Evans Honored with AIA Young Architects Award

Texas Society of Architects member James M. Evans, AIA, of Houston, has received a 2012 AIA Young Architects Award. The award celebrates emerging designers who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession in an early stage of their architectural careers. Thirteen recipients from across the nation received the award this year.

Jury Comments

Jim’s impact nationally and locally on the practice of architecture is inspiring. Inspiring also is the way he challenges his colleagues to think about innovation, practice, and design quality. Jim has led by example.

His talent, skill and leadership in the profession have earned him the devotion of clients, contractors, and admirers alike.

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In a relatively short time, Jim has joined an elite group of Texas architects who demonstrate nationally recognized design excellence with a fundamental commitment to environmental stewardship. This vanguard is epitomized by Mr. Evans’ outstanding professional achievements with several Houston practices, most importantly his own firm, Collaborative Designworks, and recently in the prescient potential of the remarkable and innovative Hometta online project, which he co-founded.

Recently, Collaborative Designworks has begun to take on larger projects and in a widening geographical area - including retail and restaurant projects, a 120,000 SF training center, as well as homes on the lakeshore of New Orleans and in the hills of West Virginia. With the AIA in Houston, Jim is looking forward to continuing his committee involvement and serving on the board through 2014.

Jim has led by example. He has made sure his career started early and started strong. In a difficult economy he has shown initiative by creating work when needed and seeing it to success; and he has encouraged the incorporation of his ideals and these achievements in his contemporaries’ careers. Jim’s approach to architecture has also pushed the boundaries of architect-as-developer, creating significant projects in this role. His work continues to prove the intrinsic and financial value of sustainable, uncompromising architectural design.

2012 AIA Young Architects Award Jury

2011 Chancellor: Chester A. Widom, FAIA, Los Angeles

2011 Vice Chancellor: Norman L. Koonce, FAIA, McLean, VA

2011 Bursar: William J. Stanley, FAIA, Stanley Love-Stanley, PC, Atlanta

Secretary: Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA, FACHA, HKS, Inc., Dallas

2012 Incoming Bursar: Albert W. Rubeling FAIA, Rubeling & Associates, Inc., Towson, MD

Talk About It

About 5 years ago: Kahne O'Banion

As a semi-newcomer to Houston (I've been here about 6 years), I always admire the work of Mr. Evans.....I am not familiar with many Architects in Houston, but I always wondered who designed the houses in which I have passed by so often.....they are all fantastic and Mr. Evans is a credit to the profession....I love all his work and it is so nice to see so much success and great design from a contemporary going hand in hand in such a difficult economic climate. Kudos to you Jim, you have those qualities that inspire me to follow my heart in design, because sometimes when you do commercial work for so long, in bringing other's designs to fruition, sometimes you get lost in just getting work done.....we need inpiration to get our second wind sometimes and that is what you epitomize for me!