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Architecture Professor Designs Tree House for Arboretum Exhibit

July 26, 2006

Architecture Professor's Design Featured at the Dallas Arboretum


Media contact: Susan M. Slupecki, (817) 272-7078,

A design by Brad Bell and HNTB Architecture, Inc. is one of thirteen currently being featured in Ultimate Tree Houses, an exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum through the end of the year.

Fifty-five entries were submitted by local architects and narrowed down by a jury. All the winning entries are ADA accessible and are spread out among the Arboretum’s sixty-six acres. They represent a variety of design concepts.

Professor Bell’s design, “Leaves Imagination”, demonstrates the design and architectural possibilities of digital fabrication. Using leaves as the basic form for the design, Bell created a design that is organic in appearance through the use of parametric 3-D modeling software and a plasma cutter to shape the structure’s internal skeleton.

Students from the Jurassic Class at Windsong Montessori School contributed to the exhibit by personalizing the house with hanging, hand-decorated “leaves”.

For more information, visit the Dallas Arboretum or call 214.515.6500. The exhibition will be in place until December 31, 2006.