Photo courtesy of John Allender

Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public education about architecture, design and the urban environment, will present “Traditional Architecture: How Does It Fit Into Our Modern World?," moderated by John Allender.

The hard truth is that “Traditionalism” is difficult to do well. The lack of training in and appreciation for the rigors of traditional design is producing a Potemkin Village of watered-down, revisionist wallpaper. But if our clients demand traditional design, do we, as design professionals, have the tools to deliver? Or more broadly, should we deliver? Does Traditionalism offer “timelessness” because its tenets are proven? Or does it anchor our society to outdated concepts and values? Is there a place for traditional design in our modern world?

Joining Allender as panelists will be Mark Lamster, Architecture Critic for the Dallas Morning News and faculty member at the David Dillon Center/UTA School of Architecture; Wilson Fuqua, AIA, Principal of J. Wilson Fuqua & Associates Architect; and Stanley O. Graves, FAIA, Senior Principal of the ARCHITEXAS office in Austin.

Allender, AIA, joined ARCHITEXAS in 2000 with experience in corporate, institutional and healthcare projects. As a Principal of ARCHITEXAS, his focus has been on sustainability and design innovation guided by a commitment to the preservation of our architectural heritage. Allender has earned awards and recognition for multiple adaptive-use and restoration projects in downtown Dallas, including the Hart Furniture Building, the Awalt Building and the Harlan Building. His experience also includes churches, such as Christ Lutheran Church and First Unitarian Church of Dallas, and corporate facilities, including new headquarters for the City of Grapevine’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, and an interior renovation for the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ world headquarters in Richardson, Texas.



Dallas Center for Architecture
1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy.
Dallas, TX 75201


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