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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UT Arlington Students Unveil Luminous Sculpture "six. one"

In February, Texas Architect staff visited Assistant Professor Susan Appleton's Senior Interior Design Studio at the UT Arlington School of Architecture to view the installation of a luminous string sculpture, "six. one." The day was documented with photographs, and an article about Appleton and her class appears in the March/April issue of the magazine.

March 02, 2012

AIA San Antonio 2011 Design Awards

After carefully evaluating 60 entries from 24 local architectural firms, jurors for AIA San Antonio’s 2011 Design Awards program announced their selections during ceremonies held on Nov. 4 at Pearl Stable. Attendees also celebrated the recipients of the chapter’s Studio Awards, its Twenty-Five Year Award, and its annual Mayor’s Choice Award honoring a publicly funded architectural project.

March 02, 2012

Austin Chosen for AIA Sustainability Program for Communities

Austin is among seven U.S. cities selected by the American Institute of Architects for planning assistance this year through the AIA’s Sustainability Program for Communities. The annual program sends a Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) for site visits to help develop strategies for achieving long-term solutions to economic, environmental, and social equity challenges.

February 29, 2012

Holl Selected to Expand Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Trustees of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston announced on Feb. 2 the selection of Steven Holl Architects to design a master plan that will link the museum’s gallery buildings and its Isamu Noguchi sculpture garden. Now spread across almost 10 acres in the Museum District, the MFAH’s architectural holdings will grow to include a new building Holl will design to hold post-1900 art.

February 29, 2012

Designed to Connect: Architects as App Developers

In the first article of the New Media Committee series," Designed to Connect," Gordon Arnold, AIA, encourages architects to explore applications development as an additional service to help their firm “diversify, develop new sources of revenue, and be players in a new and exciting global industry.”

February 27, 2012

Designed to Connect: A Series on New Media

Technology invades everything in today’s world. Architecture is no different. On Monday, Feb. 27, the Texas Architects New Media Committee will launch Part I of “Designed to Connect,” a series of monthly articles on texasarchitects.org that will discuss various digital technologies and media available to architects today.

February 24, 2012

13th Annual Historic Preservation Symposium at A&M

The Center for Heritage Conservation at Texas A&M University is hosting its 13th Annual Historic Preservation Symposium this weekend. The Center is teaming with the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center to bring together a varied group of experts discussing disasters with respect to historic preservation. On-site registration is available.

February 23, 2012

Q & A with AIA Houston President Perry Seeberger

Texas Society of Architects member Perry Seeberger, AIA, who currently serves as president of AIA Houston, recently spoke with The Houston Chronicle about local architecture. Excerpts from the Q & A were published on Chron.com and cover topics such as the effect of the recession on architecture firms to the impact of energy-efficient projects on the city.

February 21, 2012

Architects Convene in Midland for Design Conference

This weekend, over 30 architects from across the state will convene in Midland for "Architecture in the Hinterlands." The design symposium, hosted by the Texas Society of Architects Design Committee, features the work of Frank Welch, FAIA.

February 15, 2012

Texas Travel Information Center

This episode of the award-winning The Shape of Texas radio program features the Texas Travel Information Center located near Amarillo. Designed by Corpus Christi firm Richter Architects, "The information center offers visitors a respite from the road and serves as a cultural ambassador that captures the spunk and vigor of the West."

February 12, 2012

Eight Texans Selected for AIA Fellowship

Eight Texans are among 105 newly elected 2012 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Fellows. The Fellows were selected from a pool of 220 candidates, which included 21 from Texas. Fellowship is the AIA's most prestigious honor to bestow on a member.

February 08, 2012

Title Usage for Emerging Professionals: Noun or Adjective?

Do you remember having to learn parts of speech in grade school?
Why are we asking and who cares? The Texas Board of Architectural Examiners (TBAE) cares when it comes to the use of titles, and so do registered design professionals. TBAE pays close attention to title usage because, in short, it’s the law.

February 02, 2012

An Ingredient List for a Healthy Home

Peter Syrett, an architect, and Chris Youssef, an interior designer, believe that building materials should be labeled, just like cereal boxes and soup cans, so consumers can avoid ingredients that might be harmful. With the backing of their employer, the global architecture firm Perkins + Will, they have created a database linking common forms of construction materials to government warnings about the substances contained in them.

February 02, 2012

Architects Saying '12, '13 Looking Good

The nation’s architects have looked in their crystal ball and say that while life is still tough for the design industry, things are looking up. Probably. The new American Institute of Architects’ Consensus Construction Forecast is projecting a 2.1 percent increase in spending on nonresidential projects this year, and a 6.4 percent increase in 2013.

February 01, 2012

Dallas Center for Architecture Hosts Upcoming Community Events

From a running tour of downtown Dallas architectural icons to an evening exploring the connections between food and design, the Dallas Center for Architecture hosts several upcoming, engaging community events.

February 01, 2012

President Calls on Congress to Build a Greener America

In his State of the Union Address on Jan. 24, President Obama urged Congress to give businesses incentives to upgrade their buildings: "... the easiest way to save money is to waste less energy. So here’s another proposal: Help manufacturers eliminate energy waste in their factories and give businesses incentives to upgrade their buildings."

