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Sparky Park Wins Preservation Merit Award

Posted in Uncategorized by Kristie
October 6, 2016


We are very happy to announce that h+uo architects’ project, the Sparky Park Building Rehabilitation, has won a 2016 Preservation Merit Award!  


The Preservation Austin jury absolutely loved this project and its impact on the surrounding neighborhood community. The award will be presented to the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD), at an awards luncheon. 




Tickets are on sale for the community to attend the 56th Annual Preservation Awards Celebration at the Driskill Hotel on FridayOctober 28th. h+uo architects is proud of the many hours of creative energy, vision, and care poured into this neighborhood revitalization project in collaboration with PARD, Warden Construction, and the North University Neighborhood Association.




Waters at Magnolia Bay Construction

August 10, 2016

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Construction is a third of the way complete for h+uo architects’ “Waters at Magnolia Bay” project. It is a 300-unit, affordable housing apartment complex in North Charleston, South Carolina.


Austin’s Community First Village

Posted in Uncategorized by Kristie
April 10, 2016

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HOPE Chapel is a micro-chapel serving the Community First Village, a 27-acre non-profit development of micro-homes created for the homeless population of Austin. Our architect, David Carroll, was honored to be part of the project.

The Chapel is wrapped with continuous metal panel sheets in a tent-like form, resembling the ancient Tabernacle.  On the gable ends, translucent Polygal panels allow diffused sunlight to enter the space; creating a soft meditative light. At night, these panels transform the Chapel into a glowing lantern; guiding residents to the space.

With the ability to house a total of 250 residents, the Community First Village is projected to reach full capacity early next year.

You can read more on the Community First Village through HUFFINGTON POST or on KVUE.


Affordable Housing – A Green Home for Everyone

Posted in Uncategorized by Kristie
November 15, 2015


Tom Hatch, the founding partner of h+uo architects, spoke recently at the Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB) event, “Affordable Housing – A Green Home for Everyone”.   The seminar featured the current landscape of affordable housing in Austin, case studies of AEGB rated affordable multi-family and mixed-use projects and the collaborative process of building green on a budget.


h+uo at AIA Austin 2015 Summer Conference

Posted in Uncategorized by Kristie
August 28, 2015
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Our Project Manager, Kristina Olivent, Associate AIA, recently had the honor of speaking at the AIA Austin 2015 Summer Conference.  She discussed Public Interest Design and the importance of community engagement, while highlighting local examples from DesignVoice. Here is a Q&A straight from the source:
1. What was your involvement with the AIA Austin 2015 Summer Conference?
The conference was for architects who wished to expand their education and earn Continuing Education Credits needed to maintain their architectural licenses.  I presented as a member of DesignVoice, which is a committee within AIA Austin.
We gave a 60-minute presentation called “Design WITH the Community:  Why this Matters & Tools for Implementation,” to an audience of 50+ people.  During the talk we presented examples of architectural projects from around the world as well as here in Austin, which positively impacted cultural, social, and economic problems in their communities.  This type of architecture is called Public Interest Design.
2. What does it mean to design with the community?
Designing with (instead of for) the community means that community stakeholders are involved early in the design process through every stage of the process to ensure the final result truly contributes to the broader public good.  This usually means that designers go through a more interactive design process than is typical.  The process requires listening to the community, asking questions of experts, conducting in-depth community needs analysis, and mapping the resources already available within the community.  After the project is built, it is then important to take post-occupancy metrics to verify that the project is really accomplishing the measurable good it set out to.
3. What was a take away you hope attendees learned?
I hope attendees learned that there is a different model for architecture practice available to us, called Public Interest Design, and it is ripe with opportunities to use design to improve people’s lives and our community.


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