Element Architects

Ea started with one client in December 2006 and that one client is still our client today, 10 years later. YES Prep Public Schools started with a few classrooms of students and has grown to serve over 11,000 in the Houston Area.

We firmly believe that focused service to our client is the key to any successful project, and the amount of repeat business Ea has cultivated over those 10 years is a solid example. You won’t see newspaper or magazine ads for Ea recruiting new clients.  We don’t need them. We built a solid reputation with our client base and obtain new clients through word of mouth. 

Projects in larger firms with dozens, even hundreds of employees, get lost in the shuffle, passed from person to person without a single person knowing all of what’s happening.  Michael and Patrick have intentionally kept Ea small enough to stay personally involved and large enough to handle any size project.  Ea is a locally owned and operated company located in West Houston.  We have been recognized 3 years in a row as one of the fastest growing UH Cougar owned companies.  If you want fast and shiny big corporate architecture, you’ll have to look elsewhere.  We’re the down to earth, hardworking, focused on your success type of firm.


Michael Graham, RA, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB

Founding Principal

Licensed Architect and Owner with 20 years’ experience. Michael is registered in 7 States and certified though the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards to be registered in most others in a reasonable amount of time.  Michael takes pride in staying personally involved in every project from concept to completion.  Michael also serves as the Architect member on the Harris County Historical Commission.

Patrick Helemann, AIA


Licensed Architect and Owner with 22 years’ experience.  Patrick controls the production and quality control for every project at Ea.  Patrick’s experience working for a developer in the field has been valuable in informing his reviews of our plans. 

Our Accolades & Recognitions

2014 Cougar 100 Fastest Growing Cougar Owned Companies

ASID Ruby Award - Smart Pipe Corporate Offices - Best of Show - Collaboration with Bennett Design Group

2015 Cougar 100 Fastest Growing Cougar Owned Companies

2009 Excellence in Construction – Projects under $5 Million – YES Prep Public Schools

2016 Cougar 100 Fastest Growing Cougar Owned Companies