Texas Society of Architects | AIA Honors PageSoutherlandPage With Prestigious Architecture Firm Award

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PageSoutherlandPage, founded in 1898, continues to renew itself, next week winning the Texas Society of Architects' 2009 Architecture Firm Award. The honor speaks to the vitality of this 111-year-old Texas architecture practice and its commitment to its employees, the profession, and the communities in which it works.

This award is a tribute to our talented professionals

The Texas Society of Architects (the Society) has selected PageSoutherlandPage (PSP) to receive its 2009 Architecture Firm Award. The honor award recognizes one firm that has consistently produced distinguished architecture in Texas for at least 10 years. The Architecture Firm Award will be presented October 23 at the Hyatt Regency Houston in conjunction with the TSA's 70th Annual Convention and Expo.

"This award is a tribute to our talented professionals," said John Cryer III, AIA, principal of PSP's Houston office. "They help PageSoutherlandPage remain fresh and relevant."

Images of PSP's work can be viewed at http://www.pspaec.com/index.php/media/images.html.

Selection was based on three areas of achievement: exemplary design; practice and personal development; and professional and community involvement. According to Jeannette Allison, governance manager for the Society, "Design was a factor, but the honor awards committee also asked, 'How do they support their employees? Do they allow volunteer service?' Internships and mentoring are part of PSP's culture, and that's what the committee was looking for."

PSP has renewed itself in the last 25 years to become a dynamic leader in design and city-building, through civic participation as well as professional projects.  The firm has contributed to the transformation of Austin's urban core with such projects as the Austin Convention Center and its expansion, the Computer Sciences Corporation complex, and the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. In downtown Houston, PSP has designed 10 adaptive reuse projects, including the Rice Hotel renovation and the architecture at Discovery Green park.  Business Week and Architectural Record recognized PSP and Discovery Green in its 2009 "Good Design is Good Business" Awards.

Having worked with City of Austin and State of Texas energy departments to develop sustainable design standards in the 1990s, PSP now has more than 100 LEED-accredited professionals on staff and has designed almost 60 projects to meet LEED certification.

PSP supports young designers through mentoring, continuing education and technical training. Each office is actively involved in college internship programs; last summer, the firm employed 23 interns, with the goal of providing real world work experiences. "Our college interns are treated as full members of the project teams," said Lisa Rosenfeld, PSP's director of human resources. "We learn from them as much as they learn from us."

PSP's principals and staff hold regular faculty positions at Texas architecture schools, also serving on school advisory boards, writing books and articles, presenting lectures (more than 100 in the last decade), and sitting on design award juries. Similarly, the firm provides pro bono work in its communities and has helped families recover from natural disasters including Tropical Storm Allison and Hurricane Ike. Financially and philosophically, the firm encourages employee participation in a wide range of charitable and economic development activities. Both the Dallas Business Journal and Houston Business Journal this year named PSP one of the "Best Places to Work."

About PageSoutherlandPage
Founded in Austin, Texas, in 1898, PageSoutherlandPage is one of the nation's most enduring and prolific architecture practices. The firm has more than 425 employees at offices in Austin, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Washington, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Doha, Qatar, Kuwait, and London, providing architecture, interiors, consulting and engineering services. PSP is focused on designing healthcare, science and technology, and public facilities as well as academic, corporate, and urban housing projects. Principals are Matthew F. Kreisle III, AIA (Austin), Lawrence W. Speck, FAIA (Austin), John N. Cryer III, AIA (Houston), Mattia J. Flabiano III, AIA (Dallas), and James M. Wright, AIA (Washington).

In addition to Discovery Green, recent projects include the GSA Field Office in Houston, Children's Medical Center at Legacy in Plano, Texas, Four Points Centre in Austin, the Army Materiel Command Headquarters in Huntsville, Ala., and the Renaissance Riverfront Lofts, an affordable housing complex in Denver. PSP's international reach includes 15 U.S. embassy and consulate compounds as well as a master plan for the University of Monterrey, Mexico, the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel in Accra, Ghana, and the master plan for Hamad Medical Center in Doha, Qatar. Since opening the Dallas office in 1975, PSP has impacted healthcare delivery in North Texas, designing major facilities for the Baylor Healthcare System and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Go to http://www.pspaec.com to learn more about the firm.

About The Texas Society Of Architects | AIA
A state organization of the American Institute of Architects, the Texas Society of Architects is the voice of the Texas architectural profession uniting AIA members to advance the profession, serve society, and improve the built environment.  For more information, go to http://www.texasarchitect.org.


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