Lectures are free for Dallas Architecture Forum members. General admission is $20. Full-time student admission is $5.
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The Dallas Architecture Forum presented lectures by distinguished leaders in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and urban planning for our 2018 – 2019 Season. We are grateful to all of the companies and individuals who supported the Season—our sponsors, donors, and members. We are also grateful to those who attended the lecture presentations, with standing-room-only audiences at many of these outstanding talks. We look forward to announcing our 2019 – 2020 Lecture Season later this summer, and to seeing you next season at the Forum!

Alberto KALACH

Principal and Co-Founder
TAX Architects, Mexico City
In partnership with UTA CAPPA

11 September 2018 (Tues, 7 pm)
Note Venue Location: Angelika Theatre,
Mockingbird Station, Dallas


Alberto Kalach is a leader of the gifted generation of Mexican architects fully engaged in the global issues of the 21st century. His firm has a focus on urban planning challenges of Mexico City, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world. Kalach has developed a think-tank of leaders focused on "México: Future City". Kalach and his colleagues have realized several milestone projects including prestigious lake concepts that are significant to solving crucial water supply problems in the region as a part of their initiative "Recovering the City of Lakes” Kalach studied at the Universidad Iberoamericana and Cornell. He has won important international competitions, including those for universities and civic buildings in the United States and Mexico. Notable works by the studio include Casa GGG in Mexico City, Casa La Atalaya in California, the internationally acclaimed Jose Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City, Casa Romany in California and Reforma 27 Tower in Mexico City. Kalach's work is extensively published in leading architecture journals and monographs.





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

25 September 2018 (Tues, 7pm)
Horchow Auditorium, DMA

Reservations Requested for this Lecture by Forum and DMA Members.

Carol Willis, architecture historian, Director of The Skyscraper Museum in New York City, and Adjunct Professor of Urban Studies at Columbia University, will discuss architecture featured in the DMA’s new exhibition Cult of the Machine: Precisionism and American Art. The exhibition examines American culture from the 1910s to the Second World War and reveals how the American love affair with new technology and mechanization shaped architecture, design, and the visual culture of the United States.

Carol Willis has researched, taught, and written about the history of the American city and its buildings. She is the author of Form Follows Finance: Skyscrapers and Skylines in New York and Chicago (Princeton Architectural Press), which received an AIA book award. In addition to numerous articles in books and scholarly journals, Ms. Willis has curated more than twenty exhibitions at The Skyscraper Museum and written introductions to numerous monographs and collections, including Skyscraper Rivals, New York Architecture, Manhattan Skyscrapers, and New York Deco. She appears regularly in television documentaries and radio broadcasts, including programs for The History Channel, PBS, A & E and BBC Television, NPR, and BBC World Service Radio.




Founder and Director
Thomas Phifer and Partners

23 October 2018 (Tues, 7pm)
Horchow Auditorium, DMA



Thomas Phifer is widely admired for buildings that relate poetically to their sites. Among his many acclaimed design projects are the Brochstein Pavilion, the Corning Museum of Glass, the just-opened Pavilions for the Glenstone Foundation, and Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park Pavilion and Savor Restaurant. Phifer was also the Design Architect for the team that completed the Rachofsky House, a Dallas icon of architecture and art. Phifer creates elegant designs ranging from corporate headquarters and university buildings to high-profile private residences. Other well-known projects are the North Carolina Museum of Art, The United States Federal Courthouse in Salt Lake City, and a planned restoration of the historic Castle Clinton at Battery Park and the completion of the Museum of Modern Art Warsaw and TR Warszawa Theatre. Phifer’s honors include GSA Design Excellence awards, more than 20 AIA honor awards, and international citations. He has been honored with the Rome Prize and by the National Academy of Design and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.



Rick Joy

Founder and Principal
Studio Rick Joy
The Frank Welch Memorial Lecture

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

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.


Thomas WOLTZ

Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
New York City and Charlottesville, VA

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

Thomas Woltz, FASLA is an internationally acclaimed landscape architect who is committed to aesthetic and environmental excellence, social equity, innovation and outstanding urban planning. HIs studio has designed significant public parks and cultural institutions both in the United States and internationally. These projects include Hudson Yards in New York City, The Rothko Chapel and Memorial Park in Houston, NoMA Green in Washington DC, historic sites Olana and Monticello, the Aga Khan Garden in Canada, and Guggenheim Venice. Woltz holds graduate degrees in Landscape Architecture and Architecture from the University of Virginia, where he serves on the Board of Directors. He has been named Design Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal, and Fast Company recently named Woltz one of the most creative people in the country. His firm’s work has been recognized with more than 90 national and international awards and has been published widely.





Tuesday, 2 April 2019 7 pm,
Check-In and Reception Begins at 6:15 pm

Horchow Auditorium, DMA



UT Austin – Dean Michelle ADDINGTON

UT Arlington – Dean Adrian PARR

Texas A & M – Dean Jorge VANEGAS

Texas Tech – Dean Jim WILLIAMSON

Moderator – Mark LAMSTER


The Forum and UTA CAPPA presented a unique opportunity to hear from some of our state’s leading Deans of Architecture and Urban Planning as they discuss the future of urban life in Texas. These highly respected thought leaders examined both the vast potential as well as looming challenges our state faces as it becomes more of a major leader and economic force, both nationally and internationally. Program participants were Dean Michelle Addington from the University of Texas, Dean Adrian Parr from UT Arlington, Dean Jorge Vanegas from Texas A & M and Dean Jim Williamson of Texas Tech. Their illuminating conversation, moderated by Mark Lamster, Dallas Morning News Architecture Critic and UTA CAPPA Professor, was an important evening of dialogue about the future of our state and the built environment.


Co-Founder and Partner
Johnsen Schmaling Architects

Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 7pm
Angelika Film Center, Mockingbird Station


Sebastian Schmaling is Co-Founder of an award-winning design and research studio whose work has garnered critical acclaim for its projects exemplifying architectural innovation and environmental sustainability. Widely recognized as leading voices in contemporary American architecture, he and studio partner Brian Johnsen were featured as Architectural Record’s prestigious Design Vanguards. They have received Residential Architect’s annual Top Firm Award, and Architectural Digest named them one of “Ten Rising Stars in American Architecture.” Schmaling holds degrees from the University of Berlin and Harvard, and is a Distinguished Professor at UW-Milwaukee. Exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, their work has garnered over 100 design awards, including more than 50 national and regional AIA awards, five American Architecture Awards, and a COTE Green Architecture Award. Widely published in over 30 countries, features include Architectural Review, Metropolis, Architectural Record, Architect, Dwell, Detail, Harvard Design Magazine, Wallpaper, Azure, Architects’ Newspaper, Interior Design, Frame, Monitor, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and The New York Times.


Calvin TSAO and Zack McKOWN

1 May 2019

Wednesday, 7 pm
Horchow Auditorium, DMA


Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown are internationally acclaimed architects and designers, whose projects range in scale from a 20 acre/six million-square-foot urban development to the design of a lipstick case, and from residential and office towers in Manhattan and Asia to rural retreats and private residences for high-profile clients. Their work can be found in New York City and across the United States, as well as in China, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, Germany, and Japan. Highly honored, recognitions include The American Academy in Rome, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award presented by President Obama, and induction in the Interior Design Hall of Fame and Architectural Digest AD 100