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The Open-Ended City Cover Montage.Photo Courtesy o Dr. Kate Holliday will discuss her new book about David Dillon for The Dallas Architecture Forum on November 13. Photo Courtesy of Ms. Holliday.

The Dallas Architecture Forum

Continues Its 2019-2020 Panel Discussion Series With


 O’Neil FORD and David DILLON

Their Lasting Impact on North Texas

Wednesday, November 13, 2019


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 Wednesday, November 13, 2019 with “O’Neil Ford and David Dillon: Their Lasting Impact on North Texas.

“In this second Panel Discussion of our 2019-2020 Season, The Forum will present Dr. Kate Holliday and Dr. Kathryn O’Rourke, the editors of new books on David Dillon and O'Neil Ford,” stated Executive Director Nate Eudaly. “They will discuss the writings of these two architectural stalwarts whose legacies continue to influence Texas. We believe it will be an enjoyable and very enlightening evening.”


13 November 2019

WEDNESDAY, 6:30 pm

Complimentary Drinks at 6:15 pm


Free and Open to the Public
No Reservations Needed, Join Us!

1 CES AIA Credit Available


Dallas Black Dance Theater

2700 Ann Williams Way, Dallas, TX  75201

Parking for this Panel available at Dallas Black Dance Theater’s parking lot on Arts Plaza Street at Ross Avenue.

Overflow paid parking available at One Arts garage and parking lot.

Presented in Collaboration with UTA CAPPA


Program Participants: 

Dr. Kate HOLLIDAY, Director, Dillon Center; UTA CAPPA

Dr. Kathryn O'ROURKEProfessor and Author; Trinity University

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

The Forum’s Panel Season Sponsors are Galaxy Modern, Purdy-McGuire and Walter P Moore. 


About The Open-Ended City: David Dillon on Texas Architecture:

David Dillon connected culture, commerce, history, and public life in ways that few critics, columnists and reporters ever get the opportunity to do. Dr. Kate Holliday has edited some of Dillon’s most impactful writings for this new book.  The articles she includes in the Open-Ended City touch on major themes that animated Dillon’s writing: downtown redevelopment, suburban sprawl, arts and culture, historic preservation, and the necessity of aesthetic quality in architecture as a baseline for thriving communities. In 1980, David Dillon launched his career as an architectural critic with a provocative article that asked “Why Is Dallas Architecture So Bad?” Over the next quarter century, he offered readers of the Dallas Morning News a vision of how good architecture and planning could improve quality of life, combatting the negative effects of urban sprawl, civic fragmentation, and rapacious real estate development typical in Texas cities. The Open-Ended City gathers more than sixty key articles that helped establish Dillon’s national reputation as a witty and acerbic critic, showing readers why architecture matters and how it can enrich their lives.  While the specifics of these articles will resonate with those who care about Dallas, Fort Worth, and other Texas cities, they are also deeply relevant today to all architects, urbanists, and citizens who engage in the public life and planning of cities. As a collection, The Open-Ended City persuasively demonstrates how a discerning critic helped to shape a landmark city by shaping the conversation about its architecture.

About Dr. Kate Holliday:

Dr. Kathryn (Kate) Holliday is an architectural historian whose research and teaching focuses on the built environment in American cities. She is an associate professor of architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington and founding director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture. A graduate of Williams College and the University of Texas at Austin, her background is in architecture, art history, and environmental studies and she brings this interdisciplinary approach to the classroom and to her writing. She has published numerous articles and essays, focused especially on issues of American modernism, equity, and public space. She has spoken widely on her work around the world from Singapore, Havana, and Zurich  to venues like the 92nd Street Y and the Skyscraper Museum in New York.  In addition to The Open-Ended City: David Dillon on Texas Architecture, a collection of essays by the late architecture Dallas-based critic, she has also written two additional books: Leopold Eidlitz: Architecture and Idealism in the Gilded Age  and Ralph Walker: Architect of the Century, monographs that explore the theory and practice of two influential but little-known New York architects who helped reshape the American profession and its conversations about theory and practice.  Holliday is currently at work on several projects, including “Telephone City,” a history of telephone buildings since the invention of commercial telephone service by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876 and an examination of the postwar boom in architecture in the suburban landscape of Dallas and Fort Worth in the 1960s and 1970s.

About O’Neil Ford on Architecture:

Acclaimed for his designs of the campus of Trinity University, the Little Chapel in the Woods, the Texas Instruments Semi-Conductor Building, and numerous private houses, O’Neil Ford  was an important twentieth-century architect and a pioneer of modernism in Texas. In his collaborations with artists, landscape architects, and engineers, Ford created varied and enduringly rich works that embodied and informed international developments in modern architecture. His influence on a generation of Texas architects continues to be felt today.  O’Neil Ford on Architecture brings together Ford’s major professional writings and speeches for the first time. Revealing the intellectual and theoretical underpinnings of his distinctive modernism, they illuminate his fascination with architectural history, his pioneering uses of new technologies and construction systems, his deep concerns about the landscape and environment, and his passionate commitment to education and civil rights. An interlocutor with titans of the twentieth century, including Louis Kahn and J. Robert Oppenheimer, Ford understood architecture as inseparable from the social, political, and scientific developments of his day. An introductory essay by Dr. Kathryn E. O’Rourke provides a critical assessment of Ford’s essays and lectures and repositions him in the history of US architectural modernism. His words constitute an important part of his legacy and, along with his buildings, demonstrate that this Texas modernist deserves to be ranked among the leading mid-century American architects.

About Dr. Kathryn O’Rourke:

Dr. Kathryn O’Rourke is associate professor of art history at Trinity University in San Antonio, where she teaches courses on architectural history and Latin American art. She received her B.A. from Wellesley College and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. O’Rourke is the author of Modern Architecture in Mexico City: History, Representation, and the Shaping of a Capital. She is the editor of O’Neil Ford on Architecture  and is at work on her third book project, Archaism and Humanism in Modern Architecture.  She has also published essays on Mexican architectural rationalism and public health care reform, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s work in Latin America, the art of Diego Rivera, and landscape architecture in Mexico City.  In addition to her teaching and research, Dr. O’Rourke is vice chair of the State Board of Review of the Texas Historical Commission and secretary of the Society of Architectural Historians. She serves on the Visiting Committee on Latin American Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art and chairs Design|Forum San Antonio, which she helped to found. At Trinity, Dr. O’Rourke teaches courses on the art and architecture of Latin America and on modern architecture. She also teaches in the Urban Studies program and is affiliated with Trinity’s Mexico-Americas-Spain (MAS) Program. Prior to joining the faculty at Trinity she taught architectural history at Swarthmore College.  



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.

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