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WHO: A gifted storyteller communicating the role and value of architecture to a new audience, Bob Borson uses the experiences acquired over a 25-year career to inform his singular site, Life of an Architect. With a creative mix of humor and practicality, Bob’s stories are informative, engaging, and approachable, using first-person narratives and anecdotes that have introduced transparency into what it really means to be a practicing architect. As such, Borson’s site attracts non-architects and architects who can relate to the experience and insight directly.

WHAT: Life of an Architect began in 2010 as a way for Borson to learn to use new technology to communicate, the website has grown to become the most trafficked, non-commercial, architectural website in the world, averaging over 75,000 visits per week. It responds to the public’s curiosity and common misunderstanding about what architect do and how it is relevant to people’s lives, engaging a wide demographic of people interested in “what architect do” in a meaningful way without requiring an understanding of the jargon or knowledge of the history of the profession.

WHEN: 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Thursday, September 22, 2016

WHERE: Amon Carter Museum of American Art
                    3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107

THIS IS A FREE PRESENTATION FOR THE COMMUNITY

(no reservations needed)

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WHO: Sam Austin is a native of Fort Worth, and has worked as an Architect for over 45 years. His experience also includes eight years on the Architectural faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington. During his career, Sam has developed specialized interests in energy responsive design and historic preservation work. Sam’s work with energy responsive design includes several residential designs. Performance of one of these residences was monitored under an Appropriate Technology Grand from the US Department of Energy. His historic project involvement includes the Cowtown Coliseum, the Parker and Cook County Courthouses and several projects at Fort Sam Houston. The historic rehabilitation of the Ridglea Theater is his most recent, and most personal historic project.

WHAT: Historic Rehabilitation of the Ridglea Theater was a four and a half year long effort to renovate Fort Worth’s largest remaining single-screen suburban movie theater. This theater, built in 1949- 50, was the new flagship facility for Interstate Theaters, and a cornerstone of the Ridglea Village development created by A.C. Luther. The Spanish Mediterranean style selected by Luther set the tone for much of the subsequent development along the western end of the Camp Bowie corridor.

WHEN: 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Thursday, July 14, 2016

WHERE: The Ridglea Theater – 6025 Camp Bowie Boulevard Fort Worth, Texas 76116

 


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WHO:    Fernando Costa serves as an Assistant City Manager for the City of Fort Worth, where he oversees several departments that deal with the City’s growth and development.  He also serves as a part-time faculty member in the University of Oklahoma’s College of Architecture.  He is an honorary member of AIA Fort Worth and the Texas Society of Architects.

WHAT:    Sustainable Development commonly refers to development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.  The City of Fort Worth has undertaken a variety of initiatives to promote sustainable development, including the Blue Zones Project and implementation of a newly adopted Complete Streets Policy.  Please join us for a discussion about these initiatives and how they are affecting the design of Fort Worth’s built environment.

WHEN: 7:00-8:00 PM, Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

WHERE: Idea Works, 600 E Rosedale St, Fort Worth, TX 76104

THIS IS A FREE PRESENTATION FOR THE COMMUNITY (no reservations needed)

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WHAT: Community Development Through Community Design; An introduction to the CDSfw. Representatives of the newly launched Community Design Center Fort Worth will discuss issues of community design and planning and the mission, purpose and activities of the newly launched CDSfw.


 

WHO: Brad Bell is a designer and professor at the University of Texas Arlington. He researches and teaches on the integration of advanced digital technologies into the architectural design process with a focus on the use of digital fabrication and cast materials. At the College of Architecture Planning and Public Affairs, Brad leads the Digital Architecture Research Consortium (DARC) – a group of strategic academic and industry partners focused on the advancement of computational research in the AEC industry.  In addition to his research and teaching activities at UTA, he is founder and director of TEX-FAB, a non-profit organization, providing a platform for education on digital fabrication and parametric modeling to the professional, academic and manufacturing communities in Texas. Brad is also the director of TOPOCAST Lab – an experimental design and consulting practice focused on the application of digital fabrication technologies into casting methodologies.

WHAT: The New Computational Design Collective – The emergence of a more integrated and dynamic digital toolset, has helped to facilitate a new era of dialogue and collaboration between the design profession, academia and manufacturing industry. Knowledge creation and design implementation are now a multi-faceted pursuit that requires teams of people to tackle complex issues. This has also given rise to organizations, consultants and even companies that serve as ‘digital conduits’ helping to process information necessary to bridge projects and research.  Innovation is not new, but the ability to leverage CAD/CAM technologies towards design challenges has facilitated a new way of seeing the world around us.


