 Deadline to Buy Convention Event Tickets Online
October 10 is the last day to buy convention event tickets online. After that date, some event tickets will still be available onsite. (Tickets for the Texas Architects Awards Luncheon and the Lunch with Exhibitors must be purchased by Oct. 10.) Don’t miss out on some of the most exciting Texas Architects receptions and celebrations!
When Worlds Collide: ADA and LEED
Texas Society of Architects is offering a record 91 Continuing Education opportunities this year during its Austin convention and is also offering GBCI and LEED-specific credit for the very first year! One standout class, "When Worlds Collide: ADA and LEED," offers ADA; Health, Safety and Welfare; Sustainable Design; and LEED-specific credit.
Survey Predicts Architect Shortage by 2014
The recession decimated the architecture profession, with firms closing or laying off large numbers of employees, architects left jobless for months or years, and many leaving the profession entirely. But a survey recently conducted by McGraw-Hill Construction (Record’s parent company) came to the counterintuitive conclusion that some U.S. firms expect a shortage of qualified designers to meet their workloads by 2014.
An Interview with Heather McKinney, FAIA
Saranya Kanagaraj, an architecture student at the University of Texas at Austin, recently interviewed Heather McKinney, FAIA, for an article that breaks down the stereotypes about what it means to be a part of a professional organization. The interview is the first in a series of interviews with Texas architects that are appearing on a newly launched blog by students: The Hugman Incentive.
AIA Austin Homes Tour: October 6 and 7
AIA Austin is holding its 26th Annual Homes Tour, Oct. 6 - 7, which showcases 13 new and newly-renovated homes from across the Austin area. The two-day self-guided tour celebrates the diverse and stunning design talent of Austin’s local architects, with both traditional and contemporary designs that span from modest to means.
2013 Leadership Nominees
Election of Texas Architects' 2013 leadership takes place at the Annual Business Session, Thursday, October 18, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (revised time) at the Austin Convention Center in conjunction with the Texas Society of Architects 73rd Annual Convention & Design Expo. The Nominating Committee has prepared the slate of qualified nominees for the 2013 officer and at-large director vacancies due to occur, and three nominees to serve as voting members of the 2013 Nominating Committee.
2012 Texas Architectural Foundation Scholarships
The Texas Architectural Foundation (TAF) issued 59 awards totaling $71,750 to students and Texas Universities for the 2012-13 academic year. The eight universities with accredited architecture programs include: Prairie View A&M University; Texas A&M University; Rice University; Texas Tech University; University of Houston; University of Texas at Austin; University of Texas at Arlington; and the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Waller Creek Designs Unveiled
Four finalists in a design competition to re-imagine downtown Austin's Waller Creek have unveiled their visions for 15 blocks along the creek, from Waterloo Park to Lady Bird Lake.The designs are ambitious, incorporating grand architectural flourishes and broad public spaces, all emphasizing a natural environment of water and trees. Any of the four designs, if built, would likely become instant destinations, on par with Manhattan’s High Line and Chicago’s Millennium Park.
Call for entries: PERSPECTIVASdosmil12
This exhibit aims to showcase the work and talent of Latino architectural professionals and designers in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. The exhibit will take place during the 2012 Texas Society of Architects Convention and Design Expo at the Austin Convention Center, October 18-20. Register by September 14 to submit materials for consideration.
Design Awards Panel Discussions during October Convention
In October, the architects of the 13 projects selected for 2012 Design Awards will participate in three separate panel discussions during the Texas Architects 73rd Convention and Design Expo. Attend one or all sessions as the architects discuss and explore what went into the winning designs.
2012 Texas Architects Career Fair & Interview Day
The Texas Society of Architects (Texas Architects) hosts its first Career Fair & Interview Day on Saturday, October 20, at the Austin Convention Center. The free event is held in conjunction with the Texas Architects 73rd Annual Convention & Design Expo. Architecture students and Associate and Intern members are encouraged to attend, and Texas Architects members are invited to recruit.
