Earlier this month, RVi’s own Chris Lalich joined several other AEC industry leaders as a panelist for the RISE UP for Equality event.  Hosted by the Austin UP Club and Equality Texas, the event focused on LGBTQ+ experiences in the architecture, design, and planning fields.  Additional panelists included Emily Little of Clayton & Little Architects, Awais Azhar of HousingWorks Austin, and Sarah Wassel of Matt Fajkus Architecture.  The event was moderated by Katie Coyne of Asakura Robinson.

“It was an honor to participate alongside this awesome group of professionals in our industry.  I enjoyed sharing my own personal experiences, as well as hearing from others about how being LGBTQ has influenced their careers,” Chris said.  Chris is a licensed landscape architect and Director of Operations at RVi.

The UP Club is a monthly social gathering aimed at bringing together architects, landscape architects, planners, designers, and other allied professionals for an informal happy hour.  For more information, check out their Facebook page.