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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.

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


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.

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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West Lake Residence

scroll View Description
  • Homie modern living room.
  • Cabinet cubbies of an office.
  • Geometric stair set.
  • fireplace on back deck
  • Modern kitchen with high ceilings and stools at counter.
  • Pool's view to downtown Austin.
  • Bathroom with blue tile wall and colorful granite counter.
  • The tree covered pool and back patio of a house.
  • Back yard of a stone and metal house.

    Las Brisas Residence - 2019 Homes Tour

This short piece was produced by Storyminute for the 2019 AIA Austin Homes Tour.

Project Details

Located at the end of a leafy street on a canyon slope, this house belongs to a newly retired couple. After living all over the world, they wanted a relaxed home to accommodate their art, gardening, wine-collection interests, and to host friends and grown children. The woodsy site was instrumental to the design and orientation of the house and pool, which offers both seclusion and a framed city view. The entry drive approaches from below the property, so extra care was taken to anchor the house and pool seamlessly into the landscape. The understated interiors (with one exception!) serve as a muted backdrop for the homeowners’ African textiles collected while living abroad. Creative moments abound: a studio opens to an al fresco workspace; sewing machines emerge from laundry room counters; and a built-in desk disappears under a fold-down bed in the study, to the delight of inhabitants and guests.


  • AIA Austin, Homes Tour, 2019


  • Austin Monthly Magazine, Meet the 12 Homes on the 2019 AIA Austin Homes Tour, Oct 2019
  • Patch, Homes Tour Showcases Best of Austin Architecture, Oct 2019
  • Stone World Magazine, Forming a Kinship with the Land, May 2020
  • Contemporary Stone and Tile Design, Personalizing a Living Space, 2020 Winter