2015 Design Expo Events and Attractions

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Thursday, November 5

4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, November 6

11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.



Conference Welcome Party

Kick off the 2015 Annual Conference with our Texas-Sized Happy Hour featuring cocktails, beers, appetizers, entertainment, and exciting displays by our exhibitors representing the Southwest architecture, engineering, and construction industries. The Welcome Party begins at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 5.

The Welcome Party is sponsored by AG&E Structural Engenuity.

Additional supporters: AIS Architectural Image Systems; ALA; Alcoa Architectural Products; Alpolic Materials-Misubishi Composites America; Alucoil North America; The Architect’s Newspaper; Axoscape; The Beck Group; CFZ Group; Consolidated Armor Products; Dodge Data & Analytics; Dyson; Enceptia; Hart, Gaugler & Associates; HAWA Americas; IMAGINiT Technologies; International Cellulose Corporation; L.A. Fuess Partners; Loewen Windows and Doors; McCarthy Building Companies; Oldcastle Architecural Texas; ORO Editions; Pinnacle Structural Engineers; Quality Powder Coating; Rugged Cycles; Santafe Tile Corp; Sherwin Williams; Terracon Consultants; TerraCORE Panels; Texas Scenic Company; ThinkFT; TLC Engineering; Trespa North America; Wade Architectural Systems


POP-UP Demos

Come visit the heart of the trade show floor this year for our exciting POP-UP Demos. Featuring wood, metal, stone, brick, and glass, these 15-minute product and service demonstrations will offer up the opportunity to see our select exhibitors showcase their newest products and innovative applications. Stop by our Material Theaters to hear about the history, manufacturing, practical usage, and creative implementation of great products!

Thursday, November 5 POP-UP Demo Schedule

Friday, November 6 POP-UP Demo Schedule


Acme Brick Brunch with Exhibitors

Stop on by the Design Expo on Friday, November 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to munch on delicious brunch foods and beverages throughout the show floor courtesy of Acme Brick! The brunch will include juice bars, muffin stations, fruit displays, coffee bars, and breakfast tacos. Take the opportunity to eat, explore, and chat with the representatives of our 2015 Title Sponsor about their wide range of vendors and suppliers.

The Brunch with Exhibitors is exclusively sponsored by Acme Brick.


Acme Brick Craftsmen Corner

Visit booths 413 and 513 for demonstrations by brick sculpture artist Paula Blincoe Collins and brick carver Luis Ledesma.

The Craftsmen Corner is exclusively sponsored by Acme Brick.


Andersen Windows Recharge Zone

Are your electronics running on a low battery? Are you low on energy? No problem! Stop by the Andersen Windows Recharge Zone to recharge your devices and yourself. Join us in a relaxing lounge setting as you charge your phone, computers, and/or tablet while enjoying some complimentary Starbucks coffee.

The Recharge Zone is exclusively sponsored by Andersen Windows & Doors.


Autodesk Education Series

As a leader in architecture education, Autodesk will be hosting a one-of-a-kind CE session series highlighting how software can aid in the execution of architectural design. The Autodesk Education Series will include:

These sessions are labeled “Autodesk Education Series” in the conference schedule.

The Education Series is exclusively sponsored by Autodesk.


CE Sessions in the Expo Hall

The 2015 Design Expo will feature some of the most influential and cutting-edge vendors in the AEC industry, along with numerous continuing education (CE) opportunities. Check out the Schedule for sessions taking place in the Expo hall! This year’s Expo CE sessions include:

Each of these is labeled “EXPO CE SESSION” in the conference schedule.


Expo Material Tours

Join material experts as they lead tours of the Expo Hall featuring hands-on surveys of new materials available in the marketplace.

Ice Cream Social

Need an afternoon pick-me-up? Make sure to stop by the Design Expo on Friday afternoon from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for an ice cream break on the show floor. Ice cream stations will be located in the bar areas in the back and sides of the Expo Hall. Relax, enjoy sometime with your peers, and connect with exhibitors showcasing the latest trends, products, and services in the industry.

The Ice Cream Social is sponsored by Acme Brick, Andersen Windows & Doors, and Bury.


ORO Editions “STORIES” Giveaway Prize Drawing

The Texas Society of Architects has collaborated with ORO Editions to award beautiful architecture books as door prizes for our 2015 Design Expo! To be eligible to win, attendees must complete the Prize Drawing card provided at registration/check-in. The completed card must be dropped off at the Andersen Windows Recharge Zone before the Prize Drawing times. You must be present to win. Prize Drawings will occur at the following times:

  • Thursday, November 5: 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – at the Andersen Windows Recharge Zone
  • Friday, November 6: 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – at the Andersen Windows Recharge Zone

The prize drawing is sponsored by ORO Editions and supported by Andersen Windows & Doors


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, free chair massages, and the opportunity for conversation about TxA’s advocacy efforts and strategies. 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 welcome to make your donation to a TAC officer at the door.


sedak Glass Display

Everything’s bigger in Texas! Stop by the lunch area at the back of the Expo Hall to see a 46’x4’-panel of continuous glass manufactured in Germany by sedak.

The glass display is sponsored by sedak.



Join us at the Andersen Windows Recharge zone on Friday, November 6, from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for a #TxA2015 and #TxArchitects Tweet-Up. This event will give you a chance to meet other Twitter users and supporters of TxA hashtags face-to-face for fun and networking.



TEXO Afterparty

A new Annual Conference tradition, the Afterparty, hosted this year by TEXO Association, is open to all attendees and an event you won’t want to miss! Join us in the Gold Room of The Fairmont Dallas hotel for libations, music, dancing, and more. The event starts at 9:00 p.m. and goes until midnight.

The Afterparty is exclusively sponsored by TEXO Association.


Eight Stories Wide: Powered by Pecha Kucha

Autodesk invites you to attend Eight Stories Wide: Powered by Pecha Kucha. This event will feature a number of distinguished guests delivering short-form presentations on a range of topics related to architecture, urbanism, landscape architecture, digital fabrication, urban agriculture, and much more. This year’s event will be held at Gilley’s Dallas on Thursday, November 5, starting at 8:30 p.m. This is an event you do not want to miss!

Eight Stories Wide is exclusively sponsored by Autodesk (Education Sponsor).


Behind The Scenes: An Exclusive Event Hosted by Bury

Leading design professionals will come together for an evening of drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment. This event will take place on Thursday, November 5, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. and is by invitation only. 

The reception is exclusively sponsored by Bury.