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Cresson, Texas

Norman Ward

NORMAN WARD ’82, ’92

By age 13, Norman Ward knew he wanted to be an architect. The Fort Worth native eventually found his way to UT Arlington’s architecture program, earning both undergraduate and graduate degrees. In 2013 the Fort Worth chapter of the American Institute of Architects presented Ward its highest distinction, the Charles R. Adams Award for Design Excellence. The honor recognizes Ward’s body of work, which includes the interiors of Artspace 111 and the Community Arts Center in downtown Fort Worth. “My whole idea of work is about the joy of making,” he says. “I see architecture that way. It’s not just the design work; it’s that we’re all interacting together.” He creates from his Modernist hilltop home in rural Cresson, inspired by seasonal changes and “daylighting,” or how sunlight moves through a space. His firm includes fellow alumnus Ernest Curry ’93, who crafts models and helps with the design process. Ward also inspires future generations to pursue college degrees. “I talk to students about how everything is possible through education,” he says. “I feel that’s an extension of what was really given to me at UTA.”


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