/ Mark WELLEN Frank Welch Memorial Lecture
Mark Wellen FAIA is co-founder and principal of Rhotenberry Wellen Architects in Midland, Texas. Wellen began his career in Frank Welch’s studio, and is an especially appropriate choice to present this season’s Frank Welch Memorial Lecture. Drawing inspiration from the vast, inimitable landscape and the traditions of Texas’ modernist regionalist architects of previous generations, he has become a champion of the highest standards of the built environment, through both design and leadership. His work is both intuitive and instinctive, drawing on the unrelenting characteristics of the region – its big sky, long horizon, intense light and climatic extremes to reveal moments of richness that elevate the human experience. Wellen’s body of work includes varied building types and project sizes from ranch shelters to residences, museums and downtown office towers. His work has been received numerous national, regional and local design awards, including AIA National, Residential Architect, TSA and AIA West Texas. His award winning projects include Cinco Camp, Sombreada Hasta, the Burns Residence and Ranch Shelter. A long-time champion and advocate for design excellence, Wellen is the co-creator of the highly successful Texas Architects Design Conference. Wellen has also served on numerous design juries, lectured and contributed to professional committees, including the Texas Architects Design Awards. He is a founding member of the Texas Tech School of Architecture Visiting Critic’s Studio and the former chair and long-time member of the TSA’s Publications Committee, where he has influenced Texas Architect to bring the best design in the region to a national audience. Among his many honors are the Texas Tech College of Architecture Tau Sigma Delta Silver Medal and its Distinguished Alumnus award. Wellen will be joined by Max Levy, FAIA and Mark Gunderson, AIA in conversation about Frank Welch at the conclusion of his presentation. Rhotenberry Wellen Architects
The Forum’s Fourth Annual
Frank Welch Memorial Lecture
Photo by W. Mark Gunderson
Thank You to Our Lecture Fund Donors The Boeckman Family Foundation Woo Caroland Irma and Reggie Graham W. Mark Gunderson, Architect Janet + Terry Kafka Deedie Rose Liz, Ed and Franklin Tirrell Ward Family Foundation
Maharger Development Reggie Graham
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