University of St Thomas

The University of St Thomas : Master plan and Campus Mall

The two story exposed steel column and beam campus of the University of St Thomas was designed by Philip Johnson in 1957. Johnson’s design of the campus shares similarities to Mies van der Rohe’s Illinois Institute of Technology which was done about a decade earlier.

The Chapel of St Basil

Nearly 40 years later, the university asked Johnson to design a chapel. The Chapel of St Basil consists of 3 geometric shapes: a cube, a sphere, and a plane. Each element of the chapel was designed with meaning and purpose. Perhaps my favorite detail is the tent-like flap entrance symbolizing the tent the ark of the covenant was kept in. Another unique feature of the chapel is it's use of natural light. The inside of the chapel is lit entirely by strategically placed skylights and windows. There are not any artificial lights. The white stucco walls bounce and soften the lighting inside to the point of it appearing to be lit artificially. To learn more about the chapel visit, the University of St Thomas website here: www.stthom.edu

1400 Smith St. & 1500 Louisiana St.

1400 Smith St. & 1500 Louisiana St.

Some photos of 1400 Smith St. & 1500 Louisiana St.

Walking around downtown trying to find different angles on these two buildings was a bit of a challenge. 1400 Smith and 1500 Louisiana were both formerly headquarters to Enron. Both buildings are now used by Chevron, with a third planned 50-story, 1.7 million SF tower proposed by Chevron designed by HOK.

1400 Smith was developed Brookfield Properties and designed by Lloyd Jones Brewer & Associates, completed in 1983.

1500 Louisiana was developed by Hines and designed by Cesar Pelli & Associates, completed in 2002.

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Some recent photos from the Contemporary Arts Museum. Designed by Gunnar Birkerts and opened in 1972.

I also did a few “speed edits” to show how I edited a couple of these in Photoshop CC 2019. Videos below. There are a lot of things I could’ve done differently that probably would’ve saved time and been more efficient but I figured these were good enough to test my new-to-me screen recording software (OBS Studio).

Wortham Tower - 2727 Allen Parkway

Wortham Tower

Wortham Tower (formerly called American General Building) designed by Lloyd, Morgan, & Jones was completed in 1965. It’s named after Gus Wortham, insurance tycoon and oil baron who founded American General.

Rice University

Rice University

Recent photos from Rice University’s campus.

St. John Vianney Catholic Church

St. John Vianney Catholic Church

Some recent photos from St. John Vianney Catholic Church

Downtown Houston April

Pennzoil Place, The Bank of America Center, One Shell Plaza, Marriott Marquis Houston

Houston Med Center

Bioscience Research Collaborative and The O'Quinn Medical Tower at St. Luke's