Registration Opens July 11 for Texas Architects Convention

Don’t miss out! Register online today to attend the convention, and watch for continuing updates on www.texasarchitects.org.

The Texas Architects Convention Committee, chaired by Heather McKinney, FAIA, is pleased to introduce the following convention features and new events:

LEED Credit – For the first time, attendees can receive LEED credit for select Continuing Education sessions.

Focus on Emerging Professionals – Specific tracks have been developed for emerging Professionals, including ARE classes for those seeking help with upcoming tests; “fireside chats” with some of Texas’ most influential and engaging architects; and an evening mixer on the roof of AMOA-Arthouse in downtown Austin.

Town Square – Relax in the Expo Hall at the “town square,” which will feature an Austin food trailer, picnic tables, live music, drinks, and snacks.

Design Awards Panel – Jurors and the recipients of this year’s Design Awards will discuss winning projects in a series of two Continuing Education sessions. This year’s program yielded 13 winners in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.

50% More Tours – In addition to a variety of compelling Austin architecture tours, attendees will have an opportunity to be the first to see the rebuilt and enlarged Texas Governor’s Mansion and to have a hard-hat tour of the new U.S Courthouse right before it is completed and closed to the public.

Architects’ Reading Room – A book signing and meet-and-greet with several Texas authors, hosted by AIA Austin (see page 20 for a preview).

20 x 20 @ Chicon– An under-the-radar (check your social media for info because you won’t find it otherwise) “Pecha Kucha” event hosted at the Texas Society of Architects offices. Open to convention attendees and the public, the event will have limited capacity, but the buzz will be big.

Gala Evening – Hear Cornerstone Award recipient Liz Lambert discuss her creative restoration and reinvention of a motor hotel into the hip and trendy Hotel San Jose, which became a catalyst to much of the change on South Congress Avenue over a decade ago. Before the Gala, hear “Frozen Music”— short, student-composed musical works inspired by the architectural process.

“If you haven’t been to the convention before, this is the year to test drive the experience. We’ve been listening to you and to our attendees, and we’ve had lots of fun stuffing the convention with great new opportunities. Austin prides itself on being unconventional, so get ready for an unconventional convention,” says McKinney.