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Jack Yardley

At a Glance

Class Year: 1958

Award Year: 2020

Degree: Bachelor of Architecture

Profession: Retired Architect


Jack Yardley graduated from Texas A&M in 1959 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree and a commission in the US Army.

After graduation Jack worked for CRS before reporting for six months active duty in the US Army. He then returned to CRS and worked as a Associate in the firm until 1966. From 1966-1968 Jack worked with Dik Vrooman in Dacca, East Pakistan (Bangladesh). Along with three other Americans we established the first School of Architecture in that country. The program was a contract between Texas A&M and USAID. The school still exists today where we are referred to as the ‘Founding Professors’. During his three years in East Pakistan Jack traveled to major cities to lecture on architecture, exposing a country with no architects to the practice of architecture, and its value to a culture.

Upon his return to the United States Jack worked in Dallas with Harrell & Hamilton (Omniplan) first as a design team leader, progressing to Associate and Vice President. Jack left Omniplan in 1971 to become the head of design for Harwood K Smith (HKS) where he was made a partner in 1974. Jack retired in 2009 after 39 years with HKS.

While at HKS he designed the Ernest Langford Center for Architecture at Texas A&M. Other local projects he is  proud to have designed include: Dallas - Reunion Arena, Plaza of the Americas, Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital, and the Ronald McDonald House (pro bono). San Antonio - Brooke Army Medical Center.

Jack is honored to have been elected to the College of Fellows of the AIA in 1981. His love of design and fascination with other cultures combined with his passion for photography took him to more than 50 countries and 6 continents where he was able to capture the culture and character with his camera. 25 of his Asian photos were exhibited at the Crow Museum of Asian Art in Dallas. Other exhibits include 14th Street Gallery in Plano and the Asian American Heritage Festival.