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Julie Holder

PhiloWilke Partnership - Julie Holder

Julie Holder – Promoted to Associate Partner. PhiloWilke Partnership is excited to have Julie step into this next chapter with the firm as Associate Partner and to see her passion and excellence continue to bring projects to fruition. When asked about her role within the firm, Julie responded: “I feel very fortunate that I get to do what I love every day and with a company like PhiloWilke Partnership. I have found such joy in the opportunity to give back to the community through medical planning and healthcare design. The challenge to understand a healthcare system's current needs alongside their future goals and to help them bridge the gap to provide a patient-centered design is what keeps me motivated to continue researching new trends for the benefit of each individual project.”


PhiloWilke Partnership - Kenneth Olson

PhiloWilke Partnership is pleased to announce the promotion of Kenneth Olson to Partner. With more than a decade with the firm, Kenneth started as a summer intern and is now one of our newest Partners. Kenneth’s approach to leadership is exemplified by his positive outlook, steadfast resilience, and a holistic approach to architecture. In collaboration with those around him, Kenneth approaches each project team with the core values of PhiloWilke Partnership and with the success of the firm and his colleagues in mind. When asked about his role within the firm, Kenneth said: “Architecture is creative and deliberate problem solving for the benefit of those being impacted by the spaces we design. Through PhiloWilke, I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to do this every day for our amazing Clients and in partnership with our team.” PhiloWilke is grateful to have Kenneth Olson’s insight and passion as we look forward to his continued contributions toward the success of the firm!


PhiloWilke Partnership - Luke Christen

Luke Christen – Promoted to Partner at PhiloWilke Partnership PhiloWilke Partnership is pleased to announce the promotion of Luke Christen to Partner. In the last decade, Luke has been an integral part of PhiloWilke’s success and drive toward excellence. Through projects with varying degrees of complexity, Luke has contributed as a leader through his determination, creative problem-solving, and eye for detailed design. When asked about his role within the firm, Luke said: “I enjoy the challenge of designing unique spaces that assist in positively impacting the healing experience of patients and creating a cohesive environment for those that treat them.” As he steps into the role of Partner, we are excited to see the skillset he brings to every team he leads and how his resolve will propel him forward through new projects. As an ambassador, leader, and now Partner, we look forward to Luke’s unwavering contribution toward the values and integrity of the firm.


Thiel Design Group (formerly Courtney Harper + Partners Architects)

Over the past 30 years, Courtney Harper + Partners Architects has established a solid reputation for design quality, and the firm continues to embody the passionate belief that: It’s not a project, it’s a purpose. Courtney Harper retired in 2021, and Kyle Thiel, AIA, LEED AP BD+C assumed ownership. To reflect the seamless transition of leadership and continued growth, the firm embarked on a refresh of its brand, including a new name to Thiel Design Group to showcase the firm’s true self and uniqueness.


VLK Architects, Joeris Construction, and Katy Independent School District community members celebrated the dedication of the Martha Lopez Aki Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Project Teach Your Kids

On Monday, Oct. 18, VLK Architects, Joeris Construction, and Katy Independent School District community members celebrated the dedication of the Martha Lopez Aki Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Project Teach Your Kids Early (TYKE) Facility. The facility is home to two functions, including the Project TYKE (Teach Your Kids Early) program to provide education for parents in the community that have children with special needs and a Professional Development Center for district faculty, staff, and administration training. ECI Project TYKE has been providing services to approximately 15,000 children and their families since 1998.


Powers Brown Architecture Promotes Jeanette Shaw, AIA, RID, LEED AP, and Kristen Stapper, AIA, RID, LEED GA, to New Firm Title: Associate and Shareholder

HOUSTON, TX . . . October 8, 2021 -- Powers Brown Architecture has promoted Jeanette Shaw, AIA, RID, LEED AP, and Kristen Stapper, AIA, RID, LEED GA, to the new title of Associate. With the new position, the architects also will become Shareholders in Powers Brown Architecture, an international professional services firm practicing architecture, interior design, programming and urban design.


Northwood Apartments, a Multifamily Housing Community, to Replace Housing Lost During Hurricane Harvey

HOUSTON, TX (Tuesday, March 23, 2021) – The Harris County Housing Authority (HCHA), Harris County – Community Services Department (HCCSD), Harris County Precinct One Commissioner Rodney Ellis, the Texas General Land Office (GLO), and the development partner LDG Development (LDG) celebrate the groundbreaking of Northwood Apartments, a multifamily development located at 12620 Eastex Freeway to replace housing lost during Hurricane Harvey. The development is financed with Harris County’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds in conjunction with private financing from Citi Community Capital and AEGON USA Realty Advisors, LLC.


Sarah Killingsworth featured on The Young Architect Podcast

In this interview, Sarah talks about where her career went after architecture school. She discusses working in an organization that focuses on K-12 public education buildings, and how that work connects to the communities that she works in. Sarah also talks about the architecture licensing exams and the challenges and biases inherent in them. Listen in to the episode to hear Sarah talk about educating and encouraging young architects, licensing exams, and what Sarah would like to see changed in architecture culture.

