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AIA Brazos Awards 3 Projects

RDA Fall Lecture Series

AIA Brazos held a jury on Aug. 6 for the chapter’s biannual design awards program. Jurors included Dror Baldinger, AIA, of Marmon Mok Architects, Brantley Hightower, AIA, of Lake/Flato Architects and Stephen Sharpe, the editor of Texas Architect. From a total of nine projects submitted, the jury selected three for recognition. The Daniel & Stark Law Offices received an Honor Award. Designed by Brenham-based Ben Boettcher & Associates, the renovation of the 1929 bank building in downtown Bryan incorporates modern design while maintaining sensitivity to the building’s historic style. The use of modern indirect lighting at the ends of the lobby places emphasis on the original ceiling design. The jury selected the renovation of the Bell County Expo Center for a Merit Award. The project, designed by the College Station office of BRW Architects, uses metal skeletons and colorful banners to introduce color and maintain the geometric theme of the domed events center. The Citizens State Bank located in Navasota received a Citation Award from the jury. The bank, also designed by Ben Boettcher & Associates, incorporates sustainability elements such as local stone, low-VOC materials, and xeriscape landscaping. A cistern is used to store harvested rainwater and serves as a visual element on the exterior and the focus of the view from the interior lobby space. J P

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The Rice Design Alliance Fall Lecture Series presents architects involved with tower design and building. For more information, visit www.ricedesignalliance.org. SEPT 16

LRGV Building Communities Conference AIA LRGV will be hosting its Building Communities Conference on South Padre Island with sessions on accessibility, sustainable design, and other topics. Visit www.lrgvaia.org for more information. SEPT 25-26

Daniel & Stark Law Offices

AIA Dallas Salutes Center for Performing Arts AIA Dallas and the Dallas Architectural Foundation will salute the opening of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, and honor 13 organizations and individuals for their contributions to the city’s cultural and architectural environment. For additional information, call (214) 742-3242. SEPT 26

DOCOMOMO North Texas Tour DOCOMOMO, in conjunction with Preservation Dallas, presents its North Texas tour, which will focus on mid-century modern places for worship. Access more information at www.docomomo-us.org. OCT 10

Bell County Expo Center

AIA Austin Homes Tour AIA Austin will host its 24th annual Homes Tour to showcase the great design completed by local architects. The self-guided tour will cover 14 homes from Central Austin to Lakeway and includes new construction and renovation and preservation projects. For more information, call AIA Austin at (512) 452-4332 or visit www.aiaaustin.org. OCT 10-11

Citizens State Bank

2009 TSA Convention & Expo

Rice Appoints New Dean Sarah Whiting, a member of the Princeton University School of Architecture faculty and an expert in urban and architectural theory, has been named dean of the Rice University School of Architecture. Whiting officially takes command on Jan. 1. Whiting earned a Bachelor of Arts at Yale, a Master of Architecture at Princeton, and a Ph.D. in the history, theory, and criticism of art, architecture, and urban form at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previously, she has taught at five higher learning institutions, including Princeton and Harvard. In addition to editing several journals, Whiting has edited books on Ignasi de Solà-Morales

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and James Carpenter and is the series editor of “POINT,” a new architectural book series to be published by Princeton University Press next spring. She is the author of the forthcoming book Superblock City and is a principal at W W Architecture, a firm she co-founded with her husband, Ron Witte. “I feel the variety of her experiences is a real asset,” said Rice Provost Eugene Levy. “She’s been on the faculty of a diverse set of institutions, which has fostered a broad set of perceptions and openness to thinking...that will be extremely valuable.” Lars Lerup stepped down as dean earlier this year after 16 years and will return to Rice in 2010 as a professor. (See related article on p. 35.) T A

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TSA hosts its 70th Annual Convention and Design Products & Ideas Expo in Houston. Information on CE sessions, exhibitors, and online registration is available at texasarchitect.org/convention. OCT 22-24

AIA Dallas Delineation Competition The annual Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition recognizes students and professional designers for excellence in architectural drawing. More information is available at www.aiadallas.org. Deadline: OCT 30

Norman Foster Exhibit at Nasher Center Dallas’ Nasher Sculpture Center presents a retrospective of the work of Foster + Partners to coincide with the grand opening of the Winspear Opera House. For details, visit www.NasherSculptureCenter.org. Thru JAN 10

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Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2009: Design Awards