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Leading experts will discuss their insights in providing affordable, practical housing and community projects such as this Grower's Pavilion at the FREE Symposium presented by The Dallas Architecture Forum on February 18. Photo Courtesy of the Architect.


Presented by The Dallas Architecture Forum and 

UTA College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (CAPPA)


Saturday, February 18, 2017, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Check-in: 2:00 – 2:30 pm; Program starts at 2:30 pm

Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art

Free Admission as a Community Outreach of The Forum and UTA CAPPA, No Reservations Needed

Join The Dallas Architecture Forum for an afternoon focused on the planning concepts, design practices and community outreach efforts that are necessary to create inviting, affordable housing to communities which need to be revitalized and renewed rather than ignored and wasted.  These issues will be discussed by four experts in the field of collaborative engagement in helping communities in need of affordable, practical and appealing housing.

Attendees will have the privilege of hearing from four highly regarded practitioners in their fields share insights and lead inspiring discussion on this intriguing topic.  Alex Henderson, of Rural Studio in Tuscaloosa, Alabama will share insights from their famed design-build architecture program from Auburn University.  Rural Studio is known for its hands-on, live-amongst approach to engaging a community and making life better for its residents.  Emilie Taylor Welty of New Orleans, currently works at the Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design as a Design/Build expert.  She will share from her experiences in community outreach creating design solutions through a collaborative model.  Brent Brown, of Dallas, founded bcWORKSHOP, a local non-profit community design studio which works to improve the livability and viability of communities.  Each of these experts will share from their broad base of experience and also dialogue together in a panel discussion moderated by Bang Dang, adjunct professor of architecture at College of Architecture Planning and Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Arlington.

About The Symposium

The Symposium On Community Engagement / Affordable Housing is a collaboration between The Dallas Architecture Forum and the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington. It is offered as an additional symposium in celebration of the Forum’s 20th Anniversary Season. The Symposium initiates ongoing conversations across professional arenas and personal interests, creating new networks and spurring community involvement in discussions about the built and creative environment. This Symposium, featuring architects Alex Henderson, Emily Taylor Welty, Bang Dang and Brent Brown will offer insights and increased understanding into the community involvement, the process of design for specific neighborhoods, and the creation of safe, comfortable and affordable housing.

Symposium Participants: 


Instructor & Construction Coordinator

Auburn University - Rural Studio


Alex Henderson is an alumnus of  Auburn University's Rural Studio . As a student, he worked with teammates to design and build a landscape and rainwater management plan for Lions Park, a 40 acre public park in Greensboro, Alabama. After completion of the project, Alex began his present position as an instructor for the Rural Studio 3rd Year program. In this role has worked on multiple 20K Homes, exhibitions and civic projects.  Henderson has also repaired and maintained existing Rural Studio homes and other buildings, worked on the Rural Studio campus infrastructure and farm, presented at numerous conferences, and served as an integral part of the studio's overall operational team.

Rural Studio is an off-campus design-build program of Auburn University. The program, established in 1993 by D.K. Ruth and Samuel Mockbee, gives architecture students a more hands-on educational experience while assisting an underserved population in West Alabama's Black Belt region. The Rural Studio philosophy suggests that everyone, both rich and poor, deserves the benefit of good design. To fulfill this ethic, the Studio works on community-oriented projects which have become multi-year, multi-phase efforts traveling across three counties. The students work within the community to define solutions, fundraise, design and, ultimately, build remarkable projects. The Studio continually questions what should be built, rather than what can be built, both for the performance and operation of the projects. To date, Rural Studio has built more than 170 projects and educated more than 800 "Citizen Architects."


Professor of Practice

Design/Build Manager, Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design

Tulane University, New Orleans

Emilie works at the Tulane School of Architecture as a Professor of Practice and as Design Build Manager at the Albert Jr. and Tina Small City Center for Collaborative Design. Through the Small City Center Emilie is able to work on projects and community partnerships that provide opportunities for faculty and students to engage real issues in the community through design. She is actively involved in university design|build and advocates for the engagement of such programs with the local community. Welty’s recent design build studios include Grow Dat Farm, LOOP, and Community Youth Center.


Founder and Director

bcWORKSHOP, Dallas 

Brent A. Brown, AIA, is a Dallas architect working daily to balance social, economic, and environmental issues by deploying design to enhance livability for all Dallas' residents. Through his efforts Dallas is re-visioning how it lives, works and plays. In 2005, Mr. Brown founded the buildingcommunityWORKSHOP, a local non-profit community design resource seeking to improve the livability and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design and making. By engaging residents, landowners, business owners, investors and community stakeholders, Brent deploys a community-led planning method building shared vision for the city's future.


UTA - College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (CAPPA)

Moderator of Panel and Presenter

Bang Dang is a partner in the award winning firm Far+Dang. As an Adjunct Professor at College of Architecture Planning and Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Arlington, Bang has provided important leadership for the new Design Build program entitled Parallel Construction. Now entering its second year, the studio is engaging in deployable micro housing strategies for the North Texas Region.

Mr. Dang will lead our guest speakers in a panel discussion which will cover various housing and community engagement topics as well as afford the attendees the opportunity to ask question at the conclusion of the Panel.

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 130 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”.  

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