I recently paid a visit to my industry friends over at Houser Walker Architecture and got a chance to catch up with one of the firm's partners, Greg Walker. Houser Walker is a boutique architecture studio that specializes in cultural/civic centers, and has been profiled by Arch Record as an emerging regional firm. I was introduced to the HWA team through industry events and they have been kind enough to lend their input and professional perspective for several research projects as well as our Construct Knowledge Series - back when we hosted the CKS live here in our office.
It was great to meet with Greg and hear about the projects they have been working on recently at Houser Walker, including the renovation of Ingram Library at University of West Georgia, which is currently under construction. I found it interesting to hear that HWA's clients are increasingly requesting sustainable design and LEED certified buildings. This reinforces the notion that we at Function: have been advocating for years - green is not just a trend, it's evolving to be standard practice. Greg also mentioned how competitive the industry has become during the recession - what once was ten or fifteen firms bidding for a project has turned into fifty! As a smaller firm, Houser Walker relies largely on word of mouth and personal connections to develop their business and has stayed busy with state and county funded projects. Later this month, Houser Walker will be celebrating its seventh year of practice with an annual summer block party - congrats HWA!
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