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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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

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
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