January 2021

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names him as one of only three percent of AIA members who have been recognized with the “highest membership honor for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society.” (aia.org) Fellows must “have made significant contributions to the profession and society and exemplify architectural excellence.” (aia.org) Some qualifications of this elite group include having: “made notable contributions through their work in education, research, literature or the practice of architecture; actively, efficiently and cooperatively led the Institute or a related professional organization; made notable contributions in public service or work in government or industry organizations through leadership; and made notable contributions to the public through alternative careers or volunteer work.” (aia.org) It is only the most seasoned,

talented and successful architects who earn this honor and John Grable’s contributions to design have earned him a spot among them. He is a veritable giant in architecture. We all know that Texarkana has produced its fair share of truly successful people like Grable. He has always believed there is something very special about our city. Looking back on his time as a Texarkana resident, he remembers “classmates who graduated the year before me, and the year after me, have all gone on to prove themselves with great distinction in their respective fields on a worldwide scale.” Through his beautiful works and the architectural firm he has built in San Antonio, he has most definitely secured his place among them. Building cities, building dreams and building lives, John Grable, FAIA has forever left his fingerprint on the world.

Light and Shadow photos by Dror Baldinger FAIA

Ghost Hangar photo by John Grable Architects

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