ARTISTS, CREATORS, STUDENTS, PARENTS, NEIGHBORS, CITIZENS
The work is what unites us, but we have individual talents, values, and interests that help to shape us as a group. All of our designs build on these layers of experience, drawing from a vocabulary that reflects the rich history of our firm, our staff, and our clients.
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Kelly Stephenson, Architect
As a licensed architect with nearly 20 years of experience, Kelly has a timeless and eclectic style, drawing from both historical and contemporary influences. Upon completing an internship and receiving her Bachelors in Architecture at the University of Texas, Kelly started her career in the Pacific Northwest, living and working in downtown Seattle, Washington. There she gained a deeper appreciation of the Craftsman style as well as extensive experience in neighborhood planning and “Urban Village” design. In 2003 she returned to Austin and began working for Tom Hatch at what was then Hatch Partnership Architects.
With an ongoing fascination with American bungalows of the 1920s and 30s, Kelly focuses mainly on residential design but also enjoys working on retail projects, restaurants, and schools. She draws inspiration directly from the clients themselves, finding that they often have a very strong vision of what they are looking for, even if they can’t initially describe the specifics. With this philosophy, Kelly also considers the clients’ unique living patterns and needs in finding a design solution appropriate for the site, context, and budget.
Originally from Felixstowe, England, Kelly has lived all over the U.S. and has traveled extensively. Her current projects include several custom and speculative homes, duplex cottages in the historic Clarksville neighborhood, an upscale boutique in Westlake, and the downtown location of Houndstooth Coffee.
Kristina Olivent, Architect
Raised in southern California's desert region, Kristina moved to Austin in 2006 to receive her Master's in Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin. Now a licensed architect, Kristina designs and manages publicly- and privately-funded projects at a wide variety of scales. When starting a new project, Kristina strives to use architecture as a catalyst for good in the community. This entails harmonizing social, environmental, and infrastructural requirements while simultaneously introducing beauty and solving problems.
Kristina admires the work of architects Luis Barragan, Thomas Heatherwick, and Katherine Darnstadt.
Kristie Cantu, Business Manager
Originally from Oklahoma, Kristie attended the University of Iowa and later transferred to Marycrest University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology. Kristie attended graduate school at the University of New Orleans, working on her Master of Education. While living in the New Orleans she met her future husband, John, an Austin resident who was in New Orleans with friends. Kristie moved to Austin, continued her education and received her secondary Teaching Certificate at Texas State University. After teaching math for approximately ten years, Kristie switched gears (and industries) and became the Business Manager at an architecture firm. Kristie went on to become an Executive Assistant at a financial services firm. Over time her role shifted and she became the Director of Communications, where her primary responsibilities included event coordinating and marketing.
Since hired at h+uo in April 2013, Kristie has been responsible for accounting and marketing direction. Kristie’s diverse background makes her a valuable asset as Business Manager.
Daniel Vlach, Architect
Originally from Sydney, Australia, Daniel moved to Texas when he was 10 years old and has lived here ever since. He received his Bachelors in English at UT Austin and earned his Masters of Architecture at UT Arlington. Daniel has worked in the architecture field since 1996 and has been a registered architect for the past three years. Daniel is a new addition to the h+uo team and is currently working on the Oak Pointe Park Visitor’s center in Plano, Texas, and the Aspen Heights apartments in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Daniel draws his architectural inspiration from his clients, with a strong belief that it’s essential for an architect to truly understand his clients’ vision for the design. He believes that great designs come from sustained collaboration between architect and client.
Outside of architecture, Daniel is an expert on patterns, in particular aperiodic tessellations. He has designed several tile products based on the aperiodic tessellations of Sir Roger Penrose (You can see them at this website: aenigma.squarespace.com). He also aspires to write a book about the history of geometry and architecture, showing how buildings have responded to the geometric knowledge and preoccupations of their eras.
David Carroll, Architect
David holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Houston and a Masters of Science in Building Design from Arizona State University. He is a licensed architect and a LEED accredited professional. In 2016, he received the AIA Austin President’s Award for his work in advocacy and urban design related issues.
His focus is on commercial projects and enjoys working with non-profits with philanthropic missions. Having lived in the treed mountains of eastern Tennessee as well as the sands of the Sonoran Desert, he gets his inspiration from the natural world.
David also believes that every citizen should contribute in making their community a better place. To this end, he serves as Chair of the City of Austin Design Commission, is Vice-Chair of his neighborhood’s Plan Contact Team, and leads AIA Austin’s advocacy efforts to improve CodeNEXT, the initiative to rewrite the city’s land development code.
