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“Great places, neighborhoods and urban districts function much like well-designed buildings. They engage us and ask us to take ownership, they reflect who we are and who we want to be and connect us to our fellow humans.”
Doug has a deep passion for and understanding of the ways that cities influence the quality of public life and the critical role that architecture plays in creating the public stage. A native of Houston, he is a strategic leader both professionally and in the community. Childers studied and lived in New York City for nearly two formative decades. Since returning to Houston in 1997, he has become an active champion for Houston’s unique form of urbanism and a leader of high-profile architecture and urban planning projects. “My passion for architecture operates on several levels — material, aesthetic, historical and cultural,” he said. “For years, the line between work and life has been imperceptible for me. My work is about the city — its people and its places; and much of life involves being a user and a co-conspirator in its daily life. It is a great privilege to play a part in the evolution and the life of the city.”
Registered Architect: Texas and Ohio
Certified, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
Bachelor of Architecture, Pratt Institute
Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Government, Austin College
Did You Know?
As a teenager, Doug and a group of collaborators bought an old school bus, turned it into a crude motor home, painted it blue with flowers on the side and drove 10,000 miles around the western United States for two months. The engine only caught fire one time along the way.