The Mod Squad, Houston Mod's Board of Directors, are enthusiastic and passionate about modern architecture in Houston.

Each member is committed to Houston Mod's mission and the ideals of preservation. The squad strengthens the organization and serves the community with their expertise and outreach.

Steven F. Curry, FAIA, NCARB

President

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Steven F. Curry, FAIA, NCARB

President

Steve is a founding principal of Houston-based Curry Boudreaux Architects, and a registered and NCARB-certified architect in the state of Texas. He has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Houston, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture. Steve, and wife Martha, have recently won awards for the restoration of their home, the 1953 Bendit House designed by architect Lars Bang.

Russell Howard

Past President

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Russell Howard

Past President

Russell is a registered landscape architect in the state of Texas. He has a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture and a Master of Science in Urban Planning-Land Development from the Texas A&M University College of Architecture.

David Lidsky

Vice President

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David Lidsky

Vice President

David is a graduate of the University of Texas, Austin where he received a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and a Bachelor of Architecture. His career spans the disciplines of architecture, project management, construction management and real estate development. In 2003 he established David H. Lidsky Architect PLLC. He currently holds a license in Texas and Vermont.

Kerry Goelzer, AIA

Secretary

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Kerry Goelzer, AIA

Secretary

Kerry earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University and a Masters in Urban Planning from the City College of New York. Her firm, Kerry Goelzer Associates, works on a range of projects including renovations/restorations, adaptive reuse of buildings, and park facilities design. Kerry currently is also Co-Chair of the AIA Historic Resource Committee and an architectural tour leader for Houston Mod, AIA Houston, and Preservation Houston.

Julia Schafer

Treasurer

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Julia Schafer

Treasurer

Julia is a native Houstonian who graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Journalism. Alongside her established career managing small architecture firms, she has turned her interest in finding and selling vintage, mid-century modern and beautiful objects into an online business. Highlighting her use of contemporary design in a historic space, her renovated 1923 duplex was featured in an episode of HGTV`s Small Space, Big Style.

David Bucek, FAIA

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David Bucek, FAIA

David is a principal at Stern and Bucek Architects. David received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

David is on the board of AIA Houston, Preservation Texas and serves as a Commissioner on the Houston Archeological and Historical Commission.

His expertise includes new construction, renovation, and preservation of historic buildings, including restoration of modern landmarks.

Delaney Harris-Finch

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Delaney Harris-Finch

Delaney an associate at Stern and Bucek Architects. Her professional experiences span the disciplines of architecture, planning and preservation across the private, public and non-profit sectors. She has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Pratt Institute. Master Mod, Anna Mod and Delaney received a 2016 Modernism in America Award from Docomomo US for their Houston: Uncommon Modern project.

Martin Merritt

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Martin Merritt

Martin is the Shepherd School of Music Facilities Manager at Rice University. In his free time, Marty has become an expert on the history of Lake Jackson, Texas and its development during the mid-century as a company town for workers of the Dow Chemical Company. In 2012 Marty coordinated the modern architecture tour of Lake Jackson and Freeport as part of the Docomomo US National Tour Day. He is currently securing funding to publish a book he wrote about modern architecture in Lake Jackson.

Jason Smith

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Jason Smith

Jason is musician and teacher with a Music Education degree from California State University, Long Beach. Jason and his wife became interested in 1950s residential architecture and modern interior design and bought and restored a 1955 William Jenkins designed house in Southwest Houston. Jason’s private Mid-Century Modern Houston Driving Tours are a favorite experience by those lucky enough to have been invited into his vehicle.

Michael Valenzuela, AIA, LEEP AP

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Michael Valenzuela, AIA, LEEP AP

Mike is a registered architect in the State of Texas and a native of San Antonio, Texas. He received his BArch degree from the University of Houston's Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and has been in the architecture field for over 15 years, with expertise in commercial and residential high-rise building design and master planning. A Mid-Century Mod enthusiast since his early years in the design field, Mike is an avid collector of mod furniture and artifacts and on his free time can be seen with his family enjoying mid-century modern art or touring mid-mod buildings in our city.

Bayardo Selva, AIA

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Bayardo Selva, AIA

Bayardo Selva is a LEED Accredited & Registered Architect practicing with cre8 Architects in Houston. He has a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Louisiana, which included studies in Historic American Building Surveys (HABS) and Adaptive Building Reuse. Bayardo’s experience has given him a thorough understanding of how to design a project that is functional, beautiful, sustainable, and with quality constructability. He is very passionate about blending design, sustainability, technology and education into a single building successfully and within budget. Bayardo is a passionate student and practitioner of modern architecture with an emphasis on Mid Century design. He lives in a Mid Century home which, due to Hurricane Harvey, he has renovated and furnished twice to its 1960’s vernacular. He’s an ardent proponent of the preservation of modern architecture.