McKinney York Architects


McKinney York Architects

Inside the McKinney York studio, we share a belief in the transformational power of people united in a common purpose. Our goal is to create places that draw people together, serve, and inspire.

  • Critically Recognized Winner of local, regional, and national awards; AIA Homes Tour participants; TxA 2013 Architecture Firm Award recipient
  • Majority Registered Architects More than half of our Architectural staff are registered professionals.
  • Sustainable Practice LEED professionals on staff; Austin Green Building Program certification experience; City of Austin Platinum-Level Green Business Leader.
  • Certified HUB & WBE Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) certified by the State of Texas Building and Procurement Commission; women-owned business enterprise (WBE) certified by the City of Austin

This belief manifests itself in collaboration. That means ongoing communication in the studio and with our design team, a lack of ego from the top down, and a collection of highly capable, enthusiastic design professionals. Our staff are all exceptional designers and, rare within the profession, the majority are registered architects. Collaboration extends beyond the studio to embrace our clients. With each commission we actively engage our clients and listen attentively to uncover the unique qualities of their project and site. The aim of this effort is to reveal not only the client’s top-of-mind goals, but also latent functional and aspirational goals, as these often determine the real success of a project.

Our portfolio is evidence of this empathetic focus, rarely repeating a style, strategy, or solution from one project to the next. Clients tell us they value our ability to create designs that reflect their unique needs and personality. From churches and chilling stations to branded workspaces and second homes, we have earned a reputation for timeless design and an expertise in tackling unusual projects. Our work has also appeared on or been published by Wired, The Wall Street Journal, HGTV, The Globe and Mail, NPR, Architectural Record, Architecture, Southern Living, and Texas Architect.

We believe that good design is for everyone. Our pro bono work dates back to a 1995 project for Children’s Advocacy Center and continues through our ongoing work with Community First! Village. Our first micro house at this community for people experiencing homelessness was recognized with design awards from AIA Austin and Texas Society of Architects.

In 2018, we started the McKinney York Architects scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually to a female student at the University of Texas School of Architecture entering her third or fourth year of study, and who has demonstrated strong and original design capability.

These qualities and sustained design excellence earned McKinney York the 2007 AIA Austin Firm Achievement Award and the Texas Society of Architects 2013 Architecture Firm Award – the highest honor a Texas architecture firm can receive.


The ability to solve a problem while considering the goals of a project is critical. Embracing project realities & constraints, cultivating a rigorous design attitude, and maintaining high aspirations all enable creativity.

"I’ll never forget the first time that Heather came back to us with the design of a building. It looked absolutely nothing like we expected and it was exactly what we wanted."

— Mike Rinehart, Riverbend Church

"It’s a wonderfully whimsical structure."

— Steve Dumez, FAIA on Tree House #9

Architecture is an interactive process – a series of collaborations between owners, designers, builders, and occupants.  Success requires sincere curiosity and an appreciation of the talents of all participants.

"The Leander Park and Ride is a merging of architecture, landscape, graphic design, and public transportation – all beautifully done and integrated and no one element of which overshadows another."

— Frank Harmon, FAIA

"They are problem solvers. I had to be very creative to build the McGarrah Jessee Building within budget and on time, and we had many work sessions during design and construction to accomplish that."

— Bill Ball, Developer

Good service and the success of a project are judged on expectations and performance. Expectations are set through the careful definition of project goals and objectives, then they are met through the fulfillment of promises, clear communication, ownership of project costs & schedule, and accurate documentation.

"MYA brings a deep understanding of the needs and wants of a church congregation embarking on a major capital investment in these difficult economic times. They have provided thoughtful options and recommendations at every step of the way…"

— James Miles, Building Committee Chair, Lake Travis UMC

"I don’t have to babysit; they are pro-active. I can trust their estimates and schedules, their CD’s are thorough, coordinated between disciplines, and professional, and their design sense is impeccable… They save me invaluable time."

— Deborah Femat, RA, UT Austin PMCS

The hot-humid Central Texas climate poses specific problems for sustainable design.  The use of in-house energy modeling during conceptual design, the understanding of current building science strategies, and the use of energy efficient building systems are necessary to advance conventional practices.

"They bring that rare mixture of expertise in the science of architecture with an aesthetic sensibility for the beauty – the art of architecture – and they marry those two in a splendid way."

— John Wright, Oak Hill UMC

"At a time when much new construction is dominated by a short-term‘cheapest-per-square-foot possible mentality, …the [Robbs Run] house exemplifies an aspect of green-building that is sometimes overlooked – building to last."

— Wired Magazine

A contributor to the fabric of a place or a monument within it; a part of a historical pattern or a prototype for future development; isolated or connected; natural or urban – A project should have a clear strategy to address its context.

"The proportions and scale of the Hance Chapel settle into the eastern prospect of the campus in a way that attests to its timeless nature, as if it had been here all along and the University grew around it."

— Andrew Vernooy, AIA, Dean at Texas Tech College of Architecture

"The African American Cultural and Heritage Facility really stood out as a good example of how a museum can be part of a neighborhood and how it could be integrated into a neighborhood."

— Teresa Rosano, AIA

    Our Team

    Heather H. McKinney, FAIA, RID Founding Principal

    Heather is a guiding force behind the firm’s design voice.  Her ability to listen critically has shaped our collaborative design process, and her skill at teasing out the underlying and unspoken needs of clients is a substantial factor in our projects’ success.  Relying on her depth of experience, she offers insight and wisdom to all of our projects.  In addition to her design contributions, she has devoted herself to cultivating the architectural profession through years of service on boards, commissions, and panels both locally and around the country.

