Our clients are engaged in the most challenging aspects of medical science and patient care, in leading-edge research and in first-rate educational programs. Working with WHR Architects they find a firm culture that values research and evaluation, participatory process and applied innovation — characteristics that they know will help them achieve and maintain their high expectations for excellence.
Our projects are complex facilities designed to support the vital missions of such clients. From state-of-the-art laboratories and critical care units to patient-centric environments and high-performance classrooms, our work depends on the successful integration of building technology, operational efficiency and aesthetics. We continually seek to balance critical thinking and creativity, single-minded commitment and collaboration, rapid response and long-term vision.
It takes a special kind of talent to consistently deliver this level of client experience and architectural results. At WHR, we take team building seriously by recruiting, training, nurturing and challenging our planners, architects and interior designers to understand better, reach further and care more. And they do. Staff members at all levels of the firm take leadership positions in research, design, management, teaching and mentorship — on projects and through their contributions to client organizations and the profession.
The reward for this holistic effort is a heartfelt engagement with clients, with community stakeholders, with facilities’ staff, with patients or students, with consultants and, importantly, with each other. At WHR it’s architecture with people in mind.
WHR founder David Watkins met Kirk Hamilton in 1965 as freshmen in The University of Texas School of Architecture in Austin and by graduation they had already made plans to start a firm. Those student dreams were fully realized in 1983 when Kirk joined David, then Watkins Reid to form Watkins Carter Hamilton.
In 1997 the firm became Watkins Hamilton Ross in recognition of the contributions and leadership of Ken Ross.
In 2004 Kirk Hamilton joined Texas A&M University as a professor in the College of Architecture. He continues to pursue the pioneering work in evidence-based design for which WHR is highly recognized, often working in close collaborations with his WHR colleagues.
Today, as WHR Architects, the firm benefits from the wisdom and experience of 24 shareholders and the extraordinary efforts of a staff of over 100 professionals. We serve our clients nationally from offices in Houston, TX; Dallas, TX; Lake Como, NJ; and Washington, DC.