Texas Society of Architects 2013 Honor Awards
In August, the Texas Society of Architects announced the recipients of our 2013 Honor Awards. These annual awards recognize exceptional members, firms, individuals, and organizations for their outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture, the built environment, and the quality of life in Texas. All recipients will be honored at our upcoming 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo, to be held in Fort Worth on November 7–9. Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Honor of Llewellyn W. Pitts, FAIA 1 Reagan W. George, FAIA, Dallas/Willow City
Described as “a man of the highest character” and “a great ambassador for our profession,” Reagan W. George, FAIA, has been awarded the 2013 Medal for Lifetime Achievement for his distinguished architectural career marked by leadership within the profession, commitment to the environment, and mentorship to architects across Texas. George received his Bachelor of Architecture from Texas A&M University in 1959. He worked at William B. Tabler Architects in New York City before moving to Dallas in 1963, where he was a founding partner of The Architects Partnership and principal of HOK and LAN/Leo A Daly, among other positions. In 1977, George was elected president of AIA Dallas. He has also served as a director and vice president of Texas Architects, and on various committees for AIA National. He has received numerous honors and awards, including AIA Fellowship
in 1982 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from AIA Dallas in 2009. George was an advocate for the environment long before today’s emphasis on sustainability. In the mid-1960s, he initiated the AIA Dallas Environmental Awareness
George has promoted respect, sensitivity, and protection for the environment in his own work. Committee to foster environmental education among teachers and students. He has also promoted respect, sensitivity, and protection for the environment in his own work, which has often focused on designing outdoor spaces where people and nature coexist — everything from camping and recreational facilities to campus master plans to his work as chair of the City of Dallas’ Urban Design Task Force. One theme running throughout the letters nominating George for the Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award was the selfless mentorship and inspiration he has provided to a great number of architects over the years. He is described a “true mentor” — a role model who, by his example, has taught many people how to grow as architects, team players, and leaders, and how to give back to the profession and the community. George is now semi-retired but continues his practice designing environmentally sensitive residential projects in the Texas Hill Country.
Architecture Firm Award 2 McKinney York Architects, Austin
McKinney York Architects, a leader in modern residential, commercial, and institutional design, has been selected by the Texas Society of Architects as the recipient of its 2013 Architecture Firm Award. Established in 1983 and led by founding principal Heather McKinney, FAIA, and principals Al York, AIA, and Michelle Rossomando, AIA, the firm has a long history of design excellence. Starting with an AIA Austin Design Award for its first project ever, McKinney York has gone on to receive more than 21 design awards at the local, regional, and national levels, and its projects have been extensively published. The firm has also exhibited tremendous devotion to the Society and to its local AIA chapter. McKinney served as president of the Society in 2010, a pivotal year for the association, and both she and York have served as presidents of AIA Austin. Members of the firm have also participated in and chaired many committees and held board positions at the state and local level. For these contributions, AIA Austin honored McKinney York with its own Firm Achievement Award in 2007. Texas Architects is also recognizing McKinney York for its support of the profession, specifically the spirit of mentorship that characterizes its workplace and extends well beyond its doors, and for encouraging its members to find meaningful ways to use their talents to give back to the community.
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This issue explores the value of architectural diversity and creative responses to context. The discussion begins with a series on the three...