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Greg Houston

At a Glance

Class Year: 1979

Award Year: 2020

Degree:  Bachelor of Environmental Design and Master of Architecture

Profession: Architect


Following graduation with a master’s degree in Architecture from Texas A&M in 1981, Greg worked for a local Bryan architecture firm, followed by a position as a lecturer in the College of Architecture at A&M. In 1982, he returned to his hometown, San Antonio, to join Marmon Mok. Recognized for his leadership in design, project management and marketing the firm for new commissions, he was elevated to partner and owner in 1994, and currently serves as a majority owner.

 His work in recreation and sports facilities design has had a national impact and has been recognized by the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association by receiving 5 Outstanding Sports Facilities design awards. The Texas A&M University Student Recreation Center, in 1996, and the expansion, in 2016, each received this award. The A&M Rec Center also received the Facilities of Merit Award from Athletic Business for outstanding design.

A series of commissions for the YMCA has been nationally recognized for their positive environmental and economic impact by recycling existing big box grocery stores, converting them to vibrant health and wellness facilities in underserved areas of San Antonio. In 2016, the Mays Family YMCA at Potranco received a Merit Award from the San Antonio Chapter of the AIA.

 He continues to apply the lessons learned in environmental design which incorporate adaptive re-use of existing facilities, introduction of natural light as a primary lighting source and naturally ventilated building spaces to reduce energy consumption.

Greg serves on the Board of Directors of San Antonio Youth Literacy and the San Antonio Sport Foundation. He is a long-time member of the Chancellor’s Century Council, the San Antonio A&M Club, the 12th Man Foundation and the Association of Former Students.

Greg is married to Laura Thurman Houston ’81, and father to three Aggies: Shannon ’12, Mark ’08 and Jonathan ’06, who currently teaches in the College of Architecture, Department of Construction Science.