Liz Lambert Receives 2012 Cornerstone Award
Honor Awards (continued) 3 Elizabeth M. Price, AIA, was recognized with the
The Texas Architects Citation of Honor
Award for Young Professional Achievement in Honor of William W. Caudill FAIA.
9 City of McKinney for the revitalization of McKinney’s Downtown Square – historic
4 Albert “Irby” Hightower, FAIA, was recognized
with the Award for Community Service in Honor of 10 Susan Allen Kline, historian and preservation
James D. Pfluger FAIA.
consultant. 5 Joseph Mashburn, FAIA, was recognized with the Award for Outstanding Educational Contributions
in Honor of Edward Romieniec FAIA. 6 Cesar Gallegos, Assoc. AIA, was recognized with the Associate Member of the Year Award.
The Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Architecture through the Media in Honor of
11 James B. Cinquemani received the Artisan Award for architectural metal design and fabrication.
Texas Society of Architects Honorary Membership
John G. Flowers Hon. AIA 12 Adelaide B. Leavens, executive director of Streams 7 Jerome Weeks, “Art & Seek” program producerreporter for KERA.
13 Terri Thornton, artist and curator of education for
8 Helen Thompson, writer, editor, and producer covering residential architecture and design.
16 Texas Architect
and Valleys organization.
the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
The Texas Society of Architects recently named Austin hotelier Liz Lambert as the recipient of its 2012 Cornerstone Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions that enhance the quality of life and communities by elevating architecture and the arts. Lambert was honored at an October 19 gala during the Texas Architects 73rd Annual Convention. Born in West Texas, University of Texas Law graduate Liz Lambert purchased a seedy motel on Austin’s South Congress Avenue in 1996 and transformed it, with the help of San Antonio’s Lake|Flato Architects, into the sleek and modern Hotel San José several years later. The San Jose’s vibe, infused with Lambert’s vision, carried well beyond its hipster grounds, serving as a catalyst in the transformation and development of what is now the city’s vibrant SoCo district. It became the first of four properties she would go on to acquire or create. Ten years later, Lambert looked to Marfa, where she renovated the fifties-era Thunderbird hotel (Lake|Flato Architects) into an upscale San José-style boutique hotel before selling her shares in the project with an eye towards a more ambitious endeavor. Over the course of several years, she teamed up with artists and students to turn an 18-acre plot of land in Marfa into El Cosmico, a compound with vintage trailers, tents, teepees, and wood-fired hot tubs that opened in 2009. Her next two projects—Hotel Saint Cecilia (Clayton & Little Architects), a luxurious 14-room respite located in a South Austin neighborhood on a property shaded by live oaks, and the historic Hotel Havana (Lake|Flato Architects) in San Antonio, a historic 27-room property on the San Antonio River Walk— continue her success. Each venture has contributed to the fabric of its surrounding community and, in many cases, has instigated its development.