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[Web] The Architect's Newspaper | 06.21.2017
Principal Ken Jones recently gave a preview of his presentation at the Facades+AM conference coming up on July 18 in Austin for The Architect's Newspaper, discussing how MRA has collaborated closely with structural engineers to produce beautiful and poetic projects by allowing “structure to be the architecture of the project and let every detail shine through." Read the interview here.
[Print] Mercedes Me Guide: Austin | 05.15.2017
"Who wants a snack shack in the middle of paradise? Miró Rivera Architects combat this tendency by assessing the space, getting inspired by natural elements, then building something that looks so organic, it could have sprung from the ground."
[Web] ArchDaily | 04.13.2017
The soaring Vertical House has been featured on ArchDaily, the world's most visited architecture website. Characterized by clean lines, sheer glass walls, and sculptural sun shades, this sharply-detailed house offers an intriguing counterpoint to the tropical ambiance of its forest-like setting. Check out the feature here.
[Lecture] NASCC: The Steel Conference | 03.22.2017
Partner Ken Jones was joined by associates from Walter P. Moore and Patriot Erectors to take attendees of the 2017 NASCC Steel Conference for a lap on the inside track as they broken down the design, development, and execution of the iconic Observation Tower at the Circuit of the Americas.
[Print] Arquitectura Viva | 03.01.2017
"In a world atomized into a whirlwind of elementary particles that move haphazardly, these spaces supply a backdrop to stage the collective and to choreograph the ties that cast a safety net to protect from the whims of fate; and in a world deafened by the many messages and the sleepless agitation of daily life, the spaces for the spirit provide shelter for the fertile withdrawal that shields the conscience."
[Award] U.S. Green Building Council | 02.14.2017
The AISD Performing Arts Center has earned LEED Gold certification from the United States Green Building Council. The LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. Compared to a baseline case study, the Performing Arts Center achieves 23% less overall energy use; 100% less irrigation potable water use (via graywater recycling); and 33% less indoor potable water use. 44% of building materials were sourced within 500 miles, and the building contains 33% recycled content.
[Award] International Faith & Form Awards | 12.06.2016
Chinmaya Mission Austin has been recognized internationally with an award for New Religious Architecture from Faith & Form magazine and the AIA's Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA). This year's jury recognized 28 projects across 10 categories. See all of this year's winners here.
[Award] Austin Green Awards | 11.09.2016
Two MRA projects, LifeWorks and the AISD Performing Arts Center, took top honors at the inaugural Austin Green Awards celebration. Launched this year, the awards are the first such program "to specifically highlight the outstanding accomplishments in the broad arena of sustainable design and innovation" in Austin.
[Print] Tribeza: The Architecture Issue | 10.10.2016
Partner Miguel Rivera is included in a roundup of the "most groundbreaking and refreshing" architects in Austin as part of the 2016 Architecture Issue of Tribeza magazine. The feature includes a Q&A with topics ranging from new architectural trends to the designers' favorite buildings and public spaces. Check out this preview or pick up the issue for free at various locations around Austin all month long.
[Jury] AIA Design Awards | 09.15.2016
Jury season is upon us! Over the past few weeks, partners Juan Miró and Miguel Rivera have traveled around Central Texas serving as jurors for several AIA chapters—including the Potomac Valley, Baltimore, and Columbus—and have enjoyed the opportunity not only to survey the wide variety of work being produced by talented emerging and established firms around the country, but also to increase the sense of community among the profession.
[Award] TxA Architecture Firm Award | 08.26.2016
MRA has been awarded the 2016 Architecture Firm Award by the Texas Society of Architects/AIA! Since 1996, the award has recognized one firm each year that has consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least ten years; it is the highest honor that TxA can bestow upon a firm. Candidates are evaluated on both the quality of the firm's work and contributions to the profession and the community. From the jurors:
"Miró Rivera Architects has established an international reputation for excellence in architectural design and leadership in its professional practice. The firm’s principals and staff have made significant contributions to architectural and planning higher education. Miró Rivera’s design work has advanced the quality of the built environment and raised the bar for AIA and the professional practice."
View the full list of honor award winners here.
[Web] Modern Austin | 07.14.2016
Local design and real estate blog Modern Austin has published an interview with partner Miguel Rivera, in which he opens up about the challenges and inspirations of practicing architecture: "Architects must care. They care about making places better. They must care about people. They must fight obstacles and often have to compromise. I admire anyone who is trying to make things better."
Read the full interview here.
[Lecture] ACSA International Conference | 06.30.2016
Partner Juan Miró flew to Santiago, Chile to participate in the 2016 International Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Juan joined a panel on urban tactics and strategies, presenting a lecture on re-imagining American cities and landscapes. Find out more about the conference here.
[Web] ArchDaily | 06.09.2016
In celebration of its 10-year anniversary, global architecture resource ArchDaily has inaugurated a new section celebrating the 100 most influential projects from their extensive database, and MRA's Circuit of the Americas made the cut!
Gleaned from thousands of projects, the new section offers "interesting case studies and references for millions of architects, students and specialists who are in search of the most important and inspiring projects from around the world."
[Print] Ambiente y Color | 06.01.2016
[Web] Architect Magazine | 05.20.2016
"The main auditorium...exhibits the form and craftsmanship of a violin or cello. With its elegant curves and rich material palette, the 1,200-seat venue, visible from the street through the glazed curtainwalls of the center’s lobby, appears as a precious object on display in a glass case."
[Web] USA Today | 05.20.2016
"When nature calls, nature lovers need not be short-changed. These gleaming toilets, made from 49 spiraling weathered steel plates, welcome hikers and bikers on the Lady Bird Lake trail along the Colorado River. The designers aimed to create a sculpture, not a mere latrine."
