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Convention CE Certificates Now Available for Review

The continuing education (CE) credit data for our 2015 Convention has been tabulated. Please take a moment to review your convention certificate to ensure accuracy before we transmit the information to AIA. The last day to make changes is December 9.

November 30, 2015

2015 Design Expo Events and Attractions

Join us at the 2015 Design Expo in Dallas. You'll discover the latest products and techniques, watch live demonstrations, and make connections with vendors and industry representatives from across the country. Check out what we have in store!

August 05, 2015

2015 Convention: Frequently Asked Questions

The Texas Society of Architects 76th Annual Convention and Design Expo will take place on November 5–7 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. This page provides answers to frequently asked questions about convention registration, creating your schedule, continuing education credit, and more.

July 15, 2015

BLOG | Update on the Dallas Trinity Toll Road Controversy

On April 16, the Dallas City Council voted to move ahead on plans for implementing a revised vision for the Trinity Parkway. Bob Meckfessel, FAIA, traces the history of this controversial project and the role architects have played in advocating for a more sustainable, context-sensitive design.

April 30, 2015


For Kathleen English, AIA, of English & Associates, water management is one of the first things she thinks about when approaching a new project.

April 27, 2015

BLOG | Project ArchiTX: North Bayfront Park

With North Bayfront Park, Gignac & Associates and Sasaki Associates have transformed Corpus Christi's automobile-populated, seafront landscape into a public green space featuring sustainable technologies and fostering coastal community.

February 03, 2015

BLOG | Tiny Victories Competition Winners

AIA Austin and Community First! announce the winners of the Tiny Victories "micro home" design competition, which sought innovative, affordable design solutions for housing the homeless.

December 08, 2014

2014 Convention: Attendee Continuing Education Credit

Review your 75th Annual Convention and Design Expo learning unit hours, and confirm that your convention certificate and AIA transcript are correct. You can also review the new Continuing Education standards and how these may affect your licensure renewal in the future.

November 21, 2014

PDR to Host Pecha Kucha-Style Event at TxA Convention

On Thursday, November 6, as part of our 75th Annual Convention and Design Expo, PDR will host "Archi-Chat," a Pecha Kucha-style event featuring distinguished guests delivering short-form presentations on architecture, urbanism, landscape architecture, digital fabrication, urban agriculture, and more. Meet the presenters.

October 26, 2014

BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Ellen Mitchell Kozack, AIA

​Ellen Mitchell Kozack, AIA, of HKS talks to Texas Architects about her advice for young professionals, Antoni Gaudí's buildings in Barcelona, and her interest in public interest design.

August 14, 2014

2014 Convention: Frequently Asked Questions

The Texas Society of Architects 75th Annual Convention and Design Expo will take place on November 6–8 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. This page provides some answers to frequently asked questions about convention registration, creating your schedule, continuing education credit, and more.

July 17, 2014

A Container Bar

Entrepreneur Bridget Dunlap's latest, and last, bar on Rainey Street takes a temporary stand in an evolving district.

July 16, 2014

Menil Drawing Institute

Los Angeles-based architecture firm Johnston Marklee’s proposed design for the Menil Drawing Institute is at once serene and revolutionary.

July 07, 2014

Invisible Aquatics

Bercy Chen Studio’s design at the Cascading Creek House sleekly conceal extensive mechanics under the hood of a gorgeous space.

June 23, 2014

After the Rain

The nonprofit bcWORKSHOP has expanded to the Lower Rio Grande Valley and is bringing its public design process to housing developments outside of Harlingen.

May 19, 2014

AIA Selects 2014 COTE Top Ten Projects

The American Institute of Architects and its Committee on the Environment have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and ecological design projects that protect and enhance the environment. The projects will be honored at the AIA 2014 National Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago.

April 22, 2014

Beyond the Box

The Paisano Green Community in El Paso, by Workshop8, is educating residents to be stewards of their environment. It is the first net zero, LEED Platinum-certified low-income senior housing project in the city.

March 03, 2014

Texas Architects Speakers Bureau

Interested in having an architect present at your upcoming event? The Texas Society of Architects offers a Speakers Bureau that matches engaging, experienced member architects with important audiences around the state.

February 18, 2014

AIA Dallas 2013 Design Awards

The AIA Dallas Design Awards recognize outstanding work by Dallas architects, both in the metropolitan area and around the globe. Juries honored designs that respond to unique cultural, social, environmental, and contextual challenges.

