Two former students elevated to prestigious AIA College of Fellows

Debra Dockery

Luis Jauregui

The American Institute of Architects has elevated former Texas A&M students, Debra Dockery ’75 and Luis Jauregui ’76, to its prestigious College of Fellows for achieving a standard of excellence in the architecture profession and for their significant contributions to the profession and society.

Dockery is principal-in-charge of Debra J. Dockery, Architect, a design and planning firm she established in San Antonio in 1989. Jauregui is president of Jauregui Architecture Interiors Construction, an Austin luxury home design-build firm. They will be officially invested in the College of Fellows during the national AIA convention in Orlando April 27-29, 2017.

Of the AIA’s more than 90,000 members, approximately 3,000 have been honored as fellows, one of the AIA’s highest honors.

Dockery’s firm has helped shape South Texas through the design of more than $200 million in public facilities projects in San Antonio and surrounding cities. 

Notable Alamo City projects completed by her firm include the restoration of the Japanese Tea Garden Pagoda in Brackenridge Park, designs for the Jean Yates Community Center, numerous elementary school campuses, a property and evidence facility for the city’s police department, city community centers, and numerous additions to public buildings and branch libraries.

She has extensive experience in facility site and master planning and is recognized nationally for her expertise.

Dockery also helps develop the next generation of design professionals through mentoring and speaking engagements.

She keynoted a conference of women architects in Mexico, presented programs at a summer camp for at-risk girls, led seminars for people taking architectural registration exams and spoken about opportunities for minorities and women in architecture at numerous high school career orientations.

Dockery has served on the board of Habitat for Humanity San Antonio, on the advisory committee for Healy Murphy Center, a nonprofit educational organization serving teens who have difficulty succeeding in a traditional school environment, and as the business representative on the District Educational Improvement Council for the Southside Independent School District in San Antonio.

She earned a Master of Architecture degree in 1977 and a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree in 1975.

Luis Jauregui heads a team of design and building professionals who synchronize the elements of creating a custom home’s exterior, interior and surrounding landscape to deliver a project on schedule, on budget and on concept.

His firm, one of the first fully integrated design-build companies in Texas, earned the National Association of Home Builders’ Custom Builder of the Year award in 2016, and numerous additional national, state honors as well as recognition from Houston and Austin builders’ organizations.

He established the AIA’s Custom Residential Architects Network, a national group that helps its members strengthen their firms by sharing best practices and highlighting the value of their work.

He is past president of the Home Builders Association of Austin and served as a director of local, state and national homebuilder associations.

Jauregui earned a Master of Architecture degree in 1978 and a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree in 1976.

posted February 23, 2017