Henry R. Muñoz, III is a successful entrepreneur, an award-winning designer, a cultural activist, and a well-respected philanthropist. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Kell Muñoz Architects, Inc., the largest minority-owned architectural firm in Texas. Under his leadership, the firm has grown significantly in both size and reputation.
Mr. Muñoz has designed prolific architectural works in the United States/ Mexico Border Region for 15 years; he has shaped the skylines of Texas and is an original and innovative leader in the pursuit of a blended cultural expression through the built environment, reflective of America in the 21st Century.
Over the last year, his cultural approach to architectural design has been featured in the New York Times, LA Times, USA Today, Architectural Record and Lehrer News Hour, amongst others. His work as a designer has been recognized with 30 juried design awards.
The firm's significant recent commissions include the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Expansion, and Convention Center Hotel, The Fiesta Texas and Sea World Theme Parks, The AT&T Center for the world champion San Antonio Spurs and a new headquarters building for the National Council of La Raza in Washington D.C., the nation's pre-eminent Latino advocacy organization. Kell Muñoz is nationally respected in the field of design for higher education, having completed major projects for The University of Texas System, The Texas A&M University System, The Texas State University System, Trinity University, Loyola University and Southwestern University.
Henry Muñoz's commitment to philanthropy and the advancement of the Latino community has been evident throughout his career.
Mr. Muñoz was the first minority to serve as a Commissioner of the Texas Department of Transportation. In 1999, Mr. Muñoz was appointed to The Smithsonian National Board; he was subsequently elected a Vice Chairman of the Board for three terms. Mr. Muñoz served as Chairman of The Smithsonian National Latino Board for seven years and he is currently The Chairman Emeritus of The Smithsonian National Latino Board. Mr. Muñoz is a founder of the effort to create a National Latino Museum on the mall in Washington D.C. Mr. Muñoz also serves as a Trustee of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the San Antonio Museum of Art and is an appointee to the National Committee for the Performing Arts of the John F. Kennedy Center.
Mr. Muñoz is The Founding Chairman of The Alameda National Center for Latino Arts and Culture. In 1995 at the request of city leaders, Mr. Muñoz accepted the tremendous responsibility of spearheading the capital campaign to restore the legendary Alameda Theatre, a cultural icon for Latinos throughout the United States. Under Muñoz's leadership, The Alameda expanded its mission to include the first formal affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution. This idea of affiliation has empowered 153 communities in 48 states to enter into formal partnerships with our nation's museum, allowing some of our country's most important cultural artifacts to travel outside of Washington D.C. and be seen by the American people.
Henry Muñoz's passion for education and unique qualifications has lead to the success of numerous fundraising campaigns. He has raised over $5.0 million in scholarships, including $2.5 million dollars for the UTSA Downtown Campus Scholarship Initiative. Mr. Muñoz began his first term with Loyola University's Board of Trustees, his alma matter, in August of 2001.
The honors that have been bestowed upon Mr. Muñoz are far too many to list, but a few of the more treasured ones include his selection in 1988 by the San Antonio Express News as one of the fourteen community leaders shaping the future of the city; the Profiles in Leadership Award; Philanthropist of the Year Award 2000; the Leadership San Antonio Alumni Hall of Fame, People of Vision 2001. Mr. Muñoz was one of fifteen business people selected nationally for Entrepreneur of the Year recognition by Hispanic Business Magazine and was selected as one of the most influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Magazine. In 2007, Mr. Muñoz received the Community Service Award from the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Diversity FIRST Award from the Texas Diversity Council.