We are thrilled to welcome Jaime Palomo, AIA, to FGMA! He joins the firm as a Principal, focused primarily on the firm’s Municipal practice in the Austin and Central Texas region.
Originally from El Salvador, Jaime moved to the U.S. in 1985 and received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Louisiana State University, Magna Cum Laude (1990) followed by a Master’s degree in Architectural Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin (1993).
Prior to joining FGMA, Jaime was a Principal/Partner at CasaBella Architects for 25 years where he led the design of public and private facilities, encompassing many different project types. His portfolio includes the City of Austin’s Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, the expansion of the Ullrich Water Treatment Plant and multiple renovations to the Main Library, Student Union and Student Residence Halls at Huston-Tillotson University as well as projects for the Austin Independent School District. Jaime’s projects have received multiple design awards and recognitions by local and statewide organizations in the design and construction industries.
Joseph Chronister, Managing Director of FGMA’s Austin office says, “We’re thrilled to welcome Jaime whose expertise, experience and strong networks will enhance our growing practice in this region. His deep ties to the people and organizations in Austin and Central Texas fit well with FGMA’s community-focused practice, and the respect and trust Jaime has earned from clients and colleagues is a testament to his generous spirit.”
Palomo adds, “I’m excited to join FGMA at this pivotal time in our city’s history and to be able to have the opportunity to contribute to the firm’s mission of building communities, especially during these times of economic growth in such a dynamic and vibrant city”.
Jaime brings a wealth of industry leadership experience to his new role at FGMA. He was the Austin Director (2016-2018) of the Texas Society of Architects (TxA), serving as a conduit between the Austin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the TxA Board. An active member of Austin AIA for many years, Jaime helped found its “Latinos in Architecture” (LiA) committee. To increase diversity and equity in the architecture profession, LiA created a scholarship fund for Latino high school students to attend UT Austin’s Architecture Summer Academy. In 2017, Jaime was appointed as one of 3 expert panelists to assist the Texas State Preservation Board during the master planning phase for the Texas State Capitol Project which reviewed/approved proposed building designs for compliance with the master plan design guidelines.
Welcome, Jaime. Thank you for choosing FGMA!