Tour the Circuit of the Americas with AIA Austin
In partnership with the Texas Society of Architects, AIA Austin is offering a rare and unique opportunity for attendees of the Texas Architects 73rd Convention and Design Expo: the chance to tour Austin’s fabulous new Circuit of the Americas mere weeks before it opens!
After Tuscany: Rediscovering Home
"At once wistful and thought-provoking, light-hearted and profound.” That is how Dallas architect and contributing editor Max Levy, FAIA, described the set of Italy/Texas photo collages published in the Backpage section of the Sept/Oct issue of Texas Architect. We agree with Max that the images, created by UT School of Architecture student Emily Wiegand, are fascinating.
Department of State Overseas Buildings Operations Announces Two IDIQ Design Services Solicitations
The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations has announced two Indefinite Quantity Indefinite Delivery (IDIQ) design services solicitations for worldwide new construction and rehabilitation and renovation.
Building the Belo Center for New Media in Two Minutes
Watch the two-year construction of the University of Texas at Austin's Belo Center for New Media in this two-minute time-lapse video. The project was designed by the Lawrence Group. Located at the northeast corner of Dean Keeton and Guadalupe streets, the Belo Center provides interactive classrooms and meeting space for more than 4,200 students in the college and houses the adjacent KUT Public Media Studios.
A&M Students to Design, Build Home for Housing Needs Initiative
In an initiative that addresses the profound societal challenges of meeting the housing needs of the estimated nine billion people that will be on the planet by 2050 while simultaneously reducing buildings’ energy use, students from all disciplines at Texas A&M’s College of Architecture will design and build a single-family residence during the 2012-2013 academic year. The project is part of A&M’s new college-wide Real Projects initiative.
Five Projects Selected for Studio Awards
Five projects were selected for Texas Architects Studio Awards from a pool of 60 entries on August 14. The Studio Awards program recognizes the best designs in unbuilt, often conceptual, architecture. The winning projects will be published in the Nov/Dec issue of Texas Architect magazine and recognized at an awards ceremony during the Society's annual convention, Oct. 18-20, in Austin.
Designed to Connect: Video Conferencing with Skype
Is Your Firm Still Using a Soup Can to Communicate?
Video conferencing, such as Skype, can bring benefits to your firm.
Like the child’s game of telephone with two cans on a string, our methods of communication develop as we get older and seek improved methods. Video conferencing, the ability to see and speak to someone across the Internet, is something that in the past only appeared in movies like the Terminator or Minority Report.
Texas Architects Convention Offers ARE Study Classes
Texas Architects and AIA Austin are offering three specialized study classes on the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) during the Texas Society of Architects 73rd Annual Convention and Design Expo, Oct. 18-20, in Austin. If you’re an associate member and have graduated from an accredited school of architecture in the past seven years, access to these courses is free if you register for the convention by Sept. 11.
Congress Avenue: A Laboratory of Learning
Don't miss an opportunity to participate in a walking tour of Congress Avenue during the Texas Architects 73rd Annual Convention and Design Expo, October 18-20, in Austin. Jana McCann, AIA, will lead tour attendees from the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge to the Old Bakery just south of the Capitol.
Texas Architects Design Expo: October 18 &19, 2012
On Thursday, October 18, the Texas Architects Design Expo will open at 3:30 p.m. and run until 7:30 p.m. See the newest innovations in building materials, design technology, construction services, and more. Check in with a favorite supplier, share information, or look for the idea that can make your practice cutting edge. The Expo will open again on Friday at 11:00 a.m and run until 5:30 p.m.
DCFA Hosts Exhibit on Architecture and Water Conservation
The Dallas Center for Architecture (DCFA) hosts the exhibit “Design By The Gallon: Architecture and Water Conservation,” which examines the environmental and human-generated circumstances that have put us in a dire situation. In 2011, an average of 14.8 inches of water fell across the entire state, making it the driest year in Texas history. In October 2011, 88% of the state was classified as being in “exceptional drought.” Looking at a series of architect-designed solutions, the show provides context and possibilities for changing our drought-stricken future.
