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Rex Cabaniss

Partner, AIA, AICP

Urban design is a passion of Rex’s - specifically how buildings interact with the environment and enhance the sense of community that we share. He’s experienced the evolution of a variety of urban environments throughout his career, having worked on master-planned commercial developments in Portland, Austin, Houston, and London prior to settling in Baton Rouge.

For the last three decades, Rex has infused this broad design inspiration into Gulf South projects as Partner at WHLC. He oversees the planning and design of facilities that span commercial, education, healthcare, multifamily, recreational, hotels, and research laboratories. Rex is also recognized for collaborating on many vital planning and design components of downtown Baton Rouge: Downtown Visitors’ Amenity Plan, Plan Baton Rouge II, Baton Rouge Area Chamber, River Center Library, and II City Plaza.

A genuine leader, Rex enjoys facilitating collective efforts to bring out the best in team collaborations. He guides the creative vision for projects and coordinates with stakeholders to find creative solutions that best serve WHLC’s clients. Integral to impacting the broader community realm, Rex is committed to serving on many civic committees and board positions. He received his Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon and Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University.

Rex continues to get design inspiration from new places while traveling with his wife, and more recently, has taken up a passion for gardening.


  • Master of Architecture - University of Oregon
  • Bachelor of Environmental Design - Texas A&M University - Cum Laude

Professional Organizations:

  • American Institute of Certified Planners
  • American Institute of Architects - Baton Rouge Chapter
  • American Institute of Architects - Louisiana Chapter
  • American Institute of Architects - National
  • American Planning Association - Louisiana Chapter
  • Baton Rouge Growth Coalition
  • Urban Land Institute - Louisiana Chapter

Civic Involvement:

  • Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge
  • Baton Roots Community Farm
  • Baton Rouge Area Chamber
  • Baton Rouge Area Foundation
  • Baton Rouge Smart City Committee
  • Capital Area United Way
  • City of Baton Rouge
  • Food Insecurity Coalition
  • Junior Achievement
  • LSU School of Architecture
  • Mid City Redevelopment Alliance
  • Planning Commission Complete Streets Committee
  • Rotary Club of Baton Rouge
  • Sustainable Transportation Action Committee
  • The Walls Project
  • Young Entrepreneurs Academy

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