Our Philosophy

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Our passionate belief is that architecture should not be driven by stylistic preferences or passing trends.

Architexas provides a broad range of services encompassing architecture, planning and historic preservation. With every project, we follow a process that begins with researching and understanding the context – the physical, historical, and programmatic conditions – within which we will be working. Each project is seen as an opportunity to create a carefully crafted response to a unique set of circumstances and client aspirations. 

Our passionate belief is that architecture should not be driven by stylistic preferences or passing trends. Our experience is that attention to detail and pragmatic solutions can yield inspiring results and timeless design. We understand the thoughtful reuse of our existing building stock is the very basis of sustainable design. Through conservation, technological innovation and contextually appropriate new construction, we strive to enrich the built environment for all.

Although our projects are realized with a profound respect for the past and a rational understanding of present needs, they ultimately look to the future by serving the individuals and communities that will experience them for generations to come.

Our History

1978
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Architexas was created in 1978 by two members of the City of Dallas Planning and Urban Design Department, where they were introduced to historic preservation and urban design. Early planning and urban design work at the city included a master plan for the Dallas Farmers Market and preservation plans for the Dallas West End Historic District and other historic districts and historic sites.

1980's
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The commitment to high quality design and a focus on then-emerging area of historic preservation and urban planning, distinguished Architexas as unique and visionary. Early projects included planning for the reuse of historic industrial warehouses and urban redevelopment plan for an abandoned warehouse area near downtown Dallas.

1980's
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Projects like the Inwood Lounge at the historic Inwood Theater and the reuse of the historic Turtle Creek Pump Station for the Sammons Center for the Arts proved their commitment in both design and preservation. Recognition came early in the firm’s history when D Magazine named Architexas one of the “Dallas Five” best architectural firms.

1990's
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Architexas has become known statewide for historic county courthouse restoration, beginning in 1993 with the restoration of the Hill County Courthouse in Hillsboro, Texas after it was almost completely lost due to fire. Working with the Texas Historical Commission’s Historic Courthouse Preservation Program, the firm has completed full restorations for 11 counties and master plans for 27 historic county courthouses.

1990's
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Since 1994 the firm has contributed significantly to the restoration of Fair Park in Dallas– a National Historic Landmark with numerous exhibition building rehabilitations. Architexas was the recipient of a National Trust Honor Award for restoration for the work at Fair Park.

1990's
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In the early 1990s, Architexas began a fifteen-year long association with the City of Grapevine that has resulted in the establishment of a downtown historic district, the reconstruction of missing historic buildings, a new City Hall on Main Street, restoration of an historic depot and creation of a Heritage Park, a stop on the Tarantula Train, all of which helped to establish Grapevine as a major tourist destination city. Most recently, Architexas designed the new 40,000 square foot Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau offices in a style compatible with the Main Street Historic District.

2000's
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Architexas opened the Austin office in 2000, establishing itself as the leading preservation firm in central Texas. Work has included multiple projects on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin including a restoration master plan for the iconic Main Building. Most recently the firm has begun preservation planning at Trinity University in San Antonio.

2000's
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In 2004, Architexas expanded its project experience with their work on the rehabilitation of historic buildings to create the Joule Hotel in downtown Dallas. The Joule hotel has become a nationally recognized luxury boutique hotel and helped reestablish the city center of Dallas as a vibrant urban setting.

TODAY
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Today, with offices in Dallas and Austin, Architexas has expanded its ability to provide highly specialized planning, architecture and historic preservation services to our clients. Our emphasis remains on excellence for our clients – to create + conserve the built environment.

Services

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Architecture

Architexas provides a full range of architectural services for historic preservation and new construction. Our clients can select from a wide array of individual services or have us complete the entire project from start to finish. In many instances we provide historic preservation consultation to other architectural professionals.

Our Architecture Services include:

  • New Construction
  • Building Rehabilitation, Restoration or Reconstruction
  • Adaptive Use Potential Study
  • Feasibility Studies and Pro-forma
  • Field Measuring of Existing Buildings
  • Building Condition Surveys
  • Programming/Master Planning
  • Post-Construction Services
  • Building Code and ADA Analysis
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Planning

Architexas provides planning services for public and private clients alike, customizing each product to address particular needs. We integrate innovative planning practices and exceptional design, achieving project goals while remaining on budget.

Our Planning Services include:

City Planning

  • Comprehensive Plans
  • Downtown Master Plans
  • Redevelopment Strategies
  • Code Reviews and Ordinance Writing
  • Historic Properties Management Plans

Urban Design

  • Design Guidelines
  • Pattern Books
  • Streetscape Design
  • Historic Resource Surveys
  • Comprehensive Programming

Land Development:

  • Land Planning
  • Site Selection Analysis
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Pro-Forma Analysis
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Historic Preservation

At Architexas our specialty is historic preservation. Since 1978, we have provided consultation to our clients, guiding them through the complexities of government regulations and incentive programs, the documentation of historic buildings and sites, historic property management and maintenance and historical designations. We can combine our services to provide any level of assistance needed, including those required for full architectural rehabilitation or restoration.

Historic Preservation Services include:

  • Building Rehabilitation, Restoration or Reconstruction
  • New Construction in Historic Contexts
  • Master Planning
  • Historic Research
  • Existing Facilities Survey and Conditions Assessment
  • Façade and Land-use Easements
  • Historic Resource Surveys
  • Historic Structure Reports
  • Federal and State Historic Preservation Tax Credits
  • State Landmark Designations
  • National Register Nominations
  • Section 106 and 110 Process Review
  • Historic District Ordinances
  • City Ordinance Development
  • Design Guidelines in Historic Districts
  • HABS and HAER Documentation
  • Mitigation of Historic Properties
  • Historic Properties Management Plans
  • Grant Application Assistance
  • Historic Paint Analysis
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Firm Recognition

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  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Excellence in Construction Regional Eagle Award 2015
  • Preservation Dallas Gail Thoma Patterson Award 2013
  • Preservation Dallas Stewardship Award 2004
  • Preservation Texas Building Award 2001
  • Texas Historical Commission Award for Excellence in Historic Architecture 1994
  • AIA Dallas Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition – Four Citations Awards 1990
  • AIA Dallas Ken Roberts Memorial Dellineation Competition – Honor, Merit, Citation Award 1982
  • AIA Dallas Ken Roberts Memorial Dellineation Competition – Honor, Merit, Citation Award 1982
  • AIA Dallas Ken Roberts Memorial Dellineation Competition – Honor, Merit, Citation Award 1982