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 | Clients' Corner: Vicki Faust's Boutique Hotels

Austin hospitality entrepreneur Vicki Faust talks to Texas Architects Communications Specialist Charlotte Friedley about what it's been like working with Baldridge Architects on her and partner Kimber Cavendish's string of boutique hotels.

July 29, 2014

'Soft Walls'

Akiko Kotani's latest installation,"Soft Walls," on display at the Woman & Their Work Art Gallery in Austin, exudes the fluidity of a woven textile while drawing inspiration from steel strength.

July 25, 2014

BLOG | 500 Chicon: PubCom on Sketching

The members of TxA's Publications Committee show off their sketching skills in this edition of "500 Chicon."

July 23, 2014

2014 Convention: Frequently Asked Questions

The Texas Society of Architects 75th Annual Convention and Design Expo will take place on November 6–8 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. This page provides some answers to frequently asked questions about convention registration, creating your schedule, continuing education credit, and more.

July 17, 2014

2014 Convention: Volunteer to Help Students

TxA Members: 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.

July 17, 2014

BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Jacquelyn Block, AIA

Jacquelyn Block, AIA, of Good, Fulton & Farrell talks to TxA about exploring the Piney Woods region of Texas, deriving inspiration from travels to Turkey and South Africa, and the joys of springtime gardening.

July 17, 2014

A Container Bar

Entrepreneur Bridget Dunlap's latest, and last, bar on Rainey Street takes a temporary stand in an evolving district.

July 16, 2014

Soto: The Houston Penetrable

Ten years in the making, Jesús Rafael Soto's "Houston Penetrable" at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston invites you to engage and entangle yourself in the artist's only indoor, site-specific permanent installation.

July 10, 2014

2015 Convention: Frequently Asked Questions

The Texas Society of Architects 76th Annual Convention and Design Expo will take place on November 5–7 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. This page provides answers to frequently asked questions about convention registration, creating your schedule, continuing education credit, and more.

July 09, 2014

The Rise of Video as a Tool for Documenting Architecture: An Interview with Frazer|Pogue Collective

Frazer|Pogue Collective discusses the benefits of using video to document architectural projects.

July 07, 2014

Steel Strings

Baldridge Architects’ Outdoor Learning Center at Casis Elementary in Austin has transformed a formerly neglected plot of land next to a parking lot into an open-air classroom in a garden setting.

July 07, 2014

Menil Drawing Institute

Los Angeles-based architecture firm Johnston Marklee’s proposed design for the Menil Drawing Institute is at once serene and revolutionary.

July 07, 2014

BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Candid Rogers, AIA

Candid Rogers, AIA, talks to Texas Architects about growing up on a ranch, his theoretical alternative career, and about young professionals going out and discovering the world through travel.

July 03, 2014

Subtle Layers

Rammed earth wall, rippling Venetian plaster, and the colorful blocks of Margo Sawyer-designed art walls — Page’s Torcasso residence achieves the sublime.

June 30, 2014

TxA Emerging Design + Technology: Call for Papers Deadline Extended to July 15

The 2014 TxA Emerging Design + Technology conference, to be held in conjunction with the Texas Society of Architects 75th Annual Convention and Design Expo, is seeking academic papers for peer-review, publication, and presentation. The abstract submission deadline has been extended to July 15.

June 26, 2014

BLOG | 500 Chicon: Fallen Tree to Get New Life

A tree lost; an addition to the Texas Architects office gained.

June 25, 2014

BLOG | Advocacy Update: Understanding Texas' Political Climate

Texas Society of Architects EVP James T. Perry shares a document with details on the 2014 general election, a summary of primary elections, and an overview of budge and tax-related issues to aid you in understanding of the current Texas political climate.

June 24, 2014

Invisible Aquatics

Bercy Chen Studio’s design at the Cascading Creek House sleekly conceal extensive mechanics under the hood of a gorgeous space.

June 23, 2014

BLOG | Architect Talking to Architects: Larry Paschall, AIA

Larry Paschall, AIA, of HPD Architecture talks to Texas Architects about his fascination with history, visiting the Tower of London, and finding your passions outside of the office.

June 19, 2014

The Boatmakers' Craft

Shipley Architects designed a Port Townsend, Wash., home that only boat-builders could detail so effortlessly.

June 09, 2014

BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Stephen J. Elwood, AIA

Stephen J. Elwood, AIA, of Corgan talks to Texas Architects about growing up in Oklahoma, the importance of the ability to hand draw, and his spare time hobby — furniture building.

