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A residence by Architect Lionel Morrison who will speak at the Design Inspirations-Part Panel for Dallas Architecture Forum on January 21. Photo Courtesy of the Architect.

The Dallas Architecture Forum

Continues Its 2019-2020 Panel Discussion Series With


“Design Inspirations – Part Two”

Tuesday, January 21, 2020


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 popular Panel Discussion Series on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 with “Design Inspirations – Part Two,” moderated by Ian Zapata, Design Director at Gensler in Dallas.

“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 January 21, attendees will have the privilege to hear from these designers as they engage in lively discussion. Moderator Ian Zapata will be joined by the following distinguished designers as panelists:

Stefania MORANDI RID; GSR Andrade

Lionel MORRISON, FAIA; Morrison Dilworth Walls

Kevin SLOAN, ASLA; Kevin Sloan Studio

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 Electronic Interiors, Galaxy Modern, Purdy-McGuire, Turner Construction and Walter P Moore.

Ian Zapata
“Design Inspirations, Part Two”

21 January 2020

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

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



Ian Zapata is a Design Director for Gensler’s Dallas office, leading design for commercial office buildings and headquarters campuses. His diverse experience also includes aviation and hospitality design. Ian believes that great cities promote human development, and that has led him to be a strong advocate for better design in emerging cities like Dallas-Fort Worth. Ian is particularly interested in the types of solutions that arise out of unusual interdisciplinary collaborations and hybrid typologies. He is a past president of the Board of The Dallas Architecture Forum.



Senior Project Designer, Interiors, GSR Andrade Architects

Stefania Morandi moved to Dallas from Italy at age 24, after graduating from Polytechnic school of Architecture & Design in Milan, for a position as Project Manager for Brand Development at Trinity Groves. As the solo designer in house she was involved in architecture, interiors, branding and graphic design, as Trinity Groves came to life on the edge of downtown Dallas. She continues to bring that comprehensive view to each of her projects.

Currently she leads the Interiors Group at GSR Andrade Architects for all market sectors, including education, healthcare, workplace, cultural, civic, and historical renovation. In the latter category, she is involved in the renovation of various buildings in Fair Park: the Music Hall, the Aquarium Annex, and the African American Museum. She is also working on the 270,000-sq.ft. Trimble Tech High School in Fort Worth, originally built in 1917. In addition to her current portfolio, other notable projects include Blue fire Venues at the Toyota Music Factory, Kate Weiser Chocolate stores I and II, Cake Bar, Casa Rubia at Trinity Groves, Pure Milk Honey at Mockingbird Station, Fogo De Chao, Legacy West, Palmieri Cafe at the Dallas Farmers Market, Baylor Scott & White Sports Therapy & Research at the Star in Frisco, Lamar High school, Houston, City of Dallas Fire Stations 46 and 59, Oklahoma University Medical City Hospital expansion, Fortune 20 in Innovation Corporate campus Masterplan, TCU Finance and Investment office, Fort Worth.


Co-Founder and Partner Emeritus, MDW Studio

Lionel Morrison holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington   Mr. Morrison started his own firm in 1982 and began creating a body of work that has been consistently recognized by his peers as exceptional.  In his first year of eligibility, 1992, Mr. Morrison was elevated to the College of Fellows in Design. Four years later he was named the Distinguished Alumnus by the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington. The following year he was named the Outstanding Architect by the American Institute of Interior Designers.

Lionel Morrison has enjoyed a long association with academia in his roles as a Faculty member and Visiting Critic at the University of Texas at Arlington. He has also served his profession as the Chairman of Design Awards Program at the Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and as a design awards juror in Austin and Ft. Worth, Texas.  His career, including his tenure at Morrison, Dilworth and Walls (MDW) Architects, has been distinguished by the fact that he has produced outstanding results in a variety of project types, budgets and scales. Together with a collection of beautiful homes and office buildings he is responsible for the enhancement and reorientation of the Dallas Museum of Art and the design One Arts Plaza, a high-rise mixed-use development consisting of retail, residential and office uses.


Founder, Kevin Sloan Studio

Kevin Sloan is a Professor of Practice in Architecture at University of Texas-Arlington, a Landscape Architect and writer for the Dallas Morning News. The work of his professional practice, Kevin Sloan Studio, in Dallas, Texas, has been nationally and internationally recognized, published and exhibited.   A 2000 Harvard Loeb Fellow finalist, Sloan has been a visiting professor to Syracuse University in Florence Italy as a Graduate Fellow of Syracuse University.  With OMA, Kevin Sloan Studio earned a 2015 National Planning & Analysis Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Urban Design Advisory Committee at Dallas City Hall, and he has been a Board member for the Fay Jones School of Architecture for ten years.

Kevin Sloan’s landscape architecture, planning and urbanism concepts for the DFW Branch Waters Network are scheduled for exhibition at the 2020 Venice Architectural Biennale. In 2020, Kevin Sloan Studio launched rewildUS as an international imperative to proliferate rewilding globally.  Accomplishments include the competition-winning plan that attracted the George W. Bush Presidential Library to Southern Methodist University, the plaza around Foster & Partners Winspear Opera House in the Dallas Arts District, the landscape architecture, pavilion design and fountain for the SMU Centennial Quadrangle and the Airfield Falls Conservation Park near the former Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth - the first demonstration of a rewilded work of landscape architecture in Texas. Mr. Sloan holds an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture from Kansas State and a Master of Architecture from Syracuse University.


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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