Brave / Architecture

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Fernando L. Brave founded Brave / Architecture in 2002. He is a member of the prestigious American Institute of Architects College of Fellows—often abbreviated FAIA—which is the highest honor awarded by the AIA and a designation shared by only 3 percent of its members. He has been active in Houston architectural circles since 1988 in professional organizations like the Rice Design Alliance and the Texas Society of Architects. Brave is also a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and teaches design at the University of Houston’s Graduate Architecture Program. The firm’s emphasis on site-specific design leads to projects that feel personal and that fit with their environment, regardless of size. With only two principals and a nine-person office team, Brave / Architecture is smaller compared to many firms on the list but its accomplishments are still impressive. CultureMap Houston called its work “a stunning game changer” and the firm has received multiple awards from AIA Houston and the Texas Society of Architects.

What They Do

The firm offers an array of services, including full architecture/engineering consulting for new buildings, renovations and adaptive reuse. Programming, Space Planning, Master Planning and Interior Design are also among the services provided to their clients. Their in-house team delivers all of the firm’s services while required engineering specialties are provided in collaboration with the best companies in the region.

They are committed to deliver durable designs aligned to the mission of their clients, which reinforces their brand and brings value and joy to their users. They produce projects that carry the signature of the Client and their mission. They achieve success when their buildings convey purpose and instill aesthetic pleasure.

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