18 APRIL 2018
Kirksey is Home to Youngest Architect in Texas (Again!)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Altair Galgana holds title as youngest architect in state
— Kirksey Architecture is proud to announce that Altair Galgana, AIA, LEED AP is currently the youngest architect in the state of Texas after passing her exams and achieving licensure at age 24. This is the second time Kirksey has been home to the youngest architect in the state – a title held in 2015 by Megan Tegethoff.Altair began her career at Kirksey as an intern in 2016 while studying at University of Houston’s Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture. Shortly after graduation, Altair took her first exam and continued through with the next six. She finished her remaining IDP hours while at Kirksey.
“I figured that right after graduation would be the most ideal time to get licensed,” Altair said. “I had the least commitments and the most discipline to take the exams, and my mentors at Kirksey were happy to help me get all the experience hours I needed.”
During her time at Kirksey, Altair has gained extensive knowledge and experience on Kirksey’s Science + Technology team
with opportunities to work with large Fortune 500 clients such as Dow Chemical on complex laboratories and research and development campuses.
“We are very proud of Altair,” said Brian Richard, AIA, Executive Vice President and Science + Technology Team Leader at Kirksey. “Her determination and motivation makes her a valuable asset for our team and this accomplishment is a testament to her drive and persistence.”
Read more about Altair’s accomplishment, published in Texas Architect.
Kirksey is committed to mentoring young designers and helping them accomplish the difficult task of achieving licensure. With an established mentorship program where licensure is a top priority, Kirksey covers the costs of study materials, passed exams and licensing fees. The firm places great value on employees maintaining a work/life balance, including carving out study time and paid time off for exam leave.
Kirksey is a Houston-based, sustainable architecture and interior design firm with more than 29 million sf of LEED® projects in their portfolio. Team-based in structure, Kirksey serves Commercial, Collegiate, Community, pK-12, Government, Healthcare, Hospitality, Religious, Science & Technology, and Multi-Family Residential markets. For more information, visit www.kirksey.com.