Dallas Architecture Forum Starts New Season With Two Virtual Events

Two leading architecture photographers kick off the upcoming Dallas Architecture Forum season. Ben Koush and Nikola Olic will present their work on September 29th in a free virtual panel discussion.

Koush will focus on images to preserve modernist architecture. He has a particular interest in preserving modern architecture and is a founding member of Houston Mod, which has received numerous local and state awards.

LEFT TO RIGHT: Jose bestiro y Hermano in Brownsville; Dallas’ Lipshy House; Stahlman Lumber in Houston; and Dentons Unitarian Church by Ben Koush

Koush’s architectural writing and photography appear in Architects’ Newspaper, Cite Magazine and Texas Architect, as well as on his widely used Instagram account @benkoush. He currently serves on the State Board of Review for the Texas Historical Commission, the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission, and the Publications Committee of Texas Architect Magazine.

Olic, whose photos have featured in the Sunday Arts and Life Section of the Dallas Morning News and the Travel Section of the New York Times, will discuss the importance of location and context for his work, which reflects the artistic design of the building.

LEFT TO RIGHT: Building with Steps and Chrysler Building United Nations by Nikola Olic

His current project ‘Structural Photography’ started in 2014 and includes abstract architectural photographs that reinterpret their motifs in a playful, dimensionless and disoriented way. In addition to Dallas, this project also focuses on architecture and photography from across North America, as well as Europe and Asia.

The Executive Director of the Dallas Architecture Forum, Nate Eudaly, will moderate the event.

The following week, October 6th, the rare works from the archives for architectural photography by John Rogers and Georgette de Bruchard will be exhibited in the UNT’s special collections. Morgan Davis Gieringer, Director of Special Collections, will present a virtual tour of the photo archive with photos from the “Mad Men” era of the 1950s and 1960s, with a particular focus on the architecture of North Texas during this period.

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John Rogers Collection

Rogers developed close relationships with Dallas architects and firms including Jarvis-Putty-Jarvis, O’Neil Ford, Arch Swank, Beran & Shelmire, and Philip Johnson. The archive includes major construction projects such as the Republic Center, Statler Hilton, and the Texas Instruments Semiconductor Facility, as well as smaller projects such as drug stores and public libraries.

The UNT libraries’ special collections have spent almost two years carefully organizing and indexing the collection, which is being carefully and systematically digitized. After the full digitization process and subject identification, the images will be freely available for personal and educational use through the UNT Texas History Portal.

Registration is required for both events (September 29th and October 6th).

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