Who We Are

Creating memorable places that add value; listening to your ideas, dreams and needs and transforming them into your project—these are some of the goals of Douglas Architects, Inc.

We are an experienced, architecture and planning firm, located in downtown San Antonio, Texas. We excel in meeting the unique needs of our clients by providing creative design solutions while maintaining a positive business approach. Our designs are sensitive to budget, scope, program and function, striving towards excellence, innovation, collaboration and sustainability.

Where We’ve Been

Douglas Architects was founded in February of 2007 by Andrew Douglas and Melissa Douglas. Over the past decade DAI has completed award winning architectural and planning projects in San Antonio and Central Texas, as well as California and Chicago. DAI has a talented staff of designers, administrators and consultants who enjoy working together on projects and creating a spirit of collaboration. In 2013 Douglas Architects renovated, designed and developed their own adaptive mixed-use project and moved to 1320 E. Houston located on the near east side of downtown San Antonio.

Andrew and Melissa met while working in Cambridge, Massachusetts and attending the University of Texas at Austin. After almost eight years working in the Boston area for two internationally recognized firms, they decided to move back home to Texas and San Antonio in 1994. Both had the desire to work in an urban environment and do adaptive reuse, as well as assist their clients with design and planning efforts that were based in market realities, as well as good design, believing that the two must go hand in hand for projects to be successful.

Over the past several years, Douglas Architects has been the recipient of four Downtown’s Best Awards and has been recognized in local and regional publications for it’s design and planning contributions.

Andrew T. Douglas, AIA, is an architect who combines both an aptitude for design along with keen management skills. Andrew has a reputation for understanding his client’s world and the market forces that affect them and the delivery of their projects. He plays an active role in all of the firm’s projects and is especially skilled in the public process and leading large teams. Andrew served for many years on the Historic and Design Review Commission for the City of San Antonio, and is well versed in their processes for approval. Andrew received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin is licensed in the State of Texas.

Melissa M. Douglas, AIA, is an architect who thrives on listening to her clients, understanding how and what they need to function and striving to provide them. An art and business major prior to finding her niche in architecture, Melissa loves materials that work for her clients and beautify their spaces. Melissa is in charge of the firm’s interior projects and space programming efforts. She is active in all stages of design, from building code analyses to material specifications and Contract Administration. Melissa also received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and is licensed in Texas.

Douglas Architects, Inc. is a Woman Business Enterprise (WBE), a Small and Emerging Small Business Enterprise (SBE & ESBE) and a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certified by the South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (SCTRCA). We are also a certified Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) with the State of Texas.

What We Do


Space Programming

Needs Assessments

Feasibility Studies

Master Planning

Development Planning Assistance

Facility Assessments

New Construction


Adaptive Reuse


City of San Antonio Historic & Design Review Commission Approvals


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