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Gordon E. Landreth


At a Glance

Class Year: 1967

Award Year: 2016

Degree: Bachelor of Architecture

Profession: Architecture

Biography

Gordon Landreth ’67, FAIA, earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1968. He is the principal of Landreth Architectural Consulting after retiring from CLK Architects, a firm he founded in 1977 in Corpus Christi, Texas. In over forty years of practice, Landreth’s designs have significantly contributed to the architectural fabric of South Texas, noted James Kirkpatrick ’67, of Kirkpatrick Architecture Studio. Among his notable projects are the Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, expansion of the local Christus Spohn Health System, and the memorial to the late Tejano singer Salena. Landreth is well known for his efforts to improve Corpus Christi’s bayfront by leading an important dialogue between citizens and community leaders which resulted in a plan to establish two miles of greenbelt on the shoreline and to move vehicular traffic away from the waterfront. Nueces County Judge Loyd Neal ’59, a Texas A&M Distinguished Alumnus, stated, “He has worked tirelessly without compensation over many years making contributions to downtown Corpus Christi and our beautiful bayfront.” As chairman of the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners 2004-2008, Landreth helped resolve a decades-long impasse among architects and engineers regarding which profession’s members should perform certain building design tasks. His efforts set in motion a process that led to a 2011 bill, signed by Texas Governor Rick Perry, that laid to rest the ongoing dispute and allowed Texas architects to fully reclaim their role in the design profession. “His impact will be felt for many years through the changes in a milestone State Attorney General’s opinion concerning the relative practices of architecture and engineering,” Bill Wilson II, ’79 reported. During Landreth’s term on the state board he shortened the time required for graduates to fully enter the profession by accelerating the licensure process in Texas, reducing architecture’s losses to other creative fields. As a member of a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards task force, Landreth helped spread the accelerated licensure concept nationally, “a significant improvement for young architects across the country,” said Kirkpatrick.