2014 Design Expo Attractions



Thursday, Nov. 6

4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Friday, Nov. 7

11:00 am – 5:30 pm



Center Square/Acme Brick Pavilion

Come visit this year’s Center Square, which will focus on green roof technology. Located at the center of the Design Expo floor, the Center Square will feature emerging green roof technologies.Take the opportunity to relax in its informal seating, and chat with knowledgeable representatives about the products on display.

Expo Welcome Party

Kick off the 2014 Annual Conference with our Texas-Sized Happy Hour featuring Cajun, Italian, and Tex-Mex cuisines; cocktails, beer, and wine; and a chance to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones. Beginning at 4:30 pm on Thursday, Nov. 6, stop by the Expo Hall for food, drinks, entertainment, and exciting displays by our exhibitors representing the Southwest architecture, engineering, and construction industries. Thank you to our Welcome Party sponsors for making this great kick-off to the 2014 Design Expo possible.

Herman Miller “Recharge Zone”

Are your electronics running on a low battery? Are you running low on energy? No problem! Stop by the Herman Miller Recharge Zone to recharge your devices and yourself. Join us in a relaxing lounge setting with furniture from Herman Miller’s Living Office line as you charge your phone, computers, or tablet while enjoying some complimentary refreshments. Your friends at Herman Miller look forward to visiting with each of you during Expo show hours. The Recharge Zone is exclusively sponsored by Herman Miller.

Acme Brick Lunch with Exhibitors

Swing by the Design Expo on Friday, Nov. 7, to pick up your free boxed lunch from Acme Brick on the show floor! Take the opportunity to eat, relax, and chat with the representatives of our 2014 Title Sponsor on their wide range of vendors and suppliers. The Lunch with Exhibitors is exclusively sponsored by Texas Architects’ 2014 Title Sponsor, Acme Brick.

OPERA Architectural Design — Italian Pavilion

OPERA’s Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Texas Architects Design Expo is a direct link to trusted, select Italian manufacturers. OPERA represents mid-sized Italian manufacturing companies focused on attentive handiwork, supporting quality, creativity, technology, and design. From artistic lighting and furniture to green surfaces and beyond, OPERA provides outstanding products at a competitive price point through a dedicated local team. At the 75th Annual Conference and Design Expo, OPERA will introduce its high-quality and high-design brands to international architectural clients. OPERA’s products are made in Italy and showcased worldwide. Come visit them to discover how good design is part of the solution!

Continuing Education Opportunities in the Expo Hall

The 2014 Design Expo will feature some of the most influential and cutting-edge vendors in the AEC along with numerous continuing education (CE) opportunities. Check out the Schedule for sessions taking place in and around this year’s the Expo Hall! Each of these is labeled “EXPO CE SESSION.”

Friday Cupcake Break

Need an afternoon pick-me-up? Make sure to stop by the Design Expo on Friday afternoon from 3:30 to 4:00 pm for a cupcake break on the show floor. Relax, enjoy sometime with your peers, and connect with exhibitors showcasing the latest trends, products, and services in the industry.

Destination Vacation Giveaways

The Texas Society of Architects has collaborated with hotel and resorts across the state to procure destination giveaway packages to be awarded as door prizes for our Design Expo! To be eligible to win, attendees must complete the Prize Drawing Card, which will be provided to all attendees at the Registration Desk upon check-in. The completed card must be dropped off before the prize-drawing times. You must be present to win. Prize Drawings will occur in the Center Square at the following times:

  • Thursday, Nov. 7: 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm
  • Friday, Nov. 8: 12:30 pm and 5:00 pm

The prize drawing is sponsored by Acme Brick, Total CAD Systems, and Bury.

TAC Lounge

If you’re a Century Club member of the Texas Architects Committee (TAC), our political action organization, you have access to the TAC Lounge. Situated at the back of the Expo Hall, the TAC Lounge offers drinks, snacks, and free chair massages, as well as the opportunity to discuss our advocacy efforts and strategies with TAC’s “movers and shakers.” During the Welcome Party and the Design Expo’s closing hours on Friday, the TAC Lounge will also offer cocktails, beer, and wine. If you are not a Century Club member, you are more than welcome to make your donation to a TAC officer at the door.



Gensler Gala Afterparty

Our first-ever Gala Afterparty, hosted by Gensler, is open to all attendees. This event, which will be sited on a dramatic rooftop venue overlooking the city, replaces the annual Emerging Professionals Gathering. Come enjoy libations, live entertainment, dancing, and an outdoor patio lounge on the 24th-floor sky lounge at the Hilton Americas-Houston. Make sure to come check out some of the best views in Houston; the event starts at 9:00 pm and goes until 12:30 am. The Gala Afterparty is exclusively sponsored by Gensler.

PDR Archi-Chat: A Pecha Kucha-Style Event

PDR invites you to attend this year’s Archi-Chat. This Pecha Kucha-style event will feature a number of distinguished guests delivering short-form presentations on a range of topics in and around the fields of architecture, urbanism, landscape architecture, digital fabrication, urban agriculture, and much more. Please join us for a fast-paced night of high-level design-based discussion and inspiration. Beverages will be available for purchase. This year’s event will be held at PDR’s Houston-based studios on Thursday, Nov. 6, starting at 8:00 pm. This is an event you certainly do not want to miss! Archi-Chat is exclusively sponsored by PDR.

“Bringing Designs to Life” Reception by Bury at The Grove

This exclusive VIP reception hosted by Bury will bring designs to life, and Texas’ leading architecture and engineering industry professionals together for an evening of drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment. This event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 6, at The Grove restaurant, located on the south end of Discovery Green in Downtown Houston. The reception is by invitation only. The “Bringing Designs to Life” reception is exclusively sponsored by Bury.