Retrospect is an annual event organized by the Dallas AIA and hosted by NorthPark Center to introduce architecture to the community through three-dimensional displays created by Dallas area architects.  All the exhibits this year embrace the theme “Communicate the Value of Architecture and Design” to the general public.

BRW Architects designed an interactive display that encourages community engagement and education about the architectural process.  Our exhibit centers on a metal architectural flat file encased in vintage colored wood panels, and topped with a bass wood model.  The top drawer of the flat file is a graphic flow chart depicting the “Pieces of the Architectural Process”. Upon opening any of the other drawers, one will find a collage of materials, models, renderings, site plans, maps, construction drawings, final photos, etc. representing the process of that particular project.


We chose to highlight the following nine projects: Dallas Fire Station No. 32; University of Dallas Walkway, Gateways, and Haggar University Center Dining; Houston Community College San Jacinto Memorial Building; Dallas Trinity River Audubon Center; Dallas ISD Woodrow Wilson High School; Texas A&M University-Commerce Music Building; Dallas Housing Authority Lake West Master Plan and Retail Center; Texas A&M University Liberal Arts & Humanities Building; and Dallas ISD Thelma Richardson Elementary School.

We hope to evoke a sense of excitement as one discovers something new in every drawer. It’s kind of like a scavenger hunt… In fact, if one of your projects was listed above, go see if you can find it! Happy Discovering!



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