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Des M. Taylor, Hon. AIA (1943–2013)

Des Taylor, my friend and predecessor here as the executive vice president of the Texas Society of Architects, died August 27.  As much as anyone else, Des helped make this organization the exemplary AIA component model it is today through his vision, energy, and leadership. When he started working for the Society in January 1973 — a month shy of his 30th birthday, we had roughly 2,200 members, Texas Architect was a black-and-white monthly that averaged 24 pages per issue (counting 6-8 pages of advertising), and we had an annual trade show with 30-40 booths. By the time he left at the end…

Advocacy Update: SAC Fingerprinting Requirements

The Society's Senior Advocate David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, shares the Society's position on the Sunset Advisory Commission's fingerprinting requirement passed during the 83rd Legislative Session. The recommendation was part of the TBAE Sunset review bill. Pardon the pun, but the 2013 legislative issue that has left the biggest imprint on AIA members has unquestionably been fingerprinting. We’ve heard more from members on that requirement, which is a Sunset Advisory Commission “boiler-plate” recommendation for every licensing agency going through its routine periodic Sunset review, than we have any other practice-related issue. Important details to remember about this new requirement: 1) it doesn’t…