Texas Architect March/April 2010: Performance Spaces
This edition highlights architecture deigned for performance throughout Texas, including thoughtful essays about the use of public space and the Dallas Arts District. Texas Architect, the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects|AIA, publishes the best projects by Texas architects and thoughtful articles on design and the architecture industry, and maintains an award-winning standard of quality.
Malarkey Named ‘Young Architect’ Brian Malarkey, AIA, of Kirksey in Houston is among nine honorees in this year’s list of AIA “Young Architects.” The Young Architects Award is given to individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession in an early stage of their architectural career. Architect members of the AIA who have been licensed to practice architecture fewer than 10 years by the submission deadline are eligible to be nominated. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Malarkey serves as an executive vice president with Kirksey and as the firm’s director of ecoservices. His work with the AIA has included chairing the Houston chapter’s Committee on the Environment in 2003 and presiding over the chapter as its president in 2008. During his presidency, his focus on sustainability cemented Houston as a credible source for green building information and knowledge. He initiated five major programs—the Green Building Resource Center for the City of Houston; Houston Disaster Action following Hurricane AIA Corpus Christi Awards Three Projects c o r p u s c h r i s t i The Corpus Christi chapter of the AIA announced its 2009 Design Award winners on Dec. 15. Nineteen entries were received with work completed between 2005 and 2009, and the submittals were judged by a distinguished jury of architectural peers from outside the area. Richter Architects was awarded all three honors. National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg recieved the Honor Award. The 40,000-sf addition and renovation is designed with direct reference to Fredericksburg’s historic fabric and metaphorical reference to the Pacific theater of World War II. The multilevel building interacts with pedestrians at street level then the scale steps up within to accommodate gallery space. The jury commented that the design was “well executed” and used “volumes of space to good advantage.” A Citation Award went to Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Corpus Christi. The 57,000-sf facility by Richter Architects with WHR Architects was created as a new gateway for the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 12 t e x a s a r c h i t e c t Ike and helping 567 homeowners in the area; the Greenworks Houston exhibition and publication (continuing now as Greenworks Houston 2); the Green E-Toolbox monthly newsletter to AIA Houston members; and a project to place solar panels on the George R. Brown Convention Center. Those successful initiatives were all in addition to a myriad of other responsibilities and new ideas Malarkey continues to generate as the chapter’s past-president. He also has testified before the Texas Legislature about proposed laws related to sustainable design. Such activities have brought credence and admiration from state and local officials for the AIA. In practice, Malarkey has achieved many green building “firsts” for Houston and the state, including the first LEED building, commercial interiors, core and shell, and speculative office in Houston, and the first LEED for existing buildings in Texas, his firm’s own office. He has won four individual awards and 23 design awards for buildings on which he served a leadership role, and his projects have been featured in national and regional publications. The AIA jury’s comments included the following statement: “He is a pioneer for green building efforts, pursuing the transformation of Houston’s built environment and steadily becoming more and more influential on a national level.” campus while still fitting in with earlier campus architecture. One panelist noted “even the most basic of spaces received careful attention to detail.” Del Mar Health Sciences & Emerging Technologies Complex, Corpus Christi also received a Citation Award. Completed in 2006, the new 160,000-sf “multi-dimensional facility” by Richter Architects with WHR Architects creates a visual and physical center for the campus while encompassing 20 different functions within one building. Del Mar Health Sciences & Emerging Technologies National Museum of the Pacific War Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies Malarkey 3 / 4 2 0 1 0