David Rodriguez, Assoc. AIA
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A Message from 2015 AIA Dallas President Bob Bullis, AIA

Several weeks ago (January 9th) I posted a note titled Mobility - Where’s This Bus Going? Well, I figured it out. We are going to Austin for Advocacy Day on Tuesday, February 10th. Organized through Texas Society of Architects, we send 50 -75 representatives from Dallas to Austin to meet with our legislators. Each of the other chapters meet us there and we march through the halls of the State Capitol advocating for the profession and the built environment. AIA Dallas provides the bus (free of charge)—we need for you to be on it. Sign up here.

When we attended the session in 2013, three UTA students attended with us. They were Eddie Castaneda, Paloma Rodoriguez, and Connor Pierce. I have asked Conner to share his thoughts on that experience with you:

"As a student, I was very grateful to be part of conversations with legislators during the last Advocacy Day.  Students and young interns often feel they have little exposure or involvement in affecting decision making locally and statewide. In that regard, this event is extremely important—it helps send a message to policy makers that we are unified in our efforts. We ALL have a voice, and it’s OUR profession. State legislators need to know that members of all ages share concerns about our communities and the climate for current and future architects in Texas."