Texas Architect July/Aug 2012: Healthcare & Wellness
In this edition about design for healthcare and wellness, we look at good buildings of both types. But the role of architects in public health goes far beyond their work on the hospitals, clinics, and fitness facilities routinely associated with these two categories. The broader purview includes their role in shaping more livable, sustainable, and healthy communities — the premise being that there is a direct correlation between the design of a community and the health of its people.
6 Texas Architect 7/8 2012 Contributors Brian L. Freese, AIA, takes great pride in being an Oklahoma Sooner, but not so much that it keeps him from continu- ally attending Texas Architects conferences to try to figure out just what Texas architects are all about. Presi- dent of Freese Archi- tecture in Tulsa, Brian admires the culture and the architecture of the Lone Star state, as well as the cama- raderie that binds architects together. When not pondering the immensity of the universe or exalting the wonders of nature, he can be interrupted from casual reading, playing with his dogs, or killing brain cells in the gym. Remember his picture; you may see him at the con- vention in October. Meanwhile, see his article on Chicka- saw Nation Medical Center, page 38. Val Glitsch, FAIA, began her really seri- ous involvement with Texas Architects by joining the Publica- tions Committee in 1997. After twelve years of traveling to Austin every two months to hang out with her favorite Texas Architects members (under the pretense of working on the magazine), she became a contributing editor. Now she enjoys writ- ing about her favorite new buildings in and around Houston. She happily agreed to review the new Tel- lepsen Y (see page 50), because, she says, “just being in the building makes me feel like I’m working out.” Gin Kappler-Peeler, AIA, gains escape through the lens of her camera and by teaching her son to explore the world of art and possibilities. An avid vintage lego collector, with tens of thousands of bricks at arm’s reach, she has just finished a several- year project with her son, creating a super- hero universe for his room in the form of a 120-sf wall mural. It hosts over 30 figures and cityscapes on the moon, Metrolpolis, and Gotham – all meticulously detailed in Sharpe marker. On page 44, Kappler- Peeler writes about the CHRISTUS Moran Health Center. Dan A. Killebrew, AIA, is a partner at FKP Architects in Dallas and leads design and planning in the com- munity health market. A passionate educa- tor and mentor, his contributions beyond “practitioner” have included teaching the Healthcare Thesis Studio in the Gradu- ate College of Archi- tecture at Texas Tech University. See his article on Northwood Fitness on page 56. Michael Malone, AIA, has had children in elementary school for twenty joyful years. But no longer. During those years, he could often be found volunteering at his beloved Armstrong Elementary. Recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the PTA, Malone served the school by chairing auctions and carnivals, fundraising for a new playground, being president of the Dad’s Club, volunteering in the cafeteria, and serving as a room parent every year he had a child in attendance. He is pictured here with his two recent carnival co-chairs, Elizabeth Moundas and Bettina Hill. Read his article on the Hodge Orr House in Dallas on page 30.