Willie C. Jordan
(above), designed the new
Phillis Wheatley High School
Willie C. Jordan, Jr., AIA, NOMA was born on Dec. 12, 1937 to Bernadine and Willie Cleveland Sr., also parents to his other 11 siblings.
worked after school at the neighborhood grocery store in the Ryon Addition to earn any luxuries, since maintaining the necessities were struggles at best.
excelled at E.O. Smith Middle School and Phillis Wheatley Senior High School
, earning an E.E. Worthing Scholarship.
learned that the majority of schools were not integrated at that time, and the deadline had passed for applications to be accepted for those that were.
eventually changed employment to Richard Colley/ONeil Ford, the firm that did all of the A/E work for Texas Instruments, Inc.
These two places of employment provided him with enough experience to pass the State Board Examination on his
first attempt in 1966.
eventually founded Haywood Jordan McCowan of Houston Incorporated where the firm became one of the premier A/E firms in the city, designing the likes of the TSU Health and Physical Education Building
, the Acres Homes Health Center
, the Acres Homes Branch Library and the Acres Homes Multi Service Center
, part of the Convention Center architects designing the George R. Brown, the Astrodome renovations, and the new Phillis Wheatley High School
and many other facilities.
has mentored many young practicing architects, including the late Simon R. Wiltz.
Jordan is currently the Director of Architecture at ESPA CORP, Inc., and for 29 years, has been married to Carolyn Joyce Ellis and is the father to two sons, Willie III, and Andre William, a final year student at Meharry Dental School.