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Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing challenging and on-going public discourse about architecture, design and the urban environment, is pleased to present innovative architect James Richärd of Phoenix, Arizona.   He will speak on Wednesday, December 3 at the Magnolia Theatre, West Village, 3699 McKinney Avenue.

The lecture by Mr. Richärd will occur at 7 p.m. with a complimentary reception beginning at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 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 2014-2015 Season are Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Realty and Maharger Development | Reggie Graham.  Fall Series Benefactors are Corgan Associates; MAPP Construction Company and modmedia, Inc //

James Richärd, AIA is the architectural design principal of Richärd & Bauer Architecture, a studio-based architectural and interiors practice focusing primarily on higher education, research, public and academic library design. The firm was founded in 1996 by James Richärd, AIA and Kelly Bauer FIIDA.  Formative experience within large firms reinforced the idea that the largest and best of projects were executed by a 
small group of dedicated people with a common vision. To that end, the firm remains an intimate size of highly skilled and motivated people.  Over its history the firm has garnered a multitude of local, regional, national and international design awards.  The firm was recognized as a Designer of the Year by Contract Magazine and as the Firm of the Year by AIA Arizona in 2013.  The studio was also recognized as an "Emerging Voice" by the Architectural League of New York and as a "New Vanguard" by Architectural Record.  Richärd was also awarded the AIA Arizona Architects Medal in 2008.  Richärd was educated at the University of Arizona, College of Architecture. As a designer with a large A/E firm in the Tucson Sonoran Desert, he developed a special sensitivity to the context of the region and environment.

Richärd has over twenty-five years of experience in planning, design and construction of complex and high profile projects. With broad-ranging architectural experience, he has specialized expertise in research labs, classroom buildings, higher education facilities and libraries. His design process lends itself to complicated multi-discipline clients. Richärd has extensive experience in facilitating the design process and technical knowledge for problem solving. Richärd’s integrated approach to sustainable design has resulted in award-winning environmentally sensitive architecture.  

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 upon improving 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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