Meet the 2020 TxA Vice Presidents

January 1 ushered in the new TxA Board of Directors. Among them are four vice presidents: Mike Allex, AIA, is VP of Professional Development. Allex is a principal of Rike Ogden Figueroa Allex Architects in Harlingen and a past president of the AIA Lower Rio Grande Valley. He has also served as treasurer of the Harlingen Chamber of Commerce V.I.P. Club and District Commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America. Zaida Basora, FAIA, is VP of Advocacy. A vice president at Huitt-Zollars in Dallas, Basora is a sustainability advocate with over 30 years of experience in public policy, planning, and design. She…

Award for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Honor of John S. Chase Jr. FAIA

At the 80th Annual Conference in Galveston, 2019 President Mike Hellinghausen, AIA, announced the establishment of a new Honor Award, named after John Saunders Chase Jr. FAIA, to recognize the efforts of individuals, programs, or firms who have made strides in advancing EDI through their practice or in the profession. The creation of the award was spearheaded by TxA’s EDI Task Force, chaired by Nicki Marrone, AIA. In alignment with AIA’s efforts to “ensure the profession is as diverse as the nation it serves,” the EDI Task Force is charged with championing “a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion within the profession until…

Meet TxA’s 2020 President-Elect, Audrey Maxwell, AIA

The Texas Society of Architects is pleased to announce our incoming president-elect, Audrey Maxwell, AIA. A principal at Malone Maxwell Borson Architects in Dallas, Maxwell will serve as president-elect starting in January, and will lead TxA as president in 2021. Maxwell received her bachelor of science in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis in 2004. In 2009, she received her master of architecture from Arizona State University. She joined Michael Malone Architects in 2010. In 2014, the firm rebranded to Malone Maxwell Borson Architects. Recently, Maxwell’s focus has been primarily on corporate interiors, including the design and management of…

David Lancaster To Retire After 31 Years of Service

On December 18, 2019, Senior Advocate David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, will walk through the doors of the Texas Society of Architects as an employee for the last time. After 31 years of service to the Society, David is retiring. A native West Texan, David was born in Seminole and educated in Kermit. He received a bachelor of journalism degree from The University of Texas at Austin, working his way through school as a waiter, bartender, bookmobile driver, and pizza maker. His first “real job” after college was as a sports reporter for the Belo Corporation in the Dallas area, where…

Meet 2020 TxA President Connie G. Rivera, AIA

TxA is pleased to introduce our incoming president, Connie G. Rivera, AIA. A project architect at WKMC Architects in Corpus Christi, Rivera will lead the TxA Board of Directors starting January 1. Rivera’s career-to-date is defined by leadership and service to AIA at all levels. As an intern, she was the associate director for AIA Corpus Christi (AIA CC) in 2000. In 2008, she stepped into the role of executive director for the chapter, leading its transition from a volunteer-led to staffed chapter.  Rivera obtained her architecture license just one year into her tenure as the ED. Her talent, drive,…

Minnette B. Boesel of Houston Named Cornerstone Honoree

The Texas Society of Architects is pleased to announce Minnette B. Boesel of Houston as the 2019 Cornerstone Award recipient. This award is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions that enhance the quality of life by elevating architecture and the arts, promoting the value of community, or preserving the natural environment. With a background in art history, historic preservation, and real estate, Boesel has been a leader in the enhancement of the built environment of Houston for decades. In the 1980s, when the city lacked any preservation ordinances and banks refused loans for restoration projects, Boesel led efforts to clean…

Inclusion | Designers in the Community and Communities in the Studios

CDAT Blog Post | Community Design Action Team In her book “North of the River: A Brief History of North Fort Worth,” J’Nell Pate tells the story of the North Side. The title suggests that this part of the city was defined by its relationship to the Trinity River. In the foreword, Bob Schieffer, CBS journalist and North Side High School graduate, writes that “as America becomes more homogenized, fewer and fewer of our cities retain individual identities.” He continues, declaring that this is not true for the North Side, “which will never be mistaken for another place or even…

Architectural Design Competition: UL Learning Lab

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette recently announced a call for submission to design a new learning laboratory on the Lafayette campus. UL is looking for design concepts that support the core mission: leading education for all of Louisiana. The UL Laboratory School functions in connection with the colleges of education to immerse teacher candidates in real classrooms. UL envisions the new Learning Lab for the Laboratory School as a space that advocates for curiosity, creativity, connectivity, and collaboration among students, teachers, administrators, and the community. Submissions are encouraged to break from traditional educational architecture formulas and think creatively and…

Community Design Blog: Engagement + Implementation 

In the Fall of 2018, the Latinos in Architecture Committee (LiA) was asked by City Councilwoman Shirley Gonzáles and San Antonio’s Center City Development and Operations Department to assist with community meetings in order to better understand how allocated funds for Plaza Guadalupe could be utilized. Plaza Guadalupe is a historic site located on the west side of San Antonio. The plaza, owned by the City of San Antonio and Managed by the Avenida Guadalupe Association (AGA), is a vital and valued space. It is the location of night markets, local festivals, and where Julián Castro chose to announce his presidential…