Partner / President
Greg Turner is the President of TurnerDuran Architects. Greg is responsible for the firm’s strategic direction, business development, and financial performance. As leader of the pre-design studio, his project work focuses on strategic needs analysis and programming.
Prior to starting his own practice, Greg apprenticed at some of the most renown firms in the nation, including Philip Johnson/John Burgee Architects, and I.M. Pei & Partners, both in New York City. He made significant contributions to “landmark” projects such as the AT&T Corporate Headquarters in New York City, a 36-story tower that is noted as the first major “post-modern” style structure in the world. He was also architectural designer on the 12-block long granite “carpet” pattern incorporated in Denver’s 16th Street Mall (I.M. Pei & Partners).
A published author of books and a contributor to national magazines such as Architectural Record and Design Cost & Data magazine, Greg’s treatises deal with the broad scope of issues involved in the design and construction industries, as well as historical issues and trends related to the endeavor of building.
Greg’s educational background includes bachelors and masters degrees in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.). He furthered his education by earning a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Houston, and is currently enrolled in the MS in Foresight program, learning new methods to apply to strategic facilities planning.
Through leadership roles in chambers of commerce, the MIT Corporation (the Institute’s Board of Trustees) and MIT Alumni Association, his church, and other organizations, Greg has been involved in strategic assessment teams to address long term issues. He brings process knowledge as well as leadership capabilities developed in these volunteer undertakings to the benefit of his clients during “programming” and planning efforts conducted by the firm.
- University of Houston (MS in Foresight program, current)
- University of Houston (MBA 1997)
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Master of Architecture 1977)
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (BS in Architecture & Design 1974)
- Accredited American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education Service (CES) Provider
- Registered Architect in Texas and other states
- Registered Interior Designer in Texas
- American Institute of Architects
- National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
- LEED Accredited Professional
- Association of Professional Futurists
Awards & Recognition:
- MIT Alumni/ae Association Bronze Beaver Award (for Service to the Institute)
- MIT Alumni/ae Association Lobdell Award (for Distinguished Alumni Work)
- Honorary Life Member of the Texas Council of PTAs
- Various design awards
Strategic Thinking Roles:
- MIT Corporation: Chair, Department of Architecture Visiting Committee (2012-present)
- Waller County Economic Development Partnership: Annual planning workshop (2016)
- West I-10 Chamber of Commerce: Long Range Strategic Business Plan (2008-2011)
- Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston: St. Mary’s Seminary Strategic Plan (2009)
- MIT Alumni Association: Campus Alumni Center Vision & Plan (2007)
- Various project-related strategic facilities plans
- MIT Corporation: Term Member (2012-2017) and Chair of Architecture Visiting Committee
- Catholic Charities of Houston: Advisory Board Member (2015-present)
- MIT Alumni Association: President of global community of 125,000 alumni (2011-2012)
- West I-10 Chamber of Commerce: Chairman & President (2008-2011)
- Serra Club of Houston: Various offices during 30-plus years of service
- Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce: Chairman, Community Growth Committee (2007-2010)
- Katy ISD volunteer: Partners in Education and Junior Achievement
- Houston Community College: Business Community Steering Committee (2007-present)
- Katy Area Chamber of Commerce: Chairman of the Board of Directors (2003)
Sampling of Publications and Periodicals:
- Construction Economics and Building Design: A Historical Approach, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1986.
- "Make City Look Like Refineries Under Glass," Houston Chronicle, June 7, 1992.
- "Is Sustainable Design Sustainable?" ArchNews Feb 2007 and Design Cost Data Nov/Dec 2006.
- "Building Boom Left Behind Abundant Amount of Wasted Office Space," Houston Business Journal, October 27, 1995.
- "Add Rhythm to the Repetition," Houston Chronicle, April 8, 2007.