Legislative Support/Texas Architects Committee
The Texas Society of Architects (TxA) plays an active role in crafting and responding to legislation and regulations affecting the design and construction industries. Members are encouraged to take part in this effort by educating their legislators on issues impacting the profession and participating through TxA’s political action committee, the Texas Architects Committee (TAC).
Texas Architect Magazine
Texas Architect, the organization’s official publication, is published bi-monthly. Members receive a subscription when annual dues are paid. In addition to the member subscription, architect members receive a second Texas Architect subscription to be sent as a gift to whomever they choose. Members can give magazine gift subscriptions
CheckSet is TxA’s email newsletter focusing on information related to the our mission, activities, and membership.
Annual Convention and Design Expo
The TxA’s Annual Convention is the Society’s yearly gathering for expanding and enhancing the practice of architecture. The convention is a low-cost event for architect, associate, intern, and student members and provides the opportunity for continuing education and fellowship. The Design Expo is the Southwest’s premier exhibition of design and construction products, services, and technologies.
The Society has established an effective information system for architects and the public. The website includes news articles, online versions of Texas Architect, member information, legislative information, links to laws that directly impact the practice of architecture, and other useful links. We hope you will check out our website frequently for up-to-the-minute information.
The Shape of Texas
The Shape of Texas is a radio program that was produced by the Society from 1998 to 2011. Broadcast through NPR-affiliates across the state, episodes provided vivid descriptions of contemporary and historical architecture and descriptions of the places that define Texas culture and heritage. The program produced more than 500 two-minute episodes. Archives are available.
The TxA Design Awards recognize outstanding architectural and urban design projects by architects practicing in Texas to promote public interest in design excellence. The annual competition focuses statewide attention on the quality of our built environment while highlighting the important role architects play in every community. Recipients are published in Texas Architect and recognized during our convention. Members receive a discount on entry fees.
The TxA Studio Awards recognize unbuilt projects demonstrating innovation and excellence in design. Real or theoretical projects that go beyond the boundaries of architecture to address current critical issues are encouraged. Recipients are published in Texas Architect and recognized during our convention. Members receive a discount on entry fees.
TxA conducts an annual Honor Awards program recognizing exceptional members, firms, individuals, and organizations for their outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture, the built environment, and the quality of life in Texas.
Texas Architectural Foundation
The Society cooperates with a sister organization, the Texas Architectural Foundation (TAF), which provides grants and scholarships to students and programs of architecture in the state’s schools of architecture. Members are eligible to contribute to TAF.
The AIA Trust
Where smart architects manage risk. The AIA Trust is a free risk management resource, offering benefit programs and practice resources for AIA members.