The 2017 Update!

The news below is mostly from year ago, brought over from the old MorrisTerra site.

UCF Knights Plaza has been bestowed an Award of Merit from the the Florida Chapter of the Amer-ican Society of Landscape Architects! At the University of Central Florida’s Knights Plaza, Huitt-Zollars’ bold vision has reinvented the existing plaza by giving it a new modern aes-thetic, a sense of place, more appropriately scaled spaces and an energy that it was sorely missing. The design separated the poorly-defned plaza into 3 distinct Outdoor Rooms, providing needed spatial defnition, shade, and seating options. This dynamic solution maintained a central events space bounded by allees of date palms, planting and fountains, creating shaded seating options in the new interstitial spaces between the larger rooms. The scale is completely different here, pro-viding the immersive experience of going through something, not just across it. This new defnition fostered the creation of a memorable pedestrian environment with a strong sense of place, main-taining the ability to continue to hold large events, but also work for smaller, more intimate gath-erings and individuals. The improvements have had a dramatic impact on the look and feel and usability of the space. The breakdown of spaces creates maximum opportunity for engagement on multiple levels, functioning equally well for major events, or day to day student activities. This bold, contemporary solution will serve it’s faculty and student body now, and for many years to come.Award of Merit bestowed by the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects


Patterson Canal Parkway Project Opens

Patterson Boulevard Canal Parkway Project, Dayton, Ohio
MorrisTerra and CYP Studios in Dayton and Columbus, Ohio joint-ventured to design the urban environment and pedestrian connections for the Patterson Canal Corridor. An important feature of the overall design, the History pylons tell the story of the rich history of Dayton while providing way finding, interactivity and pedestrian connectivity. HistoryWorks developed the content for 90 interpretive exhibit panels for the City of Dayton's Patterson Boulevard Canal Parkway project. The interpretive panels, displayed on 10 pylons constructed at key locations on the corridor, are intended to educate the public on the history and cultural heritage of Dayton as exemplified by that of the corridor.

LEGOLAND® earns Landscape Architecture honors


LEGOLAND® Florida has been selected as the winner of a prestigious Award of Honor from the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The awards selection committee felt that the LEGOLAND® Florida project efforts stood out in exemplifying excellence in landscape architecture, and going above and beyond what would typically be thought of. Morris (MorrisTerra) along with ValleyCrest Design maintained 80% of the existing trees on site, often redesigning or relocating attractions and buildings to ensure that the trees would remain. In addition, the team relocated 20 mature specimens within the property, creating an instant “has been there forever” feeling in parts of the park, and improving the character of the spaces. The trees are one of, if not THE most important element in the feeling created at opening like no other park. The Landscape Architects, with the help of an arborist, studied each existing tree’s location, which were then documented and cataloged for its location relative to the conceptual masterplan, current health and appearance, expected viability during and after construction, and its ultimate value to guest experience. The Landscape Architects massaged, or in some cases redesigned the site plan many times over to minimize impact on existing tree canopy. Through those efforts, over eighty percent of the existing canopy on the property was able to be preserved in place. In addition, 20 large specimen trees weighing up to 78,000 pounds each were relocated by crane to strategic locations within the property, providing an instant character that many parks wait years and years to attain. LEGOLAND Florida is built on the former site of Cypress Gardens, Florida’s first theme park. The new park, designed to be a Park within a Park, is a place for families and kids 2-12 to enjoy together in a parklike setting with mindblowing LEGO models. Elements of Cypress Gardens were recycled for sustainability and budget including the majority of existing tree canopy, maintained or moved to create the “Most beautiful LEGOLAND in the world.” All existing concrete from Cypress Gardens’ non-ADA compliant walkways was recycled, separated, and ground for reuse as the sub-base for all the new hardscape areas within the park, substantially reducing the amount of material that would have to be sent to the landfill. Recycling old materials and reusing many of the existing assets of the historic Cypress Gardens gives LEGOLAND Florida a feel different than any other theme park. The intimate scale of the buildings, the extensive canopy of mature large trees, and the inclusion of the amazing LEGO models gives LEGOLAND Florida a genuine character unlike any other.

