The new building is located in the Oak Lawn area near the intersection of Cedar Springs and Inwood. Designed by I.M. Pei-trained architect James Langford, the 20,000-square-foot building will be an inspiring facility that is a visual beacon for the LGBTQ community and its allies.
This is more than concrete and bricks. It’s the heart of a community – creating a safe, empowering and welcoming space.
The new Center consolidates three facilities to host youth and senior programs, administration, event and meeting spaces, and more, all in one location. The Center will meet the ever-growing demand for its services with dignity.
ABOUT THE ARCHITECT
James Langford received his Bachelor in Architecture in 1979 at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. After a year of interning with RTKL in Baltimore, Maryland, Mr. Langford went to work with I. M. Pei and Partners in New York City. Mr. Langford worked directly with Mr. Pei and Henry Cobb for over six years on such notable projects as the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas and Commerce Square in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After leaving I. M. Pei’s office, Mr. Langford later received his Master in Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
James E. Langford, Architects and Planners, L.L.C. was founded in 1989 after Mr. Langford returned to his native Dallas from New York. For the first three years of his practice, he was Assistant Professor of Technology at the University of North Texas (UNT). His research and lecturing at UNT was on 16th century Northern Italian Renaissance architecture that continued studies he began as a graduate student at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
His firm has designed a wide variety of projects from churches and residential buildings to research and development laboratories. Award winning projects include the All Saints Chapel at the Episcopal School of Dallas, the King of Glory Lutheran Church and Place des Vosges residential development in Dallas. The focus of the firm in the last few years has been sustainable design. Mr. Langford’s sustainable concepts have been incorporated in recent projects as the Harvard Residence, Resource Center and Northaven United Methodist Church, all in Dallas. These projects showcase sustainable features as innovative shading concepts, water recycling, use of local materials and form-active methods of construction.
Mr. Langford’s research and design concepts in sustainable design have also found their way into his Architectural and Structural Engineering and Building Technology courses in Civil and Environment Design at Southern Methodist University.
Mr. Langford is a member of the American Institute of Architects, Texas Society of Architects, and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He is the father of three children: Will, Lilly, and Carolyn.