Seher Shah’s “Constructed Landscapes”
With degrees in art and architecture, artist Seher Shah’s areas of interest include overlapping historical and geographical elements, reconstructing modernist architecture and urban monuments, and examining futurist landscapes.
TxA 2013 Studio Awards Announced
The Society is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2013 Studio Awards. Jurors met in New York City on July 18 and selected four designs from among the 59 entries submitted to the competition. Congratulations to all this year's recipients!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Keynote Speaker: Neri Oxman, MIT Media Lab
Neri Oxman is the Sony Corporation Career Development Professor, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, and Research Group Director at the MIT Media Lab, where she directs the Mediated Matter research group. She is an award-winning designer who looks to nature for practical design solutions.
2014 Keynote Speaker: Alex Steffen, IDEO
Alex Steffen is the Planetary Futurist in Residence at IDEO. He is also the author of "Carbon Zero: Imagining Cities That Can Save the Planet" and the visionary behind Worldchanging.com, which under his leadership became the second-largest sustainability website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.