UT Arlington and Dallas Morning News Create Joint Architecture Professor-Critic Position
The University of Texas at Arlington and The Dallas Morning News are partnering in an innovative joint appointment of a School of Architecture faculty member who also will serve as architecture critic for the news organization. The initial appointment will be for three years, renewable and split evenly between the News and UT Arlington.
Fort Worth's Historic Fuller House Likely to Escape Wrecking Ball
A one-of-a-kind "geometric" house built by an oilman and his wife almost 60 years ago, featuring rooms of various shapes, will apparently escape the wrecking ball. The 8,400-square-foot Andrew Fuller House, designed by noted California architect A. Quincy Jones, was sold Friday to a Fort Worth couple, according to the previous owner and the real estate agent.
2012 Texas Architects Convention
Texas Architects and AIA Austin, the Texas Architects 2012 Convention host chapter, encourage you to attend the 73rd Convention in October! Don't miss compelling CE sessions, keynote speakers Roman Mars (99% Invisible )and Robert Hammond (New York's Friends of the High Line), a two-day Design Expo, and more. View AIA Austin's video to find out why you should attend.
More than a Booth
As an Exhibitor in the 2012 Texas Architects Design Expo, you have an opportunity to extend your brand beyond the walls of your booth in the expo hall. Have you considered sponsoring an event, advertising in the Program Guide, or upgrading your website listing?
Fireside Chats for Emerging Professionals
Texas Architects presents Fireside Chats at the Society's 73rd Annual Convention in Austin, Oct. 18-20. Architecture's Emerging Professionals are invited to attend roundtable-style conversations with Frank Welch, FAIA; Max Levy, FAIA; Val Glitsch, FAIA; Larry Speck, FAIA; and Ted Flato, FAIA. If you're an emerging professional or architecture student looking for career advice, design insight, or thoughts about the future of Texas architecture, register to attend the Fireside Chats!
2012 Honor Awards
The Texas Society of Architects announces its 2012 Honor Awards. The annual awards recognize exceptional members, firms, individuals, and organizations for their outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture, the built environment, and the quality of life in Texas.
2012 Convention Updates
The Texas Society of Architects is committed to delivering the best possible opportunities for members and the design community at its 73rd Annual Convention and Design Expo in Austin, Oct. 18-20. Texas Architects has recently added two new Continuing Education sessions and a schedule update to the convention program to help attendees get the most out of their convention experience. View those updates here.
Light Craft: Art and Architecture Merge at Rice
Anchoring the western end of Rice University's main quad in Houston, James Turrell's new 118-foot-square Skyspace emerges from the earth in front of the monolithic Shepherd School of Music. “This is architecture that light and space makes,” explains the artist. When the sun illuminates the atmosphere, you can't see through it to view the stars that are there, he points out. “Light not only reveals, it also obscures—so you can actually build a space with it. I use light and architecture in that way: to limit space and to reveal it, either way.”
How 99% Invisible is Changing Public Radio
"Covering design on the radio can be a challenge for obvious reasons, but being audio-only is usually a constraint that works in my favor," says Roman Mars. Mars is the creator and host of the hugely inventive podcast 99% Invisible, which treats the design of everyday things like a forensic science. In each episode, Mars (keynote speaker for 2012 Texas Architects Convention) highlights some nearly invisible design process that you had no idea was incredibly interesting and then tells you why it is.
Texas Governor's Mansion Finally Restored
Governor Rick Perry announced on Thursday that the 156- year-old Texas Governor’s Mansion has been fully restored. In October 2007, the mansion underwent deferred maintenance to replace plumbing and electrical systems, install indoor fire sprinklers, and improve handicap accessibility. On June 8, 2008, an unidentified arsonist threw a Molotov cocktail on the front porch causing catastrophic damage. The Governor's Mansion is slated as one of the tours (sold-out) during the Texas Society of Architects October Convention in Austin.
