Advocacy Update: 2016 Election — Who We Are Supporting

​ Most elections these days are effectively decided in the primaries; more legislative races are over once the primary winners are determined in the spring than in the November general election. When did this become the case — and why? In Texas, two watershed, off-cycle (non-presidential) elections in 2002 and 2010 confirmed in the House of Representatives what was already evident in the Senate and statewide offices — Texas is now solidly (if not overwhelmingly) Republican. Those Republican landslide elections made the party margins in both chambers about 2-to-1 Republican over Democrat.  ​Texas State Capitol building – photo by istockphoto Both…

2016 AIA Fellows Announced

On Friday, February 12, the American Institute of Architects announced the newest members of its prestigious College of Fellows. Only about 3,200 of AIA's more than 88,000 members hold this distinction. Congratulations to the 149 individuals elevated to Fellowship this year, including the following 11 Texas Society of Architects members recognized in 2016. James Brady, FAIA AIA Austin In his 45-year career in education as architect, planner, and advocate, Jim Brady, FAIA, has created exemplary student-centered learning environments, championed best practices and stakeholder engagement that keep learning at the forefront of the planning and design process, and transformed organizational and…