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The Texas Society of Architects introduces the 2024 president, Derwin Broughton, AIA, NOMA. As the 83rd president, Derwin is the first African American president to lead the Society.

“I am fortunate and blessed to walk behind a group of outstanding leaders that have established a solid foundation for the Texas Society or Architects,” says Derwin. “Throughout this year I have been entrusted with advancing our strategic plan. Critically important to me and in alignment with our strategic priorities is building upon and bolstering our roles as advocates for the profession and built environment. I am looking forward to collaborating with the TxA Staff, board, members, and component leaders in progressing the work of TxA.” 

Derwin is a vice president and principal for KAI where he is accountable for business development and client relationships for each of the firm’s business units including architecture, MEP, construction management, program management, and build. Prior to taking on this role, Derwin served as the deputy director of architecture for KAI managing the architecture division in Dallas and San Antonio. 

For more than two decades, Derwin has focused on outcome-based architecture and transforming communities through design solutions that integrate the unique voices of project stakeholders. His work transcends multiple markets including municipal, civic, K-12, higher-education, healthcare, and transit. With each project, he seeks to raise awareness for the underserved, bringing equitable design and opportunities to those who are often overlooked. 

Derwin is a citizen architect and community advocate who actively provides leadership on civic boards and with community and architectural organizations to advocate for the betterment of society. He has served on numerous boards and commissions in several North Texas municipalities. These roles have spanned from serving as a committee member to leading as the vice president of economic development and chairing the Board of Adjustments. Derwin’s community involvement transcends demographics, boundaries, and factions to include leadership and board positions for a variety of non-profits.  

Professionally, Derwin has served in various leadership roles with AIA Dallas including chairing the Young Architects Forum and serving on the Board as Director of Advocacy. His commitment to the advancement of the profession and strategic priorities of the Texas Society of Architects afforded him the privilege of serving as Vice President of Advocacy and current President. Derwin is also a past President of the Dallas Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). 

Derwin was recognized nationally with the AIA Young Architects Award and also earned recognition through the Dallas Business Journal 40 Under 40 program and through the Texas and Louisiana Engineering News and Record 20 Under 40 program for his work in the profession and community. He is a published author and sought-after speaker, regularly contributing to articles in industry publications such as Learning by Design Magazine and speaking about architecture’s role in community advocacy and transformation 

A native of South Carolina and graduate of Clemson University, he is married to his college sweetheart Michele. They have two children and reside in Duncanville, Texas. 


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