September 29, 2020
This free, virtual program explores the role of photography & architecture in Texas. To register for this event, go here.
“Join us for an inspiring session featuring two of Texas’ leading architectural photographers in practice today: Ben Koush and Nikola Olic. Koush, a founder of Houston Mod, will present images focused on the preservation of modernist architecture. Nikola Olic, founder and lead of Structure Photography, will share artistic images he has taken of buildings and spaces, some of which were prominently featured in a story about his work in the Sunday Arts and Life section of the Dallas Morning News. The virtual audience will be able to join in a moderated Panel discussion following their presentations. The program will be finished in order for our attendees to watch the Presidential debate which will begin at 8:00 pm.
Ben KOUSH, registered architect and interior designer in Texas and Founding Member of Houston Mod, will focus on images of the preservation of modernist architecture. Koush is a graduate of Columbia University and Rice University. He is a registered architect and interior designer in Texas with two decades of architectural experience. He has a special interest in the preservation of modern architecture and is a founding member of Houston Mod, which has won numerous local and state awards. Koush’s architectural writing and photography appears in Architects’ Newspaper, Cite magazine, and Texas Architect, and on his widely followed Instagram account @benkoush. He currently serves on the Texas Historical Commission State Board of Review, the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission, and on the Texas Architect magazine publication committee.
Nikola OLIC, Lead of Structure Photography whose images reflect the artistic design of the buildings and spaces he captures in his photos, will discuss the importance of place and context for his work. Olic was born in Belgrade, Serbia and had moved to the US in 1992 as an exchange student in Arlington, TX. Years later, after getting a degree in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Texas in Arlington, he moved to Dallas – a city where two decades later many of his photographs would find their inspiration. His current project ‘Structure Photography’ started in 2014, and includes abstract architectural photographs that reimagine their subjects in playful, dimensionless and disorienting ways. In addition to Dallas, this project also focuses on architecture and photography from all over North America, as well as Europe and Asia. Every photograph in Olic’s collection, including those on his Instagram account @nikolaolic, comes with an intriguing story. Nikola Olic is exclusively represented by the Afterimage Gallery in Dallas. His photography has been published in Wired, BBC News, Guardian, USA Today, Yahoo, The Dallas Morning News and many other outlets. His work is also on view in museums, private collections and public art spaces around the world.
About modTEXAS – modTEXAS was founded in 2018 to highlight the work of organizations who are engaged in celebrating and preserving architecture from the midcentury. Through their Mapping Mod Instagram Challenge, over 4,200 photos of Texas modernism have been shared using #modtexas. In North Texas, their efforts support institutions including Preservation Dallas, Docomomo US North Texas, The Dallas Architecture Forum and the Dallas Historical Society.
About The Dallas Architecture Forum – The Dallas Architecture Forum is a not-for-profit civic organization that brings leading architectural thought leaders from around the world to speak in Dallas and also fosters important local dialogue about the major issues impacting our urban environment. The Forum’s members include architects, design professionals, students and educators, and a broad range of civic-minded individuals and companies.”