[Panel] Building the Future | 05.04.2016
Join partner Juan Miró next week at the University of Texas’ “Building the Future” real estate conference, as he participates in a panel discussion about the physical and intellectual development occurring around campus, and their effects on the city of Austin. The event (register here) will take place on May 4 at the JW Marriot in downtown Austin, and will feature key contributors from various fields, including Eric Hirst, Senior Associate Dean at the UT McCombs School of Business, and Dr. Mini Kahlon, Vice Dean for Strategy & Partnerships at Dell Medical School.
[Lecture] Symposium on Félix Candela | 04.29.2016
On April 29, Juan Miró presents a lecture entitled "Learning from Félix" at the Mexican Cultural Institute in San Antonio as part of a symposium organized by the Consulate General of Mexico. The lecture will explore the legacy of Mexican architect Félix Candela as the "last great master builder", including analyses of his works by students of Juan's own Studio Mexico at the UT School of Architecture.
[Award] IDEAS² Merit Award | 04.15.16
Held annually, the IDEAS² Awards recognize outstanding feats of engineering and architectural steel projects across the country. For the second year in a row, MRA is excited to announce that one of our projects—the Vertical House in Dallas—has received the National Award in partnership with Datum Engineers. Nestled in a lush site with sweeping views of downtown Dallas, this compact yet spacious home pushes the boundaries of steel construction to blur the relationship between inside and out.
[Lecture] UT CAAD Friday Lunch Forum | 04.08.2016
As part of the UTSOA Center for American Architecture & Design's Friday Lunch Forum series, Juan Miró presented a new lecture entitled "Are Dense Cities Really Better?" The lecture questioned the value of density as a total solution for the growth of modern American cities, and made the case for cities that are more integrated with the natural landscape. A recording of the lecture is available here.
[Award] Architizer A+ Awards | 03.15.16
Chinmaya Mission Austin has received a Special Mention in the "Religious Buildings & Memorials" category of the international Architizer A+ Awards. Architizer is the world's largest and fastest growing website for architecture. The Architizer A+Awards received entries from a 100 countries and represents the best of architecture and design worldwide. Check out a complete list of finalists here.
[Print] Austin HOME Magazine | 03.10.2016
Partner Miguel Rivera was included in a roundup of Austin's leading architects, who were asked to ponder the future of home design in Central Texas as part of a special 10-year anniversary issue. Said Miguel: "Austinites’ love of entertaining and the outdoors calls for homes with open living spaces well connected to outdoor areas with fantastic landscapes that really feel like Texas—less lawn, more gravel and xeriscapes. A little water feature always helps you relax and enjoy some music under a live oak tree."
[Lecture] Universidad Marista de Mérida | 02.10.2016
Partner Juan Miró, professor and associate dean at the UT Austin School of Architecture, recently traveled to Mexico for one week with students from his Studio Mexico program. In between exploring the country's cultural and architectural history, Juan gave a lecture on MRA's recent works for architecture students at the Universidad Marista de Mérida in northern Yucatan.
[Award] 2016 ULI Impact Awards | 12.11.2015
The Austin Business Journal has named the finalists for the Urban Land Institutes's annual Impact Awards, and the AISD Performing Arts Center. The awards honor "projects and people in Austin that exemplify ULI's mission: to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide." Check out a slideshow of the finalists here.
[Lecture] PRI Ambassador Council | 11.13.2015
Juan Miró was a panelist at the Sixth Annual PRI Ambassador Council, a gathering of leaders from around the country who support Public Radio International (PRI) and its mission to connect the American public to a broad array of global news and cultural perspectives. Juan's lecture provided insight on the transformation of American cites and its impact on society at large.
[Lecture] TSA Convention & Design Expo | 11.06.2015
Join partners Juan Mirò, Miguel Rivera, and Ken Jones this Friday and Saturday at "Stories", the 76th Annual Texas Society of Architects Convention and Design Expo, as they present MRA's three TSA Design Award-winning projects (Panel 1 - Chinmaya Mission Austin, Panel 2 - F1 Tower, and Panel 3 - Vertical House). See you in Dallas!
[Exhibit] PERSPECTIVAS dosmil15 | 10.01.2015
PERSPECTIVAS dosmil15, an exhibition coordinated by the AIA Austin's "Latinos in Architecture" committee, will be on view at Austin City Hall and the Austin Center for Architecture during the month of October in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month.
The annual exhibition celebrates diversity in design and features new architectural work done in the Austin area by Latino architects. Miró Rivera Architects' award-winning design for Chinmaya Mission Austin will be showcased along with the work of Latino architects and designers from around Texas.
[Web] Texas Lifestyle Magazine | 09.24.2015
Check out Texas Lifestyle Magazine online for a preview piece of their upcoming October issue, featuring a sampling of MRA's award-winning projects. View the article here and look out for the Fall issue of Texas Architect—coming soon!
[Print] Texas Architect | 09.01.2015
MRA's work is featured on the cover of the September/October issue of Texas Architect magazine, which features this year's TSA Design Award winners. The issue includes individual profiles of MRA's three award-winning projects: Chinmaya Mission Austin, Observation Tower, and Vertical House. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand, or check out a preview here.
[Lecture] AIA Austin Summer Conference | 08.20.2015
Partner Miguel Rivera will be representing MRA at the AIA Austin Summer Conference with an informative lecture about Chinmaya Mission Austin, winner of AIA design awards at both the state and local levels. Miguel's presentation will touch on how the Mission's design and creative use of materials have greatly enhanced its purpose as a local outreach of a global spiritual organization.
[Award] TSA Honor Award | 08.18.2015
Juan Miró, founding partner and associate dean of undergraduate studies at the UT School of Architecture, has received the 2015 Edward Romieniec Award for Outstanding Educational Contributions from the Texas Society of Architects:
“One of UT Austin’s most-highly regarded professors and a founder of one of the leading new architectural voices in the U.S., Miró has inspired generations of students through his talent, dedication, and enthusiasm for teaching, and especially via his highly regarded Studio Mexico program, which has resulted in several published works and articles highlighting his students’ work.”
