Home & Design

You Must See This Snarky Takedown of a Houston McMansion

McMansion Hell has some thoughts on this giant fake turret and other disasters.

08/26/2016 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Hines's Skyline

A Heavyweight Houston Developer Gets His Legacy Biography

At 91, Gerald Hines gets a 450-page celebration of his life and work.

08/08/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Space City

These Two House-Flippers Are Just Passing Through

When a place is perfect, that’s when you know it’s time to move on.

06/20/2016 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Home Design

A River Oaks Renovation That Took Two Decades

Five generations and a 20-year renovation make this 1935-era house a home.

03/01/2016 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

spain colored orange

Beautiful Barcelona, a City Like No Other

There aren't many cities in the world that rival the buildings of Barcelona.

01/21/2016 By Bill Wiatrak

Space City

East Meets Garden Oaks

Incorporating traditional Japanese architectural elements, one couple builds a house that stands out, but still fits in.

01/05/2016 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen Photography by Divya Pande

Home Tour

It's A Small World, After All

Among the modern mansions on the AIA Houston Home Tour is a surprising Sixth Ward Victorian built in 1880.

10/21/2015 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Slideshow

AIA Home Tour Houstonia Readers' Poll

Vote for your favorite AIA Home Tour house and be entered to win a chair from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.

09/21/2015 With Hannah Holmes Photography by Benjamin Hill

Space City

Why Brett Zamore’s Shot-Trot Housing Might Be the Wave of the Future

The prefab housing craze is impractical and, in Houston, virtually impossible. Are kit homes the answer?

05/03/2015 Photography by Max Burkhalter By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Obituary

Remembering Michael Graves, the Architect Houston Loved to Hate

The iconic postmodernist designed the Houston Federal Reserve branch and several buildings on the Rice campus.

03/16/2015 By Michael Hardy

Slideshow

The MFAH Embarks on a $450 Million Expansion

The MFAH has tapped Steven Holl and Lake | Flato to expand and improve its campus.

01/13/2015

Slideshow

Preservation Houston/Pier & Beam #ThrowbackThursday

Young supporters of Houston’s preservation movement gathered downtown.

12/03/2014

guide

Think You Know Houston's Skyscrapers? Think Again

A curated guide to the tallest, most historic, most beautiful (and sometimes the ugliest) buildings that make up the downtown skyline

11/11/2014 By Emma Hurt

Design

No More Shabby Chic: the New Texas Hill Country Style

A new book shows the beauty and variety of residential architecture in the Hill Country.

10/23/2014 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

architecture

This Weekend, See Houston's 7 Coolest New Homes

The annual AIA Home Tour features houses designed by top Houston architecture firms.

10/22/2014 By Michael Hardy

point/counterpoint

What's the Matter with Houston?

A debate about urbanism, highways, mass transit, and whether it makes sense to compare ourselves to New York.

09/12/2014 By Michael Hardy and Allyn West

essay

Apologia Pro Urbe Sua

Houston is not New York and never will be. Deal with it.

09/02/2014 By Cort McMurray

SIC TRANSIT GLORIA

Two Old Men Lament Houston's Progress in 1938

76 years ago, Jesse Ziegler and a fellow octogenarian toured what was left of "Quality Hill," Houston's first blue-blood district. Preservation standards haven't changed much since then.

03/14/2014 By John Lomax

HOUSTON'S MONSTERS

The Gargoyles of Dunlavy

What's up with all the French Gothic architectural touches in Montrose?

02/10/2014 By John Lomax

Dream Homes

Top Homes: The Experts’ Lists

By popular demand, our four local architecture experts share their top 10 favorite Houston homes.

01/13/2014 By Michael Hardy Illustrations by Sebastian Gomez de la Torre