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John W. Focke

At a Glance

Class Year: 1965

Award Year: 2004

Degree: Bachelor of Architecture

Profession: Architecture


John Focke '65 (ARCH), joined Caudill Rowlett Scott (CRS) fresh out of college with degrees from Texas A&M and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to later become its youngest vice president at the age of 30. During his early years at CRS, he co-authored "Problem Seeking," the first textbook on the CRS method of programming which set the professional standard for programming service. After 20 years of professional practice at CRS, Focke left the firm to become principal with Ray Bailey Architects, Inc. in Houston, named Firm of the Year by the Texas Society of Architects and the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, in 2001. Focke has served as guest lecturer at Texas A&M University, Princeton and the University of Michigan. In 1989, he was elevated to Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, served as president of the organization's Houston chapter, and sat on its board of trustees in following years.