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Robert E. Velten, AIA: 1929–2016

Robert E. Velten, AIA, dedicated Brownsville architect – photo courtesy AIA LRGV Robert E. Velten, AIA, of Brownsville passed away on May 16. A native Texan, Velten practiced architecture in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. In a way, he was entering the family business, as his father was a prolific contractor in Brownsville. Velten received his Bachelor of Arts in architecture from Texas A&M University. After serving in the Air Force, he worked for Henry D. Mayfield, Fehr & Granger, and A. H. Woolridge before opening his own architectural practice in 1959.  Velten put his stamp on his hometown, notably designing the F.W.…

AIA LRGV 2011 Studio Awards

Carolina Civarolo, AIA, of Boultinghouse Simpson Architects in McAllen, received the Spark Award for Digital Media for the proposed renovation and expansion of the University of Texas–Pan American’s College of Business Administration in Edinburg. Ortiz Architecture & Environment in Weslaco was recognized with a Design Award for an Unbuilt Project for its Weslaco Family Care Center & Occupational Medicine Clinic. The jury was composed of architects whose buildings were previously recognized with 2011 Design Awards from the chapter. Jurors represented ERO International in McAllen, Frank Architects in Laredo, Megamorphosis Architecture and Interior Design in Harlingen, and Negrete & Kolar Architects…