For nearly three decades, world class Architect and Humanitarian Art Chavez has sought to make the world a better place for the lives of the people around him. Whether he is meeting new people, visiting countries or touring prospective project sites he can visualize futures for them all. This is one of the skills that helped elevate Art from design architect to the youngest Owner/Principal in Page’s 100-plus year history, managing over 700 architects and engineers at one of the most venerated firms in the US.
A native Houstonian, Art is an alumnus of the University of Houston Gerald Hines College of Architecture and Design and a member of the Architecture Alumni Hall of Fame. Here, he learned the value of community engagement which has served him well as a leader at Page. He established an endowment to fund study abroad programs for Hines College students; serves as chairman of the East End Foundation, an area designated a Cultural District; and sits on the Board of American Leadership Forum – Gulf Coast Chapter and the Board of Trustees for Vorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina.
In 2017, Art partnered with the University of Houston Bauer College of Business to help launch the Women in Leadership Conference, an innovative conference designed to empower women to unite in the office by creating a community where they can share experiences and build mentorship opportunities to help each other grow professionally.
Under his leadership, the Page Houston office has repeatedly created designs that make lives better. From two national, award-winning urban parks within several miles of each other to the first dedicated NCAA Division I stadium that helped its university create a sense of connection throughout the city to a healthcare facility dedicated to serving the homeless, the contributions to the community outweigh the value of the design awards won. Art and Page also have placed the firm’s stamp on numerous academic, healthcare, housing and corporate facilities throughout the greater Houston / Galveston metropolitan area.
After decades of global project work from Europe to Africa and Middle East to China, he is currently training his focus on expanding Page’s presence in Latin America, where the firm believes there are great possibilities in the new opportunities being opened up through the convergence of the cultures. Art recently spearheaded the opening of an office in Mexico City, formalizing Page’s long-standing history there.
Finally, PWB is fortunate to have him be the designer of our Trademarked Logo by the USPTO.