Texas Architect May/June 2010: Health
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.
that explores design possibilities of mixed-use spaces on a small scale. The client’s program included an office space, guest quarters, and private residence. The African American Library at the Gregory School (Renovation/Restoration) by Smith and Company Architects — Located in Houston’s historic Freedmen’s Town, the Gregory School was transformed into a research library that profoundly connects the school with the surrounding community. Sengelmann Hall, Schulenberg, (Renovation/Restoration) by Stern and Bucek Architects — One of only two, two-story masonry dance halls constructed in Texas, the 1894 hall and the adjacent 1894 City Meat Market Building were restored to preserve the original character of both buildings, which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Lake Houston Park (On the Boards) by MC2 Architects — The City of Houston’s newest regional park comprises almost 5,000 acres and is situated at the confluence of two tributaries to Lake Houston, a major source of municipal drinking water. Urban Re-Vision Dallas (Conceptual Projects) by Morris Architects — The challenge was to draw up plans and designs for a self-sustaining inner-city block – located in downtown Dallas, across from City Hall – to run “off the grid,” using advanced technologies to capture wind, solar, water, and geothermal resources. African American Library at the Gregory School Sengelmann Hall Lake Houston Park Urban Re-Vision Dallas Gail Thomas Named Honorary AIA The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has awarded honorary membership to Gail Thomas, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Trinity Trust Foundation. Honorary membership is one of the highest honors the AIA can bestow on any person outside the profession of architecture. Thomas, a Dallas resident, was recognized for her efforts to improve cities and for her support of the arts and architecture. “This honor recognizes what Dallas and Texas architectural communities have known for years. Gail’s vision and leadership on many initiatives have made a difference, not only for architects but for all of Dallas,” said AIA Dallas President C. Joe Buskuhl, FAIA. One juror noted, “Every city wishes they had someone like Thomas supporting the arts; she is passionate about architecture and has enough guts and moxie to get things done.” After teaching at the University of Dallas, where she directed the Center for Civic Leadership, Thomas co-founded the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture in 1980 and served as 20 t e x a s a r c h i t e c t Thomas its director for 17 years. She continues as director of its Center for the City. A prolific author, Thomas recently released Healing Pandora: The Restoration of Hope and Abundance. Her other T A st a f f books include Stirrings of Culture; Imagining Dallas and Pegasus: The Spirit of Cities. In Dallas, her efforts were instrumental in the creation of Pegasus Plaza, the first new park in the central city in many years. She also chaired the Dallas Millennium Project, which restored the landmark illuminated statue of the winged horse to the city’s skyline. Thomas was one of three to lead the development of the Balanced Vision Plan for the Trinity River Corridor Project. The Trinity Trust Foundation currently endeavors to implement the ambitious plan for the Trinity project that winds through 20 miles of Dallas. The Standing Wave, a whitewater feature for kayakers, breaks ground in May, and the Santiago Calatrava-designed Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge is now under construction just west of downtown. Active within the AIA community, Thomas’ leadership skills have been used by AIA Dallas, the Dallas Architectural Foundation, and the Texas Society of Architects, where she just completed a two-year term as the public member on the Board of Directors. ta st a f f 5 / 6 2 0 1 0