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The ContemporAry Museum in Austin, Renovated by LTL Architects. Principal Paul Lewis Will Speak To The Dallas Architecture Forum On October 15 at the Dallas Museum of Art. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.

The Dallas Architecture Forum

Announces The Opening Of Its 2019-2020 Season

 On October 15 With

Noted Architect Paul Lewis

The Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public education about architecture, design and the urban environment, is pleased to announce an outstanding 2019-2020 Lecture Season, beginning on October 15 with celebrated architect Paul Lewis, Principal and Co-Founder of LTL Architects based in New York City. Details about Mr. Lewis are below.  

The Forum will present founders and design principals of leading studios in our Lecture Season. We will feature esteemed and emerging voices in architecture, academia, urban strategy, and landscape architecture. We will also present our third annual Frank Welch Memorial Lecture in tribute to Frank's remarkable and enduring legacy.  

Distinguished professionals who will speak for the Forum include Kevin Alter, Dirk Denison, Mary Margaret Jones, Paul Lewis, Michel Rojkind and Kim Yao.  

The Forum will also present ADDITIONAL lectures this Spring featuring outstanding architecture and design leaders. We look forward to sharing those updates with you. Our Panel Discussion Series will focus on important topics impacting North Texas with lively discussion led by regional thought leaders. Look for information on our Panel Discussion Series soon. 

Paul Lewis will open The Dallas Architecture Forum’s 2019-2020 lecture season on Tuesday, October 15 at 7 p.m. in the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art. This lecture is presented in partnership with UTA CAPPA.

Paul Lewis, FAIA, is a Principal and Co-Founder of LTL (Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis) Architects based in New York City.  He is also Professor and Associate Dean at Princeton University School of Architecture, where he has taught since 2000.  He received his BA from Wesleyan University and M. Arch from Princeton University.  Paul is the President of The Forum’s sister organization, the Architectural League of New York, and a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.

LTL Architects is a New York based design intensive architecture firm founded in 1997 by twin brothers Paul Lewis, David J. Lewis, and Marc Tsurumaki.  The LTL Architects studio engages in a diverse range of work, from large scale academic and cultural buildings to interiors and research projects. The studio’s work has been recognized internationally for synthesizing design excellence and tectonic innovation. Their many awards include a National Design Award, 15 AIA design awards, 10 Interior Design Magazine Awards, Progressive Architecture Award, James Beard Award and Architect Magazine selection in 2018 as the #3 Top Design Firm in the United States.

The firm’s recent work includes Poster House, the Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center, Upson Hall at Cornell University, and the Joseph D. Jamail Lecture Hall at Columbia University. Notable projects also include The ContemporAry Austin Jones Center, NYU Steinhardt School, the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Bornhuetter Hall, Fluff Bakery and Xing Restaurant.  The principals are co-authors of the best-selling book Manual of Section and Monographs IntensitiesOpportunistic Architecture and Situation Normal....Pamphlet Architecture #21. The firm has been featured at the U.S. Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale, the National Design Triennial and in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and other leading museums. Their research on adaptation to sea level rise and storm surges was displayed at the influential Rising Currents exhibition at MoMA.

Additional Media Coverage: Texas Architect Magazine, Cool Hunting, Oculus

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"Paul Lewis brings a fascinating mix of project experience which covers a wide range in project size and type. Boldly beginning with the creation of LTL Architects by proposing unbuilt projects, this led to books and exhibition design, and design and fabrication of cost-effective materials -- particularly for restaurants,” stated Forum Executive Director Nate Eudaly. “The firm’s work has evolved into a focus on large-scale academic and cultural structures, including the outstanding art museum in Austin, that have garnered many awards. With Mr. Lewis’s additional experience as an author of best-selling books and monographs, as well as academic experience as Professor and Associate Dean at Princeton University School of Architecture, we believe he will present a program of great interest.”

The lecture will occur at 7 p.m. on October 15 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 Sponsors for The Dallas Architecture Forum’s 2019-2020 Season are Faisal Halum Group | Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, Maharger Development | Reggie Graham, Perennials and Sutherland LLC, and SMINK, Inc. Series Sponsors are Bentley Tibbs Architect, Bodron / Fruit, DLR Group | Staffelbach, HKS, Jackson Walker, Kafka Properties LLC, modmedia/, Scott + Cooner, and Scott + Reid Construction



LTL Architects


Presented in Partnership with UTA CAPPA

15 October 2019

Tuesday, 7:00 pm

Reception and check-in 6:15 pm

Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art

Paul Lewis, FAIA, is Principal and Co-Founder of LTL Architects (Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis) a design intensive architecture firm founded in 1997 by Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki and David J. Lewis, located in New York City. Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis engages a diverse range of work, from large scale academic and cultural buildings to interiors and speculative research projects, and realizes inventive solutions that turn the very constraints of each project into the design trajectory, exploring opportunistic overlaps between space, program, form, budget and materials.

LTL has completed academic, institutional, residential and hospitality projects throughout the United States. LTL’s work has been recognized with many publications and awards, including the #3 Top Firm in Design from the Architect 50, the 2007 National Design Award and multiple AIA design awards. The firm was featured in the U.S. Pavilion at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale and their work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Carnegie Museum of Art. The principals are co-authors of four acclaimed books: Manual of Section (Princeton Architectural Press, 2016), Intensities (Princeton Architectural Press, 2013), Opportunistic Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008), and Situation Normal…Pamphlet Architecture #21 (Princeton Architectural Press, 1998).

The firm’s recent work includes the 23,800 SF renovation of The ContemporAry Austin – Jones Center, a contemporary art gallery in Austin, Texas; the 2,750 SF renovation of the Joseph D. Jamail Lecture Hall at Columbia University; and the 28,000 SF renovation of The Students' Building at Vassar College. LTL Architects, along with Perkins + Will, Thornton Tomasetti and ME Engineers, completed the 160,000 SF transformation of Upson Hall at Cornell University. LTL is one of 26 architecture firms pre-qualified to participate in the Design and Construction Excellence 2.0 by NYC’s Department of Design and Construction through 2019. Notable past projects include NYU Steinhardt School, Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Columbia University, Claremont University Consortium, and Arthouse at the Jones Center. The firm’s principals are on the faculty at Princeton University, Columbia University, and Parsons School of Design.


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 designers, 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, architects Aaron Betsky, Leo Marmol, Tom Kundig, Brad Oldham, Johnston Marklee, Terrence Riley, designers Karim Rashid and Chris Deam, 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 explores 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 Tours 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 the 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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