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Dear Friends and Colleagues:

The Texas Society of Architects’ 75th Annual Convention and Design Expo promises to be our most inspiring convention to date. More than 3,500 architecture and construction industry professionals will gather at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston this November to IMAGINE the future of the profession and the built environment, as well as the possibilities for their own contributions to the field and their communities.

Apart from many un-programmed surprises, our three-day convention will feature:

  • Keynoter Neri Oxman of the MIT Media Lab, sharing examples of her work, which draws on the lessons of biomimicry, to illustrate how performance-driven design is literally reshaping our physical world.
  • Keynoter Alex Steffen of IDEO, highlighting how our cities and the ways we choose to build them will determine not just our own future, but also the future of the planet.
  • More than 100 continuing education sessions, including presentations by participants in TxA Emerging Design + Technology, our conference-within-a-conference, now in its second year.
  • A nearly sold-out Design Expo with 275 exhibitor booths showcasing the latest products and technologies and featuring an exciting greenroof demonstration project in the Center Square.
  • An Awards Luncheon and Gala Evening honoring recipients of the Society’s 2014 Design, Studio, and Honor Awards, and our Fellows Luncheon honoring the 21 new Texas Fellows!
  • Numerous other special events, including the PDR-sponsored Archi-Chat, our New Architect Recognition Ceremony, and our first-ever Gala Afterparty, hosted by Gensler and open to all attendees. This event, which will be sited on a dramatic rooftop venue overlooking the city, replaces the annual Emerging Professionals gathering. No more adults’ table and kids’ table — ALL of us can attend both parties!

I look forward to the convention every fall as my best opportunity to be professionally recharged. I always return to my desk with new knowledge, new ideas, and new materials. But for all the tangible, practice-related takeaways the convention represents, the best part is the chance to reconnect with other members.

Years of involvement in committees and on the board at the state level have allowed me to develop meaningful relationships with so many architects across Texas. This is both professionally and personally gratifying, as my TxA network is my best support system and includes some of the truest friendships I have. Through them, my world is expanded beyond just ‘me and my work.’  This, I believe, is the best of what architecture offers us all: connections to something bigger than ourselves.

I know you’ll be energized by all that the convention and my city have to offer. November is a great time to visit Houston!

Please join us.

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Val Glitsch, FAIA

Thanks to our generous sponsors for helping to make this event possible!