Fort Worth, TX – Quorum Architects announces that Mario Valdez was awarded the 2021 Young Professional Award from the AIA Fort Worth at the design awards ceremony on June 11, 2022. The award recognizes outstanding leadership in design, education and service to the profession.

Valdez has been with Quorum for almost 12 years after moving from Irvine, California where he worked with long-time Quorum collaborator, Carlile Coatsworth Architects. He has extensive experience with a variety of project types including public works, senior living, and animal welfare facilities across Texas.

“Mario sets the bar high as a model for other young architects,” says David Duman, a Quorum Principal. “He’s very involved in the community and generous with his time.”

Each year, AIA Fort Worth selects one architectural professional to receive the Young Professional Award. Nominated by his peers, Valdez serves as a board member, is Director of the Emerging Professionals committee, and is involved with the annual Homes Tour for AIA Fort Worth.

Quorum Principal, Kim Dowdy-Hickman says, “Everyone in town seems to know Mario – he is active with so many organizations!”

In addition to serving on the board of AIA Fort Worth, Valdez is on the executive board for the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He has been involved with SteerFW since Betsy Price founded the group in 2011 and is a five-year board member with the Benbrook Branch of the YMCA.

Valdez was honored as a 40 Under 40 professional by the Fort Worth Business Press in 2018.

Quorum Architects, Inc., founded in 1992, is an architectural and interior design firm based in
Fort Worth, Texas with a reputation for creating imaginative and functional solutions for our clients. In celebration of their 30th anniversary, Quorum is performing 30 Acts of Kindness to show appreciation to the community.


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