School of Architecture

david dillon center for texas architecture

Director's statement

We are pleased to announce the creation of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture, a new initiative of the School of Architecture that will allow us to pursue research and promote public dialogue about architecture and urbanism in North Texas. With the generous donation of the David Dillon Papers to the University of Texas Arlington Special Collections by Sally Dillon, the School has a unique opportunity to build on the legacy he established. Dillon, as architecture critic for the Dallas Morning News from 1981 to 2006, documented and critiqued the explosive growth and building in the Metroplex with a keen eye and civic spirit. The Dillon Center will provide a forum for discourse about the past, present, and future of architecture and urbanism in North Texas, through collaborations between faculty, students, and practitioners, public programs, and sponsored research.

The key mission of the Center is public dialogue. With the loss of the tradition of architectural criticism in many newspapers and magazines, it is necessary to create new venues for discussion and dissemination of architectural research and writing. The School has a vested interest in promoting informed discussion about our built environment in the broadest possible sense. New technologies allow us to join the digital humanities revolution, using the web to present historical material in a fresh, interactive format. We welcome your participation in making this venture a vital part of the North Texas community.

Kate Holliday, Ph.D.
Director, David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture September 2011

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