Barkitecture 2018

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We’d like to extend a big thanks to the volunteer organizers of Barkitecture as well as this year’s sponsor Austin Craft Realty for putting on a great event.

On Sunday, twenty-six doghouses designed by different Austin firms were sold to raise money for Bastrop Animal Rescue, Emancipet, and PALS Meals on Wheels Central Texas. If you missed the event and would still like to support these fantastic organizations, no worries! Donations can be made at any time.


Our Soft Dog Den was auctioned by Brendan Ross of Austin Craft Realty, who did a fantastic job of keeping bidders motivated and excited. Thanks to everyone involved for all the hard work and dedication it takes to pull this off year after year!

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The jury gave Soft Dog Den the “Pets in Energy & Environmental Design” award for its use of sustainable materials and efficient assembly. Soft Dog Den is constructed from a layer of 3/4” industrial felt, a natural, renewable material folded and fastened to itself with a single stainless steel thumb screw. The inner liner, made from thinner felt, can be removed for cleaning or swapped out for different colors.




Over the last year we have been working closely with the Austin Foundation for Architecture (AFA), and AIA Austin’s Executive Committee and membership to craft a program for a new Center for Architecture.

The new Austin Center for Architecture will be a cultural landmark—operating as a community-oriented information center for the public, a resource for AIA Austin members and the design community, and a destination to host the combined philanthropic efforts of AIA Austin and its nonprofit partner, the Austin Foundation for Architecture.

The new facility will expand AIA Austin and AFA's presence in the region, increasing public engagement and providing a community resource, as well as better serving the growing AIA Austin professional membership.

This programming guide sets the square footage, space, and operational requirements for the Austin Center for Architecture, which will include offices for the Austin Foundation for Architecture and AIA Austin Chapter within the context of needs for the next 10-15 years. The guide separates the program into five elements—each a different aspect of the Center's mission and needs. Diagrams of each element show the program areas, configurations, and adjacencies. Each diagram is followed by precedents for each space within the future Center. The document also outlines the general vision for The Center and addresses practical concerns such as technology needs and sustainability goals.

More diagrams and information are on our website.


Join us this Thursday at the AIA Austin Summer School. We will have a draft of our Center for Architecture Program on display. You will have an opportunity to look at the program draft and comment.

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We are also hosting a session on Scale and the City, looking at three projects (The Corten House and Garden, Griffin School, and Lamar Union). All received AIA Awards this year. You'll hear from our esteemed colleagues addressing approaches to urban scale (Charles di Piazza, Chris Cobb, and Michael Hsu). Travis, Lincoln and Murray from our office will also present.

The conference will be held at the AT&T Conference Center.

Go to for details.


We are honored to announce that The Griffin School is the recipient of the first-ever Design Awards People's Choice Award! In an online poll that was open to the public, this project received the most votes over the course of the six-week campaign.

Deep Curiosity by Derrington Building Studio, Wilson Hack, and Drophouse Design was a close second, followed by Hill Country House by Miro Rivera Architects. Click here to learn more about the Griffin School project and other 2018 Design Award winners. Congratulations to our friends and colleagues!