20 Years at PDR
“I thrive at working on behalf of my clients to make sure that what’s built represents the design team’s original intent. That includes working with contractors to find solutions, managing our team and ensuring a client’s goals, objectives and budget requirements are met.”
Doug Hellman is a principal at PDR and oversees the management and execution of project concepts, construction documentation and construction administration. His primary focus is collaborating with general contractors to fully execute a client’s intended vision.
Doug has successfully managed many large scale projects, including ExxonMobil’s Houston campus, where he served as the project architect and developed office interiors. He’s also managed projects for Calpine, ConocoPhillips and Hess.
“I love the complexity of a large project. At PDR, we understand corporate challenges and know how to resolve them. We really listen to our clients and we are a partner with our clients. We don’t have our own agendas. We find solutions to our clients’ challenges that are specific to our client, not specific to a vision we think we want to implement.”
While PDR’s primary focus is workplace-focused interior architecture, Doug has recently managed the design and architecture of restaurant and bar projects with Agricole Hospitality, initially overseeing branding and graphics for Eight Row Flint in The Heights.
“They appreciated our structure and diligence and how we provided options for the branding and graphics themes. That project was very successful and they like our way of thinking, so our partnership has grown to include design and architecture.”
Doug is now managing the design and construction of the hospitality group’s newest venture in EaDo, which includes three concepts in one space: Vinny’s, a pizzeria, Miss Carousel, a large cocktail bar, and Indianola, an American eatery.
“The design is beautiful and modern, and it will be a fantastic space. It’s been exciting to manage this project, as we’re starting to get more requests for retail and food service design work.”
Doug also managed PDR’s work on the graphics, branding, restaurant names, menu designs and logos for the EaDo space, in addition to the rebranding of Night Heron, a recent addition to Agricole Hospitality’s restaurants.
He has a unique understanding of market changes, materials, cost of construction and construction timelines. As a leader in the firm, he trains and develops others to become better architects and designers.
Doug graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Environmental Design. He is a Registered Architect in the State of Texas, a LEED Accredited Professional through the United States Green Building Council, and has a Construction Documents Technologist certificate through the Construction Specifications Institute.