How can the design industry captivate the community?

Architecture and Design Exchange (AD EX) Dallas, Texas


  • Education
  • Renovation
  • Workplace
  • Interiors
  • Cultural


13,700 SF
A New Home for the Design Community

AIA Dallas and the Dallas Center for Architecture (DCFA) relocated its operations to Republic Bank Tower. Now known as the Architecture and Design Exchange (AD EX), it is 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. At the start of this exciting project, we used this opportunity to dig 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, OMNIPLAN’s design has given 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. Their goal was to open the doors to the public and share their vision of creating a better community for the built environment. By inviting the community into the world of architecture and design, they will endeavor to elevate public awareness of the important impact of architecture to the health, equity, welfare, and economic development for quality of life in our community.

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

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