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30 January 2018
Tuesday, 7:00 pm; Reception and check-in from 6:15 – 6:55 pm
Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art

Free for Forum Members, $5 Full-Time Student Admission
$15 DMA Members, $20 General Admission
Admission Tickets Available at Door or Purchase in Advance HERE.

AIA CES Credit Available; Attendees Must Sign In with AIA Member Number Before Start of Lecture

Ted Flato
Ted Flato, FAIA, is a native to Corpus Christi, Texas and received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Stanford University. Since founding Lake | Flato with David Lake in 1984, Flato has garnered a reputation for his straight-forward, regional designs that leverage each unique site to connect people to the natural environment. Flato is known for employing sustainable strategies in a wide variety of building types and scales. He seeks to conserve energy and natural resources while creating a healthy built environment. Additionally, Flato developed Lake | Flato Porch House – a system of modules and connecting porch elements that link to the outdoors and simplify the design and construction process in a way that is more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Like many of Lake | Flato’s celebrated designs, Porch House is born from the simplicity of vernacular architecture. Ted’s recent design focus has been on residential, higher education and eco-conservation work, including the AIA National Housing Award-winning Blue Lake Retreat in Marble Falls, TX; the new Knox College Whitcomb Art Building in Galesburg, IL; and the master plan and design for a new immersive Children & Family Garden Education Center for The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ.

Lake | Flato Architects
Since its founding in 1984, Lake | Flato has designed buildings that respond to the culture and climate of each unique place. Lake | Flato has received international acclaim for a generous portfolio of high-performance yet beautiful designs.The firm has received over 270 international, national and regional architectural awards – including the prestigious AIA Architecture Firm Award. Ten Lake | Flato projects have received the national AIA COTE Top Ten Project Award – more than any other firm in the nation. In 2013, the firm received the prestigious LOCUS Global Award for Sustainable Architecture and in 2014, Lake | Flato was inducted into the Interior Design Magazine Hall of Fame. Lake | Flato has consistently ranked  as a leader in Architect Magazine’s Top 50 Overall and Sustainable Architecture Firms – annual rankings of the best U.S. firms, and was recently named one of the Ten Most Innovative Architecture Firms in the World by Fast Company. The studio’s designs in North Texas include award-winning residences as well as buildings at the Dallas Arboretum, the Greenhill School, Sylvan Thirty and  the recently opened Treehouse store featuring sustainable building products.

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The Dallas Architecture Forum has established the Frank Welch Memorial Lecture to honor the legacy of Frank Welch, both as the Dean of Texas Modernist architects, and as the wonderful friend that Frank was to The Forum. Frank Welch was a long-time member of The Dallas Architecture Forum., and we were fortunate to have events at many of the residences that he designed. The highlight of each event was when Frank would give brief remarks about the project to the attendees. He was always gracious, insightful, and humble, and his presence made the event memorable for all who were there.

Frank Welch’s legacy will continue through his work, including his revered project The Birthday, which inspired the design aesthetic of a new generation of Texas design professionals. The architects Frank Welch mentored and the lives he touched are lasting tributes to his vision and humanity.

Frank Welch’s family has designated The Dallas Architecture Forum as one of the non-profits to which memorial donations in his honor can be made. Donations will be used to fund the annual Frank Welch Memorial Lecture. For more information and to donate to the Frank Welch Memorial Lecture fund, click Here.

We are pleased that the inaugural Frank Welch Memorial Lecture will be given by Ted Flato, FAIA, Co-Founder of Lake | Flato Architects, one of the most highly honored and respected architecture firms in the United States. We hope you will join us for this important lecture honoring Frank!




Design Director, Perkins + Will North Carolina
Lead Architect, SMITHSONIAN Museum of African American History and Culture Design Team


Managing Director, Perkins + Will North Carolina Practice
Senior Project Manager,  SMITHSONIAN Museum of African American History and Culture Design Team

18 January 2018
Thursday, 7:00 pm; Reception and check-in from 6:15 – 6:55 pm 
Venue: Beck Architecture, 1807 Ross Avenue, Suite 500, Dallas
Note: Phil Freelon will speak to attendees remotely via Skype, Zena Howard will be present in Dallas for the lecture.

Parking available in the Sharyland Utility Building Parking Garage on Munger and N. St. Paul (located to the North side of the Beck Building).
Presented by DFW NOMA in Collaboration with The Dallas Architecture Forum, The Dallas Center for Architecture, and AIA Dallas
Donation of $10 Requested by DFW NOMA from All Attendees, Including Forum Members 

Donations Will be Used for NOMA's Project Pipeline to Train Upcoming Minority Architects
Limited Space Available, Register and Pay in Advance to Attend HERE.

More information and bios on Phil Freelon, FAIA and Zena Howard, AIA are available HERE.



The Dallas Architecture Forum is for everyone interested in learning about and improving the architecture, design, landscape and urban fabric of the North Texas region. The Forum presents an award-winning Lecture Series that brings outstanding architects, interior designers, landscape architects and urban planners from across the United States and around the world to Dallas.  We present Symposia, including our annual Design Symposium, and Panel Discussions on issues impacting North Texas.  The Forum also promotes local design through events held at some of the most outstanding residences and civic buildings in Dallas, as well as through publications including our monograph Dallas Modern.


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