Velpeau E. Hawes, Jr.

Class Year
1958
Award Year
2006
Degree
ARCH
Profession
Architecture
Biography
After four years of service as an Infantry Officer Mr. Hawes ‘58(ARCH) began a 38 year career with architectural firms in Dallas, Texas as a licensed Architect and licensed Interior Designer. Mr. Hawes’ clients have included: Texas A&M University, Zale Corporation, D/FW Airport, Friendswood Development, Gerald Hines Interests, Chevron, Neiman-Marcus, and Mobil Oil. Projects he has managed received eight Texas Society of Architects Design Awards and four AIA/Dallas Design Awards. He retired from private practice in 2000 upon which he managed the design and construction of the Nasher Sculpture Center project for Mr. Raymond D. Nasher, a long time client. This project was designed by Renzo Piano the Pritzker Prize winning Italian Architect. Upon completing the Nasher Mr. Hawes has continued to be a consultant on prestigious projects including the Booker T. Washington H.S. for Performing and Visual Arts, The Dallas Arboretum, and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science all in Dallas, Texas. The Museum was designed by another Pritzker Prize winning Architect Thom Mayne. His involvement with Texas A&M University includes serving on the College of Architecture Advisory Board, guest lecture appearances, and as an Aggie Muster speaker at the Grayson County and Kaufman County A&M Clubs. Mr. Hawes was elevated to Fellow in the American Institute of Architects in 1983, named a Richard Upjohn Fellow by AIA in 1990, and in 2006 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from AIA/Dallas. In 2008 he received the Texas Society of Architects highest award, the Llewellyn Pitts Award for Lifetime Achievement.During his years of service with the American Institute of Architects Mr. Hawes served as Dallas Chapter President 1982, National AIA Board Member 1985-1988, and AIA Trust Board Member 1989-1995, and Board Member of the Dallas Center for Architecture 2010-2011. Mr. Hawes and his wife Connie have four grown children, six grandchildren, and four great grand children.
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