14 Texas Architects Elevated to Fellowship in 2015

Chuck Armstrong, FAIA

AIA Dallas

Chuck Armstrong is a national leader in the design of large public projects emphasizing a sense of place and the well being of the user. Such award-winning projects include the headquarters for MCI and Exxon, and the new Parkland Hospital in Dallas, the largest public hospital in the U.S. Armstrong is also recognized for landmark airport terminal designs lauded for their way-finding clarity and use of natural light, which he’s created for some of the country’s largest aviation destinations. For the last 17 years, he has served as design director for Corgan, and his leadership has significantly elevated the firm’s profile as a national leader in aviation, corporate office, and educational facility design, allowing the firm to expand internationally.

H. Hobson Crow III, FAIA

AIA San Antonio

Informed by an academic background in social and cultural history, Hobson Crow's body of work reflects a passion for place and the elements of identity. Notable achievements include leading the design team for the nationally recognized Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, a model of sensitive site development, and a series of projects culminating in the Old Enfield House and Hill Country Ranch Headquarters. Crow has also made significant contributions to several major urban design projects in China, including a 300-acre mixed-use development in the vicinity of the UNESCO World Heritage City of Lijiang in Yunnan Province. He is currently a lead designer and senior consultant for Overland Partners.

Rick del Monte, FAIA

AIA Dallas

Rick del Monte has made a major impact on the industry by transforming the delivery of design-build projects to emphasize design excellence. He has accomplished this by merging a regional architecture firm with a national construction company to recreate The Beck Group as a design-focused integrated firm. Mr. del Monte, who serves as the company's chief design officer and managing director, has shared his experience at the national level as co-chair of the AIA Center for Integrated Practice, chair of the Project Delivery Knowledge Community, and a founding member of the DBIA Design Excellence Council, as well as at the university level, where he is involved as a teacher, critic, and lecturer.

Steve Ellinger, FAIA

AIA Abilene

A long-time leader on the state and national stage, Steve Ellinger has advanced legislation and policies that protect and elevate the profession, reduced regulatory bureaucracy of practice, and strengthened architects’ standing in the public sphere. As chair of the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners from 2000 to 2004, he aligned the state’s continuing education requirements with AIA's, helped to put in place the first legal means to sanction unlawful practitioners in Texas, and formed the Joint Practice Committee, which was essential to ultimately resolving a decades-long fight between Texas architects and engineers over the parameters of their professional practices. Ellinger is the vice president of CADCO Architects-Engineers.

Paul Homeyer, FAIA

AIA Houston

From his earliest days in architecture, Paul Homeyer has concentrated his passion and expertise on preservation and adaptive reuse, and as Houston becomes more interested in restoring historic structures rather than tearing them down, he has led the way. Homeyer has served on numerous teams documenting and restoring Houston’s historical buildings and neighborhoods, including the Fourth Ward Cottage, Julia Ideson Library, Downtown Historic District, and Sam Houston Park. At Gensler, he founded a firmwide historic building group that has allowed the company to position itself as a nationally recognized firm in the practice of historic preservation.

Robert Jackson, FAIA

AIA Austin

By layering nature into all of his designs—even in the urban environment—Robert Jackson creates buildings that become living systems, weathering and changing as they adapt to and interact with their place in the world. He often employs ancient astronomy tools and meridian lines in his work to create modern-day expressions of our relationship to the earth, sun and moon. Among his more than 30 design awards are the 2006 AIA/CAE National Award for Educational Facilities and 2006 AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Building, which he received for the Warren Skaaren Environmental Learning Center at Westcave Preserve. 

Ted Charles Kollaja, FAIA

AIA Dallas

A principal at Gensler, Ted Kollaja has made a lasting impact in his community and the profession through leadership in charitable, educational, and AIA initiatives. Notable achievements include guiding the architectural component of the City of Dallas’ downtown parks plan, establishing the Dallas ISD’s Summer Leadership Academy in a once-closed inner city school, and engaging the Gensler Dallas office in “The 1%” pro bono program, an example that spread to the firm’s 47 locations. Kollaja was also instrumental in the creation of the Dallas Center for Architecture, and his tireless and decisive leadership through several critical years at AIA Dallas twice earned him the chapter’s President’s Medal.

