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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 landscape architect James BURNETT, the designer of Klyde Warren Park, who will speak Thursday, November 8 at 7 p.m. at the Magnolia Theatre in the West Village at 3699 McKinney Ave. This lecture is presented in collaboration with the Association of Architecture Organizations. 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 Southern Botanical. Reception Underwriters are Frank Aldridge, Mathews Nichols Group and Gensler.


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.



Landscape Architect of Klyde Warren Park 

San Diego, California

8 November 2012

Magnolia Theatre, West Village


Jim Burnett founded the Office of James Burnett in 1989 and has dedicated his career to creating meaningful spaces that challenge the conventional boundaries of landscape architecture. To date, Jim has garnered over fifty state and national design awards for projects consistently cited for innovative design solutions.  Jim has taken a multi-disciplinary approach to his practice, often working closely with design teams of well-known architects, planners, artists, and other professionals, including doctors, scientists, and a diverse range of clients. In his work, ranging from corporate and educational campuses, park planning, resorts, healthcare campuses, and visionary projects, there has been a particularly strong focus on designing landscapes that promote healthy living.


His work and writings in health care design have been widely published and have changed the approach to creating healing environments, bringing the needs of the patients to the forefront of projects. Jim has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University and has been a member of the Louisiana State University Design Circle since 2000. In 2004 Jim was made a Fellow by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the highest form of honorary recognition that the professional association can bestow upon one of its members.   Among the firms’ many projects are the Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University, the Annenberg Estate (Sunnylands) in California, the Conoco Phillips World headquarters, and Lakeshore East Park in Chicago.  The firm has received numerous awards and recognitions including multiple Texas SLA recognitions and an ASLA National Honor Award for Design for The Brochstein Pavilion.


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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