AIA Announces 2014 Fellows — 21 Texas Architects Named

The American Institute of Architects has announced the newest members of the AIA College of Fellows. Among the 139 members elevated to Fellowship in 2014, 21 are from the state of Texas. Congratulations to all the recipients of this prestigious honor. Only about 3,000 of AIA's total 80,000 members hold this distinction.

Russell N. Buchanan, FAIA
Richard H. Bundy, FAIA
Myriam E. Camargo, FAIA
John N. Cryer III, FAIA
Leslie K. Elkins, FAIA
Jeffrey C. Fetzer, FAIA

Congratulations to the following Texas Architects elevated to Fellowship in 2014:

Russell N. Buchanan, FAIA

AIA Dallas

Principal at Buchanan Architecture in Dallas, Buchanan's projects are widely recognized for their sculptural composition, geometric rigor, attention to detail and integrity of craft. He is an adjunct professor of architecture at The University of Texas at Arlington and co-founded the Dallas Architecture Forum. Outside of his architectural practice, Buchanan has designed a large collection of furniture pieces; one is on permanent display of the Dallas Museum of Art.

Richard H. Bundy, FAIA

AIA Wichita Falls

Bundy is principal and president at the Wichita Falls-based firm Bundy, Young, Sims & Potter. Bundy’s involvement with Priddy Foundation and the Priddy Charitable Trust as acting trustee and CEO has led to the distribution of more than $90 million in grants to universities, schools, healthcare clinics, and rural libraries. He has held the AIA Witchita Falls presidency twice and served as president of Texas Society of Architects in 2005.

Myriam E. Camargo, FAIA

AIA Dallas

Camargo is the founding partner of CamargoCopeland Architects. Her designs for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center and numerous projects within the Dallas County Community College District have aided in the transformation of these entities. Camargo conceptualized and initiated The Dallas Trinity River Symposium, which laid the cornerstone for the development of a comprehensive Balanced Vision Plan for the Dallas Trinity River Project. 

John N. Cryer III, FAIA

AIA Houston

Cryer is a senior principal at Page. In addition to his professional practice, Cryer serves as an adjunct professor of professional practice at the College of Architecture at the University of Houston. As an avid participant in a number of City of Houston task forces, he has expanded his professional horizons and impacted the urban vision for downtown Houston.

Leslie K. Elkins, FAIA

AIA Houston

Elkins is the founding partner at Leslie Elkins Architecture. Currently, Elkins serves as a board member for the Menil Collection, where she has helped lead the first master planning efforts since the Louis I. Kahn Master Plan. Currently, her position with the Menil Collection has begun the search for an architect to make an addition to the campus.

Jeffrey C. Fetzer, FAIA

AIA San Antonio

Fetzer serves as the acting president of J. Fetzer. His 30-year career as a preservation architect has included some of the most iconic Texas landmarks. His restoration work on the Texas State Capitol was awarded a National Preservation Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Fetzer has also served as the chairman of the City of San Antonio Historic and Design Review Commission for two years, following two years as a commissioner.

Vergel Lee Gay, FAIA

AIA Brazos

Gay, CEO of Vergel Gay & Associates, is a facility leader with over 37 years of experience in the corporate, municipal, and higher education arenas. Through his leadership for three of Texas’ largest public university systems, he has established guidelines compelling fellow architects to apply new technology and project delivery methodology best practices to support design excellence. For four years, Gay has also chaired the Texas Society of Architects Integrated Project Delivery and Building Information Modeling (IPD/BIM) Task Force, where he has overseen the development of best practice methodology. In addition, Gay has also worked tirelessly to encourage diversity within the architectural profession. 

Daniel S. Hart, FAIA

AIA West Texas

Hart is a principal at the Midland-based firm Parkhill, Smith & Cooper. His most notable contribution to the architectural profession has been his dogmatic pursuit of better defining architectural and engineering services, which culminated in the passage of House Bill 2284 (HB 2284) in 2011. Hart was able to leverage his unique position as a registered architect and licensed engineer to foster good will and trust between the professions and to build consensus. Hart was also president of Texas Architects in 2011. During his presidency, he led the efforts to fully rebrand the organization, including refreshing the website, redesigning the award-winning Texas Architect magazine, and moving the Society into a permanent headquarters on Austin’s burgeoning East Side.  

Andrew C. Herdeg, FAIA

AIA San Antonio

Herdeg is a partner at Lake|Flato Architects in San Antonio; he leads the firm’s Higher Education Studio. Herdeg’s design philosophy is rooted in fostering meaningful and lasting relationships between a building’s users and the natural environment while representing  a confluence of the art of building, the science of sustainability, and love for the natural landscape. Having served eight years on the City of Alamo Heights Board of Adjustment and later as a committee member to review and recommend code modifications, Herdeg illustrates a passion for upholding the integrity of the historic town.

David D. Heymann, FAIA

AIA Austin

Heymann is the owner/architect of David Heymann, Architect and the Harwell Hamilton Harris Regents Professor in the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin. A talented educator and gifted communicator, Heymann has received numerous teaching accolades, among which are the Iowa Regents Teaching Excellence Award, the University of Texas Regents Outstanding Teaching Award, the Texas Society of Architects’ Romeiniec Award, the Friars’ Centennial Award, and the University of Texas Ex-Student Teaching Award. In addition to his practice and teaching, Heymann is a contributing editor for Places Journal, in which he has published ten extended essay since 2010.

