Tuesday, December 11, 2018

AIA West Texas - 2018 Design Awards - Announcement

AIA West Txas would like to give a special Thanks to our jury!
Gary Furman FAIA,  Greg Ibanez FAIA, and Brantley Hightower AIA.


A Daycare
Architect: Rhotenberry Wellen Architects

Corporate Employees Center
Architect: Rhotenberry Wellen Architects

Parkside House Renovation
Architect: Rhotenberry Wellen Architects

Sombreada Hasta
Architect: Rhotenberry Wellen Architects


ASU Engineering Lab
Architect: Kinney Franke Architects

Architect: Kinney Franke Architects

AIA West Texas - ARE Prep

For all associate members studying and prepping for the ARE, don't forget to visit AIA here for free access to all AIA Contract Documents. These are a great resource that are helpful for passing the ARE.

Thursday, December 6, 2018


Bart McMurry with Versico Roofing Systems  will be in the Midland office of PSC on January 30, 2019 to discuss PVC Roofing Materials. The presentation will start at 12:00PM. Lunch will be provided by Versico so please be sure to RSVP, by either accepting the email invite or by emailing Emmanuel Castrellon, no later than Monday, January 28th so that our provider can plan for lunch. 

PVC Roofing Materials - Performance, Construction, Functionality - SD116

PVC is one of the most diverse products in the building industry and one of the most misunderstood. This presentation will help to better understand why PVC is one of the most versatile and modifiable thermoplastics. With all the different formulations, types, reinforcements and construction, knowledge of this product type will assist the specifier in creating better specifications.


    1. Attendees of this presentation will learn the history of PVC and learn how truly safe it is to the environmental and building occupants.
    2. Understand how PVC roofing membranes fit within the building code for fire resistance, fit within industry energy programs offering a more sustainable opportunity, and review studies on service life of the material, so the designer is more prepared to discuss PVC options with the building owner.
    3. To learn the about the major different components, such as the thickness, scrim choice, and formula in the manufacturing of PVC roofing membranes and how together they impact on its longevity and performance.
    4. Learn about the latest enhancement option for PVC membranes through the types of plasticizers and how different plasticizers offer a wider range of durability and mitigate issues for applicators and building owners.

    Remember to keep up that continuing education!

    Monday, December 3, 2018


    Tiny Home Design Competition

    On behalf of the AIA West Texas Chapter, we would like to invite the surrounding AIA chapters of Abilene, Amarillo, El Paso, and Lubbock to participate in a Tiny Home design competition on behalf of The Field’s Edge Tiny Home Community in Midland, TX.

    January 2019           Kick off Tiny Home Design Competition

    April 1, 2019           Entries due

    May 12th-Aug 2nd    Finalist Exhibition at Museum of the Southwest in Midland,  TX.

     May 16th                 Exhibition Cocktail and winner announcement

     Entry Fee:                $150

    The main objective of this competition is to afford The Field’s Edge Tiny Home Community with buildable designs for their master plan in housing the chronically homeless population in West Texas. The winning designs of the competition will be of the first set of homes to be constructed in the community!

    The vision of The Field’s Edge is to build a permanent, supportive, Tiny Home community for the chronically homeless population in West Texas. This community will bring up to one-hundred formerly homeless residents of the Permian Basin into the care and support of The Field’s Edge Family. 

    The competition is open to all design professionals, at least one registered architect on each team. Nonrefundable $150 per registered proposal, as many team members per team. Finalists should be able to prepare construction documents in a second phase after competition suitable for city of Midland’s building and permit use. Digital submissions will include necessary elevations, floor plan, at least one full section view, a detailed section view, a render of design proposal, and display of any innovative strategies or systems used. Scaled model not requirement but will contribute to overall presentation display. Examples of finalists and winners of a similar contest held in Austin, TX are provided below. We extend our competition invitation to the public and all participants to a cocktail event on Thursday, May 16th, 2019 at The Museum of the Southwest in Midland, TX. This event will showcase finalists and announce the winning designs, chosen by a jury.