2019 TxA Design Conference and Expo


The Texas Society of Architects Annual Conference and Design Expo is the largest gathering of architectural, engineering, and construction professionals outside of AIA national. The 2019 Design Expo will take place on October 24-25, in conjunction with the 80th Annual Conference, happening at the Moody Gardens Convention Center in Galveston.

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The Texas Society of Architects 79th Annual Conference and Design Expo will take place this November in Fort Worth. This event offers exhibitors an excellent opportunity to market products and services to architects, as well as to develop valuable and productive working relationships.


AIA Fort Worth is hosting a PechaKucha Night in conjunction with the TxA Convention!

Thursday November 8th starting at 7pm at Huckabee Architects in Downtown Fort Worth:  801 Cherry St #500, Fort Worth, TX 76102

PechaKucha meaning chit-chat  in Japanese is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each.

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Ilknur Ozgur: Director of Communications, Producer, and Founding Member of Artstillery, an experimental nonprofit performance company that empowers marginalized communities and reveals the rawness of truth in human life. Artstilley’s mission is to create original works based on marginalized communities and the stories which emerge from them. proudly defines herself as a first generation Turkish American. Born in the states, Turkish and English were her first languages spoken. Raised by parents from Izmir and Polatla and grandparents from Russia, all living in Illinois during her youth, she faced cultural assimilation negotiations in both worlds.



Katie Murray: Murray creates unconventional and inspiring public works of art on commercial buildings in The Foundry District area of Fort Worth. Each mural sets their buildings apart from other properties and puts their stamp on the community. With portraits as Murray’s specialty, her Dreamer Series features figurative female dreamers. She appreciates the artistic freedom and trust given to her by M2G Ventures, whose mission is to bring public art to the community through real estate.



Jason John Paul Haskins, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a church-building researcher, design consultant, and photographer who writes about liturgy, architecture, and history on the blog Locus Iste Jason currently practices with Bercy Chen Studio / Cambrian Development in Austin where, in addition to architectural design, he continues to develop participatory pre-design programming processes and architect-led development with an emphasis on mixed-use, deeply-affordable and family-friendly housing. 



Christopher Blay is an artist, writer and curator with a B.F.A. from Texas Christian University. He has worked as curator for the Art Corridor Gallery at Tarrant County College Southeast for the past eight years, and is also an art critic for the Fort Worth Weekly Magazine. His work incorporates Photography, video, sculpture, and performance and his most recent work, “Portraits With Strangers”, is Blay’s return to photography, focusing on the mechanical and mediated process that creates an image. Blay was also the Spring 2017 Visiting Artist at the Dallas Museum of Art’s Center for Creative Connections, and is the first guest curator at Fort Worth Contemporary Art.



Scott Drennan: Bell Helicopter’s VP of Innovation will discuss the urban air taxi concept, Uber Elevate. He has spent most of his career as both a direct employee and contractor for Bell focused on tiltrotors and other power-lift vehicle technologies. Scott joined the ranks of Bell’s engineering management team in 2011 while in the middle of an 8-year assignment in Italy supporting the Leonardo-Bell partnership on the 609 program. The Innovation team’s mission is to radically innovate technologies and aircraft configurations in order to create novel and coveted vehicle lift experiences.



Marcela Abadi Rhoads, FAIA, RAS will discuss The Sukkah Project: Dwell in Designa design competition to which DFW local and national architects and artists will be invited to submit their most creative and exciting sukkah designs. Marcela is the owner of Abadi Accessibility, an accessibility consulting firm that is dedicated to educating the building industry about the laws of accessibility. She is a Registered architect and a Registered Accessibility Specialist and ADA Specialist.  Marcela  is sought after by owners and architects across the country who look to her for guidance to understand the accessibility standards throughout the design and construction process.  She assists the building industry, in part, by performing plan reviews and inspection for TAS, producing  a monthly newsletter to educate on the best way to apply the standards to their architectural projects,  and wrote “The ADA Companion Guide” and “Applying the ADA” published  John Wiley and Sons  


Architect William Helm is the founding principal of In*Situ Architecture in El Paso, Texas. William was introduced to PechaKucha in 2006 and with the help of a few friends in the local design community in 2008, William launched PechaKucha Night El Paso in a land that was thirsty for the creative discourse that PechaKucha Night had to offer. In the years that have followed, William founded In*Situ Architecture — which has grown over the past few years to be one of the leading design firms in the city. William has leveraged PechaKucha partnerships in the El Paso community over the subsequent years as well to include collaborative events across the national border with PechaKucha Juarez.  PechaKucha Night El Paso celebrated their 10th year with vol.19 earlier this year.  Most recently, William attended his third PechaKucha PowWow of City Organizers in Tokyo this spring and presented at PechaKucha Night Aalen, Germany this past summer.