Contributors Emily Wiegand is a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin and will receive her Masters of Architecture in December. She was recently honored with the Student Design Excellence Award at UT. When not working in studio, she enjoys the live music scene in Austin and eating Mexican food in her hometown of San Antonio. View her photography collages on the Backpage. 8 Texas Architect Aaron Seward first J. Brantley Hightower, Jason Chan, AIA grew up in Singapore and landed in Texas. Recently, he was responsible for the successful delivery of the award-winning Texas Children’s Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute. He is an auto aficionado and enjoys participating in performance driving events at race tracks, including laps at the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife. See his article on page 66. 9/10 2012 AIA recently traveled with his daughter to Washington, D.C., where she proved to be rather unimpressed by the architectural monuments located there. Upon his return to San Antonio, where he lives and works, Hightower visited and wrote about Fort Sam Houston’s new military hospital addition on page 74. wanted to be an architect, then a writer. He considers himself lucky to have found a career that combines both disciplines. A native Texan and proud Houstonian, Aaron lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Joan, where he is at work on his first novel. Read his profile of Laura Culpepper, AIA, on page 93. Eurico Francisco, AIA believes that great architecture comes in all sizes and types. Complexity does not equal quality nor does cost necessarily correspond to quality. Read his articles on the humble but intelligent park pavilions on pages 30 and 34, and he’s pretty sure that you’ll agree with him. Ardis Clinton, AIA is an associate in the Houston office of Perkins+Will. At the office, she can be found filling the roles of Project Manager, Project Architect, Marketing Coordinator, Party Planner, and Ice Cream Dolly Operator. She enjoys a good gin and tonic, some occasional bad television, and chasing her twin three-yearold boys. Read her article on the Houston Food Bank on page 62. Tommy Upchurch, AIA keeps busy in Brenham - working on a mix of project types, providing a community voice in a recently developed Downtown Master Plan, and running shuttle services for his two teenagers. Always in the back of his mind is a river in northern New Mexico. See his article on page 58.