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The Dallas Architecture Forum

Continues Its 2020-2021 Panel Discussion Series with

Architecture in Film

Virtual Event by Zoom 

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Free and Open to the Public!


The Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public education about architecture, design and the urban environment, continues its popular Panel Discussion Series on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 with “Architecture in Film,” moderated by John Orfield, Partner, BOKA Powell Architects.

The Forum will present an enlightening and informative Panel Discussion about the vital connections between architecture and film. The Panel will educate attendees about how architectural design creates venues that combine aesthetics and technology to successfully present memorable film experiences. The Panel will also examine the integration of innovative architectural design to create iconic film scenes. Panelists Jon Mindrup and Amy Murphy, joined by moderator John Orfield, will discuss these topics and take questions from the virtual audience. 

“Architecture and design are essential elements in film. Like music, the design and architectural elements incorporated into a film are integral to the immersive experience film produces for viewers. The Forum is excited to share these intriguing themes in this free Panel Discussion. It is open to the public and should be of interest to all who enjoy film, design, art and architecture. We welcome all to join us via Zoom for this inspiring Panel!” 

The Panel will occur at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. The Panel will be presented virtually via Zoom. It is free and open to the public. Advance Registration is Required - Register NOW. 

Confirmed registrants will receive information from Zoom to access the lecture link before the start of the lecture at 6:30 pm on Thursday, April 8, 2021. 

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

Panel Season Sponsors are Galaxy Modern, Purdy-McGuire, Turner Construction and Walter P Moore.  Panel Sponsor is MMF Stategies. 

John ORFIELD, Moderator

Principal, BOKA Powell

John Orfield is a partner and owner in BOKA Powell. A LEED-architect, John is an expert in urban planning and sustainability. His nearly 40 years of design experience includes workplace, academic, luxury hotel and residential projects across the United States and Mexico. Growing up in an artistically-inclined family, John developed an interest in exploring the kinship between architecture, film, and dance — art forms he sees as related in their portrayal of human experience moving through space and time. He has sought out collaborative environments or created them on the spot in design firms and universities from New York to Indianapolis to Mexico City. John earned a Master of Science in Architecture and Building Design from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Rice University. A lifelong educator, John was a member of the faculty of the University of Houston College of Architecture from 1984 to 1986, where he earned the Excellence in Teaching award. He also held an appointment as a visiting professor at the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico. 

Jon MINDRUP, Panelist

Principal – Architecture, BECK

With over two decades of retail and entertainment design experience, Jon Mindrup brings a wealth of industry expertise to Beck’s Work/Play Group, which he oversees as Operations Leader. With a specialty in design-build delivery, Jon has led a number of large-scale projects such as Firewheel Town Center and The Domain in Austin, as well as niche boutique retail such as the Luxury Building at Galleria Houston. Jon has also managed a variety of Entertainment designs such as the Royal Gorge Visitor’s Center, several new active prototype designs for Top Golf, projects for The Spot and Pinstack, and a portfolio of cutting edge theater work for clients like Cinemark, EVO, Showbiz, Movie Tavern, Coyote Drive-In and others. In addition, Jon manages the financial operations for the architecture practice of Beck in Dallas, and currently serves as the chair of the AIA/TEXO Steering Committee.

Amy MURPHY, Panelist

Associate Professor, USC School of Architecture

Amy Murphy is an Associate Professor at USC’s School of Architecture. She holds both a B.Arch. and a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design, as well as a M.F.A. and Ph.D. in media studies from USC School of Cinematic Arts. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Amy has acted as the School of Architecture’s Vice Dean, and the school’s Diversity Liaison. She ran her own design practice, Amy Murphy Projects, for over a decade, completing numerous projects through the LA area including the renovation of Rudolph Schindler’s Yates Studio in Silverlake. Additionally, she has acted as Director of Filmforum, Los Angeles’s oldest nonprofit dedicated to experimental media. In 2015, Amy designed an exhibit, “Haunted Screens: German Expressionist Cinema in the 1920s,” in partnership with Michael Maltzan Architecture, for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.


The Dallas Architecture Forum educates, enriches and connects our community by presenting programs and events, creating experiences, and engaging global and local thought-leaders from the design fields to enhance how we live.

As a not-for-profit organization for design enthusiasts founded over two decades ago, The Forum explores ideas related to how and why design matters in our daily lives through dynamic programming centered on current topics and trends in architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, urban planning, engineering, construction, and other related fields of art and design.  Our collaborative programming and community outreach are enriched by the active involvement and leadership of businesses, arts and cultural organizations, government and academic institutions at regional, national and international levels.


