Fernando L. Brave, FAIA

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

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


Fernando L. Brave, FAIA graduated from the University of Houston with a Master of Architecture in 1988. Having previously completed his undergraduate architecture studies at the Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires, he permanently relocated to Houston, Texas in 1987. His professional experience includes the completion of projects for individuals, private companies and public institutions. He has been a key player in large master planning and development projects both in the United States and abroad. His portfolio also includes several pro-bono projects for non-profit institutions in need. Fernando is the founder of BRAVE / ARCHITECTURE, an award-winning architecture firm in Houston, Texas.

A Registered Architect and LEED® Accredited Professional, Fernando has lectured on many various architectural topics, and has written for manynumerous publications. In 2017, he was invited to the International Architecture Biennial in Buenos Aires as a featured speaker. His works have been recognized with design awards by institutions such as the Texas Society of Architects, the Houston American Institute of Architects and others, as well as being featured in publications such as the Houston Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News, Texas Architect, Architectural Record, and others. Eight of his projects are listed in the third edition of the Houston Architectural Guide, which is published by the Houston AIA.

He has been part of various numerous Boards such as those of the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the Texas Society of Architects, the Houston Archeological and Historical Commission, and the Rice Design Alliance, and those of a few cultural organizations. He is also a member of the City of Houston’s Planning Commission to which he was appointed by the City’s last three Mayors.

Fernando taught design studios at the University of Houston’s College of Architecture for ten years, and is a frequent guest juror at several schools of architecture. He has also served as juror for the Design Awards of the American Institute of Architects at different chapters. Leading a grateful lifePracticing gratitude, his passions outside of his architectural career include raising a family of six, traveling throughout to the hidden gems in the Americas and Europe, cooking, skiing, sailing, and visiting the latest art exhibits.

Fernando was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2012, a program that honors those who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.

In 2018, Brave / Architecture was named Firm of the Year by the American Institute of Architects – Houston Chapter.