Rome | September 2015

From September 29 to October 6, 2015, Friends of Architecture visited Rome, Italy for an updated experience of the Eternal City. Leading the tour were School of Architecture Dean Fritz Steiner, Associate Professor Mirka Benes, Associate Professor Larry Doll, and Smilja Milovanovic-Bertram. This was an incredible opportunity to tour an iconic city with some of the world’s most preeminent scholars of Italian architecture and design, with visits to the Villa Adriana, Villa d’Este, Vatican Gardens, Colosseo, Ara Pacis, Auditorium Parco Della Musica, E.U.R., and MAXXI.

Miami | April 2014

School of Architecture Associate Professor Nichole Wiedemann and Friends of Architecture participants headed to Miami, Florida in spring 2014 to gain a special understanding of tropical architecture, landscape architecture, and art in a renowned Floridian paradise. Work by Max Strang Architecture (AIA Miami's 2010 Firm of the Year) and Miami design powerhouse, Arquitectonica, were featured on the tour, with visits to The Kampong Botanical Gardens and the brand new Pérez Art Museum Miami, amongst many other exciting destinations.

Brazil | June 2013

In June 2013, Friends of Architecture escaped the Texas heat to travel to exotic São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Ouro Preto, Inhotim, Rio de Janeiro, and Brasília. Participants had special access to private homes designed by some of Brazil's most outstanding architects, such as Angelo Bucci, Carlos Teixeira, and Carla Juaçaba. School of Architecture Associate Professor Fernando Lara, a Brazilian native and member of the Brazilian Institute of Architects, helped lead the tour, with in-depth presentations on the remarkable history, fascinating culture, and great architecture of the world's fifth-largest nation.

Philadelphia | October 2012

Friends of Architecture visited the City of Brotherly Love in October 2012, with tours of recent projects by prominent architecture, landscape architecture, and design firms, including Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, OLIN, KieranTimberlake, and Onion Flats. Guests participated in an exclusive architectural tour of the brand new Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, as well as the Barnes Villa and arboretum, home of the museum’s former galleries.

San Antonio | February 2009

In 2009, Friends of Architecture revisited the River City to tour exclusive modern homes and beautifully preserved historic residences in Alamo Heights and the King William neighborhood, as well as exciting public spaces, such as the revitalized Pearl Brewery and the new wing of the McNay Art Museum.

Seattle | July 2008

Friends of Architecture headed to the Pacific Northwest's Emerald City to see a bevy of innovative projects designed by internationally-renowned architects, such as Holl, Koolhaas, and Gehry. Work by extraordinary local firms such as Miller/Hull and LMN Architects were also highlighted on this special tour.

Palm Springs | February 2008

In 2008, Friends of Architecture had the exclusive opportunity to visit coolest of the cool: Palm Springs. Known for its sleek mid-century modern design, this iconic desert oasis trip featured visits to works by Albert Frey, as well as the Bougainvillea House and the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Austin | November 2007

Friends of Architecture kept it weird with a "stay-cation" in our quirky hometown. Participants toured work by  Webber + Studio, Urban Jobe Architecture, Miró Rivera Architects, and Burton Baldridge, to name a few. At home in Austin—what could be better?

New Orleans | May 2007

In 2007, Friends of Architecture headed to The Big Easy, where participants were warmly welcomed by architects, educators, and residents on a worthwhile mission to rebuild their resilient city in the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Visits to several post-Katrina design-build projects by students at Tulane University—as well as trips to the Garden District and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art—made for an incredibly meaningful experience.

Dallas | February 2007

Friends of Architecture revisited the bright lights of one of our favorite Texas cities: Dallas. Viewing architecture, landscape design, and interiors by Sharon Dodum, Cunningham Architects, Mesa Design group, D.I.R.T. studios, Emily Summers, Bud Oglesby, and Hocker Design Group, participants were treated to  a memorable experience in the Metroplex.

Texas Hill Country (Round 2) | November 2006

Back by popular demand, Friends of Architecture headed out to the Texas Hill Country for a quick jaunt to the region's most beautiful ranches.

Michoacan | August 2006

In 2006, Friends of Architecture visited historical towns and villages throughout Central Mexico, including Morelia, Patzcuaro, and Santa Clara del Corbre. Highlights included exclusive insider tours of homes, artist studios, and villas. Thanks to Cyndy Severson, we were able to experience a beautiful region that's truly off the beaten path.

San Antonio | March 2006

Friends of Architecture made the short trip down the road to the Alamo City to see amazing architecture and design, as curated by Gilbert and Suzanne Mathews. Participants were even to treated to a personally guided tour of the San Antonio Museum of Art with director Marion Oettinger.

Texas Hill Country | February 2006

Friends of Architecture toured the Hill Country's most stunning ranches and guest houses, deep in the heart of Texas!

Houston | November 2005

With expert guidance from Clayton Morgan, Friends of Architecture ventured to Houston to see rich interiors and modern architecture, including a residential palace designed by Herbert Wells.

Rome | May 2005

In 2005, School of Architecture Dean Fritz Steiner led Friends of Architecture participants on an unforgettable week of exclusive, behind-the-scenes tours of the Vatican Gardens, Orto Botancio, and the American Academy, as well as Tivoli's Villa d'Este, Bagnasis' Villa Lante, and Frascati's Villa Aldobrandini. La dolce vita, indeed.

Marfa | June 2004

School of Architecture Professor Larry Doll guided Friends of Architecture participants through this creative community in West Texas. With a visit to the Chinati Foundation, as well as a private tour of the famed McDonald Observatory with director Dr. Frank Bash, this trip was an incredible experience for all.  

Phoenix | March 2004

Friends of Architecture participants traveled with School of Architecture Dean Fritz Steiner on a tour of Phoenix, which included visits to Paolo Soleri 's bio-climatic architectural environment, Cosanti, as well as trips to Arizona State University, Burton Barr Central Library (by bruderDWLarchitects), and WaterWorks at Arizona Falls, a park-like hydroelectric plant. The trip through the desert oasis was the perfect escape over spring break!


Dallas | November 2003

Friends of Architecture participants headed on another trip to nearby Dallas, a city renowned for its stunning architecture. Guests had the opportunity to see “Rey Rosa,” Deedie and Rusty Rose's exquisite ranch home. Additional excursions to the private homes of Charles and Diane Cheatham and Stephen and Emily Summers were also part of our trip. Additionally, Dr. Dorothy Kosinski, European Art Curator from the Dallas Museum of Art, teamed up with Jeffrey Hill, AIA, from The Beck Group, to lead a tour of Dallas' brand new Nasher Sculpture Center, designed by architect Renzo Piano (with landscape architecture by Peter Walker & Associates).


San Miguel de Allende | August 2003 

The late Hal Box, Dean Emeritus of the School of Architecture, led participants on a week-long tour of San Miguel de Allende, situated high atop the mountains of central Mexico. Known for its winding, terraced cobblestone streets and arched colonial architecture, guests had the opportunity to visit the Church at Atotonilco, tour local homes and gardens, and observe unique Mexican desert construction techniques. Excursions to the nearby cities of Valenciana and Guanajuato were also part of this exciting adventure.


Dallas | August 2002

Friends of Architecture participants joined School of Architecture faculty on a tour of homes highlighting prominent Dallas architecture, including the beautiful Rachofsky House, as well as an exclusive vieiwing of the School of Architecture exhibit, Three Dimensions of Architecture: light, space, time.



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Friends of Architecture inside Ibirapuera Auditorium in São Paulo, Brazil; designed by Oscar Niemeyer