View the full list of honor award winners here.
[Web] World Architecture News | 08.10.2015
The AISD Performing Arts Center was showcased on World Architecture News this week. Recognized for its sculptural form and integrative use of a former airport site, the Center has become a landmark in its central Austin neighborhood, creating a space that reflects and enhances the creative nature and activities of its patrons. Read the full article here.
[Project] AISD Performing Arts Center | 07.27.2015
MRA is excited to announce that the AISD Performing Arts Center has earned a 5-star sustainability rating from Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB)! Designed in partnership with Pfluger Associates Architects, the facility boasts a 60-kilowatt rooftop solar array that will offset up to 8% of the building’s annual energy needs. When compared to a baseline case study, the Performing Arts Center achieves the following: 23% less overall energy use; 100% less irrigation potable water use; and 33% less indoor potable water use. 44% of building materials were sourced within 500 miles, and the building contains 33% recycled content.
Only six commercial projects have achieved a 5-star rating since the AEGB program's inception in 2004, including MRA's design for the East Austin branch of LifeWorks.
[Print] Living Magazine | 07.01.2015
The 1917 Bungalow renovation was featured in the July edition of Brazil’s Living Magazine. The article highlights the interesting use of line and Piet Mondrian-inspired color blocking in the home's architecture and décor. As the writer observes: “large, integrated spaces reinforce the good life and promote warmth.” View the feature here.
[Web] ArchDaily | 06.10.2015
“In its development and execution, the design of Chinmaya Mission Austin strikes a delicate balance between the need to respect both the traditional building methods of an ancient religion and the limited resources of a non-profit organization; and the desire to employ a contemporary aesthetic that reflects the forward-thinking approach of an international faith.”
[Award] Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award | 06.05.2015
Partner Juan Miró received the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Texas system this week, representing both a major accomplishment and a great honor. Juan has been teaching since 1997 and is a key member in his field, well-known both locally and internationally for his insightful research and writing.
[Print] Community Impact Central Austin | 05.28.2015
MRA's design for LifeWorks continues to garner attention and praise, and was featured in Community Impact's 2015 Architecture and Design Guide. The design, which highlights the non-profit’s role in transforming the lives of disadvantaged youth and families, was named one of the city’s most influential and trend-setting projects. Click here to watch an interview with Principal Ken Jones, AIA.
[Award] TSA Design Awards | 05.14.2015
At this year's Design Awards from the Texas Society of Architects, MRA received more awards than any other firm in the state. Three projects—Chinmaya Mission Austin, Observation Tower, and Vertical House—claimed top honors. Check out the complete list of winners, with briefs from the jury, here.
[Award] AIA Austin Design Awards | 05.07.2015
One of MRA's newest commercial projects, Chinmaya Mission Austin, has received a Design Award from the Austin chapter of the American Institute of Architects. From the jury: "What's interesting is that it's something of India, and something of Texas. And that is not an easy thing to accomplish...at a very high level." A complete list of winners may be viewed here.
[Lecture] AIA Indiana | 05.07.2015
Juan Miró presented a lecture at the AIA Indiana's May Chapter Meeting. “Fast Track at the Circuit of the Americas” served as an introduction to MRA’s body of work while focusing on its design and development of the internationally-recognized Circuit of the Americas project.
[Print] Austin Way | 05.01.2015
Three MRA residences are featured in Austin Way's Spring 2015 issue. The article highlights architects who direct the focus of their residential designs outdoors, "celebrating the live oaks that claimed the land first."
[Lecture] University of Texas at Austin | 04.24.2015
Partner Ken Jones was a guest lecturer for the University of Texas Sound Building studio. Ken's presentation, “The Influence of Egress Strategies Upon Design,” illustrated the relationship of design and egress strategies and how to artfully incorporate building code requirements into building design.
[Lecture] Mexico City | 04.16.2015
Juan Miró was invited to Mexico City to participate in a roundtable discussion for the book "Between Geometry and Geography: Mexico City." The discussion focused on analyzing Mexico City’s urban evolution and the book’s effectiveness in portraying such development. Juan’s review of the book, along with his extensive knowledge of Mexico’s architectural history, made him a valuable asset to the panel.
[Lecture] Enterprise Ireland | 03.25.2015
Partner Miguel Rivera was invited to Dublin, Ireland to speak before the Royal Institute for Architecture in Ireland at North America Built Environment Week. Miguel's presentation focused on his experience working with partners in a professional architecture firm.
[Award] IDEAS² Merit Award | 03.25.2015
The Observation Tower at Circuit of the Americas has received a national Merit Award in the 2015 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program. Conducted annually by the American Institute of Steel Construction, the IDEAS2 awards honor excellence in steel-frame building design.
Each project was judged on its use of structural steel from both an architectural and structural engineering perspective, with an emphasis on innovative design and construction methods.
[Print] Austin HOME Magazine | 03.01.2015
The Spring 2015 issue of Austin HOME Magazine explores the private residence of partners Juan Miró and Rosa Rivera. From the article:
What attracted Miró was the single-story house itself. “It had clearly been designed by an architect,” says the AIA Fellow, who—having followed in his father’s professional footsteps—has a gene-deep appreciation of these matters. “It had very good bones, sections and quality of light.”
Continue reading the full story here.
[Print] Ambiente y Color | 02.17.2015
[Print] Texas Architect | 01.22.2015
[Project] AISD Performing Arts Center | 01.19.2015
The grand opening of the new AISD Performing Arts Center takes place this week! The design of the venue was a partnership between MRA and Pfluger Architects. The PAC contains a 1200-seat Main Auditorium, a 250-seat Black Box Theatre, Dance studio, multi-purpose room, and recording studio.
