Amangiri Resort & Spa, Kane County, Utah. (Photo Courtesy of the Architect)

Rick Joy

Rick Joy, founder of Rick Joy Architects (Studio Rick Joy), will speak at the Dallas Architecture Forum‘s Second Annual Frank Welch Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art. Joy’s renowned Tucson, Arizona, firm is recognized for sensitive, thoughtful approaches to site, observation, process, landscape, and building, with projects ranging from trend-setting single-family homes to large-scale resort projects throughout the globe. 

Joy’s designs offer a striking parallel to Frank Welch‘s body of work. Welch, who died in 2017, worked under the tutelage of the legendary O’Neil Ford and was considered one of the most recognizable and prolific among Texas Modernist architects. Dallas is home to a significant number of Frank Welch designs, which painstakingly incorporate the natural surrounding elements to create a harmony between site and structure. Many of these homes have hosted Dallas Architecture Forum events. 

“All of our studio’s work is rooted in developing an understanding of a ‘place’ and how the house design will be integrated in harmony to its surroundings,” Joy told CandysDirt.com. “We investigate the ‘culture’ of other well-designed buildings in the area, and use that as a basis to develop a design appropriate to the natural environment of that site.”

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Texas Modern
Just when we think we have seen it all, along comes this unbelievable Preston Hollow Texas modern at 11422 East Ricks Circle.

Candy and I were lucky enough to see this gorgeous 6,069-square-foot home in person last Thursday night. Although it was hard, we managed to stay off the zip line, but only because this home has so many bells and whistles we ran out of time for a mid-air tour of the backyard. (more…)

Texas Modern 11201 Leachman Circle

The sleek-lined exterior of this Texas modern is exactly what you look for when you want a contemporary home that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s like a Tiffany gift box — classic and unpretentious. Then you unwrap it — well in this case you walk in the front door — and just like every single thing that comes in a Tiffany box, you realize it’s perfect and exactly what you always wanted.

Set on over two acres of land that back up to a creek in what amounts to a private park, this home graces the end of a cul-de-sac in the Royal Northaven neighborhood. This is the heart of private school paradise. Hockaday and Jesuit are to the north and The Episcopal School of Dallas is to the southwest, all about a five minute drive from this Texas modern masterpiece at 11201 Leachman Circle.

11201 Leachman Circle

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