Posts

Advocacy Update: Getting “Trump-ed” by Negative Politics? Don’t Let It Get You Down.

​ At the most basic level, being an active citizen is really easy — just register and vote.  This year to vote in the Texas primary election you must be registered to vote by next Monday, February 1. Your Texas Primary Election Day is March 1, and early voting begins February 16th through February 26th. You can vote for a candidate, party, or political philosophy — or you can vote against overblown, nasty rhetoric, and bombastic non-responses by those who seek your support without really doing anything to earn it. But since most candidates are effectively elected in party primaries rather…

Advocacy Update: Annual License Renewal Fees Reduced

Thanks to the collaborative effort of numerous professional organizations, including the Texas Society of Architects (TxA), the annual license renewal fees will decrease by $200 starting September 1.  Let me repeat, beginning with those with birthdays in September, the cost to renew your license will be $200 less this year — and next year — and the year after, etc. Working with physicians, realtors, lawyers, and every other professional group whose members had been required to pay $200 per year directly to the state’s General Revenue Fund ($150) and Education Fund ($50). We eliminated this direct professional tax, which when combined…

Advocacy Day 2015: Recap

Every other year, architects from across Texas convene at the State Capitol to advocate for the profession. On February 10, our Third Biannual Advocates for Architecture Day began at the Blanton Museum of Art for training and concluded at the Capitol with architects visiting state House and Senate offices. Over 130 architecture professionals, associates, and students visited legislators at the State Capitol to explain issues important to the profession. Attendees gave legislators materials explaining what architects do and the impact and elements of design beyond the building and its plans. Each office received a limited-edition print of the Capitol Dome…

Who Will Advocate for Architecture?

Join Us for the Third Biannual Advocates for Architecture Day   The Society's Advocates for Architecture Day will take place on February 10. Architects from across the state will converge on the Texas Capitol to meet with legislators to promote the importance of architectural design for urban planning. Learn more about this event, and register today to help us spread our message. The districts in green to the right already have architect representatives in place for Advocates for Architecture Day 2015. The grey districts are those still in need of architect members to visit. The lists below indicate the legislators that…

NFPA 285 Code Requirements: The Elephant in the Room

Fast Burn –via Flikr; Derek Gavey Did you know that any cavity wall assembly with rigid foam insulation is required by the International Building Code (IBC) to have passed the National Fire Protect Agency (NFPA) code 285 assembly test? If you’re like most architects, contractors, and code officials — the answer is no. Incredibly, NFPA 285 has been in the code books since 1988 (although under different names). There are two reasons that our industry is becoming increasingly aware of this significant code requirement: Rigid foam insulations are now more common in our exterior building assemblies as an effective strategy to…

2017 Architects Day

What is Architects Day? Architects Day (previously known as Advocates for Architecture Day) is a special event hosted by the Texas Society of Architects. Architects from across the state converge on the Texas Capitol to meet with legislators to promote the importance of our profession. The next Architects Day will take place on February 7, 2017. Participants will meet in the morning to receive special training on key issues and messages we wish to share with legislators, as well as tips for conducting successful visits. Legislative meetings will happen in the afternoon. How to Register Online registration for 2017 Architects Day…

Advocacy Update: Understanding Texas’ Political Climate

As many of you know, the Texas Society of Architects (TxA) maintains an active government relations presence through our involvement in the Texas Architects Committee (TAC) and several additional advocacy-charged committees. In my latest meeting with the Government Affairs Steering Committee (GASCOM), Kathy Grant, one of TxA’s contract lobbyists, shared several interesting documents outlining the Texas political landscape. Whether at the state or local level, an understanding of the Texas politics and electoral results is crucial. Those who are elected and hold office determine budget allocations and taxes for the next legislative session. These decision makers dictate regulatory practice, which…

Texas Architects’ IgCC Roadmap

According to the EPA, buildings account for 36 percent of total energy use and 65 percent of electricity consumption. Much of Texas is in drought conditions, with many portions of our state in severe distress. As our society, government, and culture wrestle with the economics, politics, and ethics of these challenges, it becomes increasingly imperative that our buildings be designed and constructed to use fewer resources. As the responsible representative of architects in Texas, the Texas Society of Architects has long been a supporter of sustainable standards for buildings, including ongoing programs of advocacy and education for our own members,…

Licensed Architect Fingerprinting to be Available at the 2013 Convention

The Texas Board of Architectural Examiners (TBAE) will require all Active-status registration renewals or new applications for registration to be fingerprinted, beginning with renewals or applications submitted on or after January 1, 2014. TBAE has a FAQ about the new rule here, and the Texas Society of Architect's position on this can be found in this blog article. More information and detailed instructions are coming soon from TBAE, and they will be updated on this page.   As architects prepare to join the many professions that already require fingerprinting as a condition of licensure — medicine, law, and engineering among them — we've worked with TBAE to…

Advocacy News: AIA Announces 2014 Call for Issues Survey

Dear Texas Society of Architects Members: Last January the AIA announced its legislative agenda for the 113th Congress, Let’s Get America Building. Working together, we are making the case in Washington for policies that empower architects to design better buildings and communities. But our agenda doesn’t spring from Washington; it comes from the AIA members like you and me. Your opinion is crucial to formulating this agenda, which is why I am asking you to join me in taking the 2014 Call for Issues survey. Your feedback helps the AIA understand how decisions made by Congress and the White House…