When Robert Luna left his employer to start Luna Architecture + Design 20 years ago, he gained a client, whom he also kept as a friend through it all.
Several years ago, Luna
saw his former employer, Gordon Hartman, out with his daughter, and Hartman asked for his help on what would become Morgan's Wonderland.
"During the '08 slump of design and construction, we were working feverishly on that theme park - that is the first theme park in the world for special needs kids - and it ended up being a very good project for us," says Luna
, who also worked on Toyota Field.
Early on in his
worked for several homebuilders right out of college, gaining clients and working after hours on different projects as well.
"My wife was at home
with our kids, and so, I was doing whatever it took to supplement income," recalls Luna
Within a couple months of getting established and securing work, Luna
hired a part-time employee.
At first, he
did everything manually, but about three months into founding his
was able to bring computers into his
started by doing residential and quickly found opportunities doing commercial as well, doing small offices and a lot of church projects.
has also taken on hotels and restaurants, including a new Brazilian steakhouse called Chama Gaucha.
The firm offers 3D visualization and a range of design services, including logos, graphics, interior design, and various areas of branding in its overall scope.
Today, at his
firm's 20th anniversary, Luna
has 11 employees, a 70-percent commercial workload, and a Pro Sports Developments division.
Started about a year ago, the new division now has stadium projects in San Antonio, Oklahoma, and Florida.
intends to pursue more sports stadiums in the future as well as new directions and opportunities.