James Furr
Senior Lecturer


James Furr, FAIA, is a Registered Architect and practitioner in Houston, among other cities, for the past 48 years. Since 1992, he has acted as Senior Lecturer for Professional Practice at Rice School of Architecture. His course centers on a professional understanding of the architectural practice, business development, management of firm operations, and integrated project delivery.

Over the last 22 years, Jim served as Managing Principal of Gensler’s Houston Office and South-Central Region, while representing that region on the firm’s Board and Management Committee. Now retired, he acts as Managing Principal Emeritus and consults on special projects. A long-standing member of the American Institute of Architects, Jim was elected to the AIA College of Fellows in 1987 for his contributions to the management of the creative process in architecture. Additionally, he was President of the AIA Houston Chapter in 1994 and a Board Member of the Texas Society of Architects.

Jim and his wife of 50 years, Jo, are active in many cultural and philanthropic organizations in Houston. Jim served on the Board of Trustees for the Contemporary Arts Museum, the Heritage Society, the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston and Central Houston. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Rice Kinder Institute and the Rice Design Alliance where he also served as President in 1993. Jim and Jo have been very supportive of Rice Architecture, making contributions to the Rice Building Workshop and the Gensler Fabrication Lab, which is named in their Honor.


  • B.Arch., Louisiana State University
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