[Web] ArchDaily | 01.08.2015
ArchDaily has published partner Juan Mirò's review of the book "Between Geometry and Geography: Mexico City":
"[The authors] have produced...a stunning graphic biography of the metropolis, focusing on the infrastructures that have shaped the city and make it function today and speculating on opportunities for future multifunctional infrastructures."
Check out the full review here.
[Print] OfArch | 12.01.2014
Volume 131 of Italy's OfArch magazine includes a 4-page spread on the Observation Tower at the Circuit of the Americas.
[Lecture] Facades+ Dallas | 10.30.2014
On October 30, partner Miguel Rivera will lecture at Facades+ in Dallas, Texas. The developing technology of high-performance facades has emerged as the key to building systems integration, central to the realization of resilient buildings and a sustainable built environment. Facades+ is a robust dialogue encompassing all things building skin, bringing together industry, academia, the profession, operations, and ownership. Miguel will explore the design process via case studies of MRA's work; view the complete lineup and register here.
[Print] Bitácora | 09.16.2014
A research paper by partner Juan Miró and his associate, Juan Luis de las Rivas, has been published in Bitácora, the academic journal of the Faculty of Architecture at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). The paper explores the relationship between cities and nature by comparing and contrasting the modern cities of Austin (Texas) and Madrid (Spain) with each other and historical precedents.
[Exhibition] PERSPECTIVAS dosmil14 | 09.18.2014
In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the annual exhibition "PERSPECTIVAS dosmil14" will take place starting September 18 at Austin City Hall. Miró Rivera Architects' design for the new Via Bus Stop in San Antonio will be showcased along with the work of Latino architects and designers from around Texas.
The exhibit is sponsored by the "Latinos in Architecture" committee of the Austin American Institute of Architects.
[Print] Landscape Bridge | 07.25.2014
[Panel] Conversations with Architects | 07.09.2014
MRA invites you to join partner Miguel Rivera and a panel of Austin's leading architects in kicking off the AIA Austin's "Conversations with Architects" series. The inaugural event takes place from 5:30-8pm at the private home of Larry Speck; find out more here.
[Award] FAIA Investiture Ceremony | 06.27.2014
Partner Miguel Rivera was officially inducted to the American Institute of Architects' College of Fellows today at a ceremony during the National AIA Convention in Chicago.
The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.
[Award] AIA Austin Design Awards | 05.01.2014
At the AIA Austin’s annual Design & Honor Awards ceremony on May 1, Miró Rivera Architects received a Citation of Honor for the Grandstand at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin. In addition, the Vertical House in Dallas received an Honor Award, which is the highest design recognition granted by the AIA Austin. Partner Miguel Rivera also received special recognition for his elevation to the national AIA College of Fellows this year. For a complete list of honorees, go here.
[Lecture] Spring 2014 | 03.21.2014
This spring, partner Juan Miró lectured internationally at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. Entitled “Building Ideas: Reflections on the Work of Miró Rivera Architects”, Juan’s lectures focused on the influence of history and nature on the firm’s work.
In March, Juan was joined by partner Miguel Rivera at the AIA Louisiana’s Celebrate Architecture convention, where they gave an in-depth look at the recently completed Circuit of the Americas complex. The course investigated the development of the complex from site selection to completion.
[Print] Austin American-Statesman | 03.14.2014
Partner and UT professor Juan Miró's latest editorial in the Austin American-Statesman addresses the untapped potential for the university's Brackenridge Tract in West Austin: "The future of the Brackenridge tract is a matter of great importance for Austin as much as it is for the University of Texas. It is uncommon for cities to encounter land development opportunities with the kind of potential that this tract holds for Austin."
[Web] El País | 03.07.14
[Print] Austin HOME Magazine | 03.01.2014
The Spring 2014 edition of Austin HOME Magazine features partner Miguel Rivera's renovated 1917 Bungalow in the city's historic Clarksville neighborhood. "What I love is that from the street, all you can see is the original house. But when you walk through the front door, you enter a foyer that’s totally modern and clean. Then, in just a few steps, you’re in the living room surrounded by water, trees and all this greenery." View the full story here.
[Award] Best New Major Concert Venue | 02.21.2014
MRA's design for the Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) took home Best New Major Concert Venue at the 25th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards, beating out competition from around the world. From COTA chairman Bobby Epstein:
"This award is testament to the incredible vision that the Miró Rivera design team put into creating an outdoor venue that marries world-class style, acoustical excellence and fun."
[Award] AIA College of Fellows | 01.31.2014
Partner and co-founder Miguel Rivera has been elected to the College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects. Granted to less than 0.3% of the AIA's 80,000 members each year, Fellowship is one of the profession's highest honors. Miguel was selected because of his "notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture."
Miguel's investiture will take place this summer at the AIA's national convention in Chicago; he joins partner Juan Miró, elected in 2011, in this distinguished achievement.
[Award] ArchDaily Building of the Year | 01.24.2014
MRA's Pedestrian Bridge is a finalist for major website ArchDaily's Building of the Year awards! Vote for the project here, and share the news!
[Print] Luxe Magazine | 01.09.2014
The Tree House is on the cover of Luxe Magazine's Austin + Hill Country "Gold List Edition." From the article: "We made it a priority in our design to preserve the oak trees by placing the house in between them. It was the site that really gave us the idea to make it sort of like a tree house. So the trees posed a challenge, but also an opportunity." View the full story here.
[Print] Materials For Design: Volume 2 | 01.07.2014
MRA's Trail Restroom is among the 60 case studies featured in the second volume of Materials For Design, the follow-up to the successful and influential first book released in 2006. Like the first volume, the book uses excellent recent projects from around the world to illustrate how material qualities affect the form and look of a structure. Released on January 7, the book can be purchased at Amazon or Princeton Architectural Press.
