Caudill Rowlett Scott

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Caudill Rowlett Scott
Architecture firm
Successor CRSS or CRS-Sirrine


defunct = 1994 (1994)
Headquarters Houston, Texas, United States
Key people
William Wayne Caudill, John Miles Rowlett, Wallie Eugene Scott, Jr., Tom Bullock
Services school design

Caudill Rowlett Scott (popularly known as CRS) was an architecture firm in Houston, Texas, in the United States.


The firm was started in 1946 by Texas A&M professors William Wayne Caudill (1914–1983) and John Miles Rowlett (1914–1978). They were joined in 1948 by Wallie Eugene Scott, Jr. (1921–1989), who was Caudill's student, and in 1954 by partner Tom Bullock. They were initially famous for building schools throughout the world.

In 1983, J.E. Sirrine, an industrial engineering firm, became part of the company and the company's name was changed to CRSS (popularly known as CRS-Sirrine). The Sirrine arm of the firm continued to pursue engineering work, much of it in the pulp and paper industry, while the architecture group continued to focus primarily on architecture-related work.

Eventually, the corporation also developed a core group which focused on businesses related to both architecture and industrial engineering. CRS Capital became involved in reinsurance for A/E-related firms and became involved in development of power-generation facilities. In 1994, a few years after the death of Scott, CRSS began divesting itself, selling off the architectural group to HOK of St. Louis and the Sirrine engineering division to Jacobs Engineering of Pasadena, California.[1]


In 1972, CRS Architects received the Architecture Firm Award, the highest award of the American Institute of Architects.

In 1975, the firm was given the prestigious Albert S. Bard Award for their design of the Salanter Akiba Riverdale Academy.[2]

In 2005, it was named "Firm of the Century" by Texas A&M University College of Architecture (in which the CRS Center is now housed).

Selected architecture projects[edit]


Continental U.S.



  1. ^ Jonathan King and Philip Langdon (eds.) (2002). The CRS Team and the Business of Architecture. Texas A&M University Press. p. 265. ISBN 1-58544-206-2. 
  2. ^ Fowler, Glenn. "Bard Awards Honor 8 Examples of Good Urban Design," New York Times (June 12, 1975).

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