Poteet Architects is a 14-year-old firm based in San Antonio, Texas. Jim Poteet opened the office with the hope that the firm could further the sustainable revitalization of downtown San Antonio. Poteet Architects' success in this endeavor has brought the firm national recognition and acclaim. The firm's portfolio of completed work includes residential, commercial and institutional projects, but is perhaps best known for the sensitive adaptive reuse of existing buildings and a fresh, rigorous approach to modern interior design.
In 2013, Jim was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in recognition of his contributions to the advacement of design. This honor is one of the highest the profession can bestow on an architect.
In 2012, Poteet Architects joined Johnson Fain of Los Angeles and the Olin Studio of Philadelphia to create a new master plan for Hemisfair Park in downtown San Antonio. Completed in 2011, the new vision for the area, forged though a highly successful public process, combines public open space with an urban mix of residential, commercial, and institutional uses organized by bringing back the pre-fair street grid, reconnecting this neglected area to the surrounding neighborhoods.
In 2009, the Pace Foundation Offices was selected as one of twelve CONTRACT Interiors Awards winners nationwide. The project was given a Design Award by the Texas Society of Architects and an Honor Award by the San Antonio Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The firm's Robison Loft was featured in the November issue of Metropolitan Home and the Pace Loft was prominently included in Michael lassell's book Metropolitan Home Design 100, which selected the 100 best spaces published in the history of the magazine.
Jim Poteet graduated from Yale University and received his Master of Architecture from the University of Texas where the faculty awarded him the Alpha Rho Chi Medal. He interned in Philadelphia with Kieran, Timberlake and Harris, and returned to San Antonio where he joined the Alamo Architects. Jim established Poteet Architects in 1998.
In his free time, Jim continues to advocate for the renewal of his hometown's urban center and for the visual arts as a catalyst in that renewal. Jim served consecutive terms as president of Southtown, a community based commercial redevelopment group whose approach has been widely adopted as a model. He has served on the City of San Antonio's Downtown Advisory Board as Chair of its Housing and Urban Design Committee. Jim served five years on the board and as Vice-President of SAY Si (San Antonio Youth Yes), one of the most recognized teen arts education programs in the US.