William M. Peña

Class Year
1942
Award Year
1998
Degree
ARCH
Profession
Architecture
Biography
William "Willie" M. Peña '42 (ARCH) received the AIA School Medal, awarded annually to the best graduating student. He joined Caudill Rowlett and Scott in 1948 after military service overseas and became the fourth partner in 1949. As a pioneer in architectural programming, he programmed over 400 projects. After 20 years of practice, in 1969 he wrote the first edition of Problem Seeking which remains a popular architectural programming textbook. The book is now in its fifth edition. He has conducted workshops and lectures at over 100 professional, corporate and academic sessions. In 2000, he was the first architect recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award given annually by the AIA Houston Chapter. In 2009, the AIA Houston Chapter again honored him by presenting a chair designed by architect Finn Juhl to the AIA Houston Design Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston in his name. He endowed a professorship in the College of Architecture. Military awards: Bronze Star, Purple Heart, French Certificate Croix de Guerre, French Medal Chevalier, Legion of Honor. He has been selected by TAMU as one of five notable Aggies whose lives will be exhibited in a Belgian-TAMU commemoration of the seventieth anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. In 2015, he was honored with a Distinguished Alumnus Award by The Association of Former Students and Texas A&M University.
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