Updates from the Austin Foundation for Architecture
Your occasional digest of design-minded exhibitions, tours, and happenings across Austin.
April 27, 5:00-6:30pm: Women in Preservation Architecture
Virtual; One-hour panel presentation followed by Q&A
Presented by Preservation Austin with AIA Austin and the Austin Foundation for Architecture
Preservation Austin presents Women in Preservation Architecture, in partnership with AIA Austin and the Austin Foundation for Architecture. In this virtual talk, you will hear from some of Austin’s most accomplished women in preservation architecture on their Preservation Merit Award-winning projects and the unique challenges of working at the intersection of these two distinct fields.

Speakers include Ellen Colfax of Austin Parks and Recreation Department speaking on PARD’s rehabilitation of the Shipe Park Shelter House in Hyde Park, a 1930s dogtrot style log cabin built during a surge of park development in the 1930s. Colfax will discuss the process of rehabilitating the building’s shake roof and log walls and the challenges of finding qualified contractors trained in the treatment of historic materials.

Tere O’Connell of O’Connell Architecture, LLC will speak on her restoration work at the Buaas House, the stately 1902 home of John Otto and Alma Buaas located in West Austin. O’Connell, along with J. Pinnelli Company, undertook an extensive restoration of the home that included an upgrade to the building’s thermal performance which balanced the need for sensitivity to the historic fabric and the modern needs of building occupancy.

Holly Arthur, Emily Little, and Delia Meave will present on their work at The Commodore Perry Estate as members of Clayton Korte’s women-led project team. Arthur, Little, and Meave will speak to their work of bringing new life to the 1920s Italian Renaissance Revival home, now a private club and hotel, and the challenges of meticulously planning for new building systems integration while respecting the structure’s historic fabric.

This one-hour lecture will be followed by a Q&A with speakers.

This event is free and open to the public, or offers CE credit with a paid ticket (1 LU/HSW).

Join us! Get tickets here.
Image: Chase Daniel
Call for Nominations: 2021 AIA Austin Honor Awards
Deadline April 29
Every year, AIA Austin recognizes members, individuals, and organizations that exemplify the pursuit of the Chapter’s mission. We invite the public to submit nominations for the following categories:

  • Firm Achievement Award
  • Alan Yamato Taniguchi, FAIA, Award for Public Architecture
  • Associate Member of the Year Award
  • Emerging Professional Achievement Award
  • John V. Nyfeler, FAIA, Community Service Award
  • Community Vision Award

Nominations are open through April 29, with awards presented at the Foundation’s annual Form: Function celebration.

Learn more here.
2020 Foundation Recap
View our 2020 Impact Report!
"At the end of a year where creativity and problem-solving took center stage, The Austin Foundation for Architecture is pleased to report the successful fulfillment of its vested mission:

  • develop the general public’s education, awareness, and appreciation for architecture, and promote responsible stewardship of the Central Texas environment; and
  • develop sustainable architectural leadership for AIA Austin and other public, professional, and community organizations in Central Texas..."

We've compiled the results of our many pivots in 2020 into a short document to show you what your support has done for Austin architecture!

View the report here.
Explore the Happy Trails Tour!
You're invited to take the latest tour by the Guide to Austin Architecture, Happy Trails, in socially distanced person or virtually. This tour highlights the unique places and spaces connected by the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail, a continuous loop around Lady Bird Lake.

The Colorado River has played an integral role in Austin’s history. Power plants along the river fueled Austin’s development for most of the twentieth century. For years, the land now occupied by the trail was simply a treeless floodplain. Happy Trails traces the history of its transformation by countless Austinites who built miles of paths, planted thousands of trees, and continue to improve the trail for future generations.

Start the tour here.
Jury Conversations
April 22, 5:00-6:30pm
Join the jurors of AIA Austin's 2021 Design Awards as they begin deliberations for the 2021 award winners. Learn more about their stories, their approaches to judging, and their personal design processes in this insightful conversation, followed by a Q&A!

The event will be moderated by Michelle Addington, Dean of the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture (UTSOA).

This year's jurors are:
  • Lance Hosey, FAIA, Design Principal and Chief Impact Officer, HMC Architects
  • Jonathan Moody, AIA, CEO, Moody Nolan
  • Philip Ryan, AIA, Founder and Principal, Studio Modh
  • Ashley Schafer, Professor, Knowlton School, The Ohio State University

Learn more and register here.
Design Talks: Reflections on Culture and Place available on YouTube
Watch the Austin Foundation for Architecture Design Talks Takeover at your convenience
Earlier this year, the Austin Foundation for Architecture hosted Tatiana Bilbao, principal of Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, Juan Miró, FAIA, and Miguel Rivera, FAIA, principals of Miró Rivera Architects, in a wide-ranging Design Talks Takeover discussion. These three award-winning architects discussed the future of cultural centers in a post-COVID world. Their conversation focused on the relevance of public space and cultural institutions to better futures for our cities. Watch the discussion here.
Chase Residence Discussion Double Feature
In 2020 and 2021, the Austin Foundation for Architecture collaborated on a webinar series surrounding the release of John S. Chase—The Chase Residence (Tower Books). These discussions are now available on YouTube and Vimeo!

The book discusses John Saunders Chase, FAIA—the first Black registered architect in Texas—and the home he designed for his family in 1959. The Chase Residence was Houston’s first modernist house with a true courtyard, and it served as an epicenter for political and social life.

The Chase Residence with David Heymann, FAIA, from July 2020, explores the research for Heymann’s book and is followed by a brief Q&A.

The Chase House Remembered, from January 2021, features Tony Chase and Saundria Chase Gray, with the late Drucie Chase, in conversation with David Heymann, FAIA.
P A R K S P A C E in the News
P A R K S P A C E delighted audiences all around Austin, receiving kudos from all corners. The Foundation is extremely proud of this large-scale intervention and invites you to revisit some of our favorite coverage.

View the P A R K S P A C E video and check out select media coverage below!


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