Calendar

May
13
Sat
2017
Houston Heights Bicycle Tour @ Heights Branch of the Houston Public Library
May 13 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 am
Houston Heights Bicycle Tour @ Heights Branch of the Houston Public Library | Houston | Texas | United States

This tour explores the original foot print of the Heights, Texas’ and Houston’s first mixed-use community and home to 120 of the 215 National Register of Historic Places listed in Houston. We will look at a wide variety of building types that are historic and original to the area as well as more recent contemporary architecture and discuss how these fit into the context of the neighborhood.

Reservations are required for this tour as attendance is limited.

Attendees need to bring their own bicycle. We encourage everyone to wear a helmet. If you do not have your own bicycle, you can rent a bike from Houston B-Cycle. The closest B-Cycle station is in Stude Park.

Tour will meet at the Heights Branch of the Houston Public Library, 1302 Heights Boulevard. If you drive, we ask that you park in the street and not the library parking lot, it is reserved for library patrons.

May
18
Thu
2017
ArCH WalkingTours
May 18 @ 12:00 am
ArCH WalkingTours

Saturdays (10am) & Thursdays (6pm)

Reservations are recommended but not required for walking tours. Reservations are required for bicycle tours. Limited attendees per tour. Tours depart promptly at the scheduled time. Please arrive early to allow for time to check-in and park. Weather permitting. Tours will take place in moderate rain. Pets are strongly discouraged and are not allowed inside buildings on tours.

Neighborhood walking tours explore the architecture, design, and history of Houston’s urban landscape. Each two hour tour is led by an enthusiastic ArCH trained docent. Tours take place Saturday mornings at 10 AM and select Thursday evenings at 6 PM.. A complete listing of our tours & public programs can be viewed in our online calendar.

We also offer special group tours for corporations, community groups, students, and conferences. If you are interested in a special group tour, would like to be added to our mailing list, or have any other questions, please contact Mat Wolff, mat@aiahouston.org or 713-520-0155.

May
20
Sat
2017
ArCH WalkingTours
May 20 @ 12:00 am
ArCH WalkingTours

Saturdays (10am) & Thursdays (6pm)

Reservations are recommended but not required for walking tours. Reservations are required for bicycle tours. Limited attendees per tour. Tours depart promptly at the scheduled time. Please arrive early to allow for time to check-in and park. Weather permitting. Tours will take place in moderate rain. Pets are strongly discouraged and are not allowed inside buildings on tours.

Neighborhood walking tours explore the architecture, design, and history of Houston’s urban landscape. Each two hour tour is led by an enthusiastic ArCH trained docent. Tours take place Saturday mornings at 10 AM and select Thursday evenings at 6 PM.. A complete listing of our tours & public programs can be viewed in our online calendar.

We also offer special group tours for corporations, community groups, students, and conferences. If you are interested in a special group tour, would like to be added to our mailing list, or have any other questions, please contact Mat Wolff, mat@aiahouston.org or 713-520-0155.

Jun
1
Thu
2017
Disaster Debris Workshops @ H-GAC Conference Room B, Second Floor.
Jun 1 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Disaster Debris Workshops @ H-GAC Conference Room B, Second Floor. | Houston | Texas | United States
Series of Disaster Debris Workshops Set to Begin June 1
To address the need for communities to perform efficient and timely cleanup of disaster debris, H-GAC provides training and resources to prepare local governments for such an event. The 2017 series begins with Changes in Disaster Debris Management from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 1.
 
Discussion points for this workshop will include:
  • Debris 101 – A brief refresher for veterans and an overview for those new to disaster debris.
  • In the News – A look at new policy changes.
  • How big is bad? – New techniques to forecast debris volume and estimate debris damage.
  • Case Studies – A comprehensive discussion of how communities are implementing new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) processes.
Save the date for upcoming workshops:
Disaster Debris in Public Education
Thursday, June 29
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Summer Update from FEMA
Thursday, August 31
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
All workshops will be at H-GAC Conference Room B, Second Floor.
Registration is requested. The workshop is also available via webinar. For more information, contact Erin Livingston at 832-681-2525.