Samantha Hurst, Architectural Designer
Originally from the Texas Panhandle, Samantha received a Masters in Architecture from Texas Tech University. After working as an intern on multi-family projects in Dallas, she expanded her experience by serving as an AmeriCorps member for Austin Habitat for Humanity, and then for many years she worked for local cabinet makers as an apprentice, drafter, and project manager.
Samantha has always been drawn to both the science of building and the art of design.
She is inspired by discovering how the built environment affects our daily lives, even in the most subtle of ways, and how we can use it to improve our homes and our community.
With h+uo since 2016, Samantha has professional experience in a wide variety of projects, big and small, she is most happy as a project manager, bringing a client's vision to life all the way through construction. She is currently working towards getting her license. In her spare time, she enjoys woodworking, sewing, and exploring the wonders of Austin.
Jeff Zajicek, Architect
Originally from New Orleans and after living all across the country Jeff returned to his ancestral home in Central Texas and has lived here most of his life. He received his Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Houston and has pursued architecture in the Austin area since 2004. Jeff is a registered architect with experience in commercial, educational, multi-family and small residential projects.
When away from work, he spends his time on personal construction and remodeling projects and travel, both of which he finds as sources of inspiration for architecture. He enjoys architecture that deals with the integration of structure and design and the interplay between interior and exterior space.
Adam Levet, Architectural Designer
Originally from New Orleans, Adam received both a Bachelor of Architecture as well as a Bachelor of Interior Architecture from Auburn University while pursuing his thesis at Auburn’s renowned Rural Studio. At Rural Studio, Adam worked on a team of four, designing and building an 8,000 sf fabrication pavilion with SIP roof and Alabama White Oak ceiling held up by site-built columns and trusses made from local pine.
After spending over two years in rural Alabama, Adam moved to Austin to further his craft and pursue licensure in this dynamic and diverse city. While in Austin Adam has worked on a number of projects ranging from multi-million dollar homes and townhomes to mixed-use developments to small-scale commercial and residential renovations. Adam enjoys woodworking and furniture making and takes lessons learned about detailing and the human touch into his design process and architecture.
Susan Butuk, Architectural Intern
Growing up, Susan always had an eye for art, so when she learned about architecture, the doors opened to a completely different realm of artistry. Originally from Houston, Susan received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington. She decided to further her education and completed her Master of Architecture from the University of Houston in 2017. During her time as a graduate student, she was given small opportunities to work with clients creating walk through and visualizations for residential and commercial projects. Her goal was too develop innovative spaces and solutions. Upon graduating, she then decided to move to Austin to embody the different cultures and environment.
Susan's personal mission is to treat life as a source of adventure, growth, passion, and motivation. But most importantly, maintaining a healthy balance between work, family, and friends.
Sang Nguyen, Architectural Designer
Born and raised in Biloxi, MS, Sang came to Austin, TX after graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Mississippi State University. He has had the opportunity to work on multiple commercial projects ranging from multi-million dollar office buildings to small scale coffee shops since his move to Austin and is currently on the path of becoming a licensed architect. His interests in architecture deal more with the technical aspects of design and construction and how all the integral parts work cohesively to become great works of architecture - big or small.
Outside of work, Sang immerses himself in many hobbies. He takes advantage of Austin’s outdoor scene by going hiking on weekends, relaxing on Barton Creek Greenbelt, and occasionally camping. He is heavily involved in photography with photos that range mostly from various cityscapes, to all parts of nature, and portraits. He also enjoys traveling to different parts of the world to gain new experiences and explore new environments, but more importantly, to visit and spend time with his family back home.
Adolfo Gonzalez, Architectural Designer
Originally from San Antonio, Adolfo moved to central Texas when he was 4 years old and has lived in the area most of his life. He received his Bachelors in Architecture at the University of Miami, FL. During his stay in Miami, he was able to experience the rich,diverse culture of the area, while also spending a semester abroad in Roma, Italia, immersing in the architectural style of the Italian capital. He also had the privilege of visiting cities like Venice, Florence, Napoli, Milan, among others.
Adolfo has worked in the architecture field since graduating from college in 2016. His experience ranges from working on master plans for the cities of Miami and West Palm Beach, to government/military projects, including the renovation of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Fort Worth, Texas.
Outside the office, Adolfo enjoys the aspects of sneaker design, admiring the works of Tinker Hatfield, and hopes to one day be involved in the shoe design industry. He also enjoys spending time with friends and family, at the the gym and is continuously active at his Church in Bastrop, TX.