Harry A. Mark, FAIA

AIA Dallas

Harry Mark has uniquely crafted a career spanning different areas of expertise and advancing the international multidisciplinary influence of architecture. For more than two decades, he has served as the senior architect at the Aphrodisias archaeological excavations, where he continues to explore new technologies and methods in the documentation and reconstruction of antiquities. He is also an acclaimed architectural graphic designer who has transformed difficult user experiences in buildings by employing unexpected graphic interventions to add clarity and organization. In addition, Mark founded the print and online publication “Architype Review,” which features interviews that bring the architect’s voice to a broad audience and speak to the importance of architectural influences around the globe.

Gary S. Owens, FAIA

AIA Houston

Gary Owens, a senior principal for FKP Architects, is a pioneer in the practice of healthcare architecture. His work encompasses award-winning and precedent-setting hospitals, cancer treatment centers, and intensive care units across the U.S. and overseas. Owens employs evidence-based design to measurably improve patient wellbeing, staff efficiency, and safety through planning, programming, and design. Notable projects include the Children’s Hospital of Orange County in California, LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, and Golisano Children’s Hospital Emergency Center in Florida. In 1998, Owens was one of the first 100 architects in the U.S. to be asked to join the American College of Healthcare Architects.

James Marion Singleton IV, FAIA

AIA Brazos Chapter

Drawing on the experience of a career focused on publicly funded educational facilities—he has completed hundreds of school projects in over 90 school districts in the state—James Singleton has time and again volunteered his special brand of hands-on presence, gift of persuasion, and design capability to support community groups and cultural institutions facing funding challenges. His pro bono work has brought three museums and a regional arts center into existence and saved an iconic motion picture theater that has kept a downtown revival effort energized. He has also master-planned and broken ground on a park to honor veterans from all U.S. military conflicts.

Kirk Teske, FAIA

AIA Dallas

Kirk Teske’s sharp focus on sustainability is his hallmark, both in his firm, HKS, and in the community. He was one of the first AIA|Dallas chairs of the Committee on the Environment, founding chair of North Texas chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, and a member of the task force on adopting LEED rating for all Dallas public facilities. He also personally encouraged and led HKS to a higher awareness of sustainability in the profession and created opportunities for partners to become LEED accredited. In recognition of his efforts, Teske was named the company’s first chief sustainability officer; he was also recently announced as a LEED Fellow.

Steven Land Tillotson, FAIA

AIA San Antonio

Steven Tillotson, principal of Muñoz and Company, has spent most of his life investigating the natural character and human experience in the bicultural landscape of San Antonio and the South Texas Borderlands. He is an advocate for a participatory design process and has figured prominently in his firm’s evolution of a mestizo vernacular. Notable works include the San Antonio Convention Center Expansion, La Lomita Chapel Restoration, and numerous projects for school districts in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Tillotson also served as urban consultant on the Imagine Brownsville Comprehensive Plan, using design to resolve conflicts and allow for the future transformation of the Border Fence into a secure but more economically and ecologically beneficial environment.

David F. Trevino, FAIA

AIA Dallas

A leader with over 35 years of experience in private practice, construction management, and government, Trevino has led an evolution of how municipal public architects function by enacting new standards and procedures that have resulted in an integrated building cycle approach that maximizes the use of public funds. He has also created and widely disseminated a new approach to selecting sustainable sites and matching the best-qualified A/E firms to projects, resulting in greatly enhanced design quality and projects best suited for their community environments. Through Trevino's leadership, design awards and LEED certifications for City of Dallas projects have increased over 300% over the last three years.

Alfred Vidaurri, Jr., FAIA

AIA Fort Worth

Through his leadership with TBAE, NCARB, and NAAB, Alfred Vidaurri Jr. has created alternate and expedited paths to licensure, achieved far-reaching and beneficial regulatory changes, and strengthened academic accreditation requirements to remove impediments and open the doors for a robust, more globally connected profession. A principal at Freese and Nichols, he was appointed to TBAE in 2004 and named chair in 2008. Among his many contributions are his establishing TBAE as a permanent, semi-independent state agency, making it self-sustaining and revenue-generating for the first time, and his role in crafting the “Peace Accord” between Texas architects and engineers. He also responded to a changing, globalized profession by being instrumental in the implementation of the Broadly Experienced Architects and Broadly Experienced Foreign Architects programs, which opened doors for U.S. architects to secure registration across states and for international architects’ credentials to be recognized across states and countries.

The 2015 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the AIA National Convention and Design Exposition, taking place in Atlanta on May 14-16.