On Tuesday, February 21, architects from across the state gathered at the Texas State Capitol to advocate for the profession. This event occurs every other year during the legislative session, and is one of our favorite ways to have members advocate directly with legislators. This year’s event proved to be a productive day of meetings with decision makers and legislative offices, and a great opportunity to make fresh connections and foster long-held relationships with our many friends in the House and Senate.

The day began with orientation meetings to review key advocacy items and hear from leaders, including Rep. John Bryant of Dallas.

Rep. John Bryant (D-Dallas), speaking to Dallas and Houston members in the historic Supreme Court Room.

Advocates then headed to meet with legislative offices and representatives, discussing priorities related to professional licensing, building code standards, school safety improvements, preservation, and energy efficiency.

“Architects have a duty and professional responsibility to protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare. Advocacy efforts draw attention to important issues or causes by educating decision makers about the impact their choices have on how people live, work, and play,” said attendee Gabriella Bermea, AIA, NOMA.

San Antonio architects Ricky Reyes; TxA President Nicki Marrone, AIA; Jeffrey Watson, AIA; and Nasario Arreguin, AIA, with Sen. José Menéndez (D-San Antonio).

Dallas member Shahnaz Talukder, AIA, drew a commemorative sketch of the capitol for our biennial gift to legislators.

We are grateful for all those who attended, and are already looking forward to the event during the 89th Legislative Session in 2025!

LRGV members: VP of Professional Development Sergio Lainez, AIA,; Associate Director Nestor Camacho, AIA; and LRGV Chapter Direcor Mike Allex, AIA, with Rep. Ryan Guillen (R-Rio Grande City).

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