Maestri Gallery

Eddie Maestri is one of those guys that innately knows what’s cool. I met Eddie years ago, in my former life as a photography stylist and producer. I was scouting cool houses, and of course, he lived in one. Eddie has become one of the finest architects in Dallas. He has developed Maestri Studio, a full-service, turn-key architecture and interior design studio, into one of the most cutting-edge firms in the city. They not only build you a fantastic home, but with the launch of Maestri Gallery at 401 Exposition Avenue, they can also furnish it right down to the artwork and accessories. (more…)

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.”



Jonathan Segal, Architect and DeveloperAward-winning architect and contractor Jonathan Segal lectures across the country about how to be an “Architect as Developer,” and will do so for the Dallas Architecture Forum 7 p.m. March 9 at the Magnolia Theatre in the West Village.

Segal has pioneered the concept of being his own client for all of his projects, which have amassed numerous local, state, and national awards. He was recently was named one of the top 50 architects in the nation by Residential Architect Magazine and was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2003.


design competitions

This princess needs her own castle, er, dog house, with the Bark + Build Design/Build Competition, benefiting SPCA of Texas. Photo: spilltojill via Creative Commons

Two local design competitions are calling on Dallas-area professionals to show off their best work this summer.

The Bark + Build Doghouse Design/Build Competition, presented by AIA Dallas and TEXO Association, calls on architects and contractors to team up and design haute houses for dogs. All proceeds benefit the SPCA of Texas Home for the Holidays event.

All entries will be judged on both design and construction quality by jury panel, with various award categories, and displayed at NorthPark Center from Nov. 16 – Dec. 7. While on public display, buy a raffle ticket or two—all proceeds benefit SPCA of Texas.

The competition serves to foster relationships between architecture and contractor firms and raise awareness and support for SPCA of Texas’ mission, to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home and is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. Register your team or learn more by clicking here.



Frank Welch

As you know, one of the Southwest’s most important and renowned architects, Frank D. Welch, FAIA, has published a memoir, On Becoming an Architect. He chose SMINK in the Dallas Design District to autograph his very first books on June 5th. Signing signing signing!


Timothy Hearsum

Next he goes to Midland, where he lived for more than 25 years, and where he has a wife and son buried, to sign. Check our sister blog,, for a Q and A with Frank on his life in Midland.

Then he’s back to Dallas on June 23, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Dallas Center for Architecture to sign even more books!

Says Jennifer Smink about the event she hosted: “Frank said “it was the best book signing I ever experienced”   I think he had a splendid time, and sold a couple hundred books.  We were pleased to see so many old friends.  I had worked at Caudill Rowlett and Scott in Houston before coming to Dallas, and it was interesting to see that Frank had studied with Caudill in College Station!  The photos in the book are wonderful!

A vivid memory and sharp focus enabled Welch to narrate the extraordinary story of his life with great richness and insight.  From his boyhood in Sherman, Texas, through his education at Texas A&M in the 1950’s and his first professional ventures, Welch‘s story is a remarkable memoir of how he became one of the Southwest’s most important architects.

The book signing at the Dallas center for Architecture will be a come-and-go event. Refreshments will be provided (nice!) and books will be available for purchase for $45.00.

Please RSVP by e-mailing This is also the same night that we have had to move our CandysDirt Quarterly Staff Meeting (exclusive invitation only) but… we might just be able to swing BOTH!welch-becoming-architect