Nine Texas architects are among the 88 AIA members elevated to the College of Fellows this year. This prestigious honor is awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to architecture and society on a national level, and only about three percent of AIA’s more than 94,000 members hold this distinction. Architects who have been elevated to Fellowship can be identified by the designation FAIA after their name.
Visit AIA National’s website for more information on College of Fellows or to view the complete list of newly elevated architect Fellows.
Congratulations to the newest Texas Fellows!
John Blood, FAIA
Blood is a licensed architect practicing with Danze Blood Architects in Austin, and also works as a concept artist, set designer, and storyboard artist in the film and video game industries. In addition to teaching in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, he teaches art direction and production design in the Radio/Television/Film Department.
Blood also continues to serve as a Critic in Architectural Design at Yale, teaching a course he developed to familiarize students with all forms of architectural communication.
Blood was granted fellowship in object five, as his work has proven “to make the profession of ever-increasing service to society.”
Paul Dennehy, FAIA
Dennehy is a principal of Malone Maxwell Dennehy Architects. He brings extensive experience in commercial, institutional, residential, ecclesiastical, and high-rise architecture. He was President of Dennehy Architects before merging his firm with MMD in 2018. He served as President of AIA Fort Worth in 2010, President of the Texas Society of Architects in 2017 and was a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Strategic Council from 2018 to 2021 – the thought leadership body of the Institute. In addition to being elevated to the AIA College of Fellows, Dennehy received the Louise Bethune Fellowship Award for his continued commitment to the mission of the American Institute of Architects.
Dennehy was granted fellowship in object three, which is given to architects “who have actively, efficiently, and cooperatively led the Institute or a related professional organization over a sustained period of time and have gained widespread recognition for the results of their work.”
Michael Hellinghausen, FAIA
Hellinghausen’s steadfast and visionary leadership, and gifts as a teacher and mentor, are the traits he marshaled to assure a more prosperous and equitable future for the Texas Society of Architects and for the profession.
The Leader: For the past decade, Hellinghausen led the Texas Society of Architects through numerous committees and elected positions. As President-Elect, he focused on the urgent issues facing Texas and the profession, emphasizing the lack of access to and diversity within the profession, climate change, and population growth, all amplified by his President’s letters in Texas Architect magazine. As President, he led the 2019 conference in Galveston, crafting the theme, keynote addresses, and his own speeches around these critical issues. Throughout his tenure, Hellinghausen was a force of change, a persuader, while ensuring financial and organizational stability.
The Teacher: Hellinghausen has presented continuing education sessions at AIA national and TxA conferences since 2009 on design firm financial management. Since 2013, he has presented college-level material on the subject, delivering lectures to professional practice classes at UT Arlington, and at his alma mater, Notre Dame.
The Mentor: Hellinghausen’s love of mentoring is manifested in his steady encouragement and coaching of emerging professionals, assisting and advising them on their professional journey. He is a tireless volunteer with his university alumni club, parochial schools in Dallas, and civic and community organizations.
Hellinghausen serves as Principal and COO at OMNIPLAN, which he joined in 1995. He lives in east Dallas, where he is an avid cook, reader, and cyclist.
Hellinghausen was granted fellowship in object three, which is given to architects “who have actively, efficiently, and cooperatively led the Institute or a related professional organization over a sustained period of time and have gained widespread recognition for the results of their work.”
Milton Hime, FAIA
Hime, born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, has been giving back to the Central Texas community through placemaking and design for the last 37 years. After studying architecture and engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, he worked in Austin offices under Gordon Bohmfalk, L.M. Holder III, and as a principal at STG Design. In February of 2003, Milton founded Studio8 Architects, now an established commercial design firm in Austin and San Antonio.
Hime has positioned his practice as an essential community partner that uses architecture as a platform to realize meaningful change in people’s lives. Under his leadership, Studio8 is responsible for shaping the non-profit landscape and bettering the lives of many thousands of people in Austin and Central Texas. For more than 30 years, he has worked with dozens of non-profits including YMCA of Austin, Caritas, People’s Community Clinic (PCC), Central Texas Food Bank and more, to address food insecurity, homelessness, health care inequities, education, child development, and social justice with a keen understanding of the shifting realities of needs and their solutions.
His is a practice model that has fully accommodated community service — from behind the scenes due-diligence to highly visible design — and commitments to equity and social justice into the daily work of being an architect. His approach opens the profession to playing a wider role in creating a more equitable and healthier built environment.
Hime was granted fellowship in object two, as his work has proven “to advance the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of practice.”