 

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WHO: Kathryn Holliday is an architectural historian and professor of architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her background is in art history, environmental studies, and architecture, and she brings this interdisciplinary approach to her teaching and writing. Her first two books explored architecture in New York in the 1880s and 1920s, and she is at work on a third that reveals the shifting meaning of architecture and design for the Bell Telephone monopoly from its earliest days until the breakup of the Bell System in 1984. Kate is also the director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture and is at work on several projects on the postwar urban sprawl of Dallas and Fort Worth. She has served on the State Board of Review for the Texas Historical Commission and is on the editorial board for AIA Dallas’s Columns magazine.

WHAT: Architecture and Water. Fort Worth has amassed a remarkable collection of urban waterscapes in its central downtown over the past four decades, from the dramatic Water Garden, opened in 1974, to the latest addition at Sundance Square. Cities have long used water and fountains as urban amenities, but how do water and architecture in Fort Worth work together?

WHEN: 7:00-8:00 PM, Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

WHERE: UTA Fort Worth Center, Rm. 122, 1401 Jones St, Fort Worth, TX 76102

THIS IS A FREE PRESENTATION FOR THE COMMUNITY (no reservations needed)


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October 14, 2015

WHO:   Lyn Flynn, AIA,
               Jack Romigh, AIA
               Gary Schindler

WHAT: Residential remodeling panel discussion. This will be an informal forum where members of the panel will share their professional experience in designing and building remodel projects and the importance of hiring an architect.

WHEN: 7:00-8:00 PM, Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

WHERE: UTA Fort Worth Center, Rm. 122, 1401 Jones St, Fort Worth, TX 76102

THIS IS A FREE PRESENTATION FOR THE COMMUNITY (no reservations needed)

 


 

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September 9, 2015

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WHO:Lisa Branch-Nussbaum, RID, PhD – As an established registered interior designer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  Lisa has a unique dual career track. She holds bachelor’s degrees in interior design and psychology as well as a master’s and a PhD in psychology earned locally from UNT with studies abroad in Oxford and Cambridge. Lisa was the personal interior designer for John D. Murchison Estate in Highland Park, Texas. She worked closely with Frank Welch, AIA of Dallas, Texas to design and build the estate.  The Murchison Estate was chosen as the 1989 Dallas Symphony Show house for the opening of the Morton Meyerson Symphony Hall. Lisa was appointed by the Murchison’s as the liaison to the Dallas Symphony Board of Directors and Design Council, acting as the senior interior designer.

WHAT: Transformative Design: Aging in Place:  The talk is to familiarize the audience on the trends of building and design for the aged population and the importance of regarding this demographic as clients for the future.

WHEN: 7:00-8:00 PM, Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

WHERE: UTA Fort Worth Center, Rm. 122, 1401 Jones St, Fort Worth, TX 76102

THIS IS A FREE PRESENTATION FOR THE COMMUNITY (no reservations needed)


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August 12, 2015

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WHO: Steve Kline, AIA- As the Regional Historic Preservation and Fine Arts Officer for the Greater Southwest Region (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) of the General Services Administration, he administers the region wide preservation program for the over sixty federal historic structures eligible or listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Steve is responsible for regional compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act.

WHAT: Federal Public buildings and Art, from historic to contemporary, have played an important role in our history and culture. These projects and their designs have affected our culture, and our culture has affected their design. It has been an evolutionary process through time, from the “Marble Hall” in the Unites States Custom House in New Orleans, to the “Austin Wall” by artist Clifford Ross in the United States Courthouse in Austin Texas. They are both strongly bound together and yet dynamically different in their expression.

WHEN: 7:00-8:00 PM, Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

WHERE: UTA Fort Worth Center, Rm. 122, 1401 Jones St, Fort Worth, TX 76102

THIS IS A FREE PRESENTATION FOR THE COMMUNITY (no reservations needed)


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July 8, 2015

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WHO: David Heymann, FAIA– Architect, contributing writer for Places Journal, and a University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor. He is interested in what people want from nature. Heymann’s architectural work, widely known for a sustainable house designed for George W. and Laura Bush in Crawford, has been variously published and recognized with design honors, including selection for Emerging Voices by the Architectural League of New York. He recently published My Beautiful City Austin, a book of short stories about a young architect struggling with his clients’ problematic wishes.

