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Paris Rutherford, Principal of Catalyst Urban Development, will moderate "Multi-Family Housing in Dallas" for The Dallas Architecture Forum on June 6. Photo Courtesy of Mr. Rutherford.

The Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public education about architecture, design and the urban environment, will continue its 2016-2017 Panel Discussion Series on June 6, 2017 with “Multi-Family Housing in Dallas” moderated by Paris Rutherford, Principal of Catalyst Urban Development.

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 the Panel Series for this season is the Dallas Black Dance Theater building directly behind One Arts Plaza. The DBDT is located at the corner of Arts Plaza Street and Ann Williams Way – at 2700 Ann Williams Way, Dallas, TX  75201. Free parking is available between the DBDT building and Fellowship Church, located to the east of the DBDT building.

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.

“With the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex experiencing such dramatic population growth in the past two decades, there is an increased demand for multi-family housing.  Just what should it look like to satisfy the demands of today’s market?  Where should it be located, and what will the future hold for multi-family projects if the demand changes? “The Dallas Architecture Forum is pleased to present this next panel in 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. “Moderator Paris Rutherford will be joined by subject matter experts to discuss this timely topic and how it will shape future growth decisions for Dallas.

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

The Forum’s Panel Season Benefactors are John Eagle Dealerships, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, Purdy McGuire, Inc., Janet + Terry Kafka and WDG Architecture. The Sponsors for this Panel are Meg M. Fitzpatrick | Management Consultant and LUXE Interiors + Design Magazine.

Paris Rutherford
“Multi-Family Housing”

6 June 2017
Tuesday, 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 

Dallas-Fort Worth and North Texas have a current population of roughly 7.1 million people, more than double in the number of residents over the last twenty years. We are experiencing a population surge among the highest in the United States. Forbes quotes DFW as building 10% of the apartments nationwide, and it seems that the demand for multi-family housing in the region is almost insatiable. This also represents a shift in the type of housing that the Metroplex has historically demanded, moving from suburban single-family residences to condensed and stacked urban living.

What exactly precipitated this shift, and what does the future hold for these building types? Will suburban centers in North Texas, which have tended to hold out on such projects, be forced to begin to build multi-family style buildings due to overwhelming demand? And what happens to these buildings in the future when demand is not as high, or if the population migrates? We will discuss these questions as well as other important considerations of the multi-family housing boom during this Panel. 

About the Moderator:



Catalyst Urban Development

Paris Rutherford brings over 25 years of experience in the successful positioning of memorable developments across the United States including multiple nationally-recognized mixed-use developments. As Principal, Mr. Rutherford guides Catalyst’s development process to realize its mission of creating Great Places through investment, experiential and community returns.

Prior to forming Catalyst, Mr. Rutherford was President of Woodmont Investment Company, Practice Leader of RTKL Associates’ firm-wide planning practice, and Director of RTKL itself. Over 85 national, regional and local awards have been given to projects he has worked on, and his ideas and efforts have been published in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Urban Land Magazine. He has spoken at the National Press Club, ULI, ICSC, and been featured on CNBC’s Closing Bell and PBS’s News Hour. Paris is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Harvard University.

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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