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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

Ames Fender, 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.

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.

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…”