    “As a teacher, I am delighted by what her work affords – guidance for my students who are hungry for inspirational examples.”  – Andrew Vernooy, AIA, Dean Texas Tech University College of Architecture

    • Education
    • University of Pennsylvania — Master of Architecture
    • Stanford University — Bachelor of Arts, Mechanical Engineering
    • Associations
    • AIA Austin, President 1993
    • Texas Society of Architects, President 2010

    Al York, FAIA, RID Principal

    Al is a creative thinker with a knack for disentangling the most inscrutable problems.  With our clients, as well as inside the studio, he plays a special leadership role for the firm – the person able to shift a conversation, reconcile differing viewpoints, or ask the right question at the right time to keep a project moving forward.  In addition to his thorough understanding of the technical aspects of architectural practice, Al came to the firm with a background in teaching, having received multiple honors for his work at Texas Tech College of Architecture.  Al believes in a rigorous formal design approach capable of underpinning an aesthetic flexibility.

    “Al’s three-dimensional waterproofing details… I was amazed… I’ve never seen one again on any other project other than a McKinney York project… amazing.”  – Carm Tassone, Harvey-Cleary

    • Education
    • Cornell University — Master of Architecture
    • Auburn University — Bachelor of Architecture, magna cum laude
    • Associations
    • AIA Austin, President 2005, Design Awards Chair 2000-2001
    • Texas Society of Architects

    Michelle Rossomando, AIA, RID Principal

    Michelle believes in the constant improvement of everything.  She brings to the table a tenacious focus on creative design through every stage of every project.  Complexities and limitations are not allowed to impact a project negatively, and the search for design opportunities is perpetual.  Inside the studio, she constantly evaluates roles and responsibilities, adjusting them to solve problems and match the strengths and desires of every individual.  Michelle places particular importance on creating a communicative and collaborative work environment.

    “I cannot recall anyone with as much enthusiasm and dedication to her profession as I experienced with Michelle on our church project.  I am reminded of her dedication every time I step onto our campus.”  -Barbara Ruth, Oak Hill United Methodist Church

    • Education
    • University of Texas at Austin — Master of Architecture
    • Tufts University — Bachelor of Science, cum laude
    • Associations
    • AIA Austin, Design Awards Chair 2003-2004
    • Texas Society of Architects
    • YouthLaunch, Board Member

    Will Wood, AIA, RID Partner

    As a graduate of both the Architecture and Engineering schools at the University of Texas, Will brings a unique design perspective to the firm.  He is an advocate for modern building practices and energy efficiency with an interest in reconciling those obstacles with the desire for elegant solutions.  In the studio, he leads an ongoing charge to develop and refine our production standards and processes. Will is also interested in materiality and detailing and how they inform design through all phases of a project.

    Photography, travel, cooking, building science

    What is your favorite quotation?
    “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” -Chuck Close

    • Education
    • University of Texas at Austin — Bachelor of Architecture
    • University of Texas at Austin — Bachelor of Science, Architectural Engineering
    • Associations
    • AIA Austin, Communications Committee Chair 2009
    • Texas Society of Architects
    • BEC Austin, Board Member 2014-present

    Brian Carlson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Partner

    Brian has brought a honed design eye and extraordinary client service to a range of high-profile, award-winning projects over his tenure with the firm.  He is an avid and informed gardener, and is sensitive to orienting buildings within a landscape in a way that anchors them to their environment.  Brian’s project leadership enriches our design collaborations with clients; they value his thoughtful responses to their needs and appreciate the clarity, comfort, and character his designs afford.

    “We worked closely with our project manager, Brian Carlson… We were continually pleased by his ability to carefully listen to our needs and respond with innovative design solutions that surpassed our expectations.” – Owner, Robbs Run House

    Gardening, cooking

    Who was your most valued mentor?
    It would have to be my high school art teacher, Eileen Montgomery. She challenged me to think conceptually about what I create.

    • Education
    • University of Texas at Austin — Bachelor of Architecture
    • Associations
    • AIA Austin, Design Awards Chair 2007-2008, Awards Commissioner 2009
    • Texas Society of Architects
    • Octopus Club

    Aaron Taylor, AIA Associate

    Aaron is drawn to the cause without a champion.  In architecture, that may be a project with a modest budget, a building that contributes to the fabric of the city rather than its monuments, or simply an unconventional design concept that deserves exploration.  His interest in architectural history and theory infuse his work with a sensitivity towards context and precedent.  His experience includes a range of work on educational buildings, science centers, museums, mixed-use developments, and private and institutional master planning.

    “Thank you for your efforts to date on our project. The congregation at large is very excited about the expansion and looks forward to a beautiful and functional facility addition.”  – Michael Delamore, Trinity Episcopal Church

    • Education
    • Yale University — Master of Architecture II, cum laude
    • University of Texas at Austin — Bachelor of Architecture, summa cum laude
    • Associations
    • AIA Austin, Design Awards Committee Member 2012-present
    • Texas Society of Architects

    Ginger Bradfield Associate, Financial Manager

    Ginger is the business anchor for the firm.  She is integral to our contract preparation and management processes and she manages the firms accounting.  Her previous experience in the fast-paced construction industry helps her identify and evaluate ways to run our business better, freeing our architecture team to fully invest their energy into their projects.  She’s a stickler for details with the sharp mind and calm demeanor of an old-school accountant.

    Scuba diving, running, strength training, gardening, NFL

    What is your favorite quotation?
    “If you argue for your limitations you get to keep them.”

    What do you spend the most energy doing outside the office?
    Fitness, gardening, being outdoors

    What are you good at?
    Finances, numbers, analyzing, projecting

    • Education
    • University of Maryland University College — Bachelor of Science, Accounting, cum laude

    Courtney Tarr, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Associate

    Other places and everything that goes with that including getting there, the food, the urban design, the transportation network, the buildings, the culture, the history; Almost anything to do with cooking, dining, food history, food culture; Maps – how they’re made, why they’re made, what they do and don’t communicate

    What do you spend the most energy doing outside the office?
    Cooking, thinking about what to cook next, picking out the next restaurant to try

    What was your favorite project?
    My favorite project was working on urban design for the Baltimore Red Line light rail.  I enjoyed researching other cities to understand the relationships between transportation, physical space, and people, and identifying design opportunities that were based on these relationships and appropriate for the city of Baltimore.  It was very enlightening and challenging to work directly with community members across the city during design, and to see their varied responses to the many aspects of the project.

