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Welcome to the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture! The School of Architecture founded the Center 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. The Center encourages student research and engages with professional partners to bring the university and the community closer together. Ongoing initiatives include the annual David Dillon Symposium and the Oral History of Texas Architecture project.

This year, we are pleased to partner with the Dallas Festival of Ideas to bring you the 2017 Dillon Symposium as a part of the Festival’s Physical City track. In Fall of 2016 the Center’s director, Dr. Kate Holliday, partnered with the Festival to explore themes related to The Equitable City in a community forum held at the Dallas Center for Architecture. On April 29, Janette Sadik-Khan, former transportation commissioner for New York City during the Bloomberg administration, will deliver the keynote address for the Physical City at the Festival followed by a discussion with Dr. Holliday, Theresa O’Donnell, Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Dallas, and Lizzie MacWillie of bcWorkshop, moderated by Mark Lamster of the Dallas Morning News.

In pursuing these projects, the Center is fortunate to have had the support of partners including the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Architecture Forum, the Dallas Center for Architecture, Preservation Dallas, the Cultural Landscape Foundation, and the Rose Family Foundation.

March 2017