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Architect Bob Meckfessel will moderate "The Legacy of Mid-Century Modernism in North Texas” for The Dallas Architecture Forum on May 22. Photo Courtesy of the Architect.

The Dallas Architecture Forum

Concludes Its 2017-2018 Panel Discussion Series With


“The Legacy of Mid-Century Modernism in North Texas”

May 22, 2018


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, concludes its 2017-2018 Panel Discussion Series on Tuesday May 22, 2018 with “The Legacy of Mid-Century Modernism in North Texas ” moderated by Bob Meckfessel, FAIA, and President of DSGN Associates.    

“With this panel, The Forum will offer a unique opportunity to learn about the history of mid-century modern design from some of the leading experts in our area whose work celebrates this style, as they take a look at specific building and landscape projects in our region,” stated Forum Executive Director Nate Eudaly.

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 these panels 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.

The Dallas Architecture Forum and Preservation Dallas invite you to attend this important Panel Discussion on how Mid-Century Modern Design has made a lasting impact on the architectural legacy of North Texas. Moderated by nationally recognized expert Bob Meckfessel, the panelists will include some of the leaders in our region who are associated with Mid-Century design: Architects Cliff Welch and Greg Ibañez, Interior Designer Mil Bodron and Landscape Architect Tary Arterburn, all of whom have completed important projects related to the genre. 

The Panel will overview the impact of Mid-Century Modern design in North Texas, and also look more closely at important Mid-Century Modern buildings and landscapes in our region.

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 Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, Purdy McGuire, Inc., and WDG Architecture. The Sponsors for this Panel are Meg Fitzpatrick – MMF Strategies and Wendy Konradi Interior Design.

Bob Meckfessel
“The Legacy of Mid-Century Modernism in North Texas”

22 May 2018

Tuesday, 6:30 pm, Informal reception at 6:15 pm

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

Presented in Partnership with Preservation Dallas




Robert Meckfessel, FAIA, has over 35 years of experience in the planning and design of institutional, residential, and commercial projects throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Many of these projects have been recognized for innovation and excellence in urban design, architecture, sustainability, and preservation from professional and industry organizations, including AIA Dallas, NCTCOG, the Texas Society of Architects, Preservation Dallas, and Preservation Texas. He has served as president of leading organizations involved with the quality of the built environment, including The Dallas Architecture Forum, Preservation Dallas, LaReunion TX, Greater Dallas Planning Council, and AIA Dallas. He currently serves on the boards of La Reunion TX, the Trinity Park Conservancy, the Trinity Commons Foundation, DoCoMoMo US, and the Advisory Board of the Dallas Architecture Forum. Bob lectures often at professional events, political forums, and educational venues.


TARY ARTERBURN, studioOutside

Tary Arterburn is one of the founding principals of studioOutside. His design leadership merges his natural energetic spirit, guiding often experimental, and innovative design. This is evident throughout his work from the big picture through to the smallest, most precise detail. Tary's passion for building the best project possible for his clients is infused throughout the office and projects of studioOutside.  Prior to beginning studioOutside, he founded and served as managing partner of MESA from 1981 to 2010. Tary led MESA's growth from award winning regional projects to an established leader in the field of national and international landscape architecture projects. Tary's career includes working primarily overseas for ten years in Madrid as well as the Middle East. In 2010 he settled into the Texas community and the regional work that he loves and knows intimately. He is internationally recognized for his design practice heavily rooted in regional nuance, crisp innovative details and systems. Notable residences, expansive ranches, museums, botanical gardens, and campus commissions populate his body of work. Continually involved with the education of landscape architecture education, Tary currently serves on the advisory boards of LSU and University of Texas at Austin.

MIL BODRON,  bodron + fruit

Mil Bodron is Co-Founder of bodron + fruit, one of our region's leading architecture and interior design firms.  Mil and firm Co-Founder Svend Fruit are known both for careful renovations of some of Dallas' most iconic mid-century modern residences, as well as for award-winning new residence designs. Mil is respected for his impeccable interiors, which have been published in Architectural Digest, the New York Times T Magazine, Town and Country, Texas Architect, D Home, Paper City, Patron, Modern Luxury Interiors and other leading publicationsThe Forum's Dallas Modern monograph features both new and restoration projects by bodron + fruit. 

