Design Lecture: DUST

Jesus Robles & Cade Hayes

September 18, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Credit: 1.0 HSW/SD
1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy. #100
Dallas, TX 75201

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There is a particular way that we have learned to move through our world: to be keen observers, listeners. Continually looking for those moments that move us at our core being. Those guiding the way have been our mentors, elders, nature, and the poets and the artists of our time. 

Our world’s history is written in the dirt. It is through nature that we find the allure of its mystique, its grandeur, and the timeless qualities where we find silence and reverence. For us, the sacred ground remains, carrying with it the promise of a horizon that just barely reveals a glimpse into time. The DNA of the universe is found within each and every one of us. The iron in our blood can be found in the dirt; it’s origins from celestial bodies of a different epoch. Part of our creative process stems from these infinite roots; capturing a moment in light and shadow, silence, the feeling of mud stuck to your hand, the smell of the desert after a rain. Many of these experiences we turn into memory, from memory into life.

We see life as an act of great potential. Through Architecture and art it is possible to create spaces that can add a sense of graciousness to everyday life; to create moments of wonder or joy that reveal a silence amidst all the noise.

Through our work we challenge norms, question values, seek the virtuous, and look to engage the senses to the world around us. We measure the integrity of our work by the quiet pleasures and experiences that are enjoyed by all those who encounter it. We strive to touch this earth lightly, sowing the seeds of reverence where we go.

We understand architecture and its construction to be a reflection of human survival, culture, and evolution. We look to our environment for clues, and refer to the means and methods of those cultures past, present, and those evolving into the future. As Architects and Designers, even more so as builders, we revere and understand the importance of our craft and the craftsman. The ability to do so is rooted in the idea that it's the people that put their hands, minds, and hearts into a project that allow it to show its true form and beauty. Our deep connection to this way of thinking and build process strengthens our resolve as architects, and in return deepens our knowledge and respect for the natural and built environments, and our craft.

We believe architecture lies in the realm of memory and the experienced. Architecture has the power to comfort and inspire. Through the intimacy of spaces and moments lived we strive to blur the lines between the built and natural environments, dream state and reality, time and space. Every creative endeavor is woven and relative to the processes that influence the way we experience the world.

During our lecture, we will offer a look at the process of designing and building work through the understanding of, respect for, and sensitivity to the spirit of place.

Cade Manning Hayes  

Born and raised in Carlsbad, New Mexico. It was the experiences in the Lower Pecos River Valley of the Chihuahuan Desert that nourished his dreams, memories, and intimacy with the desert. As a son of a welder, his early influences come from the time spent helping his father and working on his grandfather’s farm. Through these influences he learned to work with his hands, developing skills and a strong work ethic. It was this time spent that taught him enduring life lessons and to always strive for excellence in life’s endeavors.  Upon receiving his Masters of Architecture from Texas Tech University in 2002, he moved to the Sonoran Desert where he worked with Rick Joy Architects until 2007. Cade continues to seek and develop poetic pursuit and deep respect for the interdependence of place, experience, and materiality. There resides a strong will to refine knowledge, pursue dreams and apply both rigor and freedom to the ideas that govern the creation of anything new.

Jesús Edmundo Robles, Jr

“Our environments we inhabit and the ways we perceive it, engage and inform how we choose to experience and adapt to it. There are mystical qualities about a place that speak of its beauty and its starkness. The awareness of this sensory realm is what we choose to explore and stimulate...”  Born in Fort Huachuca, Arizona, to a Korean immigrant mother and Mexican-American father. Jesús was raised in the deserts of Southern California and grew up in parts of Texas. Some of his fondest childhood memories were traveling the stretch of road between California and West Texas to visit his grandparents in El Paso. The landscapes of the Southwestern US made an indelible impression on his memories since early youth.  Upon earning his Masters of Architecture from Texas Tech University in 2003, he left West Texas with a strong desire to collaborate and create, to learn and hone his craft. That desire led to travel and work over a seven year period throughout Southern California, Arizona, Maryland, Texas, Mexico, and South America. During this time he worked for Rick Joy Architects and Sebastian Mariscal Studio. He studied under various craftsmen and architects, honing his sensibilities and skills as a finish carpenter, designer, and builder. This time spent would greatly influence and form his virtues towards the craft of architecture.


Parking at the DCFA:
We are located between Harwood and St. Paul on the Woodall Rodgers westbound service road. Free Parking is available in underground garage after 5:30pm and in the 17 spaces marked "RESERVED DCFA" on the surface level lot behind the credit union accessible from Harwood Street. Paid parking garage within walking distance.  Refer to the attached map for these locations.

Dart Train: A short walk from Victory Station and St. Paul Station. Visit for more information.

MAC Trolley: Take M-Line Trolley. Visit for more information.


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