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Celebrating 40 Years of Design!

McKinney York Architects is pleased to announce our 40th anniversary!

Architecture, by its very nature, is a collaborative process. We actively seek the perspective of the communities we serve to create more authentic designs. This integrated, empathetic approach allows us all to experience the built environment with a sense of engagement, inspiration, and belonging. In celebration of our 40th anniversary, we take a closer look at each word of our mission statement that influences our approach to practice.


headshot of Michelle Rossomando

“This anniversary celebration is a testament of gratitude to our clients, consultants, trade partners, and local artists and artisans for contributions to concept-driven design over the past 40 years. We look forward to future successful collaborations continuing for decades to come.”

– Michelle Rossomando, AIA, RID, President and Principal


straight on view of stairway that also functions as a social gathering space in elementary school, books are displayed on the levels and children and teachers are in the foreground

Austin ISD Sánchez Elementary School View Project


We create spaces that belong to people through mindful placemaking, identity, and connection.

headshot of Brian Carlson

“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


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


We create places that engage people by inviting thought, stirring emotions, and awakening senses.

headshot of Will Wood

“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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The University of Texas at Austin Hogg Memorial Auditorium Renovation

scroll View Project Description
  • Lobby view showing restored tile floor and wood ceiling beams.
  • People walking through a lobby with a decorative wood wall.
  • View along the edge of a balcony in an auditorium.
  • Views of an auditorium from the stage, with house lights on and window shades open.
  • View along curved rows of seats in an auditorium, facing a series of windows.
  • Exterior view of the front of a restored historic stone building.

Project Details

Just in time for its 90th birthday, this renovation brought life back to one of the oldest hubs of student activity on The University of Texas at Austin campus.  Hogg Memorial Auditorium first opened in 1933 and dutifully served the university for nearly a century; however, it was struggling to support the myriad of new and diverse events for which it was now needed.  This major renovation, slated for LEED Platinum Certification, celebrates the historic significance of the architecture and balances the technical constraints with the functional needs of the next generation.  Acoustical improvements – such as the addition of acoustical wall panels, new fabric upholstered seating, and relocation of the mixing booth – tune the auditorium to the needs of amplified performances and support a new state-of-the-art A/V system in order to attract talent and train theater students on cutting edge technologies. The windows were uncovered and motorized shades introduced to maintain complete blackout capabilities while also reintroducing natural light when the auditorium is used for final exams, sorority gatherings, and new student orientations.  However, the first thing one notices upon entering the new venue is a reconfigured lobby that has been enlarged to support the front of house crowds before events whilst preserving the ornate encaustic floor tile, stenciled ceilings, and historic light fixtures.  New decorative wood wall paneling repeats abstracted geometries inspired by the iconic carved plaster surrounding the stage to create a dramatic and distinct threshold between the new lobby and revitalized auditorium.

McKinney York Architects was the architect working with the engineering prime, Jacobs Engineering.


  • AGC, Outstanding Construction Award for Historical Renovations, 2023


  • Austin American-Statesman, UT’s Hogg Memorial Auditorium reopens after $28 million renovation, Nov 2023
  • The Daily Texan, Historic Hogg Auditorium renovations completed after decade of waiting, Nov 2023
  • UT News, Hogg Heaven, Oct 2023

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