Conference Focuses on Sustainable Building Strategies
The Gulf Coast Green Symposium and Expo, presented annually by AIA Houston, is the leading green building conference in the region. This year's symposium took place on May 2. TxA Historic Resources Committee member Alexis McKinney, AIA, of Houston, presented at the conference and reports on the sustainable strategies explored by the event's keynote speakers: Barbara Campagna, FAIA, Ellen Dunham-Jones, AIA, and Annie Leonard.
BLOG: Architects Talking to Architects: Bob Bullis, AIA
In this installment of "Architects Talking to Architects," Bob Bullis, AIA, shares his passion for watercolor painting, gives a shout-out to the AIA, and talks about finally fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming "Bob the Builder."
Rehabilitation in Downtown Houston
The recent renovation of Houston's 1932 Wilson Stationery and Printing Company Building, now known simply as 500 Fannin, as well as a slew of other successful preservation projects in the area, are helping the city recapture the spirit of its past.
BLOG: Architects Talking to Architects: Murray Legge, FAIA
In this installment of "Architects Talking to Architects," Murray Legge, FAIA, discusses his childhood in a colorful Canadian town, how a Cooper Union education shaped his choice of design tools, and the inspiring art of Katsushika Hokusai and Karl Blossfeldt.
THC Courthouse Preservation Program Threatened
Funding for the Texas Historical Commission's Historic Courthouse Preservation Program is expected to be dramatically reduced by appropriations committees in the House and Senate this week. Read the advocacy alert issued by Preservation Texas, and a statement by Mark Wolfe, executive director of the Texas Historical Commission.
Thomas McKittrick, FAIA: 1934–2013
Thomas McKittrick, FAIA, of Houston, professor emeritus at the Texas A&M College of Architecture and a former president of the Society, passed away on April 23. Three of McKittrick's close friends and colleagues — John Only Greer, FAIA, Richard Payne, FAIA, and Martha Murphree, Hon. AIA — shared their personal and professional recollections of the architect with Texas Architects.
Hotel Settles: A Bell Cow Rings Again
For more than 30 years, Hotel Settles was a Big Spring eyesore, but thanks to the vision of developer G. Brint Ryan and a six-year historical rehabilitation project, the 15-story Classical Revival/Art Deco hotel has a new lease on life.
BLOG: Architects Talking to Architects: Jesse Hager, AIA
Jesse Hager, AIA, a partner at CONTENT in Houston, talks to Texas Architects about an idyllic childhood in Washington state, his passion for the pen sketch, and where he turns to for inspiration.
William D. Kendall, FAIA: 1942-2013
In February, the Texas architecture community lost influential member William D. Kendall, FAIA, a co-founder of Kendall/Heaton Associates in Houston. Laurence C. Burns Jr., FAIA, principal at Kendall/Heaton, reflects on Kendall's career and the successes achieved by the firm under his leadership.
2013 Design Conference Wrap-Up
The Second Annual Texas Architects Design Conference: Collections was held in Dallas on Feb. 22-24, 2013. Keynote speakers included New York's Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi of Weiss/Manfredi, and Thomas Phifer of Thomas Phifer and Partners.
TxA 2013 Design Awards Announced
The Society is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2013 Design Awards. This year's jurors included Julie Eizenberg of Koning Eizenberg in Santa Monica, Calif., Douglas Stockman of el dorado in Kansas City, Mo., and Ann Beha of Ann Beha Architects in Boston. Eleven designs were selected from among 207 entries. These projects will be featured in the September/October issue of Texas Architect magazine.
BLOG: Architects Talking to Architects: Tiffany Robinson Long, AIA
Tiffany Robinson Long, AIA, of Marmon Mok in San Antonio talks to Texas Architects about the moment she realized she could never be a doctor, her embarrassing rap phase, and a stunning architectural juxtaposition she'll never forget.
AIA West Texas Design Awards
The AIA West Texas Design Awards program recognizes member projects that reflect excellence in design, regardless of size, budget or type. Four projects were singled out for Honor Awards in 2012.
BLOG: Beyond the Boardroom: TxA Board Meets in Marfa
Executive Vice President James Perry recaps the recent Texas Architects board meeting in Marfa. "The location provided a superb opportunity to be removed from familiar surroundings, investigate a different community’s fabric, and focus on the work of the Society," says Perry.
Governor Appoints Three to TBAE
On April 29, the Office of Governor Rick Perry announced that three members, including Texas Architect Charles Anastos, AIA, of Corpus Christi, have been appointed to the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners. The board regulates the practice of architecture, landscape architecture and interior design throughout the state.
