Thursday / February 18, 2016 / 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Tiny Homes: Making Small Things in Big Dallas

Conference Center adjacent to AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #260

What does it take to create a community of tiny homes? Brent Brown, AIA, is coming to Chicago to serve on the jury for our Tiny Homes Competition, and he will give a talk on a tiny homes development under construction in his home town of Dallas. Brent is the founder and president of the buildingcommunityWORKSHOP, a Texas-based nonprofit community design center seeking to improve the livability and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design and making. The buildingcommunityWORKSHOP enriches the lives of citizens by bringing design thinking to areas of our cities where resources are most scarce. To do so, [bc] recognizes that it must first understand the social, economic, and environmental issues facing a community before beginning work.

[bc] has received several awards from AIA Dallas and Lower Rio Grande Valley AIA, the 2010 National AIA/HUD Secretary's Award for Community-Informed Design, and a 2011 National SEED Competition award. In 2013, [bc] was awarded the prestigious Rudy Bruner Award Silver Medal for the Congo Street Initiative.

Currently under construction, the Cottages at Hickory Crossing will eventually consist of 50 tiny homes. Read what Curbed wrote about the project in December 2015 and The Architects Newspaper in January 2016.

Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Brent Brown (left); Cottages at Hickory Crossing (right; courtesy bcWORKSHOP)


Speaker: Brent A. Brown, AIA, is a Dallas architect working daily to balance social, economic, and environmental issues by deploying design to enhance livability for all Dallas' residents. Through his efforts Dallas is re-visioning how it lives, works and plays. In 2005, Brent founded the buildingcommunityWORKSHOP, a local non-profit community design resource seeking to improve the livability and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design and making.

He is also the Founding Director of the City of Dallas’ CityDesign Studio, managing the urban design vision for the city. By engaging residents, landowners, business owners, investors and community stakeholders, Brent deploys a community-led planning method building shared vision for the city's future.

Winner of numerous local and national design awards, he is especially proud to be the 2011 recipient of the Dallas Historical Society Award for Excellence in Humanities for his sensitive work in reconciling and balancing future growth with the interests of existing communities. The Canadian Institute of Planning has also recognized his work with an Award for Planning Excellence in Urban Design.

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AIA Chicago and its Community Interface Committee

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