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I write about the design and the construction, the process and the project, the precedents and the innovation. I write about houses, schools, hospitals, museums, offices, shops, restaurants, and parking garages, as well as the people who create them. I write for architects, their clients and the public. And, I aim to communicate the powerful role good architecture – in all its forms – plays in shaping our communities and our lives.
Architectural | Magazines
This San Marcos home expansion gave its artist residents a place to shine and reflect.
Since 1997, Philip Sell and his wife Tracie have operated Sell Design Group in Wimberley
A tour of the Quarry Run Regional Operations Center (ROC), as given by Bexar Metro 9-1-1 Network's Chief Executive Officer William "Bill" Buchholtz, doesn't start with its bright and sunny administrative spaces, or even at the high-tech, futuristic public safety answering point (PSAP).
In the new experience economy, how do we create public spaces-entire cities, even-that meet the expectations of their inhabitants? Leveraging real life and digital design to support urban activity, to inspire, educate, and empower people, to foster a shift in values-these are the new challenges of urban design.
The increasing regularity of major climatic events like Hurricane Harvey has led to meaty discussions among architects, planners, and developers about how best to prepare vulnerable urban communities. This preparation should not be limited to times of emergency, however, but should be anchored to a long-term project of resiliency involving community support, education, and public space.
Meeting at the offices of the Livestrong Foundation on Austin's East Side on April 5, Susan S. Szenasy, Metropolis's director of design innovation spoke with three experts from architecture, government, and development about a progressive vision for this booming Texas city.
For the first time in its history, UT Austin has a medical school. The building that houses it - the first in a complex of three - was designed to promote collaboration among students through a "social edge": a grand stair that ascends the glass-enclosed north face and provides places for random encounters and impromptu meetings.
For a prime example of 21st century urban design thinking, look no further than Austin's Second Street District. In the 16 years since the new millennium began, it has been transformed from a derelict strip haunted by bankers during the day and barflies at night into a surging mixed-use neighborhood bustling with all varieties of activity at all hours.
Thanks to architect Mell Lawrence's deft hand with light and patterning, Hollowcat Wild, a boxy limestone residence nestled in the Austin hills, is imbued with what architect and author Christopher Alexander calls "aliveness."
The work of architects is the work of making - although often at several steps removed from the physical act of building. The July/August 2015 issue of Texas Architect looks at architects who bridge the gap.
For Scott Specht of Specht Harpman Architects, building small has always been rewarding.
Architectural | Books
If you're looking for something new under the midcentury sun, Victor Lundy (born 1923) is a real find, an important yet underappreciated figure in the history of American architecture. Trained in both the Beaux Arts and Bauhaus traditions, he built an impressive practice ranging from small-scale ...
In Lost, Texas: Photographs of Forgotten Buildings, Bronson Dorsey takes us on a tour of old, abandoned buildings in Texas that evoke the mystique of bygone days and shifting population patterns. With a skilled photographer’s eye, he captures the character of these buildings, mostly tucked away in the far corners of rural Texas—though, surprisingly, some of his finds are in the midst of thriving communities, even, in one case, the Dallas metroplex. Most of the buildings are abandoned and in a...
In BIG little house, award-winning architect Donna Kacmar introduces twenty real-life examples of small houses. Each project is under 1,000 square feet (100 square meters) in size and, brought together, the designs reveal an attitude towards materiality, light, enclosure and accommodation which is unique to minimal dwellings. While part of a trend to address growing concerns about minimising consumption and lack of affordable housing, the book demonstrates that small dwellings are not always...
By planning the design and delivery process, becoming team leaders, collaborating deeply throughout the industry, and applying key elements documented in The Owner's Dilemma, owners can summon meaningful and lasting change. The Owner's Dilemma explores how best to use the power of the owner and how that power can recreate the building industry.
2018 IPPY Historical Fiction of the Year, Silver Medalist 2018 National Indie Excellence Awards, Finalist 2017 Foreword Reviews Book of the Year, Finalist
2015 Gold Medal for Historical Fiction, Independent Publisher IPPY Awards2014 Finalist, Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards2014 Notable Indie Book, Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Indie BookIt is August 1945 in Wiesbaden, Germany. With the country in ruins, Anna K...