WE ARE MORE THAN JUST ARCHITECTURE.

We are…  A San Antonio Story.

For over 90 years we have been creating buildings that inspire and connect people.
We may have changed our name, but we have never changed our passion!

1927: EICKENROHT & COCKE

The firm began as a partnership between Marvin Eickenroht and Bartlett Cocke.

Muñoz and Company is one of the largest minority-owned (MBE) design firms in Texas.  Founded in 1927, Muñoz and Company is recognized for its public architecture derived from cultural expression. Muñoz and Company enjoys a diverse architectural practice that encompasses governmental, institutional, higher education, public education and corporate work. Muñoz and Company’s most significant commissions include projects throughout the State of Texas such as The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, the Texas Association of Counties Headquarters, The San Antonio Convention Center Hotel,  The Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Sea World Theme Parks, The AT&T Center and Trinity University.

Since 1927, Muñoz and Company has evolved in much the same way as the State of Texas. During our early period, Muñoz and Company was recognized for superb project management and technical expertise.  Some of Texas’ most important landmarks were designed by Muñoz and Company during this time, including many prominent homes, Joske’s of Texas Department Store and much of Trinity University.

As the firm gained experience and grew in size, Muñoz and Company’s public practice prospered as a result of relationships with both cities and counties throughout Texas.  During this period, Muñoz and Company also successfully collaborated on a series of important projects with prominent national design firms such as Emilio Ambasz, Cambridge Seven, Hartman–Cox and O’Neil Ford.  The rich and varied work produced as a result of these collaborations includes the Lucille Halsell Botanical Conservatory, the San Antonio Museum of Art and The University of Texas at San Antonio.

During this time, Muñoz and Company’s focus also shifted toward a distinctive and energetic regional architecture and emerged as a design presence in its own right.  Muñoz and Company has won over 143 juried design awards at the local, state and national levels for a variety of projects such as The Historic Preservation Plan for Roma, Texas, Edcouch-Elsa ISD Performing Arts Center, The Methodist Healthcare Ministries Headquarters, Ann Richards Middle School, The Incarnate Word Motherhouse, Frost Motorbank & Plaza, Palo Alto College, South Texas College, The University of Texas at Brownsville, Corporate Offices for Time Warner Cable, and La Quinta Motor Inns.

In addition to its award-winning design, the firm is noted for its innovative, common sense management systems which have produced an enviable track record of on-time, on-budget delivery. Muñoz and Company is also leading the way in the introduction of sustainable building practices to Texas having recently completed the first Gold LEED-certified building in South Texas in collaboration with Zachry Construction.

Today, led by Henry R. Muñoz III and Geoffrey S. Edwards, AIA, Muñoz and Company maintains a flourishing public practice with design commissions from The University of Texas System, The Texas A&M University System, the City of San Antonio, Bexar County, City of Roma, City of Schertz, and numerous other communities, corporations and institutions throughout Texas.

Since 1927, our successful practice and design principles have been shaped by professional relationships. From the very beginning of our San Antonio office we have responded to our clients’ needs with design that is value-driven yet fundamentally committed to aesthetic quality and contextual sensitivity. In recognition of this philosophy and for our exceptional body of work we have received many professional awards and public notice. In more recent years we have expanded our architectural purview to embrace a broader vision: the exploration and expression of cultural identity to address the specific needs of historically underserved groups.

We do not live in the past but neither do we live in isolation from all those who precede us. Their histories lie all around us – in the surviving evidence of intelligent planning and skilled labor, in traditions and values that frame our present day. People and communities have historical, cultural and geographic dimensions that configure every envelope of human experience. In the manner of cultural anthropologists, we look for the underlying patterns of each unique circumstance.

Several key principles guide us whenever we undertake a new project. In the first flush of initial impressions and inspirations, we give special attention to understanding the people that we meet and the special places where they live. Our mission is to clarify: we approach each project with an open attitude, fully receptive to what might come to light, never coming into it with preset ideas about final forms. Each project is an original creative collaboration, based on a solid foundation of informed dialogue and thorough observations of unique site and community contexts.

From the broader perspective, all things can be seen as interrelated fragments of a complex and phenomenal unity. Old references become the landmarks to navigate and explore new territories of shared experiences. In this creative atmosphere of inter-cultural confluence, inspiration flows from the bountiful reservoirs of once separate histories. Our location in South Central Texas provides us perspective to appreciate this phenomenon as it appears in the Rio Grande borderland with its unique demographic profile. At the same time, we are well familiar with the ethnographic mix all around us (in surrounding towns as well) and the artful expressions of cultural synthesis.

In the past 20-plus years, architecture in the public realm has become our special area of interest and expertise. For many people this is their primary contact with large-scale design and we would like to shape those experiences in the most positive way. We want architecture and its integrated extensions (landscape design, graphics and art) to be a rich interpretive environment that recognizes a community’s unique history and celebrates its culture. We want to create places that serve the community on many levels, enhancing a collective sense of purpose and inspiring every single person to nurture a personal dream.

