About

SS logoGary Skotnicki

Gary Skotnicki founded ArchiTexas in 1978 in Dallas with a request for a rendering and two willing partners. As the Principal in charge of office graphic imagery, renderings and architectural design for 34 years, I worked to establish the firm’s exceptional professional reputation in Dallas-Ft.Worth, the opening of an Austin office, and receiving over fifty design awards, of local, state and national recognition. The firm’s practice has been recognized for the dedication to excellence in preservation and has restored many notable Texas landmarks. ArchiTexas became the largest historic preservation focused practice in the state. From the Sammons Center for the Arts, The Hill County Courthouse, Cathedral Santuario de Guadalupe, to the spectacular Joule Hotel in the heart of Downtown Dallas, I have the depth of experience to design in classic or modern, and can produce a project on time, and on budget.

I now independently practice and offer a full range of architectural services, as well as planning, preservation, rendering and photography. I offer years of experience designing and illustrating significant buildings, urban spaces, interiors and furnishings, designing projects that accommodate contemporary needs, projects that will last, and reinforce both urban and rural settings. My design and graphic skills shaped the numerous and varied constructed and proposed projects, as well as the images that conveyed them.

These designs express the importance of sensitive design in sensitive places, participatory programming, master planning, fund-raising efforts and events, and have produced dramatic results located in all spectrums of the rural-to-urban transect. Weaving structural and mechanical systems through historic fabric is a specialized skill learned through years of practice and hands-on experience. Doing this while meeting modern building codes is intensely detailed work; but by simultaneously integrating the early design of all these systems, an efficient plan is revealed by the investigation.

The ability to rapidly see the crux of a design problem and develop a strategy to find an optimum solution together with the client, produces an efficient and rapid response to the design issues and decisions. Designing and building modern structures from the ground up that can equal the great architectural legacies of our past, is a difficult challenge. I’m looking for those challenges and opportunities.

Architecture stands on a given ground and is the most public and permanent of the arts, and if done really well enriches the lives of generations. Whether modest or monumental, I always try to create a design that matters, and help anchor a community, or a home. But it can’t happen without an equally dedicated client, to help reveal an outstanding design that deserves that respect. When can we get started?

Registration

Architect, State of Texas, #8357, NCARB inactive

Education

University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Architecture, with High Honors, 1974

Public Service

Fair Park Task Force, Landmark Commission, 2008-present   Catholic Foundation Plaza, Art Wall Competition annual juror, 2005-present   West End Task Force, Landmark Commission, 1984-1990

Publications

A Field Guide to American Houses, Second Edition, 2013, by Virginia Savage McAlester/ Pictorial Key, illustrations contributor   Hill County Courthouse Restoration Campaign Poster, 1992   Texas Theater Restoration Campaign Poster, 1990  Sammons Center for the Arts, competition entry rendering, 1982

Key Projects

Sammons Center for the Arts, adaptive-use, Dallas The Starck Club, with Phillipe Starck, adaptive-use, Dallas The Inwood Theater and Lounge, renovations, Dallas The Black-eyed Pea, prototype and 10 restaurants, Texas The Old Bedford School Arts Center, restoration/addition/landscape, Bedford Grace United Methodist Church, restorations/renovations, Dallas Grapevine Historic District, preservation planning and designation, Grapevine Grapevine CVB at the Wallis Hotel, new reconstruction and Liberty Park Plaza, Grapevine City Hall, new building and plaza, Grapevine Palace Theater Complex, restoration/renovation/plaza, Grapevine Hill County Courthouse, restoration/square/town square, Hillsboro Bosque, Cass, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Gray, Harris, Harrison, Hopkins, Johnson, Lamar, Red River, and Rockwall County Courthouses, full restorations, Texas Sixth Floor Museum and Visitors Center, expansion/restoration/addition, Dallas Super Conducting Super Collider, HABS mitigation and documentation, site and buildings, Ellis County Girls Fast-Pitch Softball Park Pavillions, with MESA Design, new buildings, North Richland Hills The Centennial Building and murals, restorations, Fair Park, Dallas The Tower Building and bas-relief murals, restorations, Fair Park, Dallas Fair Park Master Plan, with Hargreaves and Associates, historic preservation planning, Dallas Cathedral Santuario de Guadalupe, master plan, restorations, bell tower additons, furnishings, Dallas Stone Street Garden/Woolworth’s Building, urban plaza design and restorations, Dallas LBJ Library and plaza, restorations, Austin Watt Residence, restoration/addition/landscape, Highland Park The Lumen Hotel, renovation, University Park The Joule Hotel, with Adam Tihany, restoration/addition/urban design/interiors, Dallas The Joule Hotel Expansion, with Adam Tihany, facade restorations/additions/Mercantile Bank art collection installation White Rock Lake Waterworks Boathouse, adaptive use/restorations, Dallas Flag Pole Hill Park, restorations/new entry pylons, Dallas Stoddard Hall at TWU, exterior restoration,Denton Wylie Municipal Complex, with Holtzman-Moss, new buildings and site, Wylie Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau Building, new building, Grapevine First Unitarian Church, master plan/restoration/addition, University Park Society of Petroleum Engineers, interior renovation, Richardson