The Forum Presents Architect Wendell Burnette



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Dallas Museum of Art
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The Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public education about architecture, design, and the urban environment, completes its popular 2021-2022 Lecture Series on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at 7:00 pm. Architect Wendell Burnette, FAIA, will be our featured speaker, presenting The Forum’s Fifth Annual Frank Welch Memorial Lecture to honor the late Frank Welch, the Dean of Texas Modernist architects, leading Dallas practitioner, and great friend of The Forum. This Lecture will be presented in the Horchow Auditorium of the Dallas Museum of Art. Forum members may attend for free. Tickets for non-members will be available at the door. Check-in and pre-Lecture Reception will begin at 6:15 pm in the Hamon Atrium of the DMA.

Wendell Burnette, FAIA, is an award-winning architect whose projects reflect many of the same key values as the late Frank Welch: space and light, context and place, organic materials that are carefully crafted, and respect for the environment and landscapes in which we live. Burnette studied at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin West and is a Professor of Practice at The Design School at Arizona State University. Burnette has traveled widely in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas with a focus on the southwestern states to develop unique understandings of the importance of design in harmony with its site.

Burnette’s work has been featured in over 150 publications worldwide, and has received many prestigious awards, including a P/A Design award from Architecture, three “Record House” awards from Architectural Record, and a National AIA Honor Award. Projects include custom residences in Arizona and around the country, public commissions that include the Palo Verde Library/Maryvale Community Center, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, and the Scottsdale Teen Center, and resorts/spas worldwide including the much-acclaimed Amangiri Resort. Burnette also collaborated with Will Bruder on the Phoenix Central Library design. Wendell’s work has been exhibited at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and he is a laureate of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Sponsors for this Lecture are Season Sponsors Maharger Development | Reggie Graham and SMINK Art + Design. Series Sponsors are Abeyta Tibbs Architecture, Architectural Lighting Alliance, Bodron / Fruit, Eggersmann Kitchens | Home Living, HDR Architecture, HKS, Inc., Jackson Walker, O’Brien Architects, and Perennials & Sutherland LLC. Lecture Sponsors are CallisonRTKL, Gensler, Gioia-Goyer Group, Page, Sebastian Construction Group, and Turner Construction. Lecture Supporters are Cawley Partners and Talley Associates.

In 2018, The Dallas Architecture 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 and Mark Wellen, Co-Founder of Rhotenberry Wellen Architects. 

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