Fernando L. Brave

FAIA, Principal
4617 Montrose Blvd Ste C230
Houston, TX 77006

Phone (713)524-5858
Fax (713)524-5868
Fernando Brave


Fernando L. Brave graduated from the University of Houston with a Master of Architecture in 1988. Before moving to Houston in 1987, he completed a six-year undergraduate architecture program at the Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he then briefly taught design studio and architectural history. He continues his professional development through various post-graduate level courses and seminars. His professional experience includes the completion of projects for individuals, private companies and public institutions. He has also been a key player in large master planning and development projects both in the United States and abroad. Mr. Brave is the founder of BRAVE / ARCHITECTURE, a full service, award winning architecture and design firm in Houston.

Fernando, a registered architect and LEED® Accredited Professional, has lectured on Green Architecture and other topics and has written for numerous publications. His work has been featured in Architectural Record, Texas Architect, The Houston Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News, the Houston Architectural Guide, American School & University Magazine and other publications. He was also the recipient of many awards including several private competitions, Honor Awards from the Texas Society of Architects, the Houston AIA and the ASID/Houston Chronicle Awards among many others. He was a vital member of teams that earned a National AIA Award for Religious Architecture and an AGC APEX Award.

His varied project experience ranges from art galleries and private schools to large institutional projects for clients such as the YMCA and various universities. Other work in his portfolio includes pro-bono projects for non-profit institutions. Fernando has traveled extensively through Europe and the Americas. He has also been, and continues to be a part of numerous non-profit organization boards including those of The Rice Design Alliance, the Houston Chamber Orchestra and Nameless Sound, and of professional organizations such as the Houston chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Texas Society of Architects. He has also served as a City of Houston Commissioner on the Houston Archeological and Historical Commission and is currently an appointed member of the City of Houston’s Planning Commission.

Fernando continues to teach a design studio at the University of Houston’s Graduate Architecture Program, and also often participates as a guest jury member at different schools of architecture. He also served as juror for the Design Awards of the New Mexico and Chicago chapters of the American Institute of Architects. His personal interests include traveling, cooking, contemporary art, sailing, snow skiing and other outdoor activities.

Fernando L. Brave, FAIA was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2012.