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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/...

Mixed Results in Design Projects Meeting Carbon Reduction Targets

More buildings are meeting certain goals, but energy intensity reduction results have flat lined

Washington, DC – October 5, 2016 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has produced a report assessing the work of firms that are part of the AIA 2030 Commitment, a voluntary initiative to commit their practice to advancing the AIA’s goal of carbon-neutral buildings by the year 2030 that began reporting performance data in 2010.

“We have made some progress in the overall program, with a noteworthy jump in the amount of buildings included in the report,” said Greg Mella, FAIA, Director of Sustainable Design at SmithGroupJJR and co-chair of the AIA 2030 Working Group. “But we are simply not making significant strides in crucial metrics that predict building performance. These findings should serve as a wake-up call to architects that there needs to be greater urgency to drive improved energy efficiency across their project portfolios if we are going to reach our ultimate carbon reduction goals.”

AIAFW 70th Anniversary

chapter presidents(Photo of AIAFW Chapter Presidents, 1994, Hotel Texas  (courtesy of the author)
The Fort Worth Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (now AIA Fort Worth) was founded August 15, 1946; making today the 70th anniversary of the organization. The earliest professional architectural organization in Texas – the Texas State Association of Architects ( TSAA ) was founded in 1886 and the group elected Fort Worth architect J.J. Kane as it’s first president. In 1913 TSAA became the Texas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the larger organization having been established February 23, 1857 in New York City. In 1924 the North Texas Chapter of the national AIA was created along with South and West Texas Chapters. By 1937 a state registration law was passed, a ‘title’ act, which required licensing by registration examination and which created the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners.  Two years later, in 1939, the Texas Society of Architects was formed with 47 charter members from around the state. The original Fort Worth Section of the...

Arthur Weinman Architects Furniture For Sale

Arthur Weinman Architects will be moving their office to a new location and have the following furniture for sale:

L-shaped desk with lots of drawers, cubby holes, shelves, computer tray, etc.  Top is a little worn but lots of service left.  Price $100 or best offer - Please bring your pick-up truck, we cannot deliver.  Desk can be separated into three pieces for moving.  Photos attached.  Contact Art Weinman at 817-319-9081.

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2.313 Waiver by the Secretary: Bylaws Amendment Effective, May 21, 2016

May 21, 2016

Today, from the AIA National convention floor, our members passed an amendment to the bylaws (section 2.313) giving the Secretary of the Institute the authority to waive age requirement for Emeritus in exceptional circumstances and for adequate cause.

The Secretary’s extended authority to approve waivers, however, would apply only to the age requirement for Emeritus status, would be exercised only on a case-by-case basis, and would permit waivers only “in exceptional circumstances and for adequate cause.” 

 

AIA Bylaws – Member Emeritus

2.313 Waiver by the Secretary: Bylaws Amendment Effective, May 21, 2016

2.311 Architect Members. Any Architect member may apply for Emeritus status who has been in good standing in the Institute for fifteen successive years immediately prior to his or her application, and either (i) has attained the age of 70, and is retired from the profession of architecture, or (ii) is so incapacitated as to be unable to work in the profession.

2.312 Associate...

Architecture Billings Index, Jan. 2016

Architecture Billings Index Ends Year on Positive Note

While volatility persists, architecture firms reported healthy performance for 2015

Washington, D.C. – January 20, 2016 – There were a few occasions where demand for design services decreased from a month-to-month basis in 2015, but the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) concluded the year in positive terrain and was so in eight of the twelve months of the year.  As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the December ABI score was 50.9, up from the mark of 49.3 in the previous month. This score reflects a slight increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 60.2, up from a reading of 58.6 the previous month.

“As has been the case for the past several years, there continues to be a mix of...