When Audrey Maxwell, AIA, began her year as TxA president-elect in 2020, she had no way of knowing what the year had in store. COVID, racial injustice, and a contentious presidential election provided the backdrop of what would become a year unlike any other. Yet Maxwell, along with the entire board of directors, boldly met these challenges head on and persevered. With 2020 in the rearview mirror, Maxwell looks ahead to 2021.
When asked to identify a theme for the 2021 Annual Conference, Maxwell, after much consideration, chose “Legacy.” Says Maxwell of this theme: “I don’t intend it as a memorialization of the past. There is richness and value in our history, but it behooves us to look back with a critical eye.”
We still face uncertainty in the days ahead, yet the Society will move forward, embracing the unknown and charting our course as we build upon — and improve upon— our existing legacy. We have waded through murky water, and have come out on the other side stronger, more capable, and more resilient. We move forward not with trepidation, but with anticipation and encouragement. We are lucky to have Maxwell at the helm, leading us on this journey.
A principal at Malone Maxwell Dennehy Architects in Dallas, Maxwell received her Bachelor of Science in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis in 2004. In 2009, she received her Master of Architecture from Arizona State University. She began working with Michael Malone, FAIA, in 2010, becoming a partner in 2014.