Texas Architect Jan/Feb 2006: Schools
Texas Architect is the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, each edition features recently completed projects and other editorial content largely written by AIA members in Texas. That collective participation was the basis of Texas Architect’s recognition by the national AIA with a 2010 Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement.
N E W S AIA’s Kemper Award Honors Tittle , James D. Tittle, FAIA, of the Tittle Luther Partnership in Abilene is the 2006 recipient of the Kemper Award for Service to the Profession. The Kemper Award, named in memory of the national AIA’s first executive director, recognizes individuals who contribute significantly to the profession of architecture through service to the AIA. T i t t l e’s c a r e e r a m o u n t s t o “a n e x t r aor d i n a r y 50 yea rs of ser v ice,” a c c or d i n g t o h i s nom i n ator s, w ho also praised Title for his “dedication of a professional lifetime James D. Tittle, FAIA w a s h i n g t o n d c of quiet leadership through practice, in positions of leadership and in civic activities.” Tittle founded the Tittle Luther Partnership in 1957 with John J. Luther. Since then the firm has grown from three employees to a staff of 20. Over the past five decades, the firm’s work has transformed the Abilene landscape with the design of numerous landmarks including the Taylor County Courthouse, Abilene Regional Airport and the Hendrick Medical Center, to name a few. In 2003, the Tittle Luther Partnership was named TSA’s Firm of the Year. “I am very humbled by it all,” Tittle said of the award. “The AIA has done a lot more for me than I have ever done for it. So it makes me very pleased to join the cadence of all those people who have preceded me in this, including a lot of good friends. It is honored territory, and I am very appreciative.” The AIA membership will celebrate Tittle’s leadership and dedication during the 2006 AIA National Convention in Los Angeles scheduled in June. Tittle’s devotion to the AIA manifests itself through service at the local, state, and national levels in many ways. Highlights include 1958 charter membership in the Abilene Chapter of the AIA, for which he served as chapter president in 1973. He was on the board of the Texas Society of Architects, including service as president in 1993. Nationally, he sat on the Institute’s Board of Directors, as juror and presenter for the Institute’s honors program, and as regional director for the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Tittle has also been active at the national level through the American Architectural Foundation, serving on the AAF Board of Regents from 1992-1998. 8 t e x a s a r c h i t e c t d c U.S. Courthouse in El Paso, slated for completion in 2007. Predock’s ability to amalgamate contemporary work with historical context, for which he is well-known, is demonstrated in his buildings at Stanford and Rice universities. His approach to design is inspired by his geographic surroundings – the American West – and interaction with the land plays a vital role in his work. Through environmental sensitivity and the integration of a site’s history and culture into the design, Predock’s highly contextual work honors the natural environment in which it is built. A chief example is his design for the Trinity Interpretive Center in Dallas. Scheduled for completion in 2008, the $8.2 million project will be built on the site of a 120-acre reclaimed landfill at the edge of the Great Trinity Forest. The project was commissioned by the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department, with the National Audubon Society as managingpartner. As the sixty-second AIA Gold Medalist, Predock joins the ranks of past recipients such as Thomas Jefferson, Frank Lloyd Wright, LeCorbusier, Cesar Pelli, and last year’s recipient, Santiago Calatrava. Predock’s name will be added to the granite Wall of Honor at the AIA headquarters. Trinity Interpretive Center Courtesy Antoine Predock Architect , Antoine Predock, FAIA, will be presented the 2006 AIA Gold Medal, the highest honor conferred by AIA, at the American Architectural Foundation Accent on Architecture Gala. The event will be held on Feb. 10 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. The medal, bestowed annually, honors an i nd iv idu a l whose significant body of work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. “A rg uably, more than any American architect of any time, Antoine Predock, FAIA Antoine Predock has asserted a personal and place-inspired vision of architecture with such passion and conviction that his buildings have been universally embraced,” said Thomas Howorth, FAIA, chair of the Gold Medal committee. The scope of Predock’s work ranges from the famed Turtle Creek house in Dallas to international projects including the new National Palace Museum in Taiwan. He also designed Austin City Hall and Public Plaza and the award-winning w a s h i n g t o n Courtesy Brown Reynolds Watford Architects Predock to Receive AIA Gold Medal El Paso U.S. Courthouse 1 / 2 2 0 0 6