American Institute of Architects & Schools of Architecture
Ms. Walz is an Honorary Member of the Texas Society of Architects and an Honorary Member of AIA Dallas and AIA Fort Worth. She is a member of the Advisory Council for the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture Foundation, the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University of Texas at Arlington’s School of Architecture and of the Program Advisory Committee for the University of Texas at Arlington’s City and Regional Planning Program.
American Planning Association & Affiliated Organizations
Ms. Walz is active in the American Planning Association (APA) and the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). She was inducted into the College of Fellows of AICP in 2006, recognition that denotes individuals at the highest level of the profession.
As President of the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association from 2001 to 2003, she represented Texas planners among the national leaders of the profession. Her tenure as TexasAPA President was marked by practical improvements, innovative research and effective collaboration. The use of stream-lined electronic agenda materials has allowed TexasAPA Board and Executive Committee meetings to be shorter and focused on important policy decisions. A first-ever opinion survey of Texas voters gauged citizen attitudes statewide regarding planning and growth issues. Seven ‘action teams’ of statewide leaders were convened to recommend ways for TexasAPA to more effectively serve African-American, Hispanic and Asian communities and to relate to children, seniors, community and other professional organizations. Ms. Walz and the President of the Texas Society of Architects initiated the Presidents’ Council, a group including the Texas Presidents of the American Planning Association, Texas Society of Architects, American Society of Landscape Architects, American Society of Civil Engineers, Texas Downtown Associations, Preservation Texas, the Urban Land Institute and the Council of Economic Development Professionals. This Council meets quarterly and has already led to enhanced communication and collaboration among the professionals involved with shaping Texas communities.
Ms. Walz was the Conference Chair for the TexasAPA 2000 Conference, held in Dallas in November 2000. This conference was highly successful, with approximately 700 participants, nationally-recognized speakers and over 70 workshops, tours and sessions; many attendees rated it “the best ever”. Other past service with TexasAPA includes terms as Chapter President-Elect, North Central Texas Section Director and member of the Educational Foundation.
Ms. Walz is one of only six professionals featured in the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning’s guide, “Choosing a Career in Urban and Regional Planning”, the publication used to encourage students to seek planning degrees.
Ms. Walz has served on a variety of organizational committees for APA. She served on the 2003 Nominating Committee for the American Planning Association and on the 2007 Nominating Committee for the Texas Chapter’s FAICP Nominations. In addition, she is a member of the AICP National Ethics Committee and the APA Values & Benefits of Planning Task Force.
In 2007, the American Planning Association decided to create a “Policy Guide” on climate change, which will serve as the policy direction for the organization as it communicates with federal and state legislatures, and for planners nationwide as they work with communities and clients. Ms. Walz was asked to serve on the Steering Committee for this effort and to Co-Chair the task force developing recommendations related to Land Use.
After developing the land use section of this policy draft, Ms. Walz was one of the small team of leaders who reviewed, revised and edited the overall document. This Policy Guide will be considered by the APA Delegate Assembly in April 2008.
Collin County Community College District, Texas
Strategic Community Solutions presented a key session at the 2006 Collin County Economic Summit focused on the issues facing ‘aging’ suburban communities and strategies to respond to the underlying economic issues.
Envision Central Texas
Envision Central Texas is the non-profit organization addressing growth in the five-county region centered on Austin, Texas. The organization’s annual awards program recognizes outstanding projects that exemplify the principles contained in the “Envision Central Texas” document.
Ms. Walz served as a member of the jury for the 2007 Envision Central Texas awards program. In 2008, Envision Central Texas invited Ms. Walz to chair the jury for the Envision Central Texas awards. The jury of national leaders considered almost 50 applications and awarded recognition in five categories.
Greater Dallas Planning Council
Ms. Walz served as President of the Greater Dallas Planning Council in 2004 and 2005. This civic organization provides a forum for discussion and an advocate of regional planning issues among civic leaders, design professionals and interested citizens. A key activity underway as part of her presidency was the presentation of a highly-successful symposium series in fall 2004 focused on the issues of the Dallas area’s “First Ring Suburbs”.
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy/Sonoran Institute Joint Venture
The Joint Venture invited Ms. Walz to participate in a national working conference addressing climate change in February 2008. As part of a small group of leaders in the community of researchers and practitioners, Ms. Walz presented information and participated in discussions on the relationship between land use and climate change, emerging research and best practices in this field.
Other Civic Organizations
Ms. Walz is a Board member of the Trinity Commons Foundation and a member of North Central Texas Council of Government’s Center of Development Excellence Steering Committee. She is an Associate Member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and a member of The Dallas Assembly and the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. She is a past President of the Easton Place Homeowners’ Association.
Planners and Politics
Ms. Walz is featured in the Planners Press book, “Planners and Politics”, which profiles her career and her role in The Dallas Plan.