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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architect alan ricks

GHESKIO Cholera Treatment Center, designed by architect Alan Ricks. Photo: Iwan Baan

The next Dallas Architecture Forum event will feature an evening with Alan Ricks, an architect and urban strategist whose work focuses on design innovation and health infrastructure development, using design to advance a more equitable world.

Alan Ricks

Alan Ricks

Ricks is the Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of MASS Design Group in Boston, an impact-driven architecture and design firm focused on community design for underserved populations around the world. The firm began with the design and construction of the critically acclaimed Butaro Hospital in Rwanda and has since expanded to twelve countries on three continents.

Ricks will speak Thursday, Dec. 10, at Magnolia Theatre in West Village. There is a reception at 6:15 p.m., followed by his lecture at 7 p.m.

The projects of MASS Design Group span research, policy, education, and strategic planning that provide infrastructure, buildings, and the human and physical systems necessary for growth, dignity, and well-being. Their bottom line is designing and constructing better buildings,
and empowering the people who build them and using good design to save and improve lives around the world.

“I believe architecture improves our lives and we can design the process to create social value,” Ricks said. “We can demand that our built environment makes a radically positive impact in society.”

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Dallas Architecture Forum

The William J. Clinton Presidential Center, designed by architect Kevin McClurkan and his team at Ennead Architects in New York City. Photo: Timothy Hursley

Designing a presidential library is a notable honor in the architecture world. The next lecture of the season for the Dallas Architecture Forum will feature outstanding architect Kevin McClurkan, AIA, Management Partner of Ennead Architects of New York City. McClurkan is the architect behind the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Ark.

Kevin McClurkan, AIA

Kevin McClurkan, AIA

McClurkan is known for myriad other notable projects, too, including the Newseum adjacent to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., and The Standard hotel on the High Line Park in New York City.

He will speak on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art.

“Kevin McClurkan’s projects include some of the most unique buildings in the United States—he is one of the very few architects who has designed a United States presidential library,” said Nate Eudaly, the Forum’s Executive Director. “Our members and the Dallas community will be fortunate to learn about these and other important buildings that Kevin McClurkan and his team at Ennead have created.”

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Tom Kundig

Tom Kundig

Award-winning. Distinguished. Highest honors. Luminary.

These are just a few of the ways people describe residential architect Tom Kundig, FAIA. The owner and principal of Seattle’s Olson Kundig Architects, Kundig is known for his distinct style that uses linear and cubic forms that both enhance and embrace the landscape. Kundig will speak at the Dallas City Performance Hall at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, with a brief reception beginning at 6:15.



He’s no stranger to the limelight, as Kundig has received a National Design Award from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His designs include a World Heritage site in Dachstein, Austria, that has been lauded time and again across titles such as The New York Times, The Telegraph, Architectural Digest, The Wall Street Journal, and in Diane Keaton’s recently released book House.

Jump for photos of his work and more on this amazing architect!

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