Big Little House
Donna Kacmar will share works from her book, Big Little House, which explores how architects use materials, light, enclosure and accommodation in smaller buildings.
Donna Kacmar, FAIA, was educated at Texas A+M University and graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Design in 1988 and a Master of Architecture in 1992. Donna is a National American Institute of Architects 2004 Young Architects Award recipient and was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2009. Donna has served on the board of the Houston AIA, the Avenue CDC, the Rice Design Alliance, the Architecture Center Houston Foundation, and the Texas Society of Architects. She currently serves on the AIA Strategic Council and the AIA Equity and Future of Architecture Committee. Donna has taught at Rice University, Texas A&M University, and is currently a Professor at the University of Houston where she teaches architecture design studio and directs the Materials Research Collaborative (MRC). The MRC is engaged with research projects while providing instruction and education on sustainable building materials for new generations of architects and designers.
From 2000 until 2011 she was the principal of architect works, inc. The work of the firm has received several awards and has been nationally published. In 2003 the firm received a Texas Society of Architects Design Award for the Round Valley Texas Office Building + Garage in Bellaire, Texas. This project also won an AIA Houston Design Award in 2002. The Kacmar House (a.k.a. a very long skinny house) won an AIA Houston Design Award in 1999 and was published in the book A House for My Mother by Beth Dunlop (Princeton Architectural Press). In 2011 the firm received an AIA Houston Design Award for the Oak Forest Neighborhood Library Renovation, a collaboration with Natalye Appel + Associates Architects and James Ray Architects. That library renovation and addition was also honored in 2012 with a Greater Houston Preservation Alliance Good Brick Award. That same team recently completed the renovation to the Jungman Neighborhood Library in Houston. Her Fisher Street House, a small 544 square foot dwelling, received a 2013 AIA Houston Design Award, and led to her recently completed book, titled BIG little house, published by Routledge, released in March of 2015. Her forthcoming book on the work of Victor Lundy will be published in Fall of 2018 by Princeton Architectural Press. She currently practices architecture.