AIA FW Chapter Programs

AIA FW chapter programs are open to the public unless otherwise noted


Past Programs

Chapter Happy Hour and TxA Visit

August 22nd 5:30-7:30pm

WeWork Clearfork- 5049 Edwards Ranch Rd. Floor 4

Come hear a presentation from TxA 2019 President-Elect and enjoy happy hour with AIAFW! RSVP Here!




Good Neighbors, Great Neighborhoods!

Spring Gallery Night

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August 10th, 2017 6:00pm

Firm Crawl @ VLK

Register Here!

July 17th- August 31st

LIA Book Drive


August 30th, 2017

TxA VISIT by President Elect Mike McGlone, AIA

Huckabee  6-7:30pm

Burnett Plaza 801 Cherry Street Suite 500 Fort Worth, Texas 76102

  • There is street parking around the building that is free after 5:00 pm. There is a parking garage on Cherry Street across from the Burnett Plaza entry that charges by the hour, prices are posted as you enter- estimated $3.00 per hour.

Register Here!

September 14th @ Clearfork with Gary Cunningham


October 12th


October 21st


October 24th


Lead Juror Announced!

Sheila Kennedy, FAIA

November 8-11th


Programs In The Works:

Clearfork Tour


July 20th, 2017


Stay tuned for a second tour to be announced in the Fall.

5:30pm  Tour will be led by Bob Holmes

1100 North Henderson, Price. Parking is in lot on the north side of building.

Familiarly known by many downtown commuters as the Masonic Temple, Fort Worth’s Masonic Center is  owned and maintained by the Masonic Temple Association. The imposing building — it is the equivalent of seven stories tall  — is intriguing by virtue of both architecture and history. For those who want to see and learn more, the Fort Worth chapter of the American Institute of Architects this month offers a tour.  Completed in 1932  and designed by the Fort Worth firm of locally prolific architect Wiley G. Clarkson, the square-shouldered building prominently sits at the southwest end of downtown. Clad in Indiana limestone, the building’s design is Classical Moderne (a phase of Art Deco) with Neo-Classical styling. The ziggurat  form of the building rises into a flat-roofed temple-like upper level flanked in ionic columns. There is intrigue and delight in details like the monel (a nickel-copper alloy that predated stainless steel) bas relief doors featuring likenesses of King Solomon, Hiram of Tyre and Hiram Abif — to find out why, you’ll have to ask Bob Holmes, past Grand Master and expert on the building who will lead the tour. Susan and Steve Kline, AIA will assist Bob in providing additional information on the architecture which features four large rooms with significant ornamentation, from interior balconies to crystal chandeliers. The Masonic Temple became a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1984 and Susan Kline has prepared a National Register nomination for the building.

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East elevation overlooking Henderson Street                   The Fourth Floor Asylum Room

June 29th

AIA Dallas and AIA Fort Worth LIA Happy Hour

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This networking event is brought to you by the LIA Committee and ACME Brick.  Drinks and light snacks will be provided by ACME Brick.

The mission of the Latinos in Architecture Committee is to serve and support our local communities and strengthen relationships and networks between professionals in the field of Architecture.  We will work to be a positive influence for Latino students aspiring to become Architects by finding opportunities to volunteer and get involved in community issues and providing guidance and participation in mentoring programs.

LIA seeks to serve and support our local communities by establishing a forum for celebrating Latinos in the design related professions.

LIA intends to be an open resource group for architects, design professionals, educators, students, and the community.

Register Here!

June 22-25, 2017


ACD is pleased to announce that buildingcommunityWORKSHOP has been selected to host the 40th Anniversary Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas

Register Here

July 11th, 2017

WIA Happy Hour

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Register Here!

Women In Architecture Happy Hour brings together women for a night to collaborate, network and build relationships to empower members to impact their practice, profession, and community.

May 6th, 2017


1429 Crownhill Drive, Arlington
Agent Karla Kay, The Real Estate Station

This 1978 project was designed by Charles Adams Recipient Emery Young, AIA for the original homeowners, the Axe Family, and is now on the market.  While there have been some cosmetic changes, this is a rare opportunity to see the interior of the home.  For more information regarding Emery Young, AIA and his work, please see Refinement and Place below by Mark Gunderson, AIA.

Refinement and Place

March 29, 2017   6:00pm

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February 18, 10:00 AM, 2017
Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum


The AIA Fort Worth Awards Ceremony will be held at the Kimbell Art Museum’s Piano Pavilion on February 18th. Festivities will begin at 10:00 am with coffee or mimosas at the bar and the presentations will begin shortly after. The AIA Fort Worth Chapter will be presenting its yearly Honor Awards as well as recognizing the past years Design Award winners. It is a celebration of the those who make  possible distinctive works of architecture in our community.

Tickets: $20 for AIA FW members; $40 for general public; Students are free with student ID.

