Diane Hays, FAIA, began her professional career in San Antonio in 1985 following the completion of her education in both interior design and architecture. She received a BS in interior design and later pursued a Master of Architecture, both from UT Austin. In addition to professional practice, Diane began teaching at UTSA in 1992 teaching all levels of design studios in both disciplines of architecture and interior design. She also teaches courses in detailing, furniture design and construction, color and light and construction graphics, her particular focus, in the classroom as well as in practice, is the integration of architecture and interior design. She has received national, regional and local design awards for her professional work in collaboration with other firms, and as a sole practitioner from the AIA and IIDA design programs. Further, her students have received awards and recognition at the national and local level from AIA, Contract Magazine Annual Design Awards, Donghia Foundation, and NEWH.
Most recently Diane has pioneered the design build program within the College of Architecture with the completion of two park renovation projects in collaboration in Bexar County. This program affords students the opportunity to gain real world experience in design and construction.
Diane has been active for many years in professional organizations of AIA. She served on the board of directors for the San Antonio chapter of AIA many years and the IIDA Texas / Oklahoma Chapter. Diane was instrumental in establishing the AIA San Antonio endowed scholarship and the Design Lecture Series, collaboration with AIA San Antonio chapter, bringing notable design practitioners to the San Antonio area. She was elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2010, and was the 2011 recipient of Texas Society or Architects’s Award for Outstanding Education Contributions in Honor of Edward J. Romieniec, FAIA. She has been recognized by the AIA, IIDA, and ASID for her contribution to the education of future designers.