AIA Dallas Women in Architecture Competition
The AIA Dallas Women in Architecture Committee announces its 2nd Annual Express Yourself Competition as an opportunity for women architects and designers in Texas to showcase their art and design work. Winners in three categories will be formally announced the weekend of the Texas Architects Convention n Austin, Oct. 18-20. Deadline to register for the competition is August 8. Submission deadline is Sept. 4.
2012 AIA Austin Design Awards
AIA Austin’s 2012 Design Awards competition resulted in recognition for 15 projects in three categories out of a total of 112 entries.
On the Road with Alexis McKinney, AIA, LEED AP
For Alexis McKinney, AIA, the “road to registration” has led to the past. And today, her interest in historic preservation has led to downtown Houston, where McKinney and colleague Gerald Moorhead, FAIA, peruse two historic houses (1904 and 1905) that have been “mothballed” and relocated to a dramatic site yards from the city’s 42,000-seat baseball stadium. The project is one of several McKinney is working on.
99% Invisible: The Speed of Light for Building Pyramids
This episode of 99% Invisible, produced byTexas Architects 2012 convention keynote speaker Roman Mars, features the research of Steve Burrows CBE, who spent several weeks in Egypt studying the pyramids through the eyes of a modern day structural engineer. The result presented fascinating insights into the design of the pyramids and offers some lessons in how we may think about sustainability through longevity in modern architecture.
Rethinking Historic Buildings through a Green Lens
The construction and operation of buildings accounts for almost 50% of the U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Reusing what we have – buildings, landscapes, communities – is the best way is the best way to reduce these emissions and to make the biggest impact in controlling climate change. Attend the Texas Architects Convention in October and hear noted architect, planner, and historian Barbara Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP, share her experience and work developing national sustainability policies, integrating cultural and preservation metrics into the LEED rating systems, and discussing past and current sustainable preservation projects.
New Federal Courthouse Hard-Hat Tour
Designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, the new U.S. Courthouse in Austin occupies a full city block directly west of Republic Square Park. Take advantage of a rare opportunity to see the new courthouse just before occupancy by registering to attend the Texas Society of Architects Annual Convention and Design Expo, Oct. 18-20, at the Austin Convention Center. Weeks after this hard-hat tour, the courthouse will be locked down by security, and no one else will have the same freedom to experience the courthouse’s beautifully crafted interiors.
2012 Texas Student Biennial Exhibition
The Architecture Center Houston and AIA Houston present the 2012 Texas Student Biennial Exhibition, July 26 - September 7. The exhibit will feature work from the eight accredited schools of architecture in Texas. On Display will be project boards, slide shows, and architectural models. An opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, July 26, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m, at Architecture Center Houston, and a Dean's Roundtable Discussion is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 7, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
The Hodge Orr Residence
The Hodge Orr House, designed by David Webster George, FAIA, in collaboration with Jim Wheeler, AIA, is a reminder that a well-planned house can be both gracious and architecturally arresting, while still embodying principles of restraint and blending into the features of the site.
Registration Opens July 11 for Texas Architects Convention
Online registration is open for the Texas Society of Architects Convention and Design Expo, October 18-20, in Austin. This year, the convention’s theme is “Influence.” Keynote speakers are Robert Hammond, co-founder and co-executive director of Friends of the High Line – a public park built above an abandoned, elevated rail line in New York — and Roman Mars, award-winning host and radio producer of 99% Invisible.
Architecture Firm Websites: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Websites are a vital marketing tool. Unless you’re a superstar design firm, steer clear of archi-speak and tricky graphics. Users want a site that is clean and simple.
Designed to Connect: LinkedIn for Architects
Popular social media outlets, such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, all have their uses. Of the three, LinkedIn has retained an air of professionalism and restraint compared with the more informal information-sharing that takes place among “friends” and “followers” on Facebook and Twitter. Yet, LinkedIn manages to produce a lot of noise – a consistent hum. So how can we, as architectural professionals, effectively communicate a message about architecture that rises above that hum?
