R. Gregory Turner, AIA, LEED AP, MBA, APF

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.

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

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.

Professional Credentials

  • 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

Strategic Thinking Roles



MIT Corporation

Department of Architecture Visiting Committee



Waller County Economic Development Partnership

Annual planning workshop



West I-10 Chamber of Commerce

Long Range Strategic Business Plan



Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

St. Mary’s Seminary Strategic Plan



MIT Alumni Association

Campus Alumni Center Vision & Plan


Various project-related strategic facilities plans

Recent Involvements


MIT Corporation

Term Member & Chair of Architecture Visiting Committee


Catholic Charities of Houston

Advisory Board Member


MIT Alumni Association

President of global community of 125,000 alumni


West I-10 Chamber of Commerce

Chairman & President

30-plus years of service

Serra Club of Houston

Various offices


Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce

Chairman, Community Growth Committee


Katy ISD volunteer

Partners in Education and Junior Achievement


Houston Community College

Business Community Steering Committee


Katy Area Chamber of Commerc

Chairman of the Board of Directors


Master of Science

University of Houston

MS in Foresight program, current

Master of Business Administration

University of Houston

MBA 1997

Master of Architecture

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Master of Architecture 1977

Bachelor of Arts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

BS in Architecture & Design 1974

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