ABOUT US

MISSION

The Forum educates, enriches and connects our community by presenting programs and events, creating experiences, and engaging global and local thought-leaders from the design fields to enhance how we live.

As a not-for-profit organization established over twenty years ago for design enthusiasts, The Forum explores ideas related to how and why design matters in our daily lives through dynamic programming centered on current topics and trends in architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, urban planning, engineering, construction, and other related fields of art and design. Our collaborative programming and community outreach are enriched by the active involvement and leadership of businesses, arts and cultural organizations, and government and academic institutions at regional, national and international levels.

 

HISTORY

The Dallas Architecture Forum (The Forum) was founded in 1996 and began its public programming in the Spring of 1997. As a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) corporation, it is supported by the its members, donors, sponsors, corporate members and the general public. Its extensive programming reach is made possible by a dedicated group of volunteers, along with leadership from its esteemed Board of Directors and Advisory Board. The Forum draws people from across the design professions, the arts, development, construction, planning and business, public affairs and education, as well as people with no professional connection but with an interest in architecture, landscape and public spaces, urbanism, art and design.

The Forum sponsors an annual Lecture Series that features nationally and internationally distinguished speakers from disciplines that include .

 

architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and urban planning

Our over 210 Lecture Speakers have also included noted critics, writers, and historians. Because the organization seeks to promote an atmosphere where people can experience inspired design both intellectually and socially, most Lectures and Panels are accompanied by receptions and other informal opportunities where members can meet and socialize with our program participants and with each other.

The Forum also sponsors a series of Panel Discussions throughout the season that feature informal conversations focused on local design talent and issues impacting us both locally and globally. In addition, the Forum offers study tours to architecturally significant destinations, as well as our Design Symposium and receptions at local private homes, buildings and public spaces of design and cultural significance.

 

The Forum Lecture Series features emerging voices as well as established leaders from the allied fields of architecture and design.

  • Pritzker Prize winners
  • Pulitzer Prize winners
  • AIA and ASLA Gold Medal winners
  • Internationally acclaimed designers, authors, patrons, and critics
  • Over 210 speakers over the last two decades
  • Some of our distinguished speakers are pictured below to the left

 

The Forum established the Frank Welch Memorial Lecture in 2017 to honor Frank WELCH, the Dean of Texas Modernist architects and a great friend of The Forum. Past presenters have been Ted FLATO, Co-Founder of Lake | Flato Architects and Rick JOY, Founder and Principal, Studio Rick Joy.

The Forum Panel Series presents interactive, educational, and informal discussions about topics and issues which have local and regional impact.

  • Moderated by community leaders and design professionals
  • Feature panelists recognized as experts in their fields
  • Highlight regional design talent focusing on their design inspirations and award-winning projects
  • Presented as a service to the community at no charge

The Dallas Design Symposium brings thought leaders from architecture, art and design together to explore the intersection of these fields for thoughtful and critical conversation.

Past participants have included:
  • New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman
  • Architects Aaron Betsky, Leo Marmol, Tom Kundig, Johnston Marklee and Terrence Riley
  • Designers Karim Rashid and Chris Deam and Artists Walead, Beshty, Jorge Pardo and Brad Oldham
  • The Directors of the Chinati Foundation and MASS MoCA
  • Environmental artist Christo

2019 – 2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Steve Whitcraft
PRESIDENT

Ian Zapata
PAST PRESIDENT

Terry Kafka
TREASURER

Wendy Konradi
SECRETARY

 

Kate Aoki, Design Society Chair

Tary Arterburn, Development Chair

Brad Bell, Lecture Programming Chair

Meg Fitzpatrick, Panel Programming Chair

Eurico Francisco, Community Partnerships Chair

Duncan T. Fulton, III

Faisal Halum

David Hocker

Jennifer Lassiter

Mikhail Moya

Dan Noble

Sean O’Brien

John Sebastian

Ron Stelmarski

David Sutherland

Neal Thomas

PAST PRESIDENTS COUNCIL

Richard Brettell

Kathryn Greene

Robert Meckfessel

Ron Wommack

Emily Summers

Cynthia Schwartz

Frank M. Aldridge, III

Jo Staffelbach Heinz

Ian Zapata

 

ADVISORY BOARD

Naomi Aberly

Frank M. Aldridge, III

Edward Baum

Mary Bloom

Karen Buchanan

Russell Buchanan

Mary McDermott Cook

Claire Dewar

Bess Enloe

Don Gatzke

Kathryn Greene

Mark Gunderson

Jo Staffelbach Heinz

Susan Mead

Sharon Odum

Lucilo Peña

Bonnie Pitman

Charles Price

Caren Prothro

Howard Rachofsky

Deedie Rose

Cindy Schwartz

Emily Summers

Jeremy Strick

John Sughrue

Thomas Taylor

Gail Thomas

Sharon Young

 

Executive Director

Nate Eudaly

 

LECTURE SERIES SPEAKERS

Since our inception, the Forum has sponsored over 200 lectures, tours and panel discussions for our members, their guests and the general public. Our Lecture Series has presented over 140 local, national and international speakers to discuss architecture and urban design. View our past Lecture Series speakers at the links below.

 

2018 – 2015

2015 – 2012

2012 – 2009

2009 – 2006

2006 – 2003

2003 – 2000

2000 – 1997

 

 

THE DALLAS ARCHITECTURE FORUM