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

by: Catherine Gavin

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.

PHOTO AND DRAWING COURTESY FORD, POWELL & CARSON.
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Obituary: In Memory of Natalie de Blois, FAIA (1921–2013)

by: Emily Little, FAIA

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.

PORTRAIT COURTESY SOM. PHOTO OF THE UNION CARBIDE BUILDING
BY EZRA STOLLER/ESTO. COURTESY SOM. PHOTOS OF SOM BUILDINGS BY EZRA STOLLER/ESTO. COURTESY SOM. PHOTOS
OF GINGERBREAD BUILD-OFF AND BOOK COVER COURTESY AIA HOUSTON.
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Binary House

by: Ben Koush
Architect: Collaborative Designworks

Designed by Jim Evans, AIA, of Collaborative Designworks, the Binary House is bringing stucco back in Houston.

Taggart Sorensen
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The Blaffer Reworked

by: Ronnie Self
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.

Iwan Baan and Thomas McConnell
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Completing the Circle

by: Brett Koenig Greig
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.

Andrew Pogue Photography
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A Vocabulary of Speed

by: Aaron Seward
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.

Paul Finkel, Michael Hsu, Ted Parker, Jr., Tomas Segura,
Cris DeWitt, Dorna Sports, and Merrick Ales
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Talking Shop with Four Under 40

by: Canan Yetmen

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.

Nicole Mlakar and Julie Pizzo Wood
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An Alternative Animal Shelter

by: Catherine Gavin

The proposal for the Ann Young Animal Adoption Facility in Houston by English + Associates integrates community amenities in a park-like setting creating broader appeal for the building typology.

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