January 09, 2014

2013 Convention Attendee Continuing Education Credit

Review your 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo Learning Unit Hours, and confirm that your convention certificate and AIA transcript is correct. You can also review the new Continuing Education standards, and how this may affect your licensure renewal in the future.

November 20, 2013

Texas Architects' IgCC Roadmap

Over the past four years, Texas Architects has monitored and participated in the development of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), and provided significant input into its refinement and development. Our IgCC Task Force has developed this Road Map to guide those officials contemplating or actually adopting the IgCC.

November 04, 2013

Desert Decadent

The Office of James Burnett’s new Sunnylands Center & Gardens is a composition of color and texture achieved through a densely layered, yet sustainable, planting design.

August 21, 2013

BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Christy Seals, AIA, of Austin

Christy Seals, AIA, of Loop Design clears up a misconception about architects and talks about how the process of figuring out how to communicate design ideas to non-architects can start in school.

August 08, 2013

Continuing Education at the 2013 Design Expo: Schedule at a Glance

The Texas Society of Architects 2013 Design Expo will not only feature some of the biggest vendors in the AEC industry — it will also offer abundant Continuing Education (CE) opportunities.

August 07, 2013

BLOG | Architects Interviewing Architects: Matt Fajkus, AIA, of Austin

On Barcelona: "I enjoy the fact that a dense urban core is immediately surrounded by nature, including mountains and the sea, rather than endless suburbia." — Matt Fajkus, AIA, of MF Architecture in Austin talks to Texas Architects about photographing and sketching the famed Spanish city, and finding inspiration in films by Jacques Tati and Wes Anderson.

June 27, 2013

Conference Focuses on Sustainable Building Strategies

The Gulf Coast Green Symposium and Expo, presented annually by AIA Houston, is the leading green building conference in the region. This year's symposium took place on May 2. TxA Historic Resources Committee member Alexis McKinney, AIA, of Houston, presented at the conference and reports on the sustainable strategies explored by the event's keynote speakers: Barbara Campagna, FAIA, Ellen Dunham-Jones, AIA, and Annie Leonard.

June 06, 2013

BLOG | Architects Talking to Architects: Bob Bullis, AIA

In this installment of "Architects Talking to Architects," Bob Bullis, AIA, shares his passion for watercolor painting, gives a shout-out to the AIA, and talks about finally fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming "Bob the Builder."

May 30, 2013

AIA West Texas Design Awards

The AIA West Texas Design Awards program recognizes member projects that reflect excellence in design, regardless of size, budget or type. Four projects were singled out for Honor Awards in 2012.

May 02, 2013

2014 Keynote Speaker: Neri Oxman, MIT Media Lab

Neri Oxman is the Sony Corporation Career Development Professor, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, and Research Group Director at the MIT Media Lab, where she directs the Mediated Matter research group. She is an award-winning designer who looks to nature for practical design solutions.

May 01, 2013

Sustainable Design: Montrose Market HEB, Houston

Planning for Houston's Montrose Market HEB was not without controversy, but the client and architects found successful ways to engage the community in the design process. Today, almost two years out, the Lake|Flato-designed store is working very well on a variety of levels.

April 25, 2013

LEED Platinum for Bush Presidential Center

The George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas is the first presidential library to earn Platinum certification for new construction from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). While the center's architectural design may be controversial, its commitment to sustainability is not.

April 25, 2013

Campus Health Care

The renovated Arizona State University Health Services Building creates a sense of health and wellness within an efficient, functional design that reinforces the campus fabric. The Lake|Flato project received an AIA San Antonio Merit Award and was recently featured in Architectural Record.

March 28, 2013

Fort Worth Design Awards

Recipients of the 2012 AIA Fort Worth Design Awards were announced in January. Six firm projects and five student works were singled out for excellence in design as part of the chapter’s Honors and Awards Program.

March 01, 2013

Michael Van Valkenburgh on Austin’s Waller Creek

With construction of the Waller Creek tunnel well under way in Austin, the $146.5 million municipal effort to more efficiently manage the flow of water through the long-neglected flood plain has also afforded a new vision for the creek and the city.

January 18, 2013

Coy Talley on the Landscape Architecture of the Perot Museum

Coy Talley of Talley Associates recently collaborated with Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects to design the grounds of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Their shared vision of landscape-building integration resulted in a stunning design celebrating a cross section of Texas ecology.

