John and Leslie Enlow updated their Medford Ct. home with the help of architect Norman Ward creating a modern space in the 1950’s bungalow in Fort Worth. (Photo: Ralph Lauer)

We’re pretty excited about the AIA Fort Worth Homes Tour this weekend, as it features some lovely homes in some of our favorite areas of Cowtown. From Park Hill, Ridgelea, and Overton Park to the Cultural District and beyond, this year’s tour offers so many great homes to ogle. 

And here at CandysDirt.com, we’re giving you a chance to see these gorgeous and innovative homes for free! Want to win tickets to this year’s AIA Fort Worth Homes Tour? Find out how after the jump!

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John and Leslie Enlow updated their Medford Ct. home with the help of architect Norman Ward, creating a modern space in the 1950s bungalow in Fort Worth. (Photo: Ralph Lauer)

If you think Cowtown is full of milquetoast architecture, you’ve obviously never been to the annual Fort Worth AIA Home Tour. This year’s event, slated for April 7-8, features some intensely creative homes in some of Fort Worth’s most desirable neighborhoods. 

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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…)

Norman D. Ward Architect won one of three top awards from the Fort Worth AIA for the Huynh Residence. The southeast-­‐facing entry courtyard is enclosed on three sides with two stone veneer bedroom pavilions and an entry wall sheathed in a cypress rain screen. Photo: Fort Worth AIA

Norman D. Ward Architect won one of three top awards from the Fort Worth AIA for the Huynh Residence. The southeast-­facing entry courtyard is enclosed on three sides with two stone veneer bedroom pavilions and an entry wall sheathed in a cypress rain screen. Photo: Fort Worth AIA

North Texas’ top architects gathered recently at the Modern Museum of Fort Worth as the American Institute of Architects’ local chapter gave nine prestigious design awards. Projects included a college, a nonprofit theater, and private homes.

Top Honor Awards went to architects Greg Ibañez, Tommy Stewart, and Norman Ward.

Four Merit Awards were given out, three of which went to VLK Architects, and one to Greg Ibañez.

Two Studio Awards went to Bart Shaw Architect and Marta Rozanich of Konstrukcio Studio.

This year’s jury was led by Randy Brown of Randy Brown Architects in Omaha, Neb. with Emily Little of Clayton & Little in Austin and Bill Aylor of Lake Flato Architects in San Antonio. The three looked at 31 entries, and were free to give as many awards as they deemed merited.

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My Beautiful City Austin Heymann

It feels like a trend: Architects are writing books all over the place. Of course, this is a trend we can get behind, especially when architects write fiction as David Heymann, FAIA, has.

Heymann, who designed George W. Bush’s Crawford sustainable compound, will read excerpts from his collection of stories entitled “My Beautiful City Austin” as part of his Fort Worth AIA Design Talk. The event, which is free and open to the public, will kickoff at 7 p.m. at the University of Texas at Arlington’s Fort Worth Center, room 121.

David Heymann, FAIA, designed George W. Bush's Crawford, TX, retreat. (Photo: Architectural Digest)

David Heymann, FAIA, designed George W. Bush’s Crawford, TX, retreat. (Photo: Architectural Digest)

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David Heymann, FAIA

With degrees from Cooper Union and Harvard, a teaching position at the University of Texas School of Architecture, and clients from the very highest walks of life, it seems like writing fiction would be the next big adventure for an award-winning architect. But this is no vanity title, as Heymann’s book has received fabulous reviews. The Texas Observer is calling it a “bracing tonic for the ongoing flood of sentimental, snarky and just plain stupid writing about Texas’ capital … This is an intensely engaging book, the record of a writer intensely engaged with his subject.”

To find out more details on the Heymann and tonight’s Design Talk, hop on over to the Fort Worth AIA calendar of events.