Tuskegee and Auburn University unite to host student architecture conference event


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (October 18, 2013) – The Tuskegee University chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students, hosted a keynote presentation at the University Chapel as part of their semi-annual regional conference. Tuskegee University’s chapter is holding the conference in collaboration with Auburn University’s AIAS chapter. The conference began Thursday and will conclude Oct. 20. 

The presentation’s speaker was Kathy Dixon, national president of the National Organization of Minority Architects and principal architect at K. Dixon Architecture PLLC. Dixon shared words of wisdom and advice for the up and coming undergraduate architecture students. She told the audience her story of success as well as gave them of encouragement and influence to help guide the architecture students along their path.

“In order to be successful in this industry, you must stay focused and be resourceful and have a supportive group of people or support system to help you along the journey.” 

Dixon, a graduate of Howard University’s School of Architecture, earned her master’s degree in urban planning at UCLA with a focus on housing and community development. She has since worked on a number of educational facilities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. With more than 19 years as a licensed architect, she has gained work experience that stretches as far as the Federal Aviation Administration and several other Air Traffic Control facilities, to major corporations such as McDonald’s, where she helped in the development of new restaurants, site planning, designing commercial kitchens, and child-oriented play areas. 

Dixon also has been certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Program, and CSI’s certified documents technologist program. 

Dixon’s presentation was in part of the AIAS Fall South Quad Conference. South Quad, meaning its southern region includes: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Puerto Rico. This conference, which occurs once in the fall and spring semesters, was the first conference to be held at a historically black institution. The theme for this semester’s conference was “Connect”, which was used to embrace the connection between Tuskegee University and Auburn University’s AIAS chapters, which helped to maximize and create an unlimited learning experience. 

Dixon said the collaboration taking place during the conference was important.

“In today’s world, little is accomplished without collaboration, or as we refer to in our industry, teaming,” she said.

Story and photos by: David Nixon, Tuskegee University Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

Auburn University students and Tuskegee University students.

Audience at Architecture conference.

© 2013 Tuskegee University

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