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12 Houses exhibition celebrates innovative residential design by UTA alumni, faculty

April 8, 2016

A selection of uniquely tailored residential designs by alumni and faculty of The University of Texas at Arlington are showcased now through April 16 in an exhibit at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

The exhibit and accompanying catalogue were curated by longtime UTA architecture professor Todd Hamilton and is part of the American Institute of Architects Dallas Chapter’s 16th Annual Retrospect Graphic Competition. 

Photo by Cliff Welch Photo by Mark Menjivar Photo by Craig Kuhner

Cliff Welch House: Photos by Cliff Welch

Andrew Nance + Thad Reeves House: Photos by Mark Menjivar

David Jones House: Photos by Craig Kuhner

“The homes chosen for the exhibit demonstrate some of the most creative and resourceful designs I’ve seen over the past four decades of my teaching at UTA,” Hamilton said. “The selection process was not easy. There are dozens more residential designs worthy of celebration. The 12 designs chosen reflect an extraordinary level of responsiveness to the conditions of the houses’ location.”

Hamilton said each house is the product of “intense collaboration between the architect and the client.”

“Designing and building a house is an opportunity to fulfill a dream, and to find solutions to the client’s unique circumstances,” he said.

Featured architects include Susan Appleton, Laura Baggett, Edward Baum, Bill Boswell, Hoang Dang, David Jones, Michael Malone, Lionel Morrison, Andrew Nance, Thad Reeves, Norman Ward, David Jay Weiner and Cliff Welch.

Peter Waldman, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia, reviewed the designs and penned the introduction in the exhibit program.

Nan Ellin, dean of the UTA College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, said the exhibit represents the University’s commitment to shaping Sustainable Urban Communities, one of the four core themes of the Strategic Plan 2020: Bold Solutions | Global Impact.

“Realizing a person’s dream home can be the most personal, and often most challenging, job of an architect,” Ellin said. “Each home is carefully calibrated to the client and site. This exhibit proudly displays the skills, sensibilities and values that define UTA’s architecture program.”

Although the exhibit focuses on individuals who developed their craft at UTA, Hamilton stresses there is no shared visual style among UTA architecture faculty and graduates. “Each architect expresses their own talent and skills without a common signature look.”

Retrospect 2016 at NorthPark Center is free and open to the public. Subsequently, the exhibit will move to the CAPPA Building at UTA. Hamilton and Waldman will speak about the exhibit at 4 p.m. April 20 at the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs.

The exhibit was made possible by a CAPPA Seed Grant, a program established by Dean Ellin to support faculty research.

About the UTA College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs

Established in 2015, the UTA College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs unites the former schools of Architecture and Urban and Public Affairs in one of the nation’s premier programs in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, planning, public administration and public policy. The College includes the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture, the Digital Architectural Research Consortium, the Institute of Urban Studies, the Arlington Urban Design Center based at Arlington City Hall, the Center for Metropolitan Density and the Parallel Construction design/build program. U.S. News & World Report ranked the Master of Public Administration among the nation’s best on its 2017 list of best public affairs programs, while the online MPA was No. 7 on’s Spring 2015 list public administration programs ranked by current and recent graduate students.

About The University of Texas at Arlington 

The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie “highest research activity” institution of more than 51,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs and is the second-largest institution in The University of Texas System. U.S. News & World Report ranks UTA fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2016 Best for Vets list. Visit to learn more, and find UTA rankings and recognition at