Texas Architects 2012 Honor Awards
During its 73rd Annual Convention in Austin, Texas Society of Architects recognized the following as this year’s Honor Awards recipients for significant contributions to the architectural profession and the quality of the built environment. Among the awards were the Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Honor of Llewellyn W. Pitts FAIA, presented to Charles Tapley, FAIA, and the Architecture Firm Award, presented to Kirksey Architecture.
14 Texas Architect
Lifetime Achievement Award
Architecture Firm of the Year Award
1 Charles R. Tapley, FAIA
2 Kirksey Architecture
Charles R. Tapley, FAIA, was recognized with the Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Honor of Llewellyn W. Pitts FAIA. Described as “nothing short of a living legend in the Houston architecture, urban design, and landscape communities,” Charles Tapley has made contributions to the profession and to the community that have been both broad and deep. Tapley holds degrees in Architecture from Rice Institute and is registered as both an architect and landscape architect. He established his firm’s practice in 1960 and remains the senior principal of the company. Under his direction, the firm has gained recognition and completed many noteworthy projects including aiding in the location of acreage that would be developed into two major parks, Keith Wiess and Herman Brown parks. He is a member of national, state, and local architecture societies, as well as many civic boards and institutions. During the 1980s, his work was published almost every year in the profession’s leading architecture publications. During this period he designed a broad cross section of building types including homes, churches, and commercial buildings. Along the way, he mentored many of Houston’s most prominent practicing architects.
Kirksey Architecture was recognized with the Architecture Firm Award for its distinguished architecture and significant contributions to the profession. Led by founder and President John Kirksey, Managing Principal Wes Good, and 18 vice presidents, Kirsksey Architecture is a 100person multidiscipline Houston architecture firm comprising 10 teams of specialization. “Healthy buildings, healthy people, healthy planet,” has been Kirksey’s mission from day one. With over 24 million square feet of LEED-certified projects and 58 LEED-certified buildings, Kirksey is a leader in Houston. “We strongly believe in respecting our planet and environment and we work hard to make sure our designs reflect that belief,” says Good. The firm routinely looks for ways to expand its impact into areas that are disadvantaged and hindered by weak community infrastructure or support. It also participates in various civic organizations, with a large Outreach Committee that volunteers its time and services to several local charities. The firm is the recipient of numerous state and national awards, including an AIA Excellence Award and a Texas Society of Architects 2012 Design Award for the Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA in Houston.