James R. Lewis is a licensed architecture professional with a varied career involving public service, higher education, and an extensive portfolio of practice. Mr. Lewis earned his Bachelors of Architecture from Texas Tech University, and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin. Having spent much of his career working to preserve historic buildings and significant cultural settings throughout the American Southwest, he has focused his energies in areas of historic building documentation; building reuse master planning, and architectural restoration/adaptation undertakings. While research and guest lecturing interests are diverse, Mr. Lewis has particular expertise in analyzing and interpreting vernacular structures and historic agricultural industrial complexes. Associational affiliations include the American Institute of Architects, Vernacular Architectural Forum and a number of community activism and environmental protection advocacy organizations. As a break from the rigors of teaching and practice Mr. Lewis finds time to travel, collect antiquarian books, and tend garden in northern New Mexico during summers.
For almost a decade at UTSA, Mr. Lewis has taught across the breadth of the College’s curriculum. As a complement to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Lewis maintains an active practice and is licensed in New Mexico and Arizona, in addition to Texas. During the early part of his career, Rick was employed by a variety of small to mid-sized architecture firms where he contributed to a wide array of publicly and privately funded project types ranging from educational to healthcare related developments.
Beyond his diverse academic background, practice, and professional affiliations, Mr. Lewis presently serves on the board of the University Health System Foundation, an auxiliary of the Bexar County Hospital District and the Texas Historical Commission’s Antiquities Review Committee.