McKinney York 40 Years of architecture that engages, inspires and belongs
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McKinney York Celebrates 40 Years of Design!

Over the last four decades, we’ve had the opportunity to collaborate on hundreds of projects, each rooted in our desire to connect people to each other and the world round them by creating architecture that engages, inspires, and belongs.

“We believe our work is better when all voices are heard, and we are deeply committed to improving the built environment through inclusive and sustainable design. As we look ahead to the next decades and our continued growth in central Texas, we remain committed to our mission to create architecture that resonates across the full breadth of people’s humanity – their minds, their hearts, and their senses.”

– Heather McKinney, FAIA, RID, Founder

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You can explore the studio to gain insight into our design philosophy and approach, or see our ideas come to life by viewing our work.

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McKinney York Architects

We believe that the best architecture engages people across the full breadth of their humanity – their minds, their hearts, and their senses.

By inviting a cool breeze, a warm memory, or a curious thought, our architecture strives to create a conversation. More than a passing ‘hello, how ya’ doing’ it asks you to ‘sit down and stay a while’. Maybe the conversation starts off about the weather, but for those who have the time and inclination, the chat can grow deeper and more intriguing. By embedding our architecture with strong concepts, we aim to provoke engaging exchanges about ideas, to touch people’s spirit, and heighten people’s perception of themselves and the world around them.

Churchill once said, “We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.” He could not have been more on point, so we endeavor to create architecture that lifts the spirit and transforms lives by inspiring people to become their better selves. We work to make places that encourage people to think more deeply, act more boldly and work more effectively; places that motivate people to connect with compassion; and places that invite quiet contemplation or evoke the joy of simple wonder.

The desire to belong is a fundamental human need and buildings structure our relationships to each other, the communities in which we live, and to the natural world around us. They can pull us apart or draw us together. Like us, everything we build is connected to something larger. When mindfully orchestrated, architecture can foster a sense of belonging and draw people together – whether as a family, a neighborhood, a workplace, a campus, a city, or a community of ideas.

  • Engage We create places that engage people by inviting thought, stirring emotions, and awakening senses.
  • Inspire We create optimistic architecture that inspires people to do and be better.
  • Belong We create places where people can belong.


Our mission to engage, inspire, and belong influences our approach to practice in the following ways:


Within the McKinney York studio, we practice concept-driven design. This means we develop a foundational concept for every project that becomes an axiom from which design decisions are made.

Concepts vary greatly from one project to another, and we do not place boundaries on what a concept might include or convey. However, a successful concept should be compelling — a common vision with our clients.

Good concepts do not need to be groundbreaking. The most profound results often arise by allowing a concept to inform the simplest aspects of a project, including the ways in which it is experienced and perceived. In the end, we hope a project’s concept is a natural interpretation of our collaborative design process and feels like it was inevitable.

Valid concepts must be able to give direction for design decisions like form and organization while accommodating a project’s practical requirements, but they do not need to be so specific that they produce immediate answers. Exploration will guide the design process.

The interior of an eyewear store.


The act of design is an exploration of a concept and the way it is represented in a building or project. From the planning stages through construction, the recurring questions we ask ourselves are “Is the concept compelling?”, “Does the concept represent the aspirations of our client?”, “Does the design execution creatively reflect the concept?”, and “Should we remove elements that do not advance the concept?”

It should be expected that thoughtful concept-driven design will lead to unique and unanticipated results. In fact, questioning conventions and traditions is a great way to start the design process.

Most of the architecture we admire were likely unconventional at their time. However, their endurance is not because of this, but almost certainly because they faithfully represented compelling ideas and concepts. We humbly aspire to do the same.


Sustainability plays multiple roles within the framework of concept-driven design. As an idea, it informs the conceptual basis of our projects. Health, clean air, longevity, and protecting the natural world are ideas that permeate our work.

As a practical concern, it is used to inspire and test the validity of concepts and design strategies. Sustainability goals influence and bring richness to the decision-making process.

As technical criteria, it provides guidance for evaluating the success of our projects. Operational carbon, embodied carbon, indoor air quality, and resilience are several of our most critical concerns.

In solidarity with these concerns, McKinney York is a signatory firm for both the AIA 2030 Commitment and the AIA Materials Pledge.