    What is your favorite city?
    Paris – They nailed it.

    • Education
    • University of Oregon — Master of Architecture
    • Georgia Tech — Bachelor of Science, Architecture, summa cum laude
    • Associations
    • AIA DC, Volunteer teacher for Architecture in Schools, 2010-2011
    • AIA Austin
    • Texas Society of Architects

    Ko Kuwabara, AIA, LEED AP Associate

    What would you do if you weren’t in architecture?
    I would scavenge for old and unloved motorcycles, restore them, and find new homes for them.

    What is a random fact about yourself?
    I am an identical twin, like Tadao Ando.

    What is your favorite place?
    Teshima Art Museum by Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA.  It is a simple, semi-enclosed concrete structure where you quietly observe drops of water move across the floor.  This may sound a bit odd, but it is a powerful experience, I promise!

    • Education
    • University of Texas at Austin — Master of Architecture
    • University of Virginia — Bachelor of Science, Architecture
    • Associations
    • RBI Austin (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities Austin), 2016 Mentor
    • Architecture for Humanity, Baltimore Chapter, Co-founder 2010-2013

    Andrew Green, AIA Associate

    Sculpture, woodworking

    What do you spend the most energy doing outside the office?
    Looking for ways to bottle and distribute the endless supply of energy and joy my son seems to be tapped into.

    What is your ideal project?
    A monument, memorial or large scale public art project

    What architects and artists do you find inspiring?
    Maya Lin, Renzo Piano, Martin Puryear, James Turrell, Richard Serra, Santiago Calatrava, Michael Heizer, Constantin Brancusi, Andy Goldsworthy, Chris Drury, Robert Smithson

    • Education
    • University of Texas at Austin — Master of Architecture
    • Baylor University — Bachelor of Art, Studio Art, magna cum laude
    • Associations
    • Texas Sculpture Group, 2011-present

    Alex Morris

    Making.  That extends to almost everything: graphic design, a backyard deck, music, a dumb joke… I like the process of creating.  I also just realized why my house is perpetually cluttered.

    What do you spend the most energy doing outside the office?
    Rehabilitating my basket case vintage BMW.  Absurd classic car bubble notwithstanding, it’s a fun and affordable hobby (provided you do every bit of work yourself).

    What was your favorite project?
    Frost Bank 26 Doors.  It looks like a fairly straightforward finish-out, but the now-40-year-old building was rife with significant structural and MEP and building code and accessibility considerations.  All those layers combined to make a particularly challenging set of constraints that the project team had to negotiate.  I think the result is simultaneously respectful of the character of the Old Austin shopping center and the architectural brand identity of Frost Bank.  I’ve heard Al say many times that to bring out his best work, you have to challenge him; throw a bunch of restrictions on him; cut the budget in half (please don’t cut the budget in half!) – the ability to thrive in those situations is a major part of who we are as McKinney York Architects.

    What is your favorite place?
    Right now it’s probably Klyde Warren Park (in Dallas – gasp!).  From the front door of our office you can see traffic on the scourge that is I-35, and it’s comforting to think that maybe, someday, we can transform it into a treasured, walkable social hub.

    • Education
    • University of Texas at Austin — Bachelor of Architecture

    Molly Hubbs, AIA

    Biking, Woodworking, Lindy Hop, Bowling, British/Swedish murder mysteries, On the Media (Radio)

    What do you spend the most energy doing outside the office?
    Discovering Texas swimming holes

    What is your favorite type of building?
    Buildings that celebrate the craft of construction

    • Education
    • University of Texas at Austin — Master of Architecture
    • Fuman University — Bachelor of Arts, Music

    Silvia Izaguirre, RA

    Patricia Hunt, RA, RID, LEED AP

    What do you spend the most energy doing outside the office?
    Making things! I feel it’s sort of a dying art. It’s always exciting to have a new project, see it progress and then enjoy the satisfaction of a completed product! I knit, crochet, bead, sew, cross stitch… the list goes on.

    What was your favorite project and why?
    The Forsyth County Animal Control in Winston-Salem, NC. It was a fun, challenging project, and it was very fulfilling knowing the animals would have a much better chance of being adopted in the new facility than the old, dark, dank one.  I left the dedication ceremony with my kitty, Zelda (who I am still lucky to have 12 years later!).

    What is your favorite place?
    In terms of architecture? Columbus, Indiana. It seems largely unknown but is teeming with wonderful architecture. For fun? Rome. There’s no end to the things to do and see. It’s amazing to consider its age and how long structures have been there in comparison with the United States.

    • Education
    • Texas Tech University — Master of Architecture

    Astrid Santos, AIA

    Graphic Design, Houseplants, Biking, Traveling

    What would you do if you weren’t in architecture?
    I would be a lawyer

    What is your favorite city and why?
    Barcelona – the urban planning, the architecture, and the lifestyle

    • Education
    • Texas A&M University — Bachelor in Environmental Design, cum laude

    Charles Miles, LEED AP BD+C

    What would you do if you weren’t in architecture?
    Some sort of involvement in politics, the arts, or moviemaking. I think architecture can touch on all of these interests, though.

    What is an important lesson you’ve learned?
    Things that are worth it often take a very long time, and nothing happens instantly or as fast as you would often like it to.

    What is your favorite place?
    This changes all the time, but I love love love Tokyo and think it’s just incredible on so many levels–it’s the biggest city in the world but is spotless, runs efficiently, is completely safe, has fascinating buildings and inspiring urbanism, and the people are so nice. Also, I don’t enjoy shopping generally, but shopping in Tokyo is actually a thrill.

