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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A&M Students to Design, Build Home for Housing Needs Initiative

In an initiative that addresses the profound societal challenges of meeting the housing needs of the estimated nine billion people that will be on the planet by 2050 while simultaneously reducing buildings’ energy use, students from all disciplines at Texas A&M’s College of Architecture will design and build a single-family residence during the 2012-2013 academic year. The project is part of A&M’s new college-wide Real Projects initiative.

August 28, 2012

Five Projects Selected for Studio Awards

Five projects were selected for Texas Architects Studio Awards from a pool of 60 entries on August 14. The Studio Awards program recognizes the best designs in unbuilt, often conceptual, architecture. The winning projects will be published in the Nov/Dec issue of Texas Architect magazine and recognized at an awards ceremony during the Society's annual convention, Oct. 18-20, in Austin.

August 22, 2012

Designed to Connect: Video Conferencing with Skype

Is Your Firm Still Using a Soup Can to Communicate?
Video conferencing, such as Skype, can bring benefits to your firm.
Like the child’s game of telephone with two cans on a string, our methods of communication develop as we get older and seek improved methods. Video conferencing, the ability to see and speak to someone across the Internet, is something that in the past only appeared in movies like the Terminator or Minority Report.

August 16, 2012

Texas Architects Convention Offers ARE Study Classes

Texas Architects and AIA Austin are offering three specialized study classes on the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) during the Texas Society of Architects 73rd Annual Convention and Design Expo, Oct. 18-20, in Austin. If you’re an associate member and have graduated from an accredited school of architecture in the past seven years, access to these courses is free if you register for the convention by Sept. 11.

August 14, 2012

Congress Avenue: A Laboratory of Learning

Don't miss an opportunity to participate in a walking tour of Congress Avenue during the Texas Architects 73rd Annual Convention and Design Expo, October 18-20, in Austin. Jana McCann, AIA, will lead tour attendees from the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge to the Old Bakery just south of the Capitol.

August 14, 2012

Texas Architects Design Expo: October 18 &19, 2012

On Thursday, October 18, the Texas Architects Design Expo will open at 3:30 p.m. and run until 7:30 p.m. See the newest innovations in building materials, design technology, construction services, and more. Check in with a favorite supplier, share information, or look for the idea that can make your practice cutting edge. The Expo will open again on Friday at 11:00 a.m and run until 5:30 p.m.

August 14, 2012

DCFA Hosts Exhibit on Architecture and Water Conservation

The Dallas Center for Architecture (DCFA) hosts the exhibit “Design By The Gallon: Architecture and Water Conservation,” which examines the environmental and human-generated circumstances that have put us in a dire situation. In 2011, an average of 14.8 inches of water fell across the entire state, making it the driest year in Texas history. In October 2011, 88% of the state was classified as being in “exceptional drought.” Looking at a series of architect-designed solutions, the show provides context and possibilities for changing our drought-stricken future.

August 09, 2012

UT Arlington and Dallas Morning News Create Joint Architecture Professor-Critic Position

The University of Texas at Arlington and The Dallas Morning News are partnering in an innovative joint appointment of a School of Architecture faculty member who also will serve as architecture critic for the news organization. The initial appointment will be for three years, renewable and split evenly between the News and UT Arlington.

August 09, 2012

Fort Worth's Historic Fuller House Likely to Escape Wrecking Ball

A one-of-a-kind "geometric" house built by an oilman and his wife almost 60 years ago, featuring rooms of various shapes, will apparently escape the wrecking ball. The 8,400-square-foot Andrew Fuller House, designed by noted California architect A. Quincy Jones, was sold Friday to a Fort Worth couple, according to the previous owner and the real estate agent.

August 07, 2012

2012 Texas Architects Convention

Texas Architects and AIA Austin, the Texas Architects 2012 Convention host chapter, encourage you to attend the 73rd Convention in October! Don't miss compelling CE sessions, keynote speakers Roman Mars (99% Invisible )and Robert Hammond (New York's Friends of the High Line), a two-day Design Expo, and more. View AIA Austin's video to find out why you should attend.

August 06, 2012

More than a Booth

As an Exhibitor in the 2012 Texas Architects Design Expo, you have an opportunity to extend your brand beyond the walls of your booth in the expo hall. Have you considered sponsoring an event, advertising in the Program Guide, or upgrading your website listing?

August 05, 2012

Fireside Chats for Emerging Professionals

Texas Architects presents Fireside Chats at the Society's 73rd Annual Convention in Austin, Oct. 18-20. Architecture's Emerging Professionals are invited to attend roundtable-style conversations with Frank Welch, FAIA; Max Levy, FAIA; Val Glitsch, FAIA; Larry Speck, FAIA; and Ted Flato, FAIA. If you're an emerging professional or architecture student looking for career advice, design insight, or thoughts about the future of Texas architecture, register to attend the Fireside Chats!

