ROY R. PACHECANO, AIA is a licensed architect, recognized developer in real estate and advisor in economic development. As author and lecturer, he is also an experienced educator.
He began his career in the building arts under the tutelage of his father in their family’s concrete construction business on the Westside of San Antonio. Mr. Pachecano attended the environmental design program at Texas A&M University where he earned his bachelor’s degree. After a brief internship, Mr. Pachecano attended Columbia University as a National Hispanic Scholar where he earned Dean’s award for his graduate work. He holds two advanced degrees from Columbia University: Master of Science Real Estate Development—a unique program combining Business, Law and Urban Planning curricula—and a Master of Science in Architecture—requisite for licensure to practice architecture in the United States. Mr. Pachecano is licensed in the States of New York and Texas.
Mr. Pachecano remains active in higher education and marks the start of his teaching career in 1996, serving for 7 years as a seminar assistant to Harvard University faculty A. Eugene Kohn, FAIA, at the Graduate School of Design. In 2002, he was appointed faculty at Pratt Institute. In 2009 he was appointed adjunct assistant professor at Columbia. He recently served as guest lecturer at Princeton, Cornell, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Columbia University.
From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Pachecano was director at the Law Offices of LePatner & Associates focusing on clients’ real estate holdings including: The Carlyle Hotel for Rosewood Resorts, Cooper Union’s high-rise dormitory, Barnard College/Columbia University high-rise dormitory, and Goldman Sachs’ headquarters. From 2004-2005, Mr. Pachecano successfully represented Europe’s largest investment entity, Deutsche Bank, in securing several multi-family portfolios in the Southeast and Southwest regions of the US. This work saved the bank millions of Euros in the aftermath of the financial industry’s collapse in 2007-2008.
A hands-on developer, Mr. Pachecano acting through his company Portico Residential LLC, financed, designed and restored the Nix House in the King William Historic District. In 2008, the project was the first 1899 historic landmark dwelling in the United States to earn USGBC’s LEED-Platinum designation. The state of Texas and The National Trust for Historic Preservation recognized the project for its contributions to innovative design solutions and sustainable development. The project was featured on the Discovery Channel with host Steve Thomas.
In 2010, Mr. Pachecano was retained to conceive and launch a new $1 million Sustainable Business Program at University of Texas Institute for Economic Development funded by the US Department of Commerce. In addition to authoring new curriculum, he founded the program based on the triple-bottom-line (TBL). In 24 months, the program attracted over 340 clients with a local economic development impact of over $35 million. In 2012, he was retained by the city of San Antonio’s Westside Development Corporation to assist in overseeing client’s real estate expansions and helping to find funding sources for projects in the inner city. He maintains offices in New York and Texas.
Mr. Pachecano is married and has two children. He enjoys biking, kayaking and water coloring.