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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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

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.

March 28, 2013

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.

March 25, 2013

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.

March 21, 2013

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.

March 20, 2013

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.

March 19, 2013

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.

March 14, 2013

Buy Local

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.

March 13, 2013

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.

March 11, 2013

Everyday Advocate

"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.

March 07, 2013

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.

March 06, 2013

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.

March 01, 2013

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.

February 28, 2013

Retail Trends

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.

February 28, 2013

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.

February 28, 2013

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.

February 27, 2013

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.

February 14, 2013

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.

February 14, 2013

AIA Announces 2013 Fellows — 13 Texas Architects Among Those Named

The American Institute of Architects has announced the newest members of the AIA College of Fellows. Among the 122 AIA members honored with this distinction, 13 are members of the Texas Society of Architects. The 2013 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony during the AIA National Convention to be held in Denver this June.

February 08, 2013

In Between with Clovis Heimsath, FAIA

Keeping up with him has never been easy. Clovis Heimsath, FAIA, is a testament to architecture being a calling and not a profession — his practice and his lifestyle are seamless.

February 07, 2013

Texas Architects Member News — February 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.

February 07, 2013

VIDEO: 20x20 with Elizabeth Price, AIA

Elizabeth Price is project manager for Upchurch Architects in Brenham and a working mother. Watch a video of her PechaKucha presentation, describing how she strikes a balance between these two roles, and what it's like living and working in a small town.

February 07, 2013

Key Indicators Point to Growth in Texas Construction Industry

In the latest Weekly Economic Outlook, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Susan Combs reports that job growth, sales tax collections, and automobile sales signal that our state economy has emerged from the recent recession. This development bodes well for architects.

February 06, 2013

Advocates Show Legislators that "Design Matters"

There was a great deal of quality advocacy taking place in Austin on Tuesday, January 29. Approximately 150 Texas architects stormed the Capitol to promote the profession’s legislative agenda as part of Advocates for Architecture Day 2013.

January 31, 2013

Dwelling: To Have or to Be

People looking to build a house, even the financially comfortable and educated, seldom hire an architect because architects haven’t done a good job of communicating their value. Part of this stems from the difficulty of describing services for the complex tasks of design and construction. More important, architects haven’t taken on the job of making conceptual ideas clearly compatible with living needs.

January 31, 2013

Spring Lecture Series Underway at Texas Schools

Architecture schools are bringing some of the most influential and innovative architects and scholars to Texas as part of their Spring 2013 lecture series.

January 24, 2013

W. Eugene George, FAIA (1922-2013)

W. Eugene George, FAIA, one of the leading architects in the historic preservation movement, passed away on January 16. The recipient of the Society's 2001 Edward J. Romieniec Award and 2012 Presidential Citation, George will long be remembered for his invaluable contributions to the conservation of the architectural heritage of the State of Texas, and for his profound influence on students and professional leaders alike.

January 24, 2013

Advocates for Architecture Day 2013

On Tuesday, January 29, architects from across the state will converge on the Texas Capitol to raise awareness among state legislators about the value of architectural planning and design. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this important event! Watch our video invite featuring Representative Donna Howard, then register today.

January 24, 2013

Merging the Natural and Built Environments

Husband-and-wife team Weiss/Manfredi, designers of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's new Visitor Center and Seattle's internationally acclaimed Olympic Sculpture Park, will deliver the keynote address at our 2nd Annual Design Conference — "Collections."

January 22, 2013

Michael Van Valkenburgh on Austin’s Waller Creek

With construction of the Waller Creek tunnel well under way in Austin, the $146.5 million municipal effort to more efficiently manage the flow of water through the long-neglected flood plain has also afforded a new vision for the creek and the city.

January 18, 2013

AIA San Antonio Design Awards

Recipients of the 2012 AIA San Antonio Design Awards were announced in November 2012. Selecting from 45 entries representing 24 San Antonio firms, the jury recognized three projects with Honor Awards.

January 15, 2013

AIA El Paso Design Awards

The 2012 AIA El Paso Design Awards were announced in November 2012, honoring El Paso County Family Youth and Services Center, Albert Bacon Fall Mansion, and E.G. Chayo Community Center.

January 12, 2013

Klyde Warren Park: Dallas' New Landmark

Designed by the Office of James Burnett, the 5.2-acre Klyde Warren Park — the deck park over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway — creates a welcome urban green space over the recessed freeway between Pearl and St. Paul Streets in the center of the Dallas.

