Society Unveils New Academic Member Designation

This past January, the Board of the Texas Society of Architects created a new membership category, "Academic Member." This designation was created at the behest of Texas Architects President Larry Speck, FAIA, in order to strengthen the bond between architectural educators and practitioners. Read his letter to the academic community, and get more details about becoming an Academic Member.

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Texas Architects President Lawrence W. Speck, FAIA
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Letter from Texas Architects President Larry Speck, FAIA to the Academic Community

Dear Colleagues,

As president of the Texas Society of Architects, I wanted to inform you of a new program we've developed, one created specifically to involve the architectural educators of Texas in our ongoing efforts to promote and support Texas architecture.

For many years now, the American Institute of Architects has defined anyone possessing a professional degree in architecture that does not also possess an architectural license as an "Associate." Often an "Associate" is assumed to be someone who is on the track of gaining licensure, but has not done so yet.

We, the Texas component of the American Institute of Architects, want to elevate the status of architectural educators who so profoundly affect and inspire the state of architecture: an unlicensed educator should not be considered the equivalent of a recently graduated, unlicensed intern.

As such, the Texas Society of Architects has opted to create the Academic Member category, which will offer educators and academics the opportunity to join our conversation and become involved under a category more descriptive of their role. This will essentially rename the "Associate" category for educators across Texas.

Our hopes are that this will encourage you to join us, and offer us your much-valued perspective and insight on the state of architecture in Texas. If our program is successful, there's a chance we might sway the opinion of the American Institute of Architects on a national level and lead to a complete re-examination of how the Institute perceives architectural education across the country. In addition, we'll be offering some key benefits and opportunities intended specifically for the educators of Texas, including peer reviewed academic sessions at our annual convention.

I hope you'll join us in supporting and advancing Texas architecture.

Kind regards

Lawrence W. Speck, FAIA

President

 

Who this membership is for

Educators in architecture who do not possess a license

 

How it works

Educators will join as "Associates" at the AIA National level, but will be regarded as "Academic Members" of the Texas Society of Architects.

 

Benefits of being a Texas Society of Architects Academic Member

  • TxA will be holding its first annual TxA Interactive, a peer-reviewed publication and presentation of papers at the 2013 Texas Society of Architects Annual Convention, to be held November 7-9 in Fort Worth. Submissions will be open to everyone, including Academic Members. All papers will undergo a full-paper blind peer-review process. Session chairs will take into consideration each paper’s relevance to the topic and the evaluation furnished by the three peer reviewers. Selected papers will also be published by the Texas Society of Architects in an annual publication.
  • Academic Members can serve on all TxA committees, as well as committees at the local level
  • Academic Members receive a free subscription to Texas Architect magazine
  • Academic Members receive member registration rates for the Texas Society of Architects Annual Convention and Design Expo
  • Academic Members receive inclusion on all Texas Architects communications and broadcasts
  • Academic Members receive discounted entry fee for Texas Society of Architects Design Awards

To become an Academic Member

You’ll need to be a member of the AIA first, as an Associate. If you’re not currently a member, you can join here. Then, you only need to fill out and send in this consent form, and we’ll change you to an Academic Member at the state level.



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Talk About It

About 1 year ago: Donna Kacmar

I hope that many faculty choose to get involved with the Texas Society of Architects! We need their input!

About 1 year ago: M Richter

More voices, more impact. Architectural education plays a crucial role in shaping the profession's future and ought to be involved.