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Celebrating 40 Years of Design!

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, we take a closer look at each word of our mission statement that influences our approach to practice. We create spaces that belong to people through mindful placemaking, identity, and connection.

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“As architects we are tasked with meeting the needs of our clients, but we also have a calling to respond to the wider community. We are continually in a posture of listening and learning to create a sense of belonging for those who experience our work, and have found that a project receives its vitality through the contributions of everyone involved – the clients, the users, the community, and members of the design team.”

– Brian Carlson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal


The Montopolis Recreation and Community Center is the centerpiece of the community serving as a central gathering and activity space, and a gateway to the Montopolis neighborhood. Through its materiality and reserved integration into the site, the design reflects the relaxed, unpretentious attitude the neighborhood sought, while providing connectivity and identity through communal spaces such as the gym, multipurpose rooms, and boxing center.

upstairs lobby with view of railings in foreground, building's front windows to the left, and exercise room with boxing punching bags to the right

Montopolis Recreation and Community Center View Project


In celebration of our 40th anniversary, we take a closer look at each word of our mission statement that influences our approach to practice. We create places that inspire people to do and be better through optimistic, thoughtful architecture.

headshot of Al York

“Most of our lives are spent within and around a built environment that shapes our lives and colors our thoughts and feelings. It seems to me that architects have an obligation to elevate that experience. We endeavor to create architecture that lifts and transforms lives by inspiring big ideas and bold actions, or quiet contemplation and simple wonder.”

– Al York, FAIA, RID, Principal


The McGarrah Jessee, an iconic building in downtown Austin exemplifying mid-century architecture, is home to the award-winning advertising and brand development agency. The renovation breathes new life to the building while delicately balancing historic preservation with a level of creative innovation that pairs with its occupant.

image of McGarrah Jessee building looking into red tunnel entrance opening to stairs and escalators towards geometric mural on back wall

McGarrah Jessee Building View Project


In celebration of our 40th anniversary, we take a closer look at each word of our mission statement that influences our approach to practice. We create places that engage people by inviting thought, stirring emotions, and awakening senses.

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“One of our responsibilities as designers of the built environment is to engage our clients and the people that may experience our work. At the most ambitious level, we do that by developing concepts in each of our projects. Through careful planning, we hope our design decisions feel as though they are self-evident, ultimately creating opportunities for that engagement to occur.”

– Will Wood, AIA, RID, Principal


The Rox, Duke, and Danay Covert Admissions Welcome Center is the “front door” for prospective students at the University of Texas at Austin, designed to entertain, educate, and engage visitors while sharing the energy, sprit, and possibilities of the university.

image of Welcome Center at the University of Texas at Austin, wood slat panel wall with longhorn logo detail

Admissions Welcome Center View Project


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.

headshot of Heather McKinney

“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


residence exterior at dusk with lighted interior looking through glass windows into foyer with winding stair

Winter Park Residence View Project

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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60 Minutes: The Pioneers Who Changed TV News

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  • Dark exhibit room with display cases displaying many documents.
  • Women leaning over reading information in display case.
  • A short biography and picture of harry Reasoner on an exhibit wall.
  • Close up of film pictures of old med boating.
  • A historic time magazine addition reading
  • Man standing reading information of exhibit wall.
  • A close-up photo of a short profile on Morley Safer.
  • People standing and sitting around a dim intimate exhibit.
  • Women sitting looking at historic pictures framed on a museum wall.
  • A standalone call covered in a geometric graphic that reads

Project Details

Featuring behind the scenes production and in front of the camera stories, this exhibit at the Briscoe Center for American History displays the work of the pioneers who created the iconic CBS program 60 Minutes. The exhibit design subdivides the Main Gallery space into individual sections dedicated to archival materials from a specific 60 Minutes creator’s work on a representative broadcast, ranging from interview notes, scripts and travel ephemera to miscellaneous accolades and personal correspondence. Each of the sections revolve around a central screening room where visitors can enjoy clips of the finished episodes, offering the opportunity to experience how procedural editing weaves diverse materials into finished productions. Special design focus was placed on video and audio recordings to underscore the importance of preserving and studying these ephemeral media.

The exhibit explores representative in-depth stories by George Crile, Marion Goldin, Dan Rather, Harry Reasoner, Morley Safer, Phil Scheffler, Joe Wershba, and Andy Rooney. McKinney York’s scope of design/build services included project management, exhibit planning and creative development, conceptual design, graphic design, audiovisual and interpretive design, and exhibit fabrication and installation. Currently holding the record for the longest continuously running program of any genre during American network prime time, 60 Minutes is a touchstone for late 20th century popular culture.