Texas Architect November/December 2013
This issue explores the value of architectural diversity and creative responses to context. The discussion begins with a series on the three presidential libraries in Texas. Located on university campuses, the libraries all respond to their academic settings in unique ways. Connection is a driving element of the other projects presented — a business school, museum, student center and dining hall, and race track. All strive to tie their respective campuses closer together with individual design statements.
Trinity University Looking Forward
O’Neil Ford designed Trinity University so that it would grow naturally from its site and set a national precedent for the use of lift-slab construction. As the university looks forward to future development, the question of preserving the integrity of the historic campus comes to bear.
Obituary: In Memory of Natalie de Blois, FAIA (1921–2013)
In 1980, when Natalie de Blois, FAIA, hit Austin, she dove into local politics, zoning issues, and Barton Springs Pool with gusto. She also just happened to be a woman who had designed some of the most innovative modern buildings in the United States.
Architect: Collaborative Designworks
Designed by Jim Evans, AIA, of Collaborative Designworks, the Binary House is bringing stucco back in Houston.
The Blaffer Reworked
Architect: WORK Architecture Company (WORKac) (Design Architect) and Gensler (Architect of Record)
Though the project for the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston was primarily an interior renovation, WORKac’s design is ambitious and less predictable than many university buildings.
Completing the Circle
Architect: Andersson-Wise Architects
An ambitious partnership between St. Stephen’s Episcopal School and Andersson-Wise Architects has transformed the original Fehr & Granger campus with five new buildings.
A Vocabulary of Speed
Architect: Miró Rivera Architects
An iconic red, tube-steel tower presides over the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) — Austin’s new Formula 1 track/performance venue by Miró Rivera Architects.
Talking Shop with Four Under 40
Career building, like any other kind of building, can be a tricky business, but these four under 40 are making their way by starting new firms and by building leadership in small communities.