On Friday, February 12, the American Institute of Architects announced the newest members of its prestigious College of Fellows. Only about 3,200 of AIA's more than 88,000 members hold this distinction. Congratulations to the 149 individuals elevated to Fellowship this year, including the following 11 Texas Society of Architects members recognized in 2016.
James Brady, FAIA
In his 45-year career in education as architect, planner, and advocate, Jim Brady, FAIA, has created exemplary student-centered learning environments, championed best practices and stakeholder engagement that keep learning at the forefront of the planning and design process, and transformed organizational and leadership development nationwide. He has led the educational facilities studio of Page and served as executive director of America's Schoolhouse Council, associate executive director of the Texas Association of School Boards, and international president of the Council of Educational Facilities Planners International.
Jeffrey Brown, FAIA
Jeffrey Brown, FAIA, principal of Powers Brown Architecture, is a leading advocate and nationally recognized authority on the design application of tilt wall technology. He has explored the possibilities of this building method for nearly two decades, creating a body of influential research, as well as tools and metrics to support new market acceptance. His innovative designs have garnered numerous awards from AIA and the Tilt-Up Concrete Association, and he generously shares his wealth of knowledge as an instructor, lecturer, and author. His book "Tiltwallism: A Treatise on the Architectural Potential of Tilt Wall Construction," was published in 2014.
Lawrence Connolly, FAIA
Lawrence Connolly, FAIA, has transformed the architecture of animal shelter design by bringing these buildings out of the shadows and creating bright, thoughtfully programmed, conscientiously designed facilities that contribute directly to the quality of care of the animals, create efficiencies for challenging operations, increase the number of visitors, and ultimately encourage pet adoption. His practice, Connolly Architects & Consultants, has helped more than 100 animal shelter clients in 24 states improve the effectiveness of animal welfare. The Bexar County Humane Society, for which he served as shelter design consultant, received a Business Week/Architectural Record Award in 2004.
Ernesto Cragnolino, FAIA
The work of Ernesto Cragnolino, FAIA, seeks out and engages conflicts that are intrinsic to a project's individual circumstances. His architecture occurs at the site of conflicting desires, such as where the desire for view and natural light conflicts with the need to protect from the sun, or where the desire for lightness conflicts with the requirements of structure. His buildings also embrace subtlety and nuance, elevating direct corporeal experience of the space over visual expression. Cragnolino's designs have earned him 22 local and regional AIA awards, and four national awards. He is a partner at Alterstudio Architecture and was an adjunct professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture from 2003 through 2011.
Charles H. Griffin, FAIA
Charles H. Griffin, FAIA, a senior principal and studio leader at WHR Architects, has spent 37 years advancing the practice of healthcare architecture. He is one of the founding members of the American College of Healthcare Architects, helping to establish certification standards for its members. He is also a longtime leader of the Academy for Architecture for Health whose contributions have enhanced the position of the organization in the industry. At WHR, Griffin plays a pivotal role in management of some of the firm's landmark hospital projects, and he regularly shares his knowledge, experience, and dedication to research and evidence-based design with clients, colleagues, and students.
Frederick Perpall, FAIA
As CEO of The Beck Group, Fredrick Perpall, FAIA, has transformed the 103-year-old company by focusing on the importance of design and the role of the architect in an integrated process. He established Beck's first regional architecture practice and led design teams for clients such as Duke University, General Services Administration, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has also harnessed the leadership skills honed in practice to improve communities through civic leadership and mentoring of at-risk youth in roles such as public advocate and member of the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, founding board member of Impact Dallas Capital, and board member of the Atlanta Center for Creative Inquiry.
Phillip Reed, FAIA
Phillip Reed, FAIA, a partner at Cotera+Reed Architects, has spent much of his career creating a more sustainable, healthy, affordable central Austin. He has designed and managed major public and private projects, such as Austin's New City Hall and the I-35 Makeover Project. He has also helped to broaden the definition of public architecture to include environments and infrastructure while shaping long-range public policy that is a model for communities across the country. A long-time member of the Austin Design Commission, Reed was instrumental in writing the Downtown Design Guidelines and expanded Urban Design Guidelines, as well as a member of critical task forces focusing on density bonus programs, transit-oriented development, and residential regulations.
Jeffrey Stouffer, FAIA
Jeffrey Stouffer, FAIA, a principal at HKS, has transformed the pediatric health facility design process — and his firm — through the integration of lean project delivery principles that add value by eliminating waste and fostering innovation. He has changed the way care delivery is supported architecturally by involving families in the design process and integrating evidence-based design principles to reduce stress and improve safety, sustainability, and patient satisfaction, all while lowering operational costs for hospitals. He has also implemented these processes at HKS to improve operational outcomes firmwide in project delivery, business functions, and human resource integration. Stouffer has received more than 20 awards for his pediatric and academic projects, including the Seattle Children's Hospital Expansion.
R. Craig Williams, FAIA, Esq.
As both an attorney and architect, Craig Williams, FAIA, Esq., works tirelessly against strong odds to equalize risk appropriately and to defend architects nationally with sound legal advice. The Managing Uncertainties and and Expectations in Building Design and Construction research study, conducted and published by Dodge, which helped establish guidelines for the standard of care of the architectural profession in a reasonable and fair metric, was his brainchild, and he actively participated as legal advisor on the project. Williams is chief legal officer for HKS and active on the AIA Dallas professional liability committee and Large Firm Round Table. He also founded The Jefferson Society, which assists attorneys who are also architects in dealing with the changing legal environment.
Thomas Wurtz, FAIA
During his almost 30 years of public service, Thomas Wurtz, FAIA, has been the guiding force for the development of some of the City of Dallas’ most significant projects, including the Convention Center Expansion, Convention Center Omni Headquarters Hotel, and the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts. His collaborative leadership and ability to craft business deal points with clarity and purpose, and that address and satisfy all stakeholder needs, has united public and private sectors to create outstanding built environments that have been recognized nationally for their functional, aesthetic, and sustainable designs.
Al York, FAIA
With economy, restraint, and an uncommon sensibility for context, Al York, FAIA, creates architecture that resonates with a timeless sense of belonging by exposing the underlying grace of the ordinary and revealing beauty within familiar situations. A partner at McKinney York Architects, York has made lasting contributions to the Texas community through award-winning projects that include small-scale residences, cultural and academic institutions, and revitalized urban structures. Recent notable projects include the Leander Transit Facility and MetroRapid Stations, African American Cultural and Heritage Facility, and nationally-recognized McGarrah Jessee Building adaptive reuse, which transformed a mid-century bank building in dire straits into office space for a thriving creative ad agency.
Biographical details courtesy AIA.