All Dallas Architecture Forum Panels will be held at the Dallas Center for Architecture, 1909 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Suite 100.
Panels are presented free of charge for all attendees as a public outreach of the Dallas Architecture Forum.  

Joe McCall


“The art of communication, architecturally speaking.”
14 Jan 2014 
Tuesday, 6:30 pm

As architects we send and we receive via a multiplicity of mediums…spoken word, sound, visual image, written word, drawing, photography, object and often a collage of the above.  We will explore the application, the economy, the technology and most importantly, the effectiveness of those sent and received messages.

Joe McCall is a partner in the leading Dallas architecture firm Oglesby-Greene.  He has a strong background in both design and project management with 23 AIA award winning buildings to his credit. He leads the design effort and is actively involved in all aspects of the projects. His 33 years of experience includes multiple civic, office, medical, retail, corporate, religious, institutional and residential projects.  He received a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A & M University in 1970, a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974, and is a registered Architect in the State of Texas. In 1999, Joe was elected to the national College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects for his advancement of the profession in design.  Joe served as president of the Dallas Architectural Foundation. He regularly participates as a guest juror for design award programs, student juries and authored several published articles. He has been a guest speaker on design issues at numerous TSA State conventions and has served as a Visiting Instructor for the graduate design studio at UT Arlington School of Architecture.

Catherine Gavin

Catherine GAVIN 

“Revitalizing Flood Plains as Public Spaces”
4 Feb 2014
Tuesday,  6:30 pm

The panel will bring together experts who are rethinking the role of flood plains in urban areas. Plans for Austin’s Waller Creek; the Trinity River in Fort Worth and Dallas; and the San Antonio River, which all aspire to redevelop flood plains as active public spaces will be explored.

Catherine Gavin is the Editor of Texas Architect magazine.  Gavin had been a historic preservation consultant in New York City since 2004.  Her projects included work on the New York Public Library, Carnegie Hall, and the United Nations Headquarters, as well as the rehabilitation and restoration of numerous residential and commercial developments in historic districts throughout the city.

Paula Lupkin


“A Moving Target: Technology and the Geography of the Design Professions in Texas and Beyond
4 March  2014 
Tuesday, 6:30 pm

Beginning in the late nineteenth century transportation and communication technologies began to transform the scale and complexity of architectural practice.  The movement of people and ideas via train, plane, phone, fax, and the internet has expanded the field of activity for many design firms, challenging the definition of local, regional, and even national architecture.  This panel will address the impact of modern technology on the boundaries of practice in Texas and the Southwest from the turn of the century until the present day.

Paula Lupkin is a professor of art history at the University of North Texas and  received her PhD in architectural history from the University of Pennsylvania. Her interdisciplinary work, supported by the Graham Foundation, the Charles Warren Center at Harvard, The Texas State Historical Association, the Ransom Center, and the Clements Center for Southwestern Studies, focuses on the spatial production of modernity under capitalism, investigating its impact on the built environment.

Marcel Quimby


“Dallas’ emerging neighborhood ‘hot spots’: will they survive?”
8 April  2014 
Tuesday, 6:30 pm

Dallas is experiencing a growth of neighborhood ‘hot spots’. These long awaited retail and entertainment developments are providing a long awaited amenity for inner city residents. What’s their secret as they develop and to their continued success? Will planning and success nurture or impair these largely organic developments?  

Marcel Quimby is a distinguished leader in Dallas’ preservation community.  Her experience ranges from complex restoration projects such as the Newton County Courthouse, which will be substantially reconstructed, to extensive history resource nominations such as the Downtown Dallas National Register nomination.

Also in downtown Dallas, Marcel has prepared a preservation plan for Dallas’ historic Municipal Building and served as the preservation planner for the Downtown Parks Master Plan.  Her work experience includes the development of ordinances, training for Landmark Commissions and the preparation of preservation criteria for numerous cities across Texas.  She is a former Landmark Commission member and has served on its Designation Committee for over twenty years, is a former Advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a former President and active member of Preservation Dallas and AIA Dallas.

Brad bell


“Research-based Design Practice”
29 April 2014
Tuesday, 6:30 pm

The post-1968 architectural design theory era has come to a close. A new moment has arrived that promotes innovation through the insertion of design research into today’s architectural practice. This panel will examine how new advances in digital technology have specifically accelerated this to take place and discuss what role research will play in shaping the design education and profession moving forward.

Brad Bell is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Arlington and the Director of the Digital Fabrication Consortium at UTA. He researches and teaches on the integration of advanced computing technologies into the architectural design process. He has lectured, taught, and written on the uses of such technologies for the past ten years and has been an invited critic at schools of architecture throughout the United States. In addition to his research and teaching responsibilities at UTA, he helped found and is now co-Director of TEX-FAB, a non-profit organization providing a platform for education on digital fabrication and parametric modeling to the professional, academic, and manufacturing communities in Texas. Brad is also the Director of TOPOCAST Lab — an experimental design and consulting practice focused on the application of digital fabrication technologies into casting methodologies. TOPOCAST Lab operates in coordination with the UTA School of Architecture and serves as a design and research initiative as well as a vehicle for creative dissemination.

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