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Our Team

Heather H. McKinney, FAIA, RID Founder

Heather H. McKinney

Heather is a guiding force behind the firm’s design voice. Her ability to listen critically has shaped our collaborative design process, and her skill at teasing out the underlying and unspoken needs of clients is a substantial factor in our projects’ success. Relying on her depth of experience, she offers insight and wisdom to all of our projects. In addition to her design contributions, she has devoted herself to cultivating the architectural profession through years of service on boards, commissions, and panels both locally and around the country.

“As a teacher, I am delighted by what her work affords – guidance for my students who are hungry for inspirational examples.” – Andrew Vernooy, AIA, Dean Texas Tech University College of Architecture

  • Education
  • University of Pennsylvania — Master of Architecture
  • Stanford University — Bachelor of Arts, Mechanical Engineering
  • Associations
  • AIA Austin, President 1993
  • Texas Society of Architects, President 2010

Al York, FAIA, RID Principal

Al is a creative thinker with a knack for disentangling the most inscrutable problems. With our clients, as well as inside the studio, he plays a special leadership role for the firm – the person able to shift a conversation, reconcile differing viewpoints, or ask the right question at the right time to keep a project moving forward. In addition to his thorough understanding of the technical aspects of architectural practice, Al came to the firm with a background in teaching, having received multiple honors for his work at Texas Tech College of Architecture. Al believes in a rigorous formal design approach capable of underpinning an aesthetic flexibility.

“Al’s three-dimensional waterproofing details… I was amazed… I’ve never seen one again on any other project other than a McKinney York project… amazing.” – Carm Tassone, Harvey-Cleary

  • Education
  • Cornell University — Master of Architecture
  • Auburn University — Bachelor of Architecture, magna cum laude
  • Associations
  • AIA Austin, President 2005, Design Awards Chair 2000-2001
  • Texas Society of Architects

Michelle Rossomando, AIA, RID Principal

Michelle believes in the constant improvement of everything. She brings to the table a tenacious focus on creative design through every stage of every project. Complexities and limitations are not allowed to impact a project negatively, and the search for design opportunities is perpetual. Inside the studio, she constantly evaluates roles and responsibilities, adjusting them to solve problems and match the strengths and desires of every individual. Michelle places particular importance on creating a communicative and collaborative work environment.

“I cannot recall anyone with as much enthusiasm and dedication to her profession as I experienced with Michelle on our church project. I am reminded of her dedication every time I step onto our campus.” – Barbara Ruth, Oak Hill United Methodist Church

  • Education
  • University of Texas at Austin — Master of Architecture
  • Tufts University — Bachelor of Science, cum laude
  • Associations
  • AIA Austin, Design Awards Chair 2003-2004
  • Texas Society of Architects
  • YouthLaunch, Board Member

Will Wood, AIA, RID Principal

As a graduate of both the Architecture and Engineering schools at the University of Texas, Will brings a unique design perspective to the firm.  He is an advocate for modern building practices and energy efficiency focused in reconciling those obstacles with elegant solutions. In the studio, he leads an ongoing charge to develop and refine our production standards and processes. Will is also interested in materiality and detailing and how they inform design through all phases of a project.

Photography, travel, cooking, building science

What is your favorite quotation?
“Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” – Chuck Close

  • Education
  • University of Texas at Austin — Bachelor of Architecture
  • University of Texas at Austin — Bachelor of Science, Architectural Engineering
  • Associations
  • AIA Austin, Communications Committee Chair 2009
  • Texas Society of Architects
  • BEC Austin, Board Member 2014-present

Brian Carlson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Principal

Brian has brought a honed design eye and extraordinary client service to a range of high-profile, award-winning projects over his tenure with the firm. He is an avid and informed gardener, and is sensitive to orienting buildings within a landscape in a way that anchors them to their environment. Brian’s project leadership enriches our design collaborations with clients; they value his thoughtful responses to their needs and appreciate the clarity, comfort, and character his designs afford.

“We worked closely with our project manager, Brian Carlson… We were continually pleased by his ability to carefully listen to our needs and respond with innovative design solutions that surpassed our expectations.” – Owner, Robbs Run House

Gardening, cooking

Who was your most valued mentor?
It would have to be my high school art teacher, Eileen Montgomery. She challenged me to think conceptually about what I create.

