Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public education about architecture, design and the urban environment, is pleased to present  “Research-Based Design Practice”, a Panel Discussion on April 29, moderated by Brad Bell. 

Panels are offered at no charge to both Forum members and to the general public as a public outreach of the Forum. Join us for a cold beverage and lively dialogue! 

The venue for each of the Panels presented by the Dallas Architecture Forum is 1909 Woodall Rogers Freeway, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75201 (Five Star Institute Building). Each of the free Dallas Architecture Forum Panels will be held at 6:30 pm, with an informal reception beginning at 6:15 pm.  No reservations are needed to attend the Panels.

The post-1968 architectural design theory era has come to a close. A new moment has arrived that promotes innovation through the insertion of design research into today’s architectural practice. This panel will examine how new advances in digital technology have specifically accelerated this to take place and discuss what role research will play in shaping the design education and profession moving forward.

Brad Bell teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the integration of digital fabrication technologies into the architectural design process. He has lectured, taught, and written on the uses of such technologies for the past 12 years and has been an invited critic at schools of architecture throughout the United States. In 2012 Bell started TOPOCAST, a design and consultation firm focused on the implementation of innovative methods in casting through the application of digital fabrication technologies.  

In 2009 Brad became one of the founders and co-directors of TEX-FAB. TEX-FAB is a non-profit organization founded between three universities in Texas with the primary function of connecting design professionals, academics, and manufacturers interested in digital fabrication. The three co-directors established TEX-FAB as a collective action which combines divergent interests and capabilities in order to strengthen the regional discourse around digital fabrication and parametric design. They see this type of effort as a new paradigm focused on providing a network of affiliated digital fabrication resources, and a platform for education and exchange on issues of parametric modeling. TEX-FAB seeks to engage the new and growing awareness of a regional and global hybridization by leveraging the burgeoning global knowledge base to produce a more specific and contextual dialogue in the region in which we operate, teach, and practice.

For more information on the Dallas Architecture Forum, or the Panel Discussion Series, visit or call 214-764-2406. 

Panel Season Sponsors are Balfour Beatty Construction, John Eagle Dealerships, HOSSLEY Lighting Associates, Purdy McGuire, Inc., Cindy + Armond Schwartz, Talley Associates and WDG Architects.  The sponsor for this specific panel is the UT-Arlington School of Architecture.








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