HDR Hires Three in Houston, Expands Architecture Practice

HDR has welcomed three new team members, Joe Nilles, John Pitre and James Sandoz, to the Houston office. They bring many years of experience in design and healthcare architecture and a breadth of knowledge that will enrich HDR’s growing Houston architecture practice.

Joe Nilles, AIA, is a new senior project manager and will lead teams in developing projects to meet client goals as well as administrative budgets and schedules. He comes to HDR from Huitt-Zollars where he was vice president of the design firm. With over 30 years of experience in management, planning and designing healthcare projects, Nilles has worked with major teaching hospitals, community hospitals and private practitioners. He earned both Bachelor of Environmental Design and Master of Architecture degrees from Texas A&M University.

In his new role, Nilles is looking forward to working at a “global brand in the healthcare architecture world” where he can continue to pursue his passion for delivering design and planning solutions that benefit the quality of care patients receive.

John Pitre has joined HDR’s Houston architecture team as a project manager. Pitre comes to HDR from NMG where he held the role of manager of architecture for the workspace design firm. In his 15 years of experience, he has assembled and managed design teams, overseen project budgets, and worked in business development to pursue new clients.

Pitre earned his Bachelor of Architecture five-year professional degree from the University of Houston and has focused his career in developing healthcare facilities.

James Sandoz, AIA, CSI, CCS, CCCA, comes to the Houston office with 13 years of experience in specification writing. Before HDR, Sandoz was vice president and specifications manager at the architecture and planning firm FKP | CannonDesign. In his new role as specifications manager, Sandoz will work with a team to maintain HDR’s master architectural specifications and assist project teams as they prepare specifications for individual projects. Sandoz is excited to work on the diverse projects HDR undertakes while continuing to support and enhance the design of healthcare facilities. Sandoz earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Texas Lutheran College and a Master of Architecture from the University of Houston.

After serving in several capacities for the Houston chapter of the Construction Specification Institute, Sandoz is now the CSI chapter president. He will be a strong asset in his attention to detail, concision and deep experience in writing and performing quality control reviews of construction documents.

About HDR's Healthcare Experience

At HDR, we blend our deep knowledge of healthcare delivery with our understanding of how environments can shape behaviors and outcomes to create solutions for clients that respect the human impact of their work — solutions that champion human-centered design, solve real problems, make lives better and advance wellness, well-being, healing and cures.

About HDR

For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans nearly 10,000 employees, in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.