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Meera Rajagopalan is the Austin Editor for Miss A. A proud Longhorn, Meera earned her journalism degree from UT. Some of her hobbies include event planning, writing and baking. She loves trying new recipes and experimenting with food. Her latest creation was Pistachio Fudge. A tech nerd at heart, Meera loves cool iPhone apps and geeking out with friends about social media trends. Aside from the tech stuff, Meera also enjoys discovering new fonts. There’s something about finding the perfect font to help enhance titles. Besides her hobbies, Meera loves free stuff. So far besides tons of samples, she’s won concert tickets, movie passes (compliments of Do512) and a cooking class.

Animal Lovers of Austin Presents Barkitecture 2012

Walking around downtown Austin, the architecture amazes me. The rich history hidden in the walls of the buildings, constantly makes me stop and appreciate the beautiful city. This goes for new buildings too.

(Photo Credit: Austin Lofty Dog)

On November 10, there will be several new houses lining the 2nd Street District, but not just any houses. Doghouses to be exact.

Join some of Austin’s “best and brightest architects, designers and builders,” as they celebrate man’s best friends’ home at Barkitecture 2012. The Animal Lovers of Austin will be showcasing the doghouses that guests will have the opportunity to purchase through bidding.

Teams have worked tirelessly to create the houses. Some of these teams include Newcastle Homes, the Art Institute of Austin, AJM Construction and more. The teams will be judged by Chris Czichos, Rachel Guest, Jim Spencer, Lisa Starr, and Dr. Angie Whitworth.

Besides the main event, there will also be a designer pup-stop during the event  for dogs to play, and the Lofty Dog’s Winter Divas Fashound Show, which is definitely an event guests won’t want to miss. The Winter Divas Fashound Show gives dogs and their owners a chance to strut their stuff down the runway, showing off the latest trends.

(Photo Credit: Austin’s Lofty Dog)

The Animal Lovers of Austin will partner with several local animal organizations including,  Austin Dog Alliance, Austin Greyhound Adoption, Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Austin, Love-a-Bull, and Wee Rescue to raise funds for the animal community. During the event, attendees will also have the opportunity to learn more about adoption from local area groups.

Get a sneak peak of the houses at the Barkitecture Preview Party, on November 8th. The party will be at the W Hotel, downtown from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Looking at the houses from last year, each has its own unique character. Some are elaborate, while others have a simplicity towards them. They were all made with love though, and that is one definite theme that will be seen this year too.

WHEN: Saturday, November 10, from Noon-4 p.m.


2nd Street District
403 West 2nd Street
Austin, TX 78701

TICKETS: Barkitecture 2012 is free to the public.  The preview party tickets are $25.

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