2016 Conference

Our 77th Annual Conference and Design Expo will take place on November 3–5 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. Set in the heart of Texas’ history, the conference program will focus on the theme of “Convergence.” Sessions and tours will explore how different cultures, geographical features, and design ideas have come together to influence the development and ongoing transformation of San Antonio, as well as other cities across the state, and how various disciplines and approaches are being combined to create meaningful impact on the built environment.

More details will be available in the coming months. In the meantime, we are pleased to announce our 2016 Keynote Speakers and host hotel. If you’re looking for information about the 2016 Design Expo, which will take place on the first two days of our conference, November 3–4, please visit our Design Expo page.




Husband-and-wife team Weiss/Manfredi is a New York City-based design practice that combines landscape, architecture, infrastructure, and art. Their projects are noted for clarity of vision, bold and iconic forms, and material innovation. They designed the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Visitor Center and Seattle’s internationally acclaimed Olympic Sculpture Park (2007). They also recently won a national competition with OLIN to redesign the Sylvan Theater, an integrated outdoor amphitheater at the Washington Monument Grounds in Washington, D.C.

Eric Cesal

Eric Cesal is an analyst, writer, designer, builder, and humanitarian based in San Francisco. He was heavily involved in Architecture for Humanity, starting in 2006 as a volunteer on the Katrina reconstruction program, working on Haiti rebuilding efforts, and eventually serving as the nonprofit’s executive director just before it closed its doors in 2015. He is also the author Down Detour Road: An Architect in Search of Practice (2010), a memoir/manifesto that is widely acknowledged as a roadmap to 21st century architecture.

Debbie Millman

Debbie Millman is the host of the Design Observer podcast “Design Matters.” She is a writer, educator, artist, and designer. Since 1995, she has been president of design at Sterling Brands in New York City. She also chairs the Masters in Branding program at the School of Visual Arts, is the editorial & creative director of Print, a bimonthly magazine about visual culture and design, a blogger for Fast Company, and President Emeritus of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts).



Grand Hyatt San Antonio

600 E. Market Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205
Room Rate: $189 Single/Double

Cut-Off Date: October 7, 2016

Reserve a room online using this link. To make a reservation by phone, call 888.421.1442 and mention the Texas Society of Architects.



Menger Hotel

204 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, Texas 78205
Room Rate: $149 Single/Double

Cut-Off Date: October 7, 2016

To make a reservation online, use this link. (Group information will pre-populate.) Or, visit the main hotel website and use the group code ARCHTX to check availability.