The Dallas Architecture Forum Presents the Inaugural Frank Welch Memorial Lecture

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The Dallas Architecture Forum Presents the Inaugural Frank Welch Memorial Lecture

January 30, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST

Free – $20

The Dallas Architecture Forum is honored to announce the establishment of the Frank Welch Memorial Lecture to be presented each season as a part of The Forum’s Lecture Series.

This lecture will serve as an ongoing tribute to Architect Frank Welch, FAIA, to honor his lasting legacy as Dean of Texas Modernist Architecture. The Forum is pleased to announce that Ted Flato, Co-Founder of Lake|Flato Architects of San Antonio, will deliver the inaugural Frank Welch Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Ted Flato, FAIA, is a native to Corpus Christi, Texas and received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Stanford University. Since founding Lake|Flato with David Lake in 1984, Flato has garnered a reputation for his straight-forward, regional designs that leverage each unique site to connect people to the natural environment. Flato is known for employing sustainable strategies in a wide variety of building types and scales. He seeks to conserve energy and natural resources while creating a healthy built environment. Additionally, Flato developed Lake|Flato Porch House — a system of modules and connecting porch elements that link to the outdoors and simplify the design and construction process in a way that is less wasteful.

Lake|Flato has designed the recently opened TreeHouse store in Dallas, which offers sustainable, high performance building materials, and the two Porch Houses on the TreeHouse property which are home to Houndstooth Coffee. The firm has received over 270 international, national and regional architectural awards — including the prestigious AIA Architecture Firm Award. Ten Lake|Flato projects have received the national AIA COTE Top Ten Project Award — more than any other firm in the nation. In 2013, the firm received the prestigious LOCUS Global Award for Sustainable Architecture and in 2014, Lake|Flato was inducted into the Interior Design Magazine Hall of Fame. Lake|Flato consistently ranks as one of the top Architecture firms and one of the most sustainable design firms in Architect Magazine’s Top 50 — an annual ranking of the best U.S. firms. The firm was also recently named one of the Ten Most Innovative Architecture Firms in the World by Fast Company.

Flato will speak on Tuesday, January 30 at 7:00 p.m., with check-in and reception at 6:15 p.m., in The Horchow Auditorium at The Dallas Museum of Art.

“The architectural philosophy and outstanding award-winning work of Ted Flato make him the perfect choice to present The Dallas Architecture Forum’s inaugural Frank Welch Memorial Lecture,” stated Forum Executive Director Nate Eudaly.  “Like Frank Welch, Ted Flato designs projects that are shaped by the opportunities and challenges presented by their environments, and he seeks to create a seamless connection between interior spaces and the surrounding outdoors. We believe Mr. Flato will present what is sure to be a program of great interest.”

Tickets are $20 per lecture for general admission and $5 for students (with ID). Tickets can be purchased at the door before the lecture or purchased in advance HERE:

No reservations are needed to attend Forum lectures. Dallas Architecture Forum members receive free admission to all regular Forum lectures as a benefit of membership, and AIA members can earn one hour of CE credit for each lecture. For more information on the Dallas Architecture Forum, visit or call 214-764-2406.

Season Benefactors for the Dallas Architecture Forum’s 2017-2018 Season are Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty – Faisal Halum Group, D Home | D Magazine, and Maharger Development – Reggie Graham. Series Benefactors are ALA, Bodron + Fruit, Corgan, DLR Group/Staffelbach, HKS, Scott + Cooner and SMINK. Lecture Benefactors are Billingsley, GFF, Gioia/Goyer Group-Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, SCHMIDT+STACY and Turner Construction. Reception Underwriter is Datum Engineers.

About the Frank Welch Memorial Lecture

Frank Welch was a long-time friend and member of The Dallas Architecture Forum. The Forum was fortunate to have events at many of the residences that he designed. The highlight of each event was when Frank would give brief remarks about the project to the attendees. He was always gracious, insightful, and humble, and his presence made the event memorable for all who were there.

Frank Welch’s legacy will continue through his work, including his The Birthday project, which inspires the design aesthetic of a new generation of Texas design professionals. The architects Frank Welch mentored and the lives he touched are lasting tributes to his vision and humanity.

Frank Welch’s family has designated The Dallas Architecture Forum as one of the charities to which memorial donations in his honor can be made. Donations will be used to fund the annual Frank Welch Memorial Lecture.

For more information and to donate to the Frank Welch Memorial Lecture fund, click Here



January 30, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST
Free – $20
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