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Architecture is anything but fixed...

Architecture has the power to enrich the life of an individual and an organization. The mission of Fender|Andrade Architects is to provide built environments of lasting beauty, value, and function.

Fender|Andrade’s design approach is tailored to the specific circumstances of each project. Inventive and responsive solutions are achieved through an in-depth understanding of the program, site, and budget for a project. This approach stems from the conviction that successful environments of lasting value are achieved only when the facility responds to the specific physical, cultural and economic context in which it occurs.

 

Fender|Andrade is a partnership between Ames Fender – a Fort Worth native, business owner, and fixture among the architectural community; and Fernando Andrade – a 35+ year transplant to Texas, community/civic volunteer, and fellow business owner. They share the same business philosophy: “Do what you love every day and you’ll never have to work a day of your life.” Their passion for architecture and design has translated into numerous high-profile, award-winning projects in the North Texas area.

Offering full architectural, space planning and documentation services, as well as inter-disciplinary project management, Fender|Andrade’s multi-talented professionals are experienced in many building types – corporate, educational, residential, healthcare, hospitality, municipal, industrial, sports and recreation, religious, and retail.

People

Ames Fender, AIA

Principal / Director of Business Development

Fernando Andrade, AIA

Principal / Director of Design

Ames is a principal and director of business development and community involvement with Fender|Andrade. As a fourth generation Fort Worth native with an architectural legacy stretching across Texas, Ames has been involved in the city’s design and construction community for over 40 years, including twenty-five years as principal of another firm. Through his career he has been responsible for design and direction of corporate, commercial, educational and multi-family projects. A strong believer in giving back to the community, Ames has served on several City Commissions and Boards as well as the boards of numerous non-profit and service organizations. Ames’ major efforts are directed toward strategic planning, business development, office management and project management.

Fernando Andrade, AIA

Principal / Director of Design

Fernando Andrade, AIA

Principal / Director of Design

Fernando is a principal and director of design with Fender-Andrade. With over 30 years of professional experience, he is responsible for the design management of the firm and the programming, masterplanning, and design of a variety of project types. Throughout his professional career, he has been responsible for the design and direction of healthcare, corporate, commercial, recreational, institutional, and hospitality projects. Fernando’s major efforts are directed toward the design of individual projects to ensure that the client’s initial program, budget, and schedule are properly implemented.

 

A sampling of Fernando’s projects includes: Dallas County’s Grand Prairie Subcourthouse; Carrell Clinic Center; North Texas Medical Plaza; Francisco Medrano Middle School; Dallas Municipal Courthouse; North Lake College Building G; McKinney Fellowship Bible Church; and City of Dallas Fire Station #38.

Gary Staiger

Gary M. Staiger, Assoc. AIA

Principal / Project Manager

Gary M. Staiger, Assoc. AIA

Principal / Project Manager

Gary is a principal responsible for Fender|Andrade’s project management and responsible for the coordination of all aspects of this effort. He serves as Owner Advocate and oversees the quality and consistency of concepts, systems and design techniques for every Fender|Andrade project. Throughout his professional career, he has been responsible for the management and direction of medical, corporate, commercial, recreational, and institutional projects.

An overview of Gary’s portfolio includes: Cole Park Pavilion Restoration; Park Cities Medical Plaza; McKinney Medical Arts Center; Winfrey Point Restoration; Dallas Zoo Carousel Canopy; The Tradition at Northgate Dorm; DeForest Pump Station; Greenville Pump Station; Cy-Fair Professional Office Building; and East Side Water Treatment Plant Ozone Facility.

Jason Russell

Jason G. Russell, Assoc. AIA, Leed AP

Principal / Designer

Jason G. Russell, Assoc. AIA, Leed AP

Principal / Designer

Jason is a principal, project designer, and head of the Industrial Department at Fender|Andrade. With over seventeen years of professional experience, he is responsible for the programming and design of a variety of project types. Throughout his professional career he has been responsible for the design and direction of commercial, recreational, multi-family, historical restoration and institutional projects.

A few of Jason’s projects include: Caterpillar’s Engine Assembly Plant, Paint Building, and Distribution Facility; Whirlpool Distribution Center; RockPoint Church; Seton Medical Office Building; Midlothian Healthcare Center; Lake Pointe Medical Arts Center; Cardinal Health Distribution Center; 3333 Welborn Renovation; Unilever Distribution Center; and The Lighthouse on Aransas Bay.

