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.”
Eskew+Dumez+Ripple was founded in 1989 with four core values of design excellence, environmental responsibility, community outreach, and client commitment. The resulting diverse body of work — ranging from small, intimate interiors to large urban planning projects — reflects the firm’s broad focus on civic life regardless of scale, budget, scope, or complexity.
Under the design leadership of Dumez, the firm has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for design excellence, including more than 25 national design awards and an additional 100+ awards at the local, state, and regional levels. In 2014, it received the prestigious AIA National Firm of the Year award.
The firm pursues a collaborative process to promote meaningful dialogue and build consensus among a multitude of stakeholders, crafting a common vision and translating the hopes and dreams of each community into exceptional, uncommon results.
The lecture with Steve Dumez will be Thursday, March 30, at 7 p.m. (reception and check-in at 6:15 p.m.) at the Magnolia Theater in the West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave.