TxA Board Job Responsibilities

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Beyond the Boardroom: Chapter Visits Five and Six

Last Thursday evening, on our sixth chapter visit, TxA President-elect Michael Malone, AIA, and I met with AIA Austin. The meeting was held in a beautiful home designed by James LaRue, AIA, and it was hosted by the homeowners and AIA Austin President Philip Keil, AIA. In each set of chapter visits — this is my fourth time around the state with a president-elect of TxA — certain phrases in the presentation begin to resonate with me. With Michael, it’s his comment that “Life is in session!” He makes the point that we need to be working at our best…

2014 Texas Architects Leadership

NEWLY ELECTED 2014 OFFICERS President Val Glitsch, FAIA Val Glitsch Architect Houston President-Elect Michael J. Malone, AIA Michael Malone Architects Dallas Vice President, Advocacy Paul Bielamowicz, AIA Page Austin Vice President, Member Services Jennifer Workman, AIA Good Fulton & Farrell Vice President, Outreach Robert (Rocky) Lopez, AIA Lopez Salas Architects San Antonio Vice President, Practice Fernando Brave, FAIA Brave/Architecture Houston Secretary Bibiana B. Dykema, AIA Dykema Architects Corpus Christi Treasurer Jim Williams II, AIA Amarillo National Bank Amarillo AIA Regional Director John V. Nyfeler, FAIA John Nyfeler, FAIA Austin AIA Regional Director James R. Nader, FAIA Nader Design Group Fort…

Val Glitsch, FAIA, Texas Architects 2014 President

When Val Glitsch, FAIA, begins her presidency of the Texas Society of Architects in 2014, she will bring with her the experience of 30 years as principal of her own distinguished firm and 15 years of meaningful leadership with the Society’s programs. Her small architectural studio has produced a large number of exemplary projects that have been recognized with numerous honors and awards at the local, state, and national levels. Her work has been widely published and is often noted for its clarity, sensitive fit within its context, responsibility to its environment, and carefully detailed spatial sequences.  In her engagement…

Texas Architects Board Responds to AIA Restructuring

As our members may know from a previous blog entry by John Nyfeler, FAIA, the AIA Board is considering a change in its structure. The AIA governance proposal may be found here. While board structure may not be a “hot” topic among AIA members, it is the mechanism that allows member voices to be transmitted to the AIA Board of Directors. How well that works — or doesn’t work — should be of high interest to AIA members and was for the most recent meeting of the Texas Architects Board of Directors.  After considerable discussion, the Texas Architects board unanimously approved the following…

Beyond the Boardroom: TxA Board Meeting Held in Vancouver

The Texas Society of Architects Board of Directors met in Vancouver, British Columbia on July 26-27 with a full agenda! President Larry Speck, FAIA, opened the meeting and congratulated Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, on her recent election as AIA President-elect. He reviewed the Society's progress this year, discussing committees; the Design Conference success; Advocates for Architecture Day at the Capitol and the successful 83rd Legislative Session; the improvements in Texas Architect and kudos on the most recent issue; and ever-increasing traffic on www.texasarchitect.org.  Aerial view of Downtown Vancouver's waterfront. The new convention center on the right with Canada Place front and center. – photo by istockphoto; dan_prat The board received reports…

Texas Architect Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, to Lead AIA in 2015

Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, of AIA Corpus Christi, was elected 2014 AIA First Vice President/2015 President at the AIA Convention in Denver. As Vice President and eventually President of the AIA, Richter will lead implementation and execution of the Repositioning the AIA effort. As the repositioning initiative progresses, her leadership will help bring the AIA into a more member-focused future, enlisting greater support and understanding from the general public, while also refining the Institute’s leadership structure, institutional framework, and operation focus. This repositioned AIA will be a visionary member organization providing advocacy, leadership, and resources for architects to design a…

Turn Up the Volume!

The stage lights were warm and welcoming, not at all the petrifying event conjured in my subconscious. The butterflies and wobbly knees were not present as I ascended the stage steps to address the standing-room only crowd of 1400 colleagues gathered from across the breadth of our state’s boundaries. The audience faces were those of friends, new and old, that had journeyed to Austin for the Texas Society of Architects 73rd Convention — to be educated by those sharing their resourceful knowledge, to tour the vibrant energized city, to reminisce with classmates, and … to be influenced. Yes, the year’s…

Introducing 2013 President Larry Speck, FAIA

Larry Speck, FAIA, has gained considerable national and international recognition for his work as an architect, an architectural critic, an academic and a teacher. His professional work includes such Texas landmarks as Austin Bergstrom International Airport, Austin Convention Center (both phases), and the architecture for Discovery Green, a twelve-acre park in downtown Houston. Over the last 25 years, his design work has won 33 national design awards, 21 state or regional design awards, and 63 local design awards. Larry has been on the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin since 1975.  He has received most of the major…

President’s Message

At the AIA National Conveniton in Washington D.C., 500 Texas Society of Architect members partook in the largest and most attended AIA convention in recent years; led by our Texan AIA President to engage in sessions and the expo floor and view the streets, monuments, museums, and endless attractions of our nation’s capitol.  We delighted in four days of perfect weather to imbibe on architectural influence bliss.  With each speaker, seeds were planted or rejuvenated to ignite the reason why we entered the profession; with each tour, we beheld architecture with purpose.  Keynote speaker David McCullough charmed the audience with…