As you are well aware, the existing situation regarding COVID-19 has everyone re-evaluating how to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of all those we interact with — clients, colleagues, and the larger community we serve. It has become so abundantly clear that we are a global community, and the current state of affairs forces us to be present as the situation changes on a daily, even hourly, basis. Know that we at TxA are doing all that is possible to protect the well-being of our members as we navigate the near future.
One of the short-term decisions we have made is to convene our committees and work groups through telecommunication. We have also made the decision to forgo traveling for our Spring Board Meeting and meet by videoconference instead. At this time, we are proceeding with the Annual Conference this fall as planned and will monitor that closely as well.
As we move forward, the full impact of this crisis will make itself more apparent. It has already changed how we currently operate. Some of these changes will be short-term, while others will last long into the future. Although the economic impacts will take some time to be fully known, we will be working to provide you with valuable information to use as a resource to assist you in the times ahead.
With so much information available about COVID-19, we want our member community to remain adequately, properly, and responsibly informed. In an effort to provide pertinent resources, we have compiled several articles that we think you will find helpful and informative (see the feature below). Additionally, we are committed to staying connected with our members — if you have any information to share, comments, or questions, please reach out to me, Connie G. Rivera, AIA, President, Texas Society of Architects; or Audrey Maxwell, AIA, President-Elect, Texas Society of Architects; James T. Perry, EVP/CEO, Texas Society of Architects; Aaron Seward, Editor, Texas Architect; and/or Missy Floyd-Seward, Social Media & Marketing Coordinator, Texas Society of Architects.
I want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we evaluate and adjust our procedures to remain operational and responsive to member needs in the coming months. As Texans, we are all familiar with adversity and adept at becoming a more connected and more compassionate community as a result. May we all become better architects and citizens weathering this storm together.
Connie G. Rivera, AIA
Texas Society of Architects