The first quarter century was only the beginning.


The early 1980’s were an inauspicious time for Houston’s economy, as the 1970’s oil boom went bust in rapid, dramatic fashion. The real estate market, along with every other aspect of Houston’s economy, suffered a major set back. 

Defiant of the odds, Joe Mahler and Jason Beal opened the doors of PDG Architects in 1982. Dallas-based Trammell Crow Company, now CBRE became their first client leading to projects in Houston and San Antonio. Savings of America/Washington Mutual and now Chase, became a client soon after, setting the stage for major renovation and new building design projects in more than 200 banking and ATM facilities across Texas, California, and Florida. 

As Houston diversified and rebounded in the 1990’s, PDG continued its diversification and growth by attracting long-term opportunities in the public sector. The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) awarded PDG Architects its’ first indefinite quantity contract in 1992. The US Post Office awarded a similar contract the next year, followed by  NASA in 2000.

During the 1990’s and into the 21st Century, the Firm has continued to diversify, attracting numerous real estate companies including Transwestern, Moody Rambin, PM Realty, Granite Properties, Hines, Navisys Group, TrizecHahn Office Properties, Morrison Karsten Group, Crescent Real Estate Equities, etc. Beyond commercial development, PDG Architects expanded into industrial, education, transportation and other sectors.

Our commitment to client service has never wavered, evidenced by the fact that more than 80 percent of our work is earned as repeat business. We deliver exceptional service by listening to and understanding the challenges that organizations face, as we develop innovative, cost-effective designs and solutions along with our clients.