2015 Honor Awards

Please join us in congratulating our 2015 Honor Award recipients. Honorees will be recognized at our 76th Annual Convention and Design Expo, which will take place on November 5–7, 2015, in Dallas. They will also be featured in the November/December 2015 issue of Texas Architect. 


Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Honor of Llewellyn W. Pitts FAIA

Bryce A. Weigand, FAIA, Dallas

An award-winning institutional designer, an exemplary leader at all levels of the AIA, and a tireless leader in the community, Weigand has devoted his life to producing worthy buildings and strengthening the profession. His career, propelled by the belief that architecture is a tie that binds together communities and cultures and makes our lives better in the process, has benefitted Dallas and Texas greatly, and his grace, generosity, passion, and sensitivity have earned him the admiration of all who have had the privilege to know and work with him.

Architecture Firm Award


With a team of more than 5,000 professionals spanning 31 practice areas in 46 global locations, Gensler is consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading design firms. It is recognized for its transformational design, exemplary employee practices, and role in helping to redefine architects as change agents for organizations and communities. Gensler’s Texas practice was established in 1972 and has a 43-year history of designing outstanding architecture, promoting the profession, and providing extraordinary service to clients and communities in our state.

Award for Community Service in Honor of James D. Pfluger FAIA

R. Lawrence Good, FAIA, Dallas

Through decades of volunteerism in groups such as Downtown Dallas, Greater Dallas Planning Council, and Uptown Dallas, Good has provided pioneering guidance that has reshaped the city’s urban fabric, transforming its once-lifeless downtown into a vibrant center of activity for residents and visitors alike.

Award for Outstanding Educational Contributions in Honor of Edward J. Romieniec FAIA

Juan Miró, FAIA, Austin

One of UT Austin’s most-highly regarded professors and a founder of one of the leading new architectural voices in the U.S., Miró has inspired generations of students through his talent, dedication, and enthusiasm for teaching, and especially via his highly regarded Studio Mexico program, which has resulted in several published works and articles highlighting his students’ work.

Award for Young Professional Achievement in Honor of William W. Caudill FAIA

Brantley Hightower, AIA, San Antonio

A talented designer, successful educator, gifted writer — and very funny guy — Hightower has distinguished himself as a rising star among his generation of Texas architects. After working with several influential firms, he founded HiWorks in 2012. He has also taught at several Texas schools of architecture and played an influential role at TxA. A prolific writer with more than 50 published articles, Hightower just released his first book, “The Courthouses of Central Texas,” in April.


Associate Member of the Year

Beau J. Frail, Assoc. AIA, Austin

Frail, who received his Masters in 2011, has demonstrated exemplary leadership among emerging professionals and in AIA Austin’s DesignVoice Committee. He has led numerous public interest design charrettes for local nonprofits, including the Community First! Village Tiny Victories competition, and developed several outreach programs promoting the profession. He also regularly presents on these efforts to encourage designers and architects to give back to their communities.

Mentorship Award

Debra J. Dockery, AIA, San Antonio

With a firm culture that methodically nurtures the next generation of architects and a commitment to mentoring that extends beyond her practice, Dockery sets the standard for mentorship in Texas. She is a tireless, selfless advocate on behalf of young professionals, as well as a respected speaker on the IDP and ARE. Dockery has also been involved with NCARB in developing the Practice Management exam.

Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Architecture through the Media in Honor of John G. Flowers Hon. AIA

Bob Borson, AIA, Dallas

Borson’s “Life of an Architect” is the world’s most trafficked individually maintained architectural blog. His witty, perceptive, and often touchingly poignant observations, coupled with his astounding commitment to content creation and reader engagement have made Borson “a true 21st century spokesman for our field.”

Citation of Honor

Klyde Warren Park/Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation, Dallas

This iconic, 5.2-acre deck park built over a recessed eight-lane freeway is a dream come true for Dallas, and an international example of transformative urban design. Created by The Office of James Burnett with Jacobs Engineering, the park was made possible through a public-private partnership led by the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation.

Honorary Membership

Frank H. Sherwood, Fort Worth

An “engineer with the soul of an architect,” Sherwood has for more than 70 years been a key figure influencing the creation of Fort Worth’s most significant architecture, most often by cultivating relationships between influential clients and notable architects. Sherwood served as project director for the Kimbell Art Museum, and has been an invaluable resource on architectural history for authors, filmmakers, and historians.

Scott Lyford, Esq., Galveston
Nominated by AIA San Antonio

A champion of architects in Texas, Lyford dedicated more than half of his 40+-year career to insurance defense of architects and allied design professionals. Now retired, he continues to give generously of his professional time and knowledge as an instructor and advisor on contract negotiations and interpretations.

25-Year Award

Dallas City Hall

Completed in 1978 and designed by I.M. Pei & Partners with Harper & Kemp as the local associate architect, Dallas City Hall was envisioned as an expression of civic pride, confidence, and ambition. The building’s clarity and geometric uniqueness succeeded in helping the city present a forward-looking image, and is as fresh and compelling today as it was when it was first completed.