[Web] Architect's Newspaper | 12.20.2013
The Fabrikator blog over at Architect's Newspaper reports on the design and production of the racetrack's iconic Observation Tower: "In addition to imbuing the project with a variety of programmatic functions that go beyond racing, Miró Rivera created a sleek observation tower that gives spectators unrestricted views across the racetrack’s twisting expanse." Read the full post here.
[Print] International Publications | 12.01.2013
MRA's work and partners are currently featured in magazines across the world. The Turkish arts magazine Arredamento Mimarlik includes a 10-page portfolio (PDF) of projects ranging from the Lake Austin Boat Dock to the Texas Exes Alumni Center; Korean journal C3 (PDF) covers the design and detailing of the Trail Restroom; and Mexico's La Reforma (PDF) spotlights partner Juan Miró in its weekly magazine, Entre Muros.
[Lecture] TSA Convention & Design Expo | 11.08.2013
On the second day of the 74th Annual TSA Convention & Design Expo, partners Juan Miró and Miguel Rivera spoke about the firm's work at the Circuit of the Americas. The hour-long session explored the development of the complex, from site selection to completion. Additionally, the course addressed the unique challenges of working with a 70-acres undeveloped site, creating an adaptable aesthetic language, and how the site informed opportunities for design moments that heighten the experience of racing.
[Print] Texas Architect | 11.01.2013
The November/December issue of Texas Architect includes a six-page feature about MRA's designs for the Circuit of the Americas. Entitled "A Vocabulary of Speed" the article quotes partner Miguel Rivera: "For something to be Texas, it doesn't have to be a star; it doesn't need to be limestone; there don't have to be cowboys...This is modern and efficient. This is different. That was the key for us." Read on here.
[Print] Architectural Record | 10.09.2013
"Though it isn't quite all tumbleweed and Longhorns on the 20-minute drive from downtown Austin to the Circuit of the Americas (COTA)—the only facility in the United States specifically built to host the Formula 1 Grand Prix auto race—the barren landscape looks and feels like rural Texas. Enter the 1,200-acre venue, however, and you are transported to a world-class center for motor sports, concerts, and events." Continue reading here.
[Lecture] Tecnológico de Monterrey | 10.04.2013
Juan Miró traveled to Monterrey, Mexico to present a lecture entitled "Construyendo Ideas (Building Ideas)" to an audience of students and professionals. The lecture touched on MRA's design philosophy as an exploration of the interaction between buildings and nature.
[Tour] Energy XChange | 10.03.2013
The Energy XChange Conference brings together internationally recognized leaders from two cities—Austin and Munich—for a two-day exchange of ideas centered on mechanisms for implementing energy innovation at a regional level. As part of the conference, partners Juan Miró and Miguel Rivera led attendees on tours of MRA's LifeWorks and Westridge Residence, both rated five starts for sustainability by Austin Energy Green Building, to showcase their innovative designs.
[Print] Texas Architect | 09.17.2013
LifeWorks is featured in back-to-back issues of Texas Architect, this time as part of a spread on the 2013 TSA Design Award winners in the September/October issue. From this year's jury: “The building was a joy to look at. Such a simple set of strategies—every move counted. We saw other institutional projects with bigger budgets that didn’t take as many risks. The risks taken with this project really paid off.”
[Award] SXSW Eco Place by Design | 09.06.13
MRA's Trail Restroom is one of 15 finalists for the 2013 Place by Design awards sponsored by SXSW Eco. The program seeks to honor visionary public space design work that achieves a positive community impact through the creation or re-imagining of public spaces. Check out all the finalists here.
[Video] Tekla BIM Awards | 08.22.2013
The COTA Observation Tower is up for the 2013 Tekla BIM (Building Information Modeling) Awards. As part of the entry, a fly-through video of the landmark structure's elaborate 3D model was generated. The 1-minute clip gives insight to the remarkable technical process behind the 250-foot tall building's rapid construction. Watch and learn here.
[Print] Modern Steel Construction | 08.01.2013
The fast-paced design and engineering of the Grandstand, Grand Plaza, and Observation Tower at the Circuit of the Americas are the focus of the cover story in this month's issue of Modern Steel Construction. Read all about it here.
[Print] DETAILS South Korea | 07.22.2013
Major South Korean publication DETAILS has published an extensive 10-page spread on the design and construction of the Observation Tower at the Circuit of the Americas. View the feature, which contains photos, detail drawings, and text (in English and Korean), here.
[Print] Texas Architect | 07.15.2013
The July/August issue of Texas Architect magazine includes a feature entitled "A New Lease on Life" that explores the integration of natural light and sustainability in the design of LifeWorks. From the article: "Our clients can now experience a building that reflects how we see them—the strength, courage, and potential we know they possess in the midst of their struggles."
[Web] ArchDaily | 06.29.2013
MRA's work at the Circuit of the Americas, including the Grand Plaza & Amphitheater and Observation Tower, has been featured on ArchDaily, the world's most popular architecture website! Check out the post here.
[Web] Pinterest | 06.04.2013
MRA has joined Pinterest! We've created boards to share images of our favorite pools, bathrooms, kitchens, and more. We'll be posting new images frequently, including some not available to view on our website, so check it out and start re-pinning here.
[Web] World Architecture News | 05.22.2013
Following a feature on MRA's residential work at the 1917 Bungalow, World Architecture News has an article on the renovation and expansion of the Texas Exes Alumni Center at the University of Texas at Austin. The addition maintains a careful balance between the geometric language of the original building while bringing in new ideas about materiality, space and light.
[Tour] Wildflower Center Garden Tour | 05.11.2013
Two of MRA's projects, the West Ridge Residence (video) and Bonnell House (video), are on view at this Saturday's Garden Tour sponsored by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Located on unique sites in central Austin, both projects feature native and adapted plant species and landscape elements that complement their contemporary architectural language. To find out more about the Garden Tour, click here.
