Logic Tobola, FAIA: 1940–2016

Church designed by Logic Tobola

St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, a moveable prototype designed by Tobola – image via Tobola Design Award submission, 2015

Logic Tobola II, FAIA, passed away on May 21. Tobola was born in El Campo, Texas, in 1940 and lived on his grandparents’ farm in a Czech community. He attended The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and proceeded to serve as a practicing architect for more than 50 years. He was an associate and then a partner at the firm of Pierce, Goodwin, and Alexander. Later, he returned to the farm in El Campo and established his own architectural practice.

During his tenure at Pierce, Goodwin, and Alexander, Tobola worked on the John Sealy Hospital and the Exxon Brookhollow facility, and served as partner in charge for the Marathon Oil Tower and Exxon Chemical Americas. In El Campo, he worked on a variety of private and civic projects. His final work was a prototype of a mobile church designed for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.

Tobola was a leader in the architectural community, serving as president of AIA Houston in 1988 and president of TxA in 1992. A man dedicated to his home and family, Tobola will be missed by his friends and colleagues. Memorial services will be held on Friday, May 27, at 11:00 a.m. at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church. Please leave your remembrances in the comments.