VERGEL LEE GAY JR.
Vergel Gay & Associates
African American AIA Fellow
SAY IT LOUD - Washington DC Exhibitor
Texas Based Designer
Gay became the University's first African American graduate to become a licensed architect; he is also a registered interior designer in the state of Texas.
VERGEL LEE GAY JR.
Vergel Lee Gay Jr earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental design in 1973 and a master’s degree in architecture in 1974 at Texas A&M University. Subsequently, Gay became the University's first African American graduate to become a licensed architect; he is also a registered interior designer in the state of Texas. Prior to founding Vergel Gay & Associates, Vergel spent over 35 years in various capacities across the industry including serving as the Chief Facilities Planning and Construction Officer for the Texas A&M University System, the Associate Vice Chancellor for System Facilities and University System Architect for the University of North Texas System, the Executive Director of Facilities Planning and Construction for the University of Houston System, and the Chief Architect of the City of Houston. Vergel began his career as an area manager architect for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. The great architect Vergel has over 40 years of owner representation experience and has worked closely with numerous architects and contractors throughout the nation to manage over $4 billion in education, corporate, and civic projects. He is recognized in project management circles as a leader and expert in the management of the planning, design, and construction of projects for owners. As an active member of the AIA, he served on the AIA Public Architects Committee, and assumed the chair position in 2014, advocating for the role of the architect in governmental institutions.
Object Four - Public service, government, industry, or organization
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Featured Project Name:
Agriculture & Life Sciences Complex Texas A&M University
Featured Project Location:
College Station, Texas
Featured Project Completion Date:
Role in Featured Project:
Chief Facilities Officer/ Managing Director for the Texas A&M University System
Featured Project Description:
The AGLS complex is the statewide headquarters for two AgriLife agencies, the Vice Chancellor’s office, three academic departments and the Dean’s office for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Additionally, the 300,000-square-foot, four-building complex brings the AgriLife service divisions (Administrative Services, Communications and Information Technology) together in a central location on west campus.