Sustainable Design: Montrose Market HEB, Houston
Planning for Houston's Montrose Market HEB was not without controversy, but the client and architects found successful ways to engage the community in the design process. Today, almost two years out, the Lake|Flato-designed store is working very well on a variety of levels.
BLOG: Architects Talking to Architects: Steven Schloss, AIA
In this installment of "Architects Talking to Architects," self-proclaimed hotel brat Steven Schloss, AIA, talks about how he left behind a career in web and graphic design — and found his true calling as an architect.
LEED Platinum for Bush Presidential Center
The George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas is the first presidential library to earn Platinum certification for new construction from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). While the center's architectural design may be controversial, its commitment to sustainability is not.
The City of Austin and its Parks and Recreation Department are soliciting the public’s ideas on the adaptive reuse of the Seaholm Intake Facility and surrounding parkland. A series of open houses will be held this week to educate residents about the building's history and gather their thoughts on its future.
Standing Up to the Strip Mall
Building code necessitated a blast wall at the Met Retail site in Austin. Studio 8 Architects took the opportunity to customize the building’s aesthetic and break from typical highway architecture.
TxA Partner Membership Now Available
The Texas Society of Architects Board of Directors recently voted to create a new membership category, the Partner Member, with the goal of expanding and diversifying our discussion about architecture. Now available, this membership is open to non-architects interested in becoming involved with the Society.
BLOG: Architects Talking to Architects: Scott Specht, AIA
In our new blog column "Architects Talking to Architects," Austin architect Scott Specht, AIA, shares his love of highly engineered yet usually unnoticed materials, and what he finds fascinating about cities like Hong Kong and Tokyo.
Architect Profile: Derwin Broughton, AIA
In this interview for Texas Architect, Derwin Broughton, AIA, shares his thoughts on receiving a 2013 AIA Young Architects Award, the ability of architecture to transform a community, and how YAF is filling the gap to help develop the profession's future leaders.
A Fresh Patina
The Gensler-designed Patina store, a new retail concept offering floor and wall-covering products along with in-house interior design consultation in Dallas, is an ambitious attempt by Acme Brick to fill a void in the marketplace while creating an entirely new shopping model.
Architect Profile: Jennifer A. Workman, AIA
Texas architect Jennifer A. Workman, AIA, based in Dallas, was honored by AIA with a 2013 Young Architects Award for her leadership role in advocating for the needs of emerging professionals within the society. In this recent interview with AIA, Workman discusses the guiding principles for her design work, and the projects she finds most inspiring.
As part of the ongoing efforts to strengthen our bonds with the schools of architecture in Texas, the Texas Society of Architects is launching our First Annual TxA Interactive, a peer-reviewed presentation and publication program, to be held in conjunction with our 2013 Convention and Design Expo.
Historic preservation is transforming small towns across the state. There is a new awareness of the beautiful turn-of-the-century buildings that line the Main Streets of many rural communities. An excellent example of the enthusiasm and energy generated by historic preservation can be found in Cuero, Texas.
Society Unveils New Academic Member Designation
This past January, the Board of the Texas Society of Architects created a new membership category, "Academic Member." This designation was created at the behest of Texas Architects President Larry Speck, FAIA, in order to strengthen the bond between architectural educators and practitioners. Read his letter to the academic community, and get more details about becoming an Academic Member.
Key Indicators Reflect Growth in Construction Industry
In her latest Weekly Economic Outlook, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Susan Combs reported that several key economic indicators, including single- and multi-family housing permits, are on the rise.
Texas Architects Member News – April 2013
Members of the Texas Society of Architects play a vital role in maintaining and supporting Texas architecture. Join us in welcoming our newest members, and in congratulating promotions and new hires at Texas firms.
BLOG: Advocacy Update: Eight Weeks To Go!
"This is the point in the session when we usually see mischief begin to creep into the process." Senior Advocate David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, provides a summary of the Society's early efforts during the 83rd Legislative Session – and the things we're watching out for.
Creating Community with Ardis Clinton, AIA
Ardis Clinton, AIA, is essential to the community at the Perkins+Will Houston office, and when she is not surprising the team with ice cream treats as reprieve from hot summer days or helping young interns with their licensure process, Clinton manages projects like the Galveston National Laboratory biodefense facility and then goes home to twin sons.
Campus Health Care
The renovated Arizona State University Health Services Building creates a sense of health and wellness within an efficient, functional design that reinforces the campus fabric. The Lake|Flato project received an AIA San Antonio Merit Award and was recently featured in Architectural Record.
