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The Chrysler Building-United Nations by Nikola Olic, one of the presenters for two virtual programs by the Dallas Architecture Forum that celebrate architectural photography. Photo Courtesy of Mr. Olic.

The Dallas Architecture Forum in Collaboration with modTEXAS

Presents Two Exciting Virtual Programs Celebrating Architectural Photography



Tuesday, 6 to 7 pm CT, 29 September 2020 

(Program will be completed prior to the 8 pm start of the Presidential Debate)


Free Panel Discussion Presented Via Zoom RSVP HERE Via Eventbrite. A confirmation Email with Zoom link will be sent before the program.




Tuesday, 6 to 7 pm CT, 6 October 2020


Free Panel Discussion Presented Via Zoom RSVP HERE Via Eventbrite. A confirmation Email with Zoom link will be sent before the program.


Join us for an inspiring session featuring two of Texas’ leading architectural photographers in practice today: Ben Koush and Nikola Olic. Koush, a founder of Houston Mod, will present images focused on the preservation of modernist architecture. Nikola Olic, founder and lead of Structure Photography, will share artistic images he has taken of buildings and spaces, some of which were prominently featured in a story about his work in the Sunday Arts and Life section of the Dallas Morning News. Nikola’s photography was recently featured by the New York Times Travel Section in a virtual segment “Architecture, in Abstract: A Quiz” which included sixteen of his architectural images from around the world. Access the article at The virtual audience will be able to join in a moderated Panel discussion following their presentations.  Panel Season Sponsors for these two Panel Discussions are Electronic Interiors, Galaxy Modern, Purdy-McGuire, Turner Construction and Walter P Moore. 


Ben KOUSH, registered architect and interior designer in Texas and Founding Member of Houston Mod, will focus on images of the preservation of modernist architecture. Koush is a graduate of Columbia University and Rice University. He is a registered architect and interior designer in Texas with two decades of architectural experience. He has a special interest in the preservation of modern architecture and is a founding member of Houston Mod, which has won numerous local and state awards. Koush’s architectural writing and photography appears in Architects’ NewspaperCite magazine, and Texas Architect, and on his widely followed Instagram account @benkoush. He currently serves on the Texas Historical Commission State Board of Review, the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission, and on the Texas Architect magazine publication committee. 

Nikola OLIC, Lead of Structure Photography whose images reflect the artistic design of the buildings and spaces he captures in his photos, will discuss the importance of place and context for his work. Olic was born in Belgrade, Serbia and had moved to the US in 1992 as an exchange student in Arlington, TX. Years later, after getting a degree in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Texas in Arlington, he moved to Dallas – a city where two decades later many of his photographs would find their inspiration. His current project 'Structure Photography' started in 2014, and includes abstract architectural photographs that reimagine their subjects in playful, dimensionless and disorienting ways. In addition to Dallas, this project also focuses on architecture and photography from all over North America, as well as Europe and Asia. Every photograph in Olic’s collection, including those on his Instagram account @nikolaolic, comes with an intriguing story. Nikola Olic is exclusively represented by the Afterimage Gallery in Dallas. His photography has been published in WiredBBC NewsGuardianUSA TodayYahooThe Dallas Morning News and many other outlets. His work is also on view in museums, private collections and public art spaces around the world.

Nikola’s photography was recently featured by the New York Times Travel Section in a virtual segment “Architecture, in Abstract: A Quiz” which included sixteen of his architectural images from around the world. Access the article at


The John Rogers & Georgette de Bruchard Photography Collection - October 6 2020

The John Rogers & Georgette de Bruchard Photography Collection is one of the most significant archives of regional architectural and documentary photography in Dallas. The collection spans 1920-1992, with the bulk covering the period 1945-1991. Images in the archive were captured by husband and wife John and Georgette, and consist primarily of people, architecture (office buildings, interiors, exteriors, houses), advertising and events. Many of the images in the collection appeared in publications such as Architectural Digest, Better Homes and Gardens and Southern Living.

Rogers developed close relationships with architects and firms working in Dallas including Jarvis-Putty-Jarvis, O’Neil Ford, Arch Swank, Beran & Shelmire and Philip Johnson, among many others. The archive includes major building projects such as Republic Center, Statler Hilton, and the Texas Instruments Semiconductor Facility as well as smaller projects, such as drug stores and public libraries. UNT Libraries Special Collections has spent nearly two years meticulously organizing and indexing the collection, which is being carefully and systematically digitized. Following the full digitization process and the identification of subject matter, the images will be freely available for personal and educational use through the UNT Portal to Texas History.

Additional Resources: UNT Special Collections – The John Rogers & Georgette de Bruchard Photography Collection


Morgan Davis Gieringer is the Head of Special Collections at the University of North Texas Libraries and the Director of the Graduate Academic Certificate in Archival Management in the UNT College of Information. As Head of Special Collections, she oversees major archival initiatives, which include the LGBTQ Archive, the WBAP/KXAS Television News Film Collection, The Black Academy of Arts and Letters Archive, and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Archive project. Gieringer has been a professional archivist for over 15 years, and has maintained certification through the Academy of Certified Archivists since 2006. She holds a BA from the University of North Texas and a Master’s degree in Library Science from Texas Woman’s University.

Nate Eudaly, Moderator, is the Executive Director of The Dallas Architecture Forum. He has recently completed fifteen years as The Forum’s Director, during which time the Forum has presented over 135 Lectures with national and international thought leaders from the design professions (including Pritzker, Pulitzer and AIA and ASLA Gold Medal winners), over 60 Panel Discussions on issues impacting Dallas both regionally and globally, and over 55 additional special events for The Forum’s members and the community, with attendance of over 45,000 people. He is the primary author of The Forum’s monograph, Dallas Modern

About modTEXAS – modTEXAS was founded in 2018 to highlight the work of organizations who are engaged in celebrating and preserving architecture from the midcentury. Through their Mapping Mod Instagram Challenge, over 4,200 photos of Texas modernism have been shared using #modtexas. In North Texas, their efforts support institutions including Preservation Dallas, Docomomo US North Texas, The Dallas Architecture Forum and the Dallas Historical Society. 



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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