Matthew F. Kreisle, FAIA

AIA Austin

Kreisle is a senior principal at Page. In 2011, the governor appointed Kreisle to a six-year term on the Texas Historical Commission, making him the only architect serving the public in a statewide leadership role. Kreisle continues to strives to “educate, engage, and energize communities to build on a shared past and common ground as the means to create a future that celebrates people and place.”

Pablo Laguarda, FAIA

AIA Dallas

Laguarda is a founding partner of Laguarda.Low Architects. In his professional practice, Laguarda has worked to implement innovative design as “a universal language to create rich structures centered on the human experience to transform communities around the world.” Laguarda served as partner and lead designer at RTKL and later as senior vice president and design director at HOK Dallas.For the past thirteen years, he has grown his own firm to include more than seventy people in Dallas, New York, Beijing, and Tokyo.

Laurie Limbacher, FAIA

AIA Austin

A principal at Austin-based Limbacher & Godfrey Architects, Limbacher has long been a prominent voice for historic preservation. She led the development of the Downtown Austin Master Plan’s first historic resources map and is a long-time member and current chair of Austin’s Historic Landmark Commission. Her commitment to preservation is further illustrated with her 10-year seat on the Antiquities Advisory Board of the Texas Historical Commission.

Richard M. Miller, FAIA

AIA Dallas

Miller is the Higher Education Market Sector leader in the Dallas office of Perkins+Will. His career has been dedicated to the planning and design of innovative and sustainable educational environments. An innovator who programmed, designed, and delivered the first two LEED Platinum education buildings in the state of Texas, Miller regularly presents on topics addressing creative planning solutions for the critical issues being faced by educators.

Chung Q.B. Nguyen, FAIA

AIA Houston

As partner and acting president of MC2 Architects, Nguyen enjoys pushing the limits of conventional construction methods and offering progressive alternatives to traditional development practices by combining design sensibility with a keen understanding of construction. Nguyen’s skill set has allowed him to serve as acting architect, contractor, and even developer at times. His work illustrates his abililty to take on a wide range of design scales, everything from small structures in the wilderness to luxurious houses in Texas.

Gary Gene Olp, FAIA

AIA Dallas

Olp is principal of GGO Architects in Dallas. As the architect for the first truly green homes in North Texas preceding the USGBC LEED, Olp is recognized as one of the original voices in the region for sustainable architecture. For more than 30 years, his innovative architectural practice, educational outreach and persistent advocacy have paved the way for sustainable practices in government, corporations, and institutions. He regularly speaks on the topics of sustainable design and environmental stewardship. 

Miguel A. Rivera, FAIA

AIA Austin

Rivera is a founding partner of the Austin-based firm Miró Rivera Architects. His design methodology takes a rigorous approach that brings out the beauty in simple, common materials, blurs art and architecture, and produces poetic and inspirational projects that enrich their landscapes. Rivera has lectured at The Universities of Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, Veracruz, Tennessee, Buffalo, Louisiana, Munich and UNAM in Mexico, and has been a chair of the AIA Design Awards Committee in Puerto Rico, Texas, and New York.

Bryan K. Trubey, FAIA

AIA Dallas

Trubey leads the Sports & Entertainment practice of the global design firm HKS. Since founding this group almost two decades ago, his extraordinary work has redefined the practice of sports and entertainment architecture by bringing an innovative approach integrating art, business, technology, branding, context, and civic identity to the creation of destination environments.

Thomas Hayne Upchurch, FAIA

AIA Brazos

Upchurch is president of Upchurch Architects. A practitioner in Brenham, Upchurch is committed to expanding the economic, civic, and cultural potential of his small town. He was integral to securing a Main Street Brenham grant from the Texas Department of Transportation for downtown redevelopment. He also led the charge for the adoption of the Brenham’s Downtown Master Plan, serving as chair of both the selection process and master plan steering committees. The project was recognized with a 2012 Project Planning Award by the Texas Chapter of the American Planners Association. In addition, Upchurch has served on the Texas Architects Publications Committee for 12 years and was one of the founders of the Storyboard Subcommittee.

Mark T. Wellen, FAIA

AIA West Texas

Wellen is a founding partner of Rhotenberry Wellen Architects in Midland. Living and practicing in the remote region of West Texas, Wellen has championed the highest standards of the built environment through his design work and leadership roles. His architecture draws on the ruggedness of the landscape and materials of the region and is defined by economy of expression, materiality, craft, and light. Wellen is a founding member of the Texas Tech University College of Architecture’s visiting critic’s studio and has served on the Texas Society of Architects Design Awards Committee. In addition, he is a long-time member of Texas Architects' Publications Committee, a founder of the Storyboard Subcommittee, and co-creator and organizer of the Design Conference, which just completed its third year.

Allan W. Zreet, AIA

AIA Dallas

Allan Zreet, AIA, serves as Jacobs’ principal for Transit Design, a national practice area that provides integrated transit planning, transit-oriented development, and transit facilities design. Zreet is an innovator in this field through his visionary approach to integrating transit with land use while also advocating design excellence. He has developed transit master plans in Xiamen, China, Salt Lake City, Dallas and San Francisco, and has designed stations in numerous cities across the U.S.

 

See AIA's full list of new Fellows for 2014 



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