Parking:  The parking garage at the Kimbell will be open and available for the event.

2016 Honor Award and 2016 Student Design Award recipients to be announced.

May 15th, 2017

Public Art Project: Westcreek Drive Artist-designed pedestrian bridge

7pm South Hills Christian Church
3200 Bilglade Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76133

Artist Volkan Alkanoglu has been selected for a
Public Art Project on Westcreek Drive, in Council
District 9. Come meet the artist, see examples of his work, and provide input on his design for a pedestrian bridge that will span the culvert on the grassy median in the center of Westcreek Drive.

Questions? Contact us @ or 817.298.3028
Fort Worth Public Art is a City of Fort Worth Program managed by the Arts Council of Fort Worth. For more information about ongoing projects, please visit


Volkan Alkanoglu Profile

May 25th, 2017 6-7:30pm


Hear from Fort Worth’s new Historic Preservation Officer, 1 LU

Learning Objectives:
  1. The participant will review the history and philosophies of key preservation principles
  2. The participant will understand how preservation principles are used to inform design decisions
  3. The participant will identify three key nationally-recognized preservation principles directly associated with a recent design project that they have been involved
  4. The participant  will appraise a design project against the rehabilitation guidelines of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties

June 1st, 2017

Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture

Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth
Louis I. Kahn Building

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June 2-28th, 2017


Exhibition opens 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m in Gallery 9.  Free and open to the public

Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy Street, FW, 76107


Winning Entry:  Dennehy Architects for the Pavilion on the Prairie

Project Team:

Dennis Chiessa, AIA

Paul Dennehy, AIA

Don Gatzke, AIA

June 22nd

Frost Bank Hard Hat Tour

Frost Bank

Join AIA FW members and BBP Architects on a tour of the Frost Tower project in downtown Fort Worth.

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TxA Visit:  August 31st at TCC Auditorium

The Texas Society of Architects President-Elect and AIA Fort Worth’s Past President, Paul Dennehy, AIA  and director James Perry will be joining AIA Fort Worth at Tarrant County College-Trinity River Campus. This is a great chance for members of our local chapter to learn about what to expect from the state-wide organization in 2017. Find what it means for our local chapter and how you can be more involved at any level in the organization.

The event is free of charge and a cash bar will be available for refreshments starting at 6:00pm.  Location:  TCC- Trinity River Campus, Auditorium,Room TRHA 2022

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DESIGN TALK at Amon Carter Museum: September 22nd

Like our event at Facebook/Design Talk Amon Carter !

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.

Advocacy Day:  September 21st at the Cowgirl Museum                RSVP Here!

NCM-03NCM-01The Government Affairs Committee would like to invite you to the September meeting of the Fort Worth Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.  Former Councilman Joel Burns and Assistant Director of Planning Dana Burghdoff will be speaking about the importance of having design professionals serving on local boards and commissions.  Architects are uniquely tuned into understanding the health, safety and welfare of the public as it relates to our built environment and these commissions need architectural input and leadership from our members.  A number of city staff and council members will be in attendance to talk about how to get involved and will be available to answer any questions on specific commissions and the responsibilities and expectations of the appointees.

A reception will be held on Wednesday September 21st from 6-7pm at The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame located at 1720 Gendy Street, Fort Worth.  If you haven’t been to the museum lately this would be a good opportunity to see the recently renovated gallery spaces and new exhibit titled “Hitting the Mark: Cowgirls and Wild West Shows”.  The renovations feature a revamped rotunda space, welcoming visitors with a kinetic mobile structure animated by slowly rotating image panels and projection screens. The former theater has been renovated into a temporary exhibits gallery, and the temporary exhibits gallery was converted into a permanent exhibit on the Wild West shows.

With a focus on the role of women in the Buffalo Bill & Pawnee Bill shows, this exhibit features a full-size hologram of Annie Oakley speaking directly to the visitor in the context of a famous photograph. A number of her belongings and letters are on display, complemented by interactive screens and animated historic images.  An additional section discusses the authenticity of the shows and explores gender issues, conveying the ways in which these shows helped introduce cowgirls into other areas of Western culture. A photo booth allows visitors to take pictures and print postcards with famous people from the exhibit.

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Clock Tower Tour:  October 5th

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Join us for a tour of Tarrant County Clock Tower! The tour will begin at 6pm. Parking is free in the County garage on Calhoun at East Weatherford.  Entry is from East Weatherford St. going south.

Design Awards:  October 18th at The Modern

Jurors Announced!

Habitat for Humanity:

AIA-FW visits Trinity Habitat for Humanity – HABITOUR!

Complimentary luncheon for those that rsvp to Matt Green at

-Hear from one of our homeowners about how their Habitat home has transformed their family’s life.

– Learn how Trinity Habitat builds strong children, families and neighborhoods.

