2013 TAC Contributors
The Texas Architects Committee thanks all our 2013 contributors for their generous donations in support of our advocacy efforts on behalf of our membership.
Val Glitsch, FAIA, Texas Architects 2014 President
This January, the Texas Society of Architects welcomes Val Glitsch, FAIA, as president. Glitsch is principal of Val Glitsch Architect in Houston and has more than 15 years of leadership with the Society. She was profiled in the November/December issue of Texas Architect.
2014 Texas Architects Leadership
This past November, Texas Society of Architects members elected nominees for 2014 leadership during the Society's Annual Business Session in Fort Worth. Val Glitsch, FAIA, of Houston was elected 2014 president; Michael Malone, AIA, of Dallas was voted president-elect.
Talking Shop with Four Under 40
Career building, like any other kind of building, can be a tricky business, but these four under 40 are making their way by starting new firms and building leadership in small communities.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Ryan Flener, Assoc. AIA
Ryan Flener, Assoc. AIA, of Good Fulton & Farrell talks to Texas Architects about hailing from Louisville, being a music snob, and his preference for the pen sketch.
BLOG | Advocacy Update: Robinson Wins!
Texas Architect David W. Robinson, AIA, was elected to the Houston City Council in a Dec. 14 run-off. The Society's Senior Advocate David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, reports on the race.
BLOG | Media and Technology in Architecture | Sourcing New Materials
"Half the battle is often knowing where to start the search." In our latest "Media and Technology in Architecture" post, Brinn Miracle, AIA, of PDR in Houston describes a number of online resources for sourcing, researching, and trying out new building products.
The Blaffer Reworked
Though the project for the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston was primarily an interior renovation, WORKac’s design is ambitious and less predictable than many university buildings.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Danelle Briscoe, Assoc. AIA
Danelle Briscoe, Assoc. AIA, assistant professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, talks to Texas Architects about growing up in Galveston, garage-saling, and her first trip to Istanbul.
Completing the Circle
An ambitious partnership between St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin and Andersson-Wise Architects has transformed the original Fehr & Granger campus with five new buildings.
2014 Design Conference: Borderlands
Architecture Tours and Learning Opportunities
31 January – 2 February
BLOG | Justin Oscilowski, Assoc. AIA, Contributing to the Craft
Justin Oscilowski, Assoc. AIA, of Austin's PageSoutherlandPage, jumped at the chance to volunteer for our 2013 Convention Committee and played a key role in transforming the ideas for the Craftsmen's Square into reality.
What Starts Here ...
Three new buildings on The University of Texas at Austin campus — the Belo Center for New Media, Norman Hackerman Building, and College of Liberal Arts Building — push the envelope and interpret design guidelines in creative ways.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Francisco Gomes, AIA
"I find considerable inspiration in construction. Not just the materials and technical assemblies of our buildings, but the people, tools, and cultures of their construction." Francisco Gomes, AIA, of Austin's Gomes+Staub talks to Texas Architects.
2013 Convention Attendee Continuing Education Credit
Review your 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo Learning Unit Hours, and confirm that your convention certificate and AIA transcript is correct. You can also review the new Continuing Education standards, and how this may affect your licensure renewal in the future.
2013 Convention Survey
Did you attend the Texas Society of Architects 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo? If so, tell us how we did. We would love your help in making next year's convention even better!
Animal House: Thoughts on Cross-Species Design Collaborations
AnimalArchitecture.org is a web-based platform dedicated to an ongoing investigation into the performative role of design in ecology. Founder and Director Ned Dodington, Assoc. AIA, writes about the questions explored by the site, which presents a curated collection of works demonstrating the powerful collaborations between human and non-human architects.
BLOG | Texas Architects Board Responds to AIA Restructuring
At its September 2013 meeting, the AIA Board of Directors approved a motion to allow planning for a new board structure. Executive Vice President James T. Perry discusses the Society's position on the proposed changes and why the issue matters to members.