August 03, 2012

2012 Honor Awards

The Texas Society of Architects announces its 2012 Honor Awards. The 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.

July 25, 2012

2012 Convention Updates

The Texas Society of Architects is committed to delivering the best possible opportunities for members and the design community at its 73rd Annual Convention and Design Expo in Austin, Oct. 18-20. Texas Architects has recently added two new Continuing Education sessions and a schedule update to the convention program to help attendees get the most out of their convention experience. View those updates here.

July 25, 2012

Light Craft: Art and Architecture Merge at Rice

Anchoring the western end of Rice University's main quad in Houston, James Turrell's new 118-foot-square Skyspace emerges from the earth in front of the monolithic Shepherd School of Music. “This is architecture that light and space makes,” explains the artist. When the sun illuminates the atmosphere, you can't see through it to view the stars that are there, he points out. “Light not only reveals, it also obscures—so you can actually build a space with it. I use light and architecture in that way: to limit space and to reveal it, either way.”

July 23, 2012

How 99% Invisible is Changing Public Radio

"Covering design on the radio can be a challenge for obvious reasons, but being audio-only is usually a constraint that works in my favor," says Roman Mars. Mars is the creator and host of the hugely inventive podcast 99% Invisible, which treats the design of everyday things like a forensic science. In each episode, Mars (keynote speaker for 2012 Texas Architects Convention) highlights some nearly invisible design process that you had no idea was incredibly interesting and then tells you why it is.

July 22, 2012

Texas Governor's Mansion Finally Restored

Governor Rick Perry announced on Thursday that the 156- year-old Texas Governor’s Mansion has been fully restored. In October 2007, the mansion underwent deferred maintenance to replace plumbing and electrical systems, install indoor fire sprinklers, and improve handicap accessibility. On June 8, 2008, an unidentified arsonist threw a Molotov cocktail on the front porch causing catastrophic damage. The Governor's Mansion is slated as one of the tours (sold-out) during the Texas Society of Architects October Convention in Austin.

July 20, 2012

AIA Dallas Women in Architecture Competition

The AIA Dallas Women in Architecture Committee announces its 2nd Annual Express Yourself Competition as an opportunity for women architects and designers in Texas to showcase their art and design work. Winners in three categories will be formally announced the weekend of the Texas Architects Convention n Austin, Oct. 18-20. Deadline to register for the competition is August 8. Submission deadline is Sept. 4.

July 19, 2012

2012 AIA Austin Design Awards

AIA Austin’s 2012 Design Awards competition resulted in recognition for 15 projects in three categories out of a total of 112 entries.

July 13, 2012

On the Road with Alexis McKinney, AIA, LEED AP

For Alexis McKinney, AIA, the “road to registration” has led to the past. And today, her interest in historic preservation has led to downtown Houston, where McKinney and colleague Gerald Moorhead, FAIA, peruse two historic houses (1904 and 1905) that have been “mothballed” and relocated to a dramatic site yards from the city’s 42,000-seat baseball stadium. The project is one of several McKinney is working on.

July 12, 2012

99% Invisible: The Speed of Light for Building Pyramids

This episode of 99% Invisible, produced byTexas Architects 2012 convention keynote speaker Roman Mars, features the research of Steve Burrows CBE, who spent several weeks in Egypt studying the pyramids through the eyes of a modern day structural engineer. The result presented fascinating insights into the design of the pyramids and offers some lessons in how we may think about sustainability through longevity in modern architecture.

July 12, 2012

Rethinking Historic Buildings through a Green Lens

The construction and operation of buildings accounts for almost 50% of the U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Reusing what we have – buildings, landscapes, communities – is the best way is the best way to reduce these emissions and to make the biggest impact in controlling climate change. Attend the Texas Architects Convention in October and hear noted architect, planner, and historian Barbara Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP, share her experience and work developing national sustainability policies, integrating cultural and preservation metrics into the LEED rating systems, and discussing past and current sustainable preservation projects.

July 11, 2012

New Federal Courthouse Hard-Hat Tour

Designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, the new U.S. Courthouse in Austin occupies a full city block directly west of Republic Square Park. Take advantage of a rare opportunity to see the new courthouse just before occupancy by registering to attend the Texas Society of Architects Annual Convention and Design Expo, Oct. 18-20, at the Austin Convention Center. Weeks after this hard-hat tour, the courthouse will be locked down by security, and no one else will have the same freedom to experience the courthouse’s beautifully crafted interiors.

