Symposium Honoring David Dillon’s Life & Career to be Held at Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center

Photo Courtesy UTA School of Architecture

The inaugural David Dillon Symposium will take place April 26 and 27 at the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center and will honor Dillon's prolific career as an architectural critic.

Through a keynote address and a daylong symposium, the changing role and venues for architectural criticism today will be explored. A wide range of respected speakers from Texas and across the country who write about architecture for newspapers, magazines, journals, books, and blogs, will consider the purpose of architectural criticism in a digital world where publishing and access to information have radically changed the traditions of the field. What is the role of the architectural critic today? Who reads criticism? Can good criticism help shape a better, more vibrant city?

David Dillon - Photo Courtesy Texas Society of Architects

The keynote speaker for “Criticism Today,” will be Pulitzer Prize-winning Paul Goldberger, the architecture critic for The New Yorker. Goldberger will speak Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art. Goldberger also will speak as part of the Dillon Symposium on Friday, April 27 at the Nasher Sculpture Center.

The Symposium also will include:

  • Kate Holliday, Director of David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture
  • Scott Cantrell, critic at the Dallas Morning News
  • Thomas Fisher, Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota
  • Stephen Fox, fellow of the Anchorage Foundation of Texas
  • Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times
  • Alexandra Lange, critic, journalist and architectural historian
  • Benjamin Lima, critic and art history professor at University of Texas Arlington
  • Stephan Sharpe, editor of Texas Architect

Advance reservations and ticket purchase is encouraged.

What: Annual David Dillon Symposium
When: April 26 & 27 (Complete schedule here)
Where: Horchow Auditoreum (Dallas Museum of Art)
Nasher Sculpture Center
How Much: $45 for General Admission to keynote address and symposium, $25 for keynote address only
$35  for Dallas Architecture Forum members and UTA Faculty and staff for keynote address and symposium, $15 for keynote address only
$15 for full-time students for keynote address and symposium, $5 for keynote address only
Where to Purchase Tickets: Registration is available at the Dallas Architecture Forum’s website or by phone at 817-272-2313. If available, remaining tickets may be purchased before the Thursday evening keynote and the Friday symposium.

The David Dillon Symposium is organized by the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture; and is presented by the Dillon Center and the Dallas Architecture Forum.