Urban Affairs

Urban Affairs

Chair

The Urban Affairs Committee of AIA San Antonio monitors all urban development issues and provides assistance and leadership to the larger community.

David Bogle, AIA

AIA San Antonio – A Partner For Your Community

If your community wants to develop a plan for growth and redevelopment, AIASA can help.
The San Antonio Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIASA) can help support your community development in several ways. If you are ready to hire a design professional, we can guide you through the process of selecting the designer best suited to address the specific needs of your community. If you are in the beginning stages of organizing and planning for your community, we can help assist you in determining the best strategy for planning growth and redevelopment in your community.

Bringing your community together to create a redevelopment plan will ensure the most buy-in to your final community vision plan.  This process is known as Community Design, a movement focused on the creation and management of environments for people. Community Design promotes change to the built environment from the neighborhood to the regional scale, and aims to meet community needs through participatory decision-making. Community design often involves all members of a community, from the residents, to the local government, to the stakeholders in local real estate and businesses. The collaboration of each member of the community can help to establish active partnerships between local residents, businesses and institutions all advocating and developing strategies to help improve the quality of life within your community. A commitment to diversity and dialogue are core values of community design.

Should you decide to embark on the Community Design process, you may wish to meet with AIASA. Volunteers from AIASA have the experience and expertise in design and community development to help determine the scope of your project, and the best way for your community to proceed. Your team of volunteers will also be able to assess the level of assistance AIASA can provide for your community.

A design charette is often used in Community Design as a means of organizing and developing a wide range of ideas and opinions into a cohesive planning solutions.  A charette is an intensive design workshop in which citizens, designers, and other stakeholders collaborate on a vision for development.  The charette process provides a forum for ideas and offers the unique advantage of giving immediate feedback to all the members involved. More importantly, everyone involved becomes a mutual author in the future development for the community. Should you decide to conduct a design charette, AIASA can assist you in the planning and conducting your charette.

The outcome of a charette is intended to provide:

  • A community based vision
  • Stakeholder buy-in
  • Design objectives and goals
  • List of “next steps”
  • Strategies for plan implementation, and
  • In some cases, the charette can provide a basis for developing a request for professional services.

The outcome is NOT intended to provide:

  • Full design services
  • Construction Documents
  • Construction management services
  • Cost estimating

AIASA supports volunteer participation of AIA members in charrettes to promote community-based stakeholder outreach and input during the planning and design of neighborhoods and communities.  AIASA also supports implementation of sustainable planning principles and maintains a commitment to design excellence.

Even with the assistance of experienced professionals, achieving your goals and producing a development strategy will require a significant investment from your community. Your organization or community will be in charge of bringing stakeholders to the table, securing funding/donations, seeking support from elected officials, organizing the charette day and any marketing efforts. Volunteers from AIASA can help guide the process through regularly scheduled meetings during the preparation period.

How long is the preparation period? Expect around six months, depending on your project scope. Time must be allotted to accomplish the following:

Determine the area stakeholders and bring them to the table

  • Identify the social, economic and political issues related to the project through a strengths – weaknesses – opportunities – threats analysis).
  • Get the word out and build interest in the project
  • Gather necessary information on the design area, including plan, maps, GIS data, and any other relevant information.

Can the vision be created without the charette process?

AIASA promotes the public charette process as the most successful community-based planning exercise because it helps to ensure that all voices of a community are heard and that any final development strategy reflects the needs and opinions of all members of the community.

Local communities that have utilized AIASA volunteers, include Port San Antonio, Boerne and Leon Valley.

AIASA can provide further support in additional to volunteer efforts in the following ways:

  • Assist in finding sponsors for the community design charrettes
  • Solicit participation of allied partners, professionals and organizations

(San Antonio Foundation for Architecture, AIA national, APA, ASLA, ULI, University programs, CNU, etc.)

If this sounds like a process your organization wants to undertake, apply to the AIASA to see if a Design Assistance Team can meet your needs.  Your application letter should come from the organization sponsoring the redevelopment efforts and should identify the boundaries of the study area. Please include information about any funding you have available and any additional funding you intend to seek. Additionally, identify your committee chairpersons and committee members along with their related expertise (ex. Design professionals, grant writer, etc.)

Contact the Urban Affairs Committee, AIA San Antonio. The Center for Architecture, 1344 South Flores, Ste. 102, San Antonio, Texas 78204  210.226.4979 or info@aiasa.orginfo@aiasa.org

Upcoming UA events

Jun
2
Tue
COTE Meeting @ Zoom Webinar
Jun 2 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

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WiA Network Meeting: Women in Construction @ Spectrum Lighting Inc.
Jun 2 @ 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Our Network Meeting platform has changed!

All meetings will include 1 – 2 women speakers from the local AEC community to present briefly on various topics relevant to women in the profession. The remainder of the meeting will be continued discussion on the topic as well as any programming updates or reminders on the calendar.

