Hosted by AIA Dallas
Local Contact: Jan Blackmon, FAIA, and Cathy Boldt


Paired with the National Plenary, Dallas based participants will engage in local sessions designed to support attendees as they build skills and learn about leadership in their communities. Panel and workshop-style presentations will demonstrate the different methods of architects leading in one’s community and future opportunities attendees might pursue. 


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The event will take place on Friday, November 18, 2016. The schedule below subject to adjustment. Download a PDF version of the schedule here.

local  hosts

Derwin Broughton, AIA
Derwin currently serves as a Senior Project Architect at KAI Texas. Derwin was a speaker at the AIA Leadership Institute 2015 program in San Antonio, for a panel entitled "young Architects Explore Leadership." As an award winning designer, his entry for the Gus Garcia Park Design Competition in Austin, Texas took top honors. He is an advocate for the inclusion of minorities within the design industry. In 2008 he served as the organizer and moderator for a forum entitled “Closing the Crack:  Recruiting, Retaining and Registering Women and Minority Architects” at the national American Institute of Architects convention in Boston, MA.  He has been identified as an Emerging Leader within the Dallas Chapter of AIA and is a past chairman for their Young Architect’s Forum. Derwin is also the immediate past President of the Dallas Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects.

Peter A. DeLisle, PhD, Hon. AIA Dallas - Moderator
Peter is founder of Educet and the Leadership Design Studio of Dallas. His background in leadership education includes award-winning teaching in architecture, engineering, education and commerce.  He is a member of the executive education faculty at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.  He held the William B. Severns Chair in Human Behavior in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois in Urbana and was a Program Manager for the Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado Springs.  He held the Leslie B. Crane Chair as Professor of Leadership Studies and Director of The Posey Leadership Institute at Austin College. Peter has conducted leadership development programs for more than 300 companies and agencies both nationally and internationally. He has provided support to leadership programs for twenty years, including the national award-winning Emerging Leaders Program for the AIA Dallas for the last six years. He was named an Honorary AIA Dallas member.


Each community faces the challenges presented by history and growth.  Architects are uniquely qualified to offer their community a view that balances preserving what is good from the past and looking forward to potential for the future, offering solutions.  This session will include architects sharing their experiences as leaders in their communities, and the opportunity for attendees to discuss the potential for architects as community leaders.

Betsy del Monte, FAIA
Betsy is the Founding Principal of Transform Global, an organization formed to engage communities through collaboration, advocacy and education, while protecting the environment and natural resources. Betsy’s experience and expertise includes high performance building design, sustainable and resilient community design and fully integrated project delivery. As a registered architect, Betsy has thirty years of architectural practice and sustainability consulting. At the SMU Lyle School of Engineering, she helped create and teaches a Master of Arts degree in Sustainability and Development, as Adjunct Professor. She also serves as the SMU Campus Sustainability Consultant. Betsy is past President of AIA Dallas, and Chair of US Green Building Council North Texas. Betsy has been named a Fellow by the AIA and as a Senior Fellow in the Design Futures Council.


Dan Hart, FAIA, PE
Dan has 25 years of experience in both architecture and engineering and serves as a Firm Principal and Sector Leader for Higher Education at Parkhill, Smith & Cooper. Dan is also a dedicated advocate for the profession. He has served as President of the Texas Society of Architects, Moderator of The American Institute of Architects Strategic Council (the Institute’s national think tank) and numerous other committees advancing architecture in Texas. Dan was also an adjunct instructor of architectural engineering for senior level architecture students at Texas Tech University.


Jeff Potter, FAIA
Jeff has consistently delivered notable design and maintained enduring client relationships since founding the firm in 1983.  Jeff’s belief in design as a shaper of great communities drives his practice.  He is a skilled problem-seeker, having guided numerous school districts and community groups through complex planning processes.  Jeff’s commitment to his profession is evident in his leadership of the American Institute of Architects, serving as President of the Texas Society of Architects in 2004 and elected to serve as President of the American Institute of Architects in 2012.  Jeff’s engagement with legislative advocacy, interstate and international practice and academia afford him an extraordinarily unique practice viewpoint.  He has been a consistent voice for a better built environment in Texas, serving on numerous commissions and task forces.  It is this outward-looking and community-minded spirit that Jeff brings to the benefit of the clients and community.

Andy Moon
Andy is an Associate at Raymond Harris & Associates (RHA) Architects in Dallas. Since joining RHA in 2005, his primary focus has been on the design, pre-production, and entitlement (upfront approval process through the jurisdiction) of projects, working on a variety of retail formats across the U.S.  This means most weeks consist of at least one neighborhood workshop, Planning & Zoning hearing, or City Council meeting.  He also served as Co-Chair of the 2015 AIA Dallas Emerging Leaders Program.  As a participant in AIA Dallas ELP class in 2014, he led the team of architects that tackled the first phase of the Bonton Farms project located in the southeast Dallas neighborhood. The project was the first urban farm Planned Development District approved by the City of Dallas and perhaps one of the only in the State of Texas.

panel: opportunities for community leadership

Community Leaders from the City of Dallas will share their experiences and the opportunities they envision for architects to contribute to the future of their communities.  Are you ready to lead?  Catch a vision and get involved!

Walt Humann, Hon. AIA
Walter has had two simultaneously successful careers in Dallas. One is in business, and the other is in public service. He heads his own firm, WJH Corporation, and has held top management positions in several corporations as well as serving on both corporate and non-profit boards. In his public service career, Humann has the quiet tenacity and perceptive vision to develop private/public partnerships to address pressing urban problems. He has spearheaded significant community improvements in the areas of transportation—reconstruction of North Central Expressway, and creation and implementation of DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit)—education, community and race relations, government reorganization, and urban planning, design, and beautification. Humann has received numerous civic awards, including the 2011 Texas Architects Cornerstone Award and the prestigious Linz Award in 1997 for his leadership.

Macey Small Davis
Macey is the founder and president of The Davis Advocates, LLC, a premier public policy, strategic planning and consulting firm formed in 2009 and located in Dallas. Previously, Macey was the Executive Vice President of Government Affairs for The Real Estate Council, a trade association representing the commercial real estate industry, where she worked closely with the City of Dallas and interested stakeholders to strengthen the political influence of the commercial real estate industry. She also helped establish a statewide coalition of commercial real estate groups, called the Real Estate Councils of Texas, which she chaired during the 81st Texas legislative session.  After forming the Davis Advocates in 2009, the Real Estate Council became her first client and remains a valuable client today. Prior to her tenure with The Real Estate Council, Macey lived in Washington, DC where she held the position as the very first Tax Counsel of Federal Public Policy for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business association. 

Dustin Bullard, ASLA
Dustin is the Vice President of Public Space and Design for Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI). Since joining DDI in March of 2011, Bullard has labored to ensure that every possible public space in the Central Business District (CBD) is well-designed, active and clean. Striving to provide distinguished design and an exceptional pedestrian experience alongside the City of Dallas, independent developers and stakeholders, he adds to Downtown’s sustained success. As a result of hands-on park and event management, street activation strategies and direction of community-led initiatives, Bullard has also helped to cultivate Downtown’s identity. Significant past events include PARKing Day Dallas, CityLights, Homegrown Music and Art Festival, along with various volunteer events in downtown parks like Main Street Garden. A licensed landscape architect, Bullard previously worked in private practice designing parks, trails and open spaces.


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