City Council Candidate Forum Questions

The UDGA group had a great discussion February 23rd on the upcoming AIA candidate forum. Thanks to all for the input and interest in helping with the event. Past candidate forums have been a solid success drawing approximately 60 people.

The election this year for council members is May 14. Candidates include Chris Riley, Josia Ingalls, Randi Shade, Kris Bailey, Chris Nielsen, Laura Morrison, Eric Rangel, and Toby Ryan. We will target the very end or March or early April to have the forum.



  • VOLUNTEER: CommUNITY Volunteer Day at KIPP - Saturday Feb 26 - 8:30AM - early afternoon, Saturday Feb 26
  • MENTOR: UpLift Internship Program at KIPP - new after school program - meets Wednesdays at 3PM and 1 Saturday a month.  Needs design mentors! 
  • CONSULTANT: Eco-Audit Program at Akins High School - looking for input from environmental professionals and architects, graphic designers, etc.  Committee meets once or twice a month, with further opportunities to get involved.  



Design Voice Committee Meeting Agenda 2/16/11


Professional Practice: Eight Austin Architects Reflect on Starting a Firm

Many architects dream of starting their own firm. Many will try. Many will fail. However, many will have failures, but keep working to achieve success and establish their own practice.

Rarely as pre-professionals, whether in school or in an office, are we exposed to the business side of architecture. This carries a host of problems for the dreamers – unrealistic expectations, minimal knowledge of architectural business development, and of course, mistakes.

Council, Design Standards, and Transit

I really appreciate everyone's excitement and interest, and I am floored by the calls and emails from new folks inquiring about joining the committee.  Yes, we absolutely do want you involved!  In addition to some specific events, there seem to be a few themes that you want explored in 2011