April 04, 2017

The Top 35 Texas Architect Blogs

This month we searched the web on a mission to find some of the best Texas architect and build designer blogs. From the many cities in Texas, we present you with our list of the top 35 Texas architect blogs. Whether you’re planning to build a home, office, or commercial building, these Texas based architect blogs will absolutely inspire you.


1. Curtis Group Architects

Based in Texas and South Carolina, Curtis Group brings sleek style to all their projects. Boasting impressive photos of projects in progress, Curtis Group is bringing modern style to medical facilities across the U.S. An understated aesthetic permeates the pages of this well-curated architectural website. From interior architecture to graphic design, Curtis Group has it all.


2. Callison RTKL

Callison RTKL explores trendy themes through frequent blog and news posts, ranging from cultural to technological topics. From the trendy home aesthetic explored in “Gettin’ Hygge with It,” to posts about virtual reality, Callison is on the cutting-edge. Tackling complex issues and trending topics alike, Callison has a wealth of buzzworthy content on its site. Not to be missed: Callison’s array of beautiful completed project photos.


3. O’Brien Architects

Everything from mixed-use development to the NFL is featured on the O’Brien Architects blog. This site is highly personable, featuring staff frequently on a page beautifully curated with up-and-coming projects. A highly engaged group of architects shows off their technical chops as well as their involvement in the local community. It doesn’t hurt that features on ice hotels and canned-food design competitions also frequent the O’Brien Architects pages.


4. Condray

Photography-driven and powerful, the Condray site is a place to go for design inspiration. With pages featuring cultural arts buildings and healthcare alike, Condray shows off a versatile portfolio of projects. Condray doesn’t shy away from showing off its staff and new talent, with news of student shadowing days showing off a deep commitment to the local community. If beautiful design is your main priority, don’t miss out on Condray’s work.


5. Alliance Architects

From black bean brownies to blueprints, Alliance is more than just design; it’s about the people. Whether they’re covering plant-based eating or collaborative workspaces, Alliance Architects stay relevant with their blog. Covering timely topics as well as team activities and design awards, Alliance stays engaging for all those steeped in architecture, but looking for something a bit off the beaten path. Be sure to keep an eye on Alliance’s yearly pumpkin-carving blog activities!


6. Freese and Nichols

Looking for all things sustainable? Look no further than Freese and Nichols. Scooping topics across a wide range, Freese covers everything from water conservation in drought-stricken California to GIS technology. A great resource for everyone interested in water issues, Freese stays relevant and eco-conscious on its blog.


7. BRW Architects

Announcing job postings and office fitness, alongside the openings of sleek new school buildings, you can be sure to find engaging content on BRW’s site. Historic restoration announcements and local design awards reign as top blogs on BRW’s site. Focusing on its people and its highly-awarded body of work, BRW’s blog reflects its design values. You can be sure they’re breaking new ground, in every way.


8. VLK Architects

Luring viewers in with brilliant photography of surprisingly welcoming office spaces and schools, VLK Architects are focused on finding solutions. Making appearances at local schools’ career days, you can be sure that VLK’s staff are as engaging as their writing -- blogs on future architects and projects are highlighted. VLK is clearly proud of the work they put out into the community, writing up project highlights for some of their most inspiring work. Take a look and get inspired!


9. Pontchartrain Partners

This Louisiana-based architecture firm is growing fast, and is certainly not shy about it! Highlighting their breadth of work and new growth in staff, tripling in size in just a few years, the news on the Pontchartrain site is always big! Watch this rising star through their brief but always-interesting news stories. They’re a growing force in the architecture community.


10. TH+A Architects

Who can resist stories of canine companions? Anyone with a love for furry friends, or beautifully designed buildings that are created to house them, will find something to capture their attention on the TH+A blog. With blogs highlighting anything from animal shelters to Tough Mudder races and volunteering, TH+A goes beyond design into inclusive cities that engage everyone. For a feel-good sort of inspiration, visit TH+A online.


11. Guernsey

Guernsey shows off its expertise with industry trend pieces like “Recent Trends for DoD Construction Budgets.” Guernsey is new to the blogging scene, and has covered both the architecture industry and the importance of high-quality healthcare environments in its early days. As the blog develops, so will its reputation as a source for reliable industry information and predictions. Keep a close eye to this up-and-coming site.


