2017 Fellows (clockwise): Marcia Ascanio, Bob Borson, John Hutchings, Lisa Lamkin, and Michael Malone

2017 Fellows (clockwise): Marcia Ascanio, Bob Borson, John Hutchings, Lisa Lamkin, Michael Malone, and Marcela Abadi Rhoads

Six Dallas architects are among the 178 American Institute of Architects (AIA) members to be elevated  to the College of Fellows. The prestigious, merit-based honor is awarded by a jury of peers to those who have achieved professional excellence and made significant contributions to architecture and to society as a whole. Dallas professionals continue to be well-represented in the College of Fellows.

“We are proud to have a higher percentage of Fellows here in Dallas than elsewhere around the country. It speaks to quality of our members, who are enhancing the quality of life through their practices – both here and around the world,” said Jan Blackmon, FAIA, executive director of AIA Dallas. “With honorees ranging from sports and education facility specialists, to accessibility experts, to communicators sharing a love of architecture with new audiences, the 2017 class of AIA Fellows highlights the diversity of talent and expertise of our Dallas architectural community.”

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3636 Manderly Place

An impressive portfolio of remarkable and varied architectural projects in this, the fifth annual Fort Worth AIA Homes Tour, enriches and builds on past successes, furnishing unique insight into the creative design mind. This weekend’s tour features two houses of new construction, as well as three with additions or remodels of existing structures. Two are AIA prize winners, and three were architect-designed for their personal residences. The common thread, if there is one, is a particular Texas vernacular. Modern, yes, but made human by the use of native, natural materials. (more…)

Architecture on Tap

The Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Architects sponsors a lively series, Architecture on Tap, which is having its final event this week.

How big is your digital footprint?” will explore four perspectives on the use of technology and social media within the practice of architecture.

The three panelists will be Bob Borson, AIA, of Malone Maxwell Borson ArchitectsRick del Monte, FAIA, of Beck Group; and Eddie Fortuna, AIA, of Omniplan.

Discussion topics include:

  • What effect does the use of social media have on the studio environment?
  • How has the increased ease to connect with content from across the world affect the way we view the built environment?
  • ​At what point is our use of digital interaction within the work place too much?

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A photo of Larry Pachall's own home, which was recently renovated. Photo: Larry Paschall

Larry Pachall’s own home, which was recently renovated to make the kitchen larger, among other things. Photo: Larry Paschall

In our ongoing series, Interview with an Architect, we speak with leading voices in the North Texas architecture community and learn about their work, development issues in our community, and good design practices and principals (you can read the first one here).

Larry Paschall

Larry Paschall

Larry Paschall, AIA, is Vice President and founding member at HPD Architecture, an architecture and interior design firm located in Dallas focusing on residential architecture. Since their inception in December 2007, HPD has focused on new construction, renovations, and additions for private residences primarily in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

He’s also the unofficial ambassador for the Dallas architecture community as a co-founder of The Architecture Happy Hour, a monthly networking event that brings together hundreds of professionals from a wide array of businesses, including architecture, design, and real estate, as well as design enthusiasts and a host of other people.

The event followed the launch of The Architecture Happy Hour podcast. He and HPD colleague Laura Davis, AIA, started the podcast in November 2009, which has 48 entertaining, educational episodes on topics ranging from “Can I Be My Own General Contractor?” to the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and Dallas’ need for brand-name architecture.

Paschall earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from Texas A&M University and lives in the White Rock Lake area of Dallas with his husband and two basset hounds. In his spare time, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce, and as a board member for their charitable organization, the Leadership Education & Advocacy Program.

CandysDirt.com: You are the co-organizer of the highly acclaimed The Architecture Happy Hour, which just celebrated its fifth anniversary. What made you decide to start it?

Larry Paschall: We needed one because in 2010, we were a firm that nobody knew and we needed a way to help build a network of people that we could reach out to in the community.

At the same time, it was an opportunity to tell everyone “come to this event because it’s a very smart thing to do.” We noticed that the only people architects wanted to network with are other architects. The happy hour is a chance to meet other people who would be excellent referral sources and contacts down the line. I know three Realtors who can tell me what’s happening in the market, for example. This is information that might be vital to what we do as an architect. And because we know all these people, we can better serve our clients because we are better plugged into the community.

