"Wischmeyer Residence"
"Maxwell Residence"
"Fairris Residence"
"Freeman Residence"
" Freeman Residence"
"McNary Residence"
“I grew up in construction,” says Welch. “My grandfather was involved in some wonderful
40’s, 50’s, and 60’s modern homes, offices, and utilitarian buildings, back when craft and
attention to detail was still a given.”  Like Welch, his grandfather and uncle built homes
that were sensitive to the site and environment, creating flowing spaces. “I didn’t realize
the influence that had on me and the connection to modern architecture until later in life.”
Clifford Welch
Profile of a Dallas Architect
Dallas architect Clifford
Welch has a deep sense
of place. He doesn’t look
at his designs as simply
works of art and function
for today’s needs.
Instead his hope is
that the architecture
he sees to fruition
nowwill be worthy of
restoration in the future.
Welch got his master’s degree in architecture from the University of Texas Arlington and
studied with local modernist Bud Oglesby. Welch’s work stood out from the beginning,
and he has received numerous honors, including Dallas American Institute of Architects’
“Young Architect of the Year.”

After working as a principal with Design International, Welch started his own firm in 2000.
“Opening my own firm gave me the opportunity to focus on what I love doing,” he says,
“smaller projects designed specifically for those who will inhabit them.”
Each project offers a unique challenge. Welch draws inspiration from modern
architecture of the last century, emphasizing clarity of form and appreciation of natural
light. “I listen to the owners’ needs and desires,” he says, “and then try to
build upon these to take the project to a level higher than they expected.”

He advises homeowners to avoid falling into the price trap when searching for an
architect. “Research their work, background, and projects,” he says. “Interview
several architects; don’t focus on fee. With a good architect that is a small factor
in the overall equation. And finally go with your gut instinct. Entering an architect/owner
relationship is a big commitment on both parts, and it is
important to find a good fit.”
“I equate architecture with music,” he continues.
“Each note must be in place to remain in tune.
Imagine the impact of changing just 10% of the
score; every tenth note would be off key. The most
difficult part of what we do,” he says, “is trying to
keep the architecture in tune while dealing with
the multitude of variables involved in designing
and executing even a small project.” Such
attention to detail is part of what makes Welch a
jewel in the treasure trove of Dallas architects.

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