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AIA Austin Jury Conversation

AIA Austin gathered its 2016 Design Awards jury for an evening of conversation. – photo by Patrick Wong On the eve of Design Awards judging, AIA Austin gathered its distinguished jury for a panel discussion about their work and individual points of view. Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, of Chicago’s Ross Barney Architects, Nonya Grenader, FAIA, associate director of Rice University’s Building Workshop and principal of her own small firm, Linda Taalman, of Los Angeles’ Taalman Koch, and Angela Watson, AIA, of Boston’s Shepley Bulfinch, represented a diverse mix of projects and opinions, making for a lively conversation. The panel was moderated…

Beyond the Boardroom: Chapter Visits Five and Six

Last Thursday evening, on our sixth chapter visit, TxA President-elect Michael Malone, AIA, and I met with AIA Austin. The meeting was held in a beautiful home designed by James LaRue, AIA, and it was hosted by the homeowners and AIA Austin President Philip Keil, AIA. In each set of chapter visits — this is my fourth time around the state with a president-elect of TxA — certain phrases in the presentation begin to resonate with me. With Michael, it’s his comment that “Life is in session!” He makes the point that we need to be working at our best…

The AIA is Defined by Its Membership, It’s Up to You to Help Direct It

June 03, 2012 Michael Cowan, AIA AIA Austin Chapter Director Many non-members list cost as the number one  “con” to joining the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Few people in the architecture profession have been exempt from money issues in the past few years, and the decision to pay AIA dues may be more of a debate now than it has been in the past. In recognition of this problem, the AIA has instituted a dues installment program that helps to mitigate immediate cost, along with a financial hardship/unemployment/partial employment waiver if needed. “You only get out of something what you put into it.”…