AIA Brazos supports the community in the following ways:
- The Chapter has endowed a scholarship for a student at Texas A&M University College of Architecture.
- Architecture in Schools - brings local professionals into fourth grade classrooms to bring students special opportunities to learn more about how our communities are built as well as develop problem solving, spacial awareness, and critical thinking skills.
- Gingerbread Build-Off - celebrates architecture and education with a holiday flare. Community members are invited to join us as professionals and students compete for titles such as "Tallest Standing Structure" and "Best Iconic Architecture" through the medium of gingerbread. This event raises money for elementary, undergraduate, gratuate, and emerging professional architectural education in our community.
- Higher Ed Collaboration - as part of a university-centred community, we work with the higher ed entities to support architectural education. In addition to many of our members working for the Texas A&M University College of Architecture and Blinn College Architecture Program, we participate in studio juries, provide mentoring, arrange firm crawls, and encourage cooperation between the academic and practice sectors of our profession.
- Outreach - our original continuing education programs frequently feature topics of interest to the community at large. We open these events to the public and encourage private citizens to attend and engage with local design professionals on topics affecting our community's development. We also work with governing officials and city staff on the creation and review of design and development guidelines for the area.
What an Architect Can Do for You
Architecture involves much more than buildings. Architects take your vision and give it form, explore its possibilities, raise it to new levels, and then integrate it into your building site and the community at large. They bring not only design, but solutions.
For example, buildings currently account for over 40 percent of energy conservation in the U.S. Architects, using sustainable design practices, can help negate these effects. In fact, AIA members, through their Institute, have committed to making all new and renovated buildings carbon neutral by 2030. So tap the knowledge, efficiency, environmental awareness, and brilliant design that architects bring to any project.
The sooner you bring an architect on board, the more fully your vision can be realized - even exceeding your own expectations.
When is an Architect required by the State of Texas?: This online flow chart helps to determine if the services of a registered architect are required for your project by State of Texas Law.
You and Your Architect: This online brochure offers guidance on how to establish and benefit from a successful professional, business and personal relationship between owner and architect.