The Texas Society of Architects is pleased to introduce our president-elect, Eva Read-Warden, AIA. A principal at The Arkitex Studio in Bryan, Read-Warden began her term as president-elect in January, and she will lead TxA as president in 2022.

Read-Warden graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Architecture from Mississippi State University in 1988. Following graduation, she moved to Philadelphia, where she worked on both large projects and smaller private projects for Mitchell/Giurgola Architects. A move to New Mexico followed. There, Read-Warden worked on commercial, health care, and numerous educational projects.

In 1994 Read-Warden moved to Bryan/College Station. While her career has seen many diverse locations and many diverse projects, one thread has remained constant – the challenge of turning ideas into real buildings. This is a challenge that Read-Warden relishes and enjoys.

An avid cook, Read-Warden also enjoys listening to music with her family, especially when that music is that made by her daughters, Rachel and Lois. Rachel is a violinist and entertainer who lives in New York City, and Lois, a senior biochemistry major at Trinity University, also plays viola. When there is not a world pandemic, Read-Warden enjoys traveling with her husband Bob, a professor at Texas A&M. Curie, a rat terrier rescue, completes their family.

The concept of advocacy is a main theme in Read-Warden’s goals for the year. She says, “The TxA Strategic Plan sets forth a number of goals that are ongoing and timeless and which focus on advocacy at many levels, including for the architectural profession as well as on advocacy for those people for whom doors have been previously closed. There is also advocacy for our communities, which will continue to be impacted by climate change. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, our profession and society were aware of these concerns, but It seems that the pandemic and social justice issues in 2020 have served as a catalyst for broadening that awareness. Being the ‘voice for Texas architecture’ is now, more than ever, what our society is called to do.” Read-Warden hopes that the voice of TxA is heard on all these levels in 2021 and beyond. Her goal this year is to listen to the many who are striving for the betterment of both our profession and our communities, so that she may learn and better serve during this year and beyond.

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I have had the privilege of knowing Eva as a colleague and as one of her clients, and the honor of having her as a friend. She is the epitome of a fine architect, helps lead a great practice, and will be an outstanding president for TxA. Congratulations to her, and to each of us who elected her.

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