Alexander Architectural Archive Launches New Exhibit Series “To Better Know a Building”
Beginning this month, the Alexander Architectural Archive — part of the University of Texas Libraries — presents a new architecture exhibit series that focuses on buildings with ties to the archive’s collections.
The Alexander Architectural Archive — a special collection of the Architecture & Planning Library — has among its materials the original construction drawings from the office of Preston Geren, the project’s associate architect. The exhibit will present original pencil on paper architectural drawings and photographs of the building.
“To Better Know A Building” seeks to explore buildings through the drawings and other visual items found in the archive and library, promoting the records of a single building. Plans, elevations and sections visually communicate design intent and can also be used as a vehicle in teaching through example.
Larry Speck — currently a principal in the architectural firm of Page (formerly PageSoutherlandPage), as well as a faculty member and former dean in the School of Architecture — will inaugurate the exhibition series with opening remarks.
The opening reception will take place at 6 p.m., Monday, October 13, in the reading room of the Architecture & Planning Library, located in historic Battle Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
To Better Know a Building: Kimbell Art Museum” will be on view in the library’s reading room through January 30, 2015.
The next building featured in the series will be determined by a vote by students, faculty and staff in the School of Architecture from a list chosen from the holdings of the Alexander Architectural Archive.