The Florida Chapter will celebrate all award winning firms and students during its Annual Conference being held at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center in Gainesville, Florida. The Annual Design Awards Gala is scheduled for 6:00 PM Friday, July 18, 2013 and attendance is open to all conference registrants and the general public.

Morris celebrates 75th Anniversary Year

Morris is entering its 75th year of continuous practice as an architectural, interior design, landscape architecture, and planning firm.
Throughout our 75 year history of design excellence, we have made an impact in our communities and the communities of all projects. We are advocates of innovative design and of its power to transform and enhance communities. We believe in a design approach that explores solutions from all sides, meets challenges from new angles, and uncovers perspectives that are often overlooked.

The knowledge and insight we have gained from our firm's history is evident with every new endeavor. Established in 1938, Morris quickly gained national recognition with many significant early projects such as the Houston Light and Power Headquarters, the Houston Central Post Office, the Bank of Houston, and the Houston Astrodome.

Today, Morris has completed projects in multiple countries around the globe, and has offices in Houston, Orlando, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Rio de Janeiro. Our expertise is shared across all offices as we foster an environment that encourages creativity, expression, and energized collaboration. This inclusive strategy provides collaborative partnership opportunities with every client.

Since our establishment 75 years ago, our belief in the integrity and highest principles of design have remained unchanged. This year we celebrate our rich history of design excellence, and we will continue to create innovative solutions to address today’s complex design issues through our philosophy of AdvanceDesign

Morris merges with Huitt~Zollars


At the beginning of 2013, MORRIS merged with Huitt Zollars Inc. a full-service engineering, architecture, survey and construction management firm that specializes in sustainable design. Huitt-Zollars offices are strategically located throughout the western United States. The goals with this merger incorporate growing our business and accessing markets we have not been able to serve. The name Morris will remain, along with our leadership and key employees. Now we are a firm with more than 400 professionals with offices spanning across the sunbelt, up the West coast to Seattle and over to Colorado.

DALLAS, Texas (January 7, 2013)—Huitt‐Zollars is pleased to announce that, as of December 31, 2012, the firm of Morris Architects has become an operating entity of Huitt‐Zollars, Inc. “This transaction will significantly diversify our building design capabilities,” said Bob Zollars, founder and CEO of Huitt‐Zollars. “We are committed in the coming years to providing a truly integrated, balanced offering that delivers quality architectural and engineering services to both new and existing clients.”
Morris, which will continue to provide services under its current name and leadership, is entering its 75th year of continuous practice as an architectural, interior design, landscape architecture, and planning firm. Morris’ current headquarters office is located in Houston, where they are ranked in the top ten largest architectural firms by The Houston Business Journal “Book of Lists.” Other office locations are in Orlando, Florida and Los Angeles, California. Morris’ primary markets include Commercial Development, Corporate Offices, Higher Education, Health Care, Entertainment, and Hospitality. Morris is well known for its dedication to design excellence, with numerous national and local design awards from organizations including the Boston Society of Architects, the American Institute of Architects Houston Chapter, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the Texas Society of Architects. Among their largest current commissions is the design of the new 1,000 room Marriott Marquis convention center hotel in Houston.
“Our current clients will find our commitment to service unchanged, and we are excited about the opportunities this presents for extending our market sector expertise and design skills to new cities, new clients, and new markets,” said Chris Hudson, former CEO of Morris, now Senior Vice President and co‐ leader of Huitt‐Zollars’ Buildings practice group.
Consistently ranked by Engineering News‐Record in the top 200 largest design firms nationwide, Huitt‐Zollars is a full‐service design firm, headquartered in Dallas, Texas with 16 additional offices located throughout the United States.