Updates from the Austin Foundation for Architecture
Your occasional digest of design-minded exhibitions, tours, and happenings across Austin.
TODAY! January 14, 4pm: The Chase House Remembered
with David Heymann, FAIA
Presented by Rice Design Alliance with AIA Austin, Austin Foundation for Architecture, others
Join Tony Chase and Saundria Chase Gray, in discussion with David Heymann, FAIA, Harwell Hamilton Harris Professor, The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, to hear about growing up in a remarkable work of architecture. Their father, John Saunders Chase, FAIA, was the first Black registered architect in Texas. This webinar is in conjunction with the publication of John S. Chase — The Chase Residence.

In 1959, Chase completed a modernist house in Houston for his family, an extraordinary achievement. The building was the first fully enclosed courtyard house – a type only initially experimented with by progressive architects across America at that time – in Houston. When Chase reconfigured the house in 1968, he transformed it architecturally into a great social stage. With the support of his wife, Drucie, the house served as a kind of lantern in the city, an epicenter for social, cultural, and political life.

Presented by Rice Design Alliance with AIA Austin, Austin Foundation for Architecture, AIA Houston, Architecture Center Houston, National Organization for Minority Architects (NOMA), and NOMA Houston.1 LU.

Join us! Get tickets here.
Kids Ask: Fortlandia
January 21, 4pm
Join the Austin Foundation for Architecture and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to learn about the designers behind Fortlandia. Kids ask questions about the forts, and designers from Letterpress PLAY, Perkins and Will, Pollen Architecture & Design, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department describe how they were inspired by their own childhood experiences.

A-Frame by Pollen Architecture & Design; Image by Josh Baker AzulOx Visuals

Las Piñatas ATX: Nepantla
Through Spring 2021
Visit the latest Las Piñatas ATX installation at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC, 600 River Street), where a custom large-scale, hand-cut papel picado banner has been installed in the Gran Entrada.

The large-scale installation can be experienced while social distancing—whether viewed by car, bus, bike, or from the sidewalk.

This project is organized by the AIA Austin Latinos in Architecture Committee in collaboration with the Austin Foundation for Architecture, and is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
Design Talks Takeover! The Foundation presents Tatiana Bilbao in conversation with Juan Miro, FAIA, and Miguel Rivera, FAIA
February 9, 12pm
This February, the Austin Foundation for Architecture takes over AIA Austin's Design Talks series to host Tatiana Bilbao, principal of Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, along with Juan Miro, FAIA, and Miguel Rivera, FAIA, principals of Miró Rivera Architects. These award-winning architects will discuss the future of cultural centers in a post-COVID world. 1 LU/HSW (pending). Register here.

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