January 31, 2012

UH Students Propose Designs for Galveston Levee

Students from the University of Houston and other Texas universities have researched and developed a levee system that would span from Freeport to High Island and would include a new visitor center attached to a national recreation park.

January 31, 2012

Nine Semifinalists Named in Waller Creek Design Competition

Nine teams were chosen Monday as semifinalists for the Waller Creek Conservancy design competition, from a pool of 31 entries.The competition calls for a redesign of a 1.5-mile stretch of city parkland and urban space along Waller Creek in downtown Austin.

January 31, 2012

Meet 2012 President Craig Reynolds, FAIA

Craig Reynolds, FAIA, is a managing principal/president with Brown Reynolds Watford Architects in Dallas. Established in 1984, the firm found a niche in institutional architecture, working for those within governmental entities, school districts, and universities. Reynolds graduated from Texas A&M University with degrees in environmental design and architecture. Learn more about Reynolds and the year ahead in this video.

January 30, 2012

Early Previews of Asia Society Texas Center Generate Praise

As Asia Society Texas Center slowly introduces its new home in the Museum District in Houston, a wave of praise is building for the 40,000-sf structure designed by famed Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi. The project will be featured in the March/April issue of Texas Architect.

January 30, 2012

Big Name Architects Vie to Design Houston's METRO Station

Houston METRO and the Downtown District revealed the finalists in a design competition for Central Station — a new light rail transfer hub that will be built on Main between Capitol and Rusk at the intersection of the upcoming East End and Southeast lines.

January 29, 2012

Register Now for Architecture in the Hinterlands, Feb. 17- 18, Midland

There’s still time to register for Architecture in the Hinterlands – a two-day Design Symposium hosted by the Texas Architects Design Committee. In this video, Midland Architect Mark Wellen discusses the event, which features the work of Frank Welch, FAIA, and highlights architecture in remote locations.

January 27, 2012

Annual Convention: Evolution and Influence

On August 1,1995, Gayle Pickering joined the staff of the Texas Society of Architects and went to Dallas the next day to meet with the 1995 Convention Committee who was planning an early November event.

January 27, 2012

UT Arlington Receives Sustainability Certification for Landscape

The Sustainable Sites Initiative™, a new rating system for sustainable design in landscape and site development, has named UT Arlington’s The Green at College Park one of the first three projects in the world to be certified according to the organization’s rigorous benchmarks.

January 26, 2012

Texas Makes Top Ten List of Greenest States

On Jan. 19, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its 2011 list of top 10 states for LEED-certified commercial and institutional green buildings per capita, based on the U.S. 2010 Census information. The District of Columbia leads the nation, with Colorado being the leading state, and Texas among nine other states.

January 25, 2012

Profession's Future Rests on Opportunities for Young Professionals

"As long as I can stay employed, I will stay in the profession."
This was a response to a recent online survey that asked emerging architects in the state of Texas: "Do you see yourself continuing on in this profession, or are you considering a career change?"

January 24, 2012

Demolition Looms for Architectural Gem in Fort Worth

The 8,400-sf Fort Worth residence known as the Andrew Fuller House (1953), designed by modernist A. Quincy Jones, may be doomed to a wrecking ball. The city has issued a demolition permit to the Frost Bank trust department. The house does not carry a historic designation, which would trigger measures to safeguard it from demolition.

January 23, 2012

RDA Receives AIA Collaborative Achievement Award

The Rice Design Alliance (RDA) is one of only two organizations recognized this year with a 2012 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement from the American Institute of Architects. RDA was organized in 1972 to be a multidisciplinary non-profit that fosters public engagement with architecture.

January 22, 2012

Evans Honored with AIA Young Architects Award

Texas Society of Architects member James M. Evans, AIA, of Houston, has received a 2012 AIA Young Architects Award. The award celebrates emerging designers who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession in an early stage of their architectural careers. Thirteen recipients from across the nation received the award this year.

January 20, 2012

A New Look for Texas Architect

Redesign of Texas Architect follows rebranding of its publisher, the Texas Society of Architects.

January 09, 2012

Masterwork of 1950s Architecture Scheduled for Implosion

A masterwork of 1950s architecture is scheduled for implosion in Houston on Sunday, Jan. 8. The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center's Prudential building, designed by Architect Kenneth Franzheim in the late 1940s for Prudential Insurance Co, will be torn down for a site expansion. At the time of its construction, it was the tallest building outside of downtown.

January 06, 2012

AIA LRGV 2011 Design Awards

Four projects were recently selected for AIA Lower Rio Grande Valley 2011 Design Awards. Jurors were Thomas Hayne Upchurch, AIA, of Brenham; Rick del Monte, FAIA, of Dallas; and Donna Kacmar, FAIA, of Houston. The lone Honor Award went to Valle Vista Mall Renovations by Megamorphosis, with three Merit Awards also presented.

January 04, 2012

Recollection: Frank Welch, FAIA

In the first chapter of his unpublished memoir, Architect Frank Welch, FAIA, reflects on his early interest in architecture and the subsequent path he followed establishing his career.

