Thursday, February 3, 2011

Advocates for Architecture Day Recap

On Jan. 25, over 200 architects convened at the State Capitol to speak with legislators about issues affecting the profession. This was TSA's first Advocates for Architecture Day, and the event was a huge success.

Before heading into the Texas State Capitol to speak with legislators, all the participating architects gathered for a group photo to document the day. See the short video below.

Below is the brochure that was distributed that day, highlighting the importance of architecture and outlining the issues that were discussed.

Thank you to all who participated and who lent their voice to speak for Texas architects and the profession.

Photos below by Thomas McConnell and Holly Reed.

San Antonio delegation on the Capitol lawn.

Gerard Kinney and others preparing for visits with legislators .

TSA EVP James Perry and Tommy Cowan, FAIA, of Austin.

David Rodriguez, AIA, of Dallas.

Filo Castore, AIA, and Caryn Mims-Ogier, AIA, Houston, briefing themselves for a visit.

Donna Kacmar, FAIA, Houston, speaking with a colleague while waiting to visit a legislator.

Tommy Upchurch, AIA, and Elizabeth Price, AIA, Brazos, meet with legislative staff.

Discussing the issues at the Capitol.

Rep. Sarah Davis, Houston, visiting with architects.

Charlie Burris, AIA, and Andrew Hawkins, AIA, Brazos, gather in the extension of the Capitol prior to a legislative visit.

Allen Swift, AIA, Imad Abdullah, AIA, and Thomas Jackson, AIA, from Houston, speak about the importance of the architectural profession.

Architects review their schedules for the day.

Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, of Austin, speaks with Paul Bielamowicz, AIA, Emily Layton, AIA, and Heather McKinney, FAIA, all of Austin.

Houston architects take a break to appreciate the Capitol extension addition.

McKinney signs a limited-edition print of the Capitol for the TSA office.

Limited-edition poster signed by participating architects of the first TSA Advocates for Architecture Day 2011.

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