Jim Henry Receives 2015 AIA Young Architects Award

James (Jim) Henry, design director for HDR’s south region, has been awarded a 2015 Young Architects Award from the American Institute of Architects.  The national award recognizes individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession in an early stage of their architectural careers.

The Young Architects Award is given to professionals who have been licensed to practice architecture for less than 10 years. In the span of those 10 years, Jim’s impact on the design profession has been outstanding. At the age of 30, his talent and philosophy earned him a position at HDR as a senior healthcare designer, despite the fact the job required 10 to 20 years’ experience. In 2010, he was named design principal in the firm’s Dallas studio—the youngest design principal in the firm’s 98-year history and only one of 10 throughout the company. And in 2014, Jim was named regional design director for the entire south region and a member of HDR’s global management team.

Jim’s quick rise in the ranks at HDR can be attributed to his characteristically bold opinions, big ideas and passion for great design. He is the co-design lead for the new Parkland Hospital, the largest county hospital in the U.S.; the design director for the Galveston Fire Station #4, a winner of seven design awards and a finalist in the Architizer A+ Awards; the design director for the Lackland Ambulatory Care Center, the largest center of its kind in the Department of Defense; and many other healthcare and civic projects throughout the south region.

Dedicated to pushing boundaries in the field of architecture and engaging the next generation of design professionals, Jim has participated in several levels of leadership at the local AIA Dallas Chapter and has just completed his second term on the Board of Directors, serving as the Director of Communication. Recognizing these contributions, in 2012, Building Design + Construction named him one of the top “40 under 40” professionals in the design and construction industry, and Engineering New Record named him one of “20 under 40” leaders in Texas and Louisiana.

So what drives Jim’s work? In his words, it’s not just about designing beautiful buildings. It’s also about the legacy you create, the impact you have on the culture, and the lives you touch along the way, whether its members of your team, the clients, or ultimately the lives made better because of a well-designed facility.