Wilson Announces Candidacy
Bill T. Wilson II, FAIA, is a candidate in the Republican primary for Texas House District 43. If elected, Wilson will be the first practicing architect to serve in the Texas Legislature in twenty-eight years. Pundits have labeled this one of the year’s five most interesting GOP primary races in Texas because of the defection of the incumbent representative from the Democratic to Republican Party.
Designed to Connect
In Part Two of "Twitter for Architects," Andrew Hawkins offers tips for using this popular social media platform. The article is part of the Texas Society of Architects New Media Committee series "Designed to Connect," which features monthly articles on www.texasarchitects.org that discuss various digital technologies and media available to architects today.
Advocacy Update April 2012
April 2012 Advocacy Update: Bill T. Wilson II, FAIA, is first (AIA) architect to run for the Texas Legislature in almost 30 years; new Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS) as of March 15; Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted amendments to 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 68, as of March 15; and more. Click to read this important bimonthly update.
Design Competition: Call for Entries
Presented by the Jewish Federation of Greater Austin, the Sukkah City Austin Design Competition is open to students, professional artists, architects and designers of all faiths and backgrounds in the State of Texas and Israel, working in teams or as individuals. Registration opens July 9 and submissions are due August 8.
Texas Architects Committee Update
The Texas Architects Committee (TAC) update as of February 2012.
Designed to Connect: Twitter for Architects
There is a large amount of buzz about social media these days. In the field of architecture and design, it is no different. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google +, and many more are actively growing their usage in professional applications. Should you join the social media scene? What are the benefits? Are there drawbacks? What is the best way to go about establishing a social media presence on the Web?
Buildings and Landscapes and Xylophones
In 2010 Lake|Flato completed work on the renovation of the Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Since its opening, the new facility has been getting a lot of use from its clever inhabitants who are continually exploring their building's capacity for exhibiting and generating art, both in ways it was designed for and also in ways that the design team never could have predicted.
Conference Emphasizes Practice in the Hinterlands
In February, a group of designers gathered in Midland to consider the challenges of producing top-flight architecture in a place far removed from the state’s larger urban areas. The event, dubbed “Architecture in the Hinterlands,” included an address by acclaimed Canadian architect Brian MacKay-Lyons that featured his work in remote Nova Scotia. View a video recap of the weekend here.
Gulf Coast Green 2012: A Delicate Balance
Organized by the AIA Houston Committee on the Environment, the 2012 Gulf Coast Green Symposium and Expo takes place May 1 in Houston. After six successful years, the event has proven to be the leading green building conference targeted to design and construction professionals within the Gulf Coast region.
Piano's Expansion of Kimbell Museum Takes Shape
As museum workers and curators install last-minute touches for "The Age of Impressionism" exhibit opening Sunday, Kimbell Art Museum Director Eric M. Lee has one eye turned to the installation occurring outside.
Hundreds Convene in D.C. for AIA Grassroots
Last week, 2012 Texas Architects President Craig Reynolds, FAIA, convened in D.C. with hundreds of American Institute of Architects members and staff to talk with elected representatives on Capitol Hill. Read his comments here.
Emerging Professionals Roundtable
In February, Associate leaders gathered in Austin for a two-day event to explore issues that emerging professionals face in their career development and how these can be addressed. Also part of the discussion were future challenges and opportunities.
AIA LRGV 2011 Studio Awards
Two awards were presented by AIA Lower Rio Grande Valley in the chapter’s 2011 Studio Awards program and are featured in the March/April issue of Texas Architect. View additional images of the award winners on texasarchitects.org.
AIA Fort Worth Student Design Awards
Three student projects were recognized for design excellence during AIA Fort Worth’s awards banquet held in late January. The chapter's Student Design Award program was established in 1991 and is open to projects completed as part of academic coursework.
Tianjin Binhai Art Center
Construction is scheduled toward the end of this year on the Tianjin Binhai Art Center within a newly redeveloped coastal district near Beijing, China. The center, designed by RTKL's Dallas office, is featured in the Paperwork section of the March/April issue of Texas Architect. View additional project renderings on texasarchitects.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
A New Look for Texas Architect
Redesign of Texas Architect follows rebranding of its publisher, the Texas Society of Architects.
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.
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.
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.
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.