Knowledge Forum: Custom Residential will focus on knowledge and information to benefit architects who are engaged in or who are interested in learning more about custom residential practice.  The format of this class facilitates the exchange of knowledge and expertise of those experienced in this area of practice.  Participants will:

  • Learn about current trends in custom residential design
  • Become aware of the joys and pitfalls in this area of practice
  • Discuss how to incorporate green and sustainable design initiatives
  • Explore case studies of collaboration with other professionals

The format of the event will be short lectures, numerous case studies and a moderated panel of experienced architects.


John Sebastian:  John Sebatian is President of Sebastian Construction Group, a construction management company specializing in the building of very high-end residences.  The firm's work includes many of the most prominent residences in Dallas and has been featured in numerous books and periodicals including "Architectural Digest".  He was born in Dallas and was a top graduate in the Archtecture Design Program at Texas Tech University.  John was instrumental in founding the Texas Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and was a long-time board member.  He served on the board of the Dallas Historical Society as its Facilities Chairman.

Douglas Newby: Douglas Newby is a knowledgeable, experienced broker keenly interested in art, architecture, history, and the character and well-being of Dallas.  He specializes in estate homes, architecturally significant, historic and architect designed homes in Dallas and its finest neighborhoods: Preston Hollow, Highland Park, Turtle Creek, Greenway Parks, Volk Estates, Bluffview, Lakewood, Swiss Avenue, White Rock Lake,Munger Place, Park Cities and dramatic building sites desired by Dallas’ best architects.  He is the author of "A Guide to the Older Neighborhoods of Dallas", "Dallas Architecture: Elements of Style" and "Seventy-Five Years of Texas Modernism in Dallas".

Mark Hoesterey, AIA: Mark Hoesterey, AIA, is a founding Principal and Designer at Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects, PLLC.  With licenses in Texas, Colorado, Utah and Florida, Mark enjoys a wide variety of work. He enjoys the collaborative approach to design on residential and boutique commercial projects around the country.  Mark’s love for the outdoors make custom ranches, lake houses, and mountain homes top contenders for his favorite projects. Mark’s design process does not cater to one style but instead focuses on certain principles such as form, scale, light, and proper proportion, as well as exploring connections between people, the indoor and outdoor environments, and materials.

Gary Cunningham, FAIA: Gary Cunningham is the founder and President of Cunningham Architects.  He is licensed in Texas, Colorado, Indiana and Mississippi.  His interests range from the broad aspects of master planning to the details of architectural technology and interior design.  His range is impressive, from houses, schools and office buildings to churches, theaters and a tribal center for the Southern Ute Indians.  No two projects are alike, yet all express a set of basic convictions about materials, structure and process.

Peter Pfeiffer, FAIA: Architect and Interior Designer, Pfeiffer is professionally licensed in Texas, New York, New Jersey, and Oregon, as well as with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He holds a Masters in Architecture degree, with an emphasis in resource efficient design and energy studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science degree in the Building Sciences from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Pfeiffer is a LEED accredited professional who has spent more than 30 years designing and developing pragmatic high performance buildings and homes.


HKS is at the St. Paul Station on the DART rail line.

There are numerous parking garages in the vicinity, including one at the building.