  • Education
  • University of Texas at Austin — Bachelor of Architecture
  • Associations
  • AIA Austin, Design Awards Chair 2007-2008, Awards Commissioner 2009
  • Texas Society of Architects
  • Octopus Club

Aaron Taylor, AIA Associate

Aaron is drawn to the cause without a champion. In architecture, that may be a project with a modest budget, a building that contributes to the fabric of the city rather than its monuments, or simply an unconventional design concept that deserves exploration. His interest in architectural history and theory infuse his work with a sensitivity towards context and precedent. His experience includes a range of work on educational buildings, science centers, museums, mixed-use developments, and private and institutional master planning.

“Thank you for your efforts to date on our project. The congregation at large is very excited about the expansion and looks forward to a beautiful and functional facility addition.”  – Michael Delamore, Trinity Episcopal Church

  • Education
  • Yale University — Master of Architecture II, cum laude
  • University of Texas at Austin — Bachelor of Architecture, summa cum laude
  • Associations
  • AIA Austin, Design Awards Committee Member 2012-present
  • Texas Society of Architects

Ginger Bradfield Associate, Financial Manager

Ginger is the business anchor for the firm. She is integral to our contract preparation and management processes and she manages the firms accounting. Her previous experience in the fast-paced construction industry helps her identify and evaluate ways to run our business better, freeing our architecture team to fully invest their energy into their projects. She’s a stickler for details with the sharp mind and calm demeanor of an old-school accountant.

Scuba diving, running, strength training, gardening, NFL

What is your favorite quotation?
“If you argue for your limitations you get to keep them.”

What do you spend the most energy doing outside the office?
Fitness, gardening, being outdoors

What are you good at?
Finances, numbers, analyzing, projecting

  • Education
  • University of Maryland University College — Bachelor of Science, Accounting, cum laude

Ko Kuwabara, AIA, LEED AP Associate

What would you do if you weren’t in architecture?
I would scavenge for old and unloved motorcycles, restore them, and find new homes for them.

What is a random fact about yourself?
I am an identical twin, like Tadao Ando.

What is your favorite place?
Teshima Art Museum by Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA. It is a simple, semi-enclosed concrete structure where you quietly observe drops of water move across the floor. This may sound a bit odd, but it is a powerful experience, I promise!

  • Education
  • University of Texas at Austin — Master of Architecture
  • University of Virginia — Bachelor of Science, Architecture
  • Associations
  • RBI Austin (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities Austin), 2016 Mentor
  • Architecture for Humanity, Baltimore Chapter, Co-founder 2010-2013

Andrew Green, AIA Associate

Sculpture, woodworking

What do you spend the most energy doing outside the office?
Looking for ways to bottle and distribute the endless supply of energy and joy my son seems to be tapped into.

What is your ideal project?
A monument, memorial or large scale public art project

What architects and artists do you find inspiring?
Maya Lin, Renzo Piano, Martin Puryear, James Turrell, Richard Serra, Santiago Calatrava, Michael Heizer, Constantin Brancusi, Andy Goldsworthy, Chris Drury, Robert Smithson

  • Education
  • University of Texas at Austin — Master of Architecture
  • Baylor University — Bachelor of Art, Studio Art, magna cum laude
  • Associations
  • Texas Sculpture Group, 2011-present

Molly Hubbs, AIA Associate

Biking, Woodworking, Lindy Hop, Bowling, British/Swedish murder mysteries, On the Media (Radio)

What do you spend the most energy doing outside the office?
Discovering Texas swimming holes

What is your favorite type of building?
Buildings that celebrate the craft of construction

  • Education
  • University of Texas at Austin — Master of Architecture
  • Fuman University — Bachelor of Arts, Music

Patricia Hunt, AIA, RID, LEED AP Associate

What do you spend the most energy doing outside the office?
Making things! I feel it’s sort of a dying art. It’s always exciting to have a new project, see it progress, and then enjoy the satisfaction of a completed product! I knit, crochet, bead, sew, cross stitch… the list goes on.

What was your favorite project and why?
The Forsyth County Animal Control in Winston-Salem, NC. It was a fun, challenging project, and it was very fulfilling knowing the animals would have a much better chance of being adopted in the new facility than the old, dark, dank one. I left the dedication ceremony with my kitty, Zelda (who I am still lucky to have 12 years later!).

What is your favorite place?
In terms of architecture? Columbus, Indiana. It seems largely unknown but is teeming with wonderful architecture. For fun? Rome. There’s no end to the things to do and see. It’s amazing to consider its age and how long structures have been there in comparison with the United States.