GREG IbaÑez, IBANEZ SHAW Architecture

Gregory S. Ibañez, FAIA, serves as Principal of Ibañez Shaw Architecture in Fort Worth, Texas. Greg received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago in 1980. The recipient of twenty-three AIA Design Awards at the state and local level, Greg was awarded the Charles R. Adams Award for Design Excellence by AIA Fort Worth in recognition of his career accomplishments. In 2012 he was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows for his accomplishments in architectural design. Greg is a member of the Board of the Texas Society of Architects, as well as a past President of AIA Fort Worth. At the municipal level he has served as Chair of the Fort Worth Public Art Commission and as a member of the Historical and Cultural Landmarks Commission. He has also been a Visiting Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Texas Tech University and The University of Texas at Arlington. A founding Board member of the North Texas Chapter of DoCoMoMo, Greg has been a guest speaker for The Dallas Architecture Forum and the Texas Society of Architects convention.


Cliff Welch, AIA is a Dallas architect whose work has been honored at the local and national levels. His background includes working with the late Dallas modernist Bud Oglesby, acting as a principal with Design International, and founding his own practice, welch architecture in 2000. His focus has been modern architecture, concentrating on residential, interiors, and small scale commercial work. He has been a leading resource and proponent for the restoration and preservation of post-war modernism in Dallas.  In addition to his practice, he is past President of the Dallas Architectural Foundation, and has taught graduate level design at the University of Texas at Arlington. Cliff is a past Executive member of the Dallas Chapter AIA, served two years as Commissioner of Design, and has chaired several chapter events such as the Ken Roberts Delineation Competition, Retrospect, and Home Tours. He has also served as a design awards juror for other chapters around the state. Currently he sits on the Fair Park Task Force and is on the executive board of the White Rock Conservancy.  Cliff was featured in Texas Architect as one of five young professionals leading the way into the coming century and has been honored as Dallas American Institute of Architects' Young Architect of the Year. A retrospective of his work was recently exhibited at the Max Sullivan Gallery, and one of his outstanding projects is featured in The Forum's monograph Dallas Modern. When not in the studio, Cliff is an avid cyclist, runner, and gym rat. Cliff's pastimes include photography, hiking and backpacking.

About The Dallas Architecture Forum

The Dallas Architecture Forum is a not-for-profit civic organization that brings leading architectural thought leaders from around the world to speak in Dallas and also fosters important local dialogue about the major issues impacting our urban environment. The Forum was founded in 1996 by some of Dallas’ leading architects, business, cultural and civic leaders, and it continues to benefit from active support and guidance from these citizens. The Forum fulfills its mission of providing a continuing and challenging public discourse on architecture and urban design in - and for - the Dallas area. The Dallas Architecture Forum's members include architects, design professionals, students and educators, and a broad range of civic-minded individuals and companies intent to improve the urban environment in North Texas. The Forum has been recognized nationally with an AIA Collaboration Achievement Award for its strategic partnerships with other organizations focused on architecture, urban planning and the arts. For more information on the Forum, visit

Among the over 230 speakers who have addressed the Forum’s Lecture Series are Shigeru Ban, Brad Cloepfil, Diller + Scofidio, Peter Eisenman, Michael Graves, Daniel Libeskind, Thomas Phifer, Rafael Vinoly, Juhani Pallasmaa, AIA Gold Medal Winner Peter Bohlin, and regional architects David Lake and Ted Flato. Pritzker Prize winners speaking to the Forum have been Kazuyo Sejima, Rafael Moneo, Thom Mayne, Rem Koolhaas and Norman Foster (the latter two in collaboration with the ATT Performing Arts Center). Other speakers for the Forum have been leading designers Calvin Tsao, Andrée Putman, and Karim Rashid; landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh; and National Trust President Emeritus Richard Moe. Important critics, authors and patrons who have spoken to the Forum include Emily Pulitzer, Terence Riley, Pulitzer Prize winners Robert Campbell and Blair Kamin, Aaron Betsky, and the late David Dillon.

The Forum organizes and presents an annual series of Panels—local, informal, open, and offered free of charge as a public service to the community—led by a moderator who brings a subject of local importance along with comments by participating panelists. Moderators and Panelists have also come from both other Texas cities as well as from national institutions that were connected with particular Panel subjects. Panels offer attendees the opportunity to participate in creating discourse. Important topics addressed in Panels in recent years include: “Thoughts on the Dallas Comprehensive Plan”; “The Kimbell Expansion: A Discussion”; “Filling Out the Dallas Arts District”; and “Re-envisioning the Trinity”.

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