Sam Garcia is an architect by profession who has spent over a decade as a writer, community leader, and big-picture-idea-guy for South Texas. Sam is the founder and Principal of McAllen-based Sam Garcia Architect. The firm is a studio/think-tank that seeks to urbanize McAllen into a city of high-density, mixed use, pedestrian dominated hotspots – thereby attracting high caliber jobs, culture, and opportunities to deep South Texas. Locally, Sam has helped lead several organizations, serving as the past President of Futuro McAllen, Co-chair of Leadership McAllen Class 33, and as the Texas Young Architect Regional Director for the American Institute of Architects. Currently he is on several boards including the Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas RGV. Sam has been fortunate to work on projects with amazing and talented people from all over the world – from the rural highlands of Guatemala, to the bustling metropolises of Boston, San Francisco, and Madrid.