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Dallas Architecture Forum Presents “Remaking the City” Panel Discussion


Dallas Architecture Forum

 Presents Panel Discussion

“Remaking the City”


Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public education about architecture, design and the urban environment, will continue its 2015-2016 Panel Discussion Series onMarch 8, 2016 with “Remaking the City,” moderated by Bob Meckfessel, President of DSGN Associates in Dallas.  This panel is presented in collaboration with Preservation Dallas.

Panels are offered at no charge to both Forum members and to the general public as a public outreach of the Forum. Join us for a cold beverage and lively dialogue!

The venue for this Dallas Architecture Forum Panel is at The Dallas Center for Architecture, 1909 Woodall Rogers Freeway, Suite 100.  It is free and will be held at 6:30 pm, with an informal reception beginning at6:15 pm. No reservations are needed to attend this panel discussion.

“The Dallas Architecture Forum is pleased to present this next panel in its 2015-16 series of thought-provoking Panel Discussions on topics impacting the citizens of Dallas both locally and globally,” stated Forum Executive Director Nate Eudaly. “Moderator Bob Meckfessel will be joined by panelists who are actively engaged in the development of our inner city as stakeholders, designers and representatives of city government. The result will be an engaging and thought-provoking discussion for our attendees.”

For more information on the Dallas Architecture Forum, or the Panel Discussion Series, visit www.dallasarchitectureforum.orgor call 214-764-2406.

Panel Season Sponsors are John Eagle Dealerships, HOSSLEY Lighting Associates, Purdy McGuire, Inc., Cindy + Armond Schwartz, Talley Associates, Briggs Freeman Sothebys International Realty and WDG Architects.

Sponsors for this Panel are LUXE Interiors + Design Magazine and Wendy Konradi Interior Design.


“Remaking the City”
8 March 2016
Tuesday, 6:30 pm, Informal Reception at 6:15 pm

Venue: The Dallas Center for Architecture, 1909 Woodall Rogers Frwy, Suite 100

In Collaboration with Preservation Dallas 

Dallas is experiencing phenomenal inner city growth, unlike any time period before. This urban infill is “remaking the city” on every front and opening up new opportunities that many never could have envisioned. Will the infill of the inner city Dallas be a good or bad thing?

Largely underway, we are seeing simultaneous infill in Oak Cliff, the Trinity River Corridor, Deep Ellum, Ross Avenue, the Design District and multiple urban neighborhoods at all scales and types. Housing, retail, restaurants, office and streetscape—what are the traits that make good infill and connectivity to community?  This promises to be a lively discussion with on the front line developers as well as designers of these spaces. Sometimes risky, sometimes opportunistic, the future fabric of our city for the next 50 years is being made NOW. 

About the Moderator: Bob McFessel, FAIA

Robert (Bob) Meckfessel, FAIA, brings over 30 years of experience in the planning and design of institutional, residential, and commercial projects throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Many of these projects have been recognized for innovation and excellence in urban design, architecture, sustainability, and preservation from professional and industry organizations, including AIA Dallas, NCTCOG, the Texas Society of Architects, Preservation Dallas, and Preservation Texas.

Meckfessel has served as President of leading organizations involved with the quality of the built environment, including the Dallas Architecture Forum, Preservation Dallas, LaReunion TX, and AIA Dallas. He currently serves on the boards of La Reunion, the Trinity Trust, the Trinity Commons Foundation, DoCoMoMo US, the Greater Dallas Planning Council and the Advisory Board of the Dallas Architecture Forum. He lectures often at professional events, political forums, and educational venues.


Edwin Cabannis;  Owner, Kessler Theater

Katherine Seale; Chair of the City of Dallas Landmark Commission and Past Director, Preservation Dallas

Evan Sheets; Senior Urban Designer, Dallas City Design Studio

Dan Shipley, FAIA; Founder and Principal, Shipley Architects




About the Dallas Architecture Forum

The Dallas Architecture Forum is a not-for-profit civic organization that brings leading architectural thought leaders from around the world to speak in Dallas and also fosters important local dialogue about the major issues impacting our urban environment. The Forum was founded in 1996 by some of Dallas’ leading architects, business, cultural and civic leaders, and it continues to benefit from active support and guidance from these citizens. The Forum fulfills its mission of providing a continuing and challenging public discourse on architecture and urban design in – and for – the Dallas area. The Dallas Architecture Forum’s members include architects, design professionals, students and educators, and a broad range of civic-minded individuals and companies intent to improve the urban environment in North Texas. The Forum has been recognized nationally with an AIA Collaboration Achievement Award for its strategic partnerships with other organizations focused on architecture, urban planning and the arts. For more information on the Forum, visit www.DallasArchitectureForum.org

Among the over 160 speakers who have addressed the Forum’s Lecture Series are Shigeru Ban, Brad Cloepfil, Diller + Scofidio, Peter Eisenman, Michael Graves, Daniel Libeskind, Thomas Phifer, Rafael Vinoly, Juhani Pallasmaa, AIA Gold Medal Winner Peter Bohlin, and regional architects David Lake and Ted Flato. Pritzker Prize winners speaking to the Forum have been Kazuyo Sejima, Rafael Moneo, Thom Mayne, Rem Koolhaas and Norman Foster (the latter two in collaboration with the ATT Performing Arts Center). Other speakers for the Forum have been leading designers Calvin Tsao, Andrée Putman, and Karim Rashid; landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh; and National Trust President Emeritus Richard Moe. Important critics, authors and patrons who have spoken to the Forum include Emily Pulitzer, Terence Riley, Pulitzer Prize winners Robert Campbell and Blair Kamin, Aaron Betsky, and the late David Dillon.

The Forum organizes and presents an annual series of Panels—local, informal, open, and offered free of charge as a public service to the community—led by a moderator who brings a subject of local importance along with comments by participating panelists. Moderators and Panelists have also come from both other Texas cities as well as from national institutions that were connected with particular Panel subjects. Panels offer attendees the opportunity to participate in creating discourse. Important topics addressed in Panels in recent years include: “Thoughts on the Dallas Comprehensive Plan”; “The Kimbell Expansion: A Discussion”; “Filling Out the Dallas Arts District”; and “Re-envisioning the Trinity”. Among the many community leaders who have served as Forum Panel Moderators are Rick Brettell, Gail Thomas, Brent Brown, Peter Simek, Krys Boyd, Scott Cantrell, and the late David Dillon.

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