More Than Skin Deep: University of Houston's New Medical Building
This article from the November/December 2013 issue of Texas Architect explores facade treatments at the new University of Houston Health and Biomedical Sciences Building. The center was designed by Shepley Bulfinch of Boston, with Houston's Bailey Architects serving as the architect of record.
On the Proposed Reorganization of the AIA Board
Former AIA Board Representative Bill T. Wilson II, FAIA, has written an open letter to Texas architects regarding the proposed restructuring of the AIA board. Read the letter outlining his concerns about the new governance model, and share your thoughts.
Streamlining the Path to Licensure
Over the past 40 years, the requirements for architectural licensure have increased tremendously terms of time and cost to the candidate. In 2012, Texas Architects teamed up with representatives of other AIA "large states" to examine the ARE and IDP process and propose changes for a simpler, more efficient system. The Licensing Task Force findings and recommendations are now available.
Giesecke and Vosper at Texas A&M
In the midst of the Great Depression, two architects, Dr. Frederick E. Giesecke and Samuel C. P. Vosper, transformed the campus of Texas A&M University with 10 new buildings in just five years.
Texas Architects' IgCC Roadmap
Over the past four years, Texas Architects has monitored and participated in the development of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), and provided significant input into its refinement and development. Our IgCC Task Force has developed this Road Map to guide those officials contemplating or actually adopting the IgCC.
BLOG | Media and Technology in Architecture | Flipboard Aggregator App
In our latest Media and Technology in Architecture post on the Texas Architects blog, Ken Ethridge, AIA, compares the Flipboard news aggregator app to Zite.
BLOG | Repositioning the Institute: What It Means to the Texas Society of Architects
AIA National Board Member John Nyfeler, FAIA, discusses progress on the AIA Repositioning Initiative and the impact of planned changes for Texas Architects.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Helen Pierce, AIA
Helen Pierce, AIA, of Alamo Architects in San Antonio chats with Texas Architects about her family's Sears, Roebuck & Co. mail order home, the sights and sounds of New York City, and painting as a possible alternative profession.
Licensed Architect Fingerprinting to be Available at the 2013 Convention
On June 24, 2013, HB 1717 was signed into law. This Texas Legislature house bill adds architects to the list of professions requiring fingerprinting as part of their licensure renewal. The Texas Society of Architects has taken steps to make this transition easier for architects across Texas.
BLOG | Advocacy News: AIA Announces 2014 Call for Issues Survey
James R. Nader, FAIA, a Texas representative to the AIA Board Advocacy Committee, invites you to share your views on the AIA policy issues that matter most by taking the 2014 Call for Issues Survey. We appreciate your help in shaping the message that AIA takes to Capitol Hill next year.
Architizer's 2nd Annual A+ Awards: Call for Entries
The Texas Society of Architects and Architizer would like to announce the 2nd Annual A+ Awards, dedicated to the best architecture, spaces, and products in the world. The early entry deadline is November 1st.
BLOG | Media and Technology in Architecture | Media Consumption: How to Get Your Fill
In "Media and Technology in Architecture," a new series on the Texas Architects blog, Brinn Miracle, AIA, provides some tips for organizing and consuming the vast amounts of architectural information available online.
Surrounded by sandburs, the sea breeze, and a wide airstrip, the Fire|Beach House in Galveston is a surprising piece of contemporary architecture.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Alexer Taganas, Assoc. AIA
Alexer Taganas, Assoc. AIA, of Webber + Studio in Austin talks to Texas Architects about choosing buildings over Broadway, his time in Berlin, and a somewhat off-putting yet surprisingly effective technique for sketching.
CE Session Sponsorship Opportunities
Members and/or their firms have an opportunity to support a continuing education session of their choice at the Texas Society of Architects 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo.
BLOG | Beyond the Boardroom: Past Presidents Convene in Santa Fe
Executive Vice President James T. Perry reports on the most recent gathering of the Society's past presidents. "Every three years, the past presidents of the Texas Society of Architects come together in Santa Fe, N.M., for a meeting hosted by the current president-elect. This being one of those years, Val Glitsch, FAIA, hosted the event this past weekend at the St. Francis Hotel."
