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Architect Kate Aoki will moderate "Design Inspirations, Part Three," a panel discussion for The Dallas Architecture Forum on May 15 at 6:30 pm. Photo Courtesy of the Architect.

The Dallas Architecture Forum

Continues Its 2017-2018 Panel Discussion Series With


“Design Inspirations”

Part Three – May 15, 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, continues its 2017-2018 Panel Discussion Series on Tuesday May 15, 2018 with “Design Inspirations Part Three,” moderated by Kate Aoki, Architect at DSGN Associates.    

“Dallas and North Texas are known for award-winning projects – residences and public buildings, interiors and landscapes. With this panel The Forum will continue its exploration of what motivates and inspires some of our area’s outstanding design professionals to create their highly regarded projects,” 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.

Learn from Dallas' leading architects, designers and landscape architects about what inspires their design.  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 May 15, attendees will have the privilege to hear from these designers as they engage in lively discussion.  Moderator Kate Aoki will be joined by the following distinguished designers as panelists:

Bang Dang, Far + Dang

Jessica Stewart Lendvay, Jessica Stewart Lendvay Architects,

Robyn Menter, Robyn Menter Design Associates

Madhavi Sonar, Talley Associates

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

The Forum’s Panel Season Benefactors are Briggs Freeman/Sotheby’s International Realty, Purdy McGuire, Inc., and WDG Architecture. The Sponsors for this Panel are LUXE INTERIORS + DESIGN Magazine and Meg Fitzpatrick – MMF Strategies

Kate Aoki
“Design Inspirations, Part Three”

15 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.



Kate Aoki is an Architect with DSGN Associates in Dallas, where she works on a wide range of project types including master planning, single-family residential, and retail. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Textile Design from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for The Dallas Architecture Forum, where she is leading the Design Society initiative to engage audience members from a broader range of design disciplines. Additionally, Kate is Co-Chair of the Communities by Design Committee of the Dallas Chapter of the AIA.


BANG DANG, Architect

Bang has called Dallas his home since he was five years old, and having a Chinese background, he has a unique, Eastern/Western take on architecture.  The natural inclination to be rational, subtle, and minimal is countered by the urge to be instinctive, brave, and free.  Bang’s focus is making architecture that is abstract in its homage to Texas regionalism and subtle in its attempt to be inventive.  Bang’s experience in the field is broad and varied, covering architecture of all types and scales.  Bang holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington, where he was an Adjunct Professor for six years.  Bang taught a variety of design studios including a two semester design/build studio where students design and construct prototype micro houses. Bang is a founding partner, with Rizi Faruqui, of the award winning, modern practice FAR + DANG.  A rigorous and proactive research agenda and a passion for exploring ideas of space and lifestyle are the foundations of the firm’s design process.


Jessica Stewart Lendvay is a registered architect and owner of Jessica Stewart Lendvay Architects. The firm is known for their collaborative spirit and thoughtful process which creates work that is sensitive to place and refined in detail.  Their work focuses primarily on residences, single and multi-family.    Jessica received a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1999.  She began her career with bodron+fruit working on renovation and new construction residential projects.  The renovation work included Howard Meyer's Lipshy Residence, Edward Larrabee Barnes' Greenley Residence and E. G. Hamilton's Hexter Residence. In 2006, Jessica began a long time collaboration with Emily Summers beginning with the renovation and addition to the Round House in Colorado Springs to current work including the interior architecture for the Hall Arts Residences.   Jessica is a current board member and past board president of La Reunion TX, a non-profit artist residency and outreach organization.  She also co-hosts a weekly civic engagement project with Allison V. Smith called the Letter Writing Family.

ROBYN MENTER, Interior Designer

Robyn was born, raised and educated in Johannesburg, South Africa where she resided and worked as an interior designer until immigrating to Dallas in 1981. Robyn set up a textile export company in 1982 and continued with that business until 1986 when international sanctions were imposed against South Africa. She subsequently worked as an interior designer for two Dallas based firms prior to establishing Robyn Menter Design Associates, Inc. in 1994. The firm's primary focus is residential interior design and architecture including new construction and renovation. Current projects are based throughout the USA as well as a project in the Middle East. Robyn's style can best be described as modern and versatile with the foundation of inspiration based predominantly on art and architecture.  Robyn's projects have been published in D Home, D Moms, Dallas Modern Luxury, Dallas Interiors, Homes + Estates Magazine, Patron, Dallas Morning News, and Western Art + Architecture.  Robyn has received the D Home Best Designer award for the past 11 years.

MADHAVI SONAR, Landscape Architect

Madhavi Sonar is a Senior Associate at Talley Associates, with diverse experience in a broad range of project types including public gardens, healthcare, hospitality, urban design, multi-family and single family residential. She finds joy in every facet of the profession of Landscape Architecture - from the first inkling of an idea to the final details of construction. Her passion lies in the art of sculpting the land and in the understanding of plants from different regions and environments of the world as her projects seek to provide exceptional planting designs.  She started her career as an architect before her interests led her to the field of Landscape Architecture. Madhavi received her Bachelor’s in Architecture in India, before moving to the United States in 1998 to pursue a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from The University of Texas at Arlington. Prior to joining Talley Associates, Madhavi also worked with SWA Dallas and studioOutside. In addition to her work, she enjoys research projects when she finds the opportunity.

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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