Evan Beattie

Beattie’s most notable current project is the M-Line Tower mixed-use development at 3230 McKinney Avenue. Construction is slated to begin this summer on a design that includes two restaurant tenants of 12,000 square feet facing McKinney, and a residential entry lobby, McKinney Avenue Transit Authority trolley storage, a museum, and office space on Bowen. All photos: Good Fulton + Farrell

Today, we bring you the inaugural column in a new ongoing series, Interview with an Architect. The goal is to 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.

Evan Beattie

Evan Beattie

Evan BeattieAIA, LEED AP, is a Principal with Good Fulton & Farrell, Inc., an award-winning multi-disciplinary design firm based in Dallas. He’s been with them for 10 years, and was named one of Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2013, as well as one of the “Top 20 Under 40 in Architecture, Engineering and Construction” by ENR Texas & Louisiana in 2011.

He earned his Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and moved to Dallas in 2003. He currently lives in the Henderson Avenue area, where he organized fellow residents into the Henderson Neighborhood Association in 2009 to help them have a voice in the development of that fast-growing area. Beattie and his wife will move this summer to a new house he designed in the Urban Reserve neighborhood of sustainable modern homes just a few exits north on Central Expressway.

His work with Good Fulton & Farrell has included the Alta Henderson Apartments in Dallas; master planning for The Canyon in Oak Cliff in Dallas; and Fiori on Vitruvian Park in Addison. He is currently working on three projects adjacent to the Henderson Avenue area, two of which will be mixed-use developments in that neighborhood.

“It has been amazing to watch the pace of change in the urban core of our city these last 12 years, and the momentum just keeps growing for additional investment in urban revitalization and the creation of great public spaces and parks that make our city more livable,” Beattie said. Jump to read our interview!

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Jason Roberts

Always on the go, Roberts is involved in myriad projects and groups in Oak Cliff and around Dallas. Photo courtesy Jason Roberts

Much has been written about community activist, urban planning enthusiast, and Oak Cliff resident Jason Roberts. His energy is infectious as he spreads the gospel of urban revitalization around the world: building better neighborhoods by transforming vacant and underused properties into vibrant, thriving blocks abuzz with business, activity, and local participation.

His Better Block concept started in spring 2010 in a small part of North Oak Cliff, where Roberts asked the questions, “why are these buildings vacant and what can we do to rapidly transform them in days, not years, into bike- and pedestrian-friendly places that people love?”

The answer was a rapidly planned weekend project that created pop-up shops, filling underused or vacant spaces with the businesses he wished the area had: coffee shops, flower shops, and cafes, among others.

Better Block has since gone from a local experiment to a national and international model for urban redevelopment that showcases the possibilities in a neighborhood, no matter its current state.

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The Ross Avenue area is on its way up, at least that’s what all of the developers investing in mid-rises and empty lots think about the long stretch that takes folks out of downtown and into East Dallas.

It wasn’t too long ago that the stretch of Ross that borders North Central Expressway and the Dallas Arts District was temporarily transformed with pop-up parks, shops, and even a dumpster pool as part of the 72-hour Ross Avenue Better Block challenge.

If you’re looking to move into a place that’s within walking distance of award-winning architecture, cultural amenities, excellent restaurants, all with easy access to anywhere else in Dallas, don’t pass up 4413 Roseland.

This home is on trend. The lower floor is wide open, and upstairs you have warm wood floors and tons of light. There are three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a two-car garage, and 2,300 square feet all for $274,500.

Where are you going to see the value in this house? In the kitchen, of course. Check out that slick countertop on the island! Perfect for entertaining. In fact, all it needs is a few elegant trays of hors d’oeuvres and a few bottles of bubbly on ice and you’ve got a party! There’s plenty of cabinet space, too!

There are huge windows everywhere throughout this home, including the master bedroom, which is significantly larger than the other two bedrooms. The master bath has two cube-shaped vessel sinks, and there’s probably a commode and a shower or tub in there, but you can’t see that from the angle in the listing.

For a townhouse, this home has a gigantic backyard with an incredibly tall privacy fence, making this place an awesome buy for someone accustomed to apartment living but tired of taking fido down two flights of stairs to go to the bathroom (and you won’t have to face the poo police either).

So, what do you think? Is this a great buy in a great location or what?