Architect Standard of Care Relative to Site Visits During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Architecture firms are undoubtedly facing many challenges and decisions as they deal with the impact of COVID-19. Most architecture firms are working remotely, either by their own choice or at the direction of local authorities. However, many construction projects are continuing. Architects and their firms that need to provide contract administration services or other contractual or legal obligations for site visits will need to balance competing interests and obligations.


Mezio Zangirolami, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP hired as Senior Designer in EYP's Houston office.

Mezio Zangirolami, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, brings more than 20 years of architecture and healthcare planning experience to his position as a Senior Designer in EYP’s Houston office. He is responsible for leading the architectural design process, integrating multi-disciplinary project teams, ensuring design excellence, and building client partnerships. Mezio will leverage his vast pediatric and children’s health expertise to expand and strengthen the firm’s award-winning healthcare practice.


VLK Architects Recognized for Performance, Growth, Culture, and Design in 2019

Earning numerous awards in 2019, VLK Architects was once again recognized among the top architecture firms in the State of Texas and the nation by the A/E/C industry and the business community. With five offices across Texas, Fort Worth, Dallas, Houston, Austin, and El Paso, VLK received honors for performance, growth, and firm culture by several organizations including Inc. Magazine, Architectural Record, and PSMJ Resources.


On Aug. 22, 2019, representatives from Bautex Systems and Masa Studio Architects led a tour of Gracewood’s new community center.

On Aug. 22, 2019, Bautex Systems’ Chris Leonard, Paul Brown and Gretchen Kliafas with Emily Ledbetter, project manager from Masa Studio Architects, were joined by more than 50 architects, engineers, general contractors and community leaders for a tour of Gracewood’s new community center. The new, 15,000 sq. ft. community center is one of the most flood and wind resistant buildings currently under construction in Harris County.


Kirksey Architecture is now carbon neutral and makes first-ever carbon storage transaction on Texas Gulf Coast

With the purchase of carbon storage from 386 acres of marshlands along the Texas coast, Kirksey Architecture has met its goal of becoming a carbon-neutral company. The purchase represents the first transaction of the Texas Coastal Exchange (TCX), a non-profit seeking to establish a marketplace to buy and sell ecological services and to allow firms to offset their carbon footprint by supporting the conservation of local ecosystems.


"Out of Many, One People" by Design Collaborative and Hines Architecutre + Design was selected in an international design competition for Jamaica's new Houses of Parliament.

Over the last year, I have lead the design for a very important competition that was near and dear to my heart. As a Jamaican-American, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in a global competition to design the new Houses of Parliament in Kingston Jamaica. The competition was sponsored by the Jamaican urban Development Corporation on behalf of the Government of Jamaica.


Ewing, Starks, and Loose Named as VLK Architects’ Associates

VLK Architects proudly announces the appointment of Brad Ewing, Rudy Starks NCARB, and Ken Loose as new Associates. To become Associate, individuals must be self-motivated and consistently demonstrate the initiative, talent, and commitment of assuming additional responsibilities and leadership roles. They also must show exceptional understanding of the many facets of the architectural practice, develop and strengthen relationships with our clients and business associates, guide and enhance the development of staff, and contribute to the advancement of the firm through innovative ideas and efforts.


Catherine Callaway, AIA, LEED AP has been named the 2019 AIA Houston Ben Brewer Young Architect

Kirksey Architecture is proud to announce that Catherine Callaway, AIA, LEED AP has been named the 2019 AIA Houston Ben Brewer Young Architect. This is the fifth time a Kirksey employee has been the recipient of such a recognition–-previous winners include Kirksey President Wes Good (2001), Executive Vice President and Interior Architecture Team Leader Brian Malarkey (2004), Vice President and PreK-12 Team Leader Nicola Springer (2009), and Vice President and Sustainability Director Julie Hendricks (2012).

VLK Architects and Brazosport ISD Break Ground on the Replacement of Brannen Elementary

Lake Jackson, TX – On March 22nd, VLK Architects celebrated breaking ground on the replacement of Brazosport ISD’s Bess Brannen Elementary. Celebrating the school’s 50th anniversary, and located on the outer edge of the surrounding neighborhood along Highway 2004, the construction of the new elementary aims to greatly improve traffic at the intersection of ‘That Way’ and ‘Anchusa Street’ by providing extensive off-street stacking lanes at the main entrance drive, as well as a dedicated bus/van drop off area, and an additional drop off location at the rear of the school. This state-of-the-art facility is the fourth iteration of a prototype funded by the district’s 2014 bond and will serve over 750 students in grades pre-kindergarten through four.


VLK Architects Celebrates the Dedication of Katy ISD’s Gerald D. Young Agricultural Sciences Center

Katy, TX – The Gerald D. Young Agricultural Sciences facility has received an expansion for the benefit of Katy ISD’s FFA and Agricultural Sciences program and the whole community. With the tremendous growth of Katy ISD in mind, modern structures were created to allow for evolving student needs and to allow students and teachers to interact outside of the classroom from the school barns to the project center, the eco-pond, show pavilion, and covered rodeo arena.