July 10, 2012

2012 Texas Student Biennial Exhibition

The Architecture Center Houston and AIA Houston present the 2012 Texas Student Biennial Exhibition, July 26 - September 7. The exhibit will feature work from the eight accredited schools of architecture in Texas. On Display will be project boards, slide shows, and architectural models. An opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, July 26, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m, at Architecture Center Houston, and a Dean's Roundtable Discussion is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 7, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

July 09, 2012

The Hodge Orr Residence

The Hodge Orr House, designed by David Webster George, FAIA, in collaboration with Jim Wheeler, AIA, is a reminder that a well-planned house can be both gracious and architecturally arresting, while still embodying principles of restraint and blending into the features of the site.

July 02, 2012

Registration Opens July 11 for Texas Architects Convention

Online registration is open for the Texas Society of Architects Convention and Design Expo, October 18-20, in Austin. This year, the convention’s theme is “Influence.” Keynote speakers are Robert Hammond, co-founder and co-executive director of Friends of the High Line – a public park built above an abandoned, elevated rail line in New York — and Roman Mars, award-winning host and radio producer of 99% Invisible.

June 29, 2012

Architecture Firm Websites: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Websites are a vital marketing tool. Unless you’re a superstar design firm, steer clear of archi-speak and tricky graphics. Users want a site that is clean and simple.

June 28, 2012

Designed to Connect: LinkedIn for Architects

Popular social media outlets, such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, all have their uses. Of the three, LinkedIn has retained an air of professionalism and restraint compared with the more informal information-sharing that takes place among “friends” and “followers” on Facebook and Twitter. Yet, LinkedIn manages to produce a lot of noise – a consistent hum. So how can we, as architectural professionals, effectively communicate a message about architecture that rises above that hum?

June 25, 2012

Texas Courthouses on List of 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

On June 6, the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) released its 2012 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. The list includes Texas Courthouses. NTHP, a private nonprofit organization, has produced the annual list for 25 years, drawing attention to more than 230 sites—including buildings, landscapes, and entire communities—that risk destruction or significant damage.

June 19, 2012

A Texas Architect: The life and work of O’Neil Ford

The blend of modernism and Texas traditionalism evident in some of Denton’s most iconic buildings can be attributed to the singular style of O’Neil Ford, a longtime Denton resident who was one of the most renowned and prominent architects in the U.S. In his lifetime, Ford was appointed to the National Council on the Arts by President Lyndon B. Johnson and remains the only human to ever be given the title of National Historic Landmark.

June 18, 2012

Call for Volunteer Leaders

The Texas Society of Architects invites its members to contribute to the profession through volunteer service. The 2012 Nominating Committee is seeking diverse candidates for the open 2013 leadership positions—officers and at-large directors to serve on the Texas Society of Architects Board of Directors.

June 12, 2012

KUT Podcast: The Legacy of John Saunders Chase

On this edition of KUT radio's "In Black America," producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the late John Saunders Chase, the first African American graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and the first African American President of The Texas Exes. Chase was a pioneering architect who broke barriers in Texas and elsewhere.

June 11, 2012

13 Receive 2012 Design Awards

Thirteen projects were selected for 2012 Texas Society of Architects Design Awards from a total of 227 entries. Winning projects will be featured in the Sept/Oct issue of Texas Architect magazine. Jurors were Angie Brooks, AIA, LEED AP, of Brooks + Scarpa, Los Angeles; Eddie Jones, AIA, of Jones Studio, Phoenix, Ariz.; and James Timberlake, FAIA, of KieranTimberlake, Philadelphia.

June 08, 2012

Cocktail Napkin Sketch Contest: Deadline June 22

Architectural Record invites licensed architects or related professionals who practice in the United States to enter its napkin sketching contest. All you need is a white cocktail napkin and pen to demonstrate that the art of the sketch is still alive.

June 05, 2012

The AIA is Defined by Its Membership, It's Up to You to Help Direct It

In the following article, Michael Cowan, AIA, past president of AIA Austin and its current chapter director, discusses the value and benefits of AIA membership versus the cost.

June 04, 2012

Austin Historical Survey Wiki

The City of Austin Historic Preservation Office has been working in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin (UT) School of Architecture Historic Preservation program to develop a participatory, wiki-inspired web application to support the comprehensive survey of Austin's historic resources. The community launch takes place June 4.

June 01, 2012

AIA 2012 Institute Update: The Road Ahead

In the May 19 AIA Business Meeting at the AIA Convention in Washington, D.C, EVP/Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA, began his presentation with the simple idea that now is a time of profound change within the Institute and beyond, as evidenced by the ambitious repositioning effort the AIA announced in April, the demographic transitions that will soon remake the AIA’s membership base, and the still-struggling economy that has left architects unmoored in an unstable financial climate for the last few years.

