Best Gifts for Future Architects

Future Architects

Looking for the perfect gift for a kid who is creative, shows a curiosity for buildings, and always wants to know how things go together? Dallas Architects Laura Davis and Holly Hall share great ideas for the best gifts for future architects.

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In this episode

In Episode 79 of The Architecture Happy Hour Podcast, Laura and Holly are inspired by a video featuring Elton John showing that gifts received as children can often influence who we become as adults. They reminisce about toys from their childhood, and offer ideas for picking that perfect gift for the design and architecture enthusiast in your life, both young and young-at-heart.

Here’s the video: 

Notable and Shareable Takeaways

  • New technology and innovation are memorable and make an impression.
  • Give gifts that will help the recipient grow into who they are meant to be.
  • If a toy feeds a passion, it will be loved for a very long time.

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Picking the Perfect Gift

Dive deep into a current interest

Exploring buildings and home design

Making, Designing, and Creating

How do things go together?

Show kids new ideas and new ways of doing things

  • All About book series (Read about the Bathysphere and William Beebe here)
  • Who Was book series (Laura’s son likes these)
  • This Old House and Hometime (premiered on public television in 1986 with Dean Johnson and JoAnne Liebeler)
  • Tangent stories about black and white vs. color TVs


VP, Architect, hpd architecture + interiors
Laura Davis is a Texas and Colorado registered architect and interior designer, and a co-founder of hpd architecture + interiors. With a diverse portfolio spanning residential, commercial, retail, and historical projects, Laura’s heart lies with her specialty in Historic Preservation. She loves to revitalize older properties, cherishing their character and the stories they hold. Her true passion lies in understanding her clients deeply, uncovering their desires and motivations, and crafting designs that turn houses into cherished homes.

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Laura Davis is a registered architect and interior designer in the state of Texas and Colorado, and a founding member of hpd architecture + interiors. Laura's extensive experience includes residential as well as commercial and retail projects.  She also has a particular interest in restoration, holding a certificate in Historic Preservation. She is energized by the character of older homes and the stories of those who have lived there. Responding to the needs of the current owner, while also honoring the personality of the original home is a delicate process to be enjoyed.

Laura Davis

Vice President, Architect, Interior Designer Principal , hpd architecture + interiors