    • Education
    • Columbia University — M. Arch
    • Stanford University — Bachelor of Arts
    • Associations
    • National Organization of Minority Architects

    Charles Horn

    Carpentry (and fabrication of any kind), genealogy, philosophy

    What would you do if you weren’t in architecture?
    I’d be involved in both fabrication and academia.  I’d really like to teach and make things.

    Who was your most valued mentor and why?
    A professor in undergrad; she opened my mind to the idea photographs could be about space and encouraged me to use photography as a vehicle to explore the world, spatially.

    What do you spend the most energy doing outside the office?
    Renovating a 1960s house and building my wood shop. I spend more time building the wood shop itself than building things in the wood shop.

    What is the most difficult lesson you have learned?
    The value of design is not always easy to convey.

    What is your favorite place? Or building? And why?
    My family’s farm in rural Alabama. I’m fortunate that we still have it, and that I’m the third generation who can call it home.  My favorite kind of building is one that reveals multiple layers of time and usage. I’m drawn to buildings that contain stories.

    • Education
    • University of Texas at Austin — Master of Architecture
    • Birmingham Southern College — BFA, Studio Art

    Sarah Simon

    Travel and culture, art (from film and photography to dance and music), and nature

    What would you do if you weren’t in architecture?
    I would probably be a filmmaker or a professional dancer. Now I enjoy both as hobbies.

    Who are your favorite architects, and why?

    • Louis Kahn for his use of light, geometry, and materials so elegantly intertwined
    • Eero Saarinen for his sculptural forms that push the boundaries of inhabitable spaces
    • Charles and Ray Eames for their wide range of creativity. From art to architecture, furniture design, and filmmaking, they really did it all.
    • Education
    • University of Texas at San Antonio — Bachelor of Science in Architecture
    • Associations
    • Associate AIA Member

    Allison Draper Administrative Assistant

    Film photography, craft beer, roadtrips, paddle boarding, and exploring new cities.

    What would you do if you weren’t at McKinney York Architects?
    I’d be a stuntwoman.

    What is your favorite building?
    The Getty Center in Los Angeles.

    • Education
    • The King's College, New York City — Bachelor of Arts: Media, Culture and The Arts

    Panchu Gudigar

    Sketching, watercoloring, photography, cooking, woodworking

    What would you do if you weren’t in architecture?

    I’d be either a chef or a painter.

    What do you spend the most energy doing outside the office?
    Sleeping, cooking, photographing

    What is your favorite building?
    Kahn’s Kimbell Art Museum.  There is something magical about its lighting.

    • Education
    • University of Texas at Austin — Master of Architecture
    • Visvesvaraya Technological University, India — Bachelor of Architecture

    Madhuri Shashidhar

    Food culture, swimming, traveling and exploring new cities.

    What would you do if you weren’t in architecture?
    It’s a toss-up between a career as a pastry chef or a mathematician.

    What do you spend the most energy doing outside the office?
    Cooking (…and cleaning up after)

    What is your favorite quote?
    “The sun never knew how great it was until it hit the side of a building” – Louis Kahn

    • Education
    • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Master of Architecture
    • BMS College of Engineering, India — Bachelor of Architecture

    Jacob Hurt

    Cooking, travel, film and television

    What would you do if you weren’t in architecture?
    I’d work as a production designer for movies or television

    What is your favorite building?
    Fondazione Querini Stampalia by Carlo Scarpa in Venice, because it taught me that great design doesn’t have to be a huge gesture; it can be the small details that make you feel something powerful.

    • Education
    • The University of Texas at Austin — Master of Architecture
    • Ball State University — Bachelor of Science in Architecture

    Sofia Bruni

    Nicholas DeBruyne

    I’m interested in all sorts of making. I have a home workshop where I design and build all of my own furniture. I like spending time outdoors, biking, hiking and swimming. I also love to travel and explore new places.

    What would you do if you weren’t in architecture?
    I’d be an artist.

    Who is your favorite architect?
    Frank Lloyd Wright

    • Education
    • The Bartlett, University College of London — Master of Architecture
    • Savanah College of Art and Design — Bachelor of Fine Arts

    Janice Rim

    What would you do if you weren’t in architecture?
    I’d be an artist.

    What is an important lesson you’ve learned?
    Drive Safe!

    What is your favorite place?
    The beaches in Okinawa with only 3 people including the lifeguard.

    • Education
    • Cornell University — Bachelor of Architecture

    Johan Cheah

    What would you do if you weren’t in architecture?
    Going to the NBA draft . . . or designing for a tech startup.

    Who was your most valued mentor and why?
    My parents for making my life easier than theirs. They traveled to America to live the American dream.

    What was your favorite project and why?
    A tower in an engineering competition . . . It was so satisfying to construct a 5 foot tall model exactly as envisioned and to see it withstand an earthquake test after months of planning.

    • Education
    • University of Texas at Austin — Bachelor of Architecture
    • University of Texas at Austin — Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering


    Honors & Awards

    Our work has been recognized both locally and nationally over 40 times since 1987, when our first commission received AIA Austin’s highest design honor.  This acclaim spans a wide variety of project types, and reflects that at our core, we’re a design firm first and foremost.  Our enthusiasm for good design drives every project we have the pleasure of working on – from the very largest right down to an award-winning treehouse built for $1,000.

    Our work has been recognized both locally and nationally over 40 times since 1987, when our first commission received AIA Austin’s highest design honor.  A comprehensive list can be found on the desktop version of our site.  Our enthusiasm for good design drives every project we have the pleasure of working on – from the very largest right down to an award-winning treehouse built for $1,000.

