Ian Powell, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Managing Partner

Ian’s entire professional career, spanning 42 years of experience, has been in the field of educational architecture and he has been involved in the master planning, facility condition assessment, programming, design and administration of a large number of educational projects. Ian has participated in and led educational programs with bond/construction values ranging from $20,000,000 to over $2,000,000,000. Individual projects have spanned a diverse array of educational project types including all configurations of primary and secondary educational facilities, higher education buildings and campuses, ancillary and support facilities (administrative facilities, professional development/conference centers, technology centers, distance learning facilities), CATE and vocational curriculum centers, athletic and recreational facilities (stadia, natatoriums), etc. These educational projects have ranged from less than $100,000 to more than $170,000,000 in construction cost, and have consisted of new construction, additions, renovations, and combinations of each. Ian presently serves on the boards of professional and educational associations and has made presentations on education topics regionally and nationally.  

Ian proposes that vigorous advocacy for Safety and Security in Education be equally a personal mission as well as professional obligation for design professionals. In addition to serving as Managing Partner for PBK’s Houston office, Ian leads PBK’s firmwide effort to advocate for Safety & Security Best Practices in all Educational Environments. 

Ian’s entire professional career, spanning 42 years of experience, has been in the field of educational architecture and he has been involved in the master planning, facility condition assessment, programming, design and administration of a large number of educational projects. Ian has participated in and led educational programs with bond/construction values ranging from $20,000,000 to over $2,000,000,000. Individual projects have spanned a diverse array of educational project types including all configurations of primary and secondary educational facilities, higher education buildings and campuses, ancillary and support facilities (administrative facilities, professional development/conference centers, technology centers, distance learning facilities), CATE and vocational curriculum centers, athletic and recreational facilities (stadia, natatoriums), etc. These educational projects have ranged from less than $100,000 to more than $170,000,000 in construction cost, and have consisted of new construction, additions, renovations, and combinations of each. Ian presently serves on the boards of professional and educational associations and has made presentations on education topics regionally and nationally.  

Ian proposes that vigorous advocacy for Safety and Security in Education be equally a personal mission as well as professional obligation for design professionals. In addition to serving as Managing Partner for PBK's Houston office, Ian leads PBK’s firmwide effort to advocate for Safety & Security Best Practices in all Educational Environments. 

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