  • Education
  • Texas Tech University — Master of Architecture

Ben Obregon, RA

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Sustainability-specifically passive site and building design concepts, and natural building techniques (straw cob, adobe etc.); public outreach to building officials, lenders, and insurers regarding natural building techniques; photography in general and music photography in particular; construction

What do you spend the most energy doing outside the office?

Backpacking, camping, exploring nature, swimming in natural swimming holes (Hamilton’s pool, Krause Springs, the Blue Hole, Jacob’s well etc.)

  • Education
  • Texas A&M — Bachelor of Environmental Design
  • Associations
  • Austin Green Building Program

Avery Williams

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What would you do if you weren’t in architecture?

Industrial or fashion design, UX/UI design, maybe full-time artist/craftsman

What are your interests outside the office?

Caring for our puppy dogs, camping, swimming, disc golf, woodworking, ceramics, painting

Who was your most valued mentor and why?

My high school drafting and design teacher, Rolfe Voltaire, Hon. AIANH. I was just beginning to show an interest in architecture and he made it accessible and fun! He inspired countless other students to pursue architecture and engineering fields, as his passion for not only design but teaching held a lasting impression.

What is your favorite building or architect, and why?

I became enamored with Frank Lloyd Wright in high school after visiting the Dana Thomas House in Springfield, IL and finding the Zimmerman House in my own backyard in Manchester, NH! I also had the opportunity to work as a docent and content creator at the Gordon House in Silverton, OR.

What was your favorite project (that you were involved in) and why?

Would I really be in the architecture field if I didn’t design my own house? Now we just have to build it!


  • Education
  • Ohio University — Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Architecture, cum laude
  • Associations
  • SMPS Austin, Member

Sarah Simon

Travel and culture, art (from film and photography to dance and music), and nature.

What would you do if you weren’t in architecture?
I would probably be a filmmaker or a professional dancer. Now I enjoy both as hobbies.

Who are your favorite architects, and why?

  • Louis Kahn for his use of light, geometry, and materials so elegantly intertwined.
  • Eero Saarinen for his sculptural forms that push the boundaries of inhabitable spaces.
  • Charles and Ray Eames for their wide range of creativity. From art to architecture, furniture design, and filmmaking, they really did it all.
  • Education
  • University of Texas at San Antonio — Bachelor of Science in Architecture
  • Associations
  • Associate AIA Member

Panchu Gudigar

Sketching, watercoloring, photography, cooking, woodworking

What would you do if you weren’t in architecture?
I’d be either a chef or a painter.

What do you spend the most energy doing outside the office?
Sleeping, cooking, photographing

What is your favorite building?
Kahn’s Kimbell Art Museum.  There is something magical about its lighting.

  • Education
  • University of Texas at Austin — Master of Architecture
  • Visvesvaraya Technological University, India — Bachelor of Architecture

Madhuri Shashidhar

Food culture, swimming, traveling, and exploring new cities.

What would you do if you weren’t in architecture?
It’s a toss-up between a career as a pastry chef or a mathematician.

What do you spend the most energy doing outside the office?
Cooking (…and cleaning up after)

What is your favorite quote?
“The sun never knew how great it was until it hit the side of a building” – Louis Kahn

  • Education
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Master of Architecture
  • BMS College of Engineering, India — Bachelor of Architecture

Scott Burroughs, AIA

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What would you do if you weren’t in architecture?
In reality, I’d go into construction management, or real estate development, but in a fantastic world, I’d be an organic farmer in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

What accomplishment are you most proud of and why?
It’s still a work in progress, but I’m most proud of raising my two sons. Nothing compares to that effort and joy.

What is your favorite quotation?
“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

Who was your most valued mentor and why?
My good friend David Bienn was and artist and architect from New Orleans that I met while living in St. Petersburg, Russia. He set me on the path to architecture and opened so many cultures to me.

What do you spend the most energy doing outside of the office?
Most of my free time is spent renovating our hundred-year-old Craftsman Bungalow. It’s almost done…

What is the most difficult lesson you have learned?
I am constantly learning that one man can only do so much.

What was your favorite project (that you were involved in) and why?
The Shangyu Yangmei Winery was my first ground up building. It was great to work with a client that wanted to blend the best of Modern and Traditional Chinese Architecture. Having my design vetted by a Feng Shui master was quite an experience.

What are you good at?
Problem solving.

What is your favorite place? Or building? Or Architect? And why?

