Convention Schedule


Official Events


Thursday, March 21st

9:00am – 5:00pm | Check-In  | Greenway Foyer

9:50am – 3:00pm | Architecture Firms & Museum Tours  | Hotel Lobby

12noon – 5:00pm | Delegate Check-In & Credentials

3:00pm – 4:00pm | Discussion of Motion 72-01 (alumni association fees) | Sam Rayburn

4:00pm – 5:00pm | Officer Training | Camellia

6:00pm – 9:00pm | Welcome Reception | The Grove, Houston, TX
                  7:45pm | Group Photo


Friday, March 22nd

7:00am – 8:00am | Breakfast | Greenway

8:00am – 12noon | Business Session | Century II

12noon – 1:00pm | Lunch | Greenway

1:00pm – 2:00pm | Keynote Speaker Patricia Oliver, Dean of College of Architecture and Design, University of Houston | Century II

2:00pm – 3:00pm | Committee Meetings | Bluebonnet, Camellia, Azalea

3:00pm – 4:30pm | Ritual Workshop (collegiate) | Greenway

4:30pm – 6:30pm| Business Session | Century II

6:30pm – onward | Dinner and the evening on your own


Saturday, March 23rd

7:00am – 8:00am | Breakfast | Greenway

8:00am – 12noon | Business Session | Century II

12noon – 1:00pm | Lunch | Greenway

1:00pm – 2:00pm | Workshop: Chapter Finances (collegiate) | Century
                                                                 Workshop: CEU (alumni) | Camellia
                                                  Workshop: Alumni Involvement | Sam Rayburn

2:00pm – 3:00pm | Workshop: NCARB | Camellia
                                   Workshop: Recruitment (collegiate) | Azalea

2:00pm – 4:00pm |  Workshop: Alumni Forum (alumni) | Sam Rayburn

3:00pm – 3:30pm |  Workshop: Awards & Scholarships | Azalea

3:30pm – 5:00pm | Marketplace | Century I

5:30pm – 6:15pm | Banquet Check-In | Greenway Foyer

6:30pm – 11:00pm | Banquet | Greenway


Sunday, March 24th

9:30am – 10:30am | Grand Council Meeting (open to all) | Sam Rayburn


Keynote: Dean Patricia Oliver

Dean of the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design at the University of Houston.
Dean Patricia Oliver

Patricia Oliver has been dean of the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design since 2010. She also directs designLAB, the professional arm of the college, which is currently involved in master planning for four University of Houston campuses.

Dean Oliver is a graduate of UCLA. She has worked for notable architects such as Frank Gehry and Charles Moore, and she has owned her own firm, OKG (Oliver, Kurze, Georges) Architects, in Los Angeles. She became a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects in 2009 and chaired the 2009 AIA National Convention in San Francisco.

Dean Oliver was honored by AIA Houston Chapter as the ”2018 Educator of the Year.”


Ritual Workshop: Friday

All collegiate members and recent grads are strongly encouraged to review the various portions of The Ritual during this 90-minute workshop. Learn tips on planning and performing the Ritual from both the Worthy Grand Lecturer and members of other chapters. This is an opportune time to re-familiarize yourself with the Ritual before performing it for your chapter initiation in the spring, as well as to ask questions regarding hazing and risk management.

Risa Schoenfeld is Alpha Rho Chi’s current Worthy Grand Lecturer and a Hadrian Chapter alum. She has participated in four new chapter installations as well as a variety of chapters’ initiations. She has also led multiple Ritual/risk management workshops. Risa graduated from Tulane School of Architecture in 2013 and currently works at a mid-sized architecture firm in New York City.


Architecture Firm Tour

10:00am | Page Architecture | link
1100 Louisiana St Suite One

Page Architecture focuses on a multitude of spheres from academic to healthcare. The Houston office has played an active role in the revitalization of Downtown Houston. They have been utilizing an adaptive re-use strategy for major historical landmarks through the city, including one of Houston’s grandest hotels, the Rice Hotel.

1:00pm | Gensler Architecture | link
711 Louisiana St #300

One of the world’s leading collaborative design firms, Gensler practices more than architecture, producing graphic- and interior-design services as well as urban and sustainable strategies. The client comes first during their design process, and they strive to create a better world through innovation and the power of design.

