Alberto Kalach To Kick Off Dallas Architecture Forum Season Opener

José Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City. Photo Courtesy of The Dallas Architecture Forum.

Celebrate architecture, design, and the urban environment alongside modern visionaries like internationally celebrated architect Alberto Kalach, Principal and Co-Founder of TAX Architects of Mexico City, September 11, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Angelika Theatre at Mockingbird Station. The event is an exciting start to The Dallas Architecture Forum’s 2018-2019 season, and landing Kalach is a major coup for The Forum. He is an expert in the urban planning challenges of his native Mexico City – one of the largest cities in the world – which is of particular interest as Dallas attempts its first Comprehensive Housing Plan.

Alberto Kalach. Photo Courtesy of The Dallas Architecture Forum.

“Alberto Kalach is a visionary who has over thirty years of experience in studying the complex ecology and workings of his native Mexico City, one of the largest cities in the world. His work explores the balance of the needs of society with nature and history, and seeks to create equity among neighborhoods of varying income levels, and to seamlessly merge communities with their surrounding environments,” stated Forum Executive Director Nate Eudaly.

“We believe Mr. Kalach’s vast experience and insights in urban planning and the design of various building types will be of great interest as Dallas attempts to implement its first comprehensive housing program, and North Texas experiences continued growth as one of the largest metropolitan areas in North America.”

Kalach is also known as the designer of the award-winning José Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City, which is the largest public library in Latin America.

For art and design lovers: Mark your calendars for Carol Willis on September 25 at the Dallas Museum of Art. She is the Founder and Director of The Skyscraper Museum in New York City, and her presentation will be in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition, Cult of the Machine: Precisionism and American Art. 

Other greats this season include: Founders and design principals of leading studios, and esteemed and emerging voices in architecture, academia, urban strategy, landscape architecture and interior design. The Forum will also present their second annual Frank Welch Memorial Lecture in tribute to Welch’s remarkable and enduring legacy.

Distinguished professionals who will speak for The Forum include:

Carol WILLIS
Founder and Director, The Skyscraper Museum, New York City
In partnership with the DMA and its exhibition
Cult of the Machine: Precisionism and American Art
September 25, 2018 (Tues, 7pm) Horchow Auditorium, DMA skyscraper.org

Thomas PHIFER
Founder and Partner, Thomas Phifer and Partners
October 23, 2018 (Tues, 7 pm) Horchow Auditorium, DMA thomasphifer.com

Rick JOY
Founder and Principal, Rick Joy Architects
The Frank Welch Memorial Lecture
January 23, 2019 (Wed, 7 pm) Horchow Auditorium, DMA rickjoy.com

Thomas WOLTZ
Principal, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
February 6 2019 (Wed, 7 pm) Venue TBA nbwla.com

Sebastian SCHMALING
Co-Founder and Partner, Johnsen Schmaling Architects
Spring 2019, Date and Venue TBA johnsenschmaling.com

Calvin TSAO and Zack MCKOWN
Founders and Partners, TsAO & McKOWN Architecture and Design
Spring 2019, Date and Venue TBA tsao-mckown.com

Tickets are $20 per lecture for general admission and $5 for students (with ID). Tickets can be purchased at the door before the lecture. No reservations are needed to attend Forum lectures. Dallas Architecture Forum members receive free admission to all regular Forum lectures as a benefit of membership, and AIA members can earn one hour of CE credit for each lecture. For more information on The Dallas Architecture Forum, visit www.dallasarchitectureforum.org

Season Benefactors for The Dallas Architecture Forum’s 2018-2019 Season are: Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty – Faisal Halum, D Home, Maharger Development – Reggie Graham, and SMINK. Series Benefactors are Architectural Lighting Associates, Bodron + Fruit, DLR Group STAFFELBACH, Headington Companies, HKS, Janet + Terry Kafka, modmedia, inc // moderndallas.net. Scott + Cooner, and studioOutside.

We hope to see you there!