12. WER Architects/Planners

WER’s site is sleek, we have to give it that much. Showing off its design philosophy and ethos, WER’s online presence is elegant and streamlined. Featuring beautifully photographed projects that reflect the firm’s commitment to “passion and intention… [combining to] make great forms,” populate the pages of this well-designed resource. WER is to be commended for its design and for its beautiful photographs.


13. Dekker Perich Sabatini

Are collaborative working environments better? What is the best design for a place of worship? These questions and more are answered on DPS’s well-curated blog. Balancing staff updates and project progress with thought pieces, DKS is a powerful site for design learning. From self-driving cars to incubators, DKS covers quite the range of topics.


14. Crafton Tull

Crafton Tull is fully plugged in. Active on social media, as well as with frequent news from its site, Crafton Tull is an active voice for architects. With thought-provoking articles like “The Importance of Failure,” the intellectual and philosophical boundaries of this group are not confined to design. Broaching topics like cycling councils at the local level, Crafton Tull’s ethos rings true on all its pages.


15. Renaissance Architects

Focused on “harmonious” design, Renaissance Architects stands behind its clean lines and simplicity on its website. Specializing in contextual architecture, Renaissance features its work beautifully, demonstrating its broad range, from athletics to hospitality. With articles on the principles of school design and featuring arts centers, Renaissance Architects lives up to its name. Each piece is a work of art.


16. SCM Architects

Transformational work forms the backbone of SCM’s web presence. By “Transforming Residence Halls,” SCM is updating the narrative of college dorm architecture, a theme that resounds throughout its site. With an eye to historic buildings and local volunteering, SCM has really engaged with its local clientele. Through SCM’s thorough intern and staff profiles, new architects or interested students can also research career options. Through blogs with titles like “Connecting in Cowtown,” SCM also maintains a healthy sense of whimsy in a technical world.


17. Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects

A truly modern site for a truly modern firm. Polk Stanley Wilcox’s site focuses on the news around its highly-awarded and well-covered work. If following a winning architecture firm is your main priority, don’t pass this one by. Highly ranked in publications like Architect Magazine, this group is a hard-hitter for elegant design.


18. Claycomb Associates

Launching student architecture contests by day and winning design awards for stadiums by night, Claycomb Associates is a power player in the architecture scene. Blogging about innovation and green building practices, Claycomb is a treasure trove of ideas. While the stock of content on Claycomb’s site is still limited, it is high-quality. Claycomb Associates provides a unique and highly local perspective on design.


19. Page

With an entire section of their site devoted to “Stories,” Page shows a new type of thinking. With a focus on preserving cities, local art culture, and the protection of resiliency in their projects, Page is a group on a mission. With this ethos clearly in mind, Page’s thinking is invigorating within the architecture community. One doesn’t have to look far to find a commitment to everyday excellence in Page’s work.


20. GSR-Andrade

GSR-Andrade’s associated blog is chock-full of preservation-minded projects and local speaking engagements. Showing a true dedication to their clients, GSR highlights their finished projects, and their clients’ work made possible by these beautiful designs. Ranging from university buildings to healthcare facilities, GSR shows its range on its blog. Project profiles are a sure bet for design ideas.


21. Articulated Design
Creating a “meaningful whole,” is the vision of Articulated Design, and they certainly reflect that in their online presence. A minimalist presentation of their body of work, Articulated Design’s site features the details, down to rustic steel planters and nature-infused stairways. Focused on the best of landscape design, Articulated Design is an up-and-coming site for the best in landscape trends. A simple aesthetic gives Articulated serious staying power.


22. Design Visions

“Unique residential design” comes to life at Design Visions. Featuring specs and the latest designs for modern homes, Design Vision’s blog is just that; design-focused. Providing the best of today’s home design, Design Visions is a haven for those interested in individualistic homes. Their beautiful photography doesn’t hurt their case, either -- enhancing understanding of their vision of unique design.


23. Element 5 Architecture

Crisp and modern photography dominate the page at Element 5 Architecture. With “Anatomy” blog posts explaining Element 5’s design process, as well as thought pieces like “What Happened to the Starter Home?” populate this great resource. With commentary on local development in Texas, as well as their own take on the best architecture blogs, Element 5 weighs in on the best in the design scene. Don’t miss out on their perspective.


