2.313 Waiver by the Secretary: Bylaws Amendment Effective, May 21, 2016

May 21, 2016

Today, from the AIA National convention floor, our members passed an amendment to the bylaws (section 2.313) giving the Secretary of the Institute the authority to waive age requirement for Emeritus in exceptional circumstances and for adequate cause.

The Secretary’s extended authority to approve waivers, however, would apply only to the age requirement for Emeritus status, would be exercised only on a case-by-case basis, and would permit waivers only “in exceptional circumstances and for adequate cause.” 


AIA Bylaws – Member Emeritus

2.313 Waiver by the Secretary: Bylaws Amendment Effective, May 21, 2016

2.311 Architect Members. Any Architect member may apply for Emeritus status who has been in good standing in the Institute for fifteen successive years immediately prior to his or her application, and either (i) has attained the age of 70, and is retired from the profession of architecture, or (ii) is so incapacitated as to be unable to work in the profession.

2.312 Associate...

Architecture Billings Index, Jan. 2016

Architecture Billings Index Ends Year on Positive Note

While volatility persists, architecture firms reported healthy performance for 2015

Washington, D.C. – January 20, 2016 – There were a few occasions where demand for design services decreased from a month-to-month basis in 2015, but the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) concluded the year in positive terrain and was so in eight of the twelve months of the year.  As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the December ABI score was 50.9, up from the mark of 49.3 in the previous month. This score reflects a slight increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 60.2, up from a reading of 58.6 the previous month.

“As has been the case for the past several years, there continues to be a mix of...

2015 Student Design Award Winners

The 2015 Student Design Award Winners have been announced and are as follows.

Jurors: Dan Shipley, FAIA, Greg Ibañez, FAIA and Rebecca Palluth, AIA.

Honor Award

Project: Tower Therapy

Students: Clare van Montfrans & Elizabeth Farrell

Honor Award

Project: Museo Del Contacto

Students: Josh Lamden, Jessi Kulow & Ana Lozano

Honor Award

Project: Essex Crossing – Timber in the City Competition

Students: Amy McDonnold & Alex Warr

Merit Award

Project: Library for Tororo

Student: Krishnan Lal Mistry

 Merit Award

Project: University of Houston Coastal Center – Green Airport

Student: Alejandra Cervantes

Merit Award

Project: Engawa Home

Student: Zerik Kendrick


Emery O. Young, Jr., AIA 1932 – 2016

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    Emery O. Young, Jr., AIA, 1932 – 2016: Refinement of form and detail, elegant proportions and a use of exquisite materials were the signature ‘voice’ of architect Emery Young. His rarified sensibilities attracted wealthy and erudite clientele and his hand-drawn working drawings on large ( 30” x 40” or larger ) sheets were the envy of  his professional peers. Sensitive site plans, exquisite sections, framing plans, and large-scale details were composed on a sheet with no inch to spare.  No architect in the region drew as carefully and in as fine a hand as Emery and his office, and none would have detailed finish work to the 1/32nd of an inch or looked for hours on a hot day for a missing ¼ inch in the layout of a concrete foundation. Emery was born in Post, Texas where his parents lived on the caprock just northwest of town and was simply not cut out for the farm life indicated in the 1930s in that place. He attended architecture school...

2015 Design Awards Juror- Bill Aylor, AIA

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Associate Partner at Lake|Flato Architects, Bill Aylor began his design career working with O’Neil Ford in San Antonio on the nationally recognized McNay Modern Art Museum. There he also met and became friends with David Lake and Ted Flato. Bill then spent five years painting and printmaking in Guanajuato, Mexico, until he moved to Dallas to work at the Dallas Museum of Art, designing exhibits and managing the construction of the Hamon Building and the Museum of the Americas. Bill continued a private practice in Dallas until returning to San Antonio in 1997 to join Lake|Flato.

Bill has been involved in many of Lake|Flato’s award-winning projects such as the transformative renovation of the University of Texas at Austin Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center and the UT Visual Arts Center. Most recently, Bill’s design and research have focused extensively on the Porch House, Lake|Flato’s exploration of modular design based on a library of factory-constructed, living and sleeping...

2015 Design Awards Juror – Emily Little, FAIA

EmilyLittle headshot_6.15Emily Little, FAIA- Emily has provided leadership in the preservation and design community in her native Austin for over thirty years. With an emphasis on the adaptive reuse of historic structures, her work has indelibly colored the fabric of central Texas. Elected a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects in 2009, Emily has also led award-winning community based art projects that have garnered national attention. A cultural anthropologist at heart, she as built her career on making good design accessible and attainable, often by finding the small gestures that largely improve the quality of a space. Little's commitment to community, personally and through her architectural practice, both reflects and has helped shape the character of Central Texas. Her impulse to preserve as well as to add to the built environment has placed her in the forefront of the community's resolve to maintain identity while meeting the challenges of rapid growth and expanding technologies. Little approaches landmark buildings with a restraint that testifies to...

2015 Design Award Juror- Randy Brown, FAIA

Randy Brown black and white Randy Brown, FAIA is an artist/architect and founder of RBA, an internationally recognized design studio operating at the forefront of experimental design since 1989.  From ambitious public buildings breathing life into communities to quirky art/ecological installations utilizing car parts and found objects, a more tactile aesthetic emerges, creating a new social/environmental dent in the world.  His work has been recognized with 4 Interior Design Best of Year Awards, 6 Contract Interiors Awards, 3 Architectural Record Interiors and 14 AIA National Honor Awards.  Brown is also known for his artwork and hand made books which have exhibited and are for sale at  Brown is constantly engaged as a public speaker, giving talks about his projects, real estate development and marketing. Randy Brown, FAIA is a juror for this year's AIA FW Design Awards. To learn more about, and apply for the Design Awards click here. View examples of Brown's design work below. 1F1I1865a

Member Survey

Before our Executive Director Alesha Niedziela, Assoc. AIA and our TxA Board member Matt Green, AIA go to the next board meeting in about a month they would love to have some feedback for suggestions to improve the Local and State levels of AIA. Please fill out the following survey and return it to  

Member Survey


Call for Entries – Texas Society of Architects Design Awards

Design Awards 2015 Call for Entries Deadline: April 9

The Texas Society of Architects announces the Call for Entries for our 2015 Design Awards competition. We are seeking projects in Texas or by Texas architects completed after January 1, 2010. New construction, adaptive reuse, pure restoration, renovation of historically significant buildings, interior architecture, and urban design projects are eligible. Download the 2015 Design Awards Entry Form Winning projects will be announced in early May and published in the September/October 2015 issue of Texas Architect magazine. Recipients will be honored during our 76th Annual Convention and Design Expo, to be held in Dallas on November 5–7, 2015. For more information, visit Texas Society of Architects The Voice for Texas Architecture 500 Chicon Street Austin, Texas 78702 tel 512 478 7386 fax 512 478 0528