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 | Architects Talking to Architects: Gianna Pigford, AIA, of Dallas

Mississippi-raised Gianna Pigford, AIA, a project architect at Gensler, talks to Texas Architects about the impact of growing up in a small town, her passion for fashion design, and why she dedicates so much of her time to mentoring and advocating for women and youth.

July 25, 2013

2013 TEX-FAB Finalists Announced

This week, TEX-FAB *Digital Fabrication Alliance, a nonprofit connecting design professionals, academics, and manufacturers interested in using digital technology to explore new industry relationships, announced the finalists of its 2013 competition, “SKIN.” Four proposals were selected to move on to the next round. The eventual winner will be built at full scale through TEX-FAB's fabrication partnership with ZAHNER. The winning design will then be exhibited at the next TEX-FAB conference.

July 18, 2013

BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Roman McAllen, Assoc. AIA

In this installment, we talk with Roman McAllen, Assoc. AIA, a planner for the City of Brownsville and coordinator of its Facade Improvement Grant Program. McAllen discusses how he developed an appreciation for architectural modeling, where he gets his inspiration, and the next building he wants to see for himself.

July 11, 2013

Waller Creek’s Creek Show

Creek Show proposes to transform Austin’s Waller Creek into an active venue for art, architecture, and landscape architecture. A series of temporary installations will appear along the 1.5-mile site in an attempt to surprise and delight the community.

July 10, 2013

Soo Sunny Park's "Unwoven Light" Installation at Rice

From April 11 through August 30, 2013, Soo Sunny Park’'s installation "Unwoven Light" animates Rice Gallery'’s expansive space, transforming it into a shimmering world of light, shadow, and brilliant color.

July 10, 2013

AIA Austin 2013 Design Awards

In April, AIA Austin announced the recipients of its 2013 Design Awards. The competition recognizes outstanding architectural projects by members and promotes public interest in architectural excellence. This year's jury included Craig Kolstad, Assoc. AIA, of Dallas; Lauren Rottet, FAIA, of Houston; and Teresa Rosano, AIA, of Tucson, Ariz.

July 09, 2013

Remain in Light

RE:site and METALAB, two Houston-based firms of artists, designers, and architects, recently installed “Memory Cloud,” a light-based an installation that creatively embodies campus life, at the Texas A&M University Memorial Student Center.

July 05, 2013

Daylighting Design Process: Two Cases

Daylighting was a primary design driver in two recent Austin projects: the plans for the upcoming Central Library by the joint venture of Lake|Flato Architects and Shepley Bulfinch, and the McGarrah Jessee office renovation by McKinney York Architects. While each team used a different approach to create its design, both achieved compelling daylit spaces.

July 03, 2013

AIA Houston Recognizes Student Health Center Proposals

Students from the schools of architecture at UTSA, UT Austin and Texas Tech recently explored ways to improve healthcare architecture through a design competition hosted by AIA Houston’s Committee on Architecture for Health.

July 03, 2013

Preservation Texas' Annual Honor Awards: Call for Nominations

Preservation Texas has announced the call for nominations for its annual Honor Awards program, which recognizes outstanding and inspiring accomplishments in historic preservation across the state. Nominations will be accepted through September 13.

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July 01, 2013

BLOG | Architects Interviewing Architects: Matt Fajkus, AIA, of Austin

On Barcelona: "I enjoy the fact that a dense urban core is immediately surrounded by nature, including mountains and the sea, rather than endless suburbia." — Matt Fajkus, AIA, of MF Architecture in Austin talks to Texas Architects about photographing and sketching the famed Spanish city, and finding inspiration in films by Jacques Tati and Wes Anderson.

June 27, 2013

Texas Architect Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, to Lead AIA in 2015

At the recent AIA National Convention, held on June 20-22 in Denver, Texas Architect Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, was elected 2014 First Vice President and 2015 President of AIA. Richter, currently a member of the AIA National Board of Directors, is CEO of Richter Architects in Corpus Christi and a past president of the Society.

June 24, 2013

Restoring San Antonio's Spanish Missions

The discovery of original Spanish frescoes in San Antonio’s Mission Concepción guided the building's interior restoration, led by Carolyn Peterson, FAIA, of Ford, Powell & Carson. The firm has also completed restorations of Missions San Juan and San José, helping to preserve an integral part of the city's history.

June 20, 2013

Member News — June 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.

June 19, 2013

BLOG | Advocacy Update: Texas 83rd Legislative Session Wrap-up

Texas Architects Senior Advocate David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, recaps the Society's advocacy work during the 83rd Regular Legislative Session, which concluded on May 27.

June 17, 2013

BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Darren Heine, AIA, of Brenham

"We architects need to be more assertive and speak up about the things we are passionate about. I've found that our clients want us to lead. Credibility and trust are earned as a result.” — Darren Heine, AIA, of Brenham's BBA Architects, talks to Texas Architects about process, inspiration, and what he’s learned from his time on city boards.

June 13, 2013

Texas Trailbreak Reception

Attending the AIA National Convention in Denver? Don't miss the 2013 Texas Trailbreak Reception, celebrating the elevation of the newest Texas Fellows, all their accomplishments, and all things Texan!

June 13, 2013

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.

June 06, 2013

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."

May 30, 2013

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.

May 23, 2013

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.

May 16, 2013

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.

May 16, 2013

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.

May 15, 2013

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.

May 14, 2013

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.

May 09, 2013

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.

May 08, 2013

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.

May 07, 2013

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.

May 03, 2013

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.

May 02, 2013

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.

May 02, 2013

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.

May 01, 2013

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.

May 01, 2013

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.

April 25, 2013

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.

April 25, 2013

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.

April 25, 2013

Reimagining Seaholm

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.

April 24, 2013

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.

April 18, 2013

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.

April 18, 2013

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.

April 18, 2013

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.

April 16, 2013

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.

April 11, 2013

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.

April 11, 2013

TxA Interactive

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.

April 05, 2013

Restoring Cuero

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.

April 04, 2013

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.

April 04, 2013

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.

April 04, 2013

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.

April 03, 2013

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.

April 02, 2013

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.

March 28, 2013

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.

March 28, 2013
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