Academy of Distinguished Alumni

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Joseph R. Rapier

BS, University of Texas at Austin, 1981

Joseph Rapier is President and CEO of Parkhill, Smith and Cooper (PSC), a full-service design firm primarily working in the public sector on municipal infrastructure, education, healthcare and transportation. Since becoming president of this west Texas-based firm, it has grown in size while continuing to have the reputation of being one of the best places to work in the region.

Joe earned his Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1981. He worked as a structural engineer for a local firm in Lubbock, Texas and later operated his own practice. Rapier joined PSC in 1992 and became the firm’s fourth Chief Executive Officer and President in 2006. 

Since Joe has been president, the firm's staff has grown by 40% and four new locations were added. PSC has been recognized twice as a “Best Firm to Work For” in part due to the firm’s focus on staff licensure, challenging opportunities, and enabling personal and professional development. In 2014, PSC launched its Building Community Investment program to invest 1% of earnings in the communities we serve through grants, pro bono services, employee matching gifts and volunteer service

In the public service domain, Joe serves the community through leadership roles in the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, City Boards, Reese Redevelopment Authority, Carillon Retirement Community Foundation, St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church and helping developing leaders through BSA Troop 157.

Additionally, he currently serves as Legislative and Governments Chair for the Texas Society of Professional Engineers.

Inducted October 16, 2015.