-The HABITOUR will last less than an hour and does not ask for money. The program is intended to inform and inspire.

When  Wed Aug 17, 2016 12pm – 1pm Central Time

Where  Trinity Habitat Campus, 9333 N. Normandale St., Fort Worth, TX 76116

Pax & Parker/ Westbend Tour:  August 16th

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After a brief overview of the Westbend complex from Gannon Gries, Bart Shaw will lead a tour of the Pax & Parker store which will be followed by a tour led by Gan non of one of the office floors in the complex.

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Being an AIA + IIDA joint program, there will be at least one architect and one interior designer for each. Below are the individuals who will help guide the tours.

 Mary Couts Burnett Library

Tony Hartin (Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford)
Ping Cai (Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford)
Becky Burrus (Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford – Interiors)
Stephanie Mcpeak (TCU – Interiors)

Erma Lowe Hall

Michael Bennett (Bennett Benner Partners)
Gannon Gries (Bennett Benner Partners)
Karen Redrow (Bennett Benner Partners – Interiors)
Stephanie Mcpeak (TCU – Interiors)

Schollmaier Arena

Kelly Knowlton (HKS)
Lisa Aven (TCU – Interiors)

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E. Fay Jones’ Marty Leonard Chapel Tour

Wednesday, June 15th 6:00 – 7:30 pm

AIA Fort Worth 25 YEAR AWARD
Private Tour: E. Fay Jones’ Marty Leonard Chapel
3131 Sanguinet St, Fort Worth TX

Join us at Mi Cocina following the tour. (4601 West Freeway)
Cost: Free to members & $25 for non-members

AIA Frost Tower Tour

Frost Tower Site Visit

Tuesday, May 24, 6:00pm

This is an opportunity to visit the site for the upcoming Frost Tower designed by Bennet Benner Partners. Due limited spaceIt there is only room for 20 people. If the tour fills fast we might add another date to accommodate others. The tour is free for members and $25 for non-members.

April 3  Open Streets on Magnolia 12-4pm

AIA Fort Worth will have a booth to promote the Homes Tour and engage kids with giant legos.

April 10  Homes Tour Wrap Party @ Quorum Architects

Close of Silent of Auction 6-7:30pm

March 19  Spring Gallery Night @ Quorum Architects 12-9pm

Silent Auction:  A House For…..  Click here for more information

“A House for………”    –  Join us at Quorum Architects for an exhibit and silent auction in conjunction with AIA Fort Worth’s 2016 Homes Tour, April 9-10th.  This exhibit displays images of pieces submitted by AIA members.  Concept:  A house for….dreaming.…a retired astronomer….two musicians….the subject was completely open to the imagination and could be conceptual or an architectural project.  A diverse collection of work and you can own a piece just by placing your silent bid.  The exhibit will be displayed through the close of auction April 10th during the Homes Tour wrap party from 6-7:30pm.

Location:  707 West Vickery Blvd. Suite 101, Fort Worth, TX  76104

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 UTA Building Science Expo Feb. 17 2016

Click here for more information

AIAFW Coyote Drive-In

Coyote Drive-In with Dan Shipley,FAIA

November 24th, 6:00PM
223 NE 4th St, Fort Worth, TX 76164

Join AIA Fort Worth on a tour of the acclaimed Coyote Drive-In with award winning architect Dan Shipley, FAIA.

The theater, located just off North Main Street on the north side of downtown, features two 60 foot by 90 foot screens and one smaller 54 foot by 60 foot screen with state of the art projection equipment and parking for 1,300 cars. At the center is a pavilion which boasts a concession area, sports bar, restroom facilities, and a beer garden. The pavilion characterizes Shipley’s meticulous attention to detail and creative use of cost-effective materials.

The tour will begin at 6:00pm followed by a happy hour at the pavilion. Attendees will be directed to park in the back rows of Screen #1 (the screen with downtown behind it). Anyone is welcome to purchase tickets and stay for a double feature following the program. In addition, the annually constructed ice skating rink will be setup by this time, so feel free to bring your skates!

The cost is free to AIA members and $15 for non-members.


Heritage Plaza Tour

September 23, 6:30 pm
108 Bluff St., Fort Worth TX

Join us for a tour of Heritage Plaza. We will get access behind the chained gate and receive a guided tour from BBP and Studio Outside. They will give us a firsthand account of the upcoming design work for the restoration and modifications of one of Fort Worth’s architectural gems, and hear how it will be reestablished and reopened to the public.

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Texas Society of Architects Chapter Visit

August 26th, 6:00 pm
Amphibian Stage Productions
120 South Main St.

For this month’s Chapter Program, the Texas Society of Architects President-Elect, Paul A. Bielamowicz, AIA and James Perry will be joining AIA Fort Worth for our monthly program. This is a great chance for members of our local chapter to learn about what to expect from the state-wide organization in 2016. Find out what it means for our local chapter and how you can be more involved at any level in AIA.

