A Texas A&M College of Architecture alumna,
whose work has been repeatedly recognized by the Texas architectural
community, earned national accolades Dec. 2003 when she received
the 2004 American Institute of Architects Young Architect Award.
Donna Kacmar, BED ’88, M.Arch ’92, principal of Architect
Works, Inc. in Houston, Texas earned the award for showing exceptional
leadership and making significant contributions to the profession
in the early stage of her architectural career.
Architect Works, Inc. specializes in developing solutions for
residential and small-scale commercial projects. Many of Kacmar’s
designs have won awards, including the 1999 AIA Houston Design
Award for the Kacmar house, built for her parents and featured
in Beth Dunlop’s book “A House for My Mother.”
“I am proud to have done a house for my parents, to have
the opportunity to teach at several schools, and to have some
great clients,” Kacmar said.
In 2000, the budding designer received the Young Architect Award
from the Houston AIA Chapter, which she has served on the committee
and board levels. Kacmar also volunteers her architectural services
to Avenue CDC, a non-profit low-income housing development corporation
that works to preserve economic and architectural diversity in
inner city neighborhoods.
Kacmar’s work “suggests that speculative ventures
need not be boring or conventional to be successful,” said
Mark Oberholzer, a professor of architecture at Rice University,
in a review of Kacmar’s Round Valley Texas Office Building
and Garage in Bellaire, Texas that appeared in the Sept. 10, 2003
edition of Texas Architect magazine.
Kacmar currently teaches an architecture design studio at the
University of Houston and has been a visiting assistant professor
at A&M as well as a visiting faculty member at Rice University.
“I was very excited when I received notification of the
award,” Kacmar said. “I have worked very hard and
have had a lot of help and good luck.”
The award will be presented at the AIA’s 2004 national