James Furr

Senior Lecturer in Architecture




B.A., Louisiana State University


James Furr, FAIA, is a practitioner who, since 1992, has also served as Senior Lecturer for the Professional Practice Class at Rice School of Architecture. The focus of his class centers on an understanding of the profession, firm organization and practice, and integrated project delivery.

In his practice, Jim serves as Managing Principal of Gensler’s South Central Region and represents that region on the firm’s Management Committee. He is licensed in 21 states and a practicing architect for 40 years. A member of the American Institute of Architects, Jim was elected to the prestigious AIA College of Fellows in 1987 for his contributions to architecture in the management of the creative process. He also served as President of the AIA Houston Chapter in 1994 and Board Member of the Texas Society of Architects.

Jim is active in a number of cultural and philanthropic organizations in Houston. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Contemporary Arts Museum/ Houston, the Harris County Heritage Society, the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston and Central Houston. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, the Greater Houston Partnership, the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance and the Rice Design Alliance where he also served as President in 1993.