Contributing to Our Industry: TxA 2017

Page is looking forward to welcoming attendees of the Texas Society of Architects (TxA) 2017 conference to its hometown of Austin. The firm will be contributing to content in the form of multiple presentations, discussions and tours, many of which tie into the conference theme of Threshold: Bridges | Boundaries. Participating Pagers range from senior leaders to emerging professionals, but they all share a passion for design that makes lives better.

If the following tours of Austin-area projects and conference presentations fit your interests, you can register here.


Tour: The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School (pictured above) 
Led by Page Senior Principal Lawrence W. Speck, FAIA and Principal Brian Roeder, AIA
Thursday, November 9, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
LUHs: 2.5

Tour the first medical school to be built at a Tier 1 research university in decades and learn how community partnerships successfully achieved broad urban planning and design goals. Experience how the Dell Medical School motto, “Re-think Everything,” is demonstrated within its physical facilities. To see more, click here.

Tour: TechSpace, Co-Working
Led by Page Interior Design Director Jen Bussinger, IIDA
Thursday, November 9, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
LUHs: 1.5

National co-working firm TechSpace wanted its downtown Austin location to embrace the community and project definitive local attitude. This meant creating a sustainable multistory space that embodies the city's love of the outdoors and longstanding reputation in the tech and innovation market. To see more, click here.

Tour: Community First! Village Microhomes
Led by Page Design Architect Shelby Blessing, AIA with support from Page Architect Matthew Z. Leach, AIA and Page Designer Natalie Cook, RID, IIDA
Saturday, November 11, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
LUHs: 1.5

Community First! Village is an innovative master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas. The architect-designed microhomes resulted from a collaboration with AIA Austin DesignVoice Committee, co-chaired by tour leader Shelby Blessing. To see more, click here.


Panel Discussion: What I Learned From Women in Architecture (pictured above)
Friday, November 10, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
UHs: 1.5

Page Interior Architecture Director Wendy Dunnam Tita, AIA, AIA Austin President-Elect and Chair of Women in Architecture Task Force
Page Designer Julie Pizzo, who contributed to the design and organization of the AIA Austin Women in Architecture exhibits and events series. 
Maggie McIntosh, Associate AIA, Moontower
Jenna Steinbeck, AIA, Lake/Flato 
Ingrid Gonzalez Featherston, Associate AIA, Matt Fajkus Architecture

A recent AIA Austin exhibit and events series entitled “Shape the Conversation” received media attention for increasing awareness of women architects and highlighting the need to increase diversity and inclusion in the profession. Panelists will discuss related topics. To see more, click here.  

Panel Discussion and Fourth Keynote: Resiliency 
Saturday, November 11, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
UHs: 1.5

Moderator: Page Design Principal John Clegg, AIA
Catherine Callaway, AIA and President, AIA Houston, Kirksey Architecture
John Englander, President, Englander & Associates
Michael Ford, Founder, Brandnu Design
Joshua Prince-Ramus, Principal, REX

In his capacity as co-chair of the American Institute of Architects – Houston Chapter Urban Design committee, Page Principal John Clegg worked with the City of Houston to organize a symposium about flooding and storm surge early in 2017. He facilitated audience questions during the two panel discussions. To see more about this keynote, click here.  


Presentation: Inspiring Young Minds: Raising the Bar on Child Care Design
Page Design Architect Luisina Basilico, AIA will co-present with a client
Thursday, November 9, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
LUHs: 1.0

Half the children of working American parents will spend more hours in child care before the age of 5 than during their entire primary education. Since workplace design is proven to positively affect employees’ lives, employing similar principles to achieve better child care design could be a bridge to a brighter personal and social future. To see more, click here.   

Presentation: Can Architects Learn to be More Creative?
Page Senior Principal Lawrence W. Speck, FAIA
Friday, November 10, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
LUHs: 1.5

Architects are expected to be highly creative, but very seldom are they taught how to consistently be innovative and inventive. Learning how our minds create and improve our capabilities will help professionals insulate themselves from increasing infringement by outsourcing and automation. To see more, click here.   

Presentation: Oh the Stories They Can Tell: Brand, Identity, & Design in Tandem
Page Principals Wendy Dunnam Tita, AIA and Herman Dyal, FAIA
Friday, November 10, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
LUHs: 1.0

Project work is more memorable when it tells a story, and the opportunities to create one increase exponentially when the architecture, interior design, branding and  project identity are developed in concert from the beginning. Case studies will demonstrate successful examples. To see more, click here.  

Presentation: Your Path to Win/Win (pictured above)
Page Client Development Director Wendy Heger, AIA
Saturday, November 11, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
LUHs: 1.0

It’s time for our industry to leave behind an old perception that sales is not part of our jobs. It’s relevant to us all and has evolved into developing relationships with people that allow us to attune ourselves and help them define what their needs really are. To see more, click here.  

Presentation: Failure
Page Principal Talmadge Smith, AIA
Saturday, November 11, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
LUHs: 1.5

We live in the shadow of the fear of failing, from a project element going awry to an insufficient office function. However, neuroscientists’ research teaches us that the act of failing is critical to learning and cognitive growth. What can we learn from others and from our industry. To see more, click here.  

Presentation: Trinity University - Preserving Campus Character and the O'Neil Ford Legacy
Page Senior Principal Lawrence W. Speck, FAIA and Page Urban Designer Ryan Losch, AIA will co-present with Stan Graves, FAIA of Architexas
Saturday, November 11, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
LUHs: 1.0

The new Trinity University master plan preserves the mid-century modern infrastructure designed by campus architect O’Neil Ford as a means to tie the future development and innovation of the institution to its past. To see more, click here.