Austin, TX, December 11, 2018 – The Texas Society of Architects (TxA), the state component of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), is pleased to announce that Connie G. Rivera, AIA, of Corpus Christi has been named its 2019 President-Elect. Rivera, a project architect at WKMC Architects, was elected by chapter delegates voting at TxA’s Annual Business Session, held in Fort Worth this past November.
Rivera will devote much of her year as TxA President-Elect traveling to the Society’s various chapters across the state, meeting with members to learn more about projects and initiatives happening in their areas, as well as the particular challenges that architects face locally and regionally. One of those challenges, and an issue Rivera is especially passionate about, is Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the profession.
“A diverse workforce provides for a broader range of experiences from which to draw solutions,” says Rivera. “However, it has been found that women and minorities often leave the profession due to life challenges. To adequately address the growing concerns of sustainability and social justice in the built environment, we must find ways to support those struggling in their career path to stay in the profession.”
Indeed, service to the profession has been a hallmark of Rivera’s career-to-date, which has been defined by leadership in all levels of the AIA, a three-tiered organization with local, state and national components. Among her various roles, she has served as Associate Director for AIA Corpus Christi (2000-2005); as the chapter’s Executive Director (2008-2011); on the AIA National Task Force for Component Excellence (2009-2011); and as TxA’s Vice President of Advocacy (2018).
TxA’s 2018 President, Mike McGlone, AIA, Principal of Alamo Architects in San Antonio, commented that Rivera’s leadership will bear fruit for years to come: “Connie’s experience at all levels of our organization and her leadership and advocacy for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in our profession will strengthen our relationships to one another and to the communities that we serve.” Rivera will step into the role of TxA President in 2020.
At WKMC Architects, Rivera focuses on project design, program management, and serving as a client representative on large-scale projects. Additional local organizations that benefit from her involvement include the Equine Sharing Program, Junior Chamber of the Coastal Bend, and Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas.
About the Texas Society of Architects
The Texas Society of Architects is a state component of the American Institute of Architects. Founded in 1939, it is one of the nation’s largest organizations for the architectural profession, with 18 regional components and 7,200 members. The Society is headquartered in Austin.
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