AIA Announces 2014 Fellows — 21 Texas Architects Named
The American Institute of Architects has announced the newest members of the AIA College of Fellows. Among the 139 members elevated to Fellowship in 2014, 21 are from the state of Texas. Congratulations to all the recipients of this prestigious honor. Only about 3,000 of AIA's total 80,000 members hold this distinction.
LRGV AIA Tour: Small-Town Architecture of Weslaco
On September 26, participants in the 21st Annual Building Communities Conference, hosted by the Lower Rio Grande Valley AIA, took part in a one-day tour exploring the architecture of Weslaco. The buildings toured were completed between the 1920s and 1950s and illustrate how architecture conserves community identity.
Campus Health Care
The renovated Arizona State University Health Services Building creates a sense of health and wellness within an efficient, functional design that reinforces the campus fabric. The Lake|Flato project received an AIA San Antonio Merit Award and was recently featured in Architectural Record.
Artworks by Renowned Artist Sol LeWitt Come to Austin
On March 21, Landmarks will host an opening celebration for two works by artist Sol LeWitt new to The University of Texas campus. The day will feature a free public lecture about LeWitt, and a special lunch event offering guided tours of the artwork.
Pioneering Shopping Malls
Highland Park Village and NorthPark Center in Dallas and the Galleria in Houston all blazed trails as shopping centers that spurred urban development. Today, they continue to be examples of successful retail design projects which from their inception sought to create a unique sense of place.
Texas Legislature Passes Historic Preservation Bills
During the 83rd Texas Legislative Session, lawmakers passed two bills in support of historic preservation: HB 500 and SB 111, both will potentially provide new tools for developers and property owners interested in revitalizing historic districts and landmarks.
Campus Public Art Programs
The University of Texas at Austin’s Landmarks and Rice University’s Public Art Program both feature successful public art installations that offer lessons for architects.
Lines, Numbers, and Colors
The University of Texas at Austin’s Landmarks program recently procured a pair of works by Sol LeWitt and a new “Skyspace” by James Turrell — impressive additions to an already respectable collection of sculptures
Marking the Land
Modernist sculptor Constantin Brancusi famously said, “Architecture is inhabited sculpture.” That raises the question: Is sculpture uninhabitable architecture?
A Life-Changing Encounter
Recently I was traveling north on Interstate 35 and caught view of several old landmarks. These, in turn, brought back the memory of another road trip: it was along U.S. 77 and I was on my way north to Oklahoma. That earlier trip started when one of my classmates at Texas A&M noticed an announcement on the bulletin board outside of the Architectural Library. It stated that Frank Lloyd Wright would be giving a lecture at the University of Oklahoma in about two months.