Jun
3
Sat
2017
AIA Sandcastle @ East Beach, Galveston
Jun 3 all-day
31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition @ East Beach
Jun 3 @ 6:30 am – 4:30 pm
31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition @ East Beach  | Galveston | Texas | United States

The 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition will take place on Saturday June 3rd at East Beach in Galveston, TX.

Team registration opens Monday February 6th at 9am. The first 10 teams to  register will receive priority site selection at the Kick-Off Party. Please review the competition rules linked  below under resources prior to registering your team. Please contact 713-261-2175 or mat@aiahouston.org with any questions. We look forward to seeing you on the beach!!

Congratulations to all the 30th Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition Winners:

  • Golden Bucket (1st Place), Kirksey + Metzger  – Finding Gory
  • Silver Shovel (2nd Place), Dow Sandcastlers – SandNuts: Curse You Sand Baron
  • Bronze Shovel (3rd Place), Gensler + Harvey – All Your Junk Are Belong to Us
  • Honorable Mention (4th Place), Team ZCA – Game of Bones
  • Honorable Mention (5th Place), Page-BCI – Slay the Dragon
  • Honorable Mention (6th Place), BGE-HOAR Construction  – The Jungle Book
  • Annual AIA College Challenge, PVAMU-SOA-AIAS  –  Sweeping fluid forms of Beauty. There are 360 degrees so why stick to one.
  • Best Team Signage, cre8 Architects  –  30th Anniversary Labyrinth Movie Tribute to David Bowie
  • Best Team T-Shirt, Kirksey + Metzger – Finding Gory
  • Best Costume,Team ZCA  – Game of Bones
  • The Sydney LeNoir Public Favorite, HDR, Inc. – Little Shop of Horrors
  • Tallest Standing Structure, Dow Sandcastlers – SandNuts: Curse You Sand Baron
  • 30th Anniversary, Whiting-Turner  – 30 Going on 30
  • Best Meme, HKS + JE Dunn  – Look who else is turning 30….it’s-a me, Mario!
  • Best Cinematic, Dow Sandcastlers  – SandNuts: Curse You Sand Baron
  • Houston-centric  , HOK/Tellepsen – Urban Octopus
  • Kidtastic! Disney Edition,  Kirksey + Metzger  – Finding Gory
  • Best Traditional Castle,  Gensler + Harvey – All Your Junk Are Belong to Us
  • Best Architectural Icon, FKP/AEI Sandcastle –  Zaha

See pictures of 2016 Sandcastle winners below and visit Flickr to see ALL sandcastle photos!

The AIA SandCastle Competition is a fund-raising event for AIA Houston and ArCH Foundation as well as one of the top five revenue generating events for the City of Galveston. This year over 60 teams have their eyes and shovels set on winning the prestigious Golden Bucket Award. Firms begin months in advance generating ideas, developing designs, and assigning duties. On the day of the event the teams, stretched along the beach front, meticulously sculpt their piles of sand and work non-stop for five hours.

The judging of the sculptures is rated on originality of concept, artistic execution, technical difficulty, carving technique, and utilization of the site. In addition to the Golden Bucket, awards are given in several categories including Best Traditional Castle, Best Architectural Icon, Kidtastic! – Disney Edition, Best Cinematic, Best Meme and Houston-centric as well as best team t-shirt design, best team signage, best costume, and public favorite. At the end of the day, everyone goes home with memories of a great day at the beach filled with fun, sand, and sun.

The event is underwritten by Thomas Printworks.

Event Day

6:30am Beach opens for teams and sponsors
9:00am Public is encouraged to begin to arrive to watch the competition.
10:00am – 3:00pm Teams compete and build.
1:00pm – 3:30pm Public favorite voting
3:00 – 4:30pm Judging
4:30pm Awards Ceremony
Parking

Parking at East Beach Galveston is $15 cash only collected by the Galveston Parks Board. There is no ATM.  ADDITIONAL PARKING AND SHUTTLE BUSES WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM STEWART BEACH.

