Free and Open to the Public. Advance Registration Required.

Presented in Collaboration with Preservation Dallas

The Forum will present a free Panel Discussion focused on the life of Houston Modernist architect Howard Barnstone as chronicled in the recently published monograph Making Houston Modern, a collection of essays which examines his life and legacy. His modernist designs and pioneering writings reshaped perceptions of the architecture of Texas. Barnstone worked closely with Philip Johnson on many of his Texas projects and was instrumental in the design of the Rothko Chapel. This important contribution and the perspective of Barnstone's work is edited by "three renowned voices in the architecture world, (and) situates Barnstone within the contexts of American architecture, modernism, and Jewish culture to unravel the legacy of a charismatic personality whose imaginative work as an architect, author, teacher, and civic commentator helped redefine architecture in Texas."  Panel participants will include Moderator Kate Holliday, Michelangelo Sabatino, Robert Barnstone and Jeffery Lieber. 


Kathryn (Kate) Holliday, Hon. AIA Fort Worth and Hon. AIA Dallas, is an architectural historian whose research and teaching focus on the built environment in American cities. She studied architecture, art history, and environmental studies at Williams College and the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of two monographs on New York architects, Leopold Eidlitz: Architecture and Idealism in the Gilded Age and Ralph Walker: Architect of the Century (Rizzoli, 2012). She is currently at work on several projects, including the book manuscript for Telephone City, which explores the history of telephone buildings and telecommunications infrastructure.


As director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture, she also engages with the Dallas-Fort Worth architecture and historic preservation community. She serves on the board of directors of Historic Fort Worth, served for six years on the State Board of Review of the Texas Historical Commission, and has also contributed chapters to books on Texas architects O’Neil Ford and Howard Barnstone. She is part of a team of landscape architects and architects working to support the Joppa/Joppee community in southern Dallas as it advocates for a voice in shaping its future. The team’s project is called "Reclaiming Black Settlements: A Design Playbook for Historic Communities in the Shadow of Sprawl". In 2020, the Texas Society of Architects awarded her the Flowers Award for Excellence in Promotion of Architecture through the Media, and the Texas Historical Commission awarded her its Media Achievement Award for The Open-Ended City: David Dillon on Texas Architecture