In Remembrance: Ron Wommack, FAIA


Ron Wommack, FAIA, was a celebrated architect who left an indelible mark on the Dallas architectural landscape. His modern residences became a familiar presence in Dallas neighborhoods in the Oak Lawn and Knox areas of Dallas. Ron passed away suddenly at his home on Sunday, June 30th at the age of 73. His last words were about architecture, according to his wife, Joylyn.

Ron was born in 1950 in Fort Worth but spent most of his youth in Abilene. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Texas Tech University in 1976 and went on to work for two renowned architecture firms, The Oglesby Group and Frank Welch Associates, where he honed his skills in a gentle modernist style attuned to the Texas landscape and traditions. In 1990, he established his own firm, Ron Wommack Architect, and developed a more purist modern style while retaining his hallmark sensitivity to light and nature in his work.

His projects ranged greatly, including refurbished older homes, new developments, townhomes, single-family, corporate office facilities, and public/community projects. His work has been widely recognized, earning over twelve AIA design awards since 1994, including six Texas Society of Architects and AIA Dallas Honor Awards. His firm has also received D-Magazine Home of the Year awards and accolades from Preservation Dallas.

Ron was deeply involved in the architecture community, serving as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Arlington and as a visiting studio critic at Texas Tech University. He was the past president of the Dallas Architecture Forum and was elected to the College of Fellows of the AIA in 2004, with his firm being honored as the 2006 AIA Dallas Firm of the Year. He served in leadership positions for multiple AIA Dallas committees, including chairing the Design Awards Committee and Small Firms Roundtable Network, and was the 2024 chair of the Fellows Network.

Most recently, he devoted his energies to forming an architecture school in Dallas, a testament to his passion for the profession and his desire to nurture future generations of architects.

Ron is survived by his wife, Joylyn Niebes Wommack, and children, Brooke Paschall and Richard Wommack and grandchildren.

The graveside service will be held at Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park in Dallas on Wednesday, July 10th, at 12 pm. Following the service, a funeral repast will be held at the Wommack home. Additionally, a celebration of life will be arranged for a later date.


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