Profile

Our staff offers a diverse range of experience and service by blending a combination of men, women, youth and maturity with talent, education, experience and vision.

We have a high percentage of registered architects on our team and a staff of highly-skilled and talented interior designers, interns and drafting technicians. We take special pride in our skills and accomplishments and we believe it shows in each of our projects. We are a medium-sized firm tracing its beginning to the early 1940's. Our base of operation has always been Waco, Texas. We have served clients throughout Texas, many other states, and several foreign countries.

Each of our projects represents a solution to a unique set of circumstances, and each is a success in function, form, and the way it stretches experience beyond the basic. We have earned the reputation of being excellent, knowledgeable designers who provide quick response times and are accountable to project budgets.

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Awards & Recognition
Outstanding Construction Award (2014)
By the Associated General Contractors (AGC) Texas Building Branch
Interior Finish Out:  American Bank — Downtown Branch
Outstanding Construction Award (2014)
By the Associated General Contractors (AGC) Texas Building Branch
Historical Renovation:  Dichotomy Coffee and Spirits
Prestigious New or Renovated Meeting Site Award (2012)
By the ConventionSouth Magazine
Waco Convention Center
Outstanding Construction Award (2011)
By the Associated General Contractors (AGC) Texas Building Branch
Interior Finish Out:  McLennan Community College Liberal Arts Renovations
Outstanding Construction Award (2011)
By the Associated General Contractors (AGC) Texas Building Branch
Interior Finish Out:  McLennan Community College Student Center Renovations
Outstanding Construction Award (2010-2011)
By the Associated General Contractors (AGC) Texas Building Branch
Interior Finish Out:  McLennan Community College West Waco Library and Genealogy Center
Outstanding Business Award (2009)
By the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce
First Green Chamber Building in the Nation (2009)
Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce
Golden Trowel Award for Outstanding Block Design (2009)
By the Texas Masonry Council and Central Texas Masonry Council (State and Local Level)
McLennan Community College Classroom Building, Dennis F. Michaelis Academic Center
People's Choice Award (2009)
By the Texas Masonry Council (State Level)
McLennan Community College Classroom Building, Dennis F. Michaelis Academic Center
47th Annual TASA/TASB Convention Awards(2007)
“Value”, “Process of Planning”, “Design”, and “Innovation” Categories:  
Jimmie Tyler Brasher Elementary School
Best ’06
By Texas Construction and McGraw Hill Construction
Jimmie Tyler Brasher Elementary School,
Hampton/Illinois Public Library
42nd Annual TASA/TASB Convention Awards (2002)
“Value” and “Process of Planning” Categories :  Robinson High School

Partners

  • Keithen (Keith) J. Bailey
    A.I.A., N.C.A.R.B., TBAE Registration #5775

    Keithen J Bailey Photo Mr. Bailey, a native Wacoan, received a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Texas A & M University in 1971. While attending Texas A & M University, he received numerous design awards and scholarships, was six times a distinguished student and charter member of the Texas A & M University's Chapter of Tau Sigma Delta National Honor Society. Mr. Bailey became a registered architect in 1976 and that same year joined the firm, which is now RBDR, PLLC. His chief responsibilities are in the areas of design and planning. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, N.C.A.R.B. certified, registered in eight states, a registered interior designer, and has served in city and community commissions. He is a member of Lake Shore Baptist Church.

  • J. Grant Dudley
    A.I.A., TBAE Registration #14304

    J Grant Dudley Photo Mr. Dudley graduated from Texas A & M University with a Bachelor of Environmental Design Degree in 1979, did graduate work in architecture at Texas Tech University during the following year, and has practiced his chosen profession continuously since that time, first in Dallas and then in Waco. Mr. Dudley became a registered architect in 1993. Mr. Dudley has held the office of president in the local AIA chapter on three occasions and has served on the Texas Society of Architect's Associate Development Committee as well as other Boards and Committees for various entities. He is a past member of Waco Optimist Club and he is a member First Presbyterian Church.

  • David E. Wright
    A.I.A., LEED AP BD+C, TBAE Registration #16621

    David E Wright Photo Mr. Wright earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 1993 and became registered as an architect in the state of Texas in 1999. Mr. Wright joined RBDR, PLLC in 1997. As project architect, he works in both project management and technical production capacities for the firm. His project management experience ranges from programming and project concept development through construction documentation and administration. He has worked on a variety of projects including small private enterprise jobs and large federal government contracts. Mr. Wright is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Texas Society of Architects and has served as president and newsletter editor/publisher of the local Waco AIA Chapter and Waco Chapter TSA Director. David most recently became a LEED Accredited Professional (AP) in order to better serve our clients that desire LEED certified facilities.

  • Bernadette T. Conrad Hookham
    A.I.A., N.C.A.R.B., LEED AP BD+C, TBAE Registration #16887

    Bernadette T Conrad Hookham Photo Ms. Hookham graduated in 1995 from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. She joined RBDR, PLLC in 1999. She is a registered architect in Texas and Iowa and is N.C.A.R.B. certified. Her roles in the firm include project architect and project manager. She is proficient in AutoCad and Cadvance. Ms. Hookham's experience includes college and university facilities, primary and secondary education buildings, medical clinics and health care facilities, office buildings and corporate work. Ms. Hookham is a Member of the American Institute of Architects, the Texas Society of Architects, and has served as Chapter President of the local Waco AIA Chapter. Bernadette most recently became a LEED Accredited Professional (AP) in order to better serve our clients that desire LEED certified facilities.

Staff

  • Julie M. Ellison
    TBAE Registration #24008

    Ms. Ellison graduated in 2003 from Texas A∓M University with a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree. Since then, Ms. Ellison has practiced her chosen profession continuously, first in Houston and now in Waco, becoming registered in December of 2013. Ms. Ellison has served in the local Waco AIA chapter as Program Chair for the last few years. She is proficient in AutoCAD and has knowledge of Revit, Sketch-up, and PhotoShop. Her experience ranges from project design development through construction documentation and construction administration, with her strength being construction documentation. Ms. Ellison attends St. Jerome's Catholic Church.

  • John R. Rogers
    TBAE Registration #37549

    Mr. Rogers graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction in 1967. In 1974 Mr. Rogers graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering. Mr. Rogers has been practicing his profession in Waco since 1970 when he joined the firm of Drennon Associates (established in 1958). In 1991 Mr. Rogers purchased the firm from Mr. Drennon, and, in 1996, changed the firm name to The Rogers Company. Mr. Rogers has served as past president of the local chapter of Texas Society of Professional Engineers. Mr. Rogers provided structural engineering services to numerous architects, contracors, etc. throughout the Central Texas area. In 2011 Mr. Rogers joined RBDR, PLLC to serve as their in-house structural engineer.

Services

We have served clients from Private, Municipal, County, State and Federal origin.

This experience guides us in providing competent design and construction documentation and affords clients opportunity to include ideas that may not have been previously explored.

Our analysis, planning, design and construction documentation is exceptional in its strength of aesthetics, accuracy and technical competence.

Full Range of Design Services
  • Master Planning
  • Site Planning
  • Building Programming
  • Construction Documentation
  • Interior Design and Space Planning
  • Construction Administration
  • Feasibility Studies and Projections
Project Experience
  • Educational
  • Financial
  • Medical
  • Religious
  • Light Industrial
  • Multi-Family
  • Retail
  • Performing Arts
  • Sustainable
  • Recreational