Urban Design / Government Affairs Team

 It has been an outstanding, ambitious, and deeply rewarding year to be your Chair.  I am honored to be associated with such a diverse, experienced, and passionate group of professionals.  Let’s recap where we are relative to our goals: /




Design Month Advocacy

Green Pastures event with AIA National guest Paul Mendelsohn generated some great conversations about public involvement and provides some insight into what we can bring to our next leadership retreat. We talked about bringing our Advocacy Survey respondents in for a November happy hour to listen to their ideas in person. Michael Cowan offered to help.   Stuart and Michael Hsu have been asked to meet with the City about a cost of services report that could impact the future fee structure for building permits.

Our Members have Spoken

Through surveys, forums, and committees, your professional input has poured in about the issues affecting you and your practice; we leverage this input to effect change in local ordinances and in the built environment.

Stuart Sampley provided a summary chart of input related to the Subchapter F (Residential Design Standards) Forum that just concluded.  He will dig deeper on a couple points by emailing a design standards survey.  Formal recommendations will be presented at the September Advocacy committee and the subsequent AIA Austin Board meeting.

Book Drive to Inspire Austin Youth

Please join AIA Austin’s “Latinos in Architecture” for the first annual "From an Architect's Bookshelf"   This book donation drive/library development program will provide Austin area High Schools with books that are essential for the teaching and research of Architecture.

Placemaking Case Studies

 What are some exciting place/destinations that provide connectivity to cultural infrastructure?  At our June monthly meeting, our members introduced case studies showing multidisciplinary collaborations (architects, artists, etc). 




Emily Layton presented Uplift Austin’s work at the Garza outdoor classroom and trail, and the South 1st entry into Williamson Creek green belt.