KAI hires cultural market leader in Dallas-Fort Worth office

KAI hired architect Brien Graham as Civic, Municipal & Cultural Market Leader at its Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, office.

In his new role, Graham will lead KAI’s efforts to deliver innovative design solutions tailored to the unique needs of this market across the region, state and nationally. Additionally, he will oversee project management, channel team alignment and growth through mentorship, and strategically drive market positioning, sales and profit management.

An award-winning architect with over 20 years of industry experience, Graham has held positions prior to KAI that include Senior Project Manager at LPA, Inc.; Associate/Project Manager at Richmond Group; and Director of Facilities/Project Manager at Concord Church.

Graham’s project portfolio holds a wide variety of design expertise spanning a multitude of industries ranging from higher education, workplace, hospitality, PreK-12 and more. Notable portfolio projects include:

  • Remington College Culinary School – Garland, TX
  • Broughton Recreation Center – Longview, TX
  • Police Services of Salinas Headquarters – Salinas, CA
  • St. John’s Lower and Middle Schools – Houston, TX
  • Victor H. Hexter Elementary School – Dallas, TX
  • Texas Security Bank – Southlake, TX
  • Memorial Heights Villages – Houston, TX
  • Trophy Club Country Club – Trophy Club, TX

Of his many distinguished industry awards, the more recent include the 2023 AIA Young Architect Award, 2022 AIA Dallas Presidential Citation, 2021 AIA Fort Worth Community Award, and 2020 Texas Society of Architects Presidential Citation.

Graham is also a 2023 graduate of the inaugural AIA National Leadership Academy comprised of 14 architects selected from around the country to participate in a three-year leadership development program designed for architects ready for the next level of accomplished leadership in their firm, profession and community.

Graham currently serves on the Texas Society of Architects (TxA) Board of Directors. He is also the 2023-2025 AIA Strategic Council Texas representative and the 2023-2024 Treasurer for DFW NOMA (National Organization of Minority Architects).

Most recently, he was elected as the 2024-2025 NOMA South Region Vice President and previously served as the 2021-2022 DFW NOMA Chapter President, 2022 AIA Dallas At-Large Board Member, Chair of the TxA EDI Committee and member of AIA Dallas’s Education Outreach Committee.