Museum Tour

10:00am | Houston Museum of Fine Arts | link
1001 Bissonnet Street

The Houston Museum of Fine Arts is composed of two buildings: the Beck Building, housing the artwork of various cultures, and the Law Building designed by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, featuring ever-changing collections. The two museums are connected by the Light Inside exhibit, a tunnel designed by James Turrell. Surrounding the MFA are the Cullen Sculpture Garden, the Contemporary Art Museum, and the Glassell School of Art designed by Steven Holl. Hopefully by the time we visit, another work of Steven Holl’s will be completed as an extension to the MFA.

1:00pm | Menil Campus | link
1533 Sul Ross St.

The Menil Campus is home to the most widely visited museum by Renzo Piano, the Menil Museum, hosting a variety of artwork from classical to modern art and featuring special galleries throughout the year. The campus is also home to the Rothko Chapel and another work of Renzo Piano’s, the Cy-Twombly Gallery. Recently completed, the Menil Drawing Institute features an exhibition of modern and contemporary artwork and sits on the edge of the campus. The Institute also lies one block from the Dan Flavin Light Installation at Richmond Hall.

Recruitment Workshop

Learn the various techniques and strategies needed to hold a successful recruitment and the ways to apply them to your own chapter. Conversation starters, common dialogues and how to address them, personal presentation, and examples of what other chapters have successfully done will be some of the topics of discussion during this hour long workshop.

Chapter Finances

Angela N. Crawford, CPA

Angela Crawford will present on financial matters impacting chapters. This will include IRS compliance issues, basic financial practices, and fundraising opportunities and pitfalls. The experience will be interactive, so come armed with any questions you may have.

Ms. Crawford is a senior tax manager at Blue & Co, LLC, focusing on exempt organizations and their compliance and consulting issues. She works with a variety of organizations, including charitable service organizations, foundations, fraternities, social clubs, and business leagues. She currently serves on the AICPA’s Exempt Organization Tax Resource Panel. She has previously served on the Indiana CPA Society’s Leadership Cabinet and various not for profit boards.



NCARB & You: AXP, ARE, & Certification

Patricia Ramallo, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C & HOMES, CPHD Manager, Experience + Education, NCARB

Patricia Ramallo from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) will present on a range of licensure topics relevant to students, licensure candidates, supervisors, architects, and people in the architecture profession. The presentation will review the steps necessary to achieve licensure to become an architect and other programs to get the most out of your career in architecture.

Topics will include:
 Background of NCARB
 The entities involved in the licensure process
 How to progress successfully through the Architectural Experience Program ® (AXP™)
 What to expect with the Architect Registration Examination ® (ARE ® )
 Recent changes to NCARB programs
 Value of the NCARB Certificate

Patricia will remain on-site after the presentation to help address specific questions on an individual basis.

Patricia Ramallo joined NCARB in 2015 as part of the Experience + Education team. Patricia has over 14 years of experience in architectural design, management, and construction administration. She has worked in Michigan, Kentucky and New York on projects ranging from residential and multifamily, to religious, commercial, and mixed-use buildings. Patricia holds a Master of Architecture degree from Lawrence Technological University and is licensed to practice architecture in Argentina, Kentucky, and New Jersey. She is a Certified Passive House Designer and LEED AP ® Homes & BD+C; a member of the American Institute of Architects; and holds the NCARB Certificate for national reciprocity.

Continuing Education (CEU)

HVAC 101

An Introduction for Architects of Typical HVAC Equipment
Brother Brice Ohl

There are many types of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and equipment in use today, and new technologies continue to come online. Although HVAC systems are designed and specified by mechanical engineers, it is critical for other design and construction professionals to have a basic understanding of the types of systems and their uses. HVAC 101 will introduce more than ten types of HVAC systems, provide an overview of their applications, review the pros and cons of each, and cover the ways the systems interact with utilities and other building components.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will be able to distinguish the different types of HVAC systems in common use today.
  • Attendees will look for easy giveaways to identify HVAC systems in the field.
  • Attendees will recognize the required utilities for each type of system.
  • Attendees will understand how each type of system handles ventilation within a space.

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