early sketch of Trinity University tower and chapel courtesy Ford, Powell & Carson

So when I was asked to write an article for the Rivard Report about an upcoming exhibition at Trinity University, I initially expressed some hesitation. I certainly felt the story needed to be told - the unearthing of a collection of design drawings by O'Neil Ford of some of his most important projects certainly seemed newsworthy.  However, I was worried I couldn't really approach the story from a place of objective neutrality.

First of all, I have taught at Trinity.  The student who discovered the drawings, Jason Azar, was in fact a student of mine.  The office where the drawings were discovered, Ford, Powell & Carson, is an office with whom I have collaborated and I am friends with several of its partners.  Kathryn O'Rourke, the professor who helped organize the exhibition, gave a guest lecture for the class I taught and I have asked her to speak again at next year's Design Conference sponsored by the Texas Society of Architects.

In other words, I have a some degree of relationship with all of the key players in the article.  Luckily there really isn't anything particularly controversial about the story so perhaps it is no big deal that I displayed questionable journalistic standards.