Texas architecture shines brightly | Architect magazine

Nicolas Lehoux
Austin Central Library

The Lone Star State is known for many things — cowboys, barbecue, football — but aside from memorable structures like the Alamo, its architecture might not immediately spring to mind. Maybe it should. Texas’ rich architectural tradition, often organized into six distinct periods: Indian or pre-colonial (until 1862), Spanish colonial-Mexican (1682-1835), pre-war Republican (1835-1861), Victorian (1861- 1900), early 20th century (1900 – 1941) and Modern (1941 – 1990), reflects the evolution of architectural styles while embodying the very history of the state. With the area’s construction boom and economic growth only accelerating, Texas businesses are truly poised to set the tone for the design directions to come.

Austin Central Library
Paul Bardagy
Austin Central Library

Whether it’s the historic missions of San Antonio or the regional vernacular of the Hill Country, iconic modernist masterpieces such as Louis Kahn’s Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth or the glass skyscrapers of Houston and Dallas, Texas architecture has always been rooted in a powerful sense. location and use of materials. At the forefront of design, Texas architecture is both bold and sensitive as its community of architects and engineers tackles some of the most pressing issues of our time: sustainability and climate resilience, migration, housing and shelter, transportation and equitable public space.

With businesses of all sizes and levels of renown calling Texas home, one of the best examples of an architecture that is both unique to Texas and universal in its approach to design and place-making is- be the work of award-winning local architecture firm Lake | Flat. One of the office’s recent projects, the Austin Central Library, winner of the 2020 Top Ten COTE, is a showcase for sustainable design, natural lighting, creating civic spaces and community building. A portal to the city and nature, the building connects past, present and future. In this way, it embodies the very essence of Texan architecture, robust but poetic, avant-garde but respectful.

To experience for yourself how the Lone Star State is setting design directions, be sure to attend the ArchLIGHT Summit, September 15-16, 2022, at the Dallas Market Center.

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