From the early days of our firm to today, many things have changed and we have adapted to be the most effective design agents possible. We live in an expanded world, where boundaries have been bridged, rules are no longer set in stone. Isolated and insulated enclaves are disappearing rarities in this evolutionary landscape. Strangers are the new familiar faces in our daily lives. In this modern mix of interactive flux, ideas are the powerful medium of exchange. We understand the importance of initiating the dialogue that creates a rich interplay of individual voices and unifies communities through group consensus – the very definition of democracy.

We are at a crossroads in our country as global connections generate ever-newer blended cultures. In every corner of every region there are new opportunities for original synthesis, and we are well prepared to be an informed partner in meaningful new collaborations. As we champion the recognition of convergent identities in community revitalization, we embrace this new creative environment with enthusiasm and our continuing dedication to design excellence.

“We are more than just architects.”

At Muñoz & Company, our emphasis is on full-service. What this means for you is our commitment to provide superior service and innovative solutions for your project.

Our History

Muñoz and Company is one of the largest minority-owned (MBE) design firms in Texas.  Founded in 1927, Muñoz and Company is recognized for its public architecture derived from cultural expression. Muñoz and Company enjoys a diverse architectural practice that encompasses governmental, institutional, higher education, public education and corporate work. Muñoz and Company’s most significant commissions include projects throughout the State of Texas such as The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, the Texas Association of Counties Headquarters, The San Antonio Convention Center Hotel,  The Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Sea World Theme Parks, The AT&T Center and Trinity University.

Since 1927, Muñoz and Company has evolved in much the same way as the State of Texas. During our early period, Muñoz and Company was recognized for superb project management and technical expertise.  Some of Texas’ most important landmarks were designed by Muñoz and Company during this time, including many prominent homes, Joske’s of Texas Department Store and much of Trinity University.

As the firm gained experience and grew in size, Muñoz and Company’s public practice prospered as a result of relationships with both cities and counties throughout Texas.  During this period, Muñoz and Company also successfully collaborated on a series of important projects with prominent national design firms such as Emilio Ambasz, Cambridge Seven, Hartman–Cox and O’Neil Ford.  The rich and varied work produced as a result of these collaborations includes the Lucille Halsell Botanical Conservatory, the San Antonio Museum of Art and The University of Texas at San Antonio.

During this time, Muñoz and Company’s focus also shifted toward a distinctive and energetic regional architecture and emerged as a design presence in its own right.  Muñoz and Company has won over 143 juried design awards at the local, state and national levels for a variety of projects such as The Historic Preservation Plan for Roma, Texas, Edcouch-Elsa ISD Performing Arts Center, The Methodist Healthcare Ministries Headquarters, Ann Richards Middle School, The Incarnate Word Motherhouse, Frost Motorbank & Plaza, Palo Alto College, South Texas College, The University of Texas at Brownsville, Corporate Offices for Time Warner Cable, and La Quinta Motor Inns.

In addition to its award-winning design, the firm is noted for its innovative, common sense management systems which have produced an enviable track record of on-time, on-budget delivery. Muñoz and Company is also leading the way in the introduction of sustainable building practices to Texas having recently completed the first Gold LEED-certified building in South Texas in collaboration with Zachry Construction.

Today, led by Henry R. Muñoz III and Geoffrey S. Edwards, AIA, Muñoz and Company maintains a flourishing public practice with design commissions from The University of Texas System, The Texas A&M University System, the City of San Antonio, Bexar County, City of Roma, City of Schertz, and numerous other communities, corporations and institutions throughout Texas.

Our Philosophy

Since 1927, our successful practice and design principles have been shaped by professional relationships. From the very beginning of our San Antonio office we have responded to our clients’ needs with design that is value-driven yet fundamentally committed to aesthetic quality and contextual sensitivity. In recognition of this philosophy and for our exceptional body of work we have received many professional awards and public notice. In more recent years we have expanded our architectural purview to embrace a broader vision: the exploration and expression of cultural identity to address the specific needs of historically underserved groups.

We do not live in the past but neither do we live in isolation from all those who precede us. Their histories lie all around us – in the surviving evidence of intelligent planning and skilled labor, in traditions and values that frame our present day. People and communities have historical, cultural and geographic dimensions that configure every envelope of human experience. In the manner of cultural anthropologists, we look for the underlying patterns of each unique circumstance.

Several key principles guide us whenever we undertake a new project. In the first flush of initial impressions and inspirations, we give special attention to understanding the people that we meet and the special places where they live. Our mission is to clarify: we approach each project with an open attitude, fully receptive to what might come to light, never coming into it with preset ideas about final forms. Each project is an original creative collaboration, based on a solid foundation of informed dialogue and thorough observations of unique site and community contexts.

