On December 18, 2019, Senior Advocate David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, will walk through the doors of the Texas Society of Architects as an employee for the last time. After 31 years of service to the Society, David is retiring.
A native West Texan, David was born in Seminole and educated in Kermit. He received a bachelor of journalism degree from The University of Texas at Austin, working his way through school as a waiter, bartender, bookmobile driver, and pizza maker.
His first “real job” after college was as a sports reporter for the Belo Corporation in the Dallas area, where his coverage ran the gamut from Bowie Jr. High to Nimitz High School up to the Dallas Cowboys.
As a political campaign operative, David worked on the 1974 U.S. congressional campaign of Jake Pickle and the 1976 presidential and senate re-election campaigns of Lloyd Bentsen.
David began his storied association career at the Texas Automobile Dealers Association in 1976. From 1983-1988 he served as the executive director of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association. In January of 1989, he started his tenure with the Texas Society of Architects.
In 1999, David received the AIA National Service Award for his contributions to advocacy and ArchiPAC. In 2001, AIA bestowed upon him the highest recognition available to non-architects, the “Honorary AIA” membership. He was named the 2003 president of the Council of Architectural Component Executives (CACE) and served on the 2003 AIA Board of Directors and the 2004 AIA Executive Committee.
David is married to Julie Kniseley and is a father of two sons (Joe and Dan) and a daughter (Xiaoman).
TxA is forever grateful to David’s many contributions to the Society and to world of architecture. Although he will be missed around the office and at the Capitol, the TxA family wishes David a very happy, well-deserved retirement.