College of Architecture Outstanding Alumnus Jack H. Pyburn ’69
(ARCH), an acclaimed architectural preservationist was recently
elevated to Fellow in the American Institute of Architects.
Pyburn founded his own architectural firm in 1984 based on his
education in urban design and his experiences in historic preservation,
courthouse restoration and campus and community planning. The
Office of Jack Pyburn, Architect, Inc. practices the evaluation,
restoration, rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of historic properties.
Pyburn’s major accomplishments in the field of historic
preservation include the rehabilitation of Vulcan Tower in Birmingham,
Ala., the restoration of the Wright Brothers Memorial Visitor
Center in N.C., and, with Texas A&M’s Historic Resources
Imaging Laboratory, the historic district survey and nomination
of the Village of New Plymouth in The Bahamas. Pyburn’s
rehabilitation and adaptive use project for nine historic courthouses
in Georgia earned him numerous outstanding rehabilitation project
awards from several organizations throughout the state, including
the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of
Landscape Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers
and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.
Since graduation, Pyburn has been involved as an instructor
and lecturer in colleges and universities across the country
and in The Bahamas. He has written several publications and given
numerous presentations focusing on historic preservation. A recent
publication Pyburn compiled has become a one-of-a-kind travel
guide of downtown Atlanta, Ga. It features a graphic tour of
20 historic buildings.
He is currently interested in Schokbeton Precast Concrete, a
German method of precast providing stronger concrete by using
vibration during pouring. He recently traveled to Holland and
New York to research this technique. His technical report on
precast will be presented at the VIIIth International DOCOMOMO
Conference in New York City. DOCOMOMO is an acronym for “DOcumentation
and COnservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the
He is a member of the advisory group for the Historic Resources
Committee for the American Institute of Architects and member
and past founding chairman for the professional fellows of the
Center for Heritage Conservation at Texas A&M University.