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Embracing the future

image Dillon Kyle (center) and the Dillon Kyle Architects staff breaks ground on the new office building and design studio.

HOUSTON – Just in time for its 20th anniversary, Dillon Kyle Architects (DKA) recently broke ground on its new three-story office building and design studio located at 1500 West Alabama St.

    Native Houstonian Dillon Kyle, AIA, started the firm in a mobile home outside of Brenham and moved the firm to Houston in 1996.
    “I practiced architecture in San Francisco and New York before I was drawn back to my hometown,” he said.
    Kyle says he was drawn to Houston because of the opportunities presented by the city’s spirit, landscape and openness.
    Over the past 20 years, the firm has grown steadily, working on custom single-family residences, cultural and commercial buildings and educational facility projects.
    According to Kyle, the firm’s future headquarters is sited on a corner lot in the Museum District.
    The administration and conference spaces will be on the lower two levels and the design studio will be located on the third level.
    “A sculptural wooden screen, carved to echo the iconic live oaks that line the streets of Houston, wraps around the structure,” Dillon said. “Trees planted adjacent to the building will form a strong visual link with its upper stories, as they mirror the foliage motif of the facade.”
    With an expected completion date of Aug. 2016, the building is on target to receive a LEED Silver rating.
     The firm has also named Peter Klein, Parrish Kyle, Russell Morse, Fani Qano and Rudy Fabre as senior associates.
     “Our clients and staff have made the first two decades of Dillon Kyle Architects a tremendously rewarding experience for me personally and for the firm,” Kyle said. “I am very proud of our team’s accomplishments and success.”  –ab

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