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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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.

April 14, 2014

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.

April 11, 2014

BLOG | 2014 Architizer A+ Awards: Texas Winners

Three Texas Architecture firms take home Architizer A+ Awards.

April 11, 2014

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.

April 10, 2014

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.

April 10, 2014

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.

April 07, 2014

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.

April 04, 2014

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.

March 28, 2014

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.

March 27, 2014

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.

March 26, 2014

Material Dance

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.

March 24, 2014

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.

March 21, 2014

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.

March 19, 2014

Wilderness Tamed

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.

March 17, 2014

Re-Flex by RTKL Associates

Parametric design and digital fabrication create a responsive modular system focused on filtering light.

March 14, 2014

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.

March 14, 2014

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.

March 13, 2014

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.

March 11, 2014

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.

March 06, 2014

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.

March 06, 2014

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.

March 06, 2014

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.

March 06, 2014

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.

March 03, 2014

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.

February 27, 2014

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.

February 18, 2014

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.

February 14, 2014

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.

February 13, 2014

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.

February 07, 2014

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.

February 06, 2014

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.

February 03, 2014

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.

February 03, 2014

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.

January 30, 2014

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.

January 27, 2014

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.

January 16, 2014

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.

January 10, 2014

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.

January 10, 2014

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.

January 10, 2014

The Border

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.

January 09, 2014

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.

January 09, 2014

2013 TAC Contributors Members Only

The Texas Architects Committee thanks all our 2013 contributors for their generous donations in support of our advocacy efforts on behalf of our membership.

January 08, 2014

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.

January 07, 2014

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.

January 07, 2014

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.

January 02, 2014

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.

January 02, 2014

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.

December 18, 2013

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.

December 17, 2013

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.

December 16, 2013

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.

December 12, 2013

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.

December 09, 2013

2014 Design Conference: Borderlands

Architecture Tours and Learning Opportunities
31 January – 2 February
Austin, Texas

December 05, 2013
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