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DEBRA J. DOCKERY

FAIA
Debra J. Dockery, Architect, P.C.

SAY IT LOUD - TEXAS Exhibitor
Texas Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Any wonderful, beautiful space for contemplation, for exuberant celebration, or that elevates beyond it's basic function.

DEBRA J. DOCKERY

Bio:

The great architectDebra Dockery has been a licensed architect for 40 years. In 1989, she established Debra J. Dockery, Architect, P. C. Debra’s work has truly shaped South Texas through the design of over $400 million in public facilities projects in the San Antonio area. Awards include the 2018 AIA San Antonio Legacy Award, 2017Texas A&M College of Architecture Outstanding Alumni, 2017AIA College of Fellows, 2015 Texas Society of Architects Mentorship Award

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

I was born into the design and construction industry and inherited the gene. I have known since earliest memory that I would be an architect and have never deviated from that desire.

What do you do?

I am the sole owner of my own practice. We are a small firm of 6, so I am involved in every facet of our projects. The firms projects are mostly public facilities for municipalities, counties and the State of Texas.

What excites you in the work you do?

Interpreting the clients functional needs in a new facility that enhances its surroundings. Saving an old building and giving it new life. Developing a master plan that guides, prioritizes and energizes a program.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Any wonderful, beautiful space for contemplation, for exuberant celebration, or that elevates beyond it's basic function.

 

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

That my firm has been in continuous operation for over 32 years. That I can proclaim numerous facility designs that have benefitted the community. That every female aspiring architect that has worked for me has become a licensed architect.

Featured Project Name: 

District 3 Community Center

Featured Project Location: 

San Antonio, Texas

Featured Project Completion Date: 

2017

Role in Featured Project: 

Principal in charge

 

Featured Project Description:

The San Antonio’s Council District 3 Center consists of programs aimed at keeping the seniors active and healthy. The space program includes a dining hall, fitness rooms, art/crafts room, computer room, a library and a game room area. The total building square footage is 13,000 sq. ft. The fan shape of the plan developed to allow views across the park from all the major interior activity spaces. It is a part of a parks master plan that connects the center to trails, a lake, and a dog park.

Photography Credit:

Debra J. Dockery, Architect, P.C.

Featured Project Name: 

Bexar County Greenies Urban Farm Master Plan

Featured Project Location: 

San Antonio, Texas

Featured Project Completion Date: 

2019

Role in Featured Project: 

Principal in charge

 

Featured Project Description:

The Greenies Urban Farm Master Plan provides a concept layout, facility program, and implementation strategies for a 10 acre site on the near east side of San Antonio. The program includes a new office facility to be constructed for the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service, an event center the could lease for conferences and banquets, urban farms, and outdoor demonstration pavilion.. The site was purchased from the Union Pacific Railroad with the goal of rejuvenating the neighborhood.

Photography Credit:

All renderings by Debra J. Dockery, Architect, P.C. and Dunaway & Associates