30 Mar Doug Hellmann
Design + Architecture
Every client solution is unique because our process answers their call to action. Rigor in how we carry project intent ensures its integrity only gets stronger along the way.
Doug Hellmann is an architect who brings the voice of reason to every step of the design process. As a Principal of the firm and PDR’s Director of Project Delivery, Doug coaches his teams to prove the integrity of their work every step of the way. Objective and rationale, Doug cultivates the unique truth of a project — the best solution for each client — by continually measuring design effort against strategic intent.
Doug is known for his ability to collaborate with general contractors and to fully execute a client’s vision accurately and efficiently. His approach to project delivery has contributed to the successes of several large-scale multi-year efforts. Doug led the teams who delivered the ExxonMobil Houston Campus’ 14-building workplace of the future by tracking the progression of a complex array of components and relationships while pushing the boundaries of design and construction innovation.
Doug’s team would carry Managing Director of Design, Jackie Wheat’s, concepts to fruition. They would also realize the future-proofing strategy created by Director of Programming, Larry Lander that maps all building systems to a modular planning grid. The designs celebrate the human experience, offer maximum flexibility for future space configurations, and resulted in an incredibly compelling, responsive, and resilient campus.
A major tower project for a confidential Fortune 100 Oil and Gas Company also benefited from Doug’s technical expertise and the dexterity of his team. In addition to multiple floors of high-performance workplace, Doug led the team to design mission-critical infrastructure and specialized high-tech spaces including vertical circulation stairways, complex data centers with redundant MEP backup systems, energy trading floors with high occupancy densities, and 24-7 monitoring suites. Over the project’s duration, the client organization’s population flexed, retracted, then flexed again two-fold — but under Doug’s leadership, the project was able to simply pivot, recalibrate and continue moving forward. Even after its launch, the organization has restacked several times with minimal disruption and considerable cost savings.
Doug describes himself as a detail oriented-person, yet his big-picture insights are often sought by global developers and architects alike. Doug’s deep, rational thinking aligned with the goals of Hines, Pelli Clark Pelli, and Kendall Heaton when he and the PDR team gave close attention to the project’s arrival experience. The human-centered, perspective Doug and his team brought to the project would impact the building’s shape, its orientation on the site, and its structural column placement. His team continues to develop the building’s amenity spaces.
Doug recognizes how PDR’s approach to designing for the human experience can help buildings avoid what fellow partner Marc Bellamy describes as Dead Lobby Syndrome. Doug worked closely with BlackRock and CBRE to successfully reposition its Sage Plaza asset in Houston’s corporate real estate market. Rather than simply renovating with new furniture and finishes, he led his team to bring new energy and human engagement to the ground floor experience. What used to be a homogenous panorama of Texas Rose granite is now a revitalized collection of carefully curated amenity spaces.
Doug’s work for Agricole Hospitality’s trinity of EADO establishments achieved quick and lasting fame in Houston’s celebrated bar and restaurant scene. His integrated team was responsible for the brand identities, signage, and interior architecture for Vinny’s Pizzeria, modern American restaurant, Indianola, and Miss Carousel cocktail bar.