TAC Houston kicks off a monthly spotlight featuring Houston architects sharing what architectural advocacy means to them. The inaugural post features Wendy Heger, AIA, of Page, who shares how she finds it "empowering that architects, even those who compete against each other, can rally toward a common cause to raise the profession."
– photos courtesy Wendy Heger, AIA
What is your current/past experience with AIA?
Currently, I am the TxA Vice President for Advocacy. My past positions include:
TAC Executive Trustee 2014–2015
TAC Advocacy Houston Advisory Committee 2013–2015, Chair 2014
ArCH Foundation Board 2006–2009, President 2009
AIA Houston Board 2002, Public Relations
What is your favorite TAC event or most memorable experience?
I love Advocates for Architecture Day at the Texas State Capitol. It is inspiring to gather for a common cause to promote our profession and raise awareness of key issues and our ability to bring value to Texans. It adds a personal connection to the important advocacy work that TAC enables TxA to do all year.
Has TAC affected you personally/professionally?
I realize that we can make a difference in our government. It is not as distant and unreachable as it may seem. It is empowering that architects, even those who compete against each other, can rally toward a common cause to raise the profession. I have enjoyed developing my leadership skills and improving my ability to communicate effectively with elected officials.
Why do you think TAC/architectural advocacy is important?
If we don’t speak up for our profession, other voices will determine our future. If we believe that architecture makes a difference in people’s lives, then we need to tell our elected officials how we can be more effective. Ideological differences within our profession are not nearly as significant as our common devotion to successful practice that nurtures health, safety, welfare, and community.