School of Architecture

david dillon center for texas architecture

Director's statement

The David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture was founded in 2011 as a means to advance the public dialogue about architecture and urbanism in North Texas. Named in honor of David Dillon, the late architecture critic for the Dallas Morning News, the Center honors and continues a tradition of engaged and thoughtful investigation of the forces that shape design on every scale. Our annual symposium brings together interdisciplinary panels of design practitioners, historians, journalists, and educators to explore and debate issues of concern to the city and region. The third annual symposium is upcoming October 11, 2014 at the Nasher Sculpture Center.

In 2012, the Center helped develop an innovative partnership between the University and the Dallas Morning News that brought a new architecture critic to the region.  With one foot in the realm of criticism and the other in the classroom, Mark Lamster joined the Center as a Fellow.

Other key initiatives include an Oral History of Texas Architecture, which documents the experiences of leading professionals, and DFW Hypercity, a web-based digital humanities project that uses historic maps to illustrate regional development, and in particular the impact of sprawl.  During the summer of 2014, the Center will support the work of the Cultural Landscape Foundation’s What’s Out There Texas project, which documents and publicizes the crucial role that landscape design plays in shaping our shared environment. 

In pursuing these projects, the Center is fortunate to have the support of partner organizations like the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Architecture Forum, the Dallas Center for Architecture, Preservation Dallas, and the Cultural Landscape Foundation.

Kate Holliday, PhD, Director

May 2014

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