[Web] World Architecture News | 05.08.2013
World Architecture News has a feature on partner Miguel Rivera's renovated and expanded 1917 Bungalow. The project combines sensitive restoration efforts with a contemporary addition that takes advantage of a deep, narrow site while emphasizing a connection to the outdoors.
[Award] TSA Design Awards | 05.06.2013
MRA's green design for LifeWorks is one of only 11 projects in Texas to receive a 2013 Design Award from the Texas Society of Architects. The awards seek to recognize projects that "demonstrate the impact of architecture and the transformative powers of quality design." View all of this year's winners here.
[Project] LifeWorks | 04.29.2013
Miró Rivera Architects is proud to announce that the new LifeWorks branch in East Austin has received a five-star sustainability rating from Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB), the nation's first and most successful green home rating system!
The facility boasts an impressive array of green features, and is only the fourth commercial project in Austin to receive a 5-star rating since the program's inception in 1995. During construction, 82.9% of waste was recycled or salvaged, and 52.5% of the building materials were sourced in-state. When compared to a baseline case study, LifeWorks uses 79.2% less energy, 80% less potable water for irrigation, and 28.3% less indoor potable water. Over 90% of the occupied spaces have exterior views and natural light. On-site solar panels will provide for 66-86% of the building's energy needs.
[Lecture] TxASLA Conference 2013 | 05.02.2013
Partners Juan Miró and Miguel Rivera will present the firm's work on the COTA Grand Plaza at this year's Texas ASLA Conference. The course will investigate the development of the complex from site selection to completion, and will cover how the program of the space evolved to include a 251-foot observation tower and 15,000-capacity entertainment venue. Additional info on the lecture may be found here.
[Video] Central Texas Gardener | 04.25.2013
KLRU-Austin and Central Texas Gardener have partnered to spotlight the integration of design and landscape at MRA's Westridge Residence in a new video. The new home is an urban wildlife refuge suited to the lifestyle of owners Andy and Laura Stewart, who worked closely with MRA and landscape designer David Mahler to restore the native character of their sprawling hillside property. The house itself received a 3-star rating from Austin Energy Green Building.
[Award] ABJ Commercial Real Estate Awards | 04.24.2013
The ambitious Circuit of the Americas development has received the top prize in the Austin Business Journal's Commercial Real Estate Awards. Named the "Overall Winner", the $400 million project has been a boon to Central Texas, attracting over 265,000 fans to the inaugural Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in November 2012 and continuing to expand with the opening of the Austin360 Amphitheater in March. Check out all of this year's winners here.
[Award] AIA Austin Design Awards | 04.12.2013
The Observation Tower at the Circuit of the Americas Grand Plaza took home a Merit Award at this year's Design Awards presented by the Austin chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Completed in 2012, the iconic structure has become synonymous with the identity of the first purpose-built Formula 1 racetrack in the United States. For a complete list of award winners, click here.
[Web] Austin360 Amphitheater | 04.08.2013
After celebrating its inaugural concert this past weekend, the Austin360 Amphitheater at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas has been featured on World Architecture News, EyesIn Architecture, and e-Architect. Part of the larger Grand Plaza, the amphitheater is the largest outdoor concert venue in Central Texas, with a total capacity of 15,000 spectators.
[Video] Ball State University "Conversations" | 03.13.2013
Partner Juan Miró recently sat down with fellow ACSA Distinguished Professor Mahesh Daas as part of Ball State University's series of dialogs with transformational leaders. During the hour-long sit-down, the two discussed influences on Juan's professional and academic career; his relationship with both clients and partners Rosa and Miguel Rivera; and the challenges faced by a growing practice. View the full webcast here.
[Web] Architizer.com | 03.08.2013
The Trail Restroom and Pedestrian Bridge are both featured in a recent post by Architizer honoring Austin's best architecture. MRA is the only firm with two projects on the list; check out the feature here.
[Video] Central Texas Gardener | 02.22.2013
One of MRA's newest residences is the focus of a new video by KLRU-Austin and Central Texas Gardener. The featurette highlights the integration of the natural landscape with the home's contemporary design, as well as its use of native and adapted plant species.
[Lecture] ETSA de Valladolid | 02.15.2013
Partner Juan Miró travels to Valladolid, Spain this week to discuss the relationship between the nature and the city as interpreted through the works of MRA. The lecture will take place at 12:30pm on Friday, February 15 at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura. For more information, click here.
[Web] Formula 1 | 01.15.2013
[Award] Building of the Year | 01.04.2013
MRA's design for the Circuit of the Americas Grand Plaza has been nominated for "Building of the Year" on American-Architects.com! The winner will be selected in an online poll that closes on January 28, and the project is the only one located in Austin, Texas. Vote for the COTA Grand Plaza (project #49) here.
[Award] UTSoA Student Architecture Award | 12.07.2012
On December 7, the student-led jury for the University of Texas School of Architecture's Student Architecture Award held an award ceremony to announce the 2012 winner: the new LifeWorks branch in East Austin, designed by Miró Rivera Architects. The competition recognizes the jury's choice of the best building completed between October 2011-October 2012 in the Austin area.
[Web] CultureMap Austin | 12.03.2012
CultureMap Austin spotlights three Texas projects that were featured among a selection of the world's best architecture in Atlas: Architecture of the 21st Century. The Pedestrian Bridge is among the honorees, which are considered examples of "global architecture." Check out the story here.
[Print] Formula 1 | 11.30.2012
Following a spectacular inaugural United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, Miró Rivera Architects is garnering attention for its work on the facility's landmark structures. A feature in the Austin-American Statesman explores how the speed and mechanics of Formula 1 cars inspired the firm's design approach, while major international publications Obras, El País, and World Architecture News cover the track's unique design elements.
