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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With a background in architectural design, Golnar helps clients find better living through well-designed spaces.

With a background in architectural design, Golnar Ghezelbash helps clients find better living through well-designed spaces.

Not everyone can see a property for what it is. Even fewer can see it for what it could be. But Realtor Golnar Ghezelbash is one of the gifted. Through her unique vision, she helps clients find better living through well-designed spaces.

While Golnar’s talent may be exceptional, her story sounds all too unfamiliar. When the pull of a demanding career and a busy home life lead the architectural designer to crave a better balance, she decided on a career change. “Being an integral part of projects in architecture is rewarding, but demanding,” she said. “I wanted flexibility, variety, and less stress. I wanted to be able to spend more time with my kids and be present for them.”

So after 15 years, Golnar left behind the glitz of high-end hospitality and mixed-use projects. After spending several years investing in real estate industry, she now lends her expert eye for design to the team at David Griffin & Company Realtors.

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virginia and seth

Do you know why white stucco was so important to architects for new homes after World War II?  What negative effect did the Federal Housing Administration have on the design of homes?  What was one of the inspirations for the ranch home?  How did owners of a Victorian home show they had a certain amount of wealth?

All these topics and many more were discussed when renowned Dallas author Virginia Savage McAlester visited with the real estate agents of Williams Trew Real Estate in Fort Worth.  McAlester is the author of A Field Guide to American Houses, the preeminent book for anyone and everyone who wants to know about styles of homes.

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tarrant county clock tower

Join the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Fort Worth chapter tonight as they tour the historic and recently renovated Tarrant County Courthouse clock tower.

The event is free for AIA members, $25 for nonmembers, and begins at 6 p.m. at 100 East Weatherford St., Fort Worth. The clock tower is part of the Tarrant County Courthouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built from 1893-1895 and designed by the architecture firm of Frederick C. Gunn & Louis Curtiss.

This pink Texas granite building, in Renaissance Revival style, recently had a $4.5-million, 14-month renovation, completed in 2012. Local officials rededicated the structure at that time, which closely resembles the Texas State Capitol, except for the clock tower.

Click here to register for the event. Evening parking in the county garage on Calhoun at East Weatherford Street is free. Entry is from East Weatherford going south.

 

Tom Kundig

Studio Sitges, Spain, designed by architect Tom Kundig. Photo: Nikolas Koenig

The object we use every day were designed by someone, from forks to phones. The thought behind material object design is the subject of the next Dallas Architecture Forum Design Symposium.

Tom Kundig

Tom Kundig, FAIA

Taking place on Oct. 30 at the Nasher Sculpture Center, the afternoon will be focused on how outstanding design utilizes materials, from common to rare, as integral elements of the design process. Attendees will also learn how leading architects and artists incorporate functionality into their designs, ranging in scale from small sculptures to residences.

Leading the discussion and providing the keynote address will be architect Tom Kundig, FAIA, one of the leading residential architects in the world (read our piece about his last visit to Dallas). He’s a principal and owner of Olson-Kundig Architects, a Seattle-based firm, which aims to create buildings that serve as a bridge between nature, culture, and people.

Joining Kundig will be highly acclaimed Dallas sculptor Brad Oldham, who has earned recognition worldwide with his site-specific artworks. Oldham has been described as a sculptor, place maker, and fearless fabricator. In both his large-scale sculptures and smaller pieces created for individuals, Oldham’s meticulous craftsmanship, passion, focus on materials, creativity, and consistent quality of work are evident.

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backday

The Casa View Cliff May Home Tour will feature seven beautifully remodeled midcentury modern homes in East Dallas. (Photo: ScottReeseVisials.com)

You may be thrilled about pumpkin-flavored everything to hit the shelves, but us here at CandysDirt.com are over the moon about the return of fall home tour season. Yes, we’ll still hit up a Starbucks for our annual pumpkin spice latte, but nothing quite says “autumn is here!” to us like traipsing through other people’s homes with those weird little hospital booties on.

To help you plan, we’ve compiled a list of can’t miss home tours for this fall. It skews heavily toward midcentury modern and covers quite a bit of territory:

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