The Voice for Texas Architecture

Commissions & Committees

The activities of the Texas Society of Architects are largely the result of member volunteers working in partnership with staff.

Commissions & Committees

The activities of the Texas Society of Architects are largely the result of member volunteers working in partnership with staff.

Executive Committee

The various committees and task forces of the Society are organized into five commissions, each of which is led by a member of the Executive Committee.

Eva Read-Warden, AIA
President

Nicki Marrone, AIA
President-Elect

Anita Miller, AIA
Secretary

Eric Brooks, AIA
Treasurer

Derwin Broughton, AIA
Vice President, Advocacy

Darren Heine, AIA
Vice President, Communications

Qeturah Williams, AIA
Vice President, Practice and Recognition

Krystyn Haecker, AIA
Vice President, Professional Development

Jennifer B. Briggs, CAE
TxA EVP

Operations Commission

Charge
To oversee and coordinate, in conjunction with the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and staff, the financial, administrative, and operational activities of the Society.

Commissioner, Operations

Nicki Marrone, AIA
President-Elect

Executive Committee
Charge: To receive, review, and finalize committee reports to the Board; to handle matters requiring immediate action; to review staff reports as necessary; ensure directives of the Board are implemented; and to review Board agendas and structure for meaningful discussion and resolution of issues.
Chair: Eva Read-Warden, AIA

 Administrative Policies (APC)
Charge: To annually review and recommend the tenure, salary, benefits, bonuses, and duties of the EVP to the Executive Committee for approval prior to implementation. 
Chair: Audrey Maxwell, AIA

Finance
Charge: To review and recommend a budget for the next fiscal year for adoption by the Board of Directors; to study long-term budget needs; to perform other duties as may be assigned by the Executive Committee.
Chair: Eric Brooks, AIA

Nominating
Charge: To identify potential board candidates and future association leaders; to propose, six weeks prior to the date of the Annual Business Meeting, a slate of qualified nominees as required and the names of three members of the subsequent Nominating Committee. 
Chair: Audrey Maxwell, AIA

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee
Charge: To champion a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion within the profession and the Society; to carry out tasks as part of the strategic plan to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion; and to act as an advisory body to the Executive and Nominating Committees in manners of EDI.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Resource Page
Chairs: Brien Graham, AIA | Gabriella Bermea, AIA

Advocacy Commission

Charge
To anticipate trends and identify social, economic, and technological forces impacting the profession and to formulate the best legal or political responses to position Texas Architects as leaders; and to represent the profession as its liaison to government agencies, especially those regulating the practice of architecture.

Vice President, Advocacy

Derwin Broughton, AIA

Government Affairs Steering
Charge: To communicate with the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee on initiatives and issues concerning the Texas Legislature and government regulations affecting the practice of architecture; to assist in improving the regulatory environment in Texas; and to assist coordination of local, state, and national efforts concerning governmental policies and activities. 
Chair: Laura Sachtleben, AIA

School Safety Subcommittee
Charge: To focus on the role of architects and the built environment in school safety, as well as to contribute to the school safety dialogue by identifying resources, leading practices, and sharing knowledge.
Chair: Dan Bankhead, AIA

Community-Engaged Design
Charge: To work to create a more just and equitable built environment through inclusive community engagement in all aspects of the architectural design process; and to seek to advance and promote community-engaged design through advocacy, collaboration, and education.
Chairs: Nicole Joslin, AIA; Julia Lindgren, Assoc. AIA

COTE® (Committee on the Environment)
Charge: To work to advance and advocate the design of sustainable, resilient, healthy, and equitable communities through public policy, outreach to the public, and educational opportunities for the building industry. 
Chair: Katherine Ruiz

Communications Commission

Charge
To promote and support the overall goals of the Texas Society of Architects and to communicate with members and the public on its activities; communicate any policy positions of the profession and TxA; and promote the role of architects and architectural to society.

Vice President, Communications

Darren Heine, AIA

Publications
Charge: To assist in strategic planning, formulation of goals, and direction for Texas Architect magazine, and to routinely review and evaluate published and electronic material.
Chair: Andrew Barnes, AIA

Education Outreach
Charge: To create opportunities to promote the role of architecture to young people to develop a pipeline for the profession; and to facilitate an exchange of information and best practices among programs in local chapters that support K-12 initiatives. 
Chair: Kyle Kenerley, AIA

Architect Licensing Advisors (ALAs)
Charge: To promote licensure among students and emerging professionals by providing education, information, and resources about the Architectural Experience Program (AXP), TBAE, and NCARB.
ALA Advisor: Joshua Walker, AIA

Practice and Recognition Commission

Charge
To be the liaison between TxA members and the organization by incorporating issues of design, policy, and technology into practice; also recognizing excellence in the profession and contributions to architecture.

Vice President, Practice and Recognition

Qeturah Williams, AIA

Design and Studio Awards
Charge: To formulate and administer a statewide design awards program that recognizes and publicizes outstanding design which is representative of the work of Texas architects.
Chair: Ron Stelmarski, AIA

Honor Awards
Charge: To administer an awards program recognizing individual and organizational contributions to the architectural profession and the quality of the built environment, and to recommend award recipients for confirmation by the Texas Architects Executive Committee and/or Board of Directors.
Chair: Al York, FAIA

Professional Development Commission

Charge
To provide opportunities for meaningful member education and development for Texas Architects for their own advancement and the advancement of the profession.

Vice President, Professional Development

Krystyn Haecker, AIA

Conference Committee
Charge: To provide feedback and ideas for programming for the Annual Conference related to the conference host city location; act as ambassadors prior to and during the conference; and assist in promoting the conference. 
Chair: William Helm, AIA

Conference Continuing Education
Charge: To review professional development session submissions; and to develop and plan the schedule of professional development sessions offered at the Annual Conference and Design Expo.
Chair: Nicole Blair, AIA

Conference Futures
Charge: To identify trends significant to the profession; develop a vision, state long-term goals, and set themes for the annual conference; identify and secure keynote speakers; and conduct on-going evaluations.
Chair: Audrey Maxwell, AIA

Design Conference
Charge: To assist in planning the annual Design Conference to inspire new notions and approaches to the making of buildings and places. 
Chairs: Elizabeth Price, AIA (2021)