[Print] The New York Times "Wheels" Blog | 11.15.2012
Built in just seven months, the 250-foot structure—the first of its kind at a Formula 1 course—is comprised of a high-speed elevator encased in a double-helix stair leading to a platform with a 360-degree view of the racetrack. A "veil" of 18 steel pipes cascades from the observation deck to an amphitheater below, creating a dynamic sculptural centerpiece for the new venue.
[Print] Austin Business Journal | 11.09.2012
A new article in the Austin Business Journal profiles Miró Rivera Architects' work at the Circuit of the Americas, from the firm's initial role in developing production drawings to its current position as the designer of the venue's premiere structures.
[Award] Best of Austin Awards | 11.08.2012
MRA's design for the Main Grandstand at the Circuit of the Americas has received the "Best Grandstandin'" Critics Pick (Architecture & Lodging) as part of The Austin Chronicle's "Best of Austin 2012" awards:
"Why do they call it a stand if it's got seats? UT architecture professor Juan Miró and his partner Miguel Rivera designed the canvas-shaded grandstands for the Circuit of the Americas. If Texas winters keep getting hotter, they'll be the best place to keep yourself cool while the cars are burning up the track." Read more here.
[Tour] Circuit of the Americas | 10.21.2012
Registrants for the Texas Society of Architects' 73rd Convention and Design Expo will have the opportunity to tour the soon-t0-be-completed Circuit of the Americas facility near Austin, Texas led by Juan Miró and Miguel Rivera. The tour will cover the scope of work designed by MRA, including the Grand Plaza, Tower Amphitheater (scheduled for completion in Spring 2013), Observation Tower, and Main Grandstand. Click here for more information.
[Exhibition] PERSPECTIVAS dosmil12 | 10.18.2012
The annual exhibition "PERSPECTIVAS dosmil12" will take place October 18-20 at the Austin Convention Center as part of the Texas Society of Architects' 73rd Convention and Design Expo. Miró Rivera Architects' design for the new LifeWorks branch in East Austin will be showcased along with the work of Latino architects and designers from around Texas.
The exhibit is sponsored by the "Latinos in Architecture" committee of the Austin American Institute of Architects.
[Lecture] West Lake Hills Rotary Club | 10.12.2012
As part of the Community Leaders Breakfast series hosted by the West Lake Hills Rotary Club, Miguel Rivera will present the firm's work at the Circuit of the Americas Formula 1 race track opening next month. MRA's scope includes the 9,000-seat Main Grandstand, a Grand Plaza containing a 6,500-seat amphitheater, and a 250-foot tall landmark observation tower.
[Jury] AIA Nebraska Excellence in Design | 10.05.2012
On October 5, Miguel Rivera attended the 2012 AIA Nebraska's Central States Regional Conference as jury chair of this year's Excellence in Design awards for built and unbuilt works by Nebraska architects. Projects are judged based on a variety of features including unique design, originality, extended use attributes, sustainability, budget and use of environmental surroundings.
In addition, Miguel discussed the work of MRA as part of a conference feature entitled "Design Innovation and Outreach", a presentation of award-winning and innovative architectural practices and ideologies that promote the value of good design and its connection to culture, community, and place.
[Lecture] Nuevas Materias | 09.28.2012
As part of the workshop "New Materials in Contemporary Architecture" at the Escuela de Arquitectura at the Universidad de Malaga, Juan Miró and Miguel Rivera spoke about the work of Miró Rivera Architects, and how the relationship between the manmade and Nature affects the firm's design philosophy in Austin and beyond.
[Lecture] Latin American Architecture Symposium | 09.15.2012
On September 15, Juan Miró presented a lecture "Austin and the Maya: A Tale of Two Cities" at the University of New Mexico School of Architecture + Planning as part of a 3-day symposium entitled "The NEW Mexico." Sponsored by the journal Architecture and Urbanism in Las Américas (AULA), the conference explores the contemporary cultural and commercial changes that define "Mexamerica." Additional info on the symposium may be found here.
[Print] ATX Man | 09.10.2012
The fall edition of ATX Man magazine features a profile on Juan Miró and Miguel Rivera's history in Austin and their approach to design (“We are artists to a certain degree, but our top priority is problem solving”). The article also includes additional details on MRA's work at the Circuit of the Americas. Read the full story here.
[Web] Architizer.com | 08.31.2012
[Project] Formula 1 Amphitheater | 07.23.2012
Circuit of the Americas has announced a partnership with LiveNation for a 15,000-seat amphitheater designed by Miró Rivera Architects at the Formula 1 complex outside of Austin, Texas. Located at the base of a 22-story observation tower, the open-air stage will host concerts by national touring acts starting in 2013. To read the full report in the Austin-American Statesman, click here.
[Print] Spectacular Outdoor Living of Texas | 07.02.2012
MRA's Pool House is on the cover of Spectacular Outdoor Living of Texas, a new book showcasing the state's leading architects, landscape architects, interior designers, and gardeners. The 1917 Bungalow and Residence 1414 renovations are also featured alongside projects in Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston. Preview the book here.
[Jury] International VELUX Award | 06.30.2012
This month, Juan Miró sat on the jury for the 2012 International VELUX Award for Students of Architecture in Denmark. The award "seeks to encourage and challenge students to explore the theme of daylight in its widest sense, and to create a deeper understanding of this source of energy and light through an open-minded and experimental approach." To read more about the award and this year's jury, which includes leading architects and professionals such as Alvaro Siza and Brigitte Shim, click here.
[Print] Área Magazine | 06.21.2012
[Lecture] Mythbusters: Universal Design | 06.13.2012
On June 13, Miguel Rivera participated in a webinar on creating built structures that are both accessible and innovative. Entitled "Mythbusters: Excellence in Universal Design," the webinar focused on dispelling common misconceptions about universal design by exploring the benefits of accessible architecture in the work of three winners of the AIA Small Project Award. To watch the video of the webinar, click here.
