In this issue we feature six houses, five of them in Texas, one outside of the state but designed by a Texas architect. While of varying character, each project exhibits a sensitive approach to site conditions and client wishes. Also presented are two prominent restoration projects and the new Knoll showroom and office in Houston.
This issue examines the flow of information and design as it moves in and out of Texas. We learn about a Houston firm that specializes in architect of record services, and we hear from a Fort Worth architect who designed a school for earthquake-ravaged Haiti. We see how local expertise in sports and healthcare facility design is opening some firms up to work around the globe, and we get an update on two projects designed by some of the biggest names in international architecture.
Architects are using data to make a positive impact on building projects. Architects at Page team with other specialists to conduct social research for a new dorm for UT Austin. bcWORKSHOP designs a new Housing First project in Dallas with input from the homeless. Lake|Flato divulges how it stays engaged with its projects post-occupancy. And we take a closer look at the electronic infrastructure that makes Parkland Hospital one of the most advanced buildings of its type in the world.
This issue focuses on Edges in architecture and landscape architecture: the definitions, separations, juxtapositions, gateways, and connections that define the boundaries of designed spaces in myriad ways both dramatic and subtle. Projects featured include the new gardens and pavilion at Houston’s Hermann Park, boardwalks and viewing stations at a Midland wildlife preserve, a Dallas columbarium that celebrates life, and a digitally derived exhibition that traveled almost six thousand miles in four small boxes.
The 13 projects that received 2015 Design Awards represent a range of typologies, styles, and a distinct Texas vernacular. Jurors Karl A. Backus, AIA, of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Alex Krieger, FAIA, of NBBJ and the Harvard Graduate School of Design; Bruce Lindsey, AIA, of Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts; and Jennifer Yoos, FAIA, of VJAA and University of Minnesota School of Architecture came together to recognize an array of worthy projects they would not have arrived at individually.
The work of architects is the work of making — although often at several steps removed from the physical act of building. The July/August 2015 issue of Texas Architect looks at architects who bridge the gap.
This issue looks at the bold use of color in diverse architectural projects. Red is a signature statement in a tiny gem of a Hill Country studio. The glazed skin of the newly-built Richards Group building in Dallas reveals a stunning array of interior colors. In an Austin office lobby, CNC-cut felt murals depict the blues and greens of the local landscape. Rand Elliott’s striking use of color, restrained in the Marfa Contemporary, is on full, whimsical display in an Oklahoma car park.
Last year, Dallas accepted the 2014 100 Resilient City Challenge, agreeing to tackle ageing infrastructure, chronic energy shortages, flooding, and terrorism. As a variety of campaigns are encouraging a more holistic approach to architecture that embraces technology under the umbrella of resiliency, this issue looks at how efforts in theory and practice are taking different approaches to the topic.
Despite the state motto, bigger isn’t always better. This January/February issue of Texas Architect magazine takes a look at why building small matters.
From a treasure-trove of drawings recently uncovered in the basement of the Ford, Powell & Carson Architects’ office to Andersson-Wise Architects’ use of watercolors during design development, to a fence modeled after knots in grains of wood and milled with CNC machines, the November/December issue of Texas Architect focuses on sketching and design process.
The 2014 Texas Architects Design Awards jurors Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, of Marlon Blackwell Architect in Fayetteville, Ark.; Andrea P. Leers, FAIA, of Leers Weinzapfel Associates in Boston; Tim Love, AIA, of Utile in Boston; and Mark Reddington, FAIA, of LMN Architects in Seattle collectively emphasized quality and clarity of design intent as they chose this year’s 16 award recipients. They also paid attention to and sought out what makes Texas architecture unique.