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Don Powell

Don Powell

BOKA Powell

Donald R. Powell Jr. serves as principal-in-charge of an architecture and design firm he launched three decades ago, now known as BOKA Powell. After planning and designing more than 40 million square feet of space, he maintains that the best design solutions come from a thorough understanding of the problem and allowing that clarity to drive the process. Like every other BOKA Powell principal, he stays involved in his projects from beginning to end. Powell continues his professional education through executive graduate courses at Harvard Graduate School of Design; in 2008 was honored with an Award of Outstanding Achievement from Ball State University, his alma mater.

Stories by Don Powell

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Commercial Real Estate

There is Game-Changing News About Transportation in the Immediate Future

And it is bad news for parking garage builders, says BOKA Powell's Don Powell.
Building Section - Future Proof with Spiral Ramp
Architecture & Design

How Parking Garage Conversions Can Help Address Overbuilding

We’re already wildly overparked, and current trends will just accelerate this. Here’s what we can do about it.
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Commercial Real Estate

Don Powell: 2020 Can Be a Year of Technological Evolution and Human Triumph

With lingering questions about spectator sports in the era of COVID-19, the busy architect and founder of BOKA Powell takes a look back at his most memorable fan experience.
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Commercial Real Estate

Love the One You’re With

Let passion lead your work pursuits.
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Commercial Real Estate

CRE Opinion: Not Your Father’s Office Building

To stay above water in a quickly shifting office market, open minds and ears are paramount.

Stories by Don Powell

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Business

CRE Opinion: Stop Over-Parking

Listen up, capital partners, lenders, and brokers.
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Commercial Real Estate

CRE Opinion: An Architectural Perspective

The distinguishing elements of Class A versus AA (Trophy Class) office buildings.
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Business

CRE Opinion: Hospitality Developments Help Cities Tap into Lucrative Convention Business

The top five most recent, local conventions created nearly $300 million in economic impact for North Texas.
Architecture & Design

Don Powell: Celebrating Community Service

It’s the time of year for giving thanks, giving back, and celebrating the successes of our peers. In that spirit, I’d like to highlight three remarkable examples of architecture-related public service that have caught my eye in the last few weeks.
Architecture & Design

Don Powell: Bending the Real Estate Risk and Reward Curve

Maybe it's just a sign of the times, but recently, my business associates and I have jib-jabbed about the short-sightedness of developers who are getting started on new projects, but who often hesitate to call an architect because we're perceived to be too expensive or unwilling to speculate.