WHAT: My Beautiful City– The allure and explosive growth of Central Texas are at the center of the stories in My Beautiful City Austin, David Heymann’s first book of fiction (from which he will be reading). The narrator, a young architect starting his own practice, struggles to understand why his clients want what they want — a retiring couple needs an immense home in the middle of nature, a progressive couple wants a regressive house, a young family intends to build a castle — and so becomes complicit in destroying a landscape he seeks to protect.

WHEN: 7:00-8:00 PM, Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

WHERE: UTA Fort Worth Center, Rm. 122, 1401 Jones St, Fort Worth, TX 76102

THIS IS A FREE PRESENTATION FOR THE COMMUNITY (no reservations needed)


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June 10, 2015

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WHO: Mark Lamster, is the architecture critic of the Dallas Morning News and a professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is the author of several books, and is currently at work on a biography of the late architect Philip Johnson, to be published by Little, Brown.

WHAT: Paradox City– In his talk, Lamster will discuss the challenges of urban planning and development in Dallas specifically and Texas and the United States more broadly, looking especially at preservation, justice, and sustainability.

WHEN: 7:00-8:00 PM, Wednesday, June 10, 2015

WHERE: UTA Fort Worth Center, Rm. 122, 1401 Jones St, Fort Worth, TX 76102

THIS IS A FREE PRESENTATION FOR THE COMMUNITY (no reservations needed)


 

 

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May 13, 2015

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Design Talk Parking Info – You may park in any of the spaces that are not the color red.

WHO:  Quentin McGownA sixth generation Texan and fourth generation Fort Worth attorney with a lifelong interest in history. McGown now serves as Associate Judge in Tarrant County Probate Court Number One having served as General Counsel, Director of Gift Planning and Alumni Director at Texas Wesleyan University, from which he graduated with degrees in theatre and law. He served six years, three as chair, on the City of Fort Worth Historic and Cultural Landmarks Commission, and he is a past chair of the Tarrant County Historical Commission. He served on the city’s sesquicentennial history committee and is a board member of the Tarrant County Historical Society and the Cowboy Heritage Association. He teaches courses on Fort Worth history for the TCU Center for Texas Studies, and is an adjunct instructor in Political Science at Texas Wesleyan. He has three books, Fort Worth in Vintage Postcards, published by Arcadia Publishing and Historic Photos of Fort Worth, and Remembering Fort Worth, published by Turner Publishing. His forthcoming book explores Fort Worth’s mid-century modern architecture. He and his wife, Laurie, are slowly restoring their 108 year-old downtown Fort Worth home.

WHAT: Wrightian Influence in Fort Worth

WHEN: 7:00-8:00 PM, Wednesday, May 13, 2015

NEW LOCATION! – UTA Fort Worth Center, Rm. 122, 1401 Jones St, Fort Worth, TX 76102

THIS IS A FREE PRESENTATION FOR THE COMMUNITY (no reservations needed)

DESIGN TALK is an informal forum where everyone can explore the role of architecture and design in our community. It is planned for the 2nd Wednesday of every month.

 

 


 

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April 8, 2015

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Design Talk Parking Info – You may park in any of the spaces that are not the color red.

WHO: Michael P Buckley, FAIA -Director UTA CfMD Advanced Design Studio Michael Buckley heads University of Texas at Arlington’s Center for Metropolitan Density, UTA’s new urban think-tank researching urbanization, strategic industry clusters, demographic shifts, and high density workplace and residential formats. He recently served as Chair of Fort Worth Inc.’s Plan 2023 Educational Commission, generating cultural/educational initiatives in support of the future workforce. Buckley is a former President, Connecticut Society of Architects, and Board Member AIA Dallas. Guest University lectures have included MIT, Rice University, Yale, and University of Miami. Prof. Buckley is the former fifteen-year Director of Columbia University’s Masters in Real Estate Development responsible for its innovative curriculum and growth to 100 Graduate students, recognized as one of the most progressive development-oriented of the Ivy-League programs. He is a founding member of the Real Estate Roundtable’s Research Committee, and former Board Member of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate.

WHAT: Creating new Urban Vision Plans– Research and Recent Urban Studies from UTA Center for Metropolitan Density

WHEN: 7:00-8:00 PM, Wednesday, April 8, 2015

NEW LOCATION! – UTA Fort Worth Center, Rm. 122, 1401 Jones St, Fort Worth, TX 76102

THIS IS A FREE PRESENTATION FOR THE COMMUNITY (no reservations needed)

DESIGN TALK is an informal forum where everyone can explore the role of architecture and design in our community. It is planned for the 2nd Wednesday of every month.


