Dwell magazine Posted on January 15, 2014 By Cindy Black

Our latest project, Taking Flight, has been featured in the February 2014 issue of Dwell Magazine: read the online article here! Here are some of the many great and talented people who contributed to this project: Contractor: Jason Miars Construction.... read more →

shoal creek family studio Posted on September 18, 2013 By Cindy Black

First steps completed on a studio addition – concrete wall, desk, beam and scupper. A future ruin to decipher.   View from Shoal Creek during framing, with the concrete scupper ready to catch our recent rain.

the color of light Posted on August 6, 2013 By Cindy Black

Our understanding of light affects how we select colors and materials for both the exterior and interior of our projects. The intense angle of our Texas sun tends to draw out and exaggerate hues, and bright whites have a violet.... read more →

‘boxed in’ Posted on July 19, 2013 By Rick Black

‘Boxed In’ was the title of a talk I gave at the Umlauf a few years ago. It started with this diagram, which describes the various ‘pressures’ acting on the form of a house, especially the infill projects we design.... read more →

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roadside picnic shelter Posted on July 19, 2013 By Rick Black

A dozen of these structures exist at the Ellis County Texas Safety Rest Area along IH-35, just south of Waxahachie. We were surprised to find how accommodating and pleasant these durable concrete and steel shelters are for a picnic. It.... read more →

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unconventional space Posted on June 26, 2013 By Cindy Black

Rick and I took a creative recharge to L.A. this past weekend and had time for many a conversation about architecture. On a walk through Santa Monica we passed Frank Gehry’s house, a deconstruction of a gabled roof bungalow with.... read more →

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French Place Cottage Posted on May 31, 2013 By Cindy Black

French Place is a quiet urban neighborhood, with¬†modest-scaled houses, many beautiful gardens, and¬†walkable proximity to some of Austin’s favorite local restaurants. Our clients, James & Leah, bought this 1960 house several years ago with the aim to downsize from the.... read more →