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Donna J. Kacmar

At a Glance

Class Year: 1988

Award Year: 2011

Degree: Bachelor of Environmental Design, Master of Architecture

Profession: Education


Donna Kacmar, FAIA, was educated at Texas A&M University and graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Design in 1988 and a Master of Architecture in 1992. Donna is a National American Institute of Architects 2004 Young Architects Award recipient and was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2009. Donna has served on the board of the Houston AIA, the Avenue CDC, the Rice Design Alliance, the Architecture Center Houston Foundation, and the Texas Society of Architects. She served as the Texas representative to the national AIA Strategic Council for three years and and served on the AIA National Equity + Future of Architecture Committee for two years. Donna has taught at Rice University and Texas A&M University. She is a Professor at the University of Houston where she teaches architecture design studio and founded the Materials Research Collaborative (MRC) in 2010. Her built work has received several awards and has been nationally published. In 2003 her firm received a Texas Society of Architects Design Award for the Round Valley Texas Office Building + Garage in Bellaire, Texas. This project also won an AIA Houston Design Award in 2002. The Kacmar House (a.k.a. a very long skinny house) won an AIA Houston Design Award in 1999 and was published in the book A House for My Mother by Beth Dunlop (Princeton Architectural Press). In 2011 the firm received an AIA Houston Design Award for the Oak Forest Neighborhood Library Renovation, a collaboration with Natalye Appel + Associates Architects and James Ray Architects. That library renovation and addition was also honored in 2012 with a Greater Houston Preservation Alliance Good Brick Award. That same team recently completed an addition and renovation to the Jungman Neighborhood Library and the new Woods Montessori High School in Houston. Her Fisher Street House, a small 544 square foot dwelling, received a 2013 AIA Houston Design Award. Her first book, BIG little house, was published by Routledge in March of 2015. Her most recent book, Victor Lundy: Artist Architect, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2018. She currently practices architecture in Houston at Architect Works, PLLC.