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Joggers and Bikers enjoy White Rock Lake. Come hear future plans for our trails and bicycle initiatives at a panel discussion presented by the Dallas Architecture Forum on November 21st. Photo Courtesy of Dallas Park and Recreation Department.

Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public education about architecture, design and the urban environment, will open its 2016-2017 Panel Discussion Series on November 21, 2016 with “Dallas Trails and Bicycle Initiatives: Past, Present, Future,” moderated by Willis Winters, Director of Dallas Park and Recreation Department. 

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 Dallas Architecture Forum is pleased to announce its new collaboration with Dallas Black Dance Theatre who will host our 2016-17 panel discussions at the DBDT studios, 2700 Ann Williams Way, Dallas, TX 75201. 

The DBDT Studios are located directly behind One Arts Plaza, at the Corner of Arts Plaza Street and Ann Williams Way. The entrance is on Ann Williams Way. 

Free parking is available between the DBDT building and Fellowship Church, located to the east of Dallas Black Dance Theatre.

The panel discussion is FREE and will be held at 6:30 pm, with complimentary beverages available beginning at 6:15 pm.  No reservations are needed to attend. One CEU AIA credit is available.

 “The Dallas Architecture Forum is delighted to present its 2016-17 series of thought-provoking Panel Discussions on topics impacting the citizens of Dallas both locally and globally,” stated Forum Executive Director Nate Eudaly. “For our 20th Anniversary season we will review the significant changes that have occurred over the last two decades in Dallas and also discuss what needs to happen in the future to close existing gaps in the trail plan. Willis Winters will be joined by panelists who have extensive expertise in the planning and shaping of trails and their public spaces. The result will be an engaging and thought-provoking discussion for our attendees.”

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

The sponsor for this Panel is Meg M. Fitzpatrick|MMF Strategies.  The Forum’s Panel Season Sponsors are Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, John Eagle Dealerships, HOSSLEY Lighting Associates, Purdy McGuire, Inc. Cindy+Armond Schwartz, Talley Associates and WDG Architecture.

“Dallas Trails and Bicycle Initiatives: Past, Present, Future”

 21 November 2016
Monday, 6:30 pm, Informal Reception at 6:15 pm


Dallas Black Dance Theatre, 2700 Ann Williams Way, Dallas, TX 75201

Behind One Arts Plaza, at the Corner of Arts Plaza Street and Ann Williams Way,

Entrance on Ann Williams Way, Free parking is available between the DBDT building and Fellowship Church, located to the east of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre 


"Great trail systems are associated with great cities.”

Today the City of Dallas has developed one of the best hike and bike trail systems in the United States. How did this happen and what are the plans for the future? The results of a citizen survey, conducted in 2002 as part of the Department’s Renaissance Plan, found trail development to be one of the highest priorities for Dallas residents. In response, in 2005 the Park and Recreation Department created The Trail Network Master Plan, a plan which outlined a 287 mile trail network throughout the City of Dallas. In the 11 years since the plan was adopted, the city has added 90 miles of trails and now has 153 miles in its network thanks to the help of city, county, and private supporters.   What is the vision for the future of Dallas trails and how will it impact life and living in this city?

Willis Winters, Moderator

Director of the Dallas Park and Recreation Department since 2013, Willis Winters leads one of the nation’s largest municipal park systems.  Dallas’ 23,242 acres of park land include 388 parks, 13 lakes, 41 recreation centers, 145 miles of hike and bike trails, Fair Park, the Dallas Zoo, the Trinity Audubon Center, and the Dallas Arboretum.  He has oversight of 937 full-time employees and manages an $85.3 million annual operating budget, with a capital budget in excess of $40 million annually.   Willis’ Panel will include the following distinguished Panelists:   


Commissioner Theresa Daniel

Commissioner Daniel represents Dallas County District 1, one of the most diverse, vibrant, and culturally rich parts of several cities in Dallas County - Dallas, Richardson, Garland, and Mesquite.  She is one of three members of the Dallas County Civil Service Board, and is Co-Chair of the Dallas County Behavioral Health Leadership Team.  Other areas of interest are manifested through active membership on the Conference of Urban Counties (CUC) Public Policy committee and the National Association of Counties (NACO) Public Health Committee and Urban County Committee member. Commissioner Daniel is also active in an organization addressing local environmental interests affecting public health through the Clean Air Committee of North Texas   She has extensive expertise in public affairs, economic development, housing, transportation, education, gerontology and local political thought.  Having obtained a Ph.D. in public policy and public administration, she has studied the theories of public administration.  Dr. Daniel has been a social science researcher and involved in public organizations for over three decades, therefore, she also understands the practical side of public service.  Prior to her election to Commissioners Court, Dr. Daniel was an adjunct professor of urban and public affairs at UT-Arlington.  Dr. Daniel has a long track record of community service with groups such as the League of Women Voters, LULAC and the NAACP, local neighborhood associations and civic organizations, and her local church and school. Dr. Daniel lives in the White Rock Lake area of Dallas

