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Texas Society of Architects presents: COVID-19 and its Impact on Small Architecture Firms

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Texas Society of Architects presents: COVID-19 and its Impact on Small Architecture Firms

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COVID-19 has changed the world for the foreseeable future. Join TxA President-Elect Audrey Maxwell, AIA, as she engages with a panel of architecture small firm leaders to discuss their best practices on remote work, HR and IT policies during shelter-in-place, their short-term industry insight, and other concerns. We look forward to their perspectives on what small firms should anticipate now and in the coming months of 2020. The webinar will conclude with a time for questions and answers.

Following this session, the attendees will:

  1. Have gained a knowledge of remote work best practices.
  2. Be equipped to maneuver through HR and IT policies while working remotely.
  3. Understand the current state of the architecture industry.
  4. Be prepared to face the anticipated architecture climate.

About the Panel:

Gregory S. Ibañez, FAIA

Gregory Ibañez, FAIA has practiced architecture for over 37 years and is the recipient of 27 AIA Design Awards. The breadth of his output, including buildings for universities, corporations, arts organizations, and homeowners, achieves excellence through his application of deeply-held design principles. Ibañez has also practiced internationally, designing projects in Europe, Asia, and Mexico. He was elevated to the prestigious AIA College of Fellows in 2012 for achievement in design. In 2006, he was awarded the Charles R. Adams Award for Design Excellence by the Fort Worth Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. A past chair of the Fort Worth Public Art Commission, he also served as a visiting adjunct professor of architecture at Texas Tech University and the University of Texas at Arlington. He has also served as contributing editor to Texas Architect magazine and has been a guest speaker for the Texas Society of Architects Annual Conference.

Ibañez Shaw Architecture, founded in 2017, boasts six full-time employees. Their project types are extremely varied, ranging from single-family residential, to office, commercial, retail, restaurant, non-profits, municipal, and hospitality projects.

Eva Read-Warden, AIA

Eva Read-Warden, AIA, arrived in Texas in 1994, after her education and early career in Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico. She joined The Arkitex Studio in 1997 and became a partner in 2008. As a principal architect, Eva has managed commercial, institutional, and residential projects. She has a particular passion for projects that serve the community.  She also wears the hat of managing partner, overseeing the day-to-day business operations of the firm.

The Arkitex Studio is located in Bryan, and is a small mid-size firm, currently with 10 full-time employees. The firm was founded in 1995 by Charlie Burris, AIA, and Elton Abbott, AIA, then incorporated in 1997. Ownership expanded in 2009, when Read-Warden and Mike Record, AIA, became stockholders. Current owners include Charlie, Mike, Eva, and Paul Martinez, as the firm strives to include the next generation in ownership of the firm’s future. The Arkitex Studio engages in a variety of project types, including higher education, commercial, religious, and residential projects, and structures the office in a project-based team environment.

Al York, FAIA

Al York, FAIA, is a principal at McKinney York Architects in Austin. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.Arch from Auburn University and, after a brief internship in Baltimore, continued his education at Cornell University (M.Arch) where he studied with many of the legendary Texas Rangers. He arrived in Texas in 1992 to teach architecture design and theory on the faculty of Texas Tech University, and in 1995, he moved to Austin and joined the office of Heather McKinney, FAIA, becoming a partner in 1998.

McKinney York Architects is a 28-person, concept-driven design practice. Now in their 37th year, McKinney York was the Texas Society of Architect’s 2013 Firm of the Year. Currently, McKinney York projects include a new Headquarters Building at Inks Lake State Park, an Administration Building and Toddler Learning Center for the Texas School for the Deaf, a new Recreation Center for the City of Austin, a modernization of Sanchez Middle School for AISD, several new office buildings for Frost Bank, a courtyard renovation for The University of Texas Student Activity Center, and several smaller residential remodeling projects.

Moderator

Audrey Maxwell, AIA is a principal of Malone Maxwell Borson Architects. She has broad project experience with a focus on corporate interiors. She is currently the president-elect of the Texas Society of Architects. She formerly served as the secretary for TxA, has previously chaired the Publications and Design Conference committees, and is a contributing writer for Texas Architect magazine.

Venue

Online