 

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March 11, 2015

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Design Talk Parking Info – You may park in any of the spaces that are not the color red.

WHO: Michael Pavlovsky of Pavlovsky Sculpture Studio LLC – Based in Fort Worth, Michael has been a professional sculptor for twenty-five years and his clients include municipalities, institutions and corporations as well as private individuals. Michael’s work is mostly created in cast or fabricated bronze, and several of these pieces are right here in Fort Worth. His sculpture has a strong design emphasis and is mainly contemporary; however, depending on the client’s needs, the work can incorporate elements of the traditional as well. The size of the pieces has ranged from a 4-inch-tall portrait of a pet cat, up to two large bronze walls totaling 22 feet long by 13 feet tall, created for the lobby of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. Currently, Michael is working on a courtyard piece for the new Moncrief Cancer Institute on Magnolia Street in Fort Worth.

WHAT: This presentation will introduce you to ten sculpture projects created for various institutional and municipal clients in the DFW Metroplex. You will gain insight about the inspiration for some of these works, and how they came into being. You will see the initial free-hand sketches that illustrate how the concepts for the works developed, as well as the maquettes, which serve as the 3D starting point of the full-scale sculpture. You will view the works in progress in the clay studio and also at the bronze foundry, including the mold making, metal casting, fabrication, and the on-site installation.

WHEN: 7:00-8:00 PM, Wednesday, March 11, 2015

NEW LOCATION! – UTA Fort Worth Center, Rm. 122, 1401 Jones St, Fort Worth, TX 76102

THIS IS A FREE PRESENTATION FOR THE COMMUNITY (no reservations needed)

DESIGN TALK is an informal forum where everyone can explore the role of architecture and design in our community. It is planned for the 2nd Wednesday of every month.


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February 11, 2015

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WHO: John Zaskoda of PalletSmart – While you might not know their faces now … you will very soon. February’s presenter, John Zaskoda is the co-founder of one of Fort Worth’s fastest growing business, PalletSmart. Together with his partner Kevin Rennels, they have refined the process of using recycled materials so that they can effectively be used in both residential and commercial applications. Using a multitude of various salvaged mediums, the duo along with their small crew, are carving their own niche in a town where sustainable living is no longer an idea, but a way of life. Since 2012, their fixtures and furniture have been used in dozens of Fort Worth’s local business such as Rahr & Son’s Brewery, Fred’s Texas Cafe and Cane Rosso.

WHAT: This presentation will address some of the dos and don’ts regarding pallets. You’ll learn how to source materials and what details to look for. It will also cover what types of wood are available and appropriate applications. Equally as important, the presentation covers how not to use recycled materials and how to avoid some common pitfalls that most face when working with these materials for the first time

WHEN: 7:00-8:00 PM, Wednesday, February 11, 2014

WHERE: Center for Architecture – 3425 West 7th Street, Fort Worth 76107 (west of University – free parking is adjacent)

THIS IS A FREE PRESENTATION FOR THE COMMUNITY (no reservations needed)

DESIGN TALK is an informal forum where everyone can explore the role of architecture and design in our community.

DESIGN TALK is planned for the 2nd Wednesday of every month in the Center for Architecture at 3425 West 7th Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107.

 


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January 14, 2015

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WHO: David Rodriguez  of Rodriguez Consulting & Design and Tricia Loe – President of Sustainable Concepts, LLC co-lead the  “North Texas Collaborative” organization for the Living Building Challenge. Both are sustainability / LEED consultants, with expertise in high performance for buildings, working on projects as Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth and conversion of Radio Shack World Headquarters into classrooms for Trinity River Campus of Tarrant County College. Tricia Loe is a leader in the North Texas USGBC, AIA and other professional organizations. David Rodriguez is a recurring guest lecturer at TCU on sustainability and Chairman Emeritus the USGBC North Texas .

WHAT: An overview of “The Living Building Challenge™”, the built environment’s most rigorous performance standard for building projects at all scales.  To be certified under the Challenge, projects must meet a series of ambitious performance requirements over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy so that they operate as cleanly, beautifully and efficiently as nature’s architecture.

WHEN: 7:00-8:00 PM, Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WHERE: Center for Architecture – 3425 West 7th Street, Fort Worth 76107 (west of University – free parking is adjacent)

THIS IS A FREE PRESENTATION FOR THE COMMUNITY (no reservations needed)

DESIGN TALK is an informal forum where everyone can explore the role of architecture and design in our community.

DESIGN TALK is planned for the 2nd Wednesday of every month in the Center for Architecture at 3425 West 7th Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107.