ICAA Chapter News


It has been successful year for the Texas Chapter with efforts focused on organizing lectures across the state, state wide educational efforts, and growing our Young Professional ICAA group. 

Our lectures included the second year of a series in San Antonio that focused on Landscape and Culture – including lectures by Tom Woltz – "Contextual Response: How Ecology and Beauty Shape the Landscape;" Ben Page – "Traditions and Transitions;" James Doyle and Kathryn Herman – "The Language of Landscape: Simplicity of Scale and Structure;" and Suzanne Turner – "The Lens of Cultural Landscape." In Houston we hosted lectures by Philip Dodd – The Art of the Classical Detail; Alan Greenberg; Mario Buatta, and Tom Scheerer. James Collins lectured on "Resigning the Classical Interior" in Dallas, along with Mark Ferguson speaking on the "Personality of a House." In Austin, Larry Speck gave a talk on "Classical Architecture: A Place at the Table."

In August the Chapter hosted a tour of the Houghton Hall exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston that was attended by members from across the state. The Curator of the exhibition joined us for a cocktail reception and gave a guided tour the following day.

The Statewide educational efforts included teaching an ICAA sponsored class on "Rendering in in the Digital Age" at the AIA National Convention. We have also developed a new ICAA Symposium to be held this fall on October 3 & 4, 2014 in Dallas that will focus on the "Viability of Classical Architecture in Commercial Development." This event will be highlighted by a tour of the recently redeveloped Old Parkland complex, including a panel discussion of the project with the developer, architects, and local architectural critics. We will also have Erik Evens offering his "Classical Primer" class and a tour of three homes in the area by Larry Boerder, Marc Appleton, and David Stocker.

Our Young Professional ICAA group has continued to create their own events and this fall will be working with Professor Lucien Steil from the University of Notre Dame for the third time. They will be working in San Antonio on a four-day design charrette focusing on the third phase of the redevelopment of Hemisfair Park. Other partners include HPARC, UTSA College of Architecture, San Antonio College department of Architecture, and local high school programs.

We have also been organizing educational outreach efforts to architecture programs across the state to see where there might be interest in classical architectural offerings. This fall we will be sponsoring a segment of the UTSA College of Architecture’s study abroad program in Urbino. Students will be working with instructor Fabio Paoletti, from the office of Pier Carlo Bontempi, and we will be hosting an exhibit of their work in in the spring.

For more information on events and program offerings from ICAA Texas, please contact Chapter Coordinator Joyce Bryant at [email protected]

Photo courtesy of ICAA Texas.

Photo courtesy of ICAA Texas.

Photo courtesy of ICAA Texas.

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Past Events

The Texas Chapter continues to grow and flourish in the Houston, San Antonio-Austin, and Dallas-Fort Worth regions. The Chapter’s fall, spring, and summer events reflected a variety of offerings that appealed to the interests of the membership and the public. All three regions have added new members to their steering committees bringing an abundance of fresh and exciting ideas for future events and public awareness of ICAA’s mission.

We are pleased to announce new Texas board member Don McDonald. He is replacing Michael Imber’s position on the board. Michael is one of the founding Texas Chapter members. He previously served as Chapter president and has served on the board for three years. He has been instrumental in developing this Chapter into one of the fastest growing Chapters in the country. He sought membership from architects, interior designers, landscape architects, artisans, contractors, vendors, artists, and patrons of classical architecture. We thank Michael for the dedication and hard work he has put forth in developing the Texas Chapter.

On October 4 & 5, 2013, San Antonio hosted the 3rd annual John Staub Awards, which were attended by 156 guests. On Friday evening a cocktail reception was hosted by the Historic Villa Finale and on Saturday the awards ceremony was held at the 1920s classical style Scottish Rite Theatre and Grand Ballroom. The awards program is the Chapter’s major fundraising effort for programming and scholarships. Six awards were presented in the categories of Residential Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, and Craftsmanship; and four honorable mentions in the categories of Residential Architecture, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture. In addition, the Board of Directors Award honoring Walter Mathis was announced at the luncheon. Walter Mathis was a great steward of the revitalization and preservation of the King William Neighborhood in San Antonio and his home, Villa Finale, has become the first National Trust Historic Site in the state of Texas. In addition, a financial gift was presented to the Dean of the architectural school at the University of Texas at San Antonio for the purpose of advancing the study of the classical tradition in architecture and the allied arts. Additional information on the Staub Awards and a list and photographs of Award Winners and Honorable Mention Winners can be found on the Texas Chapter website.

The Young Professional ICAA (YPICAA) groups in Texas have done an amazing job recruiting new members and planning a variety of interesting and fun events, including a three-day event of quick sketching and renderings, urban sketching, and watercolor rendering led by Prof. Lucien Steil, Visiting Professor at the University of Notre Dame.