The Forum Lecture Series features emerging voices as well as established leaders from the allied fields of architecture and design.  Pritzker Prize, Pulitzer Prize, AIA and ASLA Gold Medal winners as well as internationally acclaimed designs, authors and critics are among the over 210 speakers from over 20 countries who have presented at The Forum over the last two decades. Some of those Lecture Speakers include Diller / Scofidio / Renfro, Kazuyo Sejima, Tsien / Williams, Deborah Berke, Annabelle Selldorf, Lake / Flato, Craig Dykers / Snohetta, Jeanne Gang, Marlon Blackwell, Kai-Uwe Bergmann / BIG, Rick Joy, Juhani Pallasmaa, Tom Phifer, Leo Marmol, Lee Mindel, Laurie Olin, Tsao/McKown, Thomas Woltz, Brad Cloepfil, Gordon Gill, Alex Krieger, Tom Kundig, Enrique Norten, Daniel Libeskind, Eric Owen Moss, Michael Van Valkenburgh, James Burnett, Brian Mackay-Lyons, Jamie Carpenter, Wang Shu, James Corner, Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas, Rafael Vinoly, Reed/Hilderbrand, Segiru Ban, Peter Bohlin, Thom Mayne, Michael Graves, Jorge Silvetti, and Peter Eisenman.  

In 2018, The Forum established the Frank Welch Memorial Lecture to honor Frank Welch, the Dean of Texas Modernist architects and great friend of The Forum.  Past presenters include Ted Flato, Co-Founder of Lake | Flato Architects and Rick Joy, Founder and Principal, Studio Rick Joy. 


The Forum organizes and presents an annual series of interactive, educational, and informal panel discussions about topics and issues of local and regional interest.  The panels are moderated by community leaders and design professionals, and feature panelists recognized as experts in their fields.  In addition, The Forum highlights regional design talent focusing on both their design inspirations and award-winning projects.  Panels are presented as a service to the community at no charge. 


The Dallas Design Symposium brings thought leaders from architecture, art and design together to explore the intersection of these fields for thoughtful and critical conversation.  Past participants have included:  environmental artist Christo, New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman, Aaron Betsky, Leo Marmol, Tom Kundig, Brad Oldham, Johnston Marklee, Terrence Riley, Karim Rashid, artists Walead Beshty and Jorge Pardo, and the Directors of the Chinati Foundation and MASS MoCA.


The Design Society is a satellite established to enhance and expand The Forum’s relationships with a broader audience and new constituencies. This group is led by visionary and emerging leaders in the design professions and offers additional programs, outreach and engagement primarily designed for a younger audience. Activities include: casual gatherings after Forum events, Pecha Kuchas, design-related community projects, informal design tours and Happy Hours.  Design Society events are detailed on their Facebook page.


“365 Modern Living” is a series of receptions hosted by The Forum focused around living with great design every day of the year. “365 Modern Living” features some of Dallas’ most architecturally significant modern and contemporary residences and explore the ideas surrounding design, inspiration, and innovation.  Attendees have the opportunity to converse with the homes’ design teams of architects, interior designers, and landscape architects as well as owners. Experiencing architecture and design first-hand is vital to fulfilling the Forum’s mission. The Forum hosts its Annual Members’ Meeting and other special events at significant buildings in Dallas. Study Tours have been conducted to Spain, Switzerland, Finland, and Mexico City. Forum Study Groups have visited mid-century modern residences in Palm Springs in association with the University of Texas at Austin, and toured art and architecture in Los Angeles in conjunction with the Nasher Sculpture Center.



Dallas Modern is a monograph published by The Forum featuring twenty of the most architecturally outstanding modern and contemporary residences in Dallas.  With over 200 pages and 250 color photographs as well as insightful essays written by Maxwell Anderson, Mark Gundersen and Jeremy Strick, the book advances The Forum’s mission to explore how design matters in daily life. The Forum also produced a limited-edition folio featuring important Dallas-Fort Worth cultural buildings designed by some of the most influential architects from the twentieth and twenty first centuries. The Forum commissioned esteemed photographer Laura Wilson to take original images for this folio celebrating these civic treasures in North Texas. The Forum plans to produce future publications about the significant architecture of the North Texas region.



Since its founding, The Forum has fostered vibrant partnerships with over fifty regional, national and international educational, civic and cultural organizations. These collaborations produce meaningful discussions that connect the community to the importance of design in modern life.  Among our collaborators is the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (CAPPA) at the University of Texas at Arlington.  Recent collaborations between CAPPA and The Forum explored issues and topics related to architecture and urban planning, including Texas Regional Architecture and Affordable Housing in cooperation with bcWorkshop (Building Community Workshop).

The Forum also works closely with Preservation Dallas, the Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Architects and its affiliated Architecture and Design Exchange. Other cultural, education and civic partners include:  Dallas City Design Studio, DoCoMoMo North Texas, Meadows School and Museum at SMU, The MAC, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Contemporary, and the Kimbell Art Museum. The Forum also collaborates with other national organizations focused on stimulating discourse on architecture, design and urbanism.  Among the groups with whom The Forum has cooperated are:  Aga Kahn Foundation, Auburn University’s Rural Studio, Architectural League of New York City, Harvard Graduate School of Design, National Building Museum, Rice Design Alliance, Texas Tech University and the University of Texas at Austin.

The Forum’s successful collaborative initiatives and leadership have been recognized with numerous awards and accolades, including an AIA Dallas Community Honor Award, a Citation of Honor from the Texas Society of Architects, and a Collaborative Achievement Award from the national offices of the American Institute of Architects. The Forum is a founding member of the Association of Architecture Organizations (AAO), an international organization dedicated to enhancing public dialogue about architecture and design. The Forum’s Executive Director serves on the Board of Directors of the AAO.

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

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