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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Kelly Stephenson

Kelly Stephenson

As a licensed architect with nearly 15 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 London, 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.
Megan Matthews

Megan Matthews

A Houston native and University of Texas at Austin graduate, Megan joined h+uo in 2011 as a residency intern while still a student. After graduating in 2012, Megan quickly began studying to become a licensed Architect and passed her final exam in September 2014, likely making her the youngest Architect in the State of Texas at that time.

She enjoys working on affordable multi-family communities like the Jeremiah Program Moody Campus, a mixed-use development in east Austin for single mothers and their children and Homestead Oaks Apartments, the newest community for Foundation Communities.

Her architectural passion resides firmly in utilizing architecture as a tool to help improve the lives of people. Aside from her work with affordable housing developers, Megan was co-Founder and Vice President for the UT Chapter of Global Architecture Brigades. This award-winning, student-led group designed and helped to build a healthcare facility for a rural community in Honduras.
Kristina Olivent

Kristina Olivent

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

Kristie Cantu

Originally from Sentinel, 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

Daniel Vlach

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

David Carroll

As a practicing Architect for the past seven years with LEED accreditation, David favors working on educational and religious buildings projects. David particularly enjoys working with non-profit clients who have a philanthropic mission. He draws a lot of his architectural inspiration from the arts as well as the natural world. Specifically, the way sunlight impacts the visual aesthetics of nature. Some of the architects he admires include Louis Kahn and Peter Zumthor, both who integrated the power of light into their design. New to h+uo, David is currently working on designing multi-family projects such as Aspen Heights in Charlotte, North Carolina and the Aspen Heights apartments in South Austin.

David received his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Houston and his Masters of Science in Building Design in Energy Performance and Climate Responsive Architecture at Arizona State University.
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