Dallas Quotes on Architecture

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You will see as I do, that Dallas architecture is viewed through the lens of one’s experience, one’s community, one’s neighborhood, one’s street, one’s home and the evolution of the architectural landscape for good or bad.

Here you will read quotes and thoughts on architecture by philanthropic leaders, an artist, a senator, architects, homeowners, tastemakers, and those passionate about design and Dallas. The first quote is by Dallas architecture critic Matt Lamster, expressing his initial impression of Dallas.

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Mark Lamster

Mark Lamster’s first statement about Dallas in inaugural architecture column in The Dallas Morning News as new architecture critic.

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Frank Welch


Frank Welch, FAIA, is a revered Dallas architect who links the legacies of architect David Williams and architect O’Neil Ford, who are created a Texas modern style to reflect indigenous qualities of Texas with the modernism of Europe, with young architects who are creating their own interpretation of Texas modern design.

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Margaret McDermott

No one in Dallas has done more for the arts and architecture than Mrs. Eugene McDermott. Well beyond her incredibly generous philanthropy is her civic leadership, the vision she provides, her insights, and the encouragement she gives to those in all fields and the special encouragement she has given to architects.

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Ruth Collins Altshuler

Ruth Collins Altshuler is an elegant, humorous, intelligent woman who has been vitally involved in Dallas, from serving as chairwoman of the SMU Board of Trustees to, most recently, chairwoman of the committee appointed to plan the 50th-anniversary commemoration of the John F. Kennedy assassination.

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Deedie Rose

Deedie Rose has had an incredible impact on Dallas and its interest in architecture, from personal conversations with those desiring good architecture to her philosophy and leadership.
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Pamela Nelson

Pamela Nelson is a very talented artist with a vivid understanding of architecture and space as it relates to art. Pamela Nelson has created art for public spaces, she has created art as a material to be incorporated into architecture and design, and she has curated art for our public spaces in Washington, D.C.

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Kay Bailey Hutchison

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison is also known as a friend and neighbor to many in Dallas. Senator Hutchison and her husband Ray Hutchison were one of the first of a new generation to move on to Swiss Avenue in the 1970s and restore a Lang and Witchell architect-designed home.

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Kalita Beck

I have always said if that if one grows up in an architect designed home, it is very likely one will hire an architect to design one’s own home. Kalita Beck was raised in a Philip Johnson-designed home. Kalita retained Max Levy, known for his exquisite ability to capture the sun and its display of evolving and dissolving patterns of shadow.

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Lee Cullum

Lee Cullum reflects the best of Dallas as she thoughtfully moderates national discussions on art, architecture and international affairs.

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Christy Blumenfeld

Christy Blumenfeld is part of a new generation of female architects who are adept at design and working with a site and architecture.

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Joe Foster

Joe Foster, a commercial real estate broker, is very involved with the community and is a long time Highland Park resident.

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Nell Beck

Nell Beck has a great eye for architects, architecture and design and a great appreciation for classical and modern architecture.

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Anthony McClure

Anthony McClure was one of the founders of the Park Cities preservation movement, with the meticulous renovation of his early and influential Mark Lemmon house.

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George V. Charlton

George V. Charlton has been an extraordinary influence on Dallas with his work with the Dallas Museum of Art and the Dallas Historical Society.

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Jane Wetzel

Jane Wetzel is a Dallas intellectual force who contributes to organizations and to the dialogue of Dallas.

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Mark J. Siegel

A Preston Hollow estate homeowner.

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Craig Enoch

Craig Enoch, a prominent attorney and an esteemed Texas Supreme Court judge, has avocationally followed and admired the evolution of architecture in Dallas.

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Howard Rachofsky

Howard Rachofsky has generously opened his Richard Meier-designed home for both local and international visitors. Dallas TWO x TWO for Aids and Art has become a week of events centered around pre-parties and a party and auction held at the Rachofsky house.

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Bart B. Brown

Bart B. Brown is a Highland Park owner of an architecturally significant home.

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Ron Wommack

Rom Wommack, FAIA, is an architect who trained with two iconic architects – Frank Welch and Bug Oglesby. His strong architectural work has received the highest honors. He is also much admired for his generosity to the community.

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Hugh and Paula Aynesworth

Hugh and Paula Aynesworth are synonymous with Dallas and its evolution. Hugh Aynesworth is best known as the key reporter on the Kennedy assassination and had made 50 years of journalistic contributions to Dallas in many forms.

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Cindy and Bill Ward

Cindy and Bill Ward, a prominent couple who generously supports the awareness of good architecture and whose own home is an example of architectural achievement.

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Joan Swalwell

Joan Swalwell has owned and nurtured Dallas historic and significant homes, adding to the visual delight and history of Dallas and Highland Park.

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Richard Drummond Davis

Richard Drummond Davis is a Dallas born, Princeton educated architect who has designed many of the most impressive estate homes.

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Gloria Wise

Gloria Wise, as executive director of the Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, was an incredible influence on young and old architects alike, nurturing and connecting with clients and with each other to the benefit of Dallas.

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Harriet and Allen Rubin

Harriet and Allen Rubin are avid international travelers, seeing the best art and architecture in the world. They have renovated an early modern Dallas home.

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Sally Rosen

Sally Rosen has renovated architect designed modern homes and curated midcentury art and jewelry as a vocation.

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Dr. and Mrs. Howard M. Cohen

Dr. and Mrs. Howard Cohen have a deep understanding of Dallas, its history and architecture, and live in a midcentury modern home.

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Orville Pate

Orville Pate was the estate manager of the Crespi Estate for 50 years. Estate managers understand good architecture in such an intimate way because of thinking about and how it works both physically and programmatically for the family.

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Carl Schieffer

Carl Schieffer is the founding president of a Dallas bank. His interest in neighborhoods and architecture goes way beyond a banking interest. He is passionate about good homes and significant neighborhoods.

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Max Levy

Max Levy is the architectural poet of Dallas in design, thought and words.

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Dan Owen

A long time Highland Park resident, Dan Owens’ interests span from film festivals to the UTSW Medical School and his family’s lovely Hal Thomson-designed home.

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Virginia DeCleva

Virginia DeCleva is generous with Dallas and generous with her thoughts on contributions to the architectural landscape.

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Greg Rohan

Greg Rohan is president of Heritage Auctions which has many specialities including luxury. Greg and his wife have beautifully renovated an important home in Northern Hills, one of the most admired small neighborhoods in Dallas.

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H. Ralph Hawkins

Ralph Hawkins, president of HKS, collaborated with Steve Chambers, AIA, on his family’s modern home.

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Mark Raymond Domiteaux

Mark Domiteaux is an accomplished Dallas architect, contributing to each neighborhood in which he has designed a home.

Architecture has been in my blood since early childhood. I moved to a home designed in the style of Palladio when I was three! Architecture was a thread throughout our family’s dinner table conversations over the years.

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Priscilla Alden Walker


Priscilla Walker has an original home in Turtle Creek Park, one of my favorite Dallas neighborhoods and it is close to everything interesting in Dallas.

In October of 2011 at the Convention Center, Gail Thomas threw up both arms as she welcomed the 2011 TSA Convention to Dallas with these words:

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Gail Thomas

A monumental force in the shaping of Dallas, Gail founded the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, the What Makes a City? Conference, and the Trinity Trust.

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