May 25, 2012

New Book Highlights Noted Courthouse Architect

Most Texans have seen his buildings. They picturesquely loom over the square in numerous county seats from La Grange to Gonzales. Now, James Riely Gordon, who designed some of the most elaborate courthouses in the nation, is getting his due with a new book by Chris Meister, "James Riely Gordon: His Courthouses and Other Public Architecture."

May 21, 2012

The Urban Conspiracy Theory

UT Austin grad Stephen Balut, an artist and architectural designer in Charlottesville, is encouraging his community to think outside the box. That's why, for the entire month of May, he's living inside a box on the downtown mall. His goal is to shatter traditional notions of what constitutes living space, and he wants you right there with him.

May 15, 2012

Beyond LEED: The Importance of Creating Living Buildings

The Living Building Standard results in some of the most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly structures around. It’s also incredibly difficult to achieve. Is it truly changing the way we design buildings?

May 15, 2012

Turrell Skyspace Opens in June at Rice University

The Skyspace, by visionary American artist James Turrell with Thomas Phifer (Thomas Phifer and Partners architects), opens in mid June on the Rice University campus, giving Houston its third major piece by Turrell. Shunning the physicality of paint and sculpture, Turrell was among the pioneers of the Light and Space movement in the late 1960s.

May 08, 2012

Bungalow Modern

In Austin’s richly diverse and energetic East Side neighborhoods, a rebirth is taking place. The addition of the Heywood Hotel on East Cesar Chavez Street represents the latest addition to a burgeoning and thriving East Side culture. Nestled comfortably among the barbecue joints, tacquerias and local shops that have so far eluded big-box homogenization, the hotel builds respectfully on the neighborhood’s considerable charms.

May 07, 2012

99% Invisible: Design for Airports

In this episode of the radio program 99% Invisible, host and producer Roman Mars discusses airport design with Allison Arieff of the New York Times. Using the new T2 terminal at SFO as an example, Arieff talks through some of the considerations that go into designing an airport terminal, how the priorities have changed since 9/11, and how architects struggle to keep pace with ever-changing technology.

May 07, 2012

Advocacy: Architects Fight for U.S. Energy Law

Architects have immeasurable expertise in designing buildings that are practical, energy efficient, aesthetically pleasing, and above all, safe. The profession therefore has a leading role to play in any debate surrounding policies which impact either the architectural landscape or structure and design issues relating to buildings.

May 02, 2012

Texas Firms among AIA COTE Award Winners

On April 19, the American Institute of Architects’ Committee on the Environment (AIA–COTE) announced its Top Ten projects for 2012. This year’s batch of winners highlight community ties, social equity, and attentiveness to water issues. One Texas firm and three national/international firms with offices in Texas are among the winners.

May 01, 2012

Mexic-Arte seeking $10 million from city for new downtown building

Saying that they want to bring a $30 million iconic building to a prominent downtown corner, backers of Mexic-Arte Museum are asking the City of Austin for $10 million in bond money to be included in the November bond election. The conceptual architecture plans are by Mexican architect Fernando Romero with Austin architect and Texas Society of Architects member Juan Cotera, FAIA, as the architect of record.

May 01, 2012

In the Light with Charles K. Thompson, FAIA

It’s a Monday morning at Archillume Lighting Design in Austin. Founder Charles Thompson, FAIA, is just now back from a four-day road trip on his 2009 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic. His time on the open road to Big Bend and back has helped to recharge his energy and clear his mind. So he’s ready for whatever awaits him.

April 30, 2012

Texas Architects Announces 2012 Keynote Speakers

The Texas Society of Architects 2012 Annual Convention and Design Expo, October 18-20, in Austin, presents two distinguished keynote speakers who will examine the role of design in the context of the convention’s theme "Influence."

April 30, 2012

Live First, Work Second: Inside the Head of the Next Generation

With advancements in technology and a new generation of creatives juggling busy personal and professional lives, Rebecca Ryan of Next Generation Consulting discusses how organizations and institutions can bridge generation gaps to invigorate and improve leadership, and spearhead intelligent dialogue about creativity, innovation, and community development. A keynote speaker at the Texas Architects 2011 Convention in Dallas, Ryan was interviewed by architect Jeramie Rittiluechai, AIA, before giving an address to a standing-room only crowd. Listen to a podcast of the interview here.

April 30, 2012

Controversy Surrounds Dallas' Museum Tower

An April 18 D Magazine article, "The Towering Inferno: How Museum Tower threatens the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Woodall Rodgers roofdeck park," highlights the issue of reflected heat from Museum Tower's glass facade. The article asks: "How did this happen? How could someone build a $200 million project in the Arts District that is in the process of destroying the very museum it uses in its marketing materials to sell million-dollar condos? Did no one stop to think?" Read the article, and share your opinions on our website.

April 23, 2012
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