Heine named architecture officer

Heine Heine BRENHAM – Thorndale native Darren Heine was recently elected president of the Brazos Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Brazos).

Other new officers include: Eva Read-Warden, AIA, president elect; Elizabeth Price, AIA, treasurer; Steven Schloss, AIA, secretary; Thomas Upchurch, A I A, TSA director; and JP Grom, AIA past-president.

Founded in 1952, AIA Brazos has served architects and the community for over 50 years. The Chapter territory covers a great portion of central Texas including Brazos, Burleson, Washington, Grimes, Madison, Falls, Robertson and Milam counties.

As President, Heine, a 1987 graduate of University of Texas at Austin, will lead the executive committee in ongoing efforts for the Chapter, which serves more than 60 members in the Brazos Valley area. He has been a member of AIA Brazos for 22 years, previously serving as Treasurer and President Elect. This year’s goal for the chapter’s membership includes increasing the visibility of the architectural profession to the general public.

“For many people, the architectural profession is not understood. Most of the general public have not frequented an architectural office, or worked with an architect. Because of this fact, architects can make themselves more visible and approachable as a profession by becoming involved in the community, educating the public on what architects do, and demonstrating their value in the design of the built environment,” Heine states. “We design and shape our buildings, then that environment shapes the people that use it. Architecture is one of t he most influentiaand rewardi ng professions that effects people in the way they live, work and play.”

O ne c ommunity program recently instituted by the chapter is the Architecture in the Schools prog ram whereby Chapter volunteers work w ith local fourth grade classes, giving the students the opportunity to experience and understand their built environment, how it is created, and the contributions that architects and others make to its original design and later improvement. The fourth grade students at Brazos Christian School in Bryan and First Baptist Church School in Brenham are the first schools to participate in this six-week program. The program will culminate in each class designing and producing a model of a neighborhood.

AIA Brazos volunteers representing member firms, The Arkitex Studio, BRW Architects, BBA Architects, and Upchurch Architects are participating in the program. Class sponsorships are provided by firms and other interested parties. This inaugural year’s classroom sponsors for the spring semester are the CRS Center in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M and BBA Architects, LP.

A listing of members, chapter publications, state and national organizations, as well as a link to The Shape of Texas radio program of architecturally signifi cant places in Texas can be found on the chapter website at www.aiabrazos.org.

Heine is a Senior Project Architect for BBA Architects in Brenham. He has also served on the City of Brenham’s Board of Adjustments and Appeals for 15 years, and has served on the board of the Brenham Heritage Museum.

He is a member of First Baptist Church, Brenham. He and wife Dayna have three children, Zach, Elise, and Chase, and a grandson, Chance.

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