Donna Kacmar, FAIA, was educated at Texas A+M University, is a National American Institute of Architects Young Architects Award recipient, and was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2009. Donna has served on the board of the Houston AIA, the Avenue CDC, the Rice Design Alliance, the Architecture Center Houston Foundation, and the Texas Society of Architects. She has also served nationally on the AIA Strategic Council and the AIA Equity and Future of Architecture Committee. Donna has taught at Rice University, Texas A&M University, and is currently a Professor at the University of Houston where she teaches architecture design studio and founded the Materials Research Collaborative (MRC). The MRC, which she directed until 2019, is engaged with research projects while providing instruction and education on sustainable building materials for new generations of architects and designers.
From 2000 until 2011 she was the principal of architect works, inc. The work of the firm has received several awards and has been nationally published. Her Fisher Street House, a small 544 square foot dwelling, received a 2013 AIA Houston Design Award, and led to her first book, titled BIG little house, published by Routledge. Her book on the work, Victor Lundy Artist Architect was published by Princeton Architectural Press in October 2018. She currently practices architecture in Houston at Architect Works, PLLC.