New Roads for Architectural Engagement

June 10, 2013 — 9 Comments

This coming Thursday, June 13th, I have been invited by the AIA Dallas Associates Committee to participating in their summer series called “Architecture on Tap.” This is a casual panel format conversation that anybody can attend and this one takes place at ‘The Mason Bar‘. Basically a handful of people sit in front of a bunch of other people and we all drink beer and talk about something – in this case, our topic will be ‘New Roads for Architectural Engagement’. The entire summer series is focused on the tools of the next generation of architects and I have been asked to participate in the one that will focus on digital engagement.

These events are really a lot of fun and all sorts of different sorts of people turn out – not just architects. Anybody who might be interested in drinking a few beers while listening to what the panelists have to say is welcome – or ask your own questions to get at the heart of what you want to know. You can also just come by and say hello – that would also be cool.

I have included the poster, as well as the information as published by AIA Dallas Associates Committee regarding the event below – I hope to see you there. You can click on the poster to register in advance



Register to attend - 'New Roads for Architectural Engagement'

Join us for our second installment of Architecture on Tap where we will focus on the successes of social media in architecture and exploring “New Roads”. Our panelists, Bob Borson, Andrew Hawkins and Jonathan Brown will be exploring this past decade’s digital phenomena in detail. Conversations will expand beyond 140 characters, and hashtags will NOT be added to the end of every sentence. Mr. Borson’s blog which has connected many people all over the globe will be talked about as well as the gravitas that twitter can bring to any designer’s voice. Drinks and light appetizers will make this #AoT #unforgettable #whatAREhashtags



Architect Andrew Hawkins

Andrew Hawkins, AIA
Hawkins Architecture

Andrew has owned and operated his own firm, Hawkins Architecture, Inc since mid 2006. The practice is multi-disciplinary but has a focus on education and municipal projects across the state of Texas. Andrew is involved at all levels of practice and pushes his firm to embrace technology at every level.


Architect Jonathan Brown

Jonathan Brown, AIA
JHP Architecture/Urban Design

Jonathan is a lead designer and senior associate at JHP Architecture/Urban Design and has worked on a myriad projects in the hospitality, multi-family, and mixed-use urban infill sectors both locally and internationally. Jonathan is in charge of schematic design, focusing in on developing the firm’s design innovation, and managing the integration of digital techniques and technologies into JHP’s work-flow.


Architect Bob Borson

Bob Borson, AIA
Life of an Architect

This is me … and despite the fact that I asked the other panelists to send me a few sentences about themselves, it feel really stupid doing it for myself on my own blog. I’ll leave it with this – I’ve been doing this for a while now and I have some opinions about digital engagement.


Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Mason Bar
2701 Guillot Street
Dallas, TX 75204

Registration Costs:
Payment in Advance:
$10 Members
$15 Non Members

At the Door:
$15 Members
$20 Non Members

*Light appetizers and drinks included in ticket price.



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  • Sushma Gupta

    Its a really nice post. I am very impressed while reading your blog. It seems more valuable and important for me while reading. Thanks a lot for posting.

  • Joe

    Well… I promised I’d quit “trolling” and would leave a comment.. haha… Enjoyed meeting you this evening… and enjoyed the event. The views expressed by the 3 of you in regards to social media etc was interesting to hear. Congrats on your next move!

  • Mark R. LePage

    That sounds like a good time. Wish I lived closer : )

  • Jeanine H

    LOL ohh Bob, if I could only be a fly on the wall that evening! Please, indulge us in reports in a post from that night. All jokes aside, sounds like a great opportunity for all! J9;)

    • I don’t think I’ll be taking notes (unless it’s on cocktail napkins…)

      If anything super-duper happens, maybe I’ll talk about it 😉

  • Marc Edwards

    I think that this is a great idea! It is giving something very useful back to local Architects at a relatively inexpensive price. I wish our local chapter of the AIA would put on an event like this.

    • This was initiated by the Associates committee (a year or two ago I believe) and was a really popular event. It is very casual and one very positive side effect was that it created an opportunity for associates to get together, socialize and network. I would recommend this format for similar AIA groups everywhere.

      • Marc Edwards

        Agreed, sometimes I feel that there is a tension between the AIA and the local Architects who rely on there services. I think this would be a great opportunity for that to change.