24. CG and S Design and Build

With the motto; “Designed with intention, Built to Inspire,” it’s no wonder that CG and S has a seriously eye-popping blog. Hand-drawn illustrations add a heart-warming effect to their seriously powerful content. With a blog series that focuses on process, from the proposal and concept phase to the “Client for Life” phase, CG and S provides valuable industry insight. A great place for industry insiders to get further perspective on client relationships. Themed blogs like “Shower as Creative Refuge” lighten the tone, too.


25. Kipp Flores Architects

Don’t be fooled by the streamlined site at Kipp Flores. Serious content awaits. Blogs like “How Austin’s Energy Code affects your Plans” keep industry insiders abreast of the latest developments in local design guidelines. Meanwhile, the site highlights projects completed for local non-profits.


26. Delineate Studio

Highlighting sustainable innovations in cities, Delineate is a serious contender among the most forward-thinking architecture blogs. Meditating on policy work and its frequently featured work in publications like Dwell, Delineate’s blog is highly informative and thoughtful. With eco-insights and energy efficiency information, this blog steers readers toward longer-term thinking. Delineate is drawing the lines toward best future designs.


27. Huckabee

Touting themselves as “more than architects,” Huckabee is an education-oriented organization, and it shows. Presenting at events as high-profile as SXSW, and higlighting the bright futures of the schools where they work, Huckabee staff are highly engaged in the education scene. Featuring blogs like “Child-Centered Learning,” Huckabee is deeply steeped in the education world, bringing its design to the betterment of schools. For anyone interested in the tenets of school design, Huckabee is a goldmine.


28. BRR Architecture

BRR’s sleek site is full of unique posts, ranging from design of parade floats to groundbreaking ceremonies. Take a look at one of BRR’s travel guides or read up on staff profiles to learn more about careers as an architect. No matter where you turn on BRR’s site, there’s valuable insight to be found. Check out “Year in Review” posts for high-level thoughts.


29. J Christopher Architecture

Musings on “space and significance,” and contemplations of materials used in ranch homes give J Christopher Architecture’s blog its thought leadership power. The attention to detail and strong sense of identity that the firm employs is evident on its blog. Though still limited in content, this blogging presence is sure to continue to develop its strong sense of voice. One can be sure to see J Christopher weighing in on the ethos of design over its lifetime.


30. Overland Partners

Focusing on emerging artists and women in architecture, Overland Partners pays special attention to the people behind innovative designs. Empowering opportunity, and seeking an activist role through design are both themes that run a thread throughout the Overland blog. With these socially-aware topics, any thoughtful architecture enthusiast will find something to learn about. Locally minded, but globally focused on change, Overland is a quiet but powerful voice for innovation.


31. Elevate Architecture

Heavily lauded with design awards, Elevate Architecture is a power player in the local design scene. Seeing “the beauty in the structure,” Elevate is living up to its name by elevating design to a new level of thought. With design aims like “A Spatial Metaphor of Law,” guiding progress on a law firm, it is clear that Elevate takes its thinking outside of the box. This thinking is helpful for any industry insider or interested individual looking to learn more about the direction of modern architecture.


32. LMD Architects

In-depth spotlights on staff members highlights the path to good design that many of the best architects take. LMD’s site tackles unique topics like jail safety and sustainable design, all in one blog. If unique, niche topics are appealing, don’t miss LMD’s blog. It’s a fresh take on functional design.


33. Michael Imbimbo

This Texas-based architecture blog is quite the source of advice. With straightforward and helpful blogs like “Four Development Programming Strategies that can Save Your Building,” Michael Imbimbo’s site is a place for those looking to avoid common design mistakes and pitfalls. “Avoid these Common Construction Mistakes,” is another resource for insiders. Michael Imbimbo’s site shows a comprehensive and thoughtful approach to design.


34. Griggs Group

With just a few blog entries so far, Griggs is still a newcomer in the design blog scene. However, with high-quality renderings and detailed insights, what Griggs has generated so far is highly valuable content. Industry experts and novices alike will find helpful information on this blog. Griggs Group is making a name for itself as a design thought leader.


35. HPD Architecture

From podcasts to HGTV, HPD Architecture is in the know for pop culture architecture news. With a unique take on public awareness of design, HPD has quite a bit to say about public knowledge of remodeling, for example. Practical tips for home-sellers also populate the site, guiding readers to best practices pioneered by HPD. Seminars are also available through the blog, for further learning.