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Jennifer Briggs

Jennifer Briggs is executive vice president/chief executive officer of the Texas Society of Architects. Briggs joined the organization in June, 2021, and is responsible for leading and managing the TxA staff and fulfilling its mandate to support the Society’s mission to be the voice for Texas architecture, supporting the creation of safe, beautiful, sustainable environments.

Briggs served as the president CEO of the Indiana CPA Society in Indianapolis, IN prior to joining TxA. Throughout her almost 30-year career Briggs has served in a myriad of roles in national and state associations and in an association management and lobbying firm. She has experience in all aspects of association management and cares deeply in the value associations bring to professionals, communities and students.

Briggs earned a degree in marketing from Marian College and an MBA from Butler University. She is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), she is a member of both the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Texas Society of Association Executives (TSAE).

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Mark Ryan

Mark Ryan believes in the experiential power of architecture, and his work is characterized by projects that are civic in nature and personal in their potential for impact. Known for strategic thinking and creative problem solving, his portfolio—which spans from master plans to furniture design and collaborative offices to facilities for rehabilitating troubled kids—contains diverse, award-winning projects that help re-imagine how we work, how we learn, how we play, and how we engage our communities. To wit, his contributions to housing for student-athletes at the University of Kansas and the Johnson County Youth and Family Services Center demonstrate his wide range of capabilities, all anchored in holistic solutions to challenging conditions.In addition to the practice of architecture, Mark is also passionate about education. He has been teaching at Arizona State University and University of Arizona since 2004 and is frequently invited to lecture on his work or as a visiting critic at institutions nationwide. He has served on the AIA Arizona Board since 2012, is the recipient of the Arizona Architects Medal and in 2022 elevated to AIA Fellowship in the design category.Mark received his first degree in architecture from the University of Cincinnati while lettering in intercollegiate athletics, followed by graduate school at the Architectural Association in London on a Foundation Scholarship. After working across the United States and Europe, including many years in private practice, Mark joined TreanorHL’s national architectural practice as a principal in 2019.