Our commitment to our clients is to provide a "Project Team" that is well qualified to provide complete professional services required for the development of their individual projects. When we enter into a project, our project team may include consulting engineers for civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and specialty work based on their experience with that particular type of project. Each professional that is assigned to our team will have a substantial background in the performance of work similar to that assigned for the project. These consultants work directly with our firm and are compensated by us from our A/E fee. Utilizing this project team approach to organize and manage a project provides our firm the capability of effectively controlling a multi-disciplined group of project personnel. Effective team organization, coordination, scheduling and supervision are among the key ingredients required for any project regardless of size or complexity. H. Curtis Vincent - Steven D. Shows, Architects APC provides all of this, plus demonstrated experience.
H. Curtis Vincent
principal architect, aia
Curtis is a native of Southwest Louisiana and attended Sulphur High School. He graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1975. Upon graduation, he moved to Tucson, Arizona for 14 months and worked for a mechanical firm until he moved back to Sulphur in late 1976. He worked for other firms until he formed his own in October 1981.
The firm has been in continuous operation from then until the present time. The practice has consisted of commercial, educational, recreational, industrial, and residential projects. Curtis has always been family, church, and community oriented. Curtis has tried to run his practice with the same values that were taught to him by his parents and his journey to becoming an Eagle Scout.
Steven D. Shows
principal architect, aia
Steve is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. After graduating from Bastrop High School, he attended Louisiana Tech University while also working for Wells & Parker Architects in Monroe and Wells, Parker& Walpole in Ruston. After graduating from Tech, Steve took a position in Lake Charles because the economy of South Louisiana was doing much better than North Louisiana at that time.
After working for a few local Architectural firms in Lake Charles as an intern, he passed his exams in 1989 and became a registered Architect. Steve then went to work for an Engineering group who was expanding into Architectural work for their industrial clients. He became the lead architect and was also responsible for the marketing of the firm. It was a good move because some of the industries in the Lake Area were still experiencing some growth in the late 1980's while the commercial side of architecture was being devastated by high interest rates, a slow economy and recession.
As the economy started getting better, Steve joined Curtis Vincent's firm in 1991 and became a full partner in 1997. Steve is one of the two Principal Architects in the firm along with Curtis. Steve also acts as Secretary/Treasurer of the Corporation.
JUSTIN P. GAUTREAUX
PROJECT ARCHITECT, AIA
Justin is a native of Sulphur, Louisiana and a high school graduate of Sulphur High School. After graduation he attended McNeese State University for one year before transferring to Louisiana Tech University to pursue a degree in Architecture. In 2001 he graduated from Louisiana Tech and moved back to Sulphur where he worked for a local Architecture firm for one year.
He and his wife then moved to Little Rock, Arkansas where he worked for an Architecture firm for a few years. After moving back to Southwest Louisiana he went to work for Vincent and Shows Architects where he is currently a licensed, Project Architect. Justin takes care of much of the Contract Administration and submittal reviews for the firm.
BRITTANY S. WELCH
Brittany is a native of Southwest Louisiana and a Graduate of Sulphur High School and Louisiana Tech University. Her education consisted of course work in programming, commercial space planning and design, architectural systems and structures, computer aided drafting & design, color and illumination, Americans with Disabilities Act, Life Safety Code and textile science.
Professional work included working as an intern and entry level designer for projects spanning from programming phase through construction documents. Her duties include selecting and coordinating all materials and finishes for various projects.
Brittany maintains an in-office resource library complete with current samples of various finish materials; such as carpeting, vinyl & wood flooring, fabrics, laminates, ceiling materials, etc. She is also knowledgeable in front-end documents, contracts, change orders, etc. While Brittany was living in Germany, studying classical architecture became an everyday occurrence. Other places of study in Europe included; Cologne and Stuttgart, Germany; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Salzburg, Austria; Macerata, Italy and Paris, France.