2018 saw the completion of the firm’s first high-rise building, Arabella. Arabella is a 34-story residential tower in Houston, Texas located on a prominent corner of a rapidly redeveloping area consisting of other residential and mixed-use buildings. The goal, as described by our client was to create something ‘iconic’. The tower is conceived as an expression of several individual houses not only all unique, but also identifiable within a vertical neighborhood. Designed from the inside-out, there are no typical floor-plates. Instead, 99 unique homes of varying size and program are offered. Arabella was awarded the 2019 Houston Business Journal Landmark Award for Multifamily. 


Congratulations to AJ Breneman, AIA, RID. She has been promoted to Principal in the firm’s Houston office. She most recently served as Senior Designer and Team Manager with over 13 years of experience at Powers Brown Architecture.

AJ will lead the Public Projects Practice area for the Texas region. Her lead projects include FCC Environmental Services Materials Recovery Facility for the City of Houston; several projects at the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s headquarters; the 4.3-million-square foot Daikin Texas Technology Park in Waller County; the Nalco Champion headquarters in Sugar Land; Stream Realty Partners’ Sierra Pines Phase 2, the first six-story tilt wall building in Texas; and the Memorial Hermann Medical Office prototype.

Please join us in congratulating AJ!

a look ahead

Jeanette Shaw, AIA, LEED AP, RID, will be presenting a lecture on “Quality Programs: The Devil is in the Details” at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2019 on June 8, in Las Vegas. Jeanette is proud to be the first and only Architect member of the Construction Quality Executives Council (CQEC), which promotes quality in all realms of the construction industry and is composed of most of the largest construction firms in the world. The CQEC is dedicated to a cross-industry initiative to improve construction project delivery through enhanced documentation and communication. Jeanette works with the CQEC members to establish Quality program standards for Architecture firms.