I just received word that Texas A&M University recently dedicated its first two architect-designed buildingsâ€”physics buildings named for university benefactors George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell. Both structures were designed by architect Michael Graves and boast numerous "green" features, including heating & AC systems that use natural convection currents and Â a rainfall collection cistern.
Hmmmm. Seems as though national and internationally known architects have always been eager to have their works represented in Texas. Just off the top of my head, I'm thinking of Tadao Ando's beautiful Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth, the Renzo Piano addition to the already-wonderful Louis Kahn-designed Kimbell Art Museum (also in Fort Worth), the recent expansion of the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio by French architect Jean Paul Viguier, and â€”back to campus architectureâ€”the many iconic, Moorish/Spanish-inspired red-brick buildings at Trinity University in San Antonio, designed by Texas architect O'Neil Ford. Makes me think an architecture-tour might be great fun. Road trip!