Donald R. Powell, Jr.



Growing up in a family of builders laid the foundation and by thirteen, Don Powell was working commercial construction projects and on his way to an architecture degree from Ball State University. He began his career in Indianapolis, and four decades ago launched the firm now known as BOKA Powell. A broad range of projects followed, and after planning and designing more than 35 million square feet of architecture and interiors, he maintains that the best design solutions come from a thorough understanding of the problem and allowing that clarity to drive the process. Don stays deeply involved in his projects from beginning to end and continues his professional education through Executive Graduate Courses at Harvard Graduate School of Design. He was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2021.


Bachelor of Architecture
Ball State University

Bachelor of Science, Environmental Design
Ball State University

Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Graduate Courses:
2000 - Integrating New Office Architecture with Organization Change
2002 - New Office Building Technologies, Programs and Design
2003 - Experience Architecture ForumĀ 
2005 - Sustainability - LEED Green Building
2010 - Planning and Building Sustainable Campuses

Memberships and Accreditations

Licensed Architect | States of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, Virginia
American Institute of Architects
Texas Society of Architects
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
Urban Land Institute
Office Development Council


Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas
Board of Directors, 2000-2015
Chairman, 2008

City of Parker, Texas
Planning and Zoning Commission Past Chairman
Zoning Board of Adjustments Past Chairman