Architect or Advocate? AIA Dallas Event Shows That You Don’t Have to Choose

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When you design a building, what’s the first thing you think about? Is it scale? Is it use? Is it presence? 

What about how the building and the way it is designed is part of a larger goal of engaging a community? All of these questions and more can be discussed at the next AIA Dallas summer happy hour panel, “Designing in Active Voice: Avenues for Professional Advocacy.”

How can architects advocate for structures that benefit communities? Find out how at the July 16 Architecture on Tap hosted by AIA Dallas.

The discussion, which centers around what’s possible with good design, can help architects build an understanding around politics and policy. Learn how to influence development — from facade to function — from some of the most actively involved architects in the city. Panelists include AIA Dallas past president and vice president at Huitt-Zollars Inc. Zaida Basora, FAIA; Deep Ellum Foundation president Jon Hetzel; and City of Dallas senior planner Evan Sheets. 

The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 16, at Pegasus City Brewery at 2222 Vantage Street. Seating is limited, so register in advance. Advance tickets are $10 for AIA Dallas members and $20 for non-members. Door prices are $15 for members, and $25 for non-members.


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Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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