The 2013 Symposium will take place on November 1, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and November 2, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Crowley Theater in Marfa, Texas.
Confirmed speakers and sessions:
Friday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 1, 6 - 8 p.m.
Gary Cunningham is a burly guy, a linebacker, lumberjack type, who works in a sprawling warehouse near downtown Dallas, surrounded by welders, engineers, landscape architects, graphic designers, and computer geeks. A loose, at times bewildering arrangement, as much repertory company as architecture office, it nevertheless reflects the open-ended, exploratory spirit of Cunningham's work.
Case Study: Collie House (Tie-in to Home Tour)
Collie House restoration designer Melissa McDonnell is the Deputy Director at Ballroom Marfa a non-profit cultural art organization in Marfa, Texas. Melissa has her Masters of Architecture from Rice University and her Bachelor of Arts from Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London, England. While in graduate school in Houston, Melissa first came to Marfa at the request of Mark and Jenny Johnson to spend the 2009 summer starting the Collie House project. She claims to be drawn to seeming impossible architecture projects in Marfa.
Our Case Study Moderator Stephen (Chick) Rabourn is a designer and project manager in Marfa. His projects include the Future Shark Cafeteria and Day Lounge. He received a master's degree in architecture from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mark Word's interest in art, graphic design and botany has led to a career in designing commercial and residential landscapes for over 15 years. The work of his Austin-based company has been featured in several national publications and noted for its sensitivity to regional character. Mark Word Design continues to collaborate with renown architects in developing its unique vision of the relationship between landscape and architecture.
Jennifer Nichols Design is a boutique interior design firm located in San Francisco, California. Jennifer Nichols' work is directly inspired by a mix of vintage finds, local artifacts and modern design. Jennifer's home tour project is far from a Marfa minimalist interior. This home is a refection of the well traveled owner that lives within and enjoys this beautiful space. The interiors are a mix of old and new, found and newly created. Thoughtfully collected antiques, lush colored walls and opulent light fixtures fill the space with a refined sense of humor. It is a decadent place to dwell and entertain. Jennifer Nichols has a degree in Interior Design from California College of the Arts with a focus on Interior Architecture & Furniture Design.
Eames Demetrios wears many different hats, but is best known in the design world for spearheading the successful re-discovery of the Charles and Ray Eames design heritage by new generations as Director of the Eames Office. He also enjoys work as a consultant, filmmaker, author and storyteller and communicates these works through global talks which includes the main-stage of the legendary TED conference. He also has a global work of multi-dimensional storytelling called kcymaerxthaere, with over 85 sites in 20 countries. He wishes to continue all works through new opportunities and collaborations in the design and art communities world wide. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
George Sacaris was a child who loved taking things apart. By age 7 he spent most of his free time helping a retired mechanic restore old bicycles. During those years he learned about putting things back together, the importance of craft, and was first exposed to homemade tools. He began working with metal at the age of 15 when he jokingly asked for a welding torch for Christmas and actually got one. After graduating from the University of Texas with a degree in architecture he began George Sacaris Studio in 1988. Combining his love for making things and a knack for problem solving, his main focus has been on architectural metalwork, furniture, and sculpture. His designs and contributions to projects have earned him numerous awards and have appeared in countless publications over the last 25 years.
For the last 30 years, Mike Green has worked as a licensed architect in California, New York and Texas. Over the course of his career, Mike has gravitated to the construction phase of architecture, and has found a special niche in trouble-shooting and construction management of large, challenging projects. Currently he is managing the construction of a large port of entry project on the Mexican border in Arizona. He has overseen restoration projects in downtown San Francisco, Sacramento and Austin. His work in and around Marfa includes restoration projects as well as a number of private homes. He is a member of the National Architectural Registration Board, American Institute of Architects, National Fire Protection Association and is a LEED accredited professional.
Carlos Jimenez trained as an architect at the University of Houston. He is a tenured Professor at Rice University School of Architecture and a frequent lecturer, critic and jury member at architecture events. His work in Marfa includes the Crowley Ranch House (now Ranch 2810) and the Pharmacy apartments. He is currently working on the Crowley Theater expansion.