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The beautiful new Stern Chapel at Temple Emanu-El, site of "Design Dialogues @ 20" presented by The Dallas Architecture Forum on May 21. Photos Courtesy of the Architect.



Join the members of The Dallas Architecture Forum for a fascinating look at the current state of the design community in Dallas. Exceptional architects, interior designers and landscape architects will participate in lively moderated discussions on design in the beautiful new Stern Chapel at Temple Emanu-El. See below for a list of participants.


This is a free for members-only event. You are invited to renew or join The Forum so you can attend.

Memberships are valid for twelve months, and will include complimentary admission to the 2017-2018 Lecture Series. You may renew or join The Forum HERE


21 May 2017

Sunday, 2 pm

Stern Chapel at Temple Emanu - El

8500 Hillcrest Road, Dallas TX 75225


Restoration and Expansion by Cunningham Architects and Hocker Design

Join the Dallas Architecture Forum's members as we celebrate twenty years of inspired design dialogue in Dallas!


The program will begin with Gary Cunningham, David Hocker and Rizi Faruqui briefly discussing the design of Stern Chapel and the campus expansion at Temple Emanu-El.

This enjoyable afternoon will provide attendees with the rare opportunity to hear from many of Dallas' leading design professionals as they discuss what inspires their design.

 The program will continue with exceptional architects, interior designers and landscape architects as they participate in lively moderated discussions on design. Each of the mini-panels will be will be about 15 minutes in length. Our outstanding design leaders will briefly highlight topics of design, focusing on the people, places, and elements of nature that inspire their own design.

The panelists will include well-established, mid-career and emerging practitioners -- providing us with a variety of life experiences, insights and perspectives on design.

Following the program, which should end at approximately 3:30 p.m., anniversary cake and beverages will be served in the reception area of the Temple.

Each attendee will receive a commemorative gift from The Dallas Architecture Forum as a token of this very special event.

This great afternoon is Free and is only open to Forum members.  Members may Email The Forum at to make reservations.

If you are not a current Forum member, we invite you to renew or join The Forum so you can attend.

Memberships are valid for twelve months, and will include complimentary admission to our 017-2018 Lecture Series. 

Design Dialogues @ 20 

Confirmed Participants

Kate Aoki - DSGN associates

Russell Buchanan - Buchanan Architecture

Gary ("Corky") Cunningham - Cunningham Architects

Rizi Faruqui - Far + Dang

Paul Field - wernerfield

Samantha Sanders Flores - CORGAN

Meg Fitzpatrick - MMF Strategies

Eurico Francisco - HDR Dallas

Svend Fruit - Bodron + Fruit

Mark Gunderson - W. Mark Gunderson Architect

David Hocker - Hocker Design Group

Wendy Konradi - Wendy Konradi Interior Design

Brian Kuper - GFF

Jessica Stewart Lendvay - Jessica Stewart Lendvay Architects

Jennifer Long - Emily Summers Design Associates

Tricy Magadini - Bernbaum + Magadini

Martin Medina - OMNIPLAN

Kent Mendenhall - studioOutside

Kelly Mitchell - Mitchell Garman Architects

Josh Nimmo - NIMMO Architecture

Sharon Odum - Sharon Odum Architect

Dan Shipley - shipleyARCHITECTS

Andre Staffelbach - STAFFELBACH

Ron Stelmarski - Perkins + Will Dallas

Vince Tam - HKS

Braxton Werner - wernerfield

Ron Wommack - Ron Wommack Architect

Ian Zapata - Gensler


We hope you will join us for this great afternoon in celebration of inspired design!


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”.  


For more information on the Dallas Architecture Forum, visit For questions about the Forum, call 214-764-2406.

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