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The Donald Judd House in New York. Renovated by ARO Architects. Principal Kim Yao Will Speak to The Dallas Architecture Forum on October 23 At the Dallas Museum of Art. Photo by James Ewing

The Dallas Architecture Forum

Presents Noted Architect

Kim Yao

At the Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art


The Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public education about architecture, design and the urban environment, is pleased to continue its 2019-2020 Lecture Season, with noted architect Kim Yao, on October 23 in the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Kim Yao, AIA is a Principal of Architecture Research Office (ARO) in New York City. ARO's diverse body of work--spanning strategic planning, architecture and urban design--has earned the firm over a hundred design awards including the 2018 AIA New York State Firm of the Year Award and the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt 2011 National Design Award. Yao is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She has also taught at the School of Constructed Environments, Parsons the New School for Design, and Barnard College. Yao has lectured widely throughout the United States and abroad. She is on the Executive Committee and Board for AIA New York and the Center for Architecture as the 2019 President-Elect of AIA New York.

ARO has collaborated with leading universities, cultural institutions, global corporations, government agencies, and private residential clients. The firm's current and recent projects include the new academic research hub at Brown University's 164 Angell; the restoration of the Rothko Chapel in Houston, along with a new campus plan for the Menil Collection; the expansion of Dia Art Foundation's locations; and a new home for the Vilcek Foundation. 

Past notable projects include a New Urban Ground, a proposal for urban climate change adaptation; the restoration of the seminal 20th-century-artist Donald Judd's Home and Studio; Knoll's flagship showroom and corporate offices; and the Princeton School of Architecture. The American Academy of Arts and Letters honored the firm with their 2010 Academy Award for Architecture. ARO's projects have garnered more than 100 design awards and have been widely published nationally and internationally. The firm's work has also been exhibited widely and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

Additional Media Coverage: Interior Design Magazine, Knoll Magazine, Metropolis Magazine

“In our current massive information age, full of branded personalities, Architecture Research Office is a self-described “information-driven” firm which has built its reputation on their thoughtfully researched approach to design that has no preconceived ideas, and allows them to become familiar with the needs and goals of a given space before ever beginning the design process,” stated Forum Executive Director Nate Eudaly. 

“After more than 20 years with the firm, Kim Yao brings an intimate look at this design philosophy which has and will shape important projects in Texas, such as the restoration of the Rothko Chapel and a new campus plan for the Menil Collection in Houston and beyond, including the restoration of the seminal 20th-century-artist Donald Judd's Home and Studio in New York City. We believe Ms. Yao will present a program of great interest.”

The lecture will occur at 7 p.m. on October 23 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 International Realty, Maharger Development | Reggie Graham, Perennials and Sutherland LLC, and SMINK, Inc. Series Sponsors are Bentley Tibbs Architect, DLR Group | Staffelbach, HKS, Jackson Walker, Kafka Properties LLC, modmedia/, O’Brien Architects, Scott+Cooner, and Scott+Reid Construction. Lecture Sponsor is Gensler and Reception Sponsor is Conduit Gallery.





23 October 2019

Wednesday, 7:00 pm

Reception and check-in 6:15 pm

Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art

Founded in 1993, Architecture Research Office has earned a reputation for earnest exploration and engagement that yields architecture that is original, innovative and imaginative. Architecture Research Office is as much a laboratory as a design practice.

Through investigation, analysis and testing, ARO creates designs that unite the conceptual and the pragmatic within a strong, coherent vision. This research-driven process enables the firm to operate on a wide variety of projects, and to craft elegant solutions to seemingly intractable problems.

At its core, Architecture Research Office is a practice for the new millennium. Its diverse project portfolio - spanning strategic planning, architecture, and urban design - embodies "Visionary Pragmatism" for its ability to achieve remarkable aesthetic and programmatic results while exhibiting profound responsibility for financial and natural resources. From a 1,000 square foot low-cost, energy-efficient housing prototype to private homes to a proposal to reinvent public space, and the role of ecology and infrastructure in New York City, ARO's work is materially sensuous, intellectually rigorous and socially engaging.

ARO received the 2018 AIA New York State Firm of the Year Award and the 2011 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture. The American Academy of Arts and Letters honored the firm with their 2010 Academy Award for Architecture. The firm’s work has been exhibited widely and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.


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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