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Turn Up the Volume!

The stage lights were warm and welcoming, not at all the petrifying event conjured in my subconscious. The butterflies and wobbly knees were not present as I ascended the stage steps to address the standing-room only crowd of 1400 colleagues gathered from across the breadth of our state’s boundaries. The audience faces were those of friends, new and old, that had journeyed to Austin for the Texas Society of Architects 73rd Convention — to be educated by those sharing their resourceful knowledge, to tour the vibrant energized city, to reminisce with classmates, and … to be influenced. Yes, the year’s…