This Months Topic:
Women in Construction
Speaker:
Diana Bravo-Gonzalez, AIA – Broaddus Construction
Pamela Mocgzemba, AIA – Joeris Construction

This Meeting is hosted by 2020 WiA Annual Sponsor:

Jun
5
Fri
4×4 @ TBD
Jun 5 @ 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Jun
11
Thu
How to be Happier and More Productive @ AIA San Antonio
Jun 11 @ 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Jun
16
Tue
HcKg: Joint Commission 1/2 Day Seminar @ AIA San Antonio
Jun 16 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Jun
18
Thu
Film Series: COTE presents… @ TBD
Jun 18 @ 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Jun
22
Mon
AIA Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Jun 22 @ 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Speaker: TBD
Topic: TBD

Jun
25
Thu
CRAN: Texas Voices Series @ TBD
Jun 25 @ 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

A unique lecture series spotlighting leading Texas residential architects in candid conversations about their work and the practice of residential architecture.

13 FEB 2020, THURS – Mark Wellen, FAIA

25 JUNE 2020, THURS – Dan Shipley, AIA tentative

24 SEPT 2020, THURS – Greg Ibanez, AIA tentative

CRAN Texas Voices is sponsored by

Jun
30
Tue
POSTPONED – SAYA: ARE Trivia Night @ AIA San Antonio
Jun 30 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

This event has been postponed until further notice.

A competition style study group to keep emerging professionals on tract toward licensure. Each session will include prizes of online study subscriptions and cash prizes to help offset the cost of exams and other costs associated with studying and taking the ARE Exams. All Trivia Nights are from 6-8PM at the AIA.

28 JAN 2020, TUE Contracts + Practice Management
Divisions Covered: PcM & PjM

25 FEB 2020, TUE Project Planning + Quality Control
Divisions Covered: PjM

31 MAR 2020, TUE Enviromental Conditions + Context
Divisions Covered: PA & PPD

26 MAY 2020, TUE Topic: Codes + Regulations
Divisions Covered: PA, PPD & PDD

30 JUN 2020, TUE Structural Systems
Divisions Covered: PPD & PDD

25 AUG 2020, TUE MEP
Divisions Covered: PPD & PDD

29 SEP 2020, TUE Documenting Your Project
Divisions Covered: PDD

27 OCT 2020, TUE Construction + Evaluation
Divisions Covered: CE

Jul
6
Mon
POSTPONED – Carlos Maestas – Chief Story Smith
Jul 6 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Jul
7
Tue
COTE Meeting @ Zoom Webinar
Jul 7 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

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Jul
10
Fri
4X4: COTE Simulation Symposium @ AIA San Antonio Center for Architecture
Jul 10 @ 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Jul
14
Tue
Film Series: WiA presents… @ TBD
Jul 14 @ 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Jul
17
Fri
SAYA: SALSA Competition @ Olmos Softball Field
Jul 17 @ 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Jul
22
Wed
CRAN: 1st Annual CRAN Awards @ TBD
Jul 22 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The new AIA San Antonio CRAN Awards is a juried annual awards program to celebrate and recognize outstanding projects by residential architects working in San Antonio. In addition to bestowing honor on deserving work that this community champions, the awards program also provides an opportunity to exchange ideas and to see one’s own work in relation to others.

Jul
27
Mon
July Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Jul 27 @ 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Speaker: TBD
Topic: TBD

Jul
31
Fri
Clays & Q @ The National Shooting Complex
Jul 31 all-day
Aug
4
Tue
COTE Meeting @ Zoom Webinar
Aug 4 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

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Meeting ID: 822 7491 7950

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Meeting ID: 822 7491 7950

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WiA: Professional Development – July Network Mtg @ Spectrum Lighting Inc.
Aug 4 @ 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Our Network Meeting platform has changed!

All meetings will include 1 – 2 women speakers from the local AEC community to present briefly on various topics relevant to women in the profession. The remainder of the meeting will be continued discussion on the topic as well as any programming updates or reminders on the calendar.

This Months Topic: Professional Development
Speaker: TBD

This Meeting is hosted by 2020 WiA Annual Sponsor:

Aug
6
Thu
4×4 @ AIA San Antonio
Aug 6 @ 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
SAYA PD Series: Client Management @ AIA San Antonio
Aug 6 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

This after work series will provide quarterly educational opportunities specifically targeted to young architects and designers. The topics are curated by the SAYA Steering Committee to supplement professional expertise and technical knowledge with the soft skills necessary to successfully navigate the business world.

6 FEB 2020, THU – Presentation Skills

7 MAY 2020, THU – Marketing Support as a Technical Profession

6 AUG 2020, THU – Management Skill Development

12 NOV 2020, THU – Client Management

Aug
13
Thu
AMC: Stories of the Fellows @ AIA San Antonio
Aug 13 @ 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

A SAYA Event Hosted by AMC

Aug
19
Wed
COTE: De-Mystifying the Common App – Honoring What We Value @ AIA San Antonio
Aug 19 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Aug
20
Thu
Film Series: LiA presents… @ Confluence Park
Aug 20 @ 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Aug
24
Mon
August Joint Chapter Meeting with AGC @ Pearl Stable
Aug 24 @ 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Speaker: TBD
Topic: TBD

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