Panels are free and open to the public as an outreach of the Dallas Architecture Forum. Complimentary beverages at 6:15 pm, Panel discussions begin at 6:30 pm. Panels last approximately one hour fifteen minutes.

Brent Brown

Brent Brown, AIA

“The Connected City: Next Steps, Part One”
14 October 2014  
Tuesday, 6:30 pm
Dallas Center for Architecture

The Connected City Design Challenge was developed to focus on bold design solutions to connect Downtown and Trinity River overcoming the physical, psychological, and economic divide currently existing.  Following presentations in the Fall of 2013, The Challenge Jury identified from the body of work their preferred themes and ideas, with special recognition on an overall basis to Stoss + SHoP for their scheme of “Hyper-Density Hyper Landscape”. “The success of the competition and the provocative ideas it generated set the stage for a sustained agenda to reconnect Downtown Dallas to the Trinity River” said Larry Beasley, The Challenge Jury Chair.“It can be done – the creative submissions show many clever solutions and it must be done. This is a challenge that will truly transform Dallas.” See several bold solutions generated by The Challenge. Hear how these solutions are being investigated and moving forward. Learn how you can get involved to shape this area of our city. Join us for this important and timely update moderated by Brent Brown.

Gail Thomas

Gail THOMAS, Ph.D. 

“Engaging the Trinity”
5 November 2014
Wednesday, 6:30 pm
The Trinity Trust

The Trinity River Corridor Balanced Vision Plan is one of the most comprehensive and ambitious urban park plans in the world.  As one of the world’s largest urban parks, the plan addresses the integration of flood control, transportation needs, recreational and aesthetic amenities, environmental preservation and functional design elements to ensure that the development represents the highest and best aspirations for the citizens of our community for generations to come. Many major milestones for the plan have been successfully achieved. In March 2012 the City of Dallas celebrated the opening of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Additional key accomplishments include the renovation of the Continental Bridge, the opening of the Skyline Trail, and the design and construction (currently in progress) of the Margaret McDermott Bridge. The Trinity Forest Spine Trail will open a treasure of undisturbed forest to the citizens of Dallas. Gail Thomas, Ph.D., President of the Trinity Trust, will moderate this comprehensive update of the major achievements and continued unfolding of the vision for the Trinity Corridor Plan

Rick del Monte

Rick del MONTE, AIA

“Design Directions, A Dialogue with Design Leaders
27 January 2015 
Tuesday, 6:30 pm
Dallas Center for Architecture

Eight of the ten largest architecture firms in the United States claim a presence in Dallas, and some of these firms are leading projects in our city, in our state, around the country – and beyond. It is therefore fair to say that the work that Dallas architects and designers create has a tangible impact on the built environment and consequently on the current architectural discourse. How does being in Dallas influence the work that large firms create here? How is it done and who is doing it? Is it possible for a large firm to work within the limits of the local cultural context? How does such context influence back the work is now spread throughout the country and the world? What is the role of local design leaders in large firms with global corporate agendas? And how does their work influence – assuming that it influences at all – the work that Dallas architects do?  Design Leaders of some of Dallas largest firms will discuss these and other issues at this Panel. Come and join in what promises to be a relevant and lively conversation.

John Allender


“Traditional Architecture: How Does it Fit into our Modern World?”
17 February 2015
Tuesday, 6:30 pm
Dallas Center for Architecture

The hard truth is that Traditionalism is difficult to do well. The lack of training in and appreciation for the rigors of traditional design is producing a Potemkin Village of watered-down, revisionist wall paper. But if our clients demand traditional design, do we, as design professionals, have the tools to deliver? Or more broadly, should we deliver? Does Traditionalism offer timelessness” because its tenants are proven? Or does it anchor our society to outdated concepts and values? Is there a place for traditional design in our modern world?

Nathan Huntoon

Nathan HUNTOON, Ph.D.

“Analytic Creativity”
17 March 2015
Tuesday, 6:30 pm
Dallas Center for Architecture

Creativity is at the core of what architects do every day. Creativity is the fundamental tool necessary to envision environments, engender possibilities, and dream what can be. However, the creative process doesn’t belong only to architects and those in the design professions or in the arts: it is essential to scientists, engineers, and others who seek new answers. How is creativity perceived by these professionals? What can we learn from them? What can they learn from us? What exactly is the creative process and how can we command it? Dr. Nathan Huntoon, former director of the Innovation Gymnasium at SMU, will discuss these and other aspects of the creative process with a panel representing a cross-section of academic and applied research professions.

Brent Brown


“The Connected City: Next Steps, Part Two”
14 April 2015
Tuesday, 6:30 pm
Dallas Center for Architecture

The Connected City Design Challenge was developed to focus on bold design solutions to connect Downtown and Trinity River, overcoming the physical, psychological, and economic divide existing today. The challenge is multi-faceted and complex, with key initiatives and plans evolving and developing on a real-time basis throughout the year.  This Panel will focus on important updates to the Connected City design over the six months since last Falls Connected City Panel discussion.

Catherine Cuellar

Catherine CUELLAR

“Creating Thriving Urban Neighborhoods”
28 April 2015
Tuesday, 6:30 pm
Dallas Center for Architecture

Many Dallas neighborhoods have evolved with clear identities and personalities, while several flourished under the radar before getting noticed. Some retain their vibrancy; meanwhile others fade. What causes certain urban areas to endure? Experts suggest that for an entire city to benefit, urban neighborhoods must be cultivated and connected through multi-modal transportation, well-designed streets, shared green space, and complete traffic-calming streets. How has Dallas built connective infrastructure, developed mixed-use neighborhoods, and implemented citizen programs that enliven and populate urban neighborhoods? What else is on the horizon, and what might Dallas learn from other city successes? This Panel discussion will be held at the opening of CNU 23, the Congress for New Urbanism’s national conference, in Dallas-Fort Worth.  The Panel will incorporate concepts and subject-matter experts involved in the conference.

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