Harold L. Adams

Class Year
1961
Award Year
1998
Degree
ARCH
Profession
Architecture
Biography
Harold Adams ‘61 (ARCH) received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Texas A&M University in 1962. After graduation, he worked in Washington, D.C. for John Carl Warnecke & Associates, where he worked with President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy on several important projects. He was later the project manager for the president’s gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery. He joined RTKL in 1967, became president in 1969, CEO in 1971 and chairman in 1987. Under Adams’ leadership, RTKL has developed into an international practice with nine offices worldwide and a reputation for both design and management expertise. In addition to his fellowship in the American Institute of Architects, Adams holds a ‘first-class Kenchikushi’ license, awarded by Japan’s Ministry of Construction and is a registered architect in the United Kingdom. He is also a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and is active as a trustee and board member for a number of Baltimore and Washington arts, education and civic organizations. The winner of the Kemper Award for Service to the American Institute of Architects in 1997, Adams has devoted countless hours to the AIA as a keynote speaker, committee member and officer at both local and national levels including Chancellor of the AIA College of Fellows in 1998. Harold currently is on the Texas A&M Chancellor’s Council. He has been recognized as a Texas A&M University Distinguished Alumni and has been inducted into The National Academy of Construction — both awarded in 2011. He is a Design Futures Council Senior Fellow. In 2014, Harold was presented the Leslie N. Boney Spirit of Fellowship Award, the AIA College of Fellow’s highest honor. He was also named a Faculty Fellow in the Texas A&M Institute for Advanced Study. A strong supporter of the college, Adams has endowed four professorships, one scholarship and is a member of the College Development Advisory council. He resides in Bryan, Texas and Baltimore, MD.
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