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A Message from the Executive Director: We’re Moving!

I am thrilled to share exciting news about our new home, AD EX, the Architecture and Design Exchange – construction is progressing, and our staff will move in next week! Our leadership, design, and construction teams have poured their hearts into this project, creating an engaging, welcoming, flexible space that will be Dallas’ hub for conversations about design, hosted by AIA Dallas, the Architecture and Design Foundation, and many partner organizations.

Our Grand Opening celebration for the membership is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14, so please mark your calendars and watch for more details soon. While project closeout will continue through November, we plan to begin hosting meetings and programs in our new home’s second floor, the AIA Dallas offices, in October.

AIA and AD EX staff will move in next week and finish out of the second floor will continue through September. During construction completion, meetings and programs will be held at satellite locations, with most meetings scheduled in Republic Center’s conference center. Committee members and event attendees should check our calendar for the latest details. Complimentary valet will be provided to volunteers attending committee meetings; we will validate your parking ticket. While our physical office is temporarily closed to the public, our staff is here to assist you via phone and email – click here for a team directory.

Regular, in-person AIA office hours will resume on the second floor of AD EX on Monday, October 1. Committees and members can look forward to meeting in the space beginning that week. Thank you for your patience during our transition and soft opening.

With the November completion of our facilities in the architecturally iconic Republic Center, AD EX strives to be both the physical place and an even more engaging mechanism for spurring conversation about walkability, mobility, historic preservation, affordable housing, economic development, and other civic challenges related to architecture and urban design that impact the city. As the headquarters for AIA Dallas, AD EX will also serve as a work-away-from-work space and gathering area for our members before their professional development seminars, chapter meetings, happy hours, and other programming. It also provides opportunities for member firms and Dallas architects to showcase their work to the community – stay tuned for more information about our Chapter Gallery. The Foundation will continue its work to encourage the conversation about architecture's impact on our daily lives through walking tours, exhibitions, K-12 programs, scholarships, and other opportunities made possible by our new home.

AD EX is the product of countless volunteer hours as well as generous financial, in-kind, and construction support from our many donors. We are incredibly grateful to all who are helping to bring this project to life.