Monday, September 23, 2019
Who’s Representing You at TxA?
& AIA San Antonio Chapter Elections
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Networking
12:00 – 1:00 PM Luncheon
Connie G. Rivera, AIA
2019 TxA President-Elect
Connie Rivera grew up in South Texas and studied at The University of Texas at Austin, where she focused on historic preservation as part of her architectural education. After receiving her bachelor’s in 1994, she returned to Corpus Christi, where she worked for Bright + Dykema Architects and, later, McGloin + Sween. She also became highly involved in the local architecture community, serving as the associate director for AIA Corpus Christi (AIA CC) in 2000, and on various urban planning advisory committees for the city.
In 2006, Rivera left work to start a family, but she returned to the field in 2008, when she was invited to become executive director for AIA CC. She obtained her architecture license just six months into that role, making her an especially knowledgeable and effective advocate for members. Her talent, drive, and vision are credited for the success of AIACC’s transition from a volunteer-led chapter to a staffed one, and for strengthening the organization as a resource for members and the community. From 2009 to 2011, Rivera served on the AIA National Task Force for Component Excellence, where she developed standards for components around the country with the intent to share best practices. At the state level, she has served on the TxA Board of Directors as vice president of advocacy, vice president of professional development, and chapter director. She is also recognized for her leadership in TxA’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce. In addition, Rivera has served as a TAC Executive Trustee, TAC Advisory Trustee, and member of the Finance Committee. She is spending her year as president-elect traveling to the various AIA components across the state in preparation for her presidency in 2020. Rivera is currently a project architect at WKMC Architects in Corpus Christi, where she applies her talents on behalf of clients as their representative on large-scale projects. She also volunteers with various local organizations, including the Equine Sharing Program and Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas.