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Principals

Archimage was the sucessor firm to Buday Wells Architects, founded in 1983 by Richard Buday, FAIA and Dwayne Wells, AIA, RIBA.


Richard Buday, FAIA, Partner, Buday Wells Architects, and Archimage President
A 1977 graduate of Kent State University School of Architecture and Environmental Design, Richard worked for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and Ken R. Harry Associates for six years. He also taught at the University of Houston College of Architecture for more than ten years, where he published widely on the use of new media in design. In 1983, he cofounded Buday Wells Architects as Houston's first computer-based architectural practice. After the death of Mr. Wells in 1989, Buday Wells Architects relaunched as Archimage, a hybrid digital design studio. Richard began research on entertainment technology for teaching, training, and improving health behaviors in the 1990s, serving as a collaborator and Principal Investigator of numerous National Institutes of Health grants. He is widely regarded as a pioneer in the computer visualization movement. In 2004, Richard was elevated to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects for his twenty-year effort to help move computers out of research laboratories and into design studios.

Dwayne Wells, AIA, RIBA, Partner, Buday Wells, Architects
Dwayne attended the University of Austin, where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture in 1973. From 1973 through 1976, Dwayne lived in London and traveled extensively around the world. While working in England, he became a licensed British architect and qualified for membership in the Royal Institute of British Architects. Returning to the U.S. in 1976, Dwayne attended City College of New York, where he received a Master's Degree in Urban Design in 1977. Dwayne worked for Philip Johnson & John Burgee Architects in New York and later moved to Houston to join Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. After a year in Lagos, Nigeria, working for Max O. Urbahn International, Dwayne returned to Houston and joined Ken R. Harry Associates before cofounding Buday Wells, Architects.

Jerald Reichstein, AIA, Vice President
Jerald attended the University of Houston College of Architecture and graduated class valedictorian in 1986. He led Archimage's web development efforts and spearheaded the company's casual health game subsidiary, Playnormous, Inc.

Paul Patel, Principal
Paul graduated from the University of Houston College of Architecture in 1994. Joining Archimage the same year, he managed multimedia, web, and intranet projects. Paul also played a lead role in the firm's database projects, including custom-developed online content management systems.

Bill May, AIA, Principal
Bill graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree and became Archimage's architecture technical director in 1990 after the death of Mr. Wells. Bill also designed some of the firm's buildings and interiors projects.

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