Dallas Architecture Forum Honors unCONVENTIONAL Design as Finalist

PRINCETON, NJ – The Irving Convention Center was recognized as a finalist for the Dallas Architecture Forum’s 25th Anniversary Design Recognition – Looking Back – Looking Forward.



The convention center is a counter proposal to the culture of containment that has proliferated in the DFW Metroplex. Convention goers and meeting attendees will discover the antidote in the non-programmed space that constructs a set of outdoor experiences in the form of ramps, stairs and expansive roof terraces en plein-air. The stair-ramp-ways open a dialogue of free and independent movement that we associate with civic space. Cantilevers of steel and mesh produce vast areas of shade. The copper perforated panels subvert expectations of weight and mass and offer transparency and illusion. These un-programmed spaces invite the chance, spontaneous encounters where people are most likely to engage each other.


The stacked program was conceived as a multi-layered strategy to address poor soils requiring deep caissons among other criteria.  The formal integration of the strategy oscillated between subtractions of environmental costs and additions of indoor/ outdoor spaces that would become comfortable, inviting places. Hybrid catenary trusses support the stacked/rotated floors above the clear-span 270’ x 190’ exhibit hall.


The project is LEED certified for its integration of sustainable principles and generative design.  Expansion of DART, including new station stop 1200 feet from the building; Use of untreated water from Lake Carolyn for flushing toilets, irrigation and make-up water supply to cooling towers: Estimated consumption reduced by 19 million gallons/yr; 3,600 tons of recycled steel sourced from old vehicles by North Texas supplier; 150 tons of milled, perforated copper panels fabricated in the city of Irving; Use of copper: natural, light weight, low maintenance material.



The Dallas Architecture Forum educates, enriches, and connects the North Texas community by presenting programs and events, creating experiences, and engaging global and local thought-leaders from all design fields to enhance how we live. This Season, The Forum is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Over the last 25 years, Dallas/Fort Worth has seen great advances in its built environment. The Dallas Arts District has been finished, new museums in both cities have been built, and significant public spaces, parks, and public art have opened, positively engaging the community. The Forum plans to recognize and honor these developments with a 25th Anniversary Design Recognition: Looking Back – Looking Forward.


To see view all the finalists and learn more about the Dallas Architecture Forum, click here.

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