ABOUT US

h+uo architects team

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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Kristie Cantu, Business Manager

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.
Adolfo Gonzalez, Architectural Designer

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.
Jason Haskins, Architect + Project Manager

Jason Haskins, Architect + Project Manager

Jason grew up in Austin and has moved back to Austin three separate times. He holds a B.S. in Architectural Studies and an M.Arch from the University of Texas with additional coursework at Columbia University. He is a registered architect in Texas and a LEED professional.

Jason’s professional practice focuses on enacting and embodying solidarity, subsidiarity, and human dignity in the built environment. He brings a wide range of experience in socially and/or technically complex projects to his work. Jason’s expertise includes multi-family, mixed-use, workplace, and institutional place-making. Participatory design, multi-disciplinary planning, emerging technologies, and data-driven design play a significant role in his process.

Jason has a special emphasis on the history, theory, and practice of liturgical (religious) architecture. As an independent researcher, historian, and photographer, he writes about liturgy, architecture, and history on the blog Locus Iste (http://locusiste.org). Jason’s research centers on the architecture of the 19th- and 20th-century liturgical movements across Christian denominations. His teaching experience includes architectural studios, continuing education, symposia and conferences, and adult religious formation. Recent publications include an essay on Ellsworth Kelly’s “Austin” for Texas Architect and "Eugene Wukasch & Mid-century Lutheran Architecture in Texas” in Modernism and American Mid-20th Century Sacred Architecture, edited by Anat Geva.

Jason has also worked as a development analyst for mixed-use, family-friendly, and deeply-affordable housing. He has also been a digital asset librarian, computer programmer, and noise-musician.
Tom Hatch, FAIA, Founder

Tom Hatch, FAIA, Founder

Tom Hatch has been practicing architecture since 1975 and founded the firm in 1978. He has amassed an extensive and varied background during this time. He has worked on a tremendous variety of projects, ranging from an array of retail projects and offices; public institutional buildings such as schools and libraries; large multifamily projects; rural retreats; and custom private residences.

In 2008, Tom was honored with the John V. Nyfeler, FAIA Community Service Award and in 2011, he was elevated to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects. Most recently, in 2013, he received the James D.Pfluger Community Service Award for his work and advocacy of community based and affordable housing designs.
Samantha Hurst, Architect + Project Manager

Samantha Hurst, Architect + Project Manager

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.
Quinno Lafon, Architectural Designer

Quinno Lafon, Architectural Designer

Born in West Texas and raised in Northern Mexico, Quinno has been in the central Texas region for about a decade, having moved to the area to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Texas at San Antonio. During his academic years Quinno had the opportunity to live and study Architecture in the renaissance city of Urbino, Italy and the colonial city of Queretaro, Mexico. Quinno began his professional career in El Paso in 2015 working on projects ranging from single family residential to large industrial spaces. Relocating to Austin in 2016, Quinno has focused on multi-family and office space design; ground-up and renovations alike.

In his free time Quinno obsesses over maps and ancient history. Citing his early intrigue with scale and place as his gateway into the world of architecture and the built environment. Other hobbies include gardening and illustration work for comic books.
Adam Levet, Architectural Designer

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.
Sang Nguyen, Architectural Designer

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.
Kristina Olivent, Architect + Project Manager

Kristina Olivent, Architect + Project Manager

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.
Raul Rodriguez, Architectural Designer

Raul Rodriguez, Architectural Designer

Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Raul moved to Austin to attend school at the University of Texas at Austin where he would later graduate and received his Bachelor or Architecture. No stranger to the construction field, he was raised in the family business, where his father exposed him to the process and labor required to make all the parts of a building come together and become a reality.

It is no coincidence that while in school, both is education and previous experience working with his father, would steer him toward looking for community outreach in design and construction. Out of all his experiences in community outreach, the one nearest to his heart is the United Saints Recovery Project, which is a non-profit relief organization in New Orleans, Louisiana. While in service at USRP, Raul was able to help remodel residences of Hurricane Katrina victims and ensuing natural disaster damage in the greater New Orleans area.

The people and their stories has had a lasting impact on Raul and now focuses his interest in architecture to gear toward meaningful design and it's over-arching reach toward the community. He believes that design should not only be beautiful but also create impact in the welfare of the people who surround it.
Jacob Wigton, Architectural Designer

Jacob Wigton, Architectural Designer

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Jacob traveled to Troy, New York to earn his Bachelor of Architecture degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After graduating, he brought his creative energy across the country to Austin, Texas, to continue learning and pursue licensure. Jacob has worked on a large variety of projects that range from multi-million dollar residential and commercial buildings to small restaurants and single-family houses. Growing up in a competitive family full of engineers, he prides himself on his problem solving skills and appreciates a difficult challenge. In architecture, this manifests as an interest in the integration of difficult constraints into functional and beautiful design.

In his free time, Jacob enjoys learning through the art and experimentation of making. His most recent ventures are in woodworking, joinery, and casting concrete. These experiments draw from his appreciation for craftsmanship and his affinity for raw materials like wood, steel, and stone.
Jeff Zajicek, Architect + Project Manager

Jeff Zajicek, Architect + Project Manager

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.
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