Throughout the year I have referenced folks outside of El Paso who are making impacts in the architectural community. At this point I think it is necessary to also reference Architects that are making an impact in our own community.
ExCom’s Event Coordinator, Michael Stills, reached a new high for fundraising for our annual golf tournament. And because of recent efforts by Bruno Vasquez and Jorge Loya, previous Event Coordinators, the El Paso Architectural foundation has the opportunity to look at increased endowments with the State and increased opportunities for area scholarships.
Jorge, ExCom Secretary, has also been working with area Universities, both in El Paso and Juarez, to promote AIAS memberships and mentor students in the Architectural Colleges. We have to also thank Bruno, ExCom Treasurer, for revitalizing Archtober. Mostly due to him, we have had a successful three year run of an events filled Archtober.
Paulina Lagos, ExCom VP, raised over $13,000 at this year’s Design Awards; of which $6,250 went to AIA Associates and area Architecture students to assist in their pursuit of either license or degree. And President Elect, Renee Jimenez, is now spear heading a group to get the TxA Convention back to El Paso.
El Paso is fortunate that they do not have to look too far to find great Architects. I am fortunate to have been on a board with those mentioned above. If in the past you have participated in El Paso Chapter events and boards, continue to do so. If you have not participated, then 2018 is a great time to start.
Rene Melendez AIA
AIA El Paso - President