Sue Ann Pemberton, MArch

Professor of Practice, Architecture and Planning



Sue Ann Pemberton, FAIA, has more than thirty years professional experience in private practice and academia. She holds a Master of Architecture Degree and B.E.D. from Texas A&M University. Her focus of study and teaching includes design, materials research and technology, and historic preservation.

Her academic career began in 1984 at UTSA where she has taught more than fifteen different undergraduate and graduate courses such as technical studio and historic preservation, and documentation, including work at Taliesin West. Her students have won competitions at the National and State level for documentation of historic buildings through the Historic American Building Survey of the National Park Service.

Sue Ann involves her students in real world projects through design studio, field learning at both graduate and undergraduate levels and “community studio”. She serves as faculty leader in the S.T.A.R. project – Students Together Achieving Revitalization, which involves students each semester. Sue Ann led a field school in the Sierra Mountains of Mexico for seven years to study Spanish Colonial and vernacular architecture and build in adobe.

Sue Ann is immersed in the inner city and historic preservation. She has served on the Historic Design and Review Commission, was appointed by City Council to the Board of Directors of the HemisFair Park Redevelopment Corporation and appointed by Mayor Castro to serve as Tri-Chair of the Alamo Plaza Advisory Committee. She has also served as president of the San Antonio Conservation Society.

She currently chairs the National AIA Historic American Building Survey Coordinating Committee and chairs the Student Scholarship committee on the Board of the Association of Preservation Technology International.

Ms. Pemberton is president of Mainstreet Architects Inc., a small firm specializing in the historic preservation of buildings, neighborhoods and materials. Her work has received awards from the San Antonio Conservation Society for building renovation and from the International Making Cities Livable Board of Directors for publications and the preservation of neighborhoods.

Sue Ann received the Texas Society of Architects Edward Romieniec Award for outstanding contributions to Architectural Education in 2009, and was elevated to the College of Fellows in the American Institute of Architects in 2010.