My Journey Through Licensure Panel Discussion

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August 27, 2020
12:00 PM
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Houston, TX

Brought to you by the Emerging Professionals Committee

Through challenges.  Through set-backs.  Through fear. Through success and licensure!

Join the AIA Houston Associate’s Network for an interactive zoom panel discussion on what it takes to finally pass the ARE’s and get licensed.  Our diverse panel represents the future of architecture and will share valuable information and insight on their personal journey towards licensure, provide helpful tips for navigating the process, and will give us a healthy dose of inspiration.  A Q&A session will provide you with the opportunity to ask your most burning questions!

Meet Our Panel

Qeturah Williams, AIA, NCARB is an Associate and Senior project manager with DLR Group, Inc.

She has built a 15-year career focused on leading innovative, collaborative project teams to meet and exceed client goals. Specializing in K-12 and higher education architecture, she has a diverse portfolio encompassing multiple market sectors that highlights her dedication to all phases of the design and construction process.
A graduate of the University of Houston, Qeturah serves on the TxA Education Outreach Committee; the TxA Continuing Education Committee, and is active in the ACE Mentoring program.

Clayton Fry, AIA has 22 years of design expertise and has been a practicing Architect for over a decade.

Clayton is the Managing Principal of RE:PRACTICE, an interdisciplinary studio that combines design, data, and development to create smart and satisfying solutions for a range of clients who care about their community.

As an educator of Building Systems, Clayton Fry engages the pragmatic forces of building operation to produce sophisticated architecture that positions infrastructure at the intersection of humans and their environments, Clayton holds a Master of Architecture from Rice University and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and has helped produce meaningful buildings in Texas, New York, California and Hong Kong.

Gina Valenzuela, AIA, NCARB, RID is a licensed Architect and Interior Designer in the state of Texas with fifteen years of experience in the architectural field.

Throughout her career, Gina has worked on all design and construction phases of a project, on diverse building types from ground-up architecture to interior architecture. She is currently an Associate and Project Architect at PDR Corp. where she concentrates on Workplace Interior Architecture delivering beautiful yet functional solutions for her clients that include large corporate campuses and corporate offices in the Energy and Financial sectors. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston and has been a member of AIA, RDA and Houston Mod participating in several industry events. She obtained her RA license in 2015.

Sarah Killingsworth, AIA is an Architect working in Educational Architecture in Houston, Texas, and an active member of the AIA and her community.

She graduated from the University of Houston in 2015 with her B. Arch and has been a past board member for the UH Alumni Association and the National Architectural Accrediting Board. She is a member of several committees within AIA Houston, including the Associate Network, Sandcastle Planning, Government Affairs, and the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program. One of her greatest passions is professional growth for the next generation of architects, creating a more sustainable, diverse, and resilient practicing architectural community.

Andrés Mendoza, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, WELL AP is a Master's Degree Candidate at the University of Texas School of Architecture for a Master of Advanced Architectural Design in Sustainable Design. 

Prior to returning to school this fall he worked as a Project Architect and Associate with HOK for 7.5 years in primarily commercial and corporate markets focusing on technical documentation and construction administration, during which time he participated in the ACE Mentoring program.  Andrés received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from UT in 2011 and worked for a year in high-end residential construction prior to joining HOK Houston in 2013.

Alex Morales, Assoc. AIA, EDAC, LEED GA currently works at the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), where he is connecting with industry professionals to bring viable design options in steel for successful projects. 

Prior to joining AISC, Alex worked for several years both in architecture and construction, where he focused on understanding the interdependencies of both disciplines as a strategy to improve his knowledge and practice of design.  Alex is a member of the AIA National Associate’s Committee, AIA National Committee on Design, The Building Enclosure Council, The NASCC Conference Committee, and local service-based organizations.