James M. Singleton IV
For outstanding contributions to the university, the community and his profession, College of Architecture graduate James M. Singleton IV ’66 received a 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award in a surprise March 28 ceremony at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center. It is the highest honor bestowed upon Texas A&M former students by The Association of Former Students.
Singleton, an award-winning architect whose work includes projects in Bryan-College Station and for many local charities, is one of ten 2018 honorees to join the elite few who hold the designation.
Singleton earned a BA degree in Architecture and a BS degree in Architectural Construction from the Texas A&M College of Architecture. He attended A&M on a football scholarship, eventually became the team’s starting center. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Corps of Cadets, commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and served as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam. After returning from military service he began his career as a professional architect in Dallas, then in Longview and Irving, Texas. His practice includes medical buildings, banks, office buildings, restaurants, and shopping centers but he has specialized in educational facilities of all sizes and budgets, with more than 300 K-12 projects built in more than 100 school districts. Singleton established Jim Singleton Architects in Bryan in 1998. His firm’s projects include the Arts Council of Brazos Valley, and the Brazos County Expo Complex and pro bono projects such as the Twin City Mission, the African-American Heritage Museum, the Boys and Girls Club of Brazos Valley, the original Texas A&M Sports Museum, the continuing work on the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial Park, and organized a volunteer consortium of architects and engineers to save downtown Bryan’s iconic Queen Theater.
Singleton received an Outstanding Alumni Award from the College of Architecture in 2012. He was elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2015. He established the James M. Singleton IV '66 FAIA Educational Architectural Professorship in the College of Architecture, Texas A&M University in 2016.
His firm became SZH Architecture in 2015 when Jim Singleton Architects’s two young Aggie architects, James Haliburton ’99 and Wade Zimmer ’02 became his partners.
“Jim and his wife, Stephanie Sale, are active members of the Bryan/College Station community and involved in numerous charities and cultural organizations,” said Harold L. Adams ’61, a fellow Texas A&M Distinguished Alumnus. Singleton and Sale were recognized for their leadership in 2010 by the Community Foundation of the Brazos Valley and were named Citizens of the Year in 2011 by the B/CS Chamber of Commerce. Additional 2018 Distinguished Alumni honored were: Graham Weston ’86, Eddie Joe Davis ’67, Charles L. Pence ’51, L.D. “Duke” Hobbs ’47, Robert Earl Keen ’78, A. Dwain Mayfield ’59, Kathleen M. Gibson ’81, Joseph B. Swinbank ’74, and John S. Sharp ’72.
Additional 2018 Distinguished Alumni honored were: Graham Weston ’86, Eddie Joe Davis ’67, Charles L. Pence ’51, L.D. “Duke” Hobbs ’47, Robert Earl Keen ’78, A. Dwain Mayfield ’59, Kathleen M. Gibson ’81, Joseph B. Swinbank ’74, and John S. Sharp ’72.