Texas Architect November/December 2013: Campus Architecture
This issue explores the value of architectural diversity and creative responses to context. The discussion begins with a series on the three presidential libraries in Texas. Located on university campuses, the libraries all respond to their academic settings in unique ways. Connection is a driving element of the other projects presented — a business school, museum, student center and dining hall, and race track. All strive to tie their respective campuses closer together with individual design statements.
Contributors Michael Malone, AIA is Brantley Hightower, Aaron Seward is busy planning the Third Annual Texas Architects Design Conference to be held next February. He took time away from his schedule to visit the George W. Bush Presidential Center and interview its architect, Robert A. M. Stern. Read Michael’s review of the new building on page 54. Thomas McConnell is an Austin-based architectural photographer who regularly contributes stunning images to TA. He also photographs and produces videos of the Texas Society of Architects events. Thomas’ many, many photos are found throughout this issue. a regular contributor to TA and is the managing editor of The Architect’s Newspaper (AN) in New York. He will bring the publication’s unique blend of architecture-related news, information, and cultural criticism to Texas with the launch of AN Southwest. Read his review of the Circuit of the Americas on page 94. AIA is the founder of HiWorks in San Antonio. He took a break from writing for TA earlier this year after the birth of his second daughter. She has grown quite a bit since then, and now that everyone is sleeping better, he decided to return to writing. His story about the evolution of UT Austin’s campus is on page 33. Audrey McKee wears many hats at the office of Austin-based MF Architecture; previously, she worked for Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in London. Audrey received a master’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and French from Vanderbilt University. Read her article on public art programs on page 18. Ronnie Self is Canan Yetmen writes about architecture and architects every single day. Her first novel, “The Roses Underneath,” will be released in January. For this issue of TA, she spent time with four young architects for the profile piece “Four Under 40,” found on page 111. an associate professor at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston. He is also the author of “The Architecture of Art Museums: A Decade of Design: 2000– 2010,” which will be released in March 2014. His review of the renovated Blaffer Museum appears on page 80. Brett Koenig Greig is an architect based in Austin. She has admired the architecture of Fehr & Granger for years and hopes to one day publish a book on their work. Brett wrote about Anderson-Wise Architects’ work at the St. Stephen’s School campus, which was originally designed by Fehr & Granger. Read her article on page 86. Matt Fajkus, AIA previously worked for Max Levy, FAIA, Brinkley Sargent Architects, and Foster + Partners’ London office. Today, he teaches at UT Austin and runs MF Architecture. He is thrilled to have an incredible team of employees: David Birt, Sarah Johnson, Audrey McKee, Travis Cook, Jeffrey McCord, Ian M. Ellis, Thomas Johnston, and Garland Fielder. Read his article about public art on page 20. Tommy Upchurch, AIA travels to high country when he can but also enjoys working close to home in Brenham. In addition to his practice, he works with the Main Street program to facilitate improvements to downtown, including strategies for implementation of a downtown master plan completed in 2012. He took some time to review the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Read his article on page 62. 12 Texas Architect 11/12 2013