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Chris J. Carson

At a Glance

Class Year: 1956

Award Year: 2002

Degree: Bachelor of Architecture

Profession: Architecture


Chris Carson ’56 (ARCH), is perhaps best known for his contribution to southwestern regional architecture.  He retired in 2019 as principal and co-chairman of the board for Ford, Powell & Carson Architects & Planners, Inc. in San Antonio, Texas.  He joined the firm, then O’Neil Ford & Associates, in 1956, the same year he graduated from Texas A&M.  Eleven years later, with numerous projects and five prestigious design awards to his credit, Carson was named partner.  In the 63 years since, he has earned another 60 design awards.  Perhaps best known for his residential designs, Caron’s work includes the critically acclaimed Steves’ residence in San Antonio, a seminal work of his developing style.  Among Carson’s prominent, more institutionally scaled expressions of his regionalist style are Cibolo Creek Ranch near Marfa, the Cowboy Artist Museum in Kerrville, Castle Pines Golf Club in Colorado, The Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center at the Witte Museum, The Stiern Center for Exhibitions at the McNay Art Museum, and the Sunset Train Station and Pearl Stables restorations in San Antonio.

He was inducted into the AIA College of Fellows in 1992, served on the AIA National Committee for Historic Resources (1974), and was San Antonio Chapter President/President-Elect and Secretary/Treasurer (1978 - 1981).  He served on numerous Texas Society of Architects committees: Honors Committee (1984), Educators Liaison Committee (1989), and Awards Committee Chair (1993).  In 2016, he was the recipient of The Llewellyn Pitts Award (for lifetime achievement) and O’Neil Ford Award (recognizing outstanding achievement in architectural design) by The Texas Society of Architects.  In 2019, Mr. Carson was the recipient of the Walter Nold Mathis Preservation Award and The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art Special Service Award.