There is no Metro bus service, train line, or rapid transit to Galveston or the event. Carpooling is strongly recommended. Allow time for traffic and parking.

Picnic

Feel free to bring your own picnic: be sure to mind the City of Galveston’s rules and regulations governing East Beach.  Visit www.galveston.com/beachparks or call 1.409.762.EAST for more information.  Private team and sponsor tents are not open to the public.

Umbrella Rentals
Reserve your beach umbrella & chairs in advance by contacting Beach Buddies at 409.443.5103.

Pets

Please contact East Beach 1.409.762.EAST or visit www.galveston.com/beachparks with questions about beach rules regarding pets.

Sculptures

Please respect the hard work of our participants by not touching any of the sand sculptures even after the event. Many spectators visit the beach the next day, on Sunday, to view and enjoy the sculptures.

If you are interested in particpating in Sandcastle as a team or sponsor please contact Mat Wolff at mat@aiahouston.org or 713-520-0155.
Congratulations to Debby Joiner for designing the 2016 AIA Sandcastle Logo!

Jun
29
Thu
2017
Disaster Debris Workshops @ H-GAC Conference Room B, Second Floor.
Jun 29 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Disaster Debris Workshops @ H-GAC Conference Room B, Second Floor. | Houston | Texas | United States
Series of Disaster Debris Workshops Set to Begin June 1
To address the need for communities to perform efficient and timely cleanup of disaster debris, H-GAC provides training and resources to prepare local governments for such an event. The 2017 series begins with Changes in Disaster Debris Management from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 1.
 
Discussion points for this workshop will include:
  • Debris 101 – A brief refresher for veterans and an overview for those new to disaster debris.
  • In the News – A look at new policy changes.
  • How big is bad? – New techniques to forecast debris volume and estimate debris damage.
  • Case Studies – A comprehensive discussion of how communities are implementing new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) processes.
Save the date for upcoming workshops:
Disaster Debris in Public Education
Thursday, June 29
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Summer Update from FEMA
Thursday, August 31
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
All workshops will be at H-GAC Conference Room B, Second Floor.
Registration is requested. The workshop is also available via webinar. For more information, contact Erin Livingston at 832-681-2525.

Aug
31
Thu
2017
Disaster Debris Workshops @ H-GAC Conference Room B, Second Floor.
Aug 31 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Disaster Debris Workshops @ H-GAC Conference Room B, Second Floor. | Houston | Texas | United States
Series of Disaster Debris Workshops Set to Begin June 1
To address the need for communities to perform efficient and timely cleanup of disaster debris, H-GAC provides training and resources to prepare local governments for such an event. The 2017 series begins with Changes in Disaster Debris Management from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 1.
 
Discussion points for this workshop will include:
  • Debris 101 – A brief refresher for veterans and an overview for those new to disaster debris.
  • In the News – A look at new policy changes.
  • How big is bad? – New techniques to forecast debris volume and estimate debris damage.
  • Case Studies – A comprehensive discussion of how communities are implementing new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) processes.
Save the date for upcoming workshops:
Disaster Debris in Public Education
Thursday, June 29
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Summer Update from FEMA
Thursday, August 31
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
All workshops will be at H-GAC Conference Room B, Second Floor.
Registration is requested. The workshop is also available via webinar. For more information, contact Erin Livingston at 832-681-2525.

Oct
21
Sat
2017
AIA Houston Home Tour @ Various locations
Oct 21 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Open to the public, the AIA Houston Home Tour showcases the finest residential architecture in the Houston area, as designed by licensed architects. Houses are chosen to showcase a variety of design styles demonstrating that excellence in design is not limited by size or dollars.

The home tour is a nonprofit fundraiser and supports various AIA Houston initiatives throughout the year.

 

Oct
22
Sun
2017
AIA Houston Home Tour @ Various locations
Oct 22 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Open to the public, the AIA Houston Home Tour showcases the finest residential architecture in the Houston area, as designed by licensed architects. Houses are chosen to showcase a variety of design styles demonstrating that excellence in design is not limited by size or dollars.

The home tour is a nonprofit fundraiser and supports various AIA Houston initiatives throughout the year.