William D. Collins, AIA

Principal

William D. Collins, AIA

Principal

Bill joined Fender|Andrade in 2000.  In addition to serving as a Project Manager, he is the head of Quality Control and Construction Administration for the firm.  He works directly with the staff at all levels to ensure that our designs are informed and responsive to past experiences during the construction phase. By learning from what is built and how it is built, we make better decisions in the office.

Bill received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1981. He has practiced in several states including Texas, New York, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Washington, D.C. His experience includes major works in K-12, Secondary and Higher Education, with more recent experience in Institutional, Transportation, Infrastructure, and Healthcare. An active member of AIA at the national, state, and local levels, Bill has served as President of the Eastern Oklahoma Chapter and has held various roles with AIA Dallas.

Robert Croysdale

Robert C. Croysdale, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Principal

Robert C. Croysdale, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Academic / Institutional Environments

Robert has over twenty years of professional experience in all phases of the architectural process. He is responsive to client goals and continually strives to exceed the project’s expectations with his creativity and design philosophy. During his work experience, Robert has provided architectural services on academic, public assembly, religious, commercial, and retail projects. This diverse building background strengthens his understanding of complex programs and client needs, driving the project from design through production and construction administration.

Simon Pham

Simon Pham

Principal

Principal

Retail / Commercial Environments

Simon is a project manager with over nineteen years of experience in all phases of the design process. He has a well-rounded background with various project types and sizes in the area of commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential. He carries a wealth of knowledge in the construction details and administration area with his past experience at a design-build firm.

Simon focuses on the development of building design and preparation of construction documents while working in conjunction with clients and consultants. Simon also specializes in the research of Building code, (NFPA) Life Safety Code, and ANSI/ ADA Code and Compliance and apply them to the overall development of the projects. Simon contributes to the overall quality control procedures with Fender|Andrade, and has helped establish guidelines to insure an office standard of quality and practice in all projects.

Warren Wilke

Director

Director

Multi-Family Environments

The son of an architect and an interior designer, Warren grew up in the field of architecture and has been involved in all aspects of the profession, from student of architecture to teacher of architecture; from designer to developer; from draftsman to contractor; from employee to employer. His clients benefit greatly from such broad-based experience.

Warren’s unique, multi-faceted experience allows him to see a project through many different eyes—the owner, the investor, the planner, the developer, the architect, the builder, the homeowner, and the tenant—and offer comprehensive design solutions based on that experience.

Testimonials

Holly Crenshaw, Director

Texas A&M Transportation Institute

“I have been extremely pleased with Fender|Andrade. We have accomplished a daunting task with an extremely aggressive timeline.  …I could not have worked with a better team.”

Jeff R. Rouse, Director of Facilities Planning

UT Southwestern Medical Center

“We feel like we found a firm that was sensitive to our needs and who would listen and respond in a timely manner, with people of high integrity…”

Awards

Hamilton Park Pavilion – Dallas, Texas

2017 Preservation Achievement Award – Preservation Dallas

Able Pump Station – Dallas, Texas

2015 Critic’s Choice Award: Honorable Mention – AIA Dallas

Thirty Oaks Apartments – San Antonio, Texas

2015 Curb Appeal Award – National Apartment Association

Dallas Municipal Courthouse – Dallas, Texas

2014 Preservation Achievement Award – Preservation Dallas

Balch Springs Middle School – Balch Springs, Texas

2013 Outstanding Achievement in Process of Planning and Sustainability – TASA/TASB

DCCCD North Lake College - General Purpose Building G - Irving, Texas

2012 Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability – TASA/TASB

Medrano Middle School - Dallas, Texas

2011 Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability and Value - TASA/TASB

Cole Park Pavilion – Dallas, Texas

2011 Preservation Achievement Award – Preservation Dallas

Preservation Texas

2005 Historic Restoration Award

H.W. Lang Sr. Middle School – Dallas, Texas

2007 Excellence in Construction Award – North Texas Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors

Winfrey Point Recreation Center – Dallas, Texas

2001 Association of General Contractors’ Merit Award

Pathway House Homeless Shelter – Dallas, Texas

2003 National Trust Award for Historic Preservation.

Preservation Dallas

2001 Preservation Achievement Award

Dallas, Texas

2000 Dallas AIA Design Award

The Band Shell at Fair Park – Dallas, Texas

2002 AGC/QUOIN Merit Award
2001 Texas Construction Award of Excellence