Eurico Francisco

Principal, Design Principal, Dallas

Eurico’s family wanted him to be a doctor. He—inspired by the buildings his mother pointed out on drives around his home city of São Paulo—wanted to try architecture. He applied to medical school and architecture school and got into both. Luckily, architecture courses started first. It took him less than a week to know he’d found his calling.

Eurico is determined to build better cities. Uninterested in spectacle, he wants excellence. He appreciates the steady, behind-the-scenes work driven by a repeated refrain: Is this project all it can be? He pushes the design industry to ask this question, too, whether as a contributing editor to Texas Architect, board member at the Dallas Architecture Forum, or city advocate appointed to the Urban Design Peer Review Panel of the City of Dallas, to name only a few of his roles.

Eurico is in the process of restoring a 1960s two-seater convertible. He is “taken by its lines.”
Eurico listening to a colleague during a design charrette
Front Row at the Forum

When he first moved to Dallas, Eurico asked colleagues where to go to keep up with industry knowledge. Directed to half a shelf of architecture books at Barnes & Noble, he kept looking. He caught wind of the fledgling Dallas Architecture Forum and jumped to attend their first lecture. And the next one, and the next. The Forum’s then-president noted Eurico’s attendance at every event and eventually asked him to join the board—which he’s now been on for more than twenty years. Eurico is proud of the Forum’s local community-building work and the speakers they draw to Dallas from around the world. Ask him about the Forum and expect an enthusiastic invitation to join.

"Think of a performing arts center, a museum, a church, a hospital—any public building. Imagine how many people are impacted by these spaces. Most of the time, people aren’t even aware that someone designed them, and that’s okay. What matters is that you step in and feel joy, delight, and healing."

Eurico prefers sketching by hand to test and communicate his ideas.

A close-up shot of Eurico sketching a diagram