BLOG: Beyond the Boardroom: AIA Repositioning/Grassroots
As a relative newcomer (2+ years) to the Texas Society of Architects and AIA, last week I attended Grassroots for the third time, participating with great interest and learning a good deal more about the Institute’s processes, staff and board. The AIA “repositioning” effort seems to me to be a very good development for all.
Paperwork: Plans for a New Campus at Austin's Highland Mall
Right now, Austin’s Highland Mall sits largely abandoned. However, Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects’ proposal for the redevelopment of a former department store into a new Austin Community College campus floods the interior with light and activates the exterior with student gathering spaces.
VIDEO: 20x20 With Michael Malone, AIA
Watch a Pecha Kucha presentation by Dallas architect Michael Malone, AIA, in which he discusses frontality and rotation using the paintings of Le Corbusier, William Bailey, and others whose art has explored these theoretical concepts.
Artworks by Renowned Artist Sol LeWitt Come to Austin
On March 21, Landmarks will host an opening celebration for two works by artist Sol LeWitt new to The University of Texas campus. The day will feature a free public lecture about LeWitt, and a special lunch event offering guided tours of the artwork.
Pioneering Shopping Malls
Highland Park Village and NorthPark Center in Dallas and the Galleria in Houston all blazed trails as shopping centers that spurred urban development. Today, they continue to be examples of successful retail design projects which from their inception sought to create a unique sense of place.
PubCom Travels To Tyler
On March 8-9, the Society's Publications Committee met in historic Tyler, Texas, for its annual retreat. Charlie Burris, AIA, reports on the weekend's events — and the area's rich architectural history.
In the ever-changing world of retail design, flexibility, simplicity, curb appeal, and storage are fundamental to continued success. Keepers, Eliza Page, and Rogue Running — all local Austin retailers — were pioneers of downtown shopping, and their continued relevance is a promising sign.
Radiating Pattern Exhibit Transforms Rice Gallery
In "Wheel of Everyday Life," on view at Houston's Rice Gallery through this Sunday, March 17, Swedish artist Gunilla Klingberg explores her interests in everyday consumerism and Eastern spirituality by transforming the architectural space with patterns created from familiar logos and symbols.
"The effects of advocacy can be as far-reaching and as long-lasting as a great design." El Paso's Melissa C. Brandrup, AIA, shares her experiences as a participant in Advocates for Architecture Day 2013, and makes it her personal charge to help others learn why design matters.
Life, Fruits, and Veggies on the Street
Since 1994, there has been a 448% increase in the number of farmers markets across the country. Rice University School of Architecture students were recently given the problem of addressing the spatial needs of the farmers market for Houston’s not-for-profit Urban Harvest.
Fort Worth Design Awards
Recipients of the 2012 AIA Fort Worth Design Awards were announced in January. Six firm projects and five student works were singled out for excellence in design as part of the chapter’s Honors and Awards Program.
VIDEO: 20x20 With Brantley Hightower, AIA
Brantley Hightower, AIA, founder of HiWorks in San Antonio, revisits his childhood fascination with space flight and discovers some interesting parallels between the moon landing project and current challenges in architecture.
Contrary to initial concerns, online shopping is not sounding the death knell for brick-and-mortar stores — but it is making them step up their game. Omniplan's Tip Housewright, FAIA, explores how retail architects and designers are creating a sense of moment, event, and place in new and innovative ways.
Saving Texas' Most Endangered Buildings
On February 20, members of the Society's Historic Resources Committee attended Preservation Day at the State Capitol. Committee Chair Eva Read-Warden, AIA, reports on the events of the day, and how Texas Architects are partnering with Preservation Texas during the 83rd Legislative Session.
Driving Business to Your Firm: Q&A With Jeff Needles, AIA
Jeff Needles, AIA, director of vision building at Sixthriver Architects in Austin, talks with emerging professionals about how to bring new work to their firm, ways to balance duties at work with the search for new projects, and how to actually enjoy networking.
Emerging Professionals Roundtable
On February 9, the Texas Society of Architects hosted an Emerging Professionals Roundtable, giving Associate AIA Directors from across the state an opportunity to network and learn from each other, and to get to know the Society. Texas Young Architect Regional Director Sam Garcia, AIA, reports on the event.
VIDEO: Society’s Craig Reynolds Talks Contemporary Dallas Architecture
Presented by Architizer and the Texas Society of Architects, the “Lone Star State’s Top 13 Buildings to See in 2013” list highlights some of the most significant contemporary architecture projects in Texas. This week, Past President of the Society Craig Reynolds, FAIA, was interviewed by Chris Sommer, anchor for Dallas-based NewsRadio 1080 KRLD, about the local works that made the list.