[Project] Violet Crown Trail Bridges | 06.04.2012
Austin 360 published an update on the Violet Crown Trail, Austin's next great outdoor space. The 30-mile trail will feature two bridges designed by Miró Rivera Architects. The completed trail will stretch from Zilker Park to Hays County, connecting neighborhoods, parks, pools, libraries, and schools to new outlets for hiking, biking, and outdoor recreation. Read the full article here.
[Award] AIA Austin Design Awards | 04.15.2012
MRA took home two Citation of Honor awards for Residence 1446 and LifeWorks at this year's Design Awards presented by the Austin chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Completed in 2009, Residence 1446 is a private residence that forms the centerpiece of a master plan by MRA that includes the Pedestrian Bridge, Guest House, and a small boathouse.
After celebrating its Grand Opening this March, the new LifeWorks branch in East Austin expands the mission of the non-profit organization to support youth and families as they achieve self-sufficiency and generational change. The 33,600 square foot building is distinguished by a monumental colonnade that borders Pleasant Valley Road, offering a "front porch" for the community.
To view a gallery of this year's winners, click here.
[Project] Via Bus Stop Ribbon-Cutting | 03.27.2012
The ribbon-cutting for the new Via Metropolitan Transit Bus Stop at Brooks City-Base took place in San Antonio, Texas. The bus stop is an innovative canopy composed of nested steel pipes that provides sun and rain protection for metro riders. The wing-like canopy is supported by a simple plate steel structure that straddles a sculptural concrete bench. For photos of the ribbon-cutting, click here.
[Lecture] Félix Candela: A Symposium | 02.11.2012
In conjunction with the exhibition "Félix Candela," Columbia University's Wallach Art Gallery and Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library present a symposium on the architect's life and work. As part of the event, Juan Miró participated in a panel intended to explore Candela's legacy and continue the debate on whether the designer's works are best described as engineering or architectural creations. To find out more, click here.
[Lecture] Mayors' Institute on City Design | 02.03.2012
On February 3, Juan Miró participated in the Mayors' Institute on City Design Southwest Regional Session in Houston. His lecture, titled "Landscape City: Nature and the Regeneration of American Cities," discussed strategies to integrate higher density in American cities, while embracing their unique relationship to nature.
[News] Design Waller Creek Competition | 01.30.2012
The Waller Creek Conservancy has released a list of nine international design teams chosen to progress to the next phase of the Design Waller Creek competition, and Miró Rivera Architects is one of two Austin firms to make the cut! We'll progress to Phase II of the process together with our partner, Madrid-based Burgos & Garridos Arquitectos. Check out the full list of design teams here.
[Print] Formula 1 Austin | 01.13.2012
Miró Rivera Architects has been featured in the Austin-American Statesman for its work on the Formula 1 racing site in Austin. MRA has been working on the Main Grandstand, Observation Structure, Grand Plaza, concessions, and other elements throughout the site for over a year, and construction is underway. Check out the full article here.
[Award] Distinguished Professor Award | 12.19.2011
Juan Miró is one of five nationwide recipients of the 2011-12 Distinguished Professor Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. From the jury:
"Juan’s work both academic and professional is grounded with an increasingly dynamic sense of place that has both national and international appeal. His design excellence, evident in his many award-winning projects, successfully bridges between practice and the classroom providing a synergistic framework for both his students and his colleagues."
[Print] Unassisted Living | 12.16.2011
Unassisted Living documents the shift away from traditional senior housing, which often promotes "disengagement" from family, friends, and community. Curated by authors Jeffrey Rosenfeld and Wid Chapman, the collection of 33 houses celebrates the Boomer preference for architecture and design that promote "active aging."
MRA's Deck House, Spicewood Residence, and Stonehedge Residence were featured among the compilation of homes and communities that reflect the quest for ageless homes that foster independence for a generation that expects to live longer, healthier lives. For more information on Unassisted Living, click here.
[Project] Westridge Residence | 11.30.2011
Miró Rivera Architects is proud to announce the completion of its first five-star Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB) single-family residence: the Westridge Residence in South Austin has received the highest sustainability rating by the nation's first and most successful green home rating system!
The Westridge Residence's eco-friendly features include integrated solar panels, geothermal heating and cooling, automated exterior shades, and a 10,000-gallon rainwater collection system. The interior makes use of low-VOC paints and low-voltage LED lighting throughout. During construction, recyclable waste was diverted from landfills, and wooden construction waste was chipped and reused as landscape mulch.
[Award] IDEAS² Merit Award | 10.27.2011
On October 26, Larry Flynn of the American Institute of Steel Construction presented Miró Rivera Architects with the 2011 IDEAS² Merit Award on site at the Lady Birdy Lake Trail Restroom. Juan Miró and Miguel Rivera received the award, along with representatives from the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, The Trail Foundation, Architectural Engineers Collaborative, and Construction Metal Products.
[Exhibition] PERSPECTIVAS dosmil11 | 10.07.2011
A new exhibit entitled "PERSPECTIVAS dosmil11" debuts at the Mexican American Cultural Center in downtown Austin. Town Lake @ Mopac, a proposal by Miró Rivera Architects for reinvigorating one of the city's "hidden" public spaces, will be on display alongside the work of several local Latino architects and designers.
The exhibit is sponsored by the "Latinos in Architecture" committee of the Austin American Institute of Architects, and is part of a series of programs celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month.
[Project] UT Alumni Center | 09.26.2011
Juan Miró and Miguel Rivera attended the dedication ceremony for the recent renovation and addition to the University of Texas Alumni Center, home of the Texas Exes alumni association. Executive Director Leslie Cedar was on hand to introduce the project and the many improvements it has brought to the Alumni Center and its staff.
The project includes over 3,000 sq ft of new space on top of 12,000 sq ft of renovations, encompassing a new entry vestibule, new Legends Room for events and small conferences, a new board room and outdoor deck, and contemporary restroom facilities as well as updated kitchen and catering offices.