Fire Station 94
Child Nutrition & Warehouse
Child Nurtrition & Warehouse
Atherton Elementary
Atherton Elementary

About IDG

IDG Architects was founded in 2001, as a multi-disciplined, full service architectural firm offering a full-range of architectural services including survey and analysis of existing facilities, programming, planning and interiors. IDG is guided by the principle that conscientious, proper design has an enduring value. IDG applies the most creative and advanced technology with equal concern for economy, aesthetics, function and durability to achieve the most effective design solution that satisfies the needs, goals and objectives of the client. Simply stated, IDG will do "whatever it takes" to assist our clients in having the most efficient, functional and well-designed facilities possible within their time, scope and budget allocations.

Our Services

IDG's experience and dedication allows for tailored services to meet our clients' needs.



  • Architectural Design
  • Sustainable Architecture and Renovation
  • Needs Analysis
  • Budgeting and Scheduling
  • Construction Documentation
  • Technical Specifications
  • Bid Phase
  • Construction Administration
  • Municipal Agency Consulting
  • Contractor Selection Consulting
  • Construction Contract Review
  • Post-Construction Inspection for Lending Institutions





  • ​Site Analysis
  • Site Planning
  • Zoning/Variances
  • ADA Issues
  • Code Issues
  • Existing Facility Assessment
  • Programming
  • Material Research
  • Preliminary Budget Development Site
  • Development Consulting





  • Finishes and Material Selection
  • Color Development
  • Furnishings, Fixtures, and Equipment Selection
  • Space PlanningObservation of Installation
  • Space Feasibility and Utilization Studies
  • Work Drawings and Specifications



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BIM (Building Information Modeling) is an intelligent 3D model-based process utilized to Plan, Design, Construct and manage all the information on a facility: Post, During, and After Construction. It enables us to provide a more efficient and collaborative design.

The IDG Approach

Design Solutions

IDG’s preferred strategy for this project is predicated on the philosophy of total team interaction and synergy that can be developed through team building and partnering concepts.

Quality Assurance

IDG has the ability to provide innovative design solutions, while maintaining client budgets. We believe through effective and efficient cost management procedures, quality can be achieved at all levels while maintaining your project objectives.

Maintains Work Schedules

Simply stated, IDG will do “whatever it takes” to assist our clients in having the most efficient, functional and well-designed facilities possible within their time, scope and budget allocations.

Construction Administration

IDG carefully monitors the project cost to assure that it conforms to the contractor’s proposal and that it meets the levels of quality established at the outset.

Professional Associations

IDG Blog

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Oct 2
Oct 2

Charles Atherton Elementary Earns Stars of Distinction

Charles Atherton Elementary designed by IDG Architects was honored this month as the TASA-(Texas Association of School Administrators) and TASB-(Texas Association of School Boards) announced the winners on earning Stars of Distinction, Exhibit of School Architecture 2017. Atherton was given Stars of Distinction for excellence in three out of the five areas of distinction. It […]

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Sep 6
Sep 6

Cyrus Johnson on Board

We are pleased to announce the addition of Cyrus Johnson as Project Manager to our team. He brings 38 years of expertise in educational, federal, and healthcare design. Most of his experience has been “cradle to grave” project management, architectural design and production, construction administration, master planning and project programming.  His main focus and emphasis […]

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Jun 2
Jun 2

CHIDESIGN Competition

IDG participated in the CHIDESIGN open international ideas design competition. We were to propose a facility that includes the new headquarters, visitor center and exhibition spaces of the Chicago Architecture Foundation; a new headquarters for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH); a design and allied arts high school; and flexible learning spaces […]

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Jun 6
Jun 6

IDG Drone

  IDG has implemented the IDG Drone which captures the project’s journey in construction. One of the top tools of the trade has became a standard for our firm. Our main focus is to provide a facility using the best of the best for our clients, and the drone is ultimately the most efficient tool […]

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Ben McMillan and his staff are excellent to work with and very passionate about architecture and schools in particular. They have worked on a middle school, an elementary school and currently our new Child Nutrition and Warehouse Complex.

Both schools received everything they wanted, finished on time, and well under the established budget. They listen intently to the needs of the district and have translated those needs and ideas into wonderfully innovative designs.

Jeff Windsor

Director of Planning & Energy Spring ISD

The Faculty, Staff, Parents and Community Member of Atherton Elementary School are overwhelmed with pride and happiness over the building and completion of our new school located at 2011 Solo Street in Houston, TX 77020.

The school exemplifies beauty, excellence, glamour, academic character and safety measures throughout.

Therefore, to Mr. Ben McMillan, the designer of all designers, we tip our hats off to him and offer to him our sincere, heartfelt gratitude for this beautiful structure that will serve as a monument to your dedication and hard work, and also a monument to our community, and students. We tip our hats off to him for a job unmatched by any other.

As Principal of Atherton Elementary School, I know of no other school built with such aesthetic value, majesty, and one that exemplifies an edifice of magnificence and professionalism.

In closing, I would like to say that Mr. McMillan is a knowledgeable, courteous and most respectful individual with whom I have had the pleasure to be affiliated with throughout this project.

Albert L. Lemons

Principal of Atherton Elementary School