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    You’ll find our work in many books, magazines, television shows, and radio spots over the last 30 years.  Within the “work” pages of this website are listings of publications for each respective project, and you can view the master list below.  We’re proud to have been featured in great publications and media like The Wall Street Journal, Texas Architect, HGTV, and NPR.

    You’ll find our work in many books, magazines, television shows, and radio spots over the last 30 years. Within the “work” pages of this website are listings of publications for each respective project, and you can view the master list on the desktop version of our website. We’re proud to have been featured in great publications and media like The Wall Street Journal, Texas Architect, HGTV, and NPR.

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    Firm Awards


    • 2014, AIA Austin Design Award, MetroRapid Stations
    • 2014, AIA Austin Design Award, Tree Fort #9
    • 2013, Texas Society of Architects Firm of the Year Award
    • 2013, AIA Austin Merit Award, African American Cultural and Heritage Facility
    • 2012-2015, AIA National IDP Firm Award
    • 2012, Texas Society of Architects Design Award, McGarrah Jessee Building
    • 2011, AIA Austin Citation of Honor Award, McGarrah Jessee Building
    • 2007, AIA Austin Firm Achievement Award, McKinney York Architects
    • 2007, AIA Austin Citation of Honor Award, Leander Park and Ride
    • 2007, AIA Austin Citation of Honor Award, City Loft Residence
    • 2007, AIA Austin Citation of Honor Award, Waco Residence
    • 2007, AIA Austin Citation of Honor, Constant Springs Residence
    • 2006, AIA Austin Merit Award, Robbs Run Residence
    • 2002, AIA Lubbock Citation Award, Buddy Holly Center
    • 2001, AIA Austin Citation of Honor, Tarrytown Residence
    • 1997, AIA Austin Merit Award, Redbud Trail Guest House Addition
    • 1996, AIA Austin Citation of Honor, Chow Ciao!
    • 1992, AIA Austin Merit Award, Canadian Cottage
    • 1990, AIA Austin Merit Award, Circle C Swim Center
    • 1990, AIA Austin Merit Award, Jester Estates Clubhouse
    • 1988, AIA Austin Citation of Honor, Forgie Residence
    • 1987, AIA Austin Honor Award, Canyon House


    • 2020, Zweig Group Best Firms To Work For
    • 2014, Best of Houzz
    • 2013, Historic Rehabilitation Award, Preservation Texas, African American Cultural and Heritage Facility
    • 2013, Brick in Architecture Best in Class Award, Brick Industry Association, Kent R. Hance Chapel
    • 2013, Preservation Merit Award for Properties, Preservation Austin, African American Cultural and Heritage Facility
    • 2013, Best of Houzz
    • 2012, IDP Firm Award
    • 2012,  Architect Magazine’s Annual Design Award Review, McGarrah Jessee Building
    • 2012, Excellence in Construction Award, Associated Builders and Contractors, Holland Family Student Center
    • 2012, City of Austin, Platinum Green Business Leader
    • 2012, Historic Rehabilitation Award, Preservation Texas, McGarrah Jessee Building
    • 2011, Preservation Merit Award for Properties, Heritage Society of Austin, McGarrah Jessee Building
    • 2011, Hottest Commercial Design, Austin Monthly Home, McGarrah Jessee Building
    • 2010, Honor Award, Texas ASLA, University of Texas Student Union
    • 2010, House of the Month, Architectural Record, Shavano Park House
    • 2008, Grand Award, Remodeling Magazine Design Awards, Constant Springs Residence
    • 2007, Texas Construction Best, UT Dell Pediatric Research Institute
    • 2005, Premier Party Selection, AIA Austin, City Loft
    • 2001, Certificate of Excellence, Associated General Contractors of Austin, Smith Family Chapel
    • 2001, Tucker Award, Stone Building Institute, San Antonio River House
    • 1991, Council Grove Competition Winner
    • 1990, Honor Award, Austin Design Commission, Jester Estates Clubhouse
    • 1988, National Merit Award, Metal Construction Association, Johnstone Residence, 1988


    • 2019, AIA Austin Homes Tour, Las Brisas Residence
    • 2018, Austin Energy Green Building Program Tour, Community First! Village Micro House
    • 2016, AIA Austin Homes Tour, Ridge Oak Residence
    • 2012, Texas Society of Architects Convention Tour, Living and Working Downtown, McGarrah Jessee Building
    • 2011, AIA Austin Homes Tour, Cuernavaca House
    • 2011, Revival of the Starr Building: Design Within Reach Tour, McGarrah Jessee Building
    • 2007, AIA National Convention Tour, Robbs Run, City Loft
    • 2007, Texas Society of Architects Convention Tour, City Loft
    • 2007, New Urban Architecture Tour, San Antonio River House
    • 2005, AIA Austin Homes Tour, Robbs Run Residence
    • 2004, AIA Austin Homes Tour, Hartford Road Residence
    • 2001, AIA Austin Homes Tour, Shoal Creek Residence
    • 2001, AIA Austin Tour, Smith Family Chapel
    • 2000, AIA Austin Tour, Riverbend Main Sanctuary
    • 1998, AIA Austin Homes Tour, 1806 Eva Street
    • 1997, AIA Austin Homes Tour, McKinney Residence
    • 1992, AIA Austin Homes Tour, Sherman Residence
    • 1998, University of Texas at Austin Tour, McKinney Architects Offices
    • 1987, AIA Austin Homes Tour, Cromwell Hill Residence

    Individual Honors


    • 2020, Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Honor of Llewellyn W. Pitts, FAIA, Texas Society of Architects
    • 2008, Fellowship, AIA College of Fellows
    • 2007, Tau Sigma Delta Silver Medal, Texas Tech University
    • 2005, President’s Award, AIA Austin
    • 2001, 7th Annual Profiles in Power Finalist, Austin Business Journal
    • 1992, William W. Caudill Award For Young Professional Achievement, Texas Society of Architects


