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Alexis McKinney, Architect and published Photographer, has been promoted to Senior Associate. Alexis has a diverse background in project types ranging from the restoration of Texas Courthouses and Monuments to the design of new county facilities and commercial projects.

In honor of her recent promotion, we sat down with Alexis for a quick Q&A….

Q: Where are you from?

A: Colleyville, Texas…my family moved from California in 1989

Q: Where did you go to school?

A: Texas A&M University

Q: Favorite Building in Dallas?

A: The Phillip Johnson outdoor spaces; Thanks-Giving Square and the Fort Worth Water Gardens. Truly transformative spaces. (Can you tell I’ve been reading The Man in the Glass House: Phillip Johnson, Architect of the Modern City?)

Q: First thing you did when you arrived to the office this morning?

A: Took care of a temperamental espresso machine

Q: Most interesting project you’ve worked on?

A: The San Jacinto Monument. It is amazing what can be built in the muck with only a few pages of construction drawings. Plus the foundation under the platform is like a cathedral.

Q: Tacos or BBQ?

A: Oh, probably BBQ. I’ll eat (and enjoy) anything.

Q: How many years have you been with Architexas?

A: 4 years but I’ve made a couple of short appearances since college

Q: Hobbies?

A: I love to travel, practice yoga, architectural photography and knit. I wish I skied and did watercolor more.

Q: Office tool you can’t live without?

A: My desktop fan and light. They give me a “sense” of control of my environment.

Q: First move as a Senior Associate?

A: Clean desk and my email

Q: Must-Do in DFW?

A: Follow the Dallas and Fort Worth architecture tours from the Buildings of Texas: Volume 2. It is easy to overlook the rich architecture examples in our area. I thoroughly enjoyed following the tours and providing photography of the buildings.