The Voice for Texas Architecture

O’Neil Ford Medal for Design Achievement

Recognizing outstanding achievement in architectural design.

O’Neil Ford Medal for Design Achievement

Recognizing outstanding achievement in architectural design.

Award Overview

Established in 2015, the Texas Society of Architects’ O’Neil Ford Medal recognizes outstanding achievement in architectural design as exemplified in a body of work produced by an individual architect over a period of at least 20 years.

2020 Recipient: Mell Lawrence, FAIA

Mell Lawrence, FAIA, received his Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin in 1981. After working with Charles Moore and a partnership with Paul Lamb, he started Mell Lawrence Architects in 1991. He was elevated to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects in 2007. The Ford Medal jury commented that Lawrence’s work is characterized by an “unusual combination of playfulness and seriousness, ingenuity and simplicity, earthiness and refinement” and filled with moments that are “transcendent, unexpected, and gleeful.” Notable projects include: Balcones House, UFCU Alumni Gym at St. Edward’s University, Concrete Studio, Hollowcat Wild, Lady Bird Loo, David Peese House, Baylor Street House, and Mod Cott.

2019
Gary Cunningham, FAIA
Dallas

2018
David Lake, FAIA, and Ted Flato, FAIA
San Antonio

2017
Max Levy, FAIA
Dallas

2016
Chris Carson, FAIA, and Boone Powell, FAIA
San Antonio

2015
Frank D. Welch, FAIA
Dallas