George James Ducas is an American Architect who has worked on prestigious projects the world over. He has worked on projects of internationally known architects such as Frank Gehry, Bruce Graham of Skidmore Ownings & Merril, IM Pei, Arata Isozaki, O’Neil Ford, Ricardo Legoretta, Mitchell Giurgola, and others.
He considers himself a Developer’s Architect having a background in architecture, finance, real estate development, construction, and executive management. His project list includes most building types and includes many large masterplan and mixed-use developments; some more
than 2-billion dollars. He also holds a license in Interior Design. In 1994 a Time magazine had a list of the top 10 prestigious projects in the world and George had worked on 6. George’s career has been both in the private and public sector throughout the USA and internationally involving diverse
cultures. Some of the Corporate projects in his portfolio include Nissan, General Motors, Disney,
Lockheed Martin, and Marriot. Government work has been at the city, county, state, federal and
international level; those clients included British Rail, the US Federal Government, and the Chinese
George’s areas of special talent include Preservation. He did the first Preservation project for the City of Dallas; the Bachman Water Treatment Plant was the kickoff to Preservation in Dallas. He designed Light Fixtures for the Bank of China in Hong Kong. He established a new department for a Bank in Phoenix, Arizona involving Risk Controls in real estate development. He was Technical Studio Lead at SOM Chicago and was a master at detailing and quality control. In addition to architecture, he worked mixed use Master Plans and Urban Planning. He has lectured at the Art Institute in Chicago concerning Lighting in Design and advised local artists on design. George has contributed his time as a volunteer to charitable organizations. He has worked teaching disadvantaged kids; raised monies for muscular dystrophy and associated with other disadvantaged groups.
George’ has 2 Master’s Degrees in Architecture and a BS in Architecture;
Master’s degrees from California Polytechnic State University and USP Sao, Paulo, Brazil; a BS from UT Arlington, Texas. He also has extensive coursework in Mathematics, Civil Engineering, and Physics. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards; past Associations included the American Society of Interior Designers and the Illumination Engineering Society of North America.
George James Ducas
Architect AIA NCARB
Head of Design Department
We can consider Architecture as the Hallmark of a Civilized Society; containing many of the attributes that embodies the cultural aspects and ethos which are the characteristics and spirit of an era, community, and individual. In addition to the outward experience of architecture are its many secrets of the inner knowledge of the architect; of the things that are particularly human to those things involving meaning that are universal that we experience, but not necessarily aware of. A Master Architect understands all the subtleties of design and interaction of architecture with a society and culture. An architect can talk about everything from the details of proportion to the vision of the
interactions and wellbeing of society at large and the balance between. There have been many tomes, scholarly books on a vision of architecture; from those involving space to those of style. What makes a style is what the architect has selected as an expression and the dominant perceptions of expression, some particular to a culture and context, and others that are universal and applicable to any context. The product is as inventive as the palate for design is broad and discriminative to the desired result. Having studied architecture as form, as space, as perception, as color, as light, as line, as surface, as texture; my conclusion is that all great architecture embodies a singular composition or form, embodies the harmony of all the means of perception. At first this may seem an easy task but try to describe how we experience the things set before us. As a next step try to remove contradictions. To me Architecture embodies Truth, to be able to predict a universal and singular experience despite its diversity; and also to present a vision for the culture it represents.