Texas Architect July/August 2013: Light
Sketches that bring sunlight and moonlight into spaces in creative, playful ways; otherworldly experiments in color centered on the early morning and evening skies; the construction of shade for people and plants; an oasis of densely planted, colorful cacti in the desert; and the benefits of daylight for work and study — this issue is about natural light and design. The projects featured illustrate a range of artistic and functional expressions where light is essential to the experience of each space.
Contributors Phil Zimmerman, Assoc. AIA is as a designer for Lake|Flato Architects and enjoys his free moments with his one-year-old, Dean. Read his article on daylighting studies online. the associate curator of exhibitions and public programs at AMOAArthouse in Austin. Adams has curated numerous exhibitions of works by international contemporary artists. Read her interview with Seher Shah about the artist’s exhibit “Constructed Landscapes” on page 10. Rachel Adams is Jack Murphy is Aaron Seward is the managing editor of The Architect’s Newspaper in New York City. A native Texan, he is a regular contributor to Texas Architect. Read his article on The Office of James Burnett’s Sunnylands on page 46. an architectural designer currently based in Austin and a contributing editor to BI (bipublications. com.) He received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Design from MIT. Read his article on Re:Site and METALAB’s “Memory Cloud,” on page 92. Michael Malone, AIA and his co-chair Mark Wellen, AIA, shown here, are well underway planning the Third Annual Texas Architects Design Conference to be held next February. The theme is “Borderlands” and will explore what it means to practice architecture in the four states bordering Texas, as well as Mexico. He wrote about light on page 19. Ingrid Spencer writes about architecture and design from her home office in Austin’s Zilker neighborhood. She is former managing editor and current contributing editor to Architectural Record; read her article on LifeWorks on page 52. Gregory Ibañez, FAIA just returned Kevin Sloan is a landscape architect, writer, lecturer and professor of architecture. A 2000 Harvard Loeb Fellow finalist, read his article on shade in Texas on page 40. from New York where he viewed the impressive “Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light“ at the Museum of Modern Art, which he highly recommends. Read his article on the Perot Museum of Nature and Science on page 66. Max Levy, FAIA has enjoyed drawing since about first grade. He believes that our best drawings as architects are those we do for ourselves ... the ones we don’t plan on showing to others. The irony is that if we do show these conceptual sketches to clients, they often turn out to be among our most compelling artifacts. Though his “Light Sketches” on page 32 are unattached to any current work, he hopes they may someday cast real shadows. Nonya Grenader, FAIA is principal of her own small firm in Houston. At Rice University School of Architecture, she is professor in practice and associate director of the Rice Building Workshop. Read her article on James Turrell on page 34. Ron Stelmarski, AIA moved from the Windy City to Dallas just under two years ago to serve as design director for Perkins+Will. A strong believer in the power of participation, Ron appreciated seeing students mixing it up at the Kathlyn Gilliam Collegiate Academy. Read his article on the Dallas public school on page 58. Larry Speck, FAIA is a principal with PageSoutherlandPage Architects and a faculty member in the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a thoroughly addicted architecture junkie who has spent decades trooping around buildings, villages, neighborhoods and cities — generally with camera in hand. He has a huge admiration for the architectural photographers who capture the built world much better than he does and wrote the profile on photographer Richard Payne, FAIA, on page 83. PERSPECTIVE VIEW BY HENRI LABROUSTE COURTSEY OF THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART NEW YORK. SKETCH BY MAX LEVY, FAIA. 6 Texas Architect 7/8 2013