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Frank D. Welch, FAIA

Frank Welch sealThe loss of Frank D. Welch, FAIA at age 90 on June 22 in Dallas leaves a significant hole in the fabric of Texas architecture. His contributions and his achievements over the past six decades are likely never to be repeated. His legacy as the third architect in a ‘narrative’ of the creation of a Texas architecture, following David R. Williams and O’Neil Ford, is well-defined. Welch was born in Sherman Texas in 1927, only a short distance from the Pink Hill birthplace of O’Neil Ford. They shared a directness and a kind of laconic ‘no nonsense’ problem-solving ethic in addition to a fondness for life, love, song and drink. Both married women (Wanda and Bittie) interested in preservation, antiques and history. Both saw the ancient and the modern as one thing; a continuity requiring intimate knowledge of both. The lessons derived from Welch and Ford’s ongoing dialogue regarding ‘appropriateness’ in architecture, were profound. Ford and Welch (and Williams) were rooted initially in Dallas; and the north central Texas climate, material palette...

Louis Kahn at the Kimbell Art Museum

By Lee Hill, AIA   Most of Louis Kahn’s body of work goes unrealized.  However, his biggest legacy to the profession of architecture is his lasting influence on successive generations of architects who came after.   I studied Kahn’s work extensively as a student at Texas Tech and came to understand that modern interpretations of ancient design and building techniques are at the heart of his design genius.  Particularly how he handles the difference between light and shadow, views and axial relationships.  He was fond of animating discussions about light and shadow by simply stating, “no-light, light, no-light, light!” I visited the Kimbell for the first time in the spring of 1985.  I then went on that summer as a student intern for Rem Alley in Las Cruces, NM who spent his first 10 years in the office of Mitchell Giurgola Architects.  Romaldo “Aldo” Giurigola is considered a member of the Philadelphia School of architects which included Kahn and Robert Venturi among others.  Rem’s design work was heavily influence by his years at Mitchell...

Cultural District Hotel Project Update

On Friday, March 3rd, 2017, representatives from our chapter met with Councilman Dennis Shingleton to discuss the proposed hotel project and to encourage thoughtful design for the hotel project located on Camp Bowie across from the Kimbell Art Museum. At the City Council Meeting, on Tuesday, March 7th, the Council approved a tax incentive package that reduced the minimum height from 12 stories to 10 stories and reduced the minimum number of rooms from 200 to 170. Here are a few links to additional articles regarding the project: https://txamagazine.org/2017/03/06/new-hotel-rise-beside-kimbell-threatening-fabric-fort-worths-cultural-district/ http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article137056833.html http://www.dallasnews.com/news/fort-worth/2017/03/09/though-developer-will-still-get-incentives-proposed-hotel-near-kimbell-figures-smaller http://www.fortworthbusiness.com/news/fort-worth-council-approves-hotel-plan-for-cultural-district-with/article_5ddf146c-0432-11e7-b28e-5f7395851989.html https://www.fwweekly.com/2017/03/15/need-and-desire/...

Get to Know Your Architect: Matthijs Melchiors AIA, NCARB

This is the latest installment of the ongoing series “Get to Know Your Architect”, a series of posts designed to highlight the talent and diversity of AIAFW’s members and their work. This time we would like to introduce everyone to Matthijs Melchiors  AIA, NCARB Final Layout - MM Address: 600 E. Rosedale St. Suite 105, Fort Worth, TX 76104 Tel: 817.653.3007 E-mail: matthijs@melarch.com Houzz: MEL/ARCH architectural studio Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/melarchstudio/ Instagram: @melarchstudio...

Get To Know Get to Know your Architect: Mark LeMay

This is the latest installment of the ongoing series “Get to Know Your Architect”, a series of posts designed to highlight the talent and diversity of AIAFW’s members and their work. This time we would like to introduce everyone to Mark LeMay, AIA LEED AP. Final Layout - ML JQ Engineering, LLP 1301 West 7th Street, Suite 141 Fort Worth, Texas 76102 817.505.4304   Website: www.jqeng.com LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/536819 Facebook: www.facebook.com/weareJQ Twitter: www.twitter.com/we_are_JQ Instagram: www.instagram.com/we_are_JQ  ...

Get To Know Your Architect: Brandon Allen, AIA

This is the latest installment of the ongoing series “Get to Know Your Architect”, a series of posts designed to highlight the talent and diversity of AIAFW’s members and their work. This time we would like to introduce everyone to Brandon Allen, AIA.   final-layout-ba ALLEN ARCHITECTURE 1227 W. MAGNOLIA AVE. SUITE 202 FORT WORTH, TEXAS 76104 817.253.2046 Web: www.allenarc.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/allenarchitecture...

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