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Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public education about architecture, design and the urban environment, will present  “Traditional Architecture: How Does It Fit Into Our Modern World?,” a Panel Discussion on Tuesday, February 17, moderated by John Allender, AIA.   

“The Dallas Architecture Forum is pleased to present this next event in its 2014-15 series of thought-provoking Panel Discussions on topics impacting the citizens of Dallas both locally and globally” stated Forum Executive Director Nate Eudaly.  This Panel will be of interest both to those in the profession as well as to the general public who want to learn more about these important design developments.”    

The Dallas Architecture Forum Panels are offered at no charge to both Forum members and to the general public as a public outreach of the Forum. Join us for a cold beverage and lively dialogue!  The venue for this Panel, presented by the Dallas Architecture Forum, is 1909 Woodall Rogers Freeway, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75201 (Dallas Center for Architecture offices).  This free Dallas Architecture Forum Panel will be held at 6:30 pm, with an informal reception beginning at 6:15 pm.  No reservations are needed to attend the Panel. 

The hard truth is that “Traditionalism” is difficult to do well. The lack of training in and appreciation for the rigors of traditional design is producing a Potemkin Village of watered-down, revisionist wallpaper. But if our clients demand traditional design, do we, as design professionals, have the tools to deliver? Or more broadly, should we deliver? Does Traditionalism offer “timelessness” because its tenets are proven? Or does it anchor our society to outdated concepts and values? Is there a place for traditional design in our modern world? 

About the Moderator:  John Allender, AIA

John P. Allender joined ARCHITEXAS in 2000 with experience in corporate, institutional and healthcare projects. As a Principal of ARCHITEXAS, his focus has been on sustainability and design innovation guided by a commitment to the preservation of our architectural heritage. Mr. Allender has earned awards and recognitions for multiple adaptive-use and restoration projects in downtown Dallas, including the Hart Furniture Building, the Awalt Building, and the Harlan Building. His experience also includes churches, such as Christ Lutheran Church and First Unitarian Church of Dallas, and corporate facilities, including new headquarters for the City of Grapevine’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, and an interior renovation for the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ world headquarters in Richardson, Texas. 

Mr. Allender has been actively involved in the Dallas architectural community since moving here in 1996. He has earned multiple citations from AIA Dallas for volunteer work and committee involvement, and is an active member of the AIA Dallas Committee on the Environment and Preservation Dallas’ Preservation Issues Committee. Mr. Allender is a LEED AP BD+C Accredited Professional. 

Panel Season Sponsors are Balfour Beatty Construction, John Eagle Dealerships, HOSSLEY Lighting Associates, Purdy McGuire, Inc., Cindy + Armond Schwartz, Talley Associates and WDG Architects.

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