  • My favorite place is anywhere I am enveloped by a tree canopy. Some of my favorites have been the Redwood forests of California, the Eucalyptus forests of Australia, Cypress swamps in the Southeast, the Live Oaks of Audubon Park in New Orleans, and the deciduous woods I grew up in.
  • My favorite city is St. Petersburg, Russia. The courtyards, canals, and palaces of that city area truly grand and during the White Nights they are magical.
  • My favorite architect is Rem Koolhaas. His unique perspective an inventive polemics create some inspiring buildings, but his written work is even more inspiring.
  • Education
  • Tulane University — Master of Architecture
  • University of Delaware — Bachelor of Arts in Art History, International Relations
  • Associations
  • Urban Land Institute, Development 360, Participant 2022
  • Green Building United

Jacob Hurt, AIA

Cooking, travel, film and television

What would you do if you weren’t in architecture?
I’d work as a production designer for movies or television

What is your favorite building?
Fondazione Querini Stampalia by Carlo Scarpa in Venice, because it taught me that great design doesn’t have to be a huge gesture; it can be the small details that make you feel something powerful.

  • Education
  • The University of Texas at Austin — Master of Architecture
  • Ball State University — Bachelor of Science in Architecture

Sofia Bruni, Assoc. AIA


  • I love making laser cut jewelry. I started in grad school as a failed side hustle. I ended up giving them all away as presents. No hustle… but much more fulfilling.
  • Propagating plants
  • Binge watching Netflix and true crime podcasts
  • High tops, and any kind of colorful sneaker

What would you do if you weren’t in architecture? 

Definitely a travel blogger! Or an international spy. Both get to travel.

What is your favorite quotation? 

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss

What do you spend the most energy doing outside the office?  

Tending to my army of succulents and taking my ride or die, Zeus, out to Lady Bird Lake.

  • Education
  • University of Colorado Denver — Master of Architecture
  • University of Colorado Denver — Master of Landscape Architecture
  • University of Texas at San Antonio — Bachelor of Science in Architecture
  • University of Texas at San Antonio — Minor in Business Administration
  • Associations
  • Registrations
  • Assoc. AIA

Johan Cheah

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What would you do if you weren’t in architecture?
Going to the NBA draft . . . or designing for a tech startup.

Who was your most valued mentor and why?
My parents for making my life easier than theirs. They traveled to America to live the American dream.

What was your favorite project and why?
A tower in an engineering competition . . . It was so satisfying to construct a 5 foot tall model exactly as envisioned and to see it withstand an earthquake test after months of planning.

  • Education
  • University of Texas at Austin — Bachelor of Architecture
  • University of Texas at Austin — Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering

Jorge Blandin, Assoc. AIA

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Photography, cinematography, music, sports, rollercoasters, extreme sports, gaming, fitness.

What accomplishment are you most proud of and why? 

I am most proud of my thesis because it took a lot of time and effort, and it helped me realize the potential alternative architecture paths that I would like to pursue in the future.

Who was your most valued mentor and why? 

Byron Mouton, AIA. He helped me polish my design skills and instructed me in the process of construction from concept to realization.

What is your favorite place? 

Anywhere I can disconnect from the routine, to clear my mind, spark new ideas, or distract me from my problems.

  • Education
  • Tulane University — Bachelor of Architecture

Kevin Bendtsen

Headshot of Kevin Bendtson.

What would you do if you weren’t in architecture?

If I wasn’t doing Architecture, I would probably be doing something in furniture or product design. And if that doesn’t work out, simply hitchhiking all through Central and South America sounds appealing as well, jaja.

What do you spend the most energy doing outside the office?

I would say the thing I spend most my energy outside of the office doing would be trying new foods and eating way too much, working on personal furniture projects, and sleeping. It’s quite the vicious cycle.

What was your favorite project (that you were involved in) and why?

My Favorite project would have to be a residence in Johnson City right on the Pedernales River. It is my favorite because I was part of a team that built that amazing home with our bare hands. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into that place and the result was just breathtaking.


  • Education
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio — Bachelors and Masters Degree in Architecture

Jun Zhou

Headshot of Jun Zhou

What would you do if you weren’t in architecture?
I don’t know, and we shall see. I was a structural engineer before.

What is your favorite quotation?
“A house is a machine for living in.” – Le Corbusier

What is your favorite place? Or building? Or Architect? And why?
Le Corbusier, and his Villa Savoye. It is a beautiful project that perfectly shows Corbusier’s five points of Architecture.