January 10, 2013

For a Gardener: In Memory of Ruth Carter Johnson Stevenson (1923-2013)

In memory of Ruth Carter Stevenson’s many contributions to Fort Worth and the state, Mark Gunderson, AIA, recalls her unique role in and contribution to matters of architecture and design, her friendship with Philip Johnson, and her love of gardening.

January 09, 2013

Advocacy Update: SAC Meeting Report

David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, senior advocate for the Society, reports on the December 19 meeting of the Sunset Advisory Commission (SAC). At its last meeting of the 2012, the SAC took final action on staff recommendations for the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners and considered staff proposals for the Texas Facilities Commission. Recommendations dealing with public-private partnerships (P3) procurement methods and rules were also discussed.

January 03, 2013

Advocates for Architecture Day 2013

The Society's Advocates for Architecture Day will take place on January 29. Architects from across the state will converge on the Texas Capitol to meet with legislators to promote the importance of architectural design for urban planning. Learn more about this event, and register today to help us spread our message.

January 03, 2013

2013 Design Expo: Exhibitor Information

Our 2013 Design Expo is sold out! See our information below for move-in times, exhibit hall events, and exhibitor opportunities to make the most of your Design Expo experience.

January 01, 2013

John Staub Awards 2012

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) recognized projects across the state for their achievements and contributions to preserving and advancing the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism, and the allied arts. The 2012 John Staub Awards for Residential Architecture were presented for the following five projects.

December 22, 2012

Upcoming 8-Week Blackout for the ARE®

NCARB CEO Michael J. Armstrong announced that the ARE® will change content management providers in the summer of 2013. This shift will require an 8-week blackout for both Member Boards and exam candidates starting July 1, 2013. The downtime will affect testing schedules.

December 21, 2012

TASA/TASB Awards

The 2012 Exhibit of School Architecture sponsored by the Texas Association of School Administration (TASA) and the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Convention awarded the Caudill Award to Lady Bird Johnson Middle School in Irving designed by Corgan Associates.

December 19, 2012

Coy Talley on the Landscape Architecture of the Perot Museum

Coy Talley of Talley Associates recently collaborated with Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects to design the grounds of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Their shared vision of landscape-building integration resulted in a stunning design celebrating a cross section of Texas ecology.

December 19, 2012

Ray Bailey, FAIA (1942-2012)

Ray Bailey, FAIA, CEO of Bailey Architects in Houston, passed away on December 10, 2012. Past president of the Texas Society of Architects and a recipient of the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Bailey is being remembered by the architecture community both for his personal qualities, which were strongly admired by many who had the privilege of working with him, and for his enduring contributions to the field.

December 18, 2012

The Monterey

A former gas station turned gastropub, The Monterey is helping to create a culinary outpost in San Antonio’s Southtown district. Designed by Poteet Architects and Wiese Hefty Design Build, the scheme for this highly praised restaurant transformed the dilapidated storefront of a former Sunglo Service Station with a clean mid-century aesthetic, a large inviting patio, and an innovative menu.

November 20, 2012

Dallas Arts District – Time for a Remix?

Trendy food trucks have arrived in the heart of the Dallas Arts District at lunchtime to populate an otherwise quiet section of downtown. The trucks with their eager vendors serve as a kind of non-architectural redevelopment force and a reminder of the original vision for the district — a vibrant mix of pedestrian-friendly uses.

November 20, 2012

A Towering Landmark for Formula One Track

Fans of Formula One come to see the action on the track, not what’s around the track, said Juan Miró, an architect. But luckily for him, the owners of the Circuit of the Americas, the new Formula One site on the edge of Austin, Tex., wanted to create a memorable setting for events like the 2012 United States Grand Prix.

November 20, 2012

2013 Leadership Elected

On October 18, Texas Society of Architects members elected nominees for 2013 leadership during the Society's Annual Business Session in Austin. Lawrence W. Speck, FAIA, will assume the presidency for 2013.

November 20, 2012

Catherine Gavin Appointed Editor of Texas Architect

The Texas Society of Architects has welcomed Catherine Gavin to Austin as editor of its magazine, Texas Architect, effective with the January/February issue. She follows the four-issue guest editorship of Larry Paul Fuller, which commenced with the departure of previous editor Stephen Sharpe at the end of February.

November 19, 2012

Debut in Dallas

Last month the City of Dallas opened the City Performance Hall, a “village for the arts” meant to help cap off its growing arts district. Architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill took that title to heart, seeking input from local artists and opting for elegance in the presence of its commanding neighbors.

November 15, 2012

Texas Society of Architects 25-Year Award

Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, one of the most distinguished works of contemporary architecture in Texas built during the 1950s, has been recognized by a jury to receive the Texas Society of Architects 25-Year Award for 2012.

November 12, 2012
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