December 19, 2012

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.

November 03, 2012

Students' Sustainable Doghouse Designs Win Competition

Former and current design students from Texas A&M's College of Architecture incorporated “green” techniques in the design and construction of winning entries in Brazos Bark & Build, a sustainable doghouse competition sponsored by AIA Brazos.

October 25, 2012

When Worlds Collide: ADA and LEED

Texas Society of Architects is offering a record 91 Continuing Education opportunities this year during its Austin convention and is also offering GBCI and LEED-specific credit for the very first year! One standout class, "When Worlds Collide: ADA and LEED," offers ADA; Health, Safety and Welfare; Sustainable Design; and LEED-specific credit.

October 09, 2012

Survey Predicts Architect Shortage by 2014

The recession decimated the architecture profession, with firms closing or laying off large numbers of employees, architects left jobless for months or years, and many leaving the profession entirely. But a survey recently conducted by McGraw-Hill Construction (Record’s parent company) came to the counterintuitive conclusion that some U.S. firms expect a shortage of qualified designers to meet their workloads by 2014.

September 27, 2012

Waller Creek Designs Unveiled

Four finalists in a design competition to re-imagine downtown Austin's Waller Creek have unveiled their visions for 15 blocks along the creek, from Waterloo Park to Lady Bird Lake.The designs are ambitious, incorporating grand architectural flourishes and broad public spaces, all emphasizing a natural environment of water and trees. Any of the four designs, if built, would likely become instant destinations, on par with Manhattan’s High Line and Chicago’s Millennium Park.

September 18, 2012

UT Arlington and Dallas Morning News Create Joint Architecture Professor-Critic Position

The University of Texas at Arlington and The Dallas Morning News are partnering in an innovative joint appointment of a School of Architecture faculty member who also will serve as architecture critic for the news organization. The initial appointment will be for three years, renewable and split evenly between the News and UT Arlington.

August 09, 2012

Lines of Yellow, Green, Red, and Blue

A few weeks ago, I was with a number of Texas Architects colleagues in the center of an active pedestrian mall on the campus of Portland State University, when two puzzling issues became apparent: 1) It was 75 degrees in late July, and 2) we were standing in mass on a commuter rail line.

August 07, 2012

2012 Convention Updates

The Texas Society of Architects is committed to delivering the best possible opportunities for members and the design community at its 73rd Annual Convention and Design Expo in Austin, Oct. 18-20. Texas Architects has recently added two new Continuing Education sessions and a schedule update to the convention program to help attendees get the most out of their convention experience. View those updates here.

July 25, 2012

On the Road with Alexis McKinney, AIA, LEED AP

For Alexis McKinney, AIA, the “road to registration” has led to the past. And today, her interest in historic preservation has led to downtown Houston, where McKinney and colleague Gerald Moorhead, FAIA, peruse two historic houses (1904 and 1905) that have been “mothballed” and relocated to a dramatic site yards from the city’s 42,000-seat baseball stadium. The project is one of several McKinney is working on.

July 12, 2012

Rethinking Historic Buildings through a Green Lens

The construction and operation of buildings accounts for almost 50% of the U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Reusing what we have – buildings, landscapes, communities – is the best way is the best way to reduce these emissions and to make the biggest impact in controlling climate change. Attend the Texas Architects Convention in October and hear noted architect, planner, and historian Barbara Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP, share her experience and work developing national sustainability policies, integrating cultural and preservation metrics into the LEED rating systems, and discussing past and current sustainable preservation projects.

July 11, 2012

Advocacy: Architects Fight for U.S. Energy Law

Architects have immeasurable expertise in designing buildings that are practical, energy efficient, aesthetically pleasing, and above all, safe. The profession therefore has a leading role to play in any debate surrounding policies which impact either the architectural landscape or structure and design issues relating to buildings.

May 02, 2012

Influence and Impact Members Only

Since the February issue of Checkset, the Architecture Billings Index has produced four consecutive positive months; the unemployment rate in Texas is hovering just above seven percent; and the first Texas Society of Architects design symposium, "Architecture in the Hinterlands," has proved to be a phenomenal success. All are indications of improving times ahead for our profession.

