07-10-2016 – Veletta Forsythe Lill

Like four hundred pound line backers; the show tackles Thursday’s madness.
Veletta Forsythe Lill has been a force for change in Dallas for three decades. She has served the city and the region as a civic leader, community leader, and fierce advocate for architecture and place making. Her influence has affected preservation of historic places, created new design features, and empowered architects with a stronger voice in city government.
As a member of the Dallas City Council (1997–2005), she was the go-to person for all matters related to arts, architecture, and culture. Her advocacy helped to preserve key buildings, such as St. Ann’s School, while creating new design-centric districts and buildings. She consulted with the architecture community in order to educate decision makers in how to build a better Dallas, and her role as chair of the Dallas City Council Comprehensive Plan Committee set Dallas on a path for smart design and planning. Her tenacity, passion and influence have been important in Dallas’ creation of facilities such as the Latino Cultural Center, designed by Mexican architect and AIA Gold Medal recipient Ricardo Legoretta, Hon. FAIA.
During her tenure as executive director of the Dallas Arts District (2008–2012), she rallied disparate organizations to support and share in her vision of a city filled with strong design, art, and parks, accessible to everyone. She also provided political and strategic finesse to cut through red tape and outdated planning codes. The district’s museums, performance halls, and other structures were designed by such architects as Santiago Calatrava, FAIA (Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge); Sir Norman Foster, Hon. FAIA (Winspear Opera House); and Rem Koolhaas, Hon. FAIA (Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre). A magnificent park serves as a connector between uptown and downtown.
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© AIA Dallas; © Veletta Lill, Hon. AIA; © Dallas Morning News

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