General Services Department

Real Estate, Design and Construction Division - Team

Richard Vella

Assistant Director /Chief of Design & Construction Division

Richard Vella holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Ryerson University at Toronto and a Master of Architecture from the University of Houston. Mr. Vella has worked for various other city departments in his 21 plus years, including Public Works and Engineering, Health and Human Services Department and currently in the General Services Department. During his tenure, Mr. Vella has managed numerous design and construction projects totaling in excess of $1 Billion dollars.

As Chief of Design and Construction, Mr. Vella is responsible for overseeing the design and construction of city facilities serving Houston's citizens such as police stations, fire stations, libraries, parks and recreation centers, health clinics and multi-service centers, municipal courts, recycling centers and waste depositories, and fleet maintenance facilities.

Design and Construction Team

  • Major Projects -- Calvin Curtis, Division Manager
  • Minor Projects -- James Reddington, Division Manager
  • Parks Projects -- Lisa Johnson, Division Manager