April 16, 2012

Gulf Coast Green 2012: A Delicate Balance

Organized by the AIA Houston Committee on the Environment, the 2012 Gulf Coast Green Symposium and Expo takes place May 1 in Houston. After six successful years, the event has proven to be the leading green building conference targeted to design and construction professionals within the Gulf Coast region.

March 19, 2012

AIA San Antonio 2011 Design Awards

After carefully evaluating 60 entries from 24 local architectural firms, jurors for AIA San Antonio’s 2011 Design Awards program announced their selections during ceremonies held on Nov. 4 at Pearl Stable. Attendees also celebrated the recipients of the chapter’s Studio Awards, its Twenty-Five Year Award, and its annual Mayor’s Choice Award honoring a publicly funded architectural project.

March 02, 2012

Austin Chosen for AIA Sustainability Program for Communities

Austin is among seven U.S. cities selected by the American Institute of Architects for planning assistance this year through the AIA’s Sustainability Program for Communities. The annual program sends a Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) for site visits to help develop strategies for achieving long-term solutions to economic, environmental, and social equity challenges.

February 29, 2012

An Ingredient List for a Healthy Home

Peter Syrett, an architect, and Chris Youssef, an interior designer, believe that building materials should be labeled, just like cereal boxes and soup cans, so consumers can avoid ingredients that might be harmful. With the backing of their employer, the global architecture firm Perkins + Will, they have created a database linking common forms of construction materials to government warnings about the substances contained in them.

February 02, 2012

President Calls on Congress to Build a Greener America

In his State of the Union Address on Jan. 24, President Obama urged Congress to give businesses incentives to upgrade their buildings: "... the easiest way to save money is to waste less energy. So here’s another proposal: Help manufacturers eliminate energy waste in their factories and give businesses incentives to upgrade their buildings."

January 31, 2012

UT Arlington Receives Sustainability Certification for Landscape

The Sustainable Sites Initiative™, a new rating system for sustainable design in landscape and site development, has named UT Arlington’s The Green at College Park one of the first three projects in the world to be certified according to the organization’s rigorous benchmarks.

January 26, 2012

Texas Makes Top Ten List of Greenest States

On Jan. 19, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its 2011 list of top 10 states for LEED-certified commercial and institutional green buildings per capita, based on the U.S. 2010 Census information. The District of Columbia leads the nation, with Colorado being the leading state, and Texas among nine other states.

January 25, 2012

Evans Honored with AIA Young Architects Award

Texas Society of Architects member James M. Evans, AIA, of Houston, has received a 2012 AIA Young Architects Award. The award celebrates emerging designers who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession in an early stage of their architectural careers. Thirteen recipients from across the nation received the award this year.

January 20, 2012

Jeff Potter, FAIA, Inaugurated 2012 AIA President

Jeff Potter, FAIA, began his American Institute of Architects career as president of the AIA Northeast Texas Chapter in 1998. He was president of the Texas Society of Architects in 2004 and served on the AIA Board of Directors from 2006- 2009. “Shaping a future for the next generation of architects” was the theme of Potter’s inaugural address during ceremonies in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 9.

December 16, 2011

Member Spotlight: Brandrup, Hays, and Black

Over 6,000 members make up the Texas Society of Architects. They play unique roles that contribute to the future of the profession and the built environment. Here, Texas Architects spotlights three members who were recently recognized with 2011 Honor Awards for outstanding contributions to architectural education, the profession, and the community.

November 10, 2011

With Launch of New Website, Texas Architects Unveils New Brand

“As the voice for Texas architecture, our role is to elevate the general public’s aspirations for the built environment. More than ever, our society needs safe, beautiful, and sustainable environments. Our re-purposed web presence is aimed toward stirring the imagination and making that case in increasingly expanding ways,” says President Dan Hart, AIA, PE.

October 31, 2011

Office Closed as Society Convenes in Dallas for 72nd Convention

The Texas Society of Architects office at 500 Chicon is closed Wednesday, Oct. 26, through Monday, Oct. 31, for the Society's 72nd Annual Convention and Design Products & Ideas Expo in Dallas, Oct. 27-29. John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design, and Rebecca Ryan, of Next Generation Consulting, are keynote presenters.

October 11, 2011

Promoting Community Identity

Richter Architects (Corpus Christi) has been locally and nationally recognized for its sensible and sensitive architecture. The firm's work explores the nature of culture, context, and place – promoting the development of local character and community identity.  

August 31, 2011
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