After growing up in a suburb of Houston, TX and in south Arkansas, I returned to Houston to attend The University of Houston College of Architecture.
After graduation, I was fortunate to land a job with CTJ+D Architects, an old-line firm that focused on mostly church, university, and government work. I was brought in to help wrap up construction documents on a Petroleum and Chemical Engineering Building for The University of Texas, Austin. When those were finished, I was shifted over to initial master planning for Second Baptist Church. This $34M project would dominate most of my time in the firm, though I did transfer over for some months during the Second Baptist work to an emergency project at First United Methodist Church, Houston after an explosion and fire did heavy damage in their historic sanctuary. My final assignment in the firm was as project architect for a new post office in The Woodlands north of Houston.
During this time, I also married Nancy, someone I’d known since beginning high school (though we did not begin to date until after college). Our daughter Marie was born almost three years later.
In 1987, with the oil-bust economy hitting Houston hard, I left my job at CTJ+D to accept one in Winston-Salem, bringing my wife and 16-month-old. My work at Hammill-Walter (which underwent a ownership change during my time there, becoming Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce) ended a couple of years later, but not before I worked on a couple of more post offices, a branch bank, and an office building.
After that, I moved to RS&H Architects, Engineers, & Planners, Inc. in neighboring Greensboro. During my seven years in that firm, I led a team of architects, engineers and planners in the production and construction of a large lab building in Chapel Hill. While The Thurston-Bowles Buildings were under construction, I was brought in on a significant addition to another lab building next door. Another architect and I were eventually named co-project managers for that job at Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. I rose to Acting Department Head in that firm and managed a wide variety of other projects before leaving the job to work with a firm a bit closer to home.
Architectural Design Associates brought me in as an architectural designer for a number of larger church projects. These included Center Grove Baptist, two projects at Green Street Baptist, Calvary Church in Greensboro, and Hillsdale Baptist. After a few years, two co-workers and I decided to open our own firm, Trinity Architecture & Planning, Inc.
While small, Trinity Architecture & Planning, with a focus on religious and educational projects, quickly built a strong reputation for quality. Significant work included First Baptist Church – High Point, Ardmore Baptist, and Lake Forest Church (master planning and phase 1). In 2006, my partner (David Kessler) and I accepted the invitation to merge the firm into the larger Thomas H. Hughes Architecture, P.C. This move allowed me to continue to build and serve my church client base and to lead work on a variety of other types of projects. Notable projects included Starmount Presbyterian, Peace Haven Baptist, Cool Springs Baptist, Middle Creek Commons, and relocation of the local school system’s administrative offices. I also produced renderings and marketing materials in support of the office and authored the company’s E-newsletter.
Though laid off due to lack of work in October 2011, I was able to continue to serve Lake Forest Church, a client of nearly ten years, by providing construction administrative services for Phase 2 on a contract basis. That work led to the creation of a small consultation practice with numerous opportunities to provide specialized services to numerous clients and repeat clients. This has included extensive design and presentation work in support for a Houston-area architect, the design of signage and way-finding systems on two local campuses, and initial design and budgetary studies for numerous building additions. Recognizing the comparative strength of the Houston job market and experiencing desire to relocate to be nearer family, I began an extensive job search in Houston in late 2012. This culminated in a job offer to serve as the Senior Project Director at Lone Star College – University Park Campus on the northwestern edge of the city. This position at the country’s fourth largest and fastest growing community college allows me to continue a career of developing building projects as I support a variety of user groups on that campus. The University Campus is located on the campus that originally served as the headquarters for Compaq Computers. With over one million square feet of facilities, there are constant remodeling projects as well as numerous new custom-designed facilities to oversee such as the award-winning Energy & Manufacturing Institute and the Center for Science and Innovation.
I enjoy travel. I have visited 35 states, made three short forays into Canada, traveled extensively in England with a side-trip into Scotland, and have spent a little over four weeks in France. The daughter who moved to North Carolina as a baby returned to Houston in 2004 to attend Rice University. She graduated, married, and with my son-in-law Josh travels the country in an RV as digital nomads. (Their blog at www.ardentcamper.com makes for interesting reading). Outside work, I read, paint, plan trips, and sing in my church choir.