December 21, 2011

Blake Alexander (1924 – 2011)

Architectural historian and long-time educator Blake Alexander died Dec. 11, 2011, at age 87. He taught for four decades at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture.

December 20, 2011

Raven Lake Ranch

"It's as close as you can get to living outdoors and being sheltered," says Eileen Bennett, of her northeast Texas ranch house, designed by Michael Malone, AIA.

December 20, 2011

Jeff Potter, FAIA, Inaugurated 2012 AIA President

Jeff Potter, FAIA, began his American Institute of Architects career as president of the AIA Northeast Texas Chapter in 1998. He was president of the Texas Society of Architects in 2004 and served on the AIA Board of Directors from 2006- 2009. “Shaping a future for the next generation of architects” was the theme of Potter’s inaugural address during ceremonies in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 9.

December 16, 2011

Texas Architects Partners with aecKnowledge

The Texas Society of Architects is proud to announce a new partnership with aecKnowledge—an innovative, online knowledge-sharing platform for the AEC industries. As an established provider of high-quality video continuing education, aecKnowledge delivers peer-reviewed, engaging knowledge featuring top thought leaders and subject matter experts.

December 14, 2011

Projects Needed: Weather Channel Docu-series "Built to Last"

A production company is working on the pilot episode of the Weather Channel docu-series "Built to Last." Each program will showcase several residential homes that are built to withstand the forces of nature, whether it's a tornado proof home in the plains of Kansas or a fireproof home in the hills of Santa Barbara. Texas Society of Architects members should send completed examples to the AIA.

December 12, 2011

Design Waller Creek: A Competition

The Waller Creek Conservancy announces an international design competition that calls for the most innovative and qualified landscape architects and architects to join forces and present ideas for remaking a currently fragmented and undervalued section of Austin into a vibrant, livable, and workable district. Deadline Dec. 16.

December 06, 2011

Videos Highlight Diversity of State's Award-Winning Architecture

The 12 winners of 2011 Texas Architects Design Awards, featured in this video gallery, represent the diversity of our State's architectural profession and the increasing role that architects from Texas play in the globalized forum of design.

November 28, 2011

What Makes a Building an Icon?

In the Nov/Dec Texas Architect article "Dance Partner," Geoffrey Brune, FAIA, explores what makes a building an icon, highlighting the Houston Ballet Center for Dance as an example.

November 18, 2011

Brochstein Pavilion and Asia Society, Highlights of Houston Visit

Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks Frank Gehry and Houston highlights at University of Houston appearance.

November 17, 2011

Member Spotlight: Brandrup, Hays, and Black

Over 6,000 members make up the Texas Society of Architects. They play unique roles that contribute to the future of the profession and the built environment. Here, Texas Architects spotlights three members who were recently recognized with 2011 Honor Awards for outstanding contributions to architectural education, the profession, and the community.

November 10, 2011

Unexpected Encounters with Architecture

This episode of the award-winning radio program The Shape of Texas features a sculptural steel restroom that graces the side of a hike and bike trail on Lady Bird Lake in Austin. The project, by Miro Rivera Architects, received a 2008 Design Award from Texas Architects.

November 09, 2011

Book Explores Frank Lloyd Wright's Sacred Architecture

A comprehensive study of Frank Lloyd Wright’s sacred architecture is in a new book, Frank Lloyd Wright Sacred Architecture: Faith, Form, and Building Technology, by Anat Geva, Assoc. AIA, a member of the Texas Society of Architects and an associate professor of architecture at Texas A&M University.

November 08, 2011

2012 "Best Architecture and Design Schools" Includes Two in Texas

DesignIntelligence’s annual “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools” rankings are just out. Two Texas universities, Rice University in Houston and The University of Texas at Austin, made the top-ten cut for B.Arch. programs.

November 07, 2011

Tommy Neal Cowan, FAIA, Receives Lifetime Achievement Medal

Described by his local and national peers as a “born leader,” “talented architect,” “game changer,” and “titan…whose influence will ripple through our ranks for years,” Tommy Neal Cowan, FAIA, received the Texas Architects 2011 Lifetime Achievement Medal on October 28 at an awards ceremony in Dallas.

November 03, 2011

Texas Architects Announces 2012 Leadership

On October 27, members of the Texas Society of Architects elected nominees for 2012 leadership during the Society's Annual Business Session in Dallas. Craig Reynolds, FAIA, will assume the presidency for 2012; Larry Speck, FAIA, will serve as 2012 President-elect.

November 03, 2011

Design Conference: Architecture in the Hinterlands

Featuring the Architecture of Frank Welch, FAIA

Architecture Tours and Learning Opportunities
17-18 February 2012
Midland, Texas

October 31, 2011

With Launch of New Website, Texas Architects Unveils New Brand

“As the voice for Texas architecture, our role is to elevate the general public’s aspirations for the built environment. More than ever, our society needs safe, beautiful, and sustainable environments. Our re-purposed web presence is aimed toward stirring the imagination and making that case in increasingly expanding ways,” says President Dan Hart, AIA, PE.

October 31, 2011
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