Craig Reynolds ’77; President of Brown Reynolds Watford Architects and a member of the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows, leads BRW’s collaborative efforts in transforming complex, multiphase, multiple-funded source projects into award-winning architecture. Reynolds founded the firm in 1984, now focuses his time and energy on the firm’s strategic planning for the 4 office locations and on projects in the higher education sector. His work includes work on 12 university campuses throughout the State of Texas.
Reynolds has led many public service projects in Texas, including chairing Dallas ISD bond elections for the past 20 years. “His masterful, civic-minded work was essential in winning landslide support for a huge bond program in 2002 that will provide benefits in Dallas for decades,” said Mike Moses, a former Dallas ISD superintendent and TEA Chair. The district was reeling from political turmoil, community division, criminal behavior from past leaders and disillusionment among staff, students and taxpayers, but with Reynolds’ participation as a key factor, said Moses, 78% of voters approved the bond measure. He has continued in leading successful bond referendums in 2008 and again in 2015, establishing the opportunity for $4.5B of public funds to be earmarked for enhancing the educational facilities for student learning in Dallas schools.
Reynolds has also been a founder in 3 community based non-profits. The Dallas Parks Foundation supported the City in raising over $1B for refurbishing and expanding urban parks. A founder of the Friends of the Katy Trail that established a 3.5 mile urban park through densely populated and high land values to create one of the nation’s most heavily used hike and bike trails. He spearheaded the conservation of a 700 home neighborhood in East Dallas, preserving a collection of 1920 circa residential architecture through an overlay ordinance.
Reynolds led his local chapter of the AIA in 2004 and was President of the Texas Society of Architects in 2012. Serving in many capacities in the Society, he is currently President of the Texas Architect Foundation.