“The Center for Architecture at AIA Fort Worth represents an opportunity to place architecture as a profession squarely in front of the public”, stated Joe Self, AIA, Firm817. “The storefront location on 7th Street, near retail and residential areas, supports interaction between architects and the community. The Center for Architecture is a place to show how architects can help people with a wide-range of design opportunities.”
The Center for Architecture will also be a venue for continuing education, exhibits and lectures. “The Vision of AIA Fort Worth is to be a vehicle for the celebration of architecture”, Self continued. “It is very much in line with our firm’s design philosophy: We know design can change the way people see the world and be changed in the process.”
Design Concept for the Center for Architecture
The design is an exercise in the basic elements of form – line, frame, plane and volume. The elements are arranged to describe a hierarchy of form based on use and a clear demarcation of public, semi-public and private zones. Color and material are integrated with the forms to highlight the formal elements.
Sketches and Photos courtesy of Firm817