UTSA CACP 2019-20 Speaker Series begins Sept 16 with James Davis of Garza/Bomberger

(September 9, 2019) -- The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning (CACP) 2019-20 Speaker Series begins with James S. Davis, AIA, Partner of Garza/Bomberger & Associates (GBA). One of the oldest architectural firms in the State of Texas, GBA has impacted and influenced Central and Southern Texas since 1919. In his talk, “Maintaining Consistency of Purpose in a Changing Profession,” Davis will discuss GBA’s relationship with the practice of architecture, speaking from an era when architecture was an expression of craftsmanship in contrast to the current regulated corporate practice. The event is free and open to the public and will take place at 5:30pm on Monday, September 16 in the Buena Vista Building’s Aula Canaria Auditorium (BV 1.328) on the UTSA Downtown Campus.

GBA’s 100 years of continuous service to South Texas is a milestone few firms in Texas can claim. The firm was born during World War I, when founders Raymond Phelps, Sr. and Dahl Dewees formed a partnership. Through the years, GBA’s projects have shaped the built fabric of San Antonio and influenced generations. Their list of projects includes the 1920’s addition to the Bexar County Courthouse, Alamo Stadium, the Children’s Cancer Research Institute, and Jefferson High School, which is part of the National Register of Historic Places.

The firm is currently owned by Roy Lewis, Jorge Flores, and James Davis, who is best known for his expertise in the design of public education facilities. He is also experienced in light commercial, financial institutions, federal government contracts, and projects such as modular retail and oceanfront condominiums that require unique analytical skills. Davis’ work history includes contracts with the Texas State University System and over a dozen public school districts across Texas, as well as participation in projects for the Trammell Crow Corporation, the Army and Air Force Exchange, and the U.S. General Services Administration. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and Texas Tech University and earned his Texas License and his NCARB Certificate in 1982. After a brief hiatus from GBA, he rejoined the firm in 1992 and became a partner in 1999.

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning Speaker Series brings built environment professionals from around the world to UTSA to share their expertise on a variety of topics with the local community. For this event, free parking is available in UTSA parking lot D-3 under I-35, unmarked spaces only. UTSA Downtown Campus Map found here. For more information, contact Nicole Chavez at nicole.chavez@utsa.edu or 210.458.3121. Join our Facebook event.