Texas Courthouses on List of 11 Most Endangered Historic Places
On June 6, the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) released its 2012 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. The list includes Texas Courthouses. NTHP, a private nonprofit organization, has produced the annual list for 25 years, drawing attention to more than 230 sites—including buildings, landscapes, and entire communities—that risk destruction or significant damage.
A Texas Architect: The life and work of O’Neil Ford
The blend of modernism and Texas traditionalism evident in some of Denton’s most iconic buildings can be attributed to the singular style of O’Neil Ford, a longtime Denton resident who was one of the most renowned and prominent architects in the U.S. In his lifetime, Ford was appointed to the National Council on the Arts by President Lyndon B. Johnson and remains the only human to ever be given the title of National Historic Landmark.
Call for Volunteer Leaders
The Texas Society of Architects invites its members to contribute to the profession through volunteer service. The 2012 Nominating Committee is seeking diverse candidates for the open 2013 leadership positions—officers and at-large directors to serve on the Texas Society of Architects Board of Directors.
KUT Podcast: The Legacy of John Saunders Chase
On this edition of KUT radio's "In Black America," producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the late John Saunders Chase, the first African American graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and the first African American President of The Texas Exes. Chase was a pioneering architect who broke barriers in Texas and elsewhere.
13 Receive 2012 Design Awards
Thirteen projects were selected for 2012 Texas Society of Architects Design Awards from a total of 227 entries. Winning projects will be featured in the Sept/Oct issue of Texas Architect magazine. Jurors were Angie Brooks, AIA, LEED AP, of Brooks + Scarpa, Los Angeles; Eddie Jones, AIA, of Jones Studio, Phoenix, Ariz.; and James Timberlake, FAIA, of KieranTimberlake, Philadelphia.
Cocktail Napkin Sketch Contest: Deadline June 22
Architectural Record invites licensed architects or related professionals who practice in the United States to enter its napkin sketching contest. All you need is a white cocktail napkin and pen to demonstrate that the art of the sketch is still alive.
The AIA is Defined by Its Membership, It's Up to You to Help Direct It
In the following article, Michael Cowan, AIA, past president of AIA Austin and its current chapter director, discusses the value and benefits of AIA membership versus the cost.
Austin Historical Survey Wiki
The City of Austin Historic Preservation Office has been working in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin (UT) School of Architecture Historic Preservation program to develop a participatory, wiki-inspired web application to support the comprehensive survey of Austin's historic resources. The community launch takes place June 4.
AIA 2012 Institute Update: The Road Ahead
In the May 19 AIA Business Meeting at the AIA Convention in Washington, D.C, EVP/Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA, began his presentation with the simple idea that now is a time of profound change within the Institute and beyond, as evidenced by the ambitious repositioning effort the AIA announced in April, the demographic transitions that will soon remake the AIA’s membership base, and the still-struggling economy that has left architects unmoored in an unstable financial climate for the last few years.
New Book Highlights Noted Courthouse Architect
Most Texans have seen his buildings. They picturesquely loom over the square in numerous county seats from La Grange to Gonzales. Now, James Riely Gordon, who designed some of the most elaborate courthouses in the nation, is getting his due with a new book by Chris Meister, "James Riely Gordon: His Courthouses and Other Public Architecture."
The Urban Conspiracy Theory
UT Austin grad Stephen Balut, an artist and architectural designer in Charlottesville, is encouraging his community to think outside the box. That's why, for the entire month of May, he's living inside a box on the downtown mall. His goal is to shatter traditional notions of what constitutes living space, and he wants you right there with him.
Beyond LEED: The Importance of Creating Living Buildings
The Living Building Standard results in some of the most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly structures around. It’s also incredibly difficult to achieve. Is it truly changing the way we design buildings?
Turrell Skyspace Opens in June at Rice University
The Skyspace, by visionary American artist James Turrell with Thomas Phifer (Thomas Phifer and Partners architects), opens in mid June on the Rice University campus, giving Houston its third major piece by Turrell. Shunning the physicality of paint and sculpture, Turrell was among the pioneers of the Light and Space movement in the late 1960s.