Design Inspirations, Part One
Robyn Menter, Moderator

8 April 2021
Tuesday, 6:30pm

Housing and Suburban Design
Isaac Cohen and Ian Zapata, Moderators

25 May 2021
Tuesday, 6:30pm

Architecture in Film
John Orfield, Moderator

8 June 2021

Tuesday, 6:30pm

Museums in the Making
Duncan Fulton, Moderator

22 June 2021
Tuesday, 6:30 pm

Design Inspirations Part Two
David Hocker, Moderator

29 June 2021
Tuesday, 6:30pm

All Spring 2021 Panels will be presented Virtually, Advance Registration Required. More Information on Each Panel, and Registration Links Provided in Forum E-News Before Each Event.





Featuring Ben KOUSH and Nikola OLIC

Tuesday, 6–7 pm
29 September 2020

Free Virtual Panel; Open to the Public

Presented by The Forum in Collaboration with modTEXAS

The Forum and modTEXAS presented an inspiring virtual Panel Discussion featuring two of Texas’ leading architectural photographers in practice today: Ben Koush and Nikola Olic. Koush, a founder of Houston Mod, will present images focused on the preservation of modernist architecture. Nikola Olic, founder and lead of Structure Photography, will share artistic images he has taken of buildings and spaces, some of which were prominently featured in a story about his work in the Sunday Arts and Life section of the Dallas Morning News. The virtual audience will be able to join in a moderated Panel discussion following their presentations.



Nikola OLIC, Lead of Structure Photography whose images reflect the artistic design of the buildings and spaces he captures in his photos, will discuss the importance of place and context for his work. Olic was born in Belgrade, Serbia and had moved to the US in 1992 as an exchange student, and he now lives and primarily focuses on Dallas for the inspiration for many of his photographs. His current project ‘Structure Photography’ started in 2014, and includes abstract architectural photographs that reimagine their subjects in playful, dimensionless and disorienting ways. In addition to Dallas, this project also focuses on architecture and photography from all over North America, as well as Europe and Asia. Every photograph in Olic’s collection, including those on his Instagram account @nikolaolic, comes with an intriguing story. Nikola Olic is exclusively represented by the Afterimage Gallery in Dallas. His photography has been published in Wired, BBC News, Guardian, USA Today, Yahoo, The Dallas Morning News and many other outlets. His work is also on view in museums, private collections and public art spaces around the world.



Ben KOUSH, registered architect and interior designer in Texas and Founding Member of Houston Mod, will focus on images of the preservation of modernist architecture. Koush is a graduate of Columbia University and Rice University. He is a registered architect and interior designer in Texas with two decades of architectural experience. He has a special interest in the preservation of modern architecture and is a founding member of Houston Mod, which has won numerous local and state awards. Koush’s architectural writing and photography appears in Architects’ Newspaper, Cite magazine, and Texas Architect, and on his widely followed Instagram account @benkoush. He currently serves on the Texas Historical Commission State Board of Review, the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission, and on the Texas Architect magazine publication committee.




UNT’s Rogers / Bruchard Archive


Presentation by Morgan GIERINGER
Head of Special Collections, UNT

Tuesday, 6 - 7 pm
6 October 2020

Free Virtual Panel; Open to the Public

Presented by The Forum in Collaboration with modTEXAS and UNT Special Collections

The Dallas Architecture Forum, in collaboration with modTEXAS and UNT Special Collections, presented the public unveiling of one of the most significant archives of regional architectural and documentary photography centered on Dallas, with a focus on the Mid-Century Modern era of 1945–1965 (see more information on the collection in the paragraph below). This will be a rare opportunity to be among the first people to see these images since they were originally published. The presentation was made by Morgan Davis Gieringer, Head of Special Collections at the University of North Texas Libraries and the Director of the Graduate Academic Certificate in Archival Management in the UNT College of Information. As Head of Special Collections, she oversees major archival initiatives, which include the LGBTQ Archive, the WBAP/KXAS Television News Film Collection, The Black Academy of Arts and Letters Archive, and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Archive project. Gieringer has been a professional archivist for over 15 years, and has maintained certification through the Academy of Certified Archivists since 2006. She holds a BA from the University of North Texas and a Master’s degree in Library Science from Texas Woman’s University.



The John Rogers & Georgette de Bruchard Photography Collection is one of the most significant archives of regional architectural and documentary photography in Dallas. The collection spans 1920–1992, with the bulk covering the period 1945–1991. Images in the archive were captured by husband and wife John and Georgette, and consist primarily of people, architecture (office buildings, interiors, exteriors, houses), advertising and events. Many of the images in the collection appeared in publications such as Architectural Digest, Better Homes and Gardens and Southern Living. Rogers developed close relationships with architects and firms working in Dallas including Jarvis-Putty-Jarvis, O’Neil Ford, Arch Swank, Beran & Shelmire and Philip Johnson, among many others. The archive includes major building projects such as Republic Center, Statler Hilton, and the Texas Instruments Semiconductor Facility as well as smaller projects, such as drug stores and public libraries. UNT Libraries Special Collections has spent nearly two years meticulously organizing and indexing the collection, which is being carefully and systematically digitized. This will be a rare opportunity to be among the first people to see these images since they were originally published.