Bachelor of Arts, Rice University, 1968

Bachelor of Architecture, Rice University, 1968


Professional Memberships

American Institute of Architects

Texas Society of Architects

Houston Chapter of the AIA

NCARB Certification

Registered Architect, State of Texas



Jim Gwin Architects, Inc.

1993-Present, President

Lockwood, Andrews, & Newnam, Inc.

1986-1993, Project Manager & Designer

Golemon & Rolfe Associates, Inc.

1970-1986, Principal & Project Manager, & Designer




Have specialized in design and management of diversified commercial and institutional building projects for over 25 years. Possess strong commitment to creating architecture that has strong positive impact on the quality of life and the work environment. Have maintained singular focus throughout 35-year career on team approach to design and construction. Possess requisite enthusiasm, knowledge and skills to assure that final project meets client's expectations regarding design, schedule and budget. Recent work has also included custom residential, heavy timber construction, and renovation of residential and commercial properties.


Representative Projects                                              


· Project Manager / Designer for nine projects (over 130,000 sq. ft. combined) for MHMRA of Harris County, including Fonteno Building exterior renovation, ECI Prototype and 3 site adaptations; Ripley portable ECI facility; renovations of Southeast and Northwest Community Service Centers; renovations and restoration of 7011 Southwest Freeway and 7033 Southwest Freeway for new headquarters and conference center.


· Architect for the historical restoration/renovation of San Jacinto Apartments (43 units funded by Federal HOPWA Grant Project) and Independent Heights Apartments (63 units designated as Affordable Elderly Housing). Projects administered by Non-Profit Housing Corporation of Greater Houston.


· Architect for exterior renovations (1999) of Heights House, a HUD-assisted housing project (153 units, 10 stories) for the elderly, after having served as lead architect for original construction (1980) of facility. Also served as lead architect on two of Houston's signature high-rise condominiums: The Warwick Towers and 5000 Montrose.


· Designer for master plan and phased redevelopment of the University of Houston Law Center, which aims to provide modernized faculty suites, new student study areas and major renovations in campus law library; to resolve life safety, code compliance and ADA requirements in a manner that embodies new spirit of excellence at university law center.


· Architect for healthcare projects in Texas and Kansas, including the UTMB Galveston Child Health Center; The Neurosensory Center for Methodist Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine; Suburban Medical Center, Overland Park, Kansas; and renovations at Baylor and Methodist Hospital.


· Design Architect for the Claghorn-Lesem Research Clinic, a resident psychiatric drug testing facility in Houston. Project involved coordinating design of manufactured modular office facility with high design interior, in addition to on-site additions in order to meet clent’s previous commitments and short construction time frame.


· Design Manager of the 1000-Man Medium Security Unit Prototype and 4 Site adaptations for Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Project utilized pre-engineered building shells customized for various needs within 34-acre campus layout. Prototype still currently in use after numerous site adaptations.


· Designer of Mercer Crossing Office Park in Farmers Branch, TX (42 acres, in phase 1) and 3 buildings (approximately 435,000 sq. ft. combined) ranging from 4 to 9 stories, Complex included corporate headquarters (approximately 75,000 sq. ft.) for owner. Phase I is part of a larger 350-acre development. Planning and design included street layout, landscaping and utilities infrastructure.


· Architect for exterior restoration of Deerwood Apartments in Houston (over 150 units), which had to be completely rebuilt to due leaks and other code violations. Also served as expert witness for owner in legal proceeding.


· Expert witness in various legal proceedings related to exterior wall leaks and damage on projects constructed with EIFS stucco-building systems.


· Consultant to Post Properties for reconstruction of exterior wall (due to extensive water infiltration) of large apartment project in Houston.


· Architect for various residential projects including new homes, heavy timber structures, additions, renovations and complete reconstruction; projects ranged from $175,000 to over $1,200,000. Current work includes two renovation and addition projects in Houston and new residences in Houston and Ocean City, NJ.