Monday, May 21st, 2018

Featured Speaker:

Colleen Swain
Director of the World Heritage Office

Update on the World Heritage Work Plan

On July 5, 2015, San Antonio’s five Spanish colonial missions – Missions San Jose, San Juan, Concepcion, Espada and the world renowned Alamo – were declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. The Missions now represent the only World Heritage site in Texas and one of just 23 in the United States. The UNESCO World Heritage Designation is a catalyst for socio-economic change, with increased visitation and tourist spending. Currently, San Antonio is home to 34 million visitors each year. In order to prepare for this increased activity and to maximize the benefits of the designation, the City has used input from the community to develop the World Heritage Work Plan. Colleen Swain, Director of the  World Heritage Office,  will provide information  on the work plan and related projects within the World Heritage Buffer Zone

Mission Branch Library
3134 Roosevelt Ave
San Antonio, TX 78214


$20 AIA & Allied Members
$25 Non-Members


May Table Tops:

Previous Chapter Meetings

April 2018

AIA / SMPS Joint Membership Luncheon

The Future of Affordable Housing in San Antonio

A moderated Panel Discussion featuring panelists:

  • Jim Bailey, AIA – Associate Principal, Alamo Architects
  • Linda Ximenez – Ximenez & Associates
  • Veronica R. Soto – Neighborhood & Housing Services Department, City of San Antonio
  • Leilah Powell, Executive Director – Local Initiatives Support Corporation

To address the pressing housing challenges facing our City, in August 2017, Mayor Ron Nirenberg established the Mayor’s Housing Policy Task Force. The Task Force is charged with developing a comprehensive and compassionate housing policy roadmap and lead a policy-making process grounded in community, data, and best practices to address the full spectrum of housing.

The Task Force recognizes that San Antonio prospers when we foster healthy, resilient, sustainable, economically-integrated neighborhoods by preserving affordable housing, expanding housing supply for all, preventing displacement of low-income residents, and building infrastructure that increases connectivity and mobility.

Working in tandem with City staff, housing policy consultants, local stakeholders, the Task Force will develop policy recommendations for eventual consideration by City Council and the public at large. It is expected that final recommendations will be delivered in mid-2018

March 2018

Citizen Architect

Founding father and architect Thomas Jefferson set the standard for Citizen Architects. Samuel Mockbee, co-founder of The Rural Studio is yet another example of an architect who used design skills to bring social equity to impoverished Alabama. Join us on Monday, March 26 to hone your skills as a civic leader and learn how AIA San Antonio is actively engaging with community to spur downtown revitalization and mid-town connectivity.

Featured Speakers

Adam Reed, AIA – Ford, Powell & Carson

Samantha Schwarze, AIA – Overland Partners

Jay Louden, AIA – Work5hop

February 2018

Monday, February 26, 2018 – AIA Membership Luncheon

Featured Speaker:
Russell J. “Russ” Handy
Aviation Director, City of San Antonio

In January 2016, Russell J. Handy was appointed to serve as the city’s Aviation Director. In this role, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the San Antonio Airport System, made up of the San Antonio International Airport and Stinson Municipal Airport. Combined, the airports account for an economic impact of more than $5.1 billion annually and support approximately 100,000 jobs in the region.
Mr. Handy brings a strong focus on strategic planning initiatives to enhance the customer experience, shepherd the airports’ capital improvement projects and increase the international airport’s air service, both domestic and international.
A retired Air Force Lieutenant General, Mr. Handy previously oversaw multiple commands and held numerous leadership roles in his 34-year military career including oversight of air fields and large-scale command operations.

January 2018

Monday, January 22, 2018 – AIA Membership Luncheon

The Future of San Antonio

Featured Speaker
Mayor Ron Nirenburg

November 2017

Monday, November 27, 2017 – AIA Membership Luncheon

San Antonio Botanical Garden
8-acre Expansion

Featured Speaker
Christine Ten Eyck, FASLA
Ten Eyck Landscape Architects

Founding Principal Christine Ten Eyck is a key collaborator in the design and management of all projects, infusing the studio’s broad range of work with a sensitivity to place and passion for human and ecological well-being.

A rafting trip down the Colorado River in Arizona inspired Christine to move from her native Texas to Phoenix, where the environment’s harsh beauty called her to reimagine how landscape architecture might better engage its distinguishing elements to enhance the experience of place.

Beginning in 1997, Christine and her studio were among the first to respond to the need for water conservation by integrating water harvesting technologies and xeric planting to create enriching outdoor environments with a contemporary native aesthetic.

Christine’s approach continues to evolve as it engages the unique cultures and ecoregions of the Texas, demonstrating her desire and ability to engage the specific opportunities and constraints of any given location. Drawing upon her intuition, knowledge, and experience, Christine’s designs continue to respond to context, celebrate native ecologies, promote water conservation, and utilize local materials to create enriching, high-performance landscapes that stimulate the senses.

Christine received her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Texas Tech University. She became a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) in 2003 and is a registered landscape architect in Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas.

October 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017 – AIA Membership Luncheon

Citizen Architects

Featured Speaker:
Mike McGlone, AIA
Principal, Alamo Architects

Mike McGlone is a founding principal of Alamo Architects and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. In his 39-year career, he has led some of the firm’s most prominent projects. These include public and non-profit, educational, historic, and urban design projects. McGlone has always sought to inject design energy, fresh ideas, better building techniques or more sensitive solutions to even the humblest of projects.   Mike has been a leader in his field, including as AIA San Antonio Chapter President (2012), Alamo Heights Architectural Review Board Chairman (2005-2011) and Board Member(2003 – present), and as Texas Society of Architects Regional Director (2013-2014), Vice-President (2015-2016) and currently President-Elect.

Upcoming Meetings:

June 25, 2018
SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan
July 23, 2018
Equity Diversity & Inclusion
August 27, 2018 (Joint with AGC)
San Antonio Economic Development Foundation
September 24, 2018
October 22, 2018
TxA 2019 President + Chapter Elections
November 26, 2018