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PDR to Host Pecha Kucha-Style Event at TxA Conference

“Archi-Chat” will take place on Thursday, November 6, at 8:00 p.m. during the Texas Society of Architects 75th Annual Conference and Design Expo in Houston. The Pecha Kucha-style event will be presented by PDR and hosted by Edel Howlin, producer of Houston Matters Producer/Newshour Reporter. Visit our event page for tickets and location. Confirmed Speakers Patrick Bresnan & Ivete Lucas Patrick Bresnan (a.k.a. OTIS IKE) is a photographer, installation artist, sustainable builder, and filmmaker. From 2003 to 2007, he worked as a project manager for notable Mission School artists Clare Rojas and Barry McGee (a.k.a. Twist) in the creation of new work for exhibitions…

Fireside Chats: Meet the Speakers

< Annual Convention Home Page On Friday, November 7, from 1:00–2:00 p.m., TxA will host our annual Fireside Chats. A convention tradition, Fireside Chats provide small, intimate settings (no more than 25 people each) to promote conversations between emerging professionals and established architects This year's Fireside Chats feature the following eight prominent Texas Architects: Bob Borson, AIA  Dallas architect Bob Borson, AIA, is widely recognized as the blogger behind "Life of an Architect" — one of the world’s most popular architectural blogs. As an emerging voice within the architectural community, he has bridged the gap and engaged multiple generations of architects and architectural enthusiasts by sharing his…

2014 Conference: Volunteer to Help Students

< Back to Annual Convention Home Page   Mentor a Student If there’s one thing architectural students are hungry for, it’s mentorship — and you can help provide it! By designating yourself as a Conference Mentor, you can be paired up with a student to offer advice, experience, and information about the profession — and help navigating the conference. Students will have the option to sign up for the Mentorship Program on their registration form. The mentors and their assigned students will spend a few hours together on Friday (preferably in the Expo Hall). On Saturday, mentors and students will attend the Awards Luncheon; Mentorship Program participants will…

2014 Conference: Frequently Asked Questions

< Back to Annual Conference Home Page   REGISTRATION / SCHEDULE How do I register for the Annual Conference? I’m a Texas AIA member. Why don’t I see member registration options when I register? Who has to create an account? I forgot my password. What do I do? I forgot my email address. What do I do? What do all the colors along the side of the schedule mean? Why does the site allow me to book multiple things in the same timeslot? I want to register for a specific tour, but it is full. What do I do? The…

2014 Design Expo Attractions

  DESIGN EXPO HOURS Thursday, Nov. 6 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm Friday, Nov. 7 11:00 am – 5:30 pm   ATTRACTIONS ON THE EXPO FLOOR Center Square/Acme Brick Pavilion Come visit this year’s Center Square, which will focus on green roof technology. Located at the center of the Design Expo floor, the Center Square will feature emerging green roof technologies.Take the opportunity to relax in its informal seating, and chat with knowledgeable representatives about the products on display. Expo Welcome Party Kick off the 2014 Annual Conference with our Texas-Sized Happy Hour featuring Cajun, Italian, and Tex-Mex cuisines; cocktails, beer, and wine; and a chance to reconnect with…

TxA Emerging Design + Technology: Call for Papers Deadline Extended to July 15

UPDATE: Authors of selected papers for the 2014 TxA Emerging Design and Technology will be notified on the week of August 18.   The TxA Emerging Design + Technology conference brings experimental research and exploration among academics and practitioners to a broad audience of designers, practicing architects, construction industry executives, building products manufacturers, students, and other researchers. It takes advantage of the collection of over 3,500 representatives of these fields at the Texas Society of Architects Convention and Design Expo to create a forum for sharing new ideas being formulated in schools of architecture and elsewhere. Selected academics and researchers will have…

2014 Keynote Speaker: Alex Steffen, IDEO

Steffen is the thinking person's optimist. He has been named to numerous lists of leading innovators and has served as an adviser to more than 100 NGOs and businesses, exploring "bright green" strategies to help them thrive in a complex and turbulent future. "The really shocking truth for most of us isn't how bad things are," says Steffen, "it's how good things can get."

2014 Keynote Speaker: Neri Oxman, MIT Media Lab

In the work of Neri Oxman, the disciplines of art, science, architecture, and ecology fuse to form a new kind of eco-activism — one based on the lessons of biomimicry. With breathtaking examples from her work — a chair that moves with your body weight, energy efficient buildings that can grow and change — Oxman provides a glimpse into the future of performance-driven design and how it's literally reshaping our physical world. We must look past the surface of an object, Oxman says, and think instead about "how it behaves." Avant garde yet wholly accessible, Oxman makes a powerful and…

Justin Oscilowski, Assoc. AIA, Contributing to the Craft

Justin Oscilowski, Assoc. AIA, of PageSoutherlandPage jumped at the chance to volunteer for our 2013 Convention Committee and played a key role in transforming the ideas for our Craftsmen's Square into reality. Texas Architects' Robert Bennett interviewed him about his experiences. Justin Oscilowski, Assoc. AIA – photo by Acme Brick How did you first get started as a volunteer with Texas Architects? Well, I started working for Larry Speck in May of 2012 at Page Southerland Page, and he’d mentioned to me that he really wanted to see the young architects at the firm get more involved in the community — to start…

2013 Convention Survey

Our 2013 Annual Convention and Design Expo was a great success! With over 400 attendees more than we had at last year's convention in Austin, more continuing education sessions than ever before, and a sold-out Design Expo, we had one of our biggest and boldest conventions yet. But, we can always improve. That's why we're asking all attendees to please fill out this brief 10-question question survey about your experiences during the convention, and how we can provide more service and more opportunities for all members of the architectural industry.  Your feedback and suggestions will help make our 75th Annual Convention,…