How can the design industry captivate the community?

Architecture and Design Exchange (AD EX) Dallas, Texas


  • Education
  • Renovation
  • Workplace
  • Interiors
  • Cultural


A New Home for the Design Community

With the recent resurgence of Downtown Dallas, AIA Dallas and the Dallas Center for Architecture (DCFA) has decided to relocate its operations to Republic Bank Tower in the heart of the CBD. Their mission was to connect with the community and create a new standard of engagement between architecture, design and the citizens of Dallas. With this in mind, the DCFA is now the Architecture and Design Exchange (AD EX), aiming to be both the physical place and mechanism for spurring conversations about walkability, mobility, historic preservation, affordable housing, economic development, and other civic challenges related to architecture and urban design that impact our great city. With a program, project type and users that demand ultimate community engagement and flexibility, we dug deeper into how our architecture community can really reach out in order to engage people in more meaningful ways. What if AD EX can really have that much-needed conversation with the people around us? In partnership with Better Block, we explored a one-day event of what that might look like at AD EX:

Community Driven

Located in the heart of Downtown Dallas and across the street from the future Pacific Plaza Park, our design will allow AD EX the ability to activate the sidewalks and go beyond the walls of an office with a high-profile, 24-hour space and open public programming. By reaching out to invite the community into the world of architecture and design, we will endeavor to elevate public awareness of the important impact of architecture to the health, equity, welfare, and economic development of our community.

  • Concept Diagram
  • Concept Section Diagram
  • Program Diagram
Creating Flexible Spaces

Extremely flexible event spaces will be designed to accommodate a variety of programs, including gallery exhibitions, continuing education programs, public lectures, and board/member committee meetings. The interior office spaces will be designed to include state-of-the-art technology and an open office layout.