Meda Kessler 2017-08-30 00:39:08
Room to Grow Different but congruent, they’re just a couple of talented guys who get each other. When Greg Ibañez and Bart Shaw, two of Fort Worth’s premiere architects, announce they are joining forces, it makes you stop and think. Three seconds later, you say: “Yes, that makes perfect sense.” Ten seconds later, it’s: “How are they going to display all their awards?” Twenty seconds later: “Ibañez Shaw Architecture really has a nice ring to it.” Both men were exposed early to good design and architecture. For Ibañez, it was boyhood visits to his uncles’ architecture offices in Guadalajara, Mexico. Shaw’s grandfather was a carpentry foreman for Thomas S. Byrne, the Fort Worth-based construction company, founded in 1923, that built the Kimbell Art Museum and the Montgomery Ward building that became the anchor of Montgomery Plaza. Both men went on to pursue architecture academically, and both eventually landed jobs with big North Texas firms before venturing out on their own in Fort Worth. Ibañez has been one of the familiar faces of local architecture for the past 37 years, including time spent at I.M. Pei’s Dallas office after graduation. He has taken an active role in the arts (his wife is founder of Fort Worth’s Amphibian Stage Productions) and civic affairs. He has logged time on the boards of everything from the Fort Worth Art Commission to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. He is a past president of the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects, as was Bart, and, over his long career, has won 23 design awards for residential (including his own home) and commercial design. In 2012, he was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows. Shaw has quietly made a name for himself with a slew of commercial jobs after earning national and local awards for competition (designs that are theoretical) and public art projects such as Memory: Fairmount Park, a community- and user-friendly design in a historic Fort Worth neighborhood that pays homage to its past. Shaw won 19 awards with this project alone. Today, Shaw is helping redefine retail architecture with small but highly visible (and award-winning) projects such as the Pax & Parker boutique, where he made wire hangars into an art form, and the highly visible Fort Worth Camera store in the Cultural District. He also is designing retailer Stanley Eisenman’s new shoe boutique in The Shops at Clearfork. There, Shaw’s work will be seen alongside glittery retail hot spots such as Tory Burch and Tiffany. Ibañez and Shaw have a new office, as they’ve cleaned up and updated a former auto body shop on the western edge of downtown Fort Worth. It’s a fitting location given Ibañez’ passion for sleek cars and his work on numerous Ferrari dealerships throughout Texas. When asked why they decided to team up, they say the decision came down to why not. “We have tremendous respect for each other,” says Ibañez. “We’re congruent but different.” There will be jobs that each will do on his own; others will be collaboration. “Greg continues to be inventive and push the envelope,” says Shaw. “He has presence and a steady hand, plus he’s been through it all.” They both are bullish on Fort Worth when it comes to architecture but also want to maintain a regional and national presence. “Clients come to us for personal attention, just as they have in the past,” says Ibañez. Shaw agrees. “That’s who we tend to gravitate toward as well. People who get what we’re doing and why.” THE DETAILS Ibañez Shaw Architecture 801 W. 10th St., Fort Worth, 817-306-4452, ibanezshaw.com EXHIBITS Inside almost every architect we know is an artist waiting to express themselves on paper or canvas. Count Lee Hill, an associate principal at Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford in Fort Worth, as among those with an artistic flair. Hill’s new show, Forged Paint: Carefully Crafted, will be on exhibit at Gallery 414 during this year’s fall Gallery Night. The show is made up of paintings from past exhibits at the gallery, along with new work infused with color and inspired by studio research in New York City. The title alludes to the definition of the word “forged” in that making art requires a concentrated effort. Hill’s large-scale abstracts — he works mainly with acrylics — feature bold colors and abstract shapes. The pieces acquire depth and texture due to various techniques: staining, pouring, weathering. Hill describes himself as an artist rooted in neomodernism, and his career as an architect greatly influences his work. For Gallery Night, he will take over the entire gallery space at 414 in this solo show. Reception for the artist is noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 9; the show will remain until Oct. 8. Gallery 414, 414 Templeton St., Fort Worth, gallery414.org. HOME TOURS Modern Mile Dallas | Oct. 7 It’s one of the more unusual tours, as ticket holders get a chance to wander through period homes along with new builds in a single walkable square mile of North Dallas. Within an area bordered by Royal Lane, Midway Road, Walnut Hill Lane and Marsh Lane, you’ll see fi ve homes, including a renovated midcentury gem, a modernized ’50s ranch home and a contemporary design. Because Modern Mile Dallas is held in October, there’s a good chance the weather will be conducive to walking. The homes feature everything from “Chinese Modern” architecture and creatively landscaped outdoor spaces to envy-inducing period furniture and accessories. Go for ideas and inspiration and to revel in interesting design both past and present. Proceeds benefi t the award-winning Walnut Hill Elementary, which has used past years’ proceeds to make its outdoor courtyard an ADA compliant asset to the school’s autism program. 11 a.m-5 p.m. Oct. 7. $20, advance tickets on sale Sept. 1; tickets can be picked up the day of the event at any tour home. For information and addresses, modernmiledallas.com. — Meda Kessler ON THE AIR Lone Star Restoration Fort Worth’s Brent Hull and his four-legged sidekick Romeo return in September with a trio of new episodes of Lone Star Restoration scheduled to air Sept. 10, 17 and 24 on the History channel. Hull, owner of Hull Historical, is dedicated to preserving historic architecture, whether it’s with a renovation or a new build using period design. He is a student and nationally recognized master of the homebuilding process and loves sharing his passion for his craft. Of course he will admit that the show’s producers and audience probably love Romeo more. Look for updates via the Hull Historical Facebook page. If you want to check out last season, find full episodes on history.com by looking for Lone Star Restoration under the “shows” tab.
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