Aaron Seward, editor of Texas Architect, has announced his departure from the magazine after almost six years in the position. He is leaving his post with the Texas Society of Architects to serve as editor in chief of The Architect’s Newspaper. Seward’s last day with TxA will be June 17, two days after finalizing the July/August 2021 issue.
In his time as editor, Seward has made adjustments to sharpen TA’s editorial presentation and bolster the publication’s critical voice. He shifted the perspective of the magazine from local to global, regularly covering national and international events such as the Chicago and Venice biennials, and contextualizing developments in Texas and the region with larger challenges facing the architectural profession and the built environment. To support these efforts, he prioritized broadening the list of contributors to include a more diverse group of voices to report on the critical issues. Seward also conceptualized and steered the expansion of TA’s online presence with the creation of txamagazine.org in 2016 and led efforts to increase public readership of the publication by getting it on the shelves of more retailers across the state.
“The board of directors is proud of how far Texas Architect has come with Aaron at the helm,” says TxA President Audrey Maxwell, AIA. “His critical perspective and leadership have cemented the publication’s reputation as the definitive voice for the architecture and design industry in the Southwest, and as one of the most respected publications by an AIA component. Aaron will be missed here at TxA, but we wish him all the best in his new role and look forward to continuing the evolution of the magazine.”
Prior to joining TxA, Seward spent 10 years with The Architect’s Newspaper, working his way up from editorial assistant to executive editor. Before that, he worked for Edizioni Press.
As Aaron began to wrap up his time here at TxA, he shared the following thoughts:
“Editing Texas Architect magazine has been an inspiring challenge and a dream come true. I want to express my deepest gratitude to the board of the Texas Society of Architects for the trust they extended in allowing me to take the reins of their prized journal nearly six years ago. And to my confrères on staff, on the Publication Committee, and at Pentagram, thank you for all of your support, your brilliance, your friendship, and the many wonderful contributions you made to the magazine throughout the years. Without your combined talents and dedication, the success of Texas Architect magazine during my tenure would not have been possible.”
“I’m changing jobs, moving on to the next challenge and opportunity, but I won’t say goodbye. As big as the world is, architecture is a small community and I’m sure we’ll all be seeing each other around.”
Thank you for raising the bar and enlightening us and making us aware that Texas is part of a worldwide community of great design Architects. I especially admired how you deftly engaged all members at conventions and public events and I truly feel that you bestowed a great sense of confidence to all the young talented architects in our state. I’m excited to see the fruits of your next adventure and look forward to seeing you soon!
John Grable FAIA
Best to you on your new adventure. “Every moment is a new beginning.” Elie Wiesel
RATS! This is terrible news for TxA. You have done a brilliant job as editor and have so much more to contribute! But good for The Architect’s Newspaper for getting you back. I cannot wait to see what you do there! Best of luck!
It’s been a pleasure reading your insightful articles and following the ascension of Texas Architect Magazine under your leadership. Just one request, keep the occasional poems coming at The Architect’s Newspaper!