AIA Dallas Built Design Awards Highlight Local Projects

By Jon Anderson / October 15, 2019 / 0 Comments

Last week, The Dallas branch of the American Institute of Architects awarded winners in their annual Built Design competition (versus June’s Unbuilt awards). There were 72 nominations, which consisted of eight private residences, 10 medical facilities, and nine educational projects – and one scrappy Tyler, Texas, bank who had three entries. Above is my favorite […]

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AIA Fort Worth Will Host a Design Talk With Mark Lamster

By Joanna England / June 10, 2015 / 0 Comments

Need something to do tonight? Take advantage of AIA Fort Worth’s free Design Talk at University of Texas at Arlington’s Fort Worth Center featuring Dallas Morning News architecture critic Mark Lamster. Lamster, who is also a professor at UTA, will discuss “the challenges of urban planning and development in Dallas specifically and Texas and the […]

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After a Rash of Earthquakes, Should North Texas Update its Building Codes?

By Joanna England / May 4, 2015 / 0 Comments

Did you feel that earthquake this morning? We definitely did, and it happened just as I was dropping off my preschooler in Lakewood. The tremor, a 2.7 magnitude quake near Farmers Branch according to the United States Geological Survey map, made me wonder if my son’s school was built to withstand a significant earthquake. It’s […]

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Museum Tower Architect Scott Johnson Files His Response to DMN Architectural Critic Mark Lamster's Scathing Review: Architects Respond

By Candy Evans / October 2, 2013 / 6 Comments

A few weeks ago, Dallas Morning News architectural critic, Mark Lamster, wrote a pretty scathing review of Museum Tower. No fewer than five people, all in some form of real estate, told me they thought it was “obnoxious”; a few loved it, and of course, if critics were not “obnoxious” they would not be doing their […]

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Ask an Architect: The Story on Second Stories — How to Decide Between Building on or Moving Off?

By Joanna England / August 20, 2013 / 2 Comments

Two families in my neighborhood, Casa View Haven, recently announced that they’d be selling their modest post war-traditional homes and heading for the ‘burbs. Sure, that’s an option, but sometimes families choose to invest in an addition to accommodate growing families rather than packing up and moving.

Of course, there are pros and cons for both choices. Sometimes the investment in building onto a home isn’t recouped. And sometimes you can’t sell your existing home in time and end up carrying two mortgage payments. And sometimes, too, Homeowners Associations and deed restrictions can keep you from adding more space.

Michael Staten, a Dallas architect and senior project manager at CBRE, considered adding on to his Lake Highlands home. Instead, Staten and his family of four moved to Richardson. Why?

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Remember That Box of a House on Mockingbird? You Can See Its Insides on June 4

By Joanna England / May 30, 2013 / 4 Comments

This Highland Park house was a controversy before it was even built. Neighbors in Craftsman, traditional, and Mediterranean mansions surrounding this modern modular home on Mockingbird (say that five times fast!) were up in arms on the design. If you’re curious to see what all the fuss is about, the Dallas Architecture Forum will host […]

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