500 Chicon: Elizabeth Danze, FAIA, Talks Convention Futures

By Charlotte Friedley

500 Chicon

Last month, the TxA Convention Futures Committee gathered at 500 Chicon, where I had the opportunity to meet Elizabeth Danze, FAIA, a new member of the committee. Danze took some time to talk with me and shared her enthusiasm for the work the team is doing.

The Convention Futures Committee is responsible for helping to plan, not the current year’s convention, but ones in the years to come. Currently, Danze and the other committee members are focused on our 2015 Convention, which will take place in Dallas.

Elizabeth Danze, FAIA

Danze says that what originally drew her to this particular committee was the chance to interact with TxA membership. “Being a part of Convention Futures has allowed me the incredible opportunity of shaping the convention experience by finding ways to bring relevant information and materials to our profession,” said Danze.

One of the committee’s primary goals is to identify and secure keynote speakers for 2015, and to set themes for future conventions. “With a membership as active, engaged, interesting, and interested as ours, the Convention Futures Committee really strives to present multivalent subject matter,” said Danze.

Craig Dykers

2013 Convention keynote speaker Craig Dykers, AIA, of Snohetta – photo by Holly Reed

Richard Jackson

2013 Convention keynote speaker Richard J. Jackson, M.D., Hon. AIA – photo by Holly Reed

Danze also spoke regarding the committee’s excitement about making previously successful events, such as the New Architects Recognition Ceremony and TxA Interactive, both new in 2013, even more effective. Says Danze: “I continually question myself — what would I like to see, and what would my peers like to see? I experience a sense of responsibility to help create a convention that they will find interesting and motivating.”

New Architect Recognition Ceremony

The New Architect Recognition Ceremony recognizes newly licensed architects who have achieved registration in the past year. – photo by Holly Reed

The most compelling thing about my chat with Danze was learning what she indirectly takes away from the committee. Since joining Convention Futures, Danze says, she has reveled in the chance to socialize and engage with AIA chapters and the people of TxA.

“It’s been a fun learning experience,” she says. “I’ve really enjoyed getting to know who our members are and how they engage with our constituency — I find myself continually amazed at the breadth of what architects are accomplishing.” 

Elizabeth Danze Design Award

Elizabeth Danze, FAIA, and partner John Blood, AIA, accepting their Texas Architects Design Award for T3 Parking Structure from Larry Speck, FAIA, at the 2013 Convention. – photo courtesy Acme Brick

500 Chicon Street is the Austin headquarters of the Texas Society of Architects. “500 Chicon” is a column on the Texas Architects blog that highlights the ongoing collaboration between Texas Architects staff, our members, and other contributing partners. These posts will spotlight individuals who come through our doors, events and happenings at the office, and staff activities out in the field.