Being an architect in the U.S. offers many perks besides a lifetime working opportunity: I want to spend some words on the AIA (American Institute of Architects) in Houston.
The board actively promotes a vibrant community for architects and engineers through exciting events. This dedicated group of professionals recognizes the importance of nurturing social interactions along with improving technical skills.
The Bowling Summer League
Over the past few months, I have been participating in the AIA Bowling Summer League. As the hot Texan summer sets in, this weekly event creates an atmosphere of friendly competition and lighthearted enjoyment. Engaging in a fun activity like this after a long day at the office is nice. It was my first time bowling, but I didn’t do too badly, and the RDLR team ranked eighth out of 30. A significant improvement from last year’s 22nd place!
Among pizza, snacks, and beer, the Bowling Summer League provides a unique platform for industry peers to exchange ideas, share experiences, and forge connections outside the working environment.
Sand Castle competition in Galveston
The AIA also organizes big annual events: at the beginning of August, I had the chance to join the Sand Castle Competition in Galveston. Such a surprise! Thousands of people working non-stop for hours under the sun to sculpt intricate sand masterpieces.
Firms team up with each other or contractors, pick a theme, prepare the project, and free the imagination. As shovels dig into the sand and buckets are overturned, the beach becomes a canvas for extraordinary creations, some very professional, some others more amateur.
The heat was unbearable this year, but at the end of the day, towering spires, cascading bridges, videogame heroes, and abstract figures emerged from the grains, each structure one of a kind.
RDLR didn’t win, but it was a great day at the seaside to share with my colleagues.
What’s next on the agenda?
The AIA board’s commitment to organizing events beyond the ordinary working sphere enhances community values, allowing individuals to show their skills, learn from one another, and develop a sense of belonging that extends far beyond professional obligations.
Keep reading the upcoming posts to keep getting updates from Houston!