Renowned Architects Have Helped Shape Ross Avenue

Here's a look at a dozen of big-name architects who played a part, from IM Pei to Renzo Piano and Peter Walker.

Sammons Park

Some of the world’s most renowned architects have designed key buildings in the Arts District and Downtown Dallas.

I.M. Pei

Fountain Place in downtown Dallas

Fountain Place

I.M. Pei, who turns 101 on April 26, has his modernistic handiwork all over Dallas. The New York-based, Chinese-born architect, who retired when he was 90, designed Dallas City Hall (1977), One Dallas Center (1979), Energy Plaza (1983), Fountain Place (1986), and the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center (1989). He is a Pritzker Prize laureate.

Richard Keating

Richard Keating of the Chicago-based architecture firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill designed Trammell Crow Center and the Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art. Skidmore, Owings and Merrill also designed the Moody Performance Hall.

Renzo Piano and Peter Walker 

"Walking to the sky" statue from Jonathan Borofsky at the Nasher Sculpture Center.[Photo:fhogue/istockphoto]

“Walking to the sky” statue from Jonathan Borofsky at the Nasher Sculpture Center.[Photo:fhogue/istockphoto]

Italian architect Renzo Piano, a Pritzker winner, designed the Nasher Sculpture Center, and Peter Walker, known for the World Trade Center Memorial at Ground Zero, designed the Nasher’s landscape.

Nicholas J. Clayton 

Nicholas Clayton, a premier Texas architect of the 19th Century, designed the Cathedral Santuario de Guadalupe.

Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus

Rem Koolhaas, a Netherlands-born architect, professor at Harvard and Pritzker laureate, and Joshua Prince-Ramus, of the New York firm REX, designed the Dee and Charles Wyly Theater.

The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House [Photo: Carter Rose, courtesy of the AT&T Performing Arts Center]

Sir Norman Foster and Spencer de Grey

British architects Sir Norman Foster, a Pritzker laureate, and Spencer de Grey, both of Foster + Partners, designed the Winspear Opera House.


The Dallas Museum of Art. Photo by Lance Murray

Edward Larrabee Barnes 

Edward Larrabee Barnes of New York designed the Dallas Museum of Art. He died in 2004.

Michel Desvigne

Michel Desvigne of Paris, in collaboration with U.S. firm SmithGroupJJR, designed Sammons Park with lawns, gardens and a reflecting pool to connect the Winspear Opera House, Wyly Theatre, Strauss Square and the Moody Performance Hall.

Klyde Warren Park [Courtesy photo]

Klyde Warren Park [Courtesy photo: Thomas McConnell]

The Office of James Burnett

OJB Landscape Architecture was awarded the American Institute of Architects’ 2018 Collaborative Achievement Award for Klyde Warren Park. Last year, the American Society of Landscape Architects named OJB as the recipient of the ASLA Design Award of Excellence for its Klyde Warren design.


Trammell Crow Residential also developed a 321-unit rental community on Bennett Avenue, a block off of Ross, and in 2015 sold a complex it developed at 3501 Ross Ave. to Olympus that is now called Olympus at Ross.

A version of this article was published in the Dallas-Fort Worth Real Estate Review.

With new projects planned in the urban core and multifamily interest extending development of Ross Avenue east of 75 to Greenville, it’s looking as if the best is yet to come. Read the rest of the package here, from our roundup of the architects who put a face on the arts district to the latest projects on the radar. 

Reinventing Ross Avenue: Retail, Restaurants, Residences Revitalizing Major Thoroughfare

The thoroughfare transects the northern edge of downtown Dallas, and renovations and new construction are transforming its place as a hub for offices, retail, and residential.

Ross Avenue Renovations

Get the rundown of noteworthy projects, current and recent.

Here Comes the Neighborhood

Recent, active or planned construction on Ross Avenue.

New Life Beyond the Core

Reinvention doesn’t end at 75: Ross Avenue is attracting significant interest from multifamily developers in an area between U.S. 75 and Greenville Avenue.

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