Texas Dance Halls
An under-researched category of Texas vernacular architecture, dance halls have played a fundamental role in the development of both rural and urban Texas communities, identities, and cultures.
Workplace Design Trends
Released every five years, Gensler's U.S. Workplace Survey sheds light on the relationship between office design and business performance. Michael Friebele, Assoc. AIA, of Laguarda.Low Architects discusses what the 2013 survey reveals about trends in the design of collaboration spaces and the role of choice in team member satisfaction.
AIA Houston Design Awards
In July, AIA Houston announced the recipients of its 2013 Design Awards. The competition recognizes the best projects completed within the last five years that are either located in the Houston metropolitan area or designed by an architect based there.
Ryann Ford’s Rest Stops
With “Rest Stops: Vanishing Relics of the American Roadside,” architectural photographer Ryann Ford seeks to capture relics of a bygone era of leisurely road travel across the Southwest.
Exploring Future Workflows with TEX-FAB
TEX-FAB, led by Brad Bell, Kevin Patrick McClellan, Andrew Vrana, and Kory Bieg, is changing the status quo in terms of digital design and fabrication. Scott Marble details how their new approach to workflows is the way of the future.
Latitudes: Architecture in the Americas
Latitudes: Architecture in the Americas is an annual two-day event explores contemporary “American” architecture. This year’s event brought together architects from New York, Texas, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Christopher L. Sanders, AIA
Christopher Sanders, AIA, of Sanders Architecture in Austin talks to Texas Architects about childhood lessons in sustainability, and the inspirational places his education and career have taken him.
Down and Up House
Karen Lantz, AIA, of Lantz Full Circle | Enter Architecture purchased a lot in Houston’s Ranch Estates subdivision and then proceeded to think long and hard about the house she wanted to design there for herself and her husband. The building is an in-depth study in local Texas materials.
Des M. Taylor, Hon. AIA (1943–2013)
Des M. Taylor, Hon. AIA, executive vice president of the Texas Society of Architects from 1973-1988, passed away on August 27. David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, pays tribute to Taylor and his leadership, which helped transform the Society into an exemplary model for AIA components across the country.
2013 Texas Architects Honor Awards
The Texas Society of Architects announces the recipients our 2013 Honor Awards. These annual awards recognize exceptional members, firms, individuals, and organizations for their outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture, the built environment, and the quality of life in Texas.
Tour Italy and the Adriatic with Texas Architects: Sept. 10-19, 2014
"I know I’m not alone in planning vacations around buildings I want to see. I’ve talked to many architects who chuckle knowingly when I relay my habit for indulging my interest in a building past the reasonable limits of patience of my family. The solution? Travel with other architects." — Dan Hart, FAIA
BLOG | Advocacy Update: SAC Fingerprinting Requirements
"Discretion is, indeed, the better part of valor." The Society's Senior Advocate David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, shares the Society's position on the Sunset Advisory Commission's fingerprinting requirement passed during the 83rd Legislative Session. The recommendation was part of the TBAE Sunset review bill.
BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Yen Ong, AIA
Texas Architects talks to Yen Ong, AIA, of 5G Studio in Dallas. Born in Jakarta, Ong's design perspective is cross-culturally informed through his studies in Indonesia, Singapore, Italy, and the United States.
The Office of James Burnett’s new Sunnylands Center & Gardens is a composition of color and texture achieved through a densely layered, yet sustainable, planting design.
BLOG | Beyond the Boardroom: TxA Board Meeting Held in Vancouver
Texas Architects EVP James T. Perry reports on the latest meeting of our Board of Directors, which reviewed the progress made by the Society so far in 2013.
Max Levy, FAIA, knows how to bring daylight into a room in beautiful and creative ways. “Light Sails,” rods, trellises, and apertures in the ceiling — these sketches demonstrate why he is a master of light.