Dr. Bruce Race, FAIA

Professor of Architecture,
Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design, University of Houston

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Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design, University of Houston
Houston, TX


Bruce Race, FAIA, FAICP, PhD is the principal and founder of RACESTUDIO and is responsible for all aspects of project planning, design and delivery. Since founding RACESTUDIO in Berkeley, CA in 1994, his projects have received 33 design and planning awards including national awards from the American Institute of Architects, American Planning Association, Environmental Protection Agency and Society of College and University Planning. The Long Range Development Plan for UC Merced received a national 2012 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects Award, and the Owings Award for Environmental Excellence, from the California Architectural Foundation in 2013. The Estes Park Downtown Plan received a 2018 APA Colorado award for resilience planning.

Dr. Race is active in professional design and planning organizations. He has presented at over 100 conferences. On behalf of the American Planning Association (APA), Dr. Race co-authored a book providing planners and educators case studies and methods for getting young people involved in the planning process.

Bruce Race is one of very few planning and design professionals in the United States that have been elected to fellowship by both the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP). In 2012, Dr. Race received the Planning Sagamore from APA Indiana recognizing his accomplishments “as a model planner before the public and the planning profession.” While in Indianapolis, Bruce Race served as the urban design columnist for the Indianapolis Business Journal.

In 2015, Dr. Race joined the Gerald D. Hines School of Architecture as Director of University of Houston’s newly created Center for Sustainability and Resiliency (CeSAR). Prior to joining UH, Dr. Race was an Associate Professor of Practice and a full-time faculty for Ball State University’s Master of Urban Design program in Indianapolis. His design talent, practice experience, and research interests intersect in his classroom studios where he emphasizes community engagement and design innovation grounded by real world experience.

Dr. Race received his PhD from Cardiff University’s Welsh School of Architecture where has been a visiting research fellow, faculty in The Master in Urban Design (MaUD) program, and an instructor in the Low Carbon Architecture Summer Program.

Dr. Race has served in leadership positions with the American Institute of Architects at the local, state and national levels. He served on the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association Board of Directors for 13 years including two terms as vice president. Dr. Race was on the founding Board of Directors for the Great Valley Center, an organization that strives to enhance the economic, social and environmental well-being of California's Central Valley. He has served as a member of AIA’s national Regional Urban Design Committee (RUDC) and the Texas Society of Architects Urban Design Committee.

Bruce Race received his PhD from the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff, Wales with a research focus on climate action planning at the local level. He received his Bachelor in Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Studies from Ball State University where he was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi Medal (1980), the Community Based Projects Award (1980), and Distinguished Alumnus Award (1999). In 2007 he was a Ball State University, Emens Distinguished Professor.

Dr. Race is a registered architect in the state of California and certified by the American Planning Association as a member of the APA's professional institute (American Institute of Certified Planners).


Cardiff University, Welsh School of Architecture
Cardiff, United Kingdom

Job History

University of Houston
Director, Center for Sustainability and Resilience
May 2015 - present

January 1994 - present

Ball State University
Associate Professor of Practice
January 2009 - April 2015


  • Strategic Facility Planning
  • Sustainable Building Design
  • Urban Design Services


  • American Planning Association (APA)
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • AIA Regional Urban Design Committee (RUDC), Tx AIA Urban Design Committee


  • Community-based Urban Design, Climate Action Planning