From the broader perspective, all things can be seen as interrelated fragments of a complex and phenomenal unity. Old references become the landmarks to navigate and explore new territories of shared experiences. In this creative atmosphere of inter-cultural confluence, inspiration flows from the bountiful reservoirs of once separate histories. Our location in South Central Texas provides us perspective to appreciate this phenomenon as it appears in the Rio Grande borderland with its unique demographic profile. At the same time, we are well familiar with the ethnographic mix all around us (in surrounding towns as well) and the artful expressions of cultural synthesis.

In the past 20-plus years, architecture in the public realm has become our special area of interest and expertise. For many people this is their primary contact with large-scale design and we would like to shape those experiences in the most positive way. We want architecture and its integrated extensions (landscape design, graphics and art) to be a rich interpretive environment that recognizes a community’s unique history and celebrates its culture. We want to create places that serve the community on many levels, enhancing a collective sense of purpose and inspiring every single person to nurture a personal dream.

From the early days of our firm to today, many things have changed and we have adapted to be the most effective design agents possible. We live in an expanded world, where boundaries have been bridged, rules are no longer set in stone. Isolated and insulated enclaves are disappearing rarities in this evolutionary landscape. Strangers are the new familiar faces in our daily lives. In this modern mix of interactive flux, ideas are the powerful medium of exchange. We understand the importance of initiating the dialogue that creates a rich interplay of individual voices and unifies communities through group consensus – the very definition of democracy.

We are at a crossroads in our country as global connections generate ever-newer blended cultures. In every corner of every region there are new opportunities for original synthesis, and we are well prepared to be an informed partner in meaningful new collaborations. As we champion the recognition of convergent identities in community revitalization, we embrace this new creative environment with enthusiasm and our continuing dedication to design excellence.

Our Services

“We are more than just architects.”

At Muñoz & Company, our emphasis is on full-service. What this means for you is our commitment to provide superior service and innovative solutions for your project.

Henry R. Muñoz III

Principal/CEO

Henry R. Muñoz, III joined Muñoz and Company in 1983. In his role as President and CEO of Muñoz and Company, Henry Muñoz has steered the firm through a series of highly visible projects that demonstrate the place of cultural identity in architecture. For his leadership and pioneering vision he has been recognized with numerous national, state and local honors and professional awards. Outside the office, his contributions to “quality of life” issues and cultural life of the San Antonio community have brought him to the attention of the general public. He serves as Chairman of the VIA Transportation Board in San Antonio. He is the Founding Chairman of the Alameda National Center for Latino Arts and Culture. Under his leadership the Alameda expanded its mission to become the first formal affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution. In 1999 Muñoz was appointed to the Smithsonian National Board. Other national appointments include the National Committee for the Performing Arts of the John F. Kennedy Center and, more recently, the National Committee for the Latino Museum on the National Mall. He also serves as a Trustee of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and the San Antonio Museum of Art.

HM: I can see that my childhood gave me both perspective and sensitivity to envision the world as a place where you can accomplish great things with total conviction and with imagination. I’m grateful that my parents provided me with the foundation to pursue extraordinary interests successfully. My first awareness of cultural identity and exposure to the world of politics came when I was very young. Most everyone knows that my father was Henry “The Fox” Muñoz, the well-known labor organizer. As one might expect, I was profoundly affected by his activism, especially in championing the rights of minority farm workers. As a child I saw what happens when you help an entire community find its voice in the world. I saw how strength comes from living with a collective sense of value for your traditions and beliefs. That makes a huge difference in how well you handle all kinds of challenges.

Coincident with this political experience I also became aware of art, design and communication media at an early age. These were things for which I had natural talents and dedication. Fortunately, my mother had the wisdom to encourage these nascent interests, which I continued to explore in my TV/radio/film and public relations studies at Tulane University.

Q: What do you say to people who think that your approach to design is provocative? 

HM: It’s too easy to see projects and programs that promote cultural identity and community pride merely as polemical swipes at the status quo. I don’t see any of our effort in those terms. It’s not about being a separate group in a polarized country. We are all much more informed and interconnected to see things in such a simplistic way.

We are faced with serious challenges on many levels, and someone has to start somewhere. That’s what leadership is all about. In this office we believe that it’s important to see things that are usually missed or misunderstood for their intrinsic cultural merit, such as the adaptive expressions of architecture and art that we find in certain neighborhoods. I am really proud of our office, that we cultivate this broader appreciation as a prerequisite before we begin any design assignment. We want to act responsibly as professionals who respect people everywhere, regardless of their economic status. We want to engage people in a relationship of trust so that we can help them voice their deepest sentiments and then exceed their project expectations. In the end, our focus is in bringing materiality and form to a joyful experience of life, reinvigorating values that define people not just in one special setting, but everywhere. Ultimately for all of us in this business, we have to answer to how well we bring that transformation into being.

I think that in today’s world most thoughtful and decent people want creative solutions to large and complex problems so that we all can connect meaningfully even if we have different perspectives. That’s not a crazy new idea – actually, it’s the phrase that appears on the Seal of the United States, which was adopted by an Act of Congress in 1782. You can find it on every single dollar bill:

E Pluribus Unum, “Out of many, one.”

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