William Mullane, FAIA
Mullane established WSM Architecture when he retired from Austin Community College District after 16 years of service.
At ACC, he led the office of Facilities & Construction, managing the planning, design, construction and renovation of facilities, as well as real estate transactions and sustainability efforts for the District. Prior to ACC, he worked at the University of Texas at Austin and numerous private sector design firms.
Mullane earned his B.A. in Architecture from Rice University. He is an alumnus of Leadership Austin, and a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Texas Society of Architects, the American Solar Energy Society, the Congress for the New Urbanism, the Urban Land Institute, the Society for College and University Planning, the US Green Building Council, and the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.
His work has emphasized planning with vision for the future, providing equitable delivery of services to a diverse community, and design to create a sense of place, with a unique identity. His many civic activities have promoted planned growth in a compact pattern to support economic development while protecting the natural environment by reducing urban sprawl, advocating efficient public infrastructure and enhancing natural spaces integrated into the urban area.
Mullane was granted fellowship in object four, as an architect who “ensure[s] the advancement of the living standards of people through their improved environment.”
Stephen Pickard, FAIA
Pickard is a Principal at GFF Architects in Dallas and has over 37 years of architectural design and management experience. The last 22 years of his career have concentrated on the development of a national practice specializing in the design of church and faith-based facilities. He is very familiar with current trends and the most progressive thinking as it relates to worship spaces, children’s education spaces, and meaningful venues for community connection. These projects incorporate both cultural and religious aspects into church campuses that strive to serve not only their members but also the larger community. He is currently working with several churches around the country and in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Pickard served as the 2021 Chairman for AIA Interfaith Design, the Interfaith Forum on Religious Art and Architecture and on the Dean’s Circle for the Texas Tech University College of Architecture Design Leadership Alliance.
Pickard was granted fellowship in object two, which is given to “architects who have made notable contributions through their work in the practice of architecture.”
Steven Schultz, FAIA
Integrating architecture and design to create functional spaces and aesthetically pleasing environments is central to Schultz’s professional practice. Over a career spanning more than 39 years, he has concentrated on designing environments for healthcare and academic clients, working with top academic centers and healthcare institutions nationwide. He leads a team of talented specialists to take projects from the conceptual phase through execution and occupancy, continually seeking to push past conventional solutions, thinking operationally, and applying rigor to achieve optimal design outcomes that meet the client’s strategic vision.
Schultz was granted fellowship in object two, which is given to architects “who have made notable contributions through their work in the practice of architecture.”
Keith Simon, FAIA
Simon joined Building Exterior Solutions, Inc. (a division of Terracon) in April of 2014. He is a Registered Architect, Certified Passive House Consultant, Legacy LEED AP, and Building Enclosure Commissioning Provider with over 15 years’ experience in architectural design and building enclosure consultation. His experience includes peer review, design assistance, durability analysis, construction administration, testing, and forensics of building envelope issues and is the Building Enclosures Practice Lead for Terracon. Simon is the founder of the AIA Austin Building Enclosure Council, where he currently serves as a board member. He is also on the board of the Passive House Institute US Alliance Austin Chapter. He also serves as the Secretary for the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council executive committee. Simon is a Terracon Subject Matter Expert for Hygrothermal Modeling and Building Enclosure Commissioning and has been adjunct faculty at the University of Texas School of Architecture in Austin since 2011 teaching Environmental Controls, Building Science, Construction Detailing, and Design Studio. Simon was awarded the 2012 Emerging Professional Honor Award by the Austin AIA as well as the Terracon 2017 Outstanding Contributor Technical Professional Company-All award.
Simon was granted fellowship in object two, as his work has proven “to advance the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of practice.”
Ron Stelmarski, FAIA
Stelmarski’s first exposure to design was in the fourth grade, when his family constructed a new home near Shaker Heights, Ohio. Fascinated by the interplay of light and space, he knew he wanted to pursue a career in architecture as soon as it was completed.
In junior high, Stelmarski continued his studies in light and experimented with photography, processing images in his own darkroom. His time spent documenting the world around him sharpened his appreciation for the visual language of storytelling.
An award-winning designer, Stelmarski’s multi-faceted interest in design spans several disciplines including architecture, interiors, brand experience and urban design. His hands-on approach is not only highly collaborative, but also heavily research-based.
Stelmarski believes that architecture is the connective tissue that unites people, place, and culture. This philosophy informs every project he undertakes. His passion for enhancing the public realm motivates him to the core.
Stelmarski was granted fellowship on object one, which is given to architects “who have produced distinguished bodies of work through design, urban design, or preservation.”
Wow, what incredible diversity on display here.