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Jim Hendricks, FAIA

Jim Hendricks passed away on September 25, 2016 in Rockwall, Texas. Jim was honored as a Fellow of the AIA and was a lifelong member of the Texas Society of Architects, where he was often recognized for his architectural design work, winning many competitions and honors over years of practice. He was born in Fort Worth and graduated from the University of Texas. He is remembered for his success in large-scale public projects and smaller scale businesses and residences known throughout the state. He personally oversaw the restoration of the School Book Depository Museum and the plan for its reuse…

Patrick Swearingen Chumney, AIA Emeritus: 1933-2016

Patrick Swearingen Chumney, AIA Emeritus, died on October 4, 2016. He was 83 years old. Chumney had been a member of AIA San Antonio since 1966. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in architecture. Chumney started his architecture career at Bartlett Cooke and Associates and went on to found his own firm, Chumney and Associates, in 1983. Noteworthy designs include the Frost Bank Tower in San Antonio and the HEB Arsenal corporate headquarters, among many others. Chumney had only retired a year ago, after designing many institutional and school buildings later in his career.…

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.…

Logic Tobola, FAIA: 1940–2016

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…