Bailey is recognized in professional and academic circles throughout the state for his leadership and dedication to architecture. He was president of TSA in 1989, president of AIA Houston in 1985, and was elevated to AIA Fellowship in 1985. He is founding president of the Houston Architecture Foundation.
Long involved in community service, Bailey is past chairman and a current member of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Operation Game Thief, a past board member of the Lighthouse of Houston and the UT Austin School of Architecture, in addition to being involved with other charitable organizations in the Houston area. Bailey earned a master's of architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor's of architecture from The University of Texas.