Austin architects deemed among best in the U.S.


From today’s Austin Business Journal:

Being inducted into the College of Fellows at the American Institute of Architects is a lofty goal for any design professional — and it’s a rare one.

Austin is particularly well represented in the 2016 class, which was just announced.

Ten architects from Texas will be inducted along with 139 others from around the world. Half of the Texas fraternity are from Austin — an extraordinary representation, and perhaps a nod to the looming significance of the University of Texas School of Architecture.

Three of the five Austin designees studied at UT.

They all will be formally initiated at the AIA national convention in May in Philadelphia.

Here they are:

• James Brady, Page. Brady has deployed his expertise in the educational facility sector through a variety of positions from architectural design practice to executive leadership for the Texas Association of School Boards and America’s Schoolhouse Council. Currently, he’s an associate principal for Page in the Academic PK-14 division. Brady studied architecture at Oklahoma State University.

• Lawrence Connolly, Connolly Architects & Consultants. Connolly founded his company in 1979, less than four years after graduating from the University of Texas School of Architecture. Though he’s handled a wide array of projects, Connolly has earned kudos for the design of animal shelters and special habitats. He’s presented workshops for a variety of organizations that support the welfare of animals. Connolly also has served as a contributing editor to “Texas Architect” magazine.

• Ernesto Cragnolino, Alterstudio Architecture. After studying at the University of Texas School of Architecture, Cragnolino joined Alterstudio in 2003 and became a partner in 2005. The multi-faceted company had earned kudos over the years for everything from contemporary residential design to smaller commercial projects. Alterstudio homes often land on the AIA Home Tour. Cragnolino amplifies his design practice with teaching design and construction at UT.

Phillip Reed, Cotera+Reed Architects. As a principal with Cotera+Reed, Reed is responsible for the day-to-day management of the firm. He participated in the design process in creating Austin’s city hall and has a deep interest in sustainable, affordable projects. Reed also studied at the University of Texas School of Architecture.

• Al York, McKinney York Architects. A partner in another prominent local design firm, York’s background is decidedly unconventional. He first studied design at Auburn University and eventually landed at Cornell University. He later added the vast, rugged landscape of West Texas as a backdrop for his career as a professor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. He moved to Austin with his wife, an historic preservation expert, in 1995. McKinneyYork has a diverse practice. In a previous ABJ profile, York told the ABJ that he specializes in design and tech matters at the firm and also takes the lead on financial management. Additional information>>>