The Dallas Architecture Forum
Begins Its Spring 2019 Panel Discussion Series With
Part One – January 17, 2019
Free and Open to the Public!
The Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public education about architecture, design and the urban environment, begins its Spring 2019 Panel Discussion Series on Thursday, January 17, 2019 with “Design Inspirations Part One,” moderated by Eurico Francisco, Design Principal at HDR Architecture.
“Dallas and North Texas are known for award-winning projects – residences and public buildings, interiors and landscapes. With this panel The Forum will continue its exploration of what motivates and inspires some of our area’s outstanding design professionals to create their highly regarded projects,” stated Forum Executive Director Nate Eudaly. “These design leaders will highlight some of their amazing projects, and there will be time for those attending to ask our esteemed panelists more about their work.”
Panels are FREE for both Forum members and the general public as a public outreach of The Forum. The discussion begins at 6:30 pm, with complimentary beverages available beginning at 6:15 pm. No reservations are needed to attend. One CEU AIA credit is available. Join us for a cold beverage and lively dialogue!
The venue for this panel is the Dallas Black Dance Theater building directly behind One Arts Plaza. The DBDT is located at the corner of Arts Plaza Street and Ann Williams Way – at 2700 Ann Williams Way, Dallas, TX 75201. Free parking is available between the DBDT building and Fellowship Church, located to the east of the DBDT building.
Learn from Dallas’ leading architects, designers and landscape architects about what inspires their design. This will be a unique opportunity to learn about these outstanding professionals — what motivates and inspires them as they create their highly regarded design projects, and to understand more about the persons behind the inspired design processes.
All of our Panelists are recognized by their peers and the greater design community as being leaders in their fields. On January 17, attendees will have the privilege to hear from these designers as they engage in lively discussion. Moderator Eurico Francisco will be joined by the following distinguished designers as panelists:
David Rolston, David Rolston Landscape Architects
Emily Summers, Emily Summers Design Associates
Ron Wommack, Ron Wommack Architect
The Forum’s Panel Season Benefactors are Electronic Interiors and Purdy-McGuire. The Sponsor for this Panel is Wendy Konradi Interior Design.
“Design Inspirations, Part One”
Venue: Dallas Black Dance Theatre, 2700 Ann Williams Way in the Dallas Arts District.
ABOUT THE MODERATOR:
R. Francisco, AIA, is an architect whose passion for buildings and
cities drives him to create memorable spaces, to inspire his clients,
and to encourage his colleagues and students to achieve excellence in
all that they do. Eurico is a Design Principal with HDR Architecture,
where he leads projects in the Dallas design studio. His built work
includes government, healthcare, academic, research, hospitality,
multi-family and mixed-use facilities.
A graduate of Harvard University and the University of Sao Paulo, Eurico has received over 20 local, regional and national design awards for his work in the US and abroad, and has taught design studios at the University of Sao Paulo, Boston Architecture College, Rhode Island School of Design, and Texas Tech University. He is a contributing editor to Texas Architect magazine and is active as a member of the Board of Directors and Lecture Programming Team of The Dallas Architecture Forum, as well as the Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and the Texas Society of Architects.
DAVID ROLSTON, Landscape Architect
Having been in business in Dallas for over 35 years, David Rolston Landscape Architects has knowledge and passion to design custom landscapes and gardens that respond to their clients’ needs and desires. Their design aesthetic leans towards modern, but they’re not strangers to hybridization, i.e. “Texas Native Meets English Garden”. The group gives special care and attention to each project because of their priority as gardeners first. Their team installs and maintains each of the home landscapes. Their commitment to observing the growth of each planting and its reactions in the home site is consistent with their commitment to excellence. Rolston and his team know what a personal garden can be capable of and love to share that with their clients. They also frequently partner with architects and their clients to create a unified vision melding the house with the garden.
EMILY SUMMERS, Interior Designer
Nationally recognized designer Emily Summers is known for her refined interiors and creative eye. Throughout her thirty-five years in business her work has been defined by her integration of architecture, art and interior design. Emily Summers was named to the 2016 AD100, Architectural Digest’s directory of the world’s top 100 designers and architects and has been on the list since 2007. Ms. Summers and her firm have collaborated with award-winning architects including Antoine Predock, Lake/Flato, Larry Speck, Overland Partners Architects, Dick Clark, Marc Appleton, Max Levy, Miro Rivera, Olson Kundig, Coleman Coker and the late Samuel Mockbee. Emily Summers Design Associates consulted and contributed to design of the interiors at the Wyly Theater and The Winspear Opera House. Summers has over 36 years of involvement with the Dallas Museum of Art including a staff position as Director of Exhibitions and Fundraising, and currently as a member of the Building Committee.
Ms. Summers serves as a Life Member of the Advisory Council for the University of Texas School of Architecture. She has also served as a member of the Advisory Council for the School of American Ballet since 2012. President George W. Bush appointed Ms. Summers to the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation in 2002 – 2006. She is a founding member and past President of The Dallas Architecture Forum and a board member of the Trinity Trust. She is a current member of the Advisory Council for The Dallas Architecture Forum and Historic Preservation Alumni Foundation. She also serves as a member of the Architecture and Design Council at the Palm Springs Art Museum.RON WOMMACK, Architect
Ron Wommack, FAIA established his firm, Ron Wommack Architect, in 1990. Prior to establishing his own firm, Ron had worked for two of the Southwest’s most recognized and design-oriented firms, The Oglesby Group and Frank Welch Associates.
Projects of Ron Wommack Architect have ranged from the refurbishing of older housing units into viable urban dwellings, the development of new denser housing typologies, and single family residences to corporate office facilities and public / community projects. For this body of work, the firm has received more than twelve American Institute of Architects (AIA) component design awards since 1994 including six Texas Society of Architects and AIA/Dallas Honor Awards. It has also received D-Magazine Home of the Year awards, and awards from Preservation Dallas.
Ron received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Texas Tech University in 1976. He currently serves periodically as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Arlington and as a visiting studio critic at Texas Tech University. He was elected to the College of Fellows of the AIA in 2004 and his firm was honored as the 2006 AIA/Dallas Firm of the Year.
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 230 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”.
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