Philip Henderson

Philip Henderson is a prolific architect who has practiced architecture and urban planning in Dallas for many years. He was a member of the steering committee of the Oak Lawn Forum that planned and implemented Dallas’ first mixed use zoning for Oak Lawn and Uptown. He also was Chairman of The Friends of the Katy Trail, and was one of the visionaries responsible for seeing its design and construction become an important urban amenity in Dallas.   

He is also a leader for The Loop Circuit Trail Conservancy, which will be a premier urban trail network surrounding the core of Dallas and will link our neighborhoods to transportation hubs and economic centers around the city.  

Elissa Hoagland Izmailyan

As the Managing Principal of HR&A Advisors' Texas office, Elissa Hoagland Izmailyan leads community and economic development advisory projects throughout the southwest U.S. HR&A is a national real estate, economic, and policy advisory company that brings together the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to realize transformative urban projects. She has managed projects that include: creating an economic development strategy for San Antonio’s Eastside, a 21-square mile federally-designated Promise Zone;  developing an implementation strategy for the award-winning Phoenix Hance Park; and creating a business plan to support significant capital investment in the 4,000-acre Shelby Farms Park in Memphis.  Elissa brings a deep personal commitment to the equity, vitality, and sustainability of cities through her professional and civic life. She serves on the Advisory Board of Public-Private Real Estate Professionals, on the Board of East Fort Worth Inc, and on the Greater Dallas Planning Council’s Public Spaces Committee. Prior to joining HR&A, she conducted economic analysis as part of the Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence.


About the Dallas Architecture Forum

The Dallas Architecture Forum is a not-for-profit civic organization that brings leading architectural thought leaders from around the world to speak in Dallas and also fosters important local dialogue about the major issues impacting our urban environment. The Forum was founded in 1996 by some of Dallas’ leading architects, business, cultural and civic leaders, and it continues to benefit from active support and guidance from these citizens. The Forum fulfills its mission of providing a continuing and challenging public discourse on architecture and urban design in - and for - the Dallas area. The Dallas Architecture Forum's members include architects, design professionals, students and educators, and a broad range of civic-minded individuals and companies intent to improve the urban environment in North Texas. The Forum has been recognized nationally with an AIA Collaboration Achievement Award for its strategic partnerships with other organizations focused on architecture, urban planning and the arts. For more information on the Forum, visit

Among the over 160 speakers who have addressed the Forum’s Lecture Series are Shigeru Ban, Brad Cloepfil, Diller + Scofidio, Peter Eisenman, Michael Graves, Daniel Libeskind, Thomas Phifer, Rafael Vinoly, Juhani Pallasmaa, AIA Gold Medal Winner Peter Bohlin, and regional architects David Lake and Ted Flato. Pritzker Prize winners speaking to the Forum have been Kazuyo Sejima, Rafael Moneo, Thom Mayne, Rem Koolhaas and Norman Foster (the latter two in collaboration with the ATT Performing Arts Center). Other speakers for the Forum have been leading designers Calvin Tsao, Andrée Putman, and Karim Rashid; landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh; and National Trust President Emeritus Richard Moe. Important critics, authors and patrons who have spoken to the Forum include Emily Pulitzer, Terence Riley, Pulitzer Prize winners Robert Campbell and Blair Kamin, Aaron Betsky, and the late David Dillon.

The Forum organizes and presents an annual series of Panels—local, informal, open, and offered free of charge as a public service to the community—led by a moderator who brings a subject of local importance along with comments by participating panelists. Moderators and Panelists have also come from both other Texas cities as well as from national institutions that were connected with particular Panel subjects. Panels offer attendees the opportunity to participate in creating discourse. Important topics addressed in Panels in recent years include: “Thoughts on the Dallas Comprehensive Plan”; “The Kimbell Expansion: A Discussion”; “Filling Out the Dallas Arts District”; and “Re-envisioning the Trinity”. Among the many community leaders who have served as Forum Panel Moderators are Rick Brettell, Gail Thomas, Brent Brown, Peter Simek, Krys Boyd, Scott Cantrell, and the late David Dillon. 

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