Principal, Managing Director
Ibañez Shaw Architects 

After 10 years of working in large firms, Bart set off to start a design practice. Involved in prototyping, digital fabrication or manual fabrication, he is always looking for creativity wherever he can find it, and finding a way to get it built.  His work conveys an inspirational spirit, expressed uniquely in each project with striking conceptual clarity.

Bart emerged on the other side of the recession with a practice known for its excellence in design, receiving recognition from AIA National, Texas Society of Architects, IIDA, and AIA Fort Worth. Bart recently formed a partnership with Greg Ibañez, FAIA. The new practice, Ibañez Shaw Architecture is building on the legacy of design excellence that was a hallmark of their eponymous firms. Their practice is based in Fort Worth, TX.

Thursday, Oct. 4                       
Session 2 | 2:15 – 3:15 pm

The Search for Clarity:  Small Commercial Design

Bart will share experiences from six years of working as a sole practitioner. He will offer lessons learned from navigating the challenges of building a reputation for good design through the design of small commercial work. From digital fabrication to manual fabrication, always looking for creativity where you can find it, and finding a way to get it built, soundly. Bart has found that these projects with low budgets, and few contractors available to participate, force us to find the importance of the work we do, and the imperative of getting others invested in our vision.

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss the challenges of various construction methods and the current contractor environment.
2. Examine how the selection of building materials for resilience and durability.
3. Relay the importance of involving tradesmen and contractors in dialogue about the design and quality of construction goals before beginning construction. Explain how these conversations have influenced their construction approach.
4. Investigate available fabrication techniques and creative ways to successfully express conceptual design in finished construction.