A joint venture between AIA Austin and the Austin Foundation for Architecture, the Guide to Austin Architecture offers insight into the city’s unique places and spaces with walking tours, texts, and images curated by local architects. We will continue to add to the Guide to reflect Austin’s many communities—check back often!
AIA Austin is a chapter of the American Institute of Architects. We serve as the voice for our region’s architecture community by advocating for our more than 1,000 members, the profession, career development, and design excellence. Since 1913, AIA Austin has shaped our city, supported by countless volunteer hours by our member-led committees and a myriad of community partners.
Austin Foundation for Architecture is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to promoting the positive impact of architecture to the public. Established in 2007, we support and partner with community organizations, honor community leaders for their contributions to Austin’s built and natural environment, and present programs that celebrate the power of design excellence.
Together, the Foundation and AIA Austin work to make the appreciation of architecture and design a standard for our community. We host a range of programs and events at our shared home in the Austin Center for Architecture and across the city, engaging some 10,000 design enthusiasts annually.
Bud Franck, RA, was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, and attended The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, where he received the Texas Exes President’s Leadership Award and the Henry Adams School Medal from the American Institute of Architects. Bud is a registered architect and Associate at Austin-based Miró Rivera Architects, where he has worked on a range of award-winning residential and commercial projects, including Miró Rivera Architects: Building a New Arcadia, a monograph celebrating two decades of work by the firm. Bud is an avid traveler, graphic designer, collector, and photographer.
Riley Triggs, AIA, is an architect, urbanist, design educator, and native Austinite with degrees in architecture from The University of Texas at Austin and Rice University. He is a former lecturer in design and architecture at The University of Texas at Austin, where he presented and published internationally about the emotional space between humans and architecture, and our inhabitation of virtual and physical places. Riley is currently an architect for the Texas Historical Commission, where he cultivates quality sustainable placemaking in historic downtowns across the state. He is also a professor of architectural history and computer modeling at Austin Community College.
Photo credits are provided throughout the Guide. Special thanks to Patrick Wong, whose photography collection has been essential to this project.
Patrick Wong is an architectural photographer specializing in creating powerful images that inspire design. Before pursuing photography, Patrick studied architecture at Texas A&M University and The University of Texas at Austin. For over two decades his passion for portraying outstanding architecture and its remarkable creators has been fueled by his curiosity, admiration and appreciation of architecture. Patrick’s photographs and videos interpret time and place and are used to advertise, educate, and inform architecture enthusiasts and professionals about the built environment.
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The authors of the Guide to Austin Architecture wish to acknowledge the following resources and publications. Visit them for additional information about Austin’s architecture, history, and culture:
The Austin Chronicle
Austin History Center
City of Austin
National Trust for Historic Preservation
The Portal to Texas History
Texas Historical Commission
Texas Historic Sites Atlas
Texas State Historical Association