The 2017 Texas Society of Architects Convention took place November 9-11 in Austin, featuring session and tours including the following ones presented by the MF Architecture team members:
Sensory Considerations in Design and Architecture, Ian Ellis, Assoc. AIA
Design has the power to influence how we feel without our even noticing. We are capable of design with hyper-specificity that provides multiple functions and uses and readily adapts to a wide audience or user group. We can now be more in tune with sensory experiences than ever before. Still, there are fundamental approaches to design and architecture that are radically evolving and changing the way we experience and interact with the world around us.
What I learned From Women in Architecture, Ingrid Gonzalez Featherston, Assoc. AIA (alongside Wendy Dunnam Tita, AIA, Page; Maggie Mclntosh, Assoc. AIA, Moontower; Jenna Steinbeck, AIA, Page; Julie Pizzo, Page/Dyal Branding & Graphics)
In 2017, AIA Austin Women in Architecture created an exhibit and events series entitled "Shape the Conversation." The project recognized the extraordinary achievements of women architects in Texas and beyond, increased awareness of the breadth of women architects locally, and highlighted the need to increase diversity and inclusion in the profession. Panel topics include: event brand and identity; collaboration and placemaking; designing women shaping Austin; and how outreach "shaped the conversation."
Less is a Chore, David Birt (alongside Matt Risinger, Risinger & Co)
Modern residential architecture and the science behind well-built homes often seem to be at odds with each other. Does the higher exposure found in modern design counteract with best construction practices and materials? This discussion reviews examples and address the challenges of how to manage clients' expectations, while mitigating their risks.
Examples: Autohaus; Filtered Frame Dock
Emerging Leaders Grassroots, Matt Fajkus, AIA (alongside Beau Frail, AIA, Beau Frail Architects; Sarah Gardner, AIA, VLK Architects)
Emerging Leaders Grassroots is the premier meeting of emerging leaders at the Texas Society of Architects Convention, and an essential professional development opportunity for young architects, associates, and students who endeavor to grow as leaders in their communities and the profession. The Opening Archi-Talks and Luncheon opens with rapid-fire talks from inspiring industry leaders who focus on key issues related to emerging professionals, including leadership development, community engagement, and advocacy.
During the convention, the MF Architecture team received a Studio Award from the Texas Society of Architects for the Filtered Frame Dock project.
MF Architecture also sponsored the Emerging Professionals Party with Lawrence Group, as part of the convention. The evening was themed "Celebrating Diversity & Inclusion in Architecture" and included food, drinks, talks, as well as an exhibit showcasing work by women and minorities in the city.