    • 2015, Fellowship, AIA College of Fellows
    • 2007, Executive Director’s Award, AIA Austin
    • 1997, El Portal International Design Competition, Third Prize
    • 1995, “Good Architect” Award for Influence on Graduate Education, Texas Tech University
    • 1994, New Faculty Award, Texas Tech University Ex-Students Association
    • 1993, Tau Sigma Delta Teaching Excellence Award, Texas Tech University
    • 1989, Winning Design, Baltimore AIA – Residential Design Competition
    • 1987, Tau Sigma Delta Bronze Medal, Auburn University


    • 2019, LUNA Award for Outstanding Professional of the Year, Regional Hispanic Contractors Association
    • 2012, ENR’s Top 20 Under 40, Engineering News Record’s Texas & Louisiana Region
    • 2003, Young Architectural Professional Award, AIA Austin
    • 1997, Lorine W. and Chester E. Nagel FAIA Scholarship for Excellence

    Selected Recent Lectures and Panels


    • 2013, Speaker & Panelist, “The Original Shade Structure: Designing Around Mature Trees for Responsible and Beautiful Public Spaces,” Texas Society of Architects Convention
    • 2012, “Design Awards Panel 1″, Texas Society of Architects Convention
    • 2012, “Student-Centered Placemaking”, AIA Austin Summer Conference
    • 2011, Speaker & Panelist, “Striking Career, Family and Life Balance,” Texas Society of Architects Convention
    • 2011, Speaker, “Renovation with Soul,” AIA Austin Summer Conference
    • 2009, Guest Lecturer, A Career Synopsis, Texas Tech University
    • 2008, Speaker & Panelist, “Can Green and Affordable Coexist?”, Reinvention Symposium, Austin, Texas
    • 2008, Guest Lecturer, Design Environment & Society, Texas Tech University
    • 2007, Speaker & Panelist “Strategies in Sustainable Design,” and “Considering Context: The Altered House,” Reinvention Symposium, Charleston, South Carolina
    • 2007, Tau Sigma Delta Silver Medalist & Lecturer, Texas Tech University
    • 2007, Umlauf Gardens Architecture Series “Recent Works”
    • 2002, Texas Society of Architects Convention “A Marketing Primer for the Emerging Practice”
    • 2002, Texas Society of Architects Convention Student Charette
    • 2001, Denison Heritage Inc Talk with Frank Welch on Modernist Legacy of Donald Mayes
    • 2001, Texas Book Festival Moderator: Frank Welch “Philip Johnson in Texas,” Barry Scardino “Clayton’s Galveston”


    • 2012, “Design Awards Panel 1″, Texas Society of Architects Annual Convention
    • 2012, “Student-Centered Placemaking”, AIA Austin Summer Conference
    • 2008,  Panelist, AIA Austin “Working with an Architect”
    • 2007, Moderator, AIA Austin “Ask an Architect”
    • 2001, City of Austin Second Neighborhood Conference, “Curb Appeal”
    • 1994, ACSA Western Regional Conference, “Casa Llano”
    • 1993, ACSA Northeast Regional Conference, “Competition and Continuity on Campus”

    Selected Juries


    • 2013, Juror, AIA South Carolina Design Awards
    • 2013, Juror, AIA Arkansas Design Awards
    • 2011, Juror, AIA Louisiana Design Awards
    • 2010, Juror, Topping Out Dallas-Fort Worth Design Awards
    • 2005, Juror, AIA Washington, D. C. Residential Design Awards
    • 2003, Juror, Residential Architect Magazine Design Awards
    • 2001, Juror, American Institute of Architects, West Texas Chapter Design Awards


    • 2009, Juror, Texas Masonry Council Golden Trowel Awards Design Awards
    • 2008, Juror, AIA Austin, Studio Awards
    • 2007, Juror, Lower Rio Grande Valley AIA, Design Awards
    • 2006, Juror, Santa Fe Homebuilders Association Design Awards
    • 2005, Juror, Lubbock AIA Design Awards
    • 2004, Juror, Texas Masonry Council Golden Trowel Awards


    • 2009, Juror, Golden Trowel Awards for the San Antonio Masonry Contractors Association (SAMCA)

    Close Publications


    • 2010, Practical Green Remodeling: Down to Earth Solutions for Everyday Homes, Barry Katz
    • 2009, City by Design: An Architectural Perspective of Texas, Panache Partners
    • 2007, Making Room: Finding Spaces in Unexpected Places, Wendy A. Jordan
    • 2007, Best of Signature Baths, Creative Homeowner Press
    • 2006, New Sustainable Homes, Designs for Healthy Living, James Grayson Trulove


