Mark WELLEN, Co-Founder Rhotenberry Wellen Architects

Frank Welch Memorial Lecture

Mark Wellen FAIA is co-founder and principal of Rhotenberry Wellen Architects in Midland, Texas. Early in Wellen’s career he was a member of Frank Welch’s studio when Frank was based in Midland. He will be an especially appropriate choice to present this Season’s Frank Welch Memorial Lecture.

Rhotenberry Wellen imbues their buildings and spaces with vernacular beauty recreating the DNA of Texas Regional Modernism. The buildings are appropriate to their time and place. Typical materials include raw and galvanized steel, humble concrete, and glass – all appropriate to the setting and the landscape of West Texas. The care with which these materials are detailed, the way they provide shade and shelter, and their inherent durability are all important parts of experiencing Wellen’s work.

Wellen will be joined by Max Levy, FAIA and Mark Gunderson, AIA in conversation about Frank Welch at the conclusion of his presentation.


*All Lectures will occur at 7 pm on the dates indicated below. Our hope is to have all of the Lectures in the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art. This plan is contingent on state, local and museum guidelines in place at the time of each scheduled Lecture. If Covid-related restrictions are still in place, the Lecture will be presented virtually on the scheduled date.