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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…

Beyond the Boardroom: Three Days in D.C. at AIA Grassroots

I always enjoy going to Washington, D.C., and attending AIA Grassroots last week was no exception. Spending days in hotel ballrooms is not my favorite part of any conference, but Grassroots is all about reaching out to our elected officials concerning issues that are important to architects — so we headed for the Hill.  2014 Texas Architects President, Val Glitsch, FAIA, and President-elect Michael Malone, AIA, in Washington D.C. for AIA Grassroots. – Photo courtesy Michael Malone, AIA Texas Architects leadership called on the offices of Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz. Members of their staffs listened attentively to us as we…

Beyond the Boardroom: Looking Ahead in 2014

Texas Architects board members and leadership are staying up-to-date on developments with AIA, especially those related to changes in board restructuring. While it’s not a hot topic for most AIA members, how and by whom the Institute is to be governed into the future is an issue that will determine how effective the Institute becomes, and how effectively it represents its membership. TxA leaders have strong concerns about how local, state, and regional chapters will interact with the reorganized AIA board being proposed. Change continues to be order of the day on many levels. The task of the Society is to…

Texas Architects Board Responds to AIA Restructuring

As our members may know from a previous blog entry by John Nyfeler, FAIA, the AIA Board is considering a change in its structure. The AIA governance proposal may be found here. While board structure may not be a “hot” topic among AIA members, it is the mechanism that allows member voices to be transmitted to the AIA Board of Directors. How well that works — or doesn’t work — should be of high interest to AIA members and was for the most recent meeting of the Texas Architects Board of Directors.  After considerable discussion, the Texas Architects board unanimously approved the following…

Beyond the Boardroom: TxA Board Meets in Marfa

The subject of this post belies my column’s name as it is in fact all about the boardroom….The Texas Architects board of directors meets once in each quarter of the year. Our first quarter meeting is always in Austin and the last is always at our Annual Convention and Design Expo. The sites for the second and third quarter meetings are selected by the current Society president, with these parameters: the second meeting should be at a Texas site other than one of the five convention cities, and the third at an out-of-state site of high architectural interest.  This year’s second quarter board meeting took place…

Beyond the Boardroom: AIA Repositioning/Grassroots

"Beyond the Boardroom" is a new blog column by Texas Society of Architects EVP James T. Perry.  As a relative newcomer (2+ years) to the Texas Society of Architects and AIA, last week I attended Grassroots for the third time, participating with great interest and learning a good deal more about the Institute’s processes, staff and board. The AIA “repositioning” effort seems to me to be a very good development for all. As someone who has regularly witnessed the wry expression on members’ faces when AIA is discussed, I’m glad to know the need for change is recognized. Through member surveys…