    • 2013, Austin Home, “Lofty Perch,” by Gene Menez, Winter issue
    • 2013, Architect, “The 2013 Brick in Architecture Award Winners,” December issue
    • 2013, Texas Architect, “Sacred Spaces,” May/June issue
    • 2012, Texas Architect, “Redeveloping Student Life,” by Larry Speck, David Sharratt and Samuel Wilson, November/December issue
    • 2012, Texas Architect, “McGarrah Jessee Building,” adapted from “Mid-century Update,” by Stephen Sharpe, September/October issue
    • 2012, Austin-San Antonio Urban Home, “Minimalist Magic,” by Dana W. Todd, February/March issue
    • 2012, Home & Architectural Trends, “Heart of Glass,” September issue
    • 2011, Austin Monthly Home, “The Hot List,” Devin Dickey, Alexis Mosier and Mitchell Alan Parker, Fall issue
    • 2011, Western Art & Architecture, “Sparkle and Light in San Antonio,” Amy E. Lemen, Spring/Summer issue
    • 2011, Residential Architect, “On the Web and In the Loop,” Cheryl Weber LEED AP, March/April issue
    • 2011, Texas Architect, “Mid-century Update,” Stephen Sharpe, March/April issue (COVER FEATURE)
    • 2010, Signature Kitchens & Baths, “A Touch of Glass,” Winter issue
    • 2010, Signature Kitchens & Baths, “Glassy Getaway,” Winter issue
    • 2010, Residential Architect, “ra50: The Shortlist,” Nigel F. Maynard & Cheryl Weber LEED AP, November/December issue
    • 2010, San Antonio Magazine, “People in Glass Houses,” Nancy Cook-Monroe, June issue
    • 2010, Luxury Home Quarterly, “Acclaim: Custom Home Projects of Note”, May/June issue
    • 2010, Austin Woman Magazine, “Refresh Your Nest,” Katy McIntosh, March issue
    • 2010, Signature Kitchens & Baths, “Efficient Culinary Space,” Spring issue
    • 2010, Signature Kitchens & Baths, “Lofty Expectations,” Spring issue
    • 2009, Residential Architect, “Reaching Out,” October issue
    • 2009, Texas Architect, “Efficient Infill,” Winter issue
    • 2009, Residential Architect, “Workspace,” July/August issue
    • 2009, Austin Monthly Home, “The Perfect Room,” Fall issue
    • 2009, Austin Monthly Home, “I Can See Clearly Now,” Fall issue
    • 2009, Metal Architecture, “Award Winning Commuter and Bus Transfer Station,” April issue
    • 2009, San Antonio Magazine, “A Place for Everything,” Nancy Cook-Monroe, February issue
    • 2009, Builder Magazine, “Little Gems,” Jenny Sullivan, February issue
    • 2009, Qualified Remodeler, “Double Exposure,” Jon Minnick, February issue
    • 2008, American Dream Homes, “A Step Above,” Fran Thomas, January/February issue
    • 2008, Stone World, “Blending Existing and New Stone Architecture,” Alexis Fisher, February issue (COVER FEATURE)
    • 2008, Residential Architect, “K+B Studio,” Shelly D. Hutchins, March issue
    • 2008, Remodeling, “Kitchen Details,” Nina Patel, April issue
    • 2008, Austin Monthly Home, “Spicing Things Up” (Kitchen-of-the-Year Runner Up), Katherine Richardson, Spring issue
    • 2008, Texas Architect, “Portfolio: Service Buildings,” Megan Braley, May/June issue
    • 2008, Innovative Home, “Seeing the Forest for the Trees,” Heather Hill, Summer issue (COVER FEATURE)
    • 2008, Texas Architect, “AIA Austin Awards Seven Projects,” Brian Carlson, AIA, July/August issue
    • 2008, Texas Home & Living, “Outside In,” Laura Mohammad, July/August issue (COVER FEATURE)
    • 2008, Western Interiors, “Shelf Life,” August/September issue
    • 2008,  Texas Architect, “House Proud,” Heather McKinney, FAIA, September/October issue
    • 2008, Austin Woman, “Heather McKinney: Architect,” Stacy Stroud, October issue
    • 2008, Remodeling, “Designed for Living,” October issue
    • 2008, The Good Life, “Downsizing in the Sky,” Amy E. Lemen, December issue
    • 2007, Texas Homes & Living, “On the Lighter Side,” Jennifer Krichels, September/October issue
    • 2007, Brilliant, “Same Place Fresh Start,” Phillip Hudson, June/July issue
    • 2007, Western Interiors, “Family Jewel,” Helen Thompson, June/July issue
    • 2007, Austin Monthly Home, “Made for Entertaining,” Becca Hensley, Summer issue
    • 2007, Austin Monthly Home, “A Piece of Work,” Katherine Richardson, Spring issue
    • 2007, Kitchen Trends, “Social Outlook,” Spring issue
    • 2007, Austin Wide Open Entertainment, “The Urban Office,” Spring issue
    • 2007, Residential Architect, “End Quotes,” March issue
    • 2007, Wired, “Big Chill,” Rebecca Harper, January issue
    • 2007, Viewpoint, “Innovative Applications,” Rich Binsacca, September issue
    • 2006, Innovative Home, “Texas Treasure,” Alison Crouch, Winter issue
    • 2006, Architectural Record, “Not Only Zaha,” Suzanne Stephens, December issue
    • 2006, Metalmag, “Setting the Tone,” Brian Carlson, November/December issue
    • 2006, Signature Kitchens & Baths, “Arts and Crafts,” Heather H. McKinney, Fall issue
    • 2006, Texas Coop Power, “Green by Design: Style + Substance,” Jody Horton, June issue
    • 2005, Tribeza, “The Loft Life,” Ingrid Spencer, August issue
    • 2005, The Good Life, “Children’s Spaces,” Heather H. McKinney, June issue
    • 2004, Residential Architect, “Revisions of Home: Ranch,” Meghan Drueding, November/December issue
    • 2004, Custom Home, “Pipe Dream,” November/October issue
    • 2003 The Good Life, “Home Additions: Expensive, Problematic, and Popular,” Michelle Moon Reinhardt, June issue
    • 2003, Residential Architect, “Architects’ Choice,” Shelly D. Hutchins, April issue
    • 2002, Golfer’s Guide, “Teravista Golf Club,” December issue (COVER FEATURE)
    • 2002, People Magazine, “Texas Two-Step,” November issue
    • 2002, Texas Architect, “Neighborhood Lost and Found,” Heather H. McKinney, March issue
    • 2002, Texas Architect, “Denison Salutes Mayes Legacy,” Heather H. McKinney, January issue
    • 2001, Residential Architect, “San Antonio Gem,” December issue
    • 2001, Building Stone Magazine, “San Antonio Riverhouse,” Dorothy Kender, June issue
    • 2000, Texas Architect, “Lubbock Opens the Buddy Holly Center,” Gary W. Smith/Sally Abbe, January issue
    • 1998, House Beautiful, “Echo Chambers,” Lisa Germany, April issue
    • 1997, Texas Architect, “Six for the Record Books,” December issue
    • 1997, Southern Living, “Recipe for a Better View,” May issue
    • 1995, Southern Living, “Open and Shut Studies,” October issue
    • 1995, Interiors and Sources Magazine, “School Orientation,” Diane Wintroub Calmenson, October issue
    • 1995, Builder Magazine, “Kid Stuff,” Linde Altman, March issue
    • 1993, Metropolitan Home, “Lake Idyll,” David Staskowski, August issue
    • 1991, Architecture, “Women in Architecture,” Ray Don Tilley, October issue
    • 1990, Domain, “Women in Architecture,” Joel Warren Barna, February issue
    • 1989, Texas Architect, “Texas Houses: Context Versus Subtext,” Joel Warren Barna, June issue
    • 1987, House Beautiful Building Manual, “Taming Problem Sites: Placed to Capture the View,” Fall issue
    • 1987, Texas Homes, “Graceful Balance,” Lisa Kestler, May issue
    • 1987, Texas Homes, “Texas Talent,” Rebecca O’Dell, April issue
    • 1983, Texas Architect, “Hill Country House,” June issue


