HOUSTON, TEXAS — Kirksey Architecture has been named the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Houston Chapter's 2021 Firm of the Year. This award is given annually to a Houston architecture firm that has consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least ten years and made significant accomplishments in both the profession and community. This year’s jurors, members of AIA Kansas City, recognized Kirksey for the firm’s action-based approach and commitment to sustainability, mentorship, and community involvement.

Kirksey, which first opened in 1971, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and previously won the same award in 2002. "Kirksey's role in the Houston A/E/C community is one we're extremely proud of," remarked Kirksey President Wes Good. "We are honored to have served this city for 50 years and to be recognized by AIA Houston for our contributions." With a half-century of experience in architecture, design, interior design, master planning, programming, and projects worldwide, Kirksey is a true, multidisciplinary firm with a diverse portfolio of projects. 

AIA Houston presented Kirksey with the 2021 Firm of the Year Award at the Celebrate Architecture Gala held on Saturday, July 24th, at the Lone Star Flight Museum. Comments from the judges and an event photo, courtesy of AIA Houston, can be found below: 

  • "Kirksey’s commitment to advancing architecture and design while engaging their community through various initiatives of service and volunteering contributes to our profession in an immense way." – Jay Currie Campbell
  • "I am really impressed with the firm’s approach of diversifying the leadership, commitment to long-term retention and growth of employees, and true commitment to the environment and community. The firm is leading by example and is truly inspirational." – Ishita Banerjii
  • "Wow, what an amazing firm! Commitment to community involvement, sustainability leadership, the environment, and the profession." – Marsha Hoffman
  • "Kirksey stands out as an action-based firm, serving the profession of architecture and the state of Texas through their dedication to mentoring young architects, advancing diversity within their leadership, sustainable design, and disaster relief advocacy." – Laura Pastine