Parkhill Merges with WD Architects

Category: Architecture

Written By: Travis Cram

Date: January 28, 2011

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These two well-established, award-winning firms joined forces and are providing unprecedented single-source architecture, design and engineering services to the region. This unified team of experienced professionals is poised to accommodate the area’s 21st century public-sector needs above the ground, below the surface and everything in-between. 

Parkhill + WD have decades of rich experience working on major projects throughout the Southwest. The firm’s design professionals are organized into specialized practices, such as K-12 Education, Higher Education, Healthcare, Community Practice, Government, MPE/Structural, Public Works, Infrastructure, Environmental and Transportation. With over 400 design professionals and support personnel, Parkhill is the largest firm in the region. This benefits each client by providing focused design expertise with the resources of a large firm. 

WD Architects (WD), founded by Jim Wilson and Jim Doche, has had a major impact on the Amarillo landscape and skyline for more than 40 years. They have a well-deserved reputation, particularly in the area of healthcare and educational facilities, and provide a full complement of architectural services from site development to interior design. 

A Brief Representation of Notable WD Projects include: 

  • Amarillo Public Library – East, Southwest and Northwest branches 
  • BSA Hospice 
  • Courtyard by Marriott, Downtown Amarillo (Formerly known as the Fisk Building and opened in January 2011, this project marks the largest private investment in Amarillo’s central business district in more than 40 years.) 
  • First Presbyterian Church, Amarillo – Great Hall Project 
  • The Don & Sybil Harrington Cancer Center 
  • Northwest Texas Hospital 
  • River Road High School 
  • Ronald McDonald House 

The purpose of the Parkhill/WD Wellington Office Park project in the beginning was to open up the courtyard for more pedestrian traffic from the frontal road of I-40 and Georgia as a selling piece for renting the spaces in the office park. Schematics were prepared by the WD Architects office prior to the office merger with Parkhill.


Formerly known as the Fisk Building, the Courtyard by Marriott project marks the largest private investment in Amarillo’s central business district in more than 40 years. It was one of WD Architects' signature projects.