COVID-19. We’re on the front end of this thing. It won’t be days or weeks. It’ll be months or years. When we emerge from this worldwide catastrophe, everything will be different.
We decided that we need relief from the harsh reality of this catastrophe. More importantly, we need big, dreamy, hopeful ideas that will help us navigate the future. To do this, we all need to exercise the sum total of our imaginations. That’s why we created this project.
With The Next 100 Years Project – Architect Edition, we invite architects to speculate on the built environment after the pandemic. It can be a simple cocktail napkin sketch or an elaborate drawing. It can illustrate the smallest detail or the broadest brush stroke of public or private space. It can be pencil or charcoal or crayon or even watercolor, but it has to be done by hand. We also ask architects to write a 100-word essay that describes their image and their vision for the future. Then we will judge all the entries and select the best 100 entries for a digital book of the project. If selected, your page in the book will feature your image, your essay, your headshot, and a brief bio. It will also include the option to hear you read your essay out loud.
The Next 100 Years Project – Architect Edition will be the first edition. Future editions include the Poet Edition, the Musician Edition, the Chef Edition, the Filmmaker Edition, and the Fashion Designer Edition.
There will be no charge to submit an entry. There will be no charge to view and download the digital book when it’s completed. With The Next 100 Years Project, we created an online community project filled with heart to serve the world.
Wells Mason is an American designer and sculptor. He has exhibited his work in galleries and museums around the US and his work has been featured in countless regional, national, and international publications. He is also a community activist with a history of impossible-sounding projects. Most recently, Wells has been in a business development role for a Fortune 1000 company – surreptitiously pushing it to be a better version of itself. These days, when he’s not working at his studio in Coupland, Texas, he’s either playing with his kids or he’s thinking about design. Or he’s positively disrupting something, somewhere.
As a designer, Jessica Mason believes that design truly impacts lives. Managing health issues from a young age, she discovered how a person’s environment can impact a person’s well-being. Now she believes design has the power to heal, empower, and bring joy. In her current role at Ironwood Industries, Jessica is an architectural hardware specialist. She also regularly volunteers for community projects and serves on professional boards – from the Salvation Army to Community First! to the Center for Child Protection to the American Society of Interior Designers - always promoting the power of design.
Stephanie Meyer is a highly versatile graphic designer and artist. She’s also an acrobat, gardener, web developer, food enthusiast, and beekeeper. If there’s one thing that Stephanie has been accustomed to lately, it’s radical change. Fortunately for her, she never stops learning new things and exploring infinite possibilities. Lately, Stephanie has focused her powers on the good of others – by merging her technical prowess with her compassionate spirit – and this project is a perfect example. She believes that innovation and generosity of spirit are needed now more than ever.
Dr. Stephen Caffey is an Instructional Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at Texas A&M University. He also serves as Associate Department Head for Research and Coordinator of the Master of Science in Architecture and the PhD programs for Architecture, Construction Science, and Visualization. Stephen specializes in the history, theory, and criticism of art and architecture, design process (including creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship), as well as research ideologies. In addition to curating exhibitions for the Wright Gallery and MSC Forsyth Galleries at Texas A&M University, Stephen serves on the board of Fisterra Projects, an Austin-based non-profit for the arts.
Torrey Stanley Carleton is the Executive Director of the San Antonio chapter of The American Institute of Architects. In addition to her passion for architecture, she is also an avid collector of mid-century modern furniture and art. Prior to joining AIA, Torrey worked with the San Antonio Performing Arts Association to promote luminaries like The Joffrey Ballet, Phillip Glass, Meredith Monk, and Twyla Tharpe. She holds a BA in Art History from Smith College. She’s married to architect Ed Carleton and they spend weekends in Poteet, Texas turning a complex of antique heavy-timber log cabins into a welcoming country retreat.
Roger Colombik lives in the Texas Hill Country with his wife and artistic collaborator Jerolyn Bahm-Colombik. Born and raised in Chicago, Roger’s understanding of the relationship between the artist, the community, and public space was influenced by the city’s monumental sculptural presence. As a sculptor and activist, his community-based projects often target milieus where tradition and cultural heritage have collided with westernization and government malfeasance. The Fulbright Scholarship Program and the Texas State University Research Program have supported his projects in Burma, Armenia, Republic of Georgia, and Ecuador. Roger teaches sculpture at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.
Leah Keith is a writer and producer. She has worked for Netflix, Illumination Entertainment, The Disney Channel, Warner Brothers, Harpo Films, The BET Network, The Lifetime Network, Mattel, Nickelodeon, and Essence Communications. She’s been an executive at DreamWorks and the Walt Disney Company. She’s also been published in The New York Times. Leah served on advisory boards for The Pacific Council on International Policy, the National Film Festival for Talented Youth, and the Acoustic Neuroma Association. With a BA in English Literature from Barnard College/Columbia University, she’s an active member of the Writers Guild. Leah resides in Los Angeles, California.
Sheryl Plouffe is an entrepreneur, international speaker, and former Canadian TV broadcaster. She has been seen by millions over the course of her 25-year career in news media. Today, Sheryl helps other entrepreneurs and business professionals increase their authority – and their income – with video. She does this through her signature online and in-person events and she is widely known for doing away with word-for-word scripts and complicated tech in favor of simple-yet-strategic storytelling techniques. When she’s not working, she’s a hockey and baseball mom and an avid Prince fan. Sheryl lives and works in Ontario, Canada.
Helen Thompson is a nationally-known writer specializing in interior design, architecture, kitchen design, and food. Formerly an editor for Texas Monthly and Metropolitan Home, Helen has also written articles for Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, Dwell, House Beautiful, Martha Stewart Living, and Veranda. She is the author of “Marfa Modern” and “Texas Made Texas Modern” and she is currently working on “Santa Fe Modern.” Her weekly blog SeenInHouse.com covers Texas design and has readers all over the world. In 2012, the Texas Society of Architects awarded Helen the prestigious John G. Flowers Award for the promotion of architecture in the media.