    • 2013, Austin Business Journal, “Journal Profile: Al York,” Jan Buchholz, December
    • 2013, Austin Business Journal, “Affordable Housing Project Opens in East Austin,” Jan Buchholz, November
    • 2013, Austin Business Journal, “UT Geology School Remodel Revolves Around a Magic Planet,” Jan Buchholz, March
    • 2010, Austin Business Journal, “Renovated Starr gets ad agency as Namesake Tenant,” Sandra Zaragosa, November
    • 2009, Austin American-Statesman, “Austin’s Starr Building to Be Reborn,” Shonda Novak, June
    • 2007, West Austin News, “Beautifying Private Residences and Public Spaces,” Yvonne Lim Wilson, June
    • 2007, Austin American-Statesman, “Design Award Winners,” Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, May
    • 2007, Austin American-Statesman, “Mastering the Art of Living, Giving,” Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, May
    • 2005, Austin American-Statesman Glossy, “Big Ideas Thrive Within Small Spaces,” Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, September
    • 2003, Austin American-Statesman, “Teravista Course Garners Praise,” September
    • 2003, Austin American-Statesman, “Welcome to Mega-House Backlash: Saner, More Soulful Dwellings that Don’t Waste a Square Foot,” Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, April
    • 2001, Austin American-Statesman, “Modest Changes Give Plain ‘60s Home Pizazz,” Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, October
    • 2001, Austin American-Statesman, “Raise the Roof,” Tim Green, October
    • 2001, The Dallas Morning News, “Grayson County Tribute Honors Regional Architect,” Kathryn Straach, October
    • 2001, Herald Democrat, “Noted Architects Will Discuss Donald Mayes,” Dave Bellows, October
    • 2001, The Dallas Morning News, “Comfortable, Mannerly, and Unpretentious Homes,” David Dillion, October
    • 2000, Austin American-Statesman, “On the Job,” Charlotte Moore, October
    • 2000, Austin American-Statesman, “LBJ Holding Enters Luxury Condos,” R. Michelle Breyer, June
    • 2000, Austin Business Journal, “LBJ to Build Condos,” Matt Hudgins, June
    • 1999, Austin American-Statesman, “The Best of Both Worlds,” Michael Barnes, August
    • 1999, Austin American-Statesman, “Back to the Future,” Sheryll Poe, December
    • 1998, Austin American-Statesman, “Artisan Touches Are Distinctly Austin,” Michael Barnes, October
    • 1997, Austin American-Statesman, “Six Design Projects Honored Thursday,” Lisa Germany, November
    • 1996, Austin American-Statesman, “Honoring Austin’s Best Designs,” John Ferguson, September
    • 1993, Austin American-Statesman, “Caring Community,” Janet Wilson, December
    • 1992, Denison Herald, “Heather McKinney Top ‘92 Texas Architect,” August
    • 1992, Austin Business Journal, “Razing Barriers, Building Careers,” Allan C. Kimball, April
    • 1991, The Dallas Morning News, “Young Guns,” David Dillon, June
    • 1990, Austin American Statesman, “Tops in Austin, By Design,” August
    • 1988, Sherman Democrat, “Johnstone Home Wins Award,” March
    • 1988, Austin American-Statesman, “Design Awards Jury See the Future in Austin,” Michael McCullar, July
    • 1987, Tyler Courier-Times-Telegraph, “Winning Design,” May
    • 1985, Austin American-Statesman, “Architectural Artistic Accent,” Mel McCombie, October


    • 2013, Wall Street Journal, “Banquettes: The Posh Corner Table,” Laila Kearney, December
    • 2013, The Globe and Mail, “Why Architects are Touting Metal Roofs for Urban Dwellers,” Dave McGinn, October
    • 2011, KXAN, “Shack becomes History Center: African American Center coming to East Austin,” Kate Weidaw, January
    • 2010, Architectural Record, “House of the Month: May 2010, Shavano Park House,” Ingrid Spencer, May
    • 2009, AIArchitect This Week, “McKinney York Transit Facility Asks Texans to Park and Ride Off into the Sunset,” Zach Mortice, May
    • 2009, Austin American-Statesman, “Austin’s Starr Building to Be Reborn,” Shonda Novak, June
    • 2008, Austin Business Journal, “McKinney Architects Heads to East Austin,” July

    Television / Radio

    • 2013, “AT&T U-verse with GigaPower” Commercial
    • 2011, HGTV “Bang for Your Buck”
    • 2011, KXAN “Austin News”
    • 2006, KLRU “Austin Now”
    • 2003, MTV “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica” Episode 1
    • 2003, InStyle “Celebrity Weddings”
    • 2001, HGTV “Curb Appeal”
    • 2001, Public Radio Program “The Shape of Texas”Magazine

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