June 05, 2014

2014 Texas Trailbreak Reception in Chicago

Attending the AIA National Convention in Chicago? Don't miss the 2014 Texas Trailbreak Reception, celebrating the elevation of the newest Texas Fellows.

June 05, 2014

BLOG | Beyond the Boardroom: Chapter Visits Five and Six

TxA EVP James T. Perry reports on his and President-elect Michael Malone's recent chapter visits to AIA Austin and AIA Corpus Christi.

May 30, 2014

BLOG | Clients' Corner: Gilson Riecken on his Alamo Heights Home

"It was important to us that we work with someone who understands who we are as people and how we live." San Antonio architect-turned-attorney Gilson Riecken talks to TA editor Catherine Gavin about what it was like working with Lake|Flato's Tenna Florian, AIA, on his Alamo Heights home.

May 28, 2014

Renovating for Play

As illustrated by the recent interior renovation of Collier Library, Brave Architecture and the Houston Public Library system are creating a standard for future rehabilitations of libraries throughout the city.

May 27, 2014

BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Jim Henry, AIA

Jim Henry, AIA, of HDR talks to Texas Architects about Christmastime traditions, enjoying unexpected architectural gems, and his advice for emerging professionals.

May 22, 2014

Preservation Texas Announces 2014 Most Endangered Places

On May 20, Preservation Texas announced its list of the Most Endangered Places in Texas for 2014. Twelve sites made the list, which aims to raise awareness of threatened historical structures to encourage local action while there is still time.

May 22, 2014

After the Rain

The nonprofit bcWORKSHOP has expanded to the Lower Rio Grande Valley and is bringing its public design process to housing developments outside of Harlingen.

May 19, 2014

TxA 2014 Design Awards Announced

We are pleased to announce the recipients of our 2014 Design Awards. Sixteen projects were selected from among 221 entries. This year's jurors were: Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, of Marlon Blackwell Architect in Fayetteville, Ark.; Andrea P. Leers, FAIA, of Leers Weinzapfel Associates in Boston; Tim Love, AIA, of Utile in Boston; and Mark Reddington, FAIA, of LMN Architects in Seattle.

May 13, 2014

BLOG | 500 Chicon: Design Awards Jurors in the Office

The 2014 Design Awards jurors visit 500 Chicon to select this year's recipients.

May 09, 2014

BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Mackenzie McHale, AIA

Mackenzie McHale, AIA, of HKS Architects talks to Texas Architects about her deriving inspiration from teaching, visiting one of Frank Lloyd Wright's greats, her penchant Texas libations, and fulfilling her lifelong dream of being a mom.

May 08, 2014

The Life of a Craftsman: Raymond Brochstein, FAIA

Houston's fearless leader, Raymond Brochstein, FAIA, demonstrates and demands excellence. Rice University professor Nonya Grenader, FAIA, profiles the craftsman, innovator, builder, philanthropist, and businessman who has made so many highly valued contributions to the city.

May 08, 2014

Preservation Texas Honor Awards

Last November, Preservation Texas announced the winners of its 2013 Honor Awards. The annual competition recognizes outstanding and inspiring accomplishments in historic preservation throughout Texas.

May 01, 2014

BLOG | Methods to TBAE Success: Part II

Austin-based construction lawyer and AIA Austin board member Matthew C. Ryan shares tips for maintaing a good standing with the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners.

April 30, 2014

Plastic Effects

Austin-based architect and UT Austin assistant professor Igor Siddiqui’s latest experiments in plastic have resulted in "Bayou-luminescence," cast from translucent industrial urethane rubber, and “Protoplastic," a series of design experiments exploring the possibilities of biodegradable plastics.

April 28, 2014

BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Jamie Crawley, AIA

Jamie Crawley, AIA, talks to Texas Architects about posting to #coffeesketch, inspiration derived from graffiti, his pilgrimage to the great American treasure of Fallingwater, and sharing the joys of soccer with his daughter.

April 24, 2014

BLOG | Methods to TBAE Success: Part I

Austin-based construction lawyer and AIA Austin board member Matthew C. Ryan shares tips for maintaing a good standing with the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners.

April 23, 2014

BLOG | 500 Chicon: Mentorship Match-Up

TxA's Career Building Committee launches its second year of mentorship match-ups.

April 23, 2014

AIA Selects 2014 COTE Top Ten Projects

The American Institute of Architects and its Committee on the Environment have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and ecological design projects that protect and enhance the environment. The projects will be honored at the AIA 2014 National Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago.

April 22, 2014

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

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
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