Milton Powell AIA
Associate Principal / Architect
Milton Powell believes that a building’s design should be simultaneously responsive to its program, its site, its budget and its future occupants. Beyond such fundamentals, Milton begins each project by seeking to determine its essence and then develops a design that reflects those unique qualities. His approach involves getting to know the client and exploring their desires, then examining potential solutions before offering a creative, cost-effective design. With every project, Milton aims higher than mere accommodation of basic function. He aspires to enhance the human spirit through architecture.
Published widely, Milton’s work has been recognized with numerous design awards from the American Institute of Architects, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Association of School Administrators, the Council of Educational Facility Planners International and various trade groups. Milton’s extensive experiences, coupled with a strong sense of humor, make him a wonderful storyteller about the evolution of architecture and client expectations.
Milton earned his Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin under the deanship of his mentor, the late Alan Y. Taniguchi. Following an architectural internship with Pratt, Box, Henderson & Partners, he acted as architect and urban designer for the 6,000-acre Flower Mound New Town project in North Texas, ultimately serving as Director of Design. For the next thirty years, he served as Design Principal for the firm of Milton Powell & Partners where he focused on the design of institutional and educational projects with emphasis on facilities for the arts. For eleven years his firm partnered with Page, then known as PageSoutherlandPage, on educational projects through a joint venture known as Powell/PSP Architects. The firms ultimately merged, with Milton Powell & Partners becoming a design studio within Page.
Milton’s prolific career includes many significant projects that have had a positive impact on the quality of life in Dallas and its vicinity, ranging from educational institutions to performing arts centers to art museums.
Examples of his work include the Jake and Nancy Hamon Arts Library and Greer Garson Theatre, both on the campus of Southern Methodist University, Mesquite Arts Center, White Rock Post Office, Mountain View College Performing Arts Center, Mountain Creek Library, Lancaster Kiest Library, The Academy of Irving ISD, Seagoville North Elementary School, Cox Event Center at Dallas Christian School, Rutchik Concert Lawn (amphitheater) at the Dallas Arboretum and Lewisville Center for the Creative Arts. He also designed Wright Campus Center at Austin College in Sherman and the Chapel/Fine Arts Building at Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville.
Among Milton’s many interests outside of architectural practice, he enjoys genealogical research with his wife and the travel associated with that activity. An avid baseball fan ever since playing shortstop for the Little Hams in Wichita Falls, he especially relished watching his youngest son pitch for Lipscomb University in Nashville.
For twelve years, he served on the Board of Trustees for Dallas Christian School. More recently, he has established a pine tree plantation on his late grandfather’s farmland in Louisiana, which is fitting for an architect to generate some of his own work-related resources.