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Rings and Cuffs by Jewelry Designer, Julie Cohn; one of three designers for Design Inspirations -- The Art of Craft Panel Discussion for The Dallas Architecture Forum. Photo Courtesy of the Designer.

The Dallas Architecture Forum

Opens Its 2019-2020 Panel Discussion Series With


“Design Inspirations – The Art of Craft”

Tuesday, October 29, 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, opens its popular Panel Discussion Series on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 with “Design Inspirations – The Art of Craft,” moderated by David Hocker, FASLA, President and Founding Partner of HOCKER.

“In the first Panel Discussion of our 2019-2020 Season, The Forum will feature three leading Texas designers whose focus is on the “art of craft,” using their design skills to expand and enhance their respective fields,” stated Executive Director Nate Eudaly. “Attendees will have the rare opportunity to hear from some of our area’s most talented designers, Brent Anderson of Elemental Design, Julie Cohn of Julie Cohn Design, and Jennifer Prichard of J Prichard Design, talk about what inspires their creative process. We believe it will be an enjoyable and informative evening.” 

Panels are FREE for both Forum members and the general public as a public outreach of The Forum. The discussion begins at 6:30 pm, with complimentary beverages available beginning at 6:15 pm. No reservations are needed to attend. One CEU AIA credit is available. Join us for a cold beverage and lively dialogue!

The venue for this panel is the Dallas Black Dance Theater building directly behind One Arts Plaza. The DBDT is located at the corner of Arts Plaza Street and Ann Williams Way – at 2700 Ann Williams Way, Dallas, TX  75201. Free parking is available between the DBDT building and Fellowship Church, located to the east of the DBDT building.

This will be a unique opportunity to learn about these outstanding professionals -- what motivates and inspires them as they create their highly regarded design projects, and to understand more about the persons behind the inspired design processes. 

All of our Panelists are recognized by their peers and the greater design community as being leaders in their fields. On October 29, attendees will have the privilege to hear from these designers as they engage in lively discussion. Moderator David Hocker will be joined by the following distinguished designers as panelists:

Brent Anderson, Elemental Design

Julie Cohn, Julie Cohn Design

Jennifer Prichard, J Prichard Design

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

The Forum’s Panel Season Sponsors are Galaxy Modern and Purdy-McGuire.  The Sponsor for this Panel is MMF Strategies | Meg M. Fitzpatrick

Design Inspirations -- The Art of Craft”

29 October 2019
Tuesday, 6:30 pm, Informal reception at 6:15 pm

Venue:  Dallas Black Dance Theatre, 2700 Ann Williams Way in the Dallas Arts District.


David Hocker


David Hocker, FASLA, has established a highly respected reputation for himself and his award-winning landscape architecture firm, HOCKER, since its inception in 2004. His work has become known for the unique use of materials, particularly recycled and regionally sensitive, in unexpected and precisely executed ways. He has a keen sense of scaled relationships and construction detailing, both of which are apparent in his firm’s built work. Studying in Italy introduced David to the “master builder” concept of the Renaissance and the Italian tradition of landscape and architecture that offers consideration to both private and public spaces. His successful built works have contributed to a greater design conversation regarding landscape architecture’s ability to bridge between interior and exterior spaces.


Brent Anderson

Elemental Design

Brent Anderson was born in Alberta, Canada moving to Lisbon in his teens where he traveled extensively in Portuguese West and Portuguese East Africa, Western Europe and Morocco. Even after returning to the states to finish high school in Oklahoma, Brent spent a summer working in Angola. Upon completing an Applied Sciences Associates degree in drafting engineering, he went to work for Texas Instruments developing clandestine personal electronic devices for the company’s traveling executives à la James Bond’s Q.  Brent switched gears when he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design from the University of North Texas, beginning his career as an Art Director, Creative Director, and co-founder of an agency in Dallas. His work took him all over the world, from Indonesia to California. He was also a Visiting Artist Professor at UT Arlington teaching typography, illustration, and professional practices.  When a client needed a trade show exhibit with little budget, Brent built it himself. From this experience his career as a maker developed, initially in the advertising world, then building art furniture and finally working as an architectural metal artisan. Brent’s clients include leading architects and contractors Max Levy Architects, Shipley Architects, Morrison Dilworth + Walls, Hardy Construction, and Space Between Design Studios. Brent has collaborated with these outstanding studios on everything from drawer pulls and staircases to hardscape and the elements of a columbarium.

Julie Cohn

Julie Cohn Design

Julie Cohn’s creative endeavors have come together to form her unique vision and aesthetic, characterized by the tension between rough and refined, primitive and modern, ultimately paring things down to their essence. Educated as a painter and printmaker Julie studied the craft of bookbinding and box-making to house her prints which lead her down a diverse design path that included rugs, textiles, hardware, tabletop, collaborations with architects and public art. As a self-taught jeweler, her approach is unconventional in process and begins by working directly with materials rather than sketching a preconceived idea. She is inspired by the intersection of modern and primitive art, combining old world craft with mixed media processes.

Her pieces are about possibilities for layering and stacking to create personal collages that uniquely juxtapose disparate elements with simple elegance. Her studio in Dallas, Texas functions as an artistic collective where she mentors young  artists to see the possibilities of parlaying their talents into art-centric careers. Working together, they learn the complexities of making products by hand, collaborate in the artistic process, problem solve fabrication and observe the trials and tribulations of bringing handmade products to the marketplace. Her goal is to inspire young artists to learn how to connect the dots, take forks in the road and use their skills to create an artful life. “Many of my staff are studying art with my peers from graduate school. Our conversations about the creative process, artistic influences, movies, podcasts, fashion etc. creates a rich environment for birthing new ideas, combining disparate materials and creating non-traditional fabrication techniques. Everyone in the studio has a voice.” Julie Cohn resides with her husband, landscape architect David Rolston and daughter Mila in their modern home and creative haven in the White Rock Lake area of Dallas.

Jennifer Prichard

J Prichard Design LLC

A native Dallasite now based in Austin, the artist Jennifer Prichard is the co-founder of, and creative force behind, J Prichard Design LLC.  The firm is known for its large-scale, site-specific installations composed of thousands of handmade ceramic forms, many of which are thrown on the potters’ wheel.  Because her work integrates into the architecture of its site, Jennifer often works closely with the project’s architects and designers to realize her vision.  Her work has been commissioned for commercial and private projects worldwide and has been covered extensively in the US and international design press.  Jennifer received her BFA from The University of Texas at Austin in 1996 and her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2001.



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 andthe 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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