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Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing challenging and on-going public discourse about architecture, design and the urban environment, is pleased to continue its 2012-13 season of lectures with award-winning architect Michael LEHRER, who designed the first LEED Platinum museum in the world. He will speak Thursday, November 29 at 7 p.m. at the Magnolia Theatre in the West Village at 3699 McKinney Ave.  Season Benefactors are Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty | Claire Dewar.  Fall Series Benefactors are Corgan Associates, The Joule, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Maharger Development | Reggie Graham, modmedia,inc//  Lecture Benefactor is Scott + Cooner. Reception Underwriters are Studio Outside and Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors.



The lecture will start at 7 p.m. with a complimentary reception beginning at 6:15 pm.  Tickets are $20 for general admission and $5 for students (with ID).  Tickets can be purchased at the door before the lecture.   No reservations are needed to attend Forum lectures.  Dallas Architecture Forum members receive free admission to all regular Forum lectures as a benefit of membership, and AIA members can earn one hour of CE credit for each lecture.   For more information on the Dallas Architecture Forum, visit or call 214-764-2406.



Founder, Lehrer Architects LA

Los Angeles, California 

29 November 2012

Magnolia Theatre, West Village


Michael Lehrer founded his practice in Los Angeles in 1985. His work ranges from the intimate to the monumental, carefully incorporating concepts of light and space within an environmentally responsible context.  The firm’s work encompasses a wide range of institutional, commercial, industrial, residential and urban design projects. 

Lehrer Architects LA has won over 70 major design and sustainability awards, including over 30 design awards from the national, state, and local chapters of The American Institute of Architects. His studio was bestowed the Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture in 2008, a high-level annual award for architecture in the United States, as well as leading awards from the International Interior Design Association, the AIA California Council, and AIA LA among others.   In 2004 his James M. Wood Community Center received the Business Week/Architectural Record Award and the AIA Housing Awards was given to Norton-Towers-On-the-Court.  The Downtown Drop-In Center and the LA County Elections Operations Center have also won the Institute Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects.

Sustainability and beauty are inseparable in his work. His Water + Life Museums in Hemet, designed with Mark Gangi, AIA, is the first LEED Platinum museum in the world. An international environmental showcase, it features a 550-kilowatt photovoltaic rooftop installation. The Museums have won Honor Awards from AIA California Council, Los Angeles and Pasadena Foothill Chapters, among others. Metropolitan Home magazine included it among its “Design 100, Best Designs in the World for 2008”. The Chicago Athenaeum awarded the firm’s projects the American Architecture Award in 2008 and the Green Good Design Award in 2009. They have also won the Beyond Green 2007 High Performance Building Award from the Sustainable Building Industry Council.  Michael’s work has been widely published nationally and internationally including Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, ARCHITECT, Business Week, Azure, Builder Magazine, Metropolitan Home, NPR’s Weekend Edition, All Things Considered, The LA Times, The New York Times, and The Chicago Tribune, among many othersMichael is President of Homeless Health Care of Los Angeles. He sits on the Harvard Design Magazine Professional Advisory Board and represents the Graduate School of Design on the Harvard Alumni Association Board of Directors.


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 130 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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