Gray Garmon is a Clinical Professor of Design and Innovation in the Caruth Institute for Engineering Education at the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University. He is also a practicing architectural designer with Gary Garmon Architects. Gray has a Bachelor of Science of Architectural Studies from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Gray is an American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal Winner, and a University of Pennsylvania Social Impact Fellow.

From 2007-2009, Gray served in Peace Corps Ghana where he worked on various projects, including teaching, HIV/AIDS, empowering women, and building concrete latrines. After Peace Corps, he started a social venture called the Global Latrine Project to develop pre-fabricated composting latrines for the developing world.

Gray worked for architecture firm Herzog and de Meuron in Basel, Switzerland, and several firms in Texas.

Recently, Gray and other local designers founded Design Future Dallas as an initiative to empower local creative efforts to improve the city through visionary design projects. 

Design Future Dallas

Design Future Dallas is a call back to the days in the architecture studio, where ideas were fun, passionate, and inspirational. Rather than working on international design competitions on another continent, we at Design Future Dallas choose to improve this city through our talents and skills. Dallas is transitioning and we are leading the discussion about how the city’s future looks.

Founded in 2014, Design Future Dallas unites local creatives to explore alternative visions of the city’s future. These young designers lead the discussion on a sustainable and grassroots-oriented urbanism. This not-for-profit team of Dallas natives and transplants believes in the ability to affect this city and is not waiting for permission or funding. DFD collaborates monthly to discuss the city and visit neighborhood communities. The team selects controversial sites as the focus of its research and design charrettes. Uninhibited by traditional constraints, these projects encourage fearless ideas to flourish. More information can be found at our website: