Events and Education

SDA IS AN ORGANIZATION WITH A SINGULAR FOCUS ON THE INDIVIDUAL. We ensure that we extend value and support to our members. Beyond the website resources, we offer continuing education opportunities, leadership experience and industry specific tools that the SDA provides, we are most importantly a network of peers.

  Canstruction 2018

Canstruction 2018

CANSTRUCTION HOUSTON - RANKS 1ST IN THE USA AND 2ND IN THE WORLD FOR MOST FOOD DONATED TO FOOD BANKS IN 2017

Canstruction Houston 2018 event kicked off on May 25, 2018. Build Day is November 3rd at City Centre. If interested in becoming a team, visit the website at www.canstruction-houston.com and find out more information. Call for Entry and Registration form is located under TEAMS tab.

Canstruction, Inc. is a national charity of the design and construction industry created by the Society for Design Administration. For millions, each day begins and ends with the anguish of hunger. Canstruction, a charity sponsored by the design and construction industry, is determined to end this suffering. Canstruction is a design/build competition showcasing the talents of design and construction industry professionals and students they mentor. At events held around the world, teams are given just nine hours to defy expectations, logic and gravity as they build fantastic Cansculptures from thousands of cans of food. Driven by the knowledge that their Cansculptures will change lives – by lifting the spirits of those in need, by raising public awareness, and most importantly, by filling the shelves of local food banks – dedicated volunteers in a variety of categories bring their creations to life. During the next week, the super-sized masterpieces are judged in a variety of categories as these unconventional art exhibits are opened to the public, the cost of admission – just one can of food.

Canstruction uses one can as a catalyst for change. One can to represent the building blocks of these massive can-sculptures. One can to prove that every act of kindness makes a difference. Through the generosity of volunteers, celebrity judges and members of the community, Canstruction has contributed millions of pounds of food to community food banks – demonstrating that we can win the fight against hunger. One CAN make a difference. One CAN at a time.  Houston held its first Canstruction event in 1995. It grew quickly from a few professional teams to both a student and professional competition that raised more than 100,000 pounds of food. After a brief hiatus in 2003 and 2004, the competition restarted in 2005 and continues on the tradition with a dedicated Board of Directors and committee.

  July 2018 Virtual Meeting - Transformational Leadership

July 2018 Virtual Meeting - Transformational Leadership

We’ll briefly review the 4 most widely accepted leadership styles and then take a deep dive into Transformational Leadership.  Transformational leadership is often identified as the single most effective style.  Some of the key characteristics of this style of leadership are the abilities to motivate and inspire followers and to direct positive changes in groups.  We’ll examine the 4 ‘I’s of Transformational Leadership and look at real world examples.  This program will be filled with lots of good take-aways and help each participant reach their own leadership potential. 

Our presenter will be Sarah Wallace, CDFA, LEED Green Associate.  Sarah is the Controller with the firm of Surber Barber Choate + Hertlien Architects in Atlanta, Georgia.

  Relationships in a designer's world 2018

Relationships in a designer's world 2018

Katrina Ramirez has been a project accountant n the Architecture/Design Industry for over 18 years and spent 12 of them at Gensler's Houston office. She considers herself an adopted Houstonian, having lived in Houston for almost 20 years, but she is a Midwestern girl at heart. she was born and raised in Jefferson City, Missouri and left to Atlanta, Georgia to attend Spelman College. She graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics and a Minor in Dance. Upon graduating, with no real plans in mind, she came to Houston and planted her roots. She has been married for 16 years and enjoys being a mom to her three sons, ages 14, 13 and 8. Accounting may be her profession, but she enjoys the arts and embraces opportunities that allow her to explore her creativity.