Rayburn Jacob Donaldson
Firm founder finds success
Three Square Design Group
About a year after finishing graduate school, Rayburn Jacob "Jake" Donaldson opened the doors of Three Square Design Group. By 2103, the firm had posted projected revenue of $2 million.
Donaldson was recently named to the Houston Business Journal's Fast 100 and Best Places to Work lists and the Aggie 100. Also, he is active with several key industry associations and Architecture for Humanity. Beyond his professional life, Donaldson is vice chair of the Houston Chapter of Architecture for Humanity and works with the Houston Food Bank. He mentors new designers in the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards' Intern Development Program.
"I'm proud to see a strong team working hard on high-quality architecture that meets the needs of our clients, community and environment," Donaldson says.
Project leader keeps rising
34, Project Architect
Zach Edwards has been promoted twice in eight years and assumed leadership roles on some of Gensler's prominent North Texas projects, such as AT&T's Headquarters Relocation in Dallas and Denbury Resources and Ericsson's Headquarters, both in Plano, Texas. Edwards is a licensed architect and earned LEED Building Design & Construction accreditation. He is a member of Gensler Dallas' Project Manager Steering Committee.
He is working as a project manager on a Gensler pro-bono design initiative to create $250,000 of facility upgrades for the Boys & Girls Club in East Dallas.
In his spare time, Edwards volunteers at the Academy of Engineering Board for WT White High School, Dallas' Soup Kitchen, the Baylor Regional Medical Center and Children's Medical Center. Edwards was recently selected to be a member of the prestigious firm-wide Gensler NextGen leadership program.
Exec takes on high-profile projects
37, Vice President
Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc.
Ashley Frysinger joined Kimley-Horn 14 years ago and has extensive project management and engineering design experience on a variety of retail, commercial, residential and office developments.
She is working on The Alexan in Dallas, one of the most visible new developments in North Texas. She is also the project manager for one of the country's largest retail projects under construction, The Fountains at Farah.
Frysinger has been a member of the Real Estate Council for nine years and sat on the board of Kimley-Horn's Women's Leadership Group. She is in her 10th year with the Junior League and has donated her time at the Scottish Rite Hospital and at Girls Inc.
"I have forged lifelong professional and personal relationships through my work at Kimley-Horn and have been able to positively impact people in my company and community," Frysinger says.
Firm's first associate architect
32, Associate Architect
In 2012, Marcia Gallant became the first associate architect in MA+ Architecture's 45-year history. In April 2013, she added to her skills, becoming a construction documents technologist through the Construction Specifications Institute.
Gallant now performs every code review for the firm before projects go out for bids. She also writes all of the specifications for MA+ Architecture projects.
In 2011 and 2012, she served on the statewide Oklahoma Uniform Building Code Committee's Technical Committee and reviewed the 2009 International Building Code. The committee recommended statewide adoption of the 2009 IBC.
Gallant volunteers with several groups: the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools, the University of Oklahoma College of Architecture Mentoring Program and the AIA Center Oklahoma Chapter.
Specializing in health care design
38, Sr. Vice President, Project Designer
Prajakti Glasco started her career working at the University of Texas Health Science Center, where she decided to focus on health care design. She joined FKP Architects' health care architecture practice seven years ago. In addition to earning her architecture license and LEED BD+C accreditation, Glasco recently became one of few Houston architects to achieve accreditation from the American College of Healthcare Architects. The accreditation was achieved through a rigorous design review and is a nationally bestowed credential held by only about 500 architects across the country.
She is a member of the AIA Houston Committee for Healthcare. The Houston Business Journal selected Glasco in 2011 for its 40 Under 40 list of influential young Houstonians. Glasco also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and the Rice Design Alliance home tours