  • Education
  • University of Michigan — Master of Architecture
  • Wuhan University — Master of Engineering
  • Wuhan University — Bachelor of Engineering

Briana Mahanay

headshot of Briania Mahanay

What would you do if you weren’t in architecture?
In another life I would definitely be a vet. Animals have always been my passion.

Who was your most valued mentor and why?
I look up to my father the most. Watching him build beautiful custom homes was the best part of my childhood.

What do you spend the most energy doing outside the office?
Anything that involves being outside and in the sun. Camping, hiking, laying on the beach or even a picnic in the park. Listening to live music and exploring new places.



Architecture is an interactive process – a series of collaborations between owners, designers, builders, occupants, and the wider community. This process is enabled through free-flowing communication within our design teams and with our clients.

McKinney York is a collection of talented, enthusiastic design professionals, and we believe that great design is generated when everyone’s perspective is heard and respected. This is accomplished by empowering every staff member to speak and providing a platform for them to do so. The firm celebrates employee differences because we know diversity leads to greater innovation.

Our collaborative process extends beyond the studio to embrace our clients. With each commission we actively engage our clients and listen attentively to uncover the unique qualities of their project and site. The aim of this effort is to reveal not only the client’s top-of-mind goals, but also latent functional and aspirational goals, as these often determine the real success of a project.

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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

McKinney York is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of ethnic diversity, gender diversity, and inclusion.

We are empowered by the distinctive backgrounds and life experiences that make each member of our staff unique. These diverse backgrounds bring diverse perspectives, infusing and illuminating the work environment and daily activities of design and creativity with otherwise unforeseen opportunities. The firm embraces and encourages expressions of employee’s age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, race, religion, sexual orientation, and other defining attributes.

We support and encourage the development of employee relationships and foster an inclusive culture where employees can grow through a collaborative experience. We are committed to ensuring our employees are actively engaged in the firm, through both outreach and internal check-ins. Also, our firm has implemented an internal mentorship program, allowing employees to learn from each other and grow. When our staff is engaged, we are all motivated to contribute and generate better design.


We strive to support and improve the communities where we live and work through volunteerism, outreach, mentorship, and our scholarship fund.

As a firm, we seek out opportunities to give back through volunteer work, from building trails for Austin Parks Foundation, to caring for animals at the Humane Society, to serving on boards and committees for over two dozen professional and community organizations.

One of our favorite outreach efforts is Architecture in Schools, where we share the creative endeavor of architecture with 3rd-5th grade students and explore how buildings contain space, how materials impact that space, and how buildings affect people.

Our mentorship takes many forms, ranging from one-to-one and small group activities to AIA Austin Women in Architecture, which aspires to spotlight female and nonbinary creatives and their work in the architecture, engineering, design, and construction industries within the Austin community to promote, validate, and illuminate women at all levels of their careers.

Since 2018, McKinney York has awarded an annual scholarship to support and encourage a talented, aspiring architecture student. This scholarship is available to an undergraduate, female student who demonstrates strong and original design capability and is entering her fourth or fifth year of the professional Bachelor of Architecture program at The University of Texas at Austin.

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We are always looking for talented designers with enthusiasm and the desire to contribute to a creative and collaborative office. Our team members are optimistic creators, thought leading innovators, risk taking explorers, curious learners, and mindful listeners.

We offer health, dental and vision benefits along with a 401(k) plan where we match contributions, paid time off, paid family/sick leave program, and reimbursement for licensure exams. We are committed to the professional development of our employees by providing numerous opportunities for training, education, and career development.

We get together regularly for social events, health and wellness activities, and community volunteer days. We feel that these out-of office activities help build deeper relationships between employees and enrich the culture inside the office.

McKinney York Architects was recognized by the Zweig Group as one of the Best Firms to Work For.

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Large recreational building with 3D letters that read "MONTOPOLIS".
Montopolis Recreation and Community Center Design Award Commendation for Affordable Sustainability, AIA Austin


American Institute of Architects and Texas Society of Architects design awards

Community First! Village Micro House - 2021 AIA Small Project Award Winner


AIA Design Fellows


lectures and panels featuring McKinney York staff


publications in print and digital

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Backyard Art Studio, Featured in Austin Home magazine


cumulative years of professional service on AIA Austin and Texas Society of Architects committees


projects featured on the AIA Austin Homes Tour

Las Brisas Residence - 2019 Homes Tour

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