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.

Connie G. Rivera, AIA
President and Executive Committee Chair
Audrey Maxwell, AIA
President-Elect
Eva Read-Warden, AIA
Secretary
Jason Puchot, AIA
Treasurer
Zaida Basora, FAIA
Vice President, Advocacy
Andrew Hawkins, AIA
Vice President, Communications
Nicki Marrone, AIA
Vice President, Practice and Recognition
Mike Allex, AIA
Vice President, Professional Development
James T. Perry
TxA EVP/CEO

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

Audrey Maxwell, AIA
President-Elect

Administrative Policies
Chair: D. Michael Hellinghausen, AIA

Finance
Charge: To prepare an annual budget for the next fiscal year for adoption by the Board of Directors, showing in detail the anticipated income and expenditures of the Society; to study long-term budget needs and project dues and non-dues income; and to perform other duties as may be assigned by the Executive Committee.
Chair: Jason Puchot, AIA

Convention Futures
Charge: To identify trends significant to the profession; develop a vision, state long-term goals, and set themes for annual conventions up to five years out; identify and secure keynote speakers; select Cornerstone Award recipient; conduct on-going evaluations; and perform benchmarking with other groups.
Chair: D. Michael Hellinghausen, AIA

Nominating
Charge: To file with the Texas Architects Secretary, six weeks prior to the date of the Annual Business Session, the name of a qualified nominee for each of the officer and director vacancies due to become vacant, and the names of three members of the subsequent Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee shall consist of five voting members including the immediate past president (chair), one member appointed by the Board, and three members elected at the Annual Business Session.
Chair: D. Michael Hellinghausen, AIA

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee
Charge: To champion a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion within the profession of architecture – more specifically to carry out tasks as part of the strategic plan to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion until they part of the mainstream.
Chairs: Beau Frail, AIA, Melvalean McLemore, 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 response that positions Texas Architects as a leader in defining issues and developing appropriate results. To represent the profession as its liaison to government agencies, especially those regulating the practice of architecture.

Vice President, Advocacy

Zaida Basora, FAIA

Government Affairs Steering
Charge: To serve as a communications conduit from the chapter membership to the Texas Architects 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 the Executive Committee and Texas Architects staff in improving the regulatory environment in Texas; to assist coordination of local, state, and national efforts concerning governmental policies and activities; and to develop one or more potential programs for the Texas Architects Annual Convention.
Chair: Anne Hildenbrand, AIA

School Safety Workgroup
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: Laura Sachtleb

Community-Engaged Design
Charge: The Community-Engaged Design Committee is committed to the creation of a more just and equitable built environment through inclusive community engagement in all aspects of the architectural design process. The committee seeks to advance and promote community-engaged design through advocacy, collaboration, and education such that inclusive design processes become a standard of practice across all Texas communities, in alignment with the strategic plan for the Texas Society of Architects.
Chairs: Michael Zaretsky, AIA, Nicole Joslin, AIA

Communications Commission

Charge
To support the overall goals of the Texas Society of Architects, as they relate to its communication with the general public concerning its activities, internal and external award programs, and positions with regard to those issues of professional concern to its membership.

Vice President, Communications

Andrew Hawkins, AIA

Publications
Charge: To assist the Texas Architects staff in strategic planning, formulation of goals, and direction for the Society’s publications and electronic media tools; to routinely review and evaluate published and electronic material; and to aid in the development of marketing programs for Texas Architects’ communication tools.
Chair: Jesse Hager, AIA

Education Outreach
Charge: To create, extend, and promote young people in the role of architecture as a means to understand the built environment; to facilitate an exchange of information and best practices among programs in local chapters that support K-12 initiatives; to promote the creation of individual and pre-professional courses in architecture to promote the study of architecture, including high school, community college, and university level programs.
Chair: Samantha Markham, AIA

Practice and Recognition Commission

Charge
To be the liaison between Texas Architects members and other component knowledge communities, incorporating issues of design, policy, and technology. To communicate with public agencies and private organizations affecting areas of interest, and provide for the sharing of information with members.

Vice President, Practice and Recognition

Nicki Marrone, AIA

Design
Charge: To formulate and administer a statewide design awards program that recognizes and publicizes outstanding design representative of the work of Texas architects; to provide assistance for similar chapter programs; and to assist Texas Architects staff in selecting jurors, reviewing entry rules and fees, and creating a plan for marketing and publicity.
Chair: Maria Gomez, AIA

Design Conference
Charge: To assist the Texas Society of Architects in planning of the annual Design Conference. This annual forum explores design and creative thinking with the ultimate goal of inspiring new notions and approaches to the making of buildings and places.
Chairs: Audrey Maxwell, AIA (2020), Elizabeth Price, AIA (2021)

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: Craig Reynolds, FAIA

Professional Development Commission

Charge
To provide an internal member focus for member education and development, and for liaison with accredited Texas schools of architecture and for the integration and involvement of students in those schools into the Society.

Vice President, Professional Development

Mike Allex, AIA

Convention
Chair: Al Hernandez, AIA

Continuing Education
Charge: To develop and plan the schedule of professional development sessions offered at the Texas Architects Annual Convention; to establish liaisons with universities, allied professions, and IDP that encourage the exchange of information benefiting Texas architects and their need for accessible, quality continuing education opportunities.
Chair: Jacqueline Carlson, AIA

Architectural Experience Program (AXP)
Charge: To identify a local IDP coordinator in each chapter and encourage the sharing of information between them; to encourage intern meetings and activities at the state and local chapter levels, especially as they relate to TBAE and NCARB or to accredited academic programs and their students; and to develop one or more potential programs for the Texas Architects Annual Convention.
Chair: David Brewerton, Assoc. AIA, Monica Salazar, Assoc. AIA

Additional Committees and Chairs

Component Collaboration Task Force
TBD