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image Photo by Paul Kniestedt L-R: Carlos Rodriguez; Carlos Cruz; Edgar Sanchez; Debra Dockery; Felipe Lopez, Pugh Constructors

SAN ANTONIO - After 28 years in business, Debra J. Dockery, Architect continues to do projects that excite its owner and namesake, and architect Debra Dockery remains active in the local industry and community.






    Recently inducted into the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows, Dockery was recognized at the ceremony for her nearly three decades of service. That service has included giving her time to organizations, mentoring, and advocacy.
    She is currently chair of the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners, and is the first woman in the 79-year history of the board to hold that position. She has mentored young professionals in her firm and the AEC industry. She has advocated for better business environments for architects, engineers and contractors in the state through analysis and review of legislation that may impact AEC professions.
    With her father working as an electrical contractor and her uncle a partner in an architectural firm, Dockery grew up in the industry and knew very early on that architecture was her calling. She followed in the footsteps of her uncle, Jim Dockery, and attended Texas A&M University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental design and her master’s in architecture.
    Dockery was moved by the emotional ceremony for the College of Fellows induction, and she is proud of having been in business for this long, having survived volatile years in the industry. Recently, her firm completed work on a new library for the City of Hondo and the restoration of Hangar 9 at Brooks City Base, which is the last remaining wood-frame hangar from World War I.
    When she gets home, she enjoys time with her husband of 27 years, Paul Kniestedt, who works as her construction administrator. She also enjoys her garden and horse on her six acres. –mh

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