The Voice for Texas Architecture

A Call to Action: Calling on Firms with 3D Printers

We are all hearing how the shortage of hospital supplies is affecting hospitals, both here in Texas and throughout the country as a whole. There are several ways that we, members of the built community, can offer our expertise and resources during this crisis.

A Message From TxA President Connie Rivera, AIA

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.

2020 Design Awards Jury Announced

We are thrilled to announce TxA’s 2020 Design Awards jury: Stella Betts, of LEVENBETTS in New York City; Dan Kaplan, FAIA, of FXCollaborative in New York City; Kirsten R. Murray, FAIA, of Olson Kundig in Seattle; and Michel Rojkind of Rojkind Arquitectos in Mexico City. The jurors will come together to review entries to our 2020 Design Awards competition, which has an entry deadline of April 7.

AIA implores Congress to provide relief to business owners and employees

WASHINGTON – March 20, 2020 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2020 President Jane Frederick, FAIA, and EVP/Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA, are urging Congress to address the critical needs of business owners and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: Newest Resources

Concerns over the spread of coronavirus have led to the cancellation of musical festivals, sporting events, political rallies, and conventions. School districts have suspended classes, restaurants have shut their doors, places of worship have gone to virtual platforms, and companies have asked their employees to work remotely from home. The impact on our local and global economies and our way of life will be far reaching and unlike anything we have seen before

March/April 2020

In this issue of Texas Architect, we consider three facets of the state’s posture toward its borders, and architectural responses to that posturing. Also: Multifamily housing.

Texas Architect Magazine

In this issue, we gaze upon three fashions in contemporary interior design: how an Austin food chain is exporting the city’s culinary and design culture beyond Texas; how the Internet is feeding into built space design, and the now-ubiquitous bare-bones aesthetic.


We are now accepting CE session proposals for this event. The theme for the conference is “Catalyst”, and we are looking for engaging, timely, and relevant sessions on a wide range of topics.

International Competition Seeking Design for Iconic Silicon Valley Landmark

Through the Urban Confluence Silicon Valley worldwide open ideas competition, the San José Light Tower Corporation is inviting architects, landscape architects, artists, urban planners, engineers, lighting designers, and students

Local Chapter Resources

If users have documents to add, please contact Program Director Sharna Haine by email or phone: 512-615-7730.


For those of you working on putting together a strategic plan, below are some examples we’ve pulled together for you — one of which is actually the old version of AIA National’s. Although out of date, it will show you how a plan can be a one-page, graphic document (right up the architect’s alley!). There is also a second strategic plan that is a VERY short, simple piece. The Texas Society of Architects Strategic Plan is also provided as a reference.

The questions to answer in a strategic plan are:

  • Who are we?
  • What is our mission?
  • What is our vision? (read a description of the difference between mission and vision here)
  • How will we achieve that vision?
  • And, lastly, how will we know if we have achieved our goals? What is the measurement?

It is NOT an easy process to get on paper, but it can really help to focus the work of the chapter and help make best use of resources. Feel free to call if you have any questions about preparing a strategic plan.

TxA Strategic Plan

AIA 2008-2010 Strategic Plan

One-Page Sample (ABC)

Multi-Page Sample (National Association of Colleges and Employers)


Core Member Services – Introduction

Roles and Responsibilities of Chapters and Sections

Member Service Plan

The Accreditation Process

Core Services Checklist


Small Component Management Fees

Component Financial Worksheet 

Fiscal Policies

Sample Memorandum of Understanding


The following policy documents are examples only and must be modified for use by your chapter.

Anti-Harassment Policy (Venable)

Anti-Harrassment Policy (Whiteford, Taylor & Preston)

Antitrust Compliance Guidelines (AIA)

Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct (AIA)

Conflict of Interest Policy (AIA Austin)

Conflict of Interest Policy (Venable)

Component Bylaws (AIA)

Document Retention and Destruction Policy (AIA Austin)

Document Retention and Destruction Policy (Pillsbury)

Gift Acceptance Policy (Society for Women’s Health)

Joint Venture Policy (Pillsbury)

Joint Venture Policy (Venable)

Non-Discrimination Policy

Whistleblower Policy (Texas Society of Architects)

Whistleblower Policy (AIA Austin)

Whistleblower Policy (Pillsbury)

Whistleblower Policy (Venable)


AIA’s New Visual Identity