Chapter Meeting: The Value of our Architectural Inheritance

May 21, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Credit: 1.0 HSW
Dallas Center for Architecture
1909 Woodall Rodgers Freeway
Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75201

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This Historic Preservation Month program will take a look at Dallas' architectural heritage and the evolving ideas about the role it plays as the city urbanizes. Beginning in the tumultuous summer of 2016, the Chapter began to study the role historic buildings play in modern urban environments, especially the conflicts between existing and new development that had manifested themselves over that summer. The result is the brand new Policy Statement on Local Architectural Heritage that is intended to guide the Chapter and its members when facing this issue. This meeting marks the official roll-out of this policy with an opportunity to discuss the impact it is expected to have. The presentation will feature a panel discussion to consider current questions and evolving ideas about Dallas existing urban fabric. Moderated by Kevin Sloan, Hon. AIA Dallas, one of our city's leading urban design voices, the panel will also include Cris Jordan with the real estate perspective, Veletta Forsythe Lill, Hon. AIA, with her unique knowledge of architecture, arts, and the operations of a major city, and Norman Alston, AIA, preservation architect and chair of the ad-hoc committee charged with development of the new policy statement.

AIA Dallas Chapter Meetings are a monthly opportunity for the membership to gather for an evening of community, creativity, news and updates, and professional development. Held on the third Monday of each month, these programs also offer free continuing education hours as a benefit to members. Mark your calendars now!


Kevin Sloan, ASLA, Hon. AIA Dallas, M. Arch is an urban designer, landscape architect, writer, Professor in Architecture & Practice at UTA CAPPA and Chairman of the Urban Design Peer Review Panel. The work of his professional practice, Kevin Sloan Studio, has been nationally awarded, exhibited and internationally published including the site design for the AT&T Center for the Performing Arts, a bio-filtering landscape for The Dallas Urban Reserve, campus planning to attract the Bush Presidential Center to SMU. Recent landscape works such as The Airfield Falls Conservation Park in Fort Worth demonstrate Re-wilding, a concept for urban landscapes he has pioneered and advocated for the Dallas Trinity River for over a decade. He offices in the storefront of the historic Kessler Theater. 


Veletta Forsythe Lill, Hon. AIA has been a change agent in Dallas for more than 3 decades.   The former member of the Dallas City Council  (1997-2005) and long time community advocate has played multiple roles in the development of the cultural and physical city and the policy that has guided it. She has served on  numerous private, non-profit boards from the Dallas Center for Architecture to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.   Her work in historic preservation, urban planning and the arts has been honored by organizations at a local, state and national level.

Cris Jordan is a commercial real estate professional and has served as a leader in the Dallas market.  She is an urban specialist with an emphasis on repositioning mixed-use assets, including historic adaptive reuse projects.  Recently, Cris completed five years of service as a Landmark Commissioner for the City of Dallas. She has been involved in a leadership capacity for numerous civic organizations.

Norman Alston, AIA is a historic preservation architect and founder of Norman Alston Architects in Dallas. He has served on the Dallas Landmark Commission and is the current chair of the Historic Resource Committees of both AIA Dallas and the Texas Society of Architects. Norman also serves with Kevin Sloan on the the City of Dallas' Urban Design Peer Review Panel.