People are seeing the value of building connections. There’s a metalworker from Waco who comes, and an interior designer from Oklahoma City who schedules her time in the Design District to coincide with the happy hour. There’s a stylist, and for him, it’s become a social gathering. 

The next one is April 15 at Fashion Glass & Mirror in the Design District’s Trinity Lofts Building. People should register and RSVP on our Meetup site so we have a head count for beer, wine, and nibbles.

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CherokeeTrail

We live for the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes, and the homes featured on this year’s tour do not disappoint. We’re talking about some of the most amazing modern homes and unbelieveable renovations by innovative architects across Dallas.

The is a home tour you don’t want to miss, either, and lucky for you, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to this amazing event. The tour, which runs this weekend, Nov. 2 and 3, is organized by the Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Architects. These are the homes that architects go gaga over, so expect clean lines, unique geometry and neutral palettes.

Of course, there are some incredible renovations, too, including 3615 Gillespie Street Unit C (below). Designed by Mitchell Garman architects, this condo is just gorgeous. Tons of wood offset with bright white paint and colorful accents make this unit a vision of Midcentury Modern revived.

GillespieUnitC

“The 1958-era condo has wonderful bones – full-height glass, but very private, small urban condo in the midst of the city,” said owner Kelly Mitchell. “We took out the walls around the kitchen to open it up and make it useful for the way we live today. The detailing and materials are modern, yet fitting for the era and style of the original building.”

There’s another unit in the building on the tour, too, and the take on the space is completely unique.

If you’re looking for an interesting play on lines, textures, and transparency, you will have to pick your jaw up from the floor after you’ve seen 21 Winding Lake Drive by Smitharc Architects (below). This home abounds with minimalist and Asian-style influences, with walls that create privacy without blocking light, not unlike a shoji screen.

Winding Lake

“The Winding Lake house is a study in contrasts: natural cedar cladding alongside crisply rendered stucco and glass, huge windows that provide amply shaded private views, sculptural forms that envelope rather than displace space, a sense of expansiveness despite its confined zero-lot-line site,” said Jason Smith, AIA, of Smitharc Architects.

Of course, these are only a couple of the 10 amazing homes on this year’s tour. Want to see them all? Comment below on which home is your favorite and then send an email with your contact information to jo@candysdirt.com. We’ll choose the winner tomorrow!

 

Mockingbird June 4

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 a Modern Living Cocktail Reception at the Russell Buchanan-designed home June 4. Cheekily dubbed “Inside The Box,” guests can expect a talk from the designer at 6:45 p.m., cocktails, hors d’ oeuvres and a visual tour. The business casual event lasts from 6 to 8 p.m. and will set you back $75 per person.

Here’s the write-up from the Dallas Architecture Forum website:

MOCKINGBIRD residence is one of the most experimental and controversial new residences in Dallas. The building is clad in an ultra energy-efficient metal insulated panel system that combines maximum protection with minimum long-term maintenance. Designed for a young family in the stone import and fabrication business, the 4,410 sq ft residence contains a main building in a simple rectilinear shape, designed in plan using five equal squares. Adjacent to the main building is an entry vestibule clad entirely in onyx slab. Completing the composition is a polished black stone wall for privacy and security. Tailored details, such as the quirk miter at corners, subtly refer to the craft of the owners’ livelihood.

 

Tatum Brown Custom Builders, Mark Hoesterery architect

Because of sad family circumstances, I missed this year’s American Institute of Architects Dallas home tour on Saturday and Sunday. Two homes behind me that I have watched with amazement, 11310 Crestbrook Dr. and 6265 Boca Raton Dr. were on tour and I would have loved to get inside. The Boca Raton home was designed by Gary Olp of GGO Architects, who I have asked to guest post for this blog. It’s also a powerhouse of green and slated for LEED-H Platinum certification, the highest rating in the system. The Crestbrook abode is a gallery of windows, acting as a sieve for tons of natural light. What I’m told is that the homes, which were built at the same time, are family members who choose to live next door to each other — mother and daughter. And that, I think, is just wonderful.

This area is also loaded with new custom homes, many of which are being built by baby boomers shedding larger lots or moving north from Park Cities for more garden space — half an acre. Tatum Brown Custom Homes, who built this stunner designed by Mark Hoesterey with HSM, and other builders have been busy as beavers over here. I’m told that Crestbrook is one of the hottest hoods with the custom guys.

More photos on the AIA home tour’s website. And I’ll dig out more photos of what we call around here the “family compound”.