BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Andrew Houston, Assoc. AIA
Texas Architects catches up with Austin designer Andrew Grant Houston, Assoc AIA, as he dishes on his love for SXSW, Sydney, and spring, and how he draws inspiration from both personal and contextual culture.
John Only Greer, FAIA: 1933–2015
John Only Greer, FAIA, of Bryan, a professor emeritus at Texas A&M University College of Architecture and past president of the Society, passed away on Friday, June 12. A great teacher and mentor, he will be deeply missed by his Texas Architects friends and colleagues.
Thanks to architect Mell Lawrence’s deft hand with light and patterning, Hollowcat Wild, a boxy limestone residence nestled in the Austin hills, is imbued with what architect and author Christopher Alexander calls “aliveness.”
FCDC Announces 18 Projects as Jury Selection Finalists
Finalists have been announced for the 2015 Field Constructs Design Competition, which will result in a series of temporary, site-specific installations at the Circle Acres Nature Preserve in Austin. The projects will open to the public in mid-November as part of a weeklong series promoting event and community programming at the site.
2015 TxA Emerging Design + Technology: Call for Papers
The 2015 TxA Emerging Design + Technology conference, to be held during the Texas Society of Architects 76th Annual Convention and Design Expo in Dallas, is seeking academic papers for peer review, publication, and presentation. The abstract submission deadline has been extended to August 15.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Charles E. Brant, AIA
Dallas' Charles E. Brant, AIA, talks about Spotify enabling his music addiction, why he prefers the pen over other sketching media, and how his clients are the ultimate inspiration in the latest installment of Architects Talking to Architects.
Warp and Weft
Artist Gabriel Dawe puts intricately woven, multicolored thread to extraordinary use, creating large-scale environmental installations that examine negative space and the human form.
BLOG | Save the Date! Facades+AM Heads to Houston This June
On June 18, AEC industry leaders will convene in Houston at the Facades+AM conference for a look at the latest developments in the world of building enclosures.
Renzo Piano Meets Artists Downtown
TxA member Jack Murphy, Assoc. AIA, visited Renzo Piano's Whitney Museum on opening day to share his impressions of the building, its ties to Texas, and the inaugural exhibition. The new Whitney's true success lies not in its architecture, he writes, but rather in its role as "an urban playground for the arts."
BLOG | Project ArchiTX: Riverview Way House
Tom Hurt Architecture toes the line between the familiarity of the traditional 1950s brick house, and bold, modern volumetric additions in the Riverview Way House in Houston.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Nick Jackson, Assoc. AIA
Nick Jackson, Assoc. AIA, of PDR talks to Texas Architects about falling in love with Houston, the ins and outs of Reddit, and encouraging fellow young architects to approach the profession with "bright eyes and grand ambition."
Coloring the Gap
The Richards Group's new Dallas headquarters stands over Dallas commuters as a beacon of shimmering color and democratic ideals in the workplace.
2015 Design Awards — Winners Announced
We are pleased to announce the recipients of our 2015 Design Awards. Fourteen projects were selected from among 256 entries. This year's jurors were: Karl A. Backus, AIA, of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Alex Krieger, FAIA, of NBBJ and Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Bruce Lindsey, AIA, of Washington University's Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts; and Jennifer Yoos, FAIA, of VJAA and University of Minnesota School of Architecture.
BLOG | Rand Elliott's Word Paintings
For Rand Elliott, FAIA, language and architecture — the output of his professional practice — are intimately connected.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Jack Murphy, Assoc. AIA
Regular Texas Architect contributor Jack Murphy, Assoc. AIA, chats with TxA for our latest installment of "Architects Talking to Architects." He discusses "the death of drawing," how he earned the title of DJ Front Desk, and his literary and artistic endeavors outside the office.
BLOG | Update on the Dallas Trinity Toll Road Controversy
On April 16, the Dallas City Council voted to move ahead on plans for implementing a revised vision for the Trinity Parkway. Bob Meckfessel, FAIA, traces the history of this controversial project and the role architects have played in advocating for a more sustainable, context-sensitive design.
TASA/TASB Exhibit of School Architecture — Call for Entries
TASA/TASB is seeking submissions for its 2015 Exhibit of School Architecture. Founded in 1987, this competition recognizes newly built and renovated Texas schools by celebrating excellence in planning and design of the learning environment. Entries are due June 1. Winning projects will be on display at this year's TASA/TASB Convention.
Rehabilitation and Recovery
After the double whammy of Hurricane Ike in 2008 and the great Texas drought of 2011, the unthinkable happened in Houston’s Memorial Park: Half of the trees died.
For Kathleen English, AIA, of English & Associates, water management is one of the first things she thinks about when approaching a new project.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BLOG | Mark T. Wellen on CRAFT
Mark T. Wellen, FAIA, reflects on the "magical weekend" that was the 2015 Design Conference.
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.
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.
A Living Building in North Texas
Lake|Flato Architects' Josey Pavilion aspires to be the first Living Building in Texas.
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.
BLOG | 2015 Design Conference: Recap
More than 60 architects braved the freeze to attend the Society's Fourth Annual Design Conference: CRAFT in Denton.
BLOG | Project ArchiTX: Palma Plaza House
Contemporary cool meets neoclassical character in Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects' Austin family residence renovation, Palma Plaza House.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Bit by Bit
Studio Joseph takes a measured approach to the design of the National Butterfly Center Welcome Pavilion in Mission.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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!
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.