Steve Dumez

Steve Dumez

Award-winning architect, lecturer, mentor, and civic leader Steve Dumez will speak to the Dallas Architecture Forum next week. Dumez is a partner and Director of Design at the New Orleans-based firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, named 2014 National Firm of the Year by the American Institute of Architects. This was for a body of work that is deeply committed to community development and has included projects to rebuild the city after Hurricane Katrina.

“Eskew+Dumez+Ripple believes in more than simply designing good buildings — they want to create better communities,” said Nate Eudaly, Executive Director of the Dallas Architecture Forum. “Under the leadership of Steve Dumez, their architects commit to the civic realm as well as a sustainable future, by devoting time to numerous initiatives that advocate for quality in the design of the built environment, including teaching, research, speaking engagements, and public advocacy.”

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dallas parks

Due to solid public and private leadership, Dallas Parks have seen amazing growth in the last couple of decades. During this exciting period in modern urban history, parks have gone from being nonexistent in downtown Dallas and in the far reaches of the city edge to becoming major economic engines for the urban fabric throughout.

This renaissance has been brought about by forward-thinking municipal officials, public-private partnerships such as the Dallas Park Foundation, Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation (WRPF), and other resourceful groups.

Where will Dallas Parks go in the next 20 years? Join the Dallas Architecture Forum to learn and discuss more on this important topic at a panel discussion moderated by Lois Finkelman, former Board Chair of both the Dallas Park Board and the National Park and Recreation Association (NPRA), as well as city council member.

 

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Jonathan Segal, Architect and DeveloperAward-winning architect and contractor Jonathan Segal lectures across the country about how to be an “Architect as Developer,” and will do so for the Dallas Architecture Forum 7 p.m. March 9 at the Magnolia Theatre in the West Village.

Segal has pioneered the concept of being his own client for all of his projects, which have amassed numerous local, state, and national awards. He was recently was named one of the top 50 architects in the nation by Residential Architect Magazine and was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2003.

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2017 Fellows (clockwise): Marcia Ascanio, Bob Borson, John Hutchings, Lisa Lamkin, and Michael Malone

2017 Fellows (clockwise): Marcia Ascanio, Bob Borson, John Hutchings, Lisa Lamkin, Michael Malone, and Marcela Abadi Rhoads

Six Dallas architects are among the 178 American Institute of Architects (AIA) members to be elevated  to the College of Fellows. The prestigious, merit-based honor is awarded by a jury of peers to those who have achieved professional excellence and made significant contributions to architecture and to society as a whole. Dallas professionals continue to be well-represented in the College of Fellows.

“We are proud to have a higher percentage of Fellows here in Dallas than elsewhere around the country. It speaks to quality of our members, who are enhancing the quality of life through their practices – both here and around the world,” said Jan Blackmon, FAIA, executive director of AIA Dallas. “With honorees ranging from sports and education facility specialists, to accessibility experts, to communicators sharing a love of architecture with new audiences, the 2017 class of AIA Fellows highlights the diversity of talent and expertise of our Dallas architectural community.”

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The Dallas Architecture Forum‘s lecture season will continue at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the University of Texas at Arlington’s CAPPA Auditorium with alumni and award-winning architect Gordon Gill, FAIA.

The event will be presented in collaboration with the University of Texas at Arlington College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs (CAPPA), in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the School of Architecture’s founding. Gill will speak at 7 p.m., with check-in at 6:15 p.m. in the CAPPA Auditorium (second floor of CAPPA Building) at UTA.

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The Dallas Architecture Forum‘s lecture season will continue on Thursday, Jan. 26th at 7 p.m., in the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art. Alex Krieger, principal in the architecture firm NBBJ and professor in the Harvard Graduate School of Design, will speak to begin the evening. Krieger and his team produced the community development plan for the Dallas Arts District, which acts as the new framework for the 17 blocks between Uptown and Downtown.

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John Ronan

The Gary Comer Youth Center designed by John Ronan, FAIA. Photo: Steve Hall-Hedrich Blessing

John Ronan, FAIA, is an award-winning architect who is known for thoughtful, elegant buildings that have been published in the national and international business and design press. His Poetry Foundation building has achieved iconic status, and he was one of only seven international finalists for the Obama Presidential Center.

He will be speaking Dec. 6 as part of the 20th Anniversary 2016-2017 lecture season from the Dallas Architecture Forum.

“John is very engaging with audiences, and we believe his breadth of architectural, education and research experience will provide a program of great interest to the Dallas community,” said Nate Eudaly, Executive Director of the Dallas Architecture Forum.

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All photos: Dallas Park & Recreation Department

It’s not widely known by the residents, but the city of Dallas offers one of the best hike and bike trail systems in the United States. From White Rock Lake to Katy Trail, people have a plethora of outdoor options available to them.

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Moderator Willis Winters

Join the Dallas Architecture Forum for a panel discussion next Monday, Dallas Trails and Bicycle Initiatives: Past, Present, Future.

The results of a citizen survey, conducted in 2002 as part of the Department’s Renaissance Plan, found trail development to be one of the highest priorities for Dallas residents. In response, in 2005 the Park and Recreation Department created the Trail Network Master Plan, a plan that outlined a 287-mile trail network throughout the city of Dallas.

In the 11 years since the plan was adopted, the city has added 90 miles of trails and now has 153 miles in its network thanks to the help of city, county, and private supporters. What is the vision for the future of Dallas trails and how will it impact life and living in this city?

The event on Nov. 21 opens the 2016-2017 Dallas Architecture Forum Panel Discussion Series, moderated by Willis Winters, Director of Dallas Park and Recreation Department. Panels are offered at no charge to both DAF members and to the general public as a public outreach of the Forum.

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