To really appreciate the history of Kirkpatrick Architecture Studio, it’s helpful to know the history of the founder, James R. Kirkpatrick, or Jim, as friends, family and colleagues call him. Jim was born in Denton, and grew up here, where he graduated from Denton High School. From there he attended Texas A&M University where he obtained his Bachelor and Master of Architecture. He then served in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers in Vietnam for two years, then returned stateside where he started his family and his architecture career. After working for other architects in Bryan, Corpus Christi and Ft. Worth, he returned to his hometown of Denton, and founded James R. Kirkpatrick, Architect, in 1978. A year later, the firm was incorporated.
Through the 1980s and ‘90s, Jim continued to work mainly in his home town on projects ranging from churches to schools, K-12 and higher education, banks and other commercial properties. Then sometime in the early 1990’s through a friend, Jim was recommended to complete several buildings at the Universidad De Celaya, in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico. Designing these campus buildings then evolved into Jim helping establish some of the curriculum for the university, as well as, designing two luxury homes for friends he gained in his travels there.
The next significant change for the firm came in 1997 when they moved out of the rented space in the Wells Fargo building, across the street into one of their own designs. Jim acquired a drive-through space from what was then First State Bank, and filled out structure into what is now the KAS headquarters.
In 2004, KAS saw another significant change when David M. Robinson joined the firm, giving the firm its second licensed architect with a diverse background in commercial architecture, with experience at such firms as 3Ci and Gensler.
With David on board, KAS continued to reach new milestones, and in 2007 he acted as project manager on the design of Denton’s Fire Station No. 7. It was the first Fire Station in the state of Texas to receive LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council, and only second in the nation. In 2011, KAS completed Norman Fire Station No.8 , which received LEED Gold Certification and was the first LEED Certified Fire Station in Oklahoma; making David the project manager on two fire stations to be the first LEED Gold Certified fire stations in two states.
In 2013, KAS opened its first satellite office in Norman, Oklahoma, as we continue to work municipalities such as Norman, Oklahoma City, Edmond and Del City. As KAS continues to grow adding more personnel, including 2 more licensed architects, and expanding our project area our focus remains the hands-on approach and customer services we’re known for in the industry.