Thanks to our sponsors VLK Architects and Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford, the event is free of charge and a cash bar will be available for refreshments starting at 6:00pm.

RSVP Below

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Town Hall Meeting

July 22, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Fort Worth Botanic Gardens – Dorothea Leonhardt Lecture Hall

A note to friends and colleagues in the Fort Worth architectural community:

I writing to ask you to make plans to attend the one of most important AIAFW meeting in years. I know that there are many demands on your time, but please make plans to attend the upcoming AIA Fort Worth Town Hall Meeting on July 22nd in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Lecture Hall. If you can only attend one meeting, this is the one. Here’s why:

The American Institute of Architects is going through significant changes at the national, state and local levels. You will hear about these new directions and how they affect us, but the majority of the evening will be an open discussion about the future direction of our local chapter. Programs, monthly meetings, advocacy- it’s all on the table for your input. And without you, it isn’t a dialogue.

The event is open to everyone, including current or past members, those interested in becoming a member, or anyone who just wants to learn more about AIA. There is no cost to attend and refreshments will be provided. On behalf of the entire Executive Committee, I look forward to seeing you there.

-Gregory Ibañez, FAIA, AIA Fort Worth Chapter President

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Dallas Park Pavilions Tour

June 24, 4:30-8:30
Meet in the Parking lot across from the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Join AIA Fort Worth on a chartered tour of contemporary pavilions throughout parks in Dallas.

Willis Winters, FAIA is the director of the Park and Recreation Department, and started a program to replace old park pavilions with a new level of architectural excellence.  The collection of new pavilions is extremely impressive.   Designed by local and regional firms the pavilions have received National, State, and Local Design Awards.   We have selected 5 that we can see in one evening.

Click here see a pictures and information on each of the sites we will be visiting.

Stating at 4:30, we will board a bus in the parking lot across from the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and head to Dallas to visit six parks featuring designs as part of their Park Pavilions program. We will return to Fort Worth by 8:30.

The cost is $30 for AIA members, $30 for one guest of an AIA member and $45 for non-members. Boxed meals will be available and can be added when you purchase your tickets online.

The parks we will visit are Westmoreland Park, College Park, St. Augustine Park, Umphress Park, Opportunity Park and Randall Park. The pavilions are designed by multiple architects from Texas, the US and across the globe.

If you would like to reserve a seat over the phone contact AIA Fort Worth at 817-334-0155.

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Frank D. Welch Book Signing

Wednesday, May 27, 6:00-8:00pm
2805 University Dr. Ft. Worth TX
J.M. Moudy Building, 141N Auditorium

Join us to celebrate the publication of Frank D. Welch’s book On Becoming An Architect. The event is free to attend.

Thank you to our Chapter Program Sponsors!

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UTA Fab Lab

Thursday, April 16th 6:30-8:30pm

UT Arlington Central Library
702 Planetarium Pl
Arlington, TX 76019

Joining with AIA Dallas, we will tour UTA’s new Digital Fabrication Lab and learn about the process and utilization of 3D scanning and printing, virtual reality viewers, like Oculus Rift, and then speak with current students who use the facilities to complete class projects. We will also discuss the work flow and processes of using this technology in an architectural practice.

To register as an AIA Fort Worth Member with AIA Dallas you will need to select the student ticket. But be sure to include you member number in order to receive your CE Credit.

You can register on the AIA Dallas Site here. 

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Wednesday, March 25th – 5:30-7:00pm

3225 Preston Hollow Rd, Fort Worth TX 76109

AIA FW Emerging Professionals present a tour of a work-in-progress. Be part of a conversation with the architect, owner and contractor about this unique interior remodel. The event is limited to 30 people, and is free for members of AIA Fort Worth.


SEPTEMBER 24TH – 6:30pm

WHAT:   Join AIA Fort Worth on Wednesday, September 24th for a walking tour of Magnolia Village followed by a happy hour.  During the happy hour we will call an official meeting to order to vote on the 2015 slate of officers/ directors for AIA Fort Worth.

 The Emerging Professionals Group would like to invite everyone to join us as Mike Brennan of Fort Worth South Inc. leads a tour of Magnolia Ave. and gives us an update of all the great things going on in Near Southside.

WHERE:  Tour Start:  Meet @ Magnolia Ave and Lipscomb St. by the bike share stations to begin the tour.

Happy Hour and AIA Meeting:  After the tour, we will end @ Brewed and enjoy a beer or iced tea while voting on next year’s leaders for AIA FW.

WHEN: September 24th:  Gather at Tour Start between 6:00 and 6:30.  Tour to start at 6:30.  Happy Hour and AIA FW Meeting to begin around 7:30-8:00.

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