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The Design Architect Selection Process commenced in November  2022, when Transform 1012 held a virtual event “Redesigning the Design Competition” with the goal of crowdsourcing community knowledge to curate a more equitable process in selecting a design team. The results of this forum and continued conversations have led to this unique and deliberate next phase. 


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PRE-SUBMISSION WEBINAR in collaboration with
MASS Design Group:


In this online webinar on July 24th, 2023, we discussed the history of the building, Mr. Fred Rouse, stakeholders and programming needs including the project's overall scope. 




In lieu of a typical RFQ (Request for Qualifications), Transform 1012 requests that Design Architect candidates submit a two-page “Statement of Values and Commitments” expressing how their work aligns with Transform 1012’s mission and their relationship and commitment to reparative justice and the communities served by The Fred Rouse Center for Arts and Community Healing. Transform 1012 is interested in a design architect’s thoughts about spacial justice, redistribution of resources, and community healing and the ways in which these commitments have impacted their work thus far. The organization seeks both professional and creative talent, as well as an alignment of values.


Requests for Information due August 9, 2023


The Statement of Values and Commitments were due on August 25, 2023 at 12:00 PM CT.




On August 25, we received a total of 27 submissions of Statements of Values and Commitments from an array of exceptional design teams, spanning local, national, and international backgrounds. For roughly a month, the Design Architect Selection Committee undertook an exhaustive and meticulous review, engaging in extensive discussions on each application.


The exceptional quality of the submissions prompted the Selection Committee to expand the initially envisioned shortlist from three to four teams.  The finalists are (in alphabetical order by team lead):


B-arn-S Architects + ch_studio, Colloqate Design + BrandNu Design Studio, Hines Architecture+Design + Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architect (EKLA), UX Architecture + KP Design Studio + EJ+P Architects


We extended an invitation to the four design teams who joined us for Transform 1012 Design Week, which took place from October 15 – 18, 2023 in Fort Worth, TX.


For more information please read the full PRESS RELEASE


Residency and Design Concept Development: Their time in Fort Worth resulted in ideas and approaches to the task of transforming this space with a vexed history and the land around it that were presented in a public forum at Bethlehem Community Center on 10/18, were displayed in an exhibition format at the UTA Fort Worth Campus until 10/26, and you can now view the presentations online below. 

B-arn-S Architects  +  ch_studio

Germane Barnes, Principal, B-arn-S Architects

Jennifer Bonner, Principal, B-arn-S Architects

Dennis Chiessa, Principal, ch_studio

Christian Stayner, Principal, B-arn-S Architects


Colloqate Design  +  BrandNu Design Studio

Bryan C. Lee Jr NOMA, RA, Founder & Design Principal,
  Colloqate Design

Michael Ford AIA, NOMA, NCARB, Principal,
  BrandNu Design Studio

Jessica Torres

Bryan Bradshaw, KOR, NOMA, Colloqate Design



Hines Architecture+Design  + Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architect (EKLA)

Daimian S. Hines, AIA, NOMA, Principal/Founder,
  Hines Architecture+Design

Elizabeth J Kennedy, FASLA, RLA, Principal/Founder

Chris Oliver, AIA 

Sandy Veras, AIA ASLA



UX Architecture  +  KP Design Studio  +  EJ+P Architects

Susi Sanchez, AIA, LEED AP, Principal/Owner,
UX Architecture LLC 

Kenneth Preaster, Creative Director/Owner,
  Kenneth Preaster Design Studio LLC

Robert Picardy, AIA, Principal/Owner,
  Epstein Joslin + Picardy Architects

Amanda Dellevigne, Director, Epstein Joslin + Picardy Architects



Give us your feedback on the presentations HERE


Announcement of Design Architect Selection: Transform 1012 and the Design Architect Selection Committee are thrilled to announce that B-arn-S Architects + ch_studio have been selected as the design architects for The Fred Rouse Center for Arts and Community Healing.

Germane Barnes is a tenured Associate Professor, and the Director of the Masters of Architecture program at the University of Miami School of Architecture where he directs the Community Housing & Identity Lab (CHIL), a testing ground for the physical and theoretical investigations of architecture’s social and political resiliency. Germane’s research and design practice investigates the connection between architecture, and identity, examining the discipline’s social and political agency through historical research and design speculation.


Dennis Chiessa is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at The University of Texas at Arlington. Through creative practice, research, and teaching, he examines the impact of design on underrepresented, underserved, and underinvested communities. Dennis received the Young Professional and the President’s Awards from AIA-Fort Worth and the Associate of the Year award from the Texas Society of Architects. Most recently, Dennis received the 2023 Architectural Educator Award from AIA Dallas.


Jennifer Bonner received a Bachelor of Architecture from Auburn University and a Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Jennifer is known for her work around sustainability driven by material innovations. This includes mass timber, her signature material, as well as panelized and precast tilt-up concrete systems. Jennifer’s work emerges from radicalizing default construction logics to produce unexpected new forms and results.


Christian Stayner (AIA, NCARB, LEED-AP) received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and Masters of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His work primarily focuses on cultural projects across several building typologies for organizations that work through arts to produce community change. Christian’s interest in the architect-as-developer model of practice enables a unique project-focus specialization in adaptive re-use and urban renewal. Additionally, as a licensed general contractor, he brings a builder’s perspective to the design approach for each project.


Next Steps

Over the upcoming months, engaging the practice of spacial justice, Transform 1012 and B-arn-S Architects + ch_studio will seek input from and collaborate with our plurality of constituencies and Fort Worth at large to design The Fred Rouse Center for Arts and Community Healing.


Please read the full press release HERE

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