Overview

The architectural scene in the flourishing city of Austin reflects a commitment to sustainability, the natural landscape, and contemporary elements. Architects are especially curious as to how they can incorporate adaptive re-use elements, especially in the workplace. Because the city is rapidly growing, office space is constantly being developed and designed. Many startup companies have their roots in Austin, as do many national headquarters. The following list ranks the best office architects in Austin. These are architects who specialize in creating office space based on the needs and goals of the diverse companies they serve. The designs on this list are all by award-winning architects. The firms deliver the highest quality spaces with innovative and sustainable designs.

Top Architects

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Matt Fajkus Architecture

Architects:
Matt Fajkus
Sarah Johnson
David Birt
Ian M. Ellis
Alberto Rodriguez
Anna Katsios Deere
Sarah Wassel
Michael Deere
Andres Moguel
Kendall Claus
Kevin Olsen
Ingrid Gonzalez Featherston

Awards:
2017 AIA Austin Honor Award,
2011, 2013, 2017, Texas Society of Architects Studio Awards,
2016 Blueprint Awards,
2014 AIA National Awards,
2013 LEAF Awards,
2013 FX Awards,
2012, 2014 AIA Emerging Professionals Selection,
2012 The Spark International Design Awards

Address:
900 East 6th Street, Suite 100, Austin, TX 78702

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512-432-5137 |
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About Matt Fajkus Architecture

Bringing a youthful and collaborative energy to every project they take on, Matt Fajkus Architecture is driven to create sustainable architecture, whether through energy-efficient strategies, passive daylighting, or simply buildings that are meant to sustain the test of time by carefully tucking into their given site. The practice is led by Matt Fajkus, Founding Principal; David Birt, Principal of Design and Delivery; and Sarah Johnson, Principal of Design and Operations. In addition to receiving many awards, the work of MF Architecture has been recognized locally and nationally by numerous publications, including Dwell Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Texas Architect, Austin Business Journal, and HGTV Faces of Design.

Featured Projects

One of their more unique office designs is the Westlake Dermatology Building in Cedar Park, Texas. In the middle of the facility, patients, physicians and staff circulate around a preparation space which doubles as a centering and wayfinding device. Unlike most medical office prep areas, this one includes a parametrically designed and digitally fabricated elliptic prep area screen. The prep area is designed to both draw the eye toward and around its mass, while providing privacy for staff working within it. In material terms, the elliptic screen is made of water-jet cut aluminum panels with an abstracted graphic of cedar trees. This is in contrast to a separate office facility designed by MF Architecture for Westlake Dermatology in Marble Falls, which exists as a crisp concrete box which frames a view to the Hill Country landscape beyond, while allowing ample amounts of natural light into circulation spaces for the staff. The practice also designed Look + See Vision Care, an eye care office in South Austin. The design includes a display area for over 800 pairs of glasses on unique custom-designed shelves surrounding a reception area and dispensing area for try-ons, an in-house lab, specialty testing areas, three exam rooms, a break room, and individual offices. MF Architecture also practices what they preach in the design of their own office. Their office culture is based on the idea of being an open and collaborative group of individuals, and the MF Architecture office space is designed to reflect that balance of part and whole. The material choices are simple and honest (mostly raw wood, steel, glass, concrete – very little is painted or applied), considering both functional utility and experiential aesthetics. Each of these design moves in their office have not only reinforced and fostered their office culture, but also their design process and interaction with clients and collaborators.

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Sanders Architecture

Architects:
Christopher L. Sanders

Awards:
AIA Design Award

Address:
3706 Kerbey Lane, Austin, TX 78731

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512-482-9258 |
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About Sanders Architecture

Principal Christopher L. Sanders founded Sanders Architecture in 2009. He received his Bachelor of Environmental Design and Master of Architecture from Texas A&M University. In addition to being in involved in Austin’s AIA, Sanders has also participated in the Texas Society of Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Advisory Council, and the Waller Creek Conservancy Board of Directors. The firm has been recognized in several publications lately, such as Luxe, Hospitality & Design, Texas Architect, Austin Monthly, Austin Way, Austin Business Journal, and Modern Luxury Austin. While also involved in residential and commercial architecture, the firm recently won an AIA Design Award for their restaurant design for Juniper. They note that they were involved in building both the tallest and smallest buildings in Austin.

Featured Projects

Perhaps one of their most noteworthy office projects is the ACL (Austin City Limits) office. Tucked into the underside of the Moody Theatre balcony area, the 6,000-square-foot office space provides a workplace for the managers, producers, and editors of ACL and ACL Live. A muted grey and a crisp white palette were used. A photo collage light fixture is a fun feature in the conference room. Sanders also designed the Stratus Corporate Offices, an 8,500-square-foot office complex that is both modern and classic. The space is flexible, to accommodate daily conferencing needs and the occasional event. The design passed the Green Building Standards. The ceiling height varies throughout the space and there is glazing at the eastern and southern sides to allow for ample natural light.

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Mark Odom Studio

Architects:
Mark Odom

Address:
1009 West 6th Street, Suite 50 Austin, Texas 78703

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512-469-5950 |
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About Mark Odom Studio

Formerly Odom Turner Studio, Mark Odom Studio has been headed by Principal Mark Odom since 1999. Odom received his undergraduate degree in Environmental Design and his Master of Architecture from NewSchool of Architecture. He has continued his involvement in education throughout his career by teaching and serving on architectural review committees at Texas A&M University, University of Texas at Austin, and University of Houston. The studio looks for clients who are interested in exploration. They use the quote, “continuously looking for a balanced orchestra between the controlled elegance of simplicity and energy of the site,” to express their vision as a firm.

Featured Projects

One of their most well-known recent projects is the Bumble headquarters in Austin. The design includes many feminine details: a glam room with a hair-washing station for blow-outs, both cold brew and beer on tap, a Mommy zone, and a meditation room. The 4,600-square-foot welcoming workplace is bumblebee themed and has plenty of open communal spaces. Everything is Pantone 122U (a warm yellow) — even the toilets! Another example of their office design work is the Levander Office Renovation. Transforming an unused lighting warehouse, Mark Odom Studio created a co-working space and bar for 140 members. The bar has both counter space and booths to serve all networking needs. The space was created to help individuals or teams collaborate with each other through an interdisciplinary professional and social space.

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Chioco Design

Architects:
Jamie Chioco

Awards:
Urban Land Institute Awards,
Best Outside Design – Restaurant and Bar Design Awards

Address:
1306 Rosewood Avenue, Austin, Texas 78702

Contact:
512-374-0288 |
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About Chioco Design

Chioco Design is a small firm in Austin, Texas founded in 2005 by Jamie Chioco, who has lived in Austin for more than 20 years. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma School of Architecture and is personally invested in the design elements Austin. Chioco Design’s work can be seen all around the city, as well as in Tennessee, Colorado, and California. The firm is dedicated to using the local talent and materials in the city at hand, and they execute projects ranging from residential to commercial. Chioco knows how to communicate with both homeowners and the commercial world, with function being of the utmost importance. They have been featured in Architect Magazine, Archdaily, Eater Austin, The Austin Chronicle, and Apartment Therapy.

“Oftentimes, it’s the restrictions and constraints of a project that inspire us to come up with creative solutions.” -Jamie Chioco

 

Featured Projects

One of their featured projects is the office space for Invenergy. The original space has great views of Austin, so the design capitalized on that. The conference room has an especially stunning view of SoCo and Austin’s skyline. Translucent walls are used throughout the office to allow for more natural light and visual privacy. A beveled ceiling subtly nods to the company’s vision in promoting wind power. Another office design by Chioco is for Resignation Media. They had to completely renovate the 11,690-square-foot space for the umbrella company, under which there is a photo entertainment website, a non-profit charity, a music festival organization, and a beer label. So while the building required four different offices, was still able to achieve a cohesive design by using a carefully selected materials palette. Chioco Design also designed the new offices for Uship at 205 Riverside in Austin.  The adaptive reuse project includes 45,000 square feet of space consisting of three renovated buildings and one new 3-story structure all interconnected to form dynamic spaces of old and new.

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lauckgroup

Architects:
Alan Lauck
Anne Kniffen
Brigitte Preston

Address:
106 East 6th Street, Suite 700, Austin, Texas 78701

Contact:
512-479-0337 |
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About lauckgroup

lauckgroup was founded in 1984 by Alan Lauck and is now co-owned by Anne Kniffen and Brigitte Preston. In addition to an office in Austin, the firm has expanded to Houston and Dallas. Kniffen is managing principal and Preston is principal of design. Steve Breuer and Joe Gowing also serve as principals. Lauckgroup is especially dedicated to sustainability, which starts with their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified architects. They look to provide creative eco-friendly solutions to the following areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. The firm has been known for their innovative creativity from the beginning. Recently, lauckgroup has become the go-to firm for many of the new offices in the city. The firm has been featured in several online and print publications.

Featured Projects

lauckgroup designed the HomeAway office space. Since the company is in the travel industry, vacation destinations served as themes for each level, all with a high-end hospitality aesthetic. Rustic materials, such as wood, raw limestone, and steel, were used as the design palette. The floor plates were all planned on modular pod systems to allow for flexibility and growth in the future. Unique features include a travel tunnel and four-level tree and birdhouse meeting rooms. lauckgroup also provided the designs for the 175k-square-foot Solarwinds office space. Three-dimensional elements were used in the bold and contemporary entry space. Contrasting materials, such as white walls with oxidized metals and wood veneers, were used throughout the space. Graphic signage guides people through the building.

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Alterstudio Architects

Architects:
Kevin Alter
Ernesto Cragnolino
Tim Whitehill

Awards:

2017 Residential Architecture Design Awards,
The American Architecture Prize 2017,
IIDA Design Excellence Award,
Architect’s Newspaper Best of Design Awards for 2017

Address:
1801 Lavaca Street #106, Austin, TX 78701

Contact:
512-499-8007 |
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About Alterstudio Architects

Alterstudio Architects was started in 2000 by Kevin Alter, who studied at Bennington College and then received his Master of Architecture from Harvard University. In 2003, Ernesto Cragnolino joined the studio, and a partnership was formed in 2005. Today, there are three partners and nine architectural staff members. They have worked in a variety of areas and aim for the highest craftsmanship with long-term sustainability. The firm has won over 100 awards to date. Their work has been featured in publications such as Dwell Magazine, Texas Architect, Austin Home Magazine, Entra Magazine, and Tribeza Magazine. Alterstudio received the Firm Achievement Award, which is the highest honor that AIA Austin gives. The award honors an architecture firm for outstanding contributions to the community or profession, or for producing distinguished architecture.

Featured Projects

Alterstudio recently worked on the 6,500-square-foot office headquarters for Peddle in Austin. The space was originally a 19th century general store, with added elements constructed in the 1940s. The building was in disrepair, but Alterstudio started with renovating the top floor by removing standard partitions and lay-in ceilings. Reclaimed wood from local barns was used for floors and walls, and steel fixtures and hardware serve as accents. The design earned Alterstudio an International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Design Excellence Award in 2013. The firm also worked on a design office, which was constructed in the 1960s Cambridge Tower. They stripped the existing space back to expose the concrete frame. A new white oak floor was added, as well as white oak cabinets and screen. Raw cork and mill-finished steel serve as accents throughout the open and creative space.

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Michael Hsu Office of Architecture

Architects:
Michael Hsu

Awards:
AIA Austin Firm Achievement Award,
IIDA Texas/Oklahoma Chapter Retail Design Excellence Award,
Austin Business Journal Commercial Real Estate Award

Address:
4910 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78756

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512-706-4303 |
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About Michael Hsu Office of Architecture

Michael Hsu Office of Architecture was originally Michael Hsu Design Office, founded in 2005. The firm’s focus is on architecture and interiors that are locally engaged and design-driven. Principal Michael Hsu works with three partners: Jay Colombo, Maija Kreishman, and Micah Land. With their residential, commercial, and restaurant projects, the firm is focuses on using natural materials. They are also active in many re-use projects. MHOA is committed to sustainability and decreasing their carbon footprint. Whenever they can, they assemble teams made up of local artists and craftsman to create textiles, furnishings, light fixtures and artwork. The firm earned the 2016 AIA Austin Firm Achievement Award and is a certified Minority-Owned Business Enterprise in Austin.

Featured Projects

One of their noteworthy office designs is for Canopy, a creative office space with art galleries and a cafe. Canopy required converting an industrial concrete warehouse. Parts were removed to create exterior gathering spaces and covered breezeways, in order to encourage more creative collaboration. The simple and industrial design allows for the creativity and work of the artists in the space to be the main focus. MHOA also designed the Offices of Bowie. A sophisticated space, the downtown Austin location uses both industrial and natural materials that welcomes people to stay for awhile. Local artists contribute their work to the space, including custom light fixtures and an extraordinary sculpture above the seating area. Leather accents and integrated signage show the design through the smallest details.

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STG Design

Architects:
Jim Susman

Awards:
Society of American Registered Architects’ Design Honor Award for Adaptive Reuse,
AIA Austin’s Design Award,
Austin Business Journal No. 1 Top Commercial Interior Design Firm

Address:
828 W 6th Street, Suite 300, Austin, TX 78703

Contact:
512-899-3500 |
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About STG Design

Founded in 1976, STG Design is a leading firm with an integrated approach to architecture, interior design, and planning. Now also in Houston and Nashville, the firm’s Austin office is led by Principal Jim Susman. Experience with both local and international projects, the staff is committed to successful planning and responsible design solutions. The firm has received numerous awards, including the Society of American Registered Architects’ Design Honor Award for Adaptive Reuse (2017), AIA Austin’s Design Award (2017), and selection as the No. 4 Top Architecture Firm and the No. 1 Top Commercial Interior Design Firm by the Austin Business Journal (2017). The firm’s work has appeared in several publications, such as Architectural Record, Building Design + Construction, and Interior Design magazine, amongst others.

Featured Projects

An excellent example of STG’s office design work is the Austin Board of Realtors (ABoR) Headquarters. The headquarters are also meant to be a meeting place for members. The LEED Gold-certified, three-story building was designed over three levels of parking structure to best minimize site impact, in addition to maximizing site views. The 34k-square-foot building incorporates many sustainable elements, such as solar power and a bio-filtration pond. Some parts of the site have been rehabilitated with native, low-water vegetation. STG also provided the design for the Texas Association of School Boards. The 148k-square-foot building features simple stonework on the exterior. Orange accents, such as chairs, desks, and even pillar accent sides make the reception area a warm and spirited space. The orange- and brown-toned exterior brick makes small appearances in the interior decor, further fusing the design. Plenty of windows were added to give as much natural light as possible.

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Gensler

Architects:
Andy Cohen
Diane Hoskins

Awards:
ENR #1 Green Building Design Firm in Commercial Offices
Building Design + Construction Giants #1 Office Sector Architecture Firm

Address:
212 Lavaca Street, Suite 390, Austin, TX 78701

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512-867-8100 |
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About Gensler

Considered the largest and one of the leading firms in the world, Gensler is a powerhouse. With over 600M square feet of work, Gensler is committed to sustainability. They partner with community organizations all over the world to affect social change. Andy Cohen and Diane Hoskins lead this formidable firm as co-CEOs. They lead the 5,000-plus employees creating work in 44 offices, serving clients in over 120 countries. Cohen and Hoskins both made the Business Insider’s elite “Creators” list, a collection of the world’s 100 top creative visionaries. Gensler recently topped the list at No. 1 of the ENR 2016 Top 150 Global Design Firms. They also were the No. 1 architecture firm for Architectural Record 2016 Top 300.

Featured Projects

Gensler designed an outdoor lifestyle brand’s headquarters in the southwest part of the city. The palette was inspired by nature. Wood, concrete, and metal in their natural state provided consistency throughout the space. Industrial fasteners, cables, and hooks were used in the headquarters to reflect the brand’s culture of durability and outdoor adventure. Gensler also designed the headquarters for Zilliant, a leading sales-optimization company that was on the verge of major growth. Built in a vintage 1950s office building, the workplace includes low-panel benching workstations, in addition to centrally located conference and huddle rooms to promote collaboration. Flexible workspaces were also created. Gensler used bold colors, lighting, and materials. Although built on a limited budget, Zilliant notes that the new space has improved the staff’s morale.

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Page

Architects:
Bob Burke
Arturo Chavez
Mattia J. Flabiano
Michael J. Mace
Thomas McCarthy
Lawrence W. Speck
James M. Wright

Awards:
AIA Austin Design Awards

Address:
400 W Cesar Chavez Street, Suite 500, Austin, TX 78701

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512-472-6721 |
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About Page

An international presence in the architecture community, Page has its roots in Austin. The original two-person studio, founded in 1898, has evolved into having offices all over the world — even in Dubai. Since its founding, Page has always been a leading architectural presence in Austin. The firm received several prominent commissions in Austin, from Austin National Bank on Congress to the Littlefield building. More recently, they have worked on establishing themselves in the community even more, working on the Austin Convention Center and a six-block district around City Hall. Astoundingly, From 1984 to 2013, Page has won 30 AIA Austin design awards. They have an ongoing relationship with the University of Texas, as many Page architects teach there. This tradition of engaging in higher education has continued to today with other Page offices.

Featured Projects

One of Page’s best office designs can be seen in their work for Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE). The interdisciplinary engineering firm’s 13k-square-foot office space explored concrete as the primary building material. High thermal mass concrete walls were designed to reduce energy consumption. Large glass partitions were used in the office space and conference rooms to encourage collaboration. A patio area gives expansive views to the nature around the offices. Another Page office design is TechSpace. The co-working and alternative office space has skylines and abstract city maps, a bike wall, custom whiteboard tables, and personal speakers in every room. The co-working space has locations all over the country, but tailors the space to the specific city. TechSpace identified what sets Austin apart — love for the outdoors and art plus a passion for tech and innovation — and incorporated those elements into the design.

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