Two Texas Architects Honored With AIA’s 2015 Young Architects Award

Derek C. Webb, AIA (L) and Jim Henry, AIA (R) are among the 14 recipients of this year's AIA Young Architects Award. – photos courtesy the honorees

On January 26, the American Institute of Architects announced the recipients of its 2015 Young Architects Award. This honor is given to professionals who have been licensed 10 years or fewer and have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers. Two of this year's 14 recipients, Derek C. Webb, AIA, and James "Jim" Henry, AIA, are Texas Society of Architects members. Congratulations, Derek and Jim!

Derek C. Webb, AIA


Webb concentrates modern healthcare design with his work at m ARCHITECTS. His leadership with the AIA Houston Chapter and Rice Design Alliance, as well as his teaching efforts at the University of Houston, Prairie View A&M University, and the Art Institute of Houston, has demonstrated a commitment to the profession and to emerging professionals in their professional development. His involvement in the Young Architects Forum (YAF) and AIA has been integral in creating a mentorship program as well as taking on the role of public relations for YAF. He is also known as a mentor to seasoned and emerging professionals eager to share his knowledge in his selfless commitment to the profession. Read more about Derek Webb.

James "Jim" Henry, AIA


Henry earned a position at HDR as a senior healthcare designer and was subsequently named design principal at the firm’s Dallas studio, the youngest design principal in the firm’s 98-year history. The majority of his award-winning portfolio has centered on healthcare design. Two recent projects—the Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, an AIA Dallas Design Award Winner and the largest hospital construction project in the United States; and the Lackland Air Force Base Ambulatory Care Center, an Honor Award recipient in the U.S. Air Force Design Awards and the largest clinic ever designed for the Department of Defense—demonstrate his commitment to advancing health and wellness through design. Read more about Jim Henry.

Biographical information reprinted from AIA press release.