Celebrating 20 Years Of Design, Dillon Kyle Architects Builds New Headquarters In Houston’s Museum District

02/04/2016 | Dillon Kyle Architects

Noted architecture firm embraces the future with a dynamic new studio building and key staff promotions

Marking its 20th anniversary of practice, Dillon Kyle Architects (DKA), an award-winning Houston-based architecture firm, announced that it has broken ground on a three-story, 5,800-square-foot office building and design studio. The new building affirms DKA’s accomplishments in Houston, where for over two decades it has built an exceptional reputation. In Houston and throughout Texas, DKA is widely recognized for its custom single-family residences, commercial and cultural buildings, and educational facilities. With an expected completion date of August 2016, the building is on target to receive a LEED Silver rating.

Dillon Kyle, founder and principal of Dillon Kyle Architects, said, “As we celebrate this milestone, we not only break ground on our new office building, we forge ahead into the next 20 years. Moving forward, we welcome more opportunities to design great architecture.”

Located at 1500 West Alabama Street in the Museum District, the firm’s future headquarters stands as a distinctive, welcoming presence in the community. Sited on a corner lot, the three-story contemporary building incorporates innovative aesthetic and programming features in its design.

Inside, the structure is efficiently organized. Administration and conference spaces are on the lower two levels, and the design studio is located on the more spacious third level. The building is an architectural reflection of Dillon Kyle Architects’ philosophy: the bright, open environment fosters collaboration, creativity, and communication. A sculptural wooden screen, carved to echo the iconic live oaks that line the streets of Houston, wraps around the structure. Trees planted adjacent to the building will form a strong visual link with its upper stories, as they mirror the foliage motif of the facade. Recalling the landmark greenspace of the nearby Menil Collection, the new building becomes a metaphorical tree “growing” in its own park. The inverted L-shape of the structure maximizes parking on the narrow site, and the dramatic overhang creates a generous amount of covered space for outdoor events. The design transforms the parking area into a pedestrian-friendly zone, encouraging people to walk through it as they visit the neighborhood’s art galleries and museums.

Building on Accomplishment

Concurrent with its anniversary, the firm named Peter Klein, Parrish Kyle, Russell Morse, Fani Qano, and Rudy Fabre as Senior Associates. “Our clients and staff have made the first two decades of Dillon Kyle Architects a tremendously rewarding experience for me personally and for the firm,” said Dillon Kyle. “I am very proud of our team’s accomplishments and success, born of a collective commitment to design excellence.”

About Dillon Kyle Architects
Founded by native Houstonian Dillon Kyle in 1995, the firm has grown steadily, building an exceptional reputation throughout Houston for its custom single-family residences, cultural and commercial buildings, and educational facilities. The firm is recognized for its keen understanding of architectural heritage and location, combined with a forward-thinking vision for the future. For more information, visit our website at dkarc.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter (@DillonKyleARC), Houzz, Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites.