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Award-winning Architect Steve Dumez, Designer of the Bioinnovation Center and many other New Orleans projects will speak to The Dallas Architecture Forum on March 30 at the Magnolia Theatre. Photo by Will Crocker.

The Dallas Architecture Forum is pleased to continue its 20th Anniversary 2016-2017 Lecture Season with award-winning architect Steve Dumez a partner with the firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, based in New Orleans.

Eskew+Dumez+Ripple was founded in 1989 with four core values of design excellence, environmental responsibility, community outreach and client commitment which have guided every aspect of its practice. The resulting diverse body of work—ranging from small, intimate interiors to large urban planning projects—reflects the firm’s broad focus on civic life regardless of scale, budget, scope, or complexity.

The firm is widely recognized for award-winning, innovative architecture and planning projects, grounded by a strong understanding of context and culture, which resonate far beyond the Southeast region.

Under the design leadership of Steve Dumez the firm has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for design excellence, including more than 25 national design awards and an additional 100+ awards at the local, state and regional levels. In 2014 it received the prestigious AIA National Firm of the Year award. Given to a single firm annually, it is the highest honor the professional organization can bestow on a practicing architecture firm.

Architecture has always sought to be representative of the particular time in which it was built. While it is undeniable that culture and society have changed over time, as have building practices, the design vision of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple incorporates geography, climate, resources, and traditions to develop an architectural response clearly of our own time while maintaining a respect for the past.

The firm pursues a collaborative process to promote meaningful dialogue and build consensus among a multitude of stakeholders, crafting a common vision and translating the hopes and dreams of each community into exceptional, uncommon results.

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Dumez will speak on Thursday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m., with check-in at 6:15 p.m., at the Magnolia Theatre in the West Village.

“Eskew+Dumez+Ripple believes in more than simply designing good buildings. They want to create better communities. Under the leadership of Steve Dumez their architects commit to the civic realm as well as a sustainable future, by devoting time to numerous initiatives that advocate for quality in the design of the built environment, including teaching, research, speaking engagements, and public advocacy,” stated Nate Eudaly, Executive Director of the Dallas Architecture Forum. “We believe that Gomez’s thorough, creative approach to architecture and community development will provide a program of great interest to the Dallas community.”

The lecture will occur at 7:00 p.m. on February 22, with a complimentary reception beginning at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 per lecture for general admission and $5 for students (with ID). Tickets can be purchased at the door before the lecture. No reservations are needed to attend Forum lectures. Dallas Architecture Forum members receive free admission to all regular Forum lectures as a benefit of membership, and AIA members can earn one hour of CE credit for each lecture. For more information on The Dallas Architecture Forum, visit or call 214-764-2406.

Season Benefactors for the Dallas Architecture Forum’s 2016-2017 Season are Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty and Maharger Development | Reggie Graham. Spring Series Benefactors are Bodron + Fruit, HKS, Jackson Walker LLP, Janet and Terry Kafka, Scott + Cooner, and Smink, Inc. Lecture Benefactors for this event are Emily Summers Design Associates, GFF and studioOutside.




30 March 2017

Thursday, 7:00 pm

Reception and check-in from 6:15 – 6:55 pm

Magnolia Theater, West Village

Steve Dumez is a partner with the architecture firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, based in New Orleans. In over 25 years of professional practice, Dumez has led the design of complex projects in a wide range of building types. As Director of Design for Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, he oversees the design of all projects from concept to construction documents, working closely with a team of senior designers in ensuring the consistent quality level that drives their design-first practice. The firm’s design approach focuses on a thorough research of each project’s environmental and cultural conditions, teasing out details of location, history, climate, patterns of use, and social significance. New and meaningful strategies are found by which context and place can be revealed in the work. Through a reiterative cycle of observation, research, concept generation, and detailed design, Dumez’ firm celebrates local conditions while transcending local convention. Their work prioritizes the experience of a place over formal aesthetic concerns, allowing the project to resonate on many levels for a variety of users over time.

Mr. Dumez’ engaging design process concentrates on first developing a detailed design program for clients including building image and brand goals, program compliance and ultimately physical design drivers. Under his design leadership, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for design excellence, including more than 25 national design awards and an additional 100+ awards at the local, state and regional levels including the prestigious AIA National Firm of the Year Award. Steve Dumez is a Past-President of AIA Louisiana and AIA New Orleans and serves as an active professional mentor within the region. He has also chaired AIA design awards programs at the local, state and regional level and has served on numerous design award juries across the country. He is actively engaged in many local civic organizations and currently serves on the board of the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans. His projects have been recently published in several books as well as numerous national architectural and design magazines such as Architect, Architectural Record, Contract, and Interior 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 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”.

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