Dallas Design Experts Offer Inspiring Panel Discussion Mar. 5

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Dallas designer, Lee Lormand, is a master at creating clean and timeless interiors like the one pictured here, and will be featured in the second Dallas Architecture Forum spring panel discussion on Mar. 5.

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Gear up for the spring season with inspiration from Dallas’ leading architects, designers, and landscape architects at the Dallas Architecture Forum spring 2019 panel discussion! The Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public education about architecture, design and the urban environment, continues its Spring 2019 Panel Discussion Series on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 with “Design Inspirations Part Two,” moderated by Meg Fitzpatrick, President of MMF Strategies.

“Dallas and North Texas are known for award-winning projects – residences and public buildings, interiors and landscapes. With this panel The Forum will continue its exploration of what motivates and inspires some of our area’s outstanding design professionals to create their highly regarded projects,” stated Forum Executive Director Nate Eudaly. “These design leaders will highlight some of their amazing projects, and there will be time for those attending to ask our esteemed panelists more about their work.”

Panels are free for both Forum members and the general public as a public outreach of The Forum. The discussion begins at 6:30 pm, with complimentary beverages available beginning at 6:15 pm. No reservations are needed to attend. As a bonus, one CEU AIA credit is available.

Architect, Dan Shipley, strives to make memorable and compelling places, such as the one seen here, by understanding the unique structural and material constraints of every project.

All of the Panelists are recognized by their peers and the greater design community as being leaders in their fields. On March 5, attendees will have the privilege to hear from these designers as they engage in lively discussion. Learn more about the moderator and panelists below.

Meg Fitzpatrick, MMF Strategies, moderator

Meg Fitzpatrick has over 25 years of experience in the fields of strategic thinking, marketing, and organizational assessments. She has consulted with 100+ clients. Her business training in systematic problem solving began in the Dallas office of McKinsey & Company, considered by many to be among the top tier of management consulting firms, and ranked number one in the discipline of strategic planning. She is a trusted advisor to senior management teams and boards of directors – viewed as an extension of their team – known for her expertise in facilitating dialogue about the strategic decisions and paths of an organization, firm or company.


Lee Lormand, Lee Lormand Interior Design

Lee Lormand has worked professionally in design since 1998, establishing Lee Lormand Design in 2008. His projects often combine elements of the classic and the modern, with innovation, editing, and style as the basic fundamentals of his work. His clean and timeless interiors are created by assembling the best elements in design, into a thoughtful collaboration between the client, the designer, and an extensive network of artisans and professionals.

Specializing in residential design, his project experience spans a range of showrooms, retail, hotel, and restaurant projects. With meticulous detail and personal attention, each project, large or small, is crafted and curated to reflect the dreams and individuality of every client. As a Registered Interior Designer, Lee Lormand Design offers a full range of services including all aspects of interior design, interior architecture and custom furniture design. Lee Lormand is named one of “The Best Designers in Dallas 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014” by D Home.

Christa McCall, Paper Kites Studio

Paper Kites Studio is a landscape architecture firm in Dallas, Texas, founded by landscape architect Christa McCall. The Studio focuses on creating simple, understated and elegant gardens and landscapes. Each landscape is designed and developed through the exploration of space and its connection to architecture and human experience.

Christa McCall’s design approach is the creation and arrangement of space and proportion while combining natural beauty with function. Her motivation is to create timeless spaces that are multi-layered environments where culture and nature meet. The firm’s approach is constantly evolving, both in response to individual clients and to unique site characteristics that forge an emotional connection between the place and the people, valuing local materials and expressing the desire to connect people to nature not merely through plants but through spacial arrangement. Native plant material and successional planting are part of this beauty. Paper Kite Studio strives to create gardens that highlight native plants, their resilience and their beauty. Collaboration is a central part of the firm’s design process with close and constant dialogue with like-minded architects, engineers, interior designers, craftsmen and women, and many other specialists.

Dan Shipley, FAIA, Shipley Architects

Dan Shipley, FAIA, is the Founder and President of Shipley Architects. A native Texan, Dan graduated from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture in 1979. After arriving in Dallas in 1980 he worked for Thomas & Booziotis Architects for five years, Metro Architects for three years, and HKS for two years before founding Shipley Architects. The four-person firm works on a wide range of project types including residential, commercial, public, and educational work. Shipley Architects strives to make memorable and compelling places by understanding the unique structural and material constraints of every project.

The venue for this panel is the Dallas Black Dance Theater building directly behind One Arts Plaza. The DBDT is located at the corner of Arts Plaza Street and Ann Williams Way – at 2700 Ann Williams Way in Dallas. Free parking is available between the DBDT building and Fellowship Church, located to the east of the DBDT building.

Landscape Architect, Christa McCall, creates exquisite outdoor spaces that connect people to nature, not merely through plants but through spacial arrangement.

The Forum organizes and presents an annual series of panels—local, informal, open, and offered free of charge as a public service to the community—led by a moderator who brings a subject of local importance along with comments by participating panelists. Moderators and Panelists have also come from both other Texas cities as well as from national institutions that were connected with particular Panel subjects. Panels offer attendees the opportunity to participate in creating discourse. Important topics addressed in Panels in recent years include: “Thoughts on the Dallas Comprehensive Plan”; “The Kimbell Expansion: A Discussion”; “Filling Out the Dallas Arts District”; and “Re-envisioning the Trinity.”

For more information on the Dallas Architecture Forum, visit www.dallasarchitectureforum.org. For questions about the Forum, call 214-764-2406.

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