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].