AIA Houston Honors EYP with 2022 Firm Award

AIA Houston

We're thrilled our Houston office received the AIA Houston 2022 Firm Award, an annual program recognizing Houston architectural firms producing distinguished architecture for at least ten years — an exciting accomplishment with the firm celebrating 50 years this October. Significant contributions and accomplishments within the profession and the community are also key factors. Our Houston team accepts the award during AIA Houston's Celebrate Architecture Gala this April. 

Read on to hear colleagues from the Space City express their pride in receiving the Firm Award, as well as some of the reasons working in our Houston office is so rewarding.

The AIA Houston Firm Award is a celebration of our people, our clients, and the significant impact we have had in the design of the built environment within the city-limits and beyond. We are proud of our diverse culture, and honored that our fountainhead legacy of nurturing generations of leaders has contributed positively to the architectural profession and the Houston community.

Tushar Gupta
Tushar Gupta Managing Principal - Houston, Design Principal
MD Anderson and Sam Houston State University
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, The Woodlands; Sam Houston State University, Lowman Student Center

Receiving the Firm Award is an honor and testament to the meaningful work we do as individuals, as a team, and as a firm. What defines us at EYP is making a difference through design — to connect and have impact by asking ourselves, 'What’s Possible?'

Peter Dreghorn
Peter Dreghorn Senior Project Director
Texas A&M University Intercollegiate School of Engineering Medicine, EnMed Building; Texas Children's Hospital, West Tower

This award is a testament to the strong office leadership and focus on office culture. The best part about working in the Houston office is the opportunity to collaborate with some amazingly talented colleagues — not only knowledgeable in our field, but also terrific mentors providing ample opportunities for professional growth. Retaining top talent in our office is key to our success in our projects and maintaining repeat clients.

Renee Fiala
Renee Fiala Senior Medical Planner
University of Houston and George R. Brown Convention Center
The University of Houston, The Quad; HoustonFirst Corporation, George R. Brown Convention Center 

Being part of the EYP family for the past eight years, I can testify that this is the place to enjoy what you do. I am surrounded by people with dedication and passion, people who care, who are supportive, and who encourage you to become a better you. The plethora of successes in the work we achieve, in turn, is an epitome of the culture that shapes us, as a collective whole.

Yin Jiang
Yin Jiang Senior Designer, Architecture
Memorial Hermann, Susan and Fayez Sarofim Pavilion; City of Houston, Alief Neighborhood Center

After working in the Houston office for six years, it feels great to be recognized for such a monumental award. My favorite part about working in the Houston Office is its culture that is celebrated through the diversity of each staff member. Every staff meeting I get to learn more about my colleagues, through our monthly Houston Talks showcase. I'm proud to work at a firm that allows me to be a member of important committees, such as the EDI Committee, and also regularly celebrates the diversity of our team.

Yuliana Hernandez
Yuliana Hernandez Designer II
Stamford Health, New Stamford Hospital; Hackensack Meridian Health, H.O.P.E. Tower (Healing Out Patient Experience)

The Firm Award reflects our continually improving design quality, integration of planning and design, and the evidence-based design approach we take with projects. 'People First' is the legacy at the heart of our firm culture, and given the pandemic experience of the last couple of years, this recognition is also a touching validation of how our firm persevered and remained resilient and supportive of our clients, the community of Houston, and our staff.

Charles Griffin
Charles Griffin Senior Director, Healthcare
Houston Methodist, Paula and Joseph C. (Rusty) Walter III Tower; University of Texas Medical Branch, Health Education Center

How we operate as a company is part of our secret sauce. We're fluid, we're adaptive, we roll with it, regardless of circumstance. Our ability to remain agile keeps us at the leading edge of our industry. On top of that, our people support and respect each other in a fun and exciting environment where we all cheer each other on to success. This is the type of culture that embodies the spirit of the Firm Award. Joining the firm was one of the smartest decisions I ever made.

Portrait of Laura Vargas
Laura Vargas Project Director
Houston mural

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Tushar Gupta

Managing Principal - Houston, Design Principal

Peter Dreghorn

Senior Project Director

Renee Fiala

Senior Medical Planner

Yin Jiang

Senior Designer, Architecture

Yuliana Hernandez

Designer II

Charles Griffin

Senior Director, Healthcare

Laura Vargas

Project Director