Rick JOY

Founder and Principal
Studio Rick Joy

The Frank Welch Memorial Lecture

23 January 2019
Wednesday, 7 pm; Check-In and Reception at 6:15 pm
Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art



Rick Joy, FAIA is the founder of Rick Joy Architects (Studio Rick Joy), an award-winning architecture, interiors, and planning firm based in Tucson, Arizona. Studio Rick Joy has been recognized for an exquisitely sensitive and thoughtful approach to site, observation, process, landscape, and building. The studio’s work has encompassed intimate single-family homes and large-scale master plans, and has included residential commissions in Miami, New York City, San Francisco, Tucson, Costa Rica, and Turks and Caicos, as well as projects in Nayarit, Mexico City, and Austin. Recently, the studio brought new life to Princeton University with the recently completed Transit Hall and Market. Many of his projects are featured in his recently released monograph, Studio Joy Works.

Joy has lectured around the world and has been honored by and associated Civitas Sonoran, the Museum of Contemporary Art - Tucson, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; CRATerre; and the Ghost Lab Advisory Board. He is the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture and was recognized with a National Design Award from the Smithsonian Institute/Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Joy is also a fellow of the AIA and Royal Institute of British Architects. Studio Rick Joy’s work has been widely published, appearing in Cereal, Architectural Record, A+U, GA Houses, Architectural Digest, Travel + Leisure, and the New York Times. Joy has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Rice, MIT, and the University of Arizona. He founded Immersion Vermont Masterclass, a weeklong immersive program for mid-career architects and co-founded CCL Concept Lighting Lab with Claudia Kappl.

Rick Joy’s focus on simple and thoughtful design in careful harmony to the project site are true to the wonderful legacy of Frank Welch. We are pleased that Rick will give the second annual Frank Welch Memorial Lecture—The Forum’s ongoing tribute to honor Frank’s legacy. Donations to the Frank Welch Memorial Lecture Fund may be made HERE.



Spring 2019 Lectures

The Dallas Architecture Forum’s 2019 – 2019 Lecture Season features founders and design principals of leading studios. This Spring we will continue to present esteemed and emerging voices in architecture, academia, urban strategy, landscape architecture and interior design. We will also present our second annual Frank Welch Memorial Lecture in tribute to Frank’s remarkable and enduring legacy.

Distinguished professionals who will speak for the Forum include Robert Campbell, Rick Joy, Zack McKown, Sebastian Schmaling, Calvin Tsao, and Thomas Woltz. They join our outstanding Fall 2019 speakers Alberto Kalach, Thomas Phifer and Carol Willis.

The Forum will also present an ADDITIONAL lecture this Spring featuring regional thought leaders who will discuss the future of urbanism in our state. More information on this lecture will be announced soon.

As always, it is the valued participation and financial support from our sponsors, members, corporate members, and donors that enables us to present such an important season. Forum members and sponsors may attend lectures and pre-lecture networking receptions for no additional charge as a benefit of membership.


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Rick JOY
Founder and Principal
Studio Rick Joy
The Frank Welch Memorial Lecture


23 January 2019 (Wed, 7pm)
Horchow Auditorium, DMA

Thomas WOLTZ
Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects


6 February 2019 (Wed, 7pm)
Horchow Auditorium, DMA

Co-Founder and Partner
Johnsen Schmaling Architects

17 April 2019 (Wed, 7pm)
Angelika Film Center, Mockingbird Station

Calvin TSAO and Zack McKOWN
Founders and Partners
Tsao - McKown Architecture and Design


1 May 2019 (Wed, 7pm)
Horchow Auditorium, DMA


Alberto KALACH
Principal and Co-Founder
TAX Architects, Mexico City

In partnership with UTA CAPPA

11 September 2019 (Tues, 7 pm)
Note Venue Location: Angelika Theatre, Mockingbird Station, Dallas

Founder and Director
Skyscraper Museum, New York City
In partnership with the DMA and its exhibition
Cult of the Machine: Precisionism and American Art

25 September 2019 (Tues, 7pm)
Horchow Auditorium, DMA

Founder and Partner
Thomas Phifer and Partners

23 October 2019 (Tues, 7pm)
Horchow Auditorium, DMA


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