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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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.

December 03, 2013

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.

December 02, 2013

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.

November 21, 2013

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.

November 20, 2013

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!

November 20, 2013

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.

November 14, 2013

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.

November 13, 2013

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.

November 13, 2013

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.

November 12, 2013

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.

November 11, 2013

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.

November 04, 2013

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.

November 04, 2013

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.

October 31, 2013

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.

October 31, 2013

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.

October 17, 2013

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.

October 14, 2013

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.

October 10, 2013

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.

October 09, 2013

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.

October 03, 2013

Fire|Beach House

Surrounded by sandburs, the sea breeze, and a wide airstrip, the Fire|Beach House in Galveston is a surprising piece of contemporary architecture.

September 23, 2013

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.

September 19, 2013

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.

September 12, 2013

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."

September 10, 2013

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.

September 09, 2013

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.

September 09, 2013

AIA Houston Design Awards

In July, AIA Houston announced the recipients of its 2013 Design Awards. The competition recognizes the best projects completed within the last five years that are either located in the Houston metropolitan area or designed by an architect based there.

September 09, 2013

Ryann Ford’s Rest Stops

With “Rest Stops: Vanishing Relics of the American Roadside,” architectural photographer Ryann Ford seeks to capture relics of a bygone era of leisurely road travel across the Southwest.

September 06, 2013

Exploring Future Workflows with TEX-FAB

TEX-FAB, led by Brad Bell, Kevin Patrick McClellan, Andrew Vrana, and Kory Bieg, is changing the status quo in terms of digital design and fabrication. Scott Marble details how their new approach to workflows is the way of the future.

September 06, 2013

Latitudes: Architecture in the Americas

Latitudes: Architecture in the Americas is an annual two-day event explores contemporary “American” architecture. This year’s event brought together architects from New York, Texas, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil.

September 05, 2013

BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Christopher L. Sanders, AIA

Christopher Sanders, AIA, of Sanders Architecture in Austin talks to Texas Architects about childhood lessons in sustainability, and the inspirational places his education and career have taken him.

September 05, 2013

Down and Up House

Karen Lantz, AIA, of Lantz Full Circle | Enter Architecture purchased a lot in Houston’s Ranch Estates subdivision and then proceeded to think long and hard about the house she wanted to design there for herself and her husband. The building is an in-depth study in local Texas materials.

September 02, 2013

Des M. Taylor, Hon. AIA (1943–2013)

Des M. Taylor, Hon. AIA, executive vice president of the Texas Society of Architects from 1973-1988, passed away on August 27. David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, pays tribute to Taylor and his leadership, which helped transform the Society into an exemplary model for AIA components across the country.

August 29, 2013

2013 Texas Architects Honor Awards

The Texas Society of Architects announces the recipients our 2013 Honor Awards. These 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.

August 29, 2013

Tour Italy and the Adriatic with Texas Architects: Sept. 10-19, 2014

"I know I’m not alone in planning vacations around buildings I want to see. I’ve talked to many architects who chuckle knowingly when I relay my habit for indulging my interest in a building past the reasonable limits of patience of my family. The solution? Travel with other architects." — Dan Hart, FAIA

August 28, 2013

BLOG | Advocacy Update: SAC Fingerprinting Requirements

"Discretion is, indeed, the better part of valor." The Society's Senior Advocate David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, shares the Society's position on the Sunset Advisory Commission's fingerprinting requirement passed during the 83rd Legislative Session. The recommendation was part of the TBAE Sunset review bill.

August 27, 2013

BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Yen Ong, AIA

Texas Architects talks to Yen Ong, AIA, of 5G Studio in Dallas. Born in Jakarta, Ong's design perspective is cross-culturally informed through his studies in Indonesia, Singapore, Italy, and the United States.

August 22, 2013

Desert Decadent

The Office of James Burnett’s new Sunnylands Center & Gardens is a composition of color and texture achieved through a densely layered, yet sustainable, planting design.

August 21, 2013

BLOG | Beyond the Boardroom: TxA Board Meeting Held in Vancouver

Texas Architects EVP James T. Perry reports on the latest meeting of our Board of Directors, which reviewed the progress made by the Society so far in 2013.

August 15, 2013

Light Sketches

Max Levy, FAIA, knows how to bring daylight into a room in beautiful and creative ways. “Light Sails,” rods, trellises, and apertures in the ceiling — these sketches demonstrate why he is a master of light.

August 14, 2013

BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Christy Seals, AIA, of Austin

Christy Seals, AIA, of Loop Design clears up a misconception about architects and talks about how the process of figuring out how to communicate design ideas to non-architects can start in school.

August 08, 2013

"What Does Architecture Do?"

On October 18, the Society treated convention attendees and the public to our first-ever PechaKucha Night. The event featured nine Texas artists and architects waxing poetic on what inspires them. View remarks by incoming President, Larry Speck, FAIA, on the power of architecture to make a difference.

August 07, 2013

2013 Annual Convention Awards Schedule

Throughout our 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo, the Texas Society of Architects will be honoring outstanding members, firms, and Texas projects with awards commemorating their outstanding achievements and efforts.

August 07, 2013

Volunteer to Support Students During the 2013 Convention

The Annual Convention and Design Expo is an inspiring, galvanizing moment of cross-pollination for Texas architects — but some of our members could use your support. We invite you to help us build a great convention experience for you as well as for Emerging Professionals across the state by serving as a mentor or host to a participating student.

August 07, 2013

Emerging Professional Opportunities at the 2013 Annual Convention

Our 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo in Fort Worth offers fantastic opportunities, programs, and events to help Emerging Professionals make connections and lay the groundwork for their future careers.

August 07, 2013

Continuing Education at the 2013 Design Expo: Schedule at a Glance

The Texas Society of Architects 2013 Design Expo will not only feature some of the biggest vendors in the AEC industry — it will also offer abundant Continuing Education (CE) opportunities.

August 07, 2013

2013 Design Expo Attractions

Featuring more than 200 exhibitors in the fields of architecture, engineering and construction, our 2013 Design Expo will be our biggest ever! Discover the latest products and technologies, watch live demonstrations, and make connections with vendors and industry representatives from across the nation.

August 07, 2013

"Transformation is What We Do"

Texas Architects President Larry Speck, FAIA, invites you to attend our 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo, themed "Transformation." The convention will take place in Fort Worth on November 7-9.

August 07, 2013

Behind the Lens with Richard Payne, FAIA

An icon and indisputably the dean of architectural photographers in Texas, Richard Payne, FAIA, has been a registered architect since 1964 and a full-time architectural photographer for almost 45 years.

July 30, 2013

Seher Shah’s “Constructed Landscapes”

With degrees in art and architecture, artist Seher Shah’s areas of interest include overlapping historical and geographical elements, reconstructing modernist architecture and urban monuments, and examining futurist landscapes.

July 29, 2013

TxA 2013 Studio Awards Announced

The Society is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2013 Studio Awards. Jurors